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FAQ: How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10. [Latest update: January 21, 2017.

FAQ: How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10

This article has gone through multiple revisions since its first publication in late 2014. ?tag=nl. [Most recent updates: January 18, 2016] Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade to every qualified device running retail or OEM versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

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(Enterprise editions do not qualify.) ?tag=nl. How to Hide the "Get Windows 10" Icon from Your Taskbar. How to reserve your free copy of Windows 10 - CNET. A new notification prompts Windows 7 and 8.1 users to reserve an upgrade to the upcoming OS, due to debut July 29.

How to reserve your free copy of Windows 10 - CNET

Microsoft is now pushing Windows 10 via a notice suggesting you reserve a copy. On Monday, the software giant announced that Windows 10 will officially roll out July 29. That means it will be available on any PCs you purchase as of that date -- and as a free upgrade to your existing Windows 7 or 8.1 tablet or PC. Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 10. The new OS has the task of erasing the bad experiences people had with the touchscreen-focused Windows 8, which ultimately failed to catch fire among PC users. Untitled. Unless you’ve been on another planet, you’ve heard about Windows 10.

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If you are even a little bit of a techy in your local genealogy world, you are being asked questions. And if you aren’t a techy, you KNOW you have questions. Upgrading to Windows 10? Things You Should Know. IdoGenealogy is not going to get into whether you should or not. Why to genealogy techies know more? They read. How to clean install Windows 10. Windows 10 has been available for a couple of days, and 14 million machines have already been upgraded.

How to clean install Windows 10

If you're anything like me and you have a custom PC or you just want a nice and clean install of Windows then you'll want to format and start over. Microsoft hasn't been exactly clear about that process, but I've spent the past couple of days figuring out what does and doesn't work. Windows 10 Reviewed: Microsoft Returns to Sanity. Best Hotel Deals in Niagara Falls But the Windows 8 tiles are still here, attached to the right side of the menu: As before, these are live tiles; many of them display useful information without your even having to click, like the weather, news, stocks, and your next calendar appointment.

Windows 10 Reviewed: Microsoft Returns to Sanity

You can customize any of these Start-menu sections. Windows 10 silently uses your bandwidth to send updates to others. I like Windows 10 but I'm going back to Windows 8.1. For someone who likes Windows 8.1 as much as I do, Windows 10 is a curate's egg of an operating system.

I like Windows 10 but I'm going back to Windows 8.1

Windows 10 is a very good operating system. It crams in security improvements, especially for businesses, it improves performance, it takes up less disk space, and Microsoft has proved that it can cope with a fast pace of development by going from 'still really quite buggy' to 'pretty solid' in the last two months. But for me personally, and the way I use Windows, there are still issues. The Windows 10 interface has come a long way since January this year, and more - but not all - of the features I rely on will come back. I still don't like the way the Start menu puts the All apps list in a tiny, cramped list with groups I have to expand to see where the Office programs have gone, but once I've dragged the menu to be larger and pinned things, I can mostly ignore it. Tablet mode lets me do finger arranging more easily. Windows 10 may share your Wi-Fi password with Facebook.

If you're taking up Microsoft on its offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10, you should know that the new operating system has a feature, called Wi-Fi Sense, that automatically shares your Wi-Fi passwords with others.

Windows 10 may share your Wi-Fi password with Facebook

When Wi-Fi Sense is enabled, anyone you have in your Skype, Outlook or Hotmail contacts lists — and any of your Facebook friends — can be granted access to your Wi-Fi network as long as they're within range. Microsoft added this feature to save users time and hassle, but as independent security blogger Brian Krebs put it, some security experts see it as "a disaster waiting to happen. " MORE: Windows 10 vs. OS X El Capitan: Why Microsoft Wins Krebs and others worry about the potential for strangers or untrustworthy friends being given access to users' home Wi-Fi networks. Despite the safeguards, the issue is nonetheless dangerous for those users, and there are many of them, who agree to everything their computers ask of them.

Image: HowToGeek via Krebs on Security Henry T. Cheat sheet! Microsoft releases printable Windows 10 key shortcut list. How well do you know your Windows key shortcuts in Windows 10?

Cheat sheet! Microsoft releases printable Windows 10 key shortcut list

If you need a cheat sheet, Microsoft has just published one that you can download and print. While Microsoft already offers online documentation on keyboard shortcuts, the format of the page can be difficult to sift through. Fortunately, Microsoft now offers an offline version in Word .DOCX format. (Hat tip to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley for spotting it.) There are 42 shortcuts in total, mostly dealing with window management, the Start menu, the Task view, and Cortana. But Microsoft didn’t do a great job formatting its new document. With a simple edit, however, you can delete the header, and everything will fit on two pages. Windows 10 Tip: How to change the default search engine in Edge. With Windows 10, Microsoft has released a new browser, Edge.

Windows 10 Tip: How to change the default search engine in Edge

If you are wanting to change the default search engine, as we know many likely prefer Google to Bing, there are a couple steps you will need to take. To change your default engine, follow the steps below: Navigate to Google.com Click on the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window, then click on 'Settings' Go down to the bottom and click 'View Advanced Settings' Scroll down until you see 'Search in the address bar with', click on it and select 'Add New' Then click on Google and select 'Add as default' No Sound in Windows 10? Here's How to Quickly Fix Digital Deafness. A Reader Asks: After the Windows 10 upgrade process completes, my rear Dolby Surround Sound 5.1 speakers don’t work.I found out about the issue when iTunes and Windows Media player didn’t play sound out of the rear speakers after the upgrade. The speakers produce sound when they are tested in Control Panel/Sound/Manage Audio Devices/Configure, but the applications do not seem to use them.

How can I get the applications to use all the speakers? I also configured the sound system to use 5.1 Dolby Surround in Speaker Setup (sound standards explained) and tested that all speakers are working properly. As mentioned above, the speakers work fine, but the audio still won’t work. Kannon’s Reply: When troubleshooting computer gremlins, technicians lump problems into two general categories: Hardware and software. In your case we don’t need to know anything other than that your sound system’s underlying hardware works.

Some general strategies exist for fixing audio problems.