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Microsoft lets Windows 7 and 8.1 users reserve free upgrade to Windows 10

Q: Microsoft lets Windows 7 and 8.1 users reserve free upgrade to Windows 10

Starting today, current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 once the operating system is released in a few months' time. And yes, the free upgrade will give you...

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time. 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free


Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft


Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29


Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade


If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time

 
 

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So my brother got a new vista laptop recently and it came with a paper saying he can upgrade to Windows 7 for free.
So i go on HP's site (he got a pavilion), and i come across the page where i place my order. But then i find this:

It says it costs 30 euros! I thought it was meant to be free!? 30 euros isnt much anyway but thats not the problem, my problem is also that i cant pay online becuase i dont have paypal or a credit card!

Isnt it meant to be free? Or is that the shipping cost?

A:Windows 7 free upgrade for vista users

I would call HP and ask them ... though it doesnt sound like a free upgrade to me...

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How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016 if they need to reinstall OS? What should they prepare for reinstallation of Windows 10 in the future, creating a copy or what else? Thank you for your answer.

A:How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?

If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
See: Windows 10 ISO Download

If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.

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The ultimate malware!
Microsoft has admitted that it is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates on Intel’s seventh generation Core i3, i5, Qualcomm’s 8996 and other processors to ‘force’ users upgrade to Windows 10, a media report said....Intel Skylake processors will also not be supported on Windows 7 and 8 from July. Therefore, its users will have to upgrade to keep the updates coming.
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This is absurd! 

A:Microsoft is forcing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10

Ron,
In their defense, this policy was announced OVER A YEAR AGO, so that anyone purchasing a system in the interim should have been aware of what would be happening:http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/virus-spyware/f/3522/t/19668740

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I read this article earlier this morning and decided to pass it on.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/micr...-on-windows-7-and-8-1-pcs-report-497234.shtml

I'm sure other articles about it have been released by now.

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A:Microsoft Still Trying To Force Windows 10 Upgrade On Users

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just find on the Internet , the News that Microsoft forces users to upgrade to Windows 10

A:Microsoft forces users to upgrade to Windows 10

Yes, I`ve been a victim! I got the countdown message a week ago and ignored it and ten minutes later, I`m on a website and all of a sudden my laptop stops what it`s doing and downloads Windows 10! So not being too techie, I decided why not, let it download. I never wanted Windows 10 (was happy using Windows 7) but noticed that it was becoming prone to infection and sites popping up that I had to clear from my vaults using my Microsoft Security.

I have to say, since the download, my laptop is faster, the security (Windows Defender) is better and after getting used to the features and finding my way around, I`m actually liking it. I thought it was the big bad wolf that had to be avoided, but I`ve been pleasantly surprised and it cost me nothing! So can`t complain. I can`t say everyone will love it as I`m just a basic internet user, so anyone far more techie than I am may not agree, but the new browser `Microsoft Edge` is faster too. So yes, liking it so far. Still have a few niggles I need to sort out but apart from that, I`m happy to go with it.

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Google has built an app for the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system that lets users tap an app to access its services rather than obtaining them through a Web browser.



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Hi everyone, I have Win 8.1 and just recently an icon showed up on my taskbar notification area? Is it wise to reserve an upgrade for it or just be patient and wait? Just a lil' concerned that MS will start charging us...
 
Thanks for any input,
 
Kiki G.

A:Should we reserve a Win 10 free upgrade with icon on Win 8.1?

Hey Kiki Microsoft already said at the beginning that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will have the chance to upgrade to Windows 10 for free during the first year of the release, so it's safe to reserve your copy right now. I wouldn't worry about it. Also, you might want to bring the discussion in this thread instead:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/578012/windows-10-being-pushed-out-to-windows-7-and-windows-81-users/

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MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that being a Windows 10 Insider does not guarantee a free copy of the operating system.
 
The company is using the Windows Insider programme as its biggest ever beta test for what is being billed as the final or definitive version of Windows, or Windows-as-a-service.
 
But Microsoft has made it clear that its generosity stretches only so far, and that being a beta tester is an honour in itself.
 
Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users when it launches later this year.
 
Windows 8 has reached end of life, and customers will need to take the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 first, which is still subject to holdouts totalling 5.88 percent of the OS market, according to this month's Netmarketshare figures.
 

 
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A:Microsoft: Insiders using Windows XP or Vista won't get free Windows 10 upgrade

It has been announced months ago, and it took another declaration to confirm it? Some people really lives on their own little cloud don't they?

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Can I downgrade later?
If I upgrade to Windows 10 and do not like it, will I be able to go back to Windows 7 or 8? millrambr82
Yes: Microsoft aims to enable you to “roll back” to your old operating system, if required. However, I wouldn’t rely on this. In my view, it’s essential to back up your old system before installing a new one. You should also use the option to create “recovery media” with your old system, so that you’re not totally dependent on the “roll back” working.
You and you alone are responsible for preserving your own data.
 

Interesting to see how this plays out.
 
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A:Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: 10 more of your questions answered

This is the only question I wanted an answer to. The rest I already knew

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Windows 10 'Free' Upgrade Breakdown

Microsoft's free upgrade options for Windows 10 have been garnering increasing attention as the July 29 release date for the operating system fast approaches. Partners said there are still unanswered questions about licensing terms, clean installs versus in-place upgrades, and whether once you upgrade to Windows 10 is it possible to downgrade back to Windows 8.1 or 7.
"Nothing is ever as clear as we'd like it to be with Microsoft," said Bob Nitrio, president of Ranvest Associates, Sacramento, Calif. "When Windows 10 is popular in the press, it initiates a lot of discussion with our customers. The good news is, we are in no rush to upgrade to Windows 10. But we still need more answers."




Microsoft's Free Windows 10 Upgrade: 10 Things Partners Need To Know - Page: 1 | CRN

A:Microsoft's Free Windows 10 Upgrade: 10 Things Partners Need To Know

Just say no to WinBlow$! No free upgrade for my old XP so I'm going LinuxMint!

L8r

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Microsoft to Close Free Windows 10 Upgrade ?Loophole? on December 31

As we reported to you recently, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for consumers using assistive technology was still available after the launch of the Fall Creators Update, with no end in sight.

But as it turns out, Microsoft is finally planning to end this offer, basically closing the only loophole that allowed users to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.

First, some context. Back in July 2015 when Microsoft rolled out Windows 10, the company offered the new OS free of charge to everyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8 as long as the upgrade was performed in the first 12 months. One year later, the firm ended this offer, but continued to allow users running accessibility features to upgrade to Windows 10 at no charge.

Offer to come to an end December 31
While at first glance this seemed to be a welcome offer for those using assistive technology, it was no secret that many Windows 7 and 8.1 users turned to it to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge only because no verifications where being made. In other words, there were no checks on the accessibility features running on a system, so the upgrade to Windows 10 was still completely free.

Microsoft itself explained that ?we are not restricting the upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the upgrade offer.?

Microsoft, however, has decided to close this loophole and now s... Read more

A:Microsoft to Close Free Windows 10 Upgrade “Loophole” on December 31

One laptop got stuck in the login screen (Windows 10) and no fix, worked. So I reinstalled Windows 7 from my recovery discs. And after a short Google search, I knew about the Windows 10 free upgrade for users of the accessibility features (which MS never checks). After around 4 hours and now running the latest Windows 10 build.
 

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Two questions:
1) What happens when I reload my Windows 8 PC after the free upgrade expires?
I have a Dell desktop that came with Windows 8 (or 8.1?) home. I did the Win 10 upgrade and then used my Win 8. Pro upgrade key to upgrade to Win 10 Pro.
I have created a Windows 10 ISO and I know the generic key (VK7JG...) is the one used. If I need to reload the PC after the free upgrade, will I be stuck with Windows 8 again or can I use the ISO and key to upgrade again? If not is there a way (short of a disk image) to make sure I can upgrade?

2) I have two Windows 7 licenses (Pro and Ultimate). Is there a way to reserve the Windows 10 upgrade with them, like for instance installing them on a virtual machine? This of course would tie into question 1 possibly if and when I need those installations. I could of course (depending on the virtual machine I think) convert them from p to v at some point as well. Any recommendations on which system (Virtual PC, VMWare, etc.) to use if that's the case?

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First of all, the details are here.According to a leaked document, customers acquiring Vista PCs will be given the opportunity of inexpensive and free upgrades to Windows 7, as long as they will buy the machines with Vista and not wait for the launch of Windows 7. The latest documentation leaked for the program reveals an Eligibility Period spanning from July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010

A:Free Upgrades for Windows 7 only to Windows Vista users

Keep in mind this is subject to change

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Hello, everyone. This is my first post. I have been in touch with Microsoft 3 times to ask this question and each time I get referred on to someone else. I would have thought that the answer would have been straight forward so I looked around and found you guys. I guess you can tell from the "title" what I was asking about but here it is anyway.

"will the free download of Windows 8.1 (for existing Windows 8 users) be released on DVD for those with a very slow broadband connection? It would take me 48 hours to download at around 20kb/s - I really need it on disc."

I am waiting for the response to this second rewording of my question and will post Microsoft's response here. In the meantime I would appreciate knowing if anyone here has an answer.

Thanks.

The Professor.

A:Windows 8.1 Free Update on Disc for Windows 8 Users?

You will need to buy the DVD.

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Free-Windows-8-1-Version-to-Be-Aimed-at-Windows-7-Users-Report-429906.shtml

A:free windows 8.1 for win 7 users ???

@ all the malware removal guy's. Get ready to be busy If this happens.
 
 

 
Windows 8.1 Update 1 could be specifically designed to do this, with some people close to the matter explaining that the upcoming release might only require 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage space on either tablets or PCs.

 Yes I wanna see that, If Microsoft says 1 gig You will need 2... LOL
 

 
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is slated to make its public debut in April as part of the Patch Tuesday cycle

Better be an optional Update, I paid for my Win7 and would be upset If I was forced to upgrade by a sneaky( automatic) Update.
 

 
Of course, such a product could also help Microsoft compete against the likes of Linux

 
I can see it now Microsoft Windows open source where you can do anything you want like in Linux.
 
Then again it might improve security.
 

 
 
 
Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus, And the Easter Bunny is real..........
 
 
April HUH? Microsoft setting us up for a April Fools Day joke?
 
I can see it now Microsoft realeases new free secure operating system that runs on 1 gig of ram on older systems....... APRIL FOOLS.

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/micros...=nl.e541&s_cid=e541&ttag=e541&ftag=TRE7ce1dc9
 

A:Windows 10 Free to Win 7 and Above Users...

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?Do not install any third-party software on Windows 10 PCs?

It's a well-known fact that many OEMs and retailers across the world are shipping Windows computers, no matter the OS version installed, with lots of useless software solutions that do nothing more than to slow down the PCs themselves and to create additional issues.

Anti-virus apps, word processors, toolbars, and other additional software tools that aren't specifically requested by users are all installed on these computers, so it takes time and effort for users to remove them completely.

And yet, this has to end in Windows 10, users claim in a new suggestion on UserVoice, as Microsoft needs to work with OEMs to avoid installing unnecessary software on computers powered by this new operating system.




Users Want Windows 10 to Be Bloatware-Free - Softpedia

A:Users Want Windows 10 to Be Bloatware-Free

I hope those same people that want all bloatware removed before they get their new computer realized that bloatware lowers the cost of the new oem computer. Also one person bloatware is another's favorite utility.

Now it would be nice if microsoft had an uninstall utility in the control panel (or whatever they are going to call it in win10) where you can select everything you do not want and it all will uninstall at the same time. That would save a lot of time.

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When I did the Windows 7 install, I am not sure whether during sysprep or using something called Profile Re-locator, I moved the Users Folder from the C: OS drive to my second E: data drive.

I want to upgrade to Win 10 and have been putting it off.

I forgot how to move the users folder back prior to the upgrade.

A:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder Moved 2nd Drive

Hi:

See if this tutorial helps:

How to Change the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

When you are ready to upgrade, the equivalent tutorial for Windows 10 is here:

How to Move Users Profile Folder to another Location in Windows 10

Hope this helps,
MM

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Title basically says it all. I used to be using Windows 8.1, and I upgraded for free. After using windows 10 for a week i got a blue screen that said "bad_system_config_info" and restarting does not fix it. It is stuck on the blue screen after restarting. So, i was thinking I could use the option on the blue screen that it gives me to downgrade to previous version, but I would still like to use windows 10. So, if I downgrade, could I then upgrade again for free? (I am still within my 30 days to downgrade) Any help would be greatly appreciated!

If you have any other solution to this blue screen that would allow me to stay on windows 10 and keep all of my files and apps, that would be even better. Thank you!

The initial error that came up while I was using my PC like normal:

Options ("Continue" and "turn off PC" just take me back to this)


Options Under "troubleshoot" option that was shown above. (I've tried a system restore, but it does not work. I have no "system image recovery", so doesn't work. Start up repair doesn't work. So, "go back to previous build" is my last resort, which is the reason for my question in the first place. I would like to downgrade then upgrade back to windows 10, but not sure if i can.

 

A:Can you upgrade for free to windows 10, downgrade back to windows 8.1, and then upgrade again?

Yes, I believe you can. Windows 10 is free for at least the first year from release.
You can still get the Windows 10 ISO downloade and be able to upgrade using that instead of the downloaded installation files too.
 

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I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.

A:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder on second drive

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I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.



Probably the best thing to do right now, is download what you need, and throw in an empty drive, disconnect all other drives, and clean install W10, then use your W7 key to activate it once you get to the desktop. Also, skip checking for updates at the beginning of the install, because the servers are being hammered now, and you'll just sit there idle, while nothing happens.

If you must review the failure log, it can be found at
C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log

You'll need to show hidden system files to find it, and you'll need to copy it to someplace else in order to open it.

7:40 to go. No time to lose.

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I was reading an article, and it said that Windows 10 would be free for 8 users. Do all versions of 8 get it, or just 8?

I refuse to go to the Windows 10 forum to find out, because they were really ugly about things.

A:Windows 10 Free for Windows 8 Users

Microsoft has so far said nothing on the subject. So anything anyone else says at this point is just speculation.

Based on past events with earlier versions of Windows, they will at least probably offer a substantial discount to those that upgrade to Windows 10. Beyond that, who knows?

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   Information
Beginning of 2013 there was about 40,000 apps ready to be downloaded at the Windows Store. The Store grows rapidly, faster than other similar stores for other platforms.

Not all Windows Apps cost money. In fact a great number of games and apps is available for free, ready to be installed. This is a collection of Windows Store Apps the users of the Eight Forums have tested and used and want to recommend.

The idea is to give you a short description, only a few words for you to get the idea what the app does. If you are interested you also get a direct link to app at Windows Store where you can get more information before deciding if you want to install the app or not. Notice that as Windows Store URL protocol is not recognized by our forum software you need to copy the link manually and paste it to IE10 addressbar (protocol ms-windows-store is only recognized by IE10, it does not work on other browsers).

If you have found an app you would like to share with us, reply to this thread giving the app name, short description and enough details for us to find it in Store. Remember that the app should be free, no test or paid for version.

Have fun!


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You need to copy the full Store Path for the app, paste it to IE10 and hit Enter to open app presentation and installation page on Store. Notice that because of forum software word wrapping the link might be divided on two rows. You need to copy and paste it as one continuous link. ... Read more

A:List of free Windows Store Apps recommended by our users

After completing my favorite list above, I found PC Monitor from MMSOFT Design.

Remotely monitor and manage your IT infrastructure using this securely encrypted app that gives you total control of your critical servers and applications from anywhere, anytime.PC Monitor is free for non-commercial use and you can monitor up to 5 computers or applications with no subscription payment required and no time limitation.All computer resources, network performance, IIS, Exchange, Active Directory and Hyper-V - just to name a few.Run tasks, execute commands in a terminal, manage running processes and services, check and apply updates, restart, shut down and wake your computers.Monitor the status and uptime of all computersMonitor the current CPU usage and available memoryMonitor and start/stop/pause/restart services

The user interface is clear, straight to the point, no unnecessary clutter. Here me playing with it, checking my wife's laptop over the network:

An ideal tool for family IT guys. I like it. Added to the list.

Kari

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To receive your free one-year trial subscription to eTrust EZ Antivirus, please complete and submit the form below. This information is used to create your free account, in the event you need product support. We respect your privacy. Your information will not be shared with any third parties for marketing or related purposes without your consent. See our Privacy Policy below for more information.Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to download the product.https://www.my-etrust.com/SubscriptCenter/M...55〈=en-US

A:Free Etrust Ez Antivirus For Windows Vistatm Beta Users

avast antivirus also has a vista compatable antivirus program for free goto www.avast.com

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/no-f...ines-for-first-time-since-launch-508853.shtml

The latest batch of market share statistics provided by Net Applications for desktop operating systems puts Windows 10 on the second position in the rankings, but it also reveals something totally unexpected that happened last month.

Windows 10 has actually lost market share last month despite the fact that everyone expected the operating system to continue its growth, which could be a sign that Microsoft?s 1 billion devices running Windows 10 goal might take a bit longer to become reality.

While it?s a bit too early to tell whether Windows 10?s market share could stagnate for a longer period or not, the September 2016 performance was clearly below expectations, especially because this happens only one month after Microsoft ended its free upgrade campaign.

As part of this promo, Microsoft often became rather aggressive and sometimes users accused the company of forcing the upgrade on them, with many complaining that Windows 10 was installed on their PCs even if they didn?t ask for it.



No forced upgrades, no growth
But now that Windows 10 is no longer available for free, the operating system?s growth not only that slowed down but it also stopped completely, and this can only be bad news for Microsoft.

Windows 10 dropped last month from 22.99 percent to 22.53 percent, and while the decline isn?t substantial, it?s a sign that the new OS might really struggle to get ... Read more

A:No Free Upgrades, No New Users: Windows 10 Declines for First Time Since Launch

They can't be surprised, if they are they don't have the team I thought they did.
Their approach brought this on, and the good part is they can change that far
easier than changing code. I just hope they are "socially" smart enough to see
that fact.
Cool Share Exterminator.
 

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Microsoft really wants people to get on the Windows 10 bandwagon, so much so that the company plans to start automatically downloading its new operating system to some users' computers next year.







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That's an aggressive move from Microsoft, especially given the outcry earlier this month after the company did the same thing accidentally. Users who've gotten the download will still be able to opt out before it's installed on the device, and they can roll back the upgrade for as long as 31 days after making the switch to the new OS, so that's some consolation.

It's a particularly raw deal for people who are on metered Internet connections. Windows 8.1 users aren't in danger there, because that OS won't automatically download updates over a metered connection. But Windows 7 users will have to turn off automatic downloads of all recommended updates in order to avoid downloading multiple gigabytes worth of operating system.


Read more: Microsoft to users: You'll download Windows 10, and you'll like it | PCWorld





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Enable or Disable Upgrade to Windows 10 in Windows Update for Windows 7 and 8.1

How to Remove 'Get Windows 10' Reserve Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1

A:Microsoft to users: You'll download Windows 10, and you'll like it

I already downloaded it and tried it for 6 weeks because Microsoft threatened me with physical violence , i don't like it though so now what ?

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Microsoft has begun patching files on Windows XP and Vista without users' knowledge, even when the users have turned off auto-updates...In recent days, Windows Update (WU) started altering files on users' systems without displaying any dialog box to request permission. The only files that have been reportedly altered to date are nine small executables on XP and nine on Vista that are used by WU itself. Microsoft is patching these files silently, even if auto-updates have been disabled...windowssecrets.comMicrosoft responds:... ?Before closing, I would like to address another misconception that I have seen publically reported. WU does not automatically update itself when Automatic Updates is turned off, this only happens when the customer is using WU to automatically install upgrades or to be notified of updates.?..isc.sans.org

A:Microsoft Updates Windows Without Users' Consent

Microsoft acknowledges the lack of noticeIn a post the same day on the Microsoft Update Product Team Blog, program manager Nate Clinton confirmed that updates to Windows Update itself are performed without notifying users. This is true even if users specify Let me choose when to install them or Notify me but don't automatically download or install (two of the four options available to users).How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date...The point of this explanation is not to suggest that we were as transparent as we could have been; to the contrary, people have told us that we should have been clearer on how Windows Update behaves when it updates itself. This is helpful and important feedback, and we are now looking at the best way to clarify WU?s behavior to customers so that they can more clearly understand how WU works...

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If you're still using Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows XP, you will no longer be getting definition updates for it.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-ends-windows-xp-antimalware-support-486848.shtml

Today is "Patch Tuesday" for July 2015, so all support for it has now expired.

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A:To Windows XP Users Still Using Microsoft Security Essentials

Great message to get out there. I know a lot of people who are running this on XP.
 

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Mod Edit: I have edited the article you posted out, post links to articles and don't post complete articles here, it violates their copyrights and our board rules. This is more along the lines of what you should do for such references.

Interesting reading: Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent
 

A:Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent

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Source : Olhar Digital: Notcia: Usurios dizem que Microsoft instala Windows 10 nos PCs fora

full article detailed in English : Microsoft upgraded users to Windows 10 without their OK

Internet users of predecessor versions of current Microsoft operating system are reporting on the Internet that the company is installing the new version of Windows, 10 without their permission.

According to what was reported in forums like Reddit, some computers are automatically restarted and then Windows Update starts the upgrade process of the Microsoft product without any chance of hindrance by the user.

According to InfoWorld, the update may be being automatically recommended by the program in the Windows Update list, update center that usually search for drivers and minor repairs and modifications to the operating system.

Microsofthad reportedin February that itwas ready tolaunch a generalupdateofthe planfor the newWindowsversiontoput it asrecommendedin theupdate center.For those whodo not want toinstall,just go to theWindows Updatein ControlPanel,notethe nextscheduled updatesandthenclearany operatingsystem upgrademention.

Even evaluated by critics positively, Windows 10 does not please everyone. The main fear regarding the update is compatibility with software running on versions 7, 8 and 8.1, but it may fail if the operating system is updated.
 

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Here is an article that Microsoft now included the free upgrade for Windows XP users:
http://www.maximumpc.com/how-to-get-windows-10-for-free/
 

A:Windows 10 upgrade for XP users too

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This coming "Patch Tuesday", January 12, will represent the last batch of updates for Windows 8.   After that, it is considered End-of-Life, and no longer supported.   So any Win8 users should upgrade to [at least] Win 8.1... and if you wish, to Win 10.
Those still clinging to Windows Vista can count on more than a year of security updates, until April 11, 2017, and anyone running Windows 7 can do so with confidence until January 14, 2020.  Windows 8.1 reaches the end of its Extended Support phase on January 10, 2023.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/still-running-windows-8-time-to-upgrade-or-else/

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Microsoft will give those who tested the next version of Windows through the Windows Insider program a free upgrade path to Windows 10 when the OS is released to manufacturing. Historically major Windows updates have cost money, so by providing...

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A:Windows Insiders get free upgrade path to Windows 10

What if I tested it coming from mac or linux?How do I get a free year/license of windows 10?
 

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Microsoft will give those who tested the next version of Windows through the Windows Insider program a free upgrade path to Windows 10 when the OS is released to manufacturing, meaning you will be able to upgrade to the final RTM version without the need of a clean install. Update: In light of the confusion caused by the ambiguity of some of Microsoft's announcements, we have posted a new article explaining Windows 10's free upgrade offer.
When this news was first revealed by Microsoft's Gabriel Aul through Twitter yesterday, there was a bit of confusion as to how the upgrade would work, with some people speculating that the free upgrade meant a free Windows 10 license, however that is not the case.




Windows Insiders get free upgrade path to Windows 10 - TechSpot

A:Windows Insiders get free upgrade path to Windows 10

Looks like they messed this up:

"Windows 10 for current users of Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1"

From what I know (and what they wrote), only owners of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to get the free upgrade. Owners of Windows 8 and Windows Phones 8 will have to upgrade to 8.1 to have access to that free upgrade (anyway, they can upgrade to 8.1 for free from 8).

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I am trying to upgrade my windows to version 10 but doesn't seem to be able to do it.  I tried to "reserve" for windows upgrade, but the system does not seem to register it. I tried to check the "update" setting but do not see anything on window 10 updates as well. Read in some earlier discussion that Aspire ZS600 does not support Windows 10. Is it true? 

A:Windows 10 free upgrade for Aspire ZS600 (Windows ...

Try using the Windows migration tool.

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Microsoft begins denying updates to some Windows 7 users

Microsoft this week began blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors from receiving security updates, making good on a policy it announced but did not implement last year.

But the company also refused to provide security fixes to Windows 7 systems that were powered by AMD's "Carrizo" CPUs, an architecture that was supposed to continue receiving patches.

The decree that led to the update bans, whether allowable or not under Microsoft's new policy, was revealed in January 2016, when the company said making Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 run on the latest processors was "challenging." Microsoft then ruled that Windows 10 would be the only supported edition on seventh-generation and later CPUs and simultaneously dictated a substantial shortening of support of both editions.

The biggest impact was on Windows 7, because it had become the standard in enterprises -- Microsoft's most valued customers -- with deployment shares far north of 50%. According to Microsoft, Windows 7 was to be fully supported on sixth-generation processors -- Intel's were dubbed "Skylake," AMD's included Carrizo -- until July 17, 2017. At that point, some Skylake-equipped PCs would continue to receive some security updates; other such PCs would get nothing.

Microsoft later walked back the cut-off, first by extending the end-of-support date to July 2018, then by repudi... Read more

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Microsoft: Here?s How Windows 10 Protected Users Against WannaCry

Windows 10 was immune to WannaCry ransomware thanks to updates released by Microsoft in March this year, so the infection compromised mostly unpatched Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 systems.

In a research published today, Microsoft explains how Windows 10 managed to protect users against WannaCry (also referred to as WannaCrypt), explaining that the built-in mitigation system can provide additional protection, unlike Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 which both lack such features.

The company explains that thanks to virtualization-based security Windows 10 users are protected even before the breach, with the secure kernel stopping malicious code from being loaded into the Windows Kernel through the kernel Control Flow Guard (kCFG).

Furthermore, Windows 10 can stop shellcode injections with non-executable and randomized kernel memory regions (NS Paged Pool and KASLR).
In case the breach does occur, Device Guard and Windows Defender work together to block and intercept the malware in the initial stages of the attack, allowing only authorized applications to run and analyzing suspicious files. Furthermore, there?s Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection which protects networks, providing IT admins with reports and information on attack attempts for each computer in the network.

Keep systems up-to-date
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I purchased a new Toshiba laptop with Windows 8. I purchased Microsoft office suite 2010 and loaded it on my computer. My desktop has all icons and access to the programs, but it is not on other user accounts including admin accounts.

How can I share the Microsoft office suite with other user accounts on my machine ? Can I get icons for the suite programs on the Windows 8 start page ?

Thank you for your input.
 

A:Windows 8 and Microsoft Office Suite shared by all users

Have a read through this posting:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...in-8-for/3daba209-39f6-46a8-95e8-8dabc66f5e6c
and see if it applies to your situation, too.
 

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The recent update for Microsoft Security Essentials is causing a lot of Windows XP computers to bog down or become unusable.

You might want to read this article:

http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/34518-microsoft-security-essentials-bug-kills-xp-boxes

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A:Attention! Windows XP Users That Have Microsoft Security Essentials

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Hello guys, I am wanting to free some memory from my laptop, I have just deleted all my backups and unwanted games, e.c.t

Is there anything else that I can delete, like something windows 7 gives but no-one uses that can be deleted?

I heard that unnecessary programs run without you knowing and can be stopped? Any thing that may remove a GB would be grateful if anyone could help!

A:Lets free some memory!

i assume you mean hard-drive space rather than memory...

you could try running disk cleanup - just start typing disk into your startmenu searchbox, then select disk cleanup from the results at the top.

also check out the 'turn windows features on or off' section in the 'program and features' part of the control panel - only you can decide what you think you need or will need in the future.

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Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 after $30 Amazon Credit
http://www.dealvs.com/index.php/201...ck-pre-order-30-amazon-promotional-credit-70/

Released!

How are you guys liking Windows 8 so far?
 

A:Windows users... will you upgrade to Windows 8?

Well, I always upgrade my soft wares the moment that a new version is released, BUT upgrading Windows IMMEDIATELY?

I think not. That's because if you can still do all your tasks properly and efficiently on your version of Windows, why consider upgrading? Aren't we all after usability?

My point is, if your PC (Windows OS) is capable enough to cope with your needs, don't replace it, because it'll take time before one can familiarize his self with new comers.(that is, Windows 8)
 

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Microsoft is showing yet another advertisement in Windows 10, this time for Chrome users

At this point, users should be used to seeing advertisements on Windows 10. Anyone who uses a browser other than Edge likely sees notifications that they'd get better battery life with the company's in-house browser, and let's not forget about all of the placeholders for Windows Store apps.

There's a new ad, and this one is directly targeted at a third-party app: Google's Chrome browser. Unlike previous ones that would try to steer the user toward Edge, this advertisement doesn't try to take you away from Chrome at all; instead, it suggests that you install Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant extension.


Brad Sams of Thurrott.com received a statement from Microsoft regarding whether or not to expect more content like this:

We are always testing new features and information that can help people enhance their Windows 10 experience

The advertisements seem to have begun four days ago, if the reviews for the extension are any indication. Of the 18 reviews that are shown on the listing, six of them are within that timeframe, and as you might guess, they're all one-star. If you're actually interested in the extension though, previous ratings are pretty positive.

While Microsoft says that it's "always testing new features", one would think that due to the negative feedback here, this practice would stop; however, one would ... Read more

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