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Windows 10 spotted on USB flash drive for super-easy installation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 8:31 am

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".



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.

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Windows 10 will include a built-in screen recording feature

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 22, 2015 1:00 am

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 will support Windows 10 for ten years, until October 2025

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 9:18 am

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.

Microsoft's new ad for Windows 10 reiterates: 'it's familiar'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 20, 2015 1:38 am

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.

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Windows 10 can be ordered on a USB flash drive for an easy install

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 12:27 am

Microsoft has reached the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 10, with its official release on July 29 right around the corner, but how will you be buying the new operating system? On a disc? Upgrading from your old installation, or on a USB flash drive?




Windows 10 can be pre-ordered on a USB flash drive on Amazon, but these drives won't be shipping until August 16. This date can change at anytime, so you could receive it earlier than that. Windows 10 Home is $119.99, while Windows 10 Professional will set you back an additional $80, for a total of $199.99.

Microsoft finishes its work on Windows 10, which has now hit RTM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 3:34 am

The day is here... Windows 10 has reached build 10240, which Microsoft has selected to be the final release to manufacturing (RTM) copy of Windows. The RTM version of Windows 10 will now be sent out to PC makers to bake into their new machines, as well as manufacturing the physical copies of Windows 10.




Microsoft internally signed off on the RTM release of Windows 10, but will most likely announce the RTM publicly later this week. With the official release of Windows 10 set for July 29, we're only two weeks away from Microsoft's next-generation operating system.

Microsoft will put the finishing touches on Windows 10 this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 7, 2015 1:09 am

With the launch of Windows 10 set for July 29, Microsoft is hard at work for its next desktop operating system to hit the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage, and according to The Verge, that will happen this week.




The RTM process has always been quite the milestone for Microsoft to reach with each successive OS, but with Windows 10, it's not such a big achievement. This is because the company has adopted a "Windows as a service" model, very similar to its competitors. Microsoft will consider Windows 10 the "final version of Windows" which kind of marks an end to an era for Microsoft in one way, but opens many doors - or windows - in another.


There were three different versions of Windows 10 builds released to testers last week, showing that the company is pushing out massive progress with the OS, with each update containing just minor updates and improvements. There are sure to be a few more updates before the company reaches RTM, but it doesn't look like it will be long now.


Are you ready for the plunge on July 29 for Windows 10? Will you be upgrading?

Windows 10 launches on July 29, but you'll probably have to wait

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 3, 2015 3:57 am

Looking forward to upgrading to Windows 10 on July 29? Don't hold your breath, as there will be some of us required to wait until a later date before being able to download our upgrade.




At least 5 million people involved in the Windows Insider program will receive Windows 10 first, and next in line will be users who registered for a copy. There is no timeframe as to when Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 users will be able to begin downloading the OS.


"If you reserved your copy of Windows 10, we will notify you once our compatibility work confirms you will have a great experience, and Windows 10 has been downloaded on your system," a Microsoft blog reads.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 preview includes the new Edge browser

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 5:07 am

With the full release of Windows 10 not far away, Microsoft is offering users the chance of testing its new Edge browser in the latest preview of its new desktop operating system, before Windows 10 drops on July 29.



The new Windows 10 preview includes Edge, which has been updated with a new home button, a customizable New Tab page, password autofill, and now the chance to import favorites/bookmarks from alternate browsers, and you can now play music from a minimized tab. Cortana is now capable of providing users with flight or work alerts, and it can also send e-mails without you typing anything.


How does that work? You can just recite the recipient's e-mail address, the subject line and contents in that order. The Windows Photos app is also capable of supporting GIFs and now has an "Open with..." option. Skype Wi-Fi has also been replaced, with Microsoft Wi-Fi taking over, offering you to buy access to hotspots in banks of time using Windows Store's payment methods.

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Microsoft might offer Windows 10 on USB flash drives as well as DVDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 8:49 am

It looks like we could see Microsoft offer up Windows 10 on USB flash drives, compared to the usual DVDs that we've seen the company do with previous versions of its operating system. Intel has also teased its new Skylake-based Core i7-6700K for the week after Windows 10, if you were waiting on a new CPU upgrade.




German site WinFuture has the rumor, stating that Microsoft will sell USB flash drive versions of Windows 10, alongside the DVD copies of the OS. The report states that both Home and Professional versions will come in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, with a USB flash drive allowing Windows 10 to be installed and licensed for use on a single PC.




Microsoft will reportedly have a more expensive price tag attached to the USB flash drive versions of Windows 10, with a $25 increase on the $199 price of Windows 10 Home, while a $38 price increase on the $199 price for Professional. Not too bad, especially given the super convenience and increased speed of installing the OS from a USB flash drive provides.


If Microsoft does indeed offer a USB flash drive version of Windows 10, is it something you think is worth the premium? Do you normally install your operating system from DVD or USB flash drive? Personally, I have shifted over to USB flash drives to install Windows in the last few years, and I'll never go back. I don't use an optical drive, period.

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