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My Strange Windows 10 Upgrade Odyssey -- In-Depth My Strange Windows 10 Upgrade Odyssey It's a free upgrade, right? Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 29, so if you got the "all clear" signal, should you actually go through with a Windows 7 system upgrade? In response to such a question, I only have my sad tale of woe to relate.

Millions of others may have had more positive experiences, but my in-place upgrade to Windows 10 on my home machine was anything but "free. " Quite frankly, I'm no techie. GWX: Friendly but Deadly Let's backtrack a bit. It looked like I had gotten the all-clear signal from Microsoft for a system upgrade.

For the record, my home PC was a five-year-old Gateway desktop. After two months working trouble free with Windows 10, I started getting green screens, which are essentially frozen screens that require a system reboot to clear. Those screen problems were intermittent, and happened only at the boot stage, but it wasn't the only problem I had encountered. Boy, was I wrong on that point. The Best Bookshelf Speakers for Most Stereos. ELAC Debut B6 Bookshelf Speakers With detail, soundstage, and bass response that would be impressive at any price point, these make a great stereo pair, and they’re part of a system, so you can add more pieces for a matched surround setup as your needs grow.

*At the time of publishing, the price was $280. The value and quality of the ELAC Debut B6 speaker comes as no surprise. It’s veteran speaker designer Andrew Jones’s first project since leaving Pioneer for ELAC, and Jones has clearly brought along his knack for successfully applying the lessons he learned from making $30,000 speakers to affordable ones. For the Debut B6, Jones paired a 1-inch cloth dome tweeter with a 6½-inch aramid-fiber cone efficient enough for any standard receiver to drive. Binding posts (as opposed to cheaper spring clip attachments) make it easy to connect to your receiver or amplifier with the cables of your choice, whether they terminate in bare wire, banana plugs, or spades.

Runner-up Upgrade pick Budget pick. Which MacBook Should I Buy? Not sure what type of laptop you need? Check out “What Laptop Should I Buy?” Table of contents Why the MacBook Air? Our pick MacBook Air 13-inch The 13-inch Air gives you solid performance, fantastic battery life, a superb keyboard and trackpad, impressive fit and finish, and Apple’s best-in-the-business customer support. The 13-inch MacBook Air is balanced. We also recommend the MacBook Air for reasons other than hardware. Is now a safe time to buy this? No. What about Windows notebooks? The best type of laptop for most people is one that falls under the ultrabook category. We think the Air is the best laptop in this category for most people, but the Air is by no means head and shoulders above the competition, as it was a couple years ago.

And, of course, many people still have specific software or hardware needs that require them to run Windows. What about Chromebooks? How do the early-2016 and 2015 MacBook Air models compare to previous models? What specs should you get? Who else likes it? What Laptop Should I Buy? The Best Laptops for Every Need. Table of contents If you’re more of a flowchart person, click here to find the best type of laptop for you. Windows or Mac (or something else)? Many people already have a good idea about whether they want a MacBook or a Windows laptop: If you’re already familiar with OS X or Windows, the easiest choice is to buy a computer that runs that operating system. That said, OS X and Windows have never been more similar, and most popular apps have versions that work just as well on either platform (or at least have alternatives that work similarly). If you’re interested in switching, it isn’t as big a deal as it used to be.1 If you’re not tied to a platform, the biggest factor for most people these days is support.

Alternatively, as more and more computing tasks can be accomplished online and via Web-based apps, you might not even need a traditional operating system with OS-specific apps—a Chromebook may be all you need. Best for most people: Ultrabook Dell XPS 13 MacBook Air 13-inch Dell XPS 15 Touch. Why Linux is better. PDFBEAR is founded by the team behind, which brings tons of experience in user conversion tools. We have decided to change our focus to helping and improving how our users convert files on all platforms including Linux.

About The webpage was created in order to help people understand the ins-and-outs of Linux. In addition to this, it was emphasized that Linux is a free service, but it also protects the end-user from malware. Similar to PDFBEAR, we have created a malware-free service. Below you will find the pages that will help you have a better experience with PDF documents: More on By now you should have an idea of what PDFBEAR is about. Upgrade from Windows 8. Pledge to free a computer today! Here's some of the Windows 8 "features" Microsoft won't tell you about: Download the full infographic. Download as .svg. Translations of the infographic Microsoft wants to keep you locked in to Windows so that it can take your money, your personal data, and your user freedom.

It is time to upgrade your computer, but not to Windows 8. Embed this image on your site* Citations: News and Blog Posts: Get Started with Free Software: Looking for a free software GNU/Linux distribution? Read more about switching to free software Did you receive a Trisquel GNU/Linux disk from us? *Estimate from Forbes. Operating system market share. Microsoft Officially Drops Support for Windows 8 -- Redmond Channel Partner. News Microsoft Officially Drops Support for Windows 8 Windows 8 passed its "extended support" deadline this week, exposing its users to potential security risks. As of Jan. 12, 2016, Windows 8 is now considered to be "unsupported" by Microsoft, meaning the company will no longer issues hotfixes or security updates for the operating system.

Exceptions to this policy might be organizations that have purchased Microsoft's "custom support," but that option is thought to be an expensive one, with contracts lasting just a year. Most organizations likely moved off Windows 8 some time ago, if they ever stopped using Windows 7. Windows 8's release on Oct. 26, 2012 introduced a more mobile-oriented kind of operating system, with "desktop" and "Metro" interfaces, but that radical change didn't inspire widespread adoption by businesses. Today, Windows 8 has just a 2.76 percent use rate of all OSes, according to Net Applications' data. About the Author. Operating system market share. Windows 10 vs. Windows 8 adoption: Windows 10 already up to 5.2% While we’re heard plenty of complaints about Windows 10 when it comes to Microsoft’s privacy policies, that hasn’t stopped people from installing the new software on their PCs at a truly impressive rate.

The newest data from NetMarketShare shows that Windows 10 has already been installed on 5.2% of desktop computers, which is all the more remarkable when you consider Windows 10 had a market share of 0.0% just one month earlier. RELATED: Windows 10 is the smash hit Microsoft badly needed Yes, it helps that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users — NetMarketShare’s numbers show that both older operating systems lost market share over the past month, which indicates Microsoft has done a good job of pitching the software to longtime users.

But even so, let’s just compare this to the launch of Windows 8 where it accounted for under 2% of desktop computers two full months after its launch in 2013. Windows 10 review. If you’re upgrading to Windows 10 on a desktop or laptop PC, then prepare to be delightfully surprised: the Start menu you know and love is back. It feels slightly odd to celebrate its return, as it should never have gone away.

It’s probably the biggest change, aside from the dark theme, that you’ll notice after Windows 8. But Microsoft hasn’t simply just reinstated the old version from Windows 7. Instead, it’s completely redesigned it in a way that combines the best aspects of the last two versions of Windows. Instead of booting you a completely different screen, the Start menu lives in the lower-lefthand corner — just like it did in Windows 7. It seems like every version of Windows brings a different theme, and Windows 10 is no different.

Navigating around Windows 10 is also greatly improved. Microsoft has focused a lot on multitasking with Windows 10. Alongside the snapping improvements is a new feature called Task View, which is a lot like Mission Control on the Mac. Windows-10-adoption-rate-shows-signs-of-slowing-down. Microsoft's Windows 10 got off to a solid start, but reports suggest that its adoption rate may be slowing down sooner than expected. As The Register points out, figures from StatCounter appear to indicate that the operating system only grew by 30% during the week ending August 9. Although a 30% rise in installs sounds like an impressive feat, Windows 10 grew by a whopping 177% during its first week and its market share is yet to reach 5%.

The software's share of the market skyrocketed from 1.36% to 3.78% one week after its rollout began, but one week later it was stuck on 4.95%. Taking a closer look at the figures, Windows 10 is gaining users at the expense of Windows 8.1, which dipped from a 15.03% share to 14.09% that week. Windows 7 was relatively steady, dropping from 53.5% to 53.46%, while Windows 8 lost only 0.11% of its user base.

Windows 10 is a seamless operating system designed to work and sync across PC, mobiles, tablets and a range of other devices. The revolution that was Windows XP. What you'll love and hate about Windows 10. If you skipped Win8, you missed a very-half-fast attempt at moving the Control Panel over to the Metro side of the fence. In Win10, the effort still isn't complete, but it's much better than in Win8. On the new Start menu, click the Start button, then PC Settings.

You see something like this slide -- and it's sitting on your desktop. The old Control Panel is there, but it's harder to find. (Hint: Right-click on the Start button.) The new PC Settings app has quite a few settings not included in the old Control Panel. Kick around the Windows 10 PC Settings app for a bit, without looking at the Win7 Control Panel, and try to come up with a list of worthwhile tasks you can do in the old, but can't in the new.

Guest Opinion: Windows 10, Innovation Not Included -- ADTmag. In-Depth Guest Opinion: Windows 10, Innovation Not Included An iOS app is designed to be intuitive to iOS users familiar with that OS. That experience is very different from what Microsoft created with Windows Phone and the horizontal scrolling panoramas. If 90 percent of the apps on my phone are ported iOS apps, then why not just buy an iPhone? Windows 10 runs the risk of being a dumping ground for ill-fitting apps from multiple versions of other platforms. Do Windows users really want a lot of ported iOS flatulence and flashlight apps? This is premised on the idea that iOS and Android developers see a market in porting their apps. Windows Is Dead. With Windows Phone and Windows 8 Microsoft clearly innovated, to the surprise of many and too far for others. Yes, there are the Universal platform and HoloLens, but they need people to build apps for them.

About the Author. Here's how Microsoft plans to push new features to Windows 10 business users. There are lots of layers to the Windows 10 as a service strategy. And so far, Microsoft officials haven't been willing to go public with much more than some high-level information about what users should expect. However, Microsoft is starting to share with its reseller partners what it is planning in regards to Windows 10 as a service. I've written previously about what's likely on tap for Windows 10 Enterprise users.

And now we know more about what Microsoft is planning for Windows 10 business customers on this front, thanks to a new 20-minute video. First, a quick Windows 10 servicing recap: Microsoft is planning to make security fixes and new features available, post-release-to-manufacturing, for Windows 10 via three different branches. The most straightforward piece: Consumers running Windows 10 Home will be on the Consumer Branch (CB) and get all Windows 10 security updates and new features installed via Windows Update as soon as Microsoft greenlights them. Windows 10 Specifications - Microsoft. How to decide: Should you upgrade to Windows 10? Updated: added note about Windows Media Center. Upgrading an operating system is always a challenging decision, especially when it's a major upgrade, like Windows 10.

After the even-worse-than-Vista debacle that was Windows 8, many die-hard Windows users are loathe to move off of trusted versions of their daily-driver OS. For Microsoft, though, Windows 10 is a make-or-break proposition. If they can't get users to upgrade, they will likely cede OS dominance permanently to Android. In this article, though, we're not concerned about Microsoft's strategic needs. In this article, it's all about you. If you don't have time to read all the details, you can skip to the end of the article and read a short summary of my recommendations. Before (about) July 29, 2016 Thankfully, our Ed Bott dug into the oddness that is Microsoft product management and has a good summary of each edition. Now, here's where it gets interesting. If you're buying a new PC This is a strategy, but be careful. There you go. Windows 8: An exceptional OS undone by dreadful marketing.

There are a lot of words we're no longer supposed to use in polite company. For example, the words idiot, moron, even delusional aren't appropriate -- and for good reason. There are challenged, struggling people out there and using slang words about their condition as pejoratives is more than impolite, it's hurtful. Likewise, there are many wonderful words of profanity we're definitely not allowed to use on a family show. The more flowery among us have learned to tone down our expressions, often using phrases like "the F word," "effin'", or even the one made famous by the pilots of Galactica, that last, great battlestar: "frak!

" As you might imagine, then, I find myself challenged when describing the decision to remove the Start menu from Windows 8. Good taste and compassion for my fellow man prevents me from using many words derived from the mental health community. But we're not TechCrunch. I finally decided to load the preview edition of Windows 8 and use it. In the annals (anals?)