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Windows 10 has been out for a couple of days now, but how did the first 24 hours go? Microsoft has said that over 14 million people installed Windows 10 in the first day of its release, a huge number by any standard.
The rollout of Windows 10 continues, so the install base will climb in the coming days. It should be interesting to see how many people upgrade or jump to Windows 10 after the first week, and month. If you're having trouble installing or updating to Windows 10, we have a guide here you can follow to force the update onto your machine.
With Windows 10 hitting PCs all across the world, some are shocked to see that there are video ads in Solitaire. These video ads can be removed for $10 per year, yes - subscribing to remove your Solitaire ads.
The Microsoft Solitaire Collection comes pre-installed on Windows 10 with five different variations, daily challenges and multiple themes. As for the video ads, they show up randomly in between games and are a full-screen takeover video ad that takes up around 30 seconds. You can pay $9.99 per year for premium Solitaire, or pay $1.49 per month.
But don't worry, sinking money into Solitaire will gain you not just the removal of ads, but it will provide more coins for the daily challenges, and a boost in two modes of play. Windows 8.1 had ads in Solitaire, but it wasn't pre-installed with the OS, which is a big difference.
Have you been patiently waiting for your PC to tell you that your reserved copy of Windows 10 was ready? So have I, until I stumbled across this link to the Microsoft website where you can download Windows 10.
If you've already got a Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 serial key, you can download Windows 10 to a USB flash drive or ISO file. The download link includes the Download Tool, available in both 32- and 64-bit, where you can download and install Windows 10 easily. Mine has just finished downloading, so the servers are full steam ahead right now thanks to Microsoft reserving a huge 40Tbps of bandwidth for the launch of Windows 10.
The launch of Windows 10 is here, with Microsoft blasting out the Windows 10 update to some PCs who had 'reserved' a copy of the new desktop operating system.
Users are reporting that they're seeing a "'$Windows.~BT' folder onto the C:/ of their system, with Plaffo.com reporting: "Several users have noticed a new folder in the main memory of your PC called '$Windows.~ BT' that contains the files for the installation of Windows 10". The folder sitting in C:/ is only visible if you enabled hidden files and folders in your Windows settings.
But the more interesting news is coming from the fact that Windows 10 is going to chew up a considerable amount of the Internet for the coming days, with Dan Rayburn, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan saying that Microsoft had wanted to start blasting out Windows 10 to users on July 25, but had to wait for the delivery and distribution partners to free up capacity up to an insane 40Tbps (over 4TB/sec).
With many users still unsure if an upgrade to Windows 10 is viable for their day-to-day uses, Lenovo has announced it will be helping spearhead the release of this new operating system from Microsoft.
As announced in a recently issued press release, Lenovo will be shipping products pre-installed with Windows 10 as early as July 29, seeing new models of the YOGA 3 Pro and YOGA 500 come from 'factory' with the new operating system installed. They are also promoting current Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade digitally, from the same date.
In order to help your Windows 10 experience, Lenovo has enhanced its self-made apps in preparation, offering performance and device management tools alike. This news further comes alongside Lenovo working to integrate Microsoft's Cortana into REACHit, meaning Lenovo product owners can search all of their devices for files in one go.
With the release of Windows 10 right around the corner, people are finding that the automatic installation of Windows 10 updates are annoying, and there are problems associated with some of the updates.
Microsoft has been listening to these complaints, releasing a new troubleshooting package, KB3073930, something that allows you to hide or block Windows driver updates. NVIDIA's driver updates were causing GeForce owners headaches with crashes with the latest updates included with Windows 10 build 10240.
This tool was developed for Windows 10 Insiders, but it will now work with normal users when Windows 10 launches on July 29. You can download the package from Microsoft Support.
We've previously reported on Windows 10 arriving on a USB flash drive, but now images have surfaced courtesy of Paul Thurrott, who has received a "cute little Windows 10 USB installer", which he notes includes "32- and 64-bit versions".
Cute little Windows 10 USB installer. With 32- and 64-bit versions. pic.twitter.com/gM3Bzev5Lj- Paul Thurrott (@thurrott) July 24, 2015
Thurrott says that Microsoft provided him with the Windows 10 USB installers, but some people in China have received some slightly different USB flash drives that include Windows 10. At the bottom it reads: "Windows 10 Upgrade Package. July 29 is enabled". These different USB flash drives are obviously for those upgrading to Windows 10, and not installing it from scratch.
In a move that will have most people asking "why haven't we had it sooner", Windows 10 might have a built-in screen recording feature. The latest pre-release build has some new tips throughout the OS, teasing that when you press the Windows Key + G together, it will open up a brand spankin' new recording option.
TechAU reports that when pressing WinKey + G, it "brings up a toolbar that allows you to take an image (you already had the snipping tool for the that), as well as the ability to record video. The intention, or promoted functionality for this is to capture Windows games in much the same way you can command Cortana by saying 'Xbox record that'".
The recorded videos find themselves in Videos/Capture, but the screen recording feature seems to be locked to the Xbox app, which is weird. An OS-wide recording application would be awesome, I don't see why it has to be associated with Xbox, or gaming in general. Especially considering the wide use of screen recorders for YouTubers. But, this is exciting news for Windows 10, a built-in screen recorder would be a great new feature for Microsoft's soon-to-be here operating system.
Microsoft has said that it will have "mainstream support" for Windows 10 until October 13, 2020 while "extended support" until October 14, 2025. The five-year mainstream support and ten-year support is similar to the support cycles that Windows Vista, 7 and 8 had.
But, what if your computer is no longer supported by its manufacturer? That's OK, as you'll be able to install Windows 10 "even on devices where the OEM does not officially support Windows 10 and has no plans to do so" according to ZDNet's Ed Bott. So even if your PC manufacturer no longer offers you support, Microsoft will continue pushing out security updates to your Windows 10-powered PC.
With the release of Windows 10 arriving next week, it's good to hear that Microsoft has your back when it comes to support with Windows 10.
With the release of Windows 10 right around the corner, the marketing machine behind Microsoft's new operating system is beginning to kick it up a notch, with a new 46-second clip dubbed '10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10: IT'S FAMILIAR'.
In the clip above, Microsoft highlights that Windows 10 has "the best of Windows 7" and "the best of Windows 8" - combining the Start Menu we all know and love, with Live tiles from Windows 8 and 8.1. Microsoft plans a video a day over the next 10 days leading up to the full release of Windows 10 on July 29.