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Microsoft is auto-downloading 6GB to your PC PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 13 September 2015 02:00

 Microsoft is auto-downloading 6GB to your PC


MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that Windows 10 is being downloaded to computers whether or not users have opted in. An INQUIRER reader pointed out to us that, despite not having 'reserved' a copy of Windows 10, he had found that the ~BT folder, which has been the home of images of the new operating system since before rollout began, had appeared on his system. He had no plans to upgrade and had not put in a reservation request. He told us: "The symptoms are repeated failed 'Upgrade to Windows 10' in the WU update history and a huge 3.5GB to 6GB hidden folder labelled '$Windows.~BT'. I thought Microsoft [said] this 'upgrade' was optional. If so, why is it being pushed out to so many computers where it wasn't reserved, and why does it try to install over and over again? "I know of two instances where people on metered connections went over their data cap for August because of this unwanted download. My own internet (slow DSL) was crawling for a week or so until I discovered this problem. In fact, that's what led me to it. Not only does it download, it tries to install every time the computer is booted." We asked Microsoft to comment on whether it was downloading Windows 10 anyway as the company rushes to build on the 75 million machines with the new OS installed in its first month, putting it in fourth place behind Window 7, 8.1 and the erstwhile XP. Microsoft told us: "For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade. In other words, if you are patching via Patch Tuesday, as you should of course be, then you are going to get a big hefty folder on your hard drive ready so you can update to Windows 10 on demand...For more on this turn your attention to windows10newsinfo forum.


Mobile Star Wars RPG PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 September 2015 07:14

Mobile Star Wars RPG


The galaxy far, far away is changing. With The Force Awakens on the horizon, the entire Star Wars universe is getting somewhat of a reboot; the old expanded universe (EU) is no longer canon, letting the new films start over fresh. Though the movie won’t hit theaters until December, the changes have already begun: last week saw the launch of the novel Star Wars: Aftermath, while today the free-to-play RPG Star Wars: Uprising is available on both iOS and Android, and they’re the first two pieces of the new official canon aimed at setting up the events for the new slate of films. Uprising is more than just a movie tie-in mobile game, though, as it takes place just after the events of Return of the Jedi, helping set the stage for J.J. Abrams’ film in December. "When you’re playing a movie game, you already know what’s happened," says creative director Daniel Erickson. "We wanted to carve out a new space that was interesting, that led toward new things that were coming." Uprising takes place not long after the death of Emperor Palpatine, in a faraway region of space called the Anoat Sector. Here, players will create their own character to help lead an uprising against what remains of the Empire. It’s a mix of the new and the familiar; missions will take you to iconic places like Hoth and Cloud City, but you’ll also get to explore brand new planets and star systems. The game itself is sort of like an online-focused, mobile version of Diablo. You’ll build your own character from scratch, and then upgrade them by taking on missions, gaining experience, and unlocking new gear. You can play missions cooperatively with friends, and the game will be continually updated with new content like story missions and character upgrades. The game is being developed by Kabam RPG, a new studio with only one previous release, this year’s Diablo-like RPG Spirit Lords....For more and to watch a short video visit windows10newsinfo forum.


Microsoft Edge More Successful Than Internet Explorer PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 September 2015 06:11

Microsoft Edge More Successful Than Internet Explorer


At least, that’s what Redmond seems to think. And they may be onto something here. Microsoft Edge, the company’s new web browser, made its debut with Windows 10 on July 29. This new solution not only comes with a new rendering engine, but also an expanded feature lineup. It is, however, only available in Windows 10 — as a selling point, if you will, as Microsoft clearly wants to entice people to upgrade to the new operating system. This exclusivity means that its adoption figures are ultimately impacted. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other rival web browsers are currently available on all versions of Windows, while Edge can only be used in the latest one, Windows 10. However, compared to Internet Explorer, Edge is already more successful. These are the thoughts of Chief Marketing Officer at Microsoft, Chris Capossela, who talked about the OS and the browser at the Citi Global Tech Conference in New York.At the end of the day, the big challenge for Microsoft is not to have more users than Internet Explorer, as this is an easy milestone to achieve, given how many people use IE. The idea is to compete against the likes of Chrome and Firefox in the browser war. And for that to happen, Edge will need significant improvements in features and options. It is set to receive some in a major update that is due this October or November...Continue reading on our forum.


Excel 2016 introduces and streamlines data analysis capabilities PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 August 2015 05:05

Excel 2016 introduces and streamlines data analysis capabilities


The pervasive tech of today without a doubt is big data. Companies and tools are springing up to analyze and visualize the massive amounts of data being collected by companies. Historically, Excel has been a common tool for breaking down and displaying datasets. Today, however, companies need more than the standard set of Excel functions are needed to gain useful insights into big data. Excel 2016 does not appear to be a big change, but all things considered this release is huge. With Excel, Microsoft is selling a spreadsheet tool to consumers and massive multi-national corporations. To bridge the gap between the casual and power users, Microsoft has been taking corporate features/tools and slowly integrating them into Excel. Power Query was an enterprise tool but now has been integrated into Excel 2016 for everyone. Enterprises have databases full of data in several different sources stored in different formats and different containers. Excel 2016 comes in a premium version and when paired with Power BI can be used to access a wealth of enterprise data. Companies will be able to access data stored in Azure, Hadoop, Active Directory, Dynamic CRM, SalesForce, and more and new PowerChart capabilities in make visualizing the data easy and useful. Excel 2016 introduces new chart types such as Box and Whisker, Praeto, TreeMap, Sunburst, and Histograms. Companies looking to slice through statistical data and create easy to use quick to understand visualizations will finally find these options in Excel 2016. Analyzing the data can be done easier on with new forecasting functions such as exponential smoothing...Learn more and see a partial list of analysis features on windows10newsinfo forum.


Create a New Local User Account in Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 August 2015 20:18

Create a New Local User Account in Windows 10


When you upgrade Windows 10 your old account comes with you, when you do a clean install you make a new account during the process, but what about if you want to add additional local accounts? Read on as we show you how. Millions of Windows users never create secondary accounts on their machines and use their primary administrative account for everything. This is a not-so-secure practice and one most people should get out of the habit of. Creating a secondary account for yourself (so you’re not always logged into as the administrator) or a secondary account for your kids (so those dubious Minecraft downloads they find on shady websites don’t infect your computer) is a great idea and one that significantly increases the security of your machine. While you might be inclined to use the onlined/synced features of a networked Microsoft account we’ve had plenty of requests for instructions on how to create a local account without all the online frills (and potential privacy concerns). A standard local account is great for people who don’t want to link their login to Microsoft and it’s a perfect fit for kids who don’t need all the extras (and might not even have an email address to link to the account in the first place). The first step is to access the Accounts menu (note that this is a separate beast from the “User Accounts” control panel entry). To do so click on the Start Menu search box and enter “add user”. If you have a compelling reason to change the account type to an administrator account you can click on the account entry, select “Change account type” and switch it from a limited to administrative account. Again, unless you have a compelling reason to do so you should leave the account in the much safer limited mode...We have full details posted at windows10newsinfo forum.

Intel Xeon chips coming to laptops PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 August 2015 04:34

 Intel Xeon chips


Intel's Xeon processors have powered servers and other enterprise PCs for years, but if you wanted their performance and security features for on-the-go computing, you were stuck having to buy notebooks by boutique builders like Eurocom that stuffed the desktop chips into massive laptops. The chip giant has apparently seen a need in the mobile workstation market for a better solution, as the company has just announced that it will be delivering Xeon-based notebook processors for the first time this fall. The Xeon Processor E3-1500M v5 family will be based on the new Skylake 14nm architecture and will be shipping in high-powered laptops starting this fall. While Intel has powerful CPUs for notebook computing -- like the Core i7-4940MX Extreme Edition -- the E3-1500M will offer buyers more enterprise-friendly features to go along with top-tier performance. These include error-correcting code memory, which can fix potential data corruption errors automatically, as well as the company's vPro technology for enhanced security and remote management. Workstations featuring the Xeon mobile processors will include Thunderbolt 3 interface technology, and Intel promises certifications for design and content-creation software that will be run on the notebooks. What the company hasn't mentioned are the specs for the E3-1500M v5 processors, though we know that Skylake should bring the usual faster performance (including integrated graphics, which workstation users won't be relying on anyway) and improved battery life that each new iteration of Intel's Core processors delivers...Please visit windows10newsinfo forum for more.


Device Guard makes Windows 10 more secure against malware PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 August 2015 05:26

Device Guard


Malware defense has reached an equilibrium of sorts. For the vast majority of threats there’s more or less a status quo détente—attackers crank out malware variants in staggering volumes and the antimalware software installed on your PC generally detects and blocks them. Device Guard is a new security feature in Windows 10 designed to protect you against those few threats that manage to circumvent standard antimalware defenses. The weakness of standard antimalware protection is that it’s just an application running on the operating system, which is running on the PC. If an exploit can compromise the antimalware application itself or the underlying operating system it can hide itself and operate in stealth—undetected by your security software. Device Guard operates at an even lower level—relying on virtualization and the PC hardware—to ensure only trusted applications are allowed to execute. The standard antimalware defense operates based on a “black list”. Security vendors identify threats and update the antimalware software so it has a current and comprehensive list of all known threats. As code executes on the PC it is compared against the list of known threats to detect and block malware. Any program that doesn’t match the signatures in the black list is allowed to run. One of the problems with this approach is that it’s reactive. I’ve noted for years that it’s a poor and untenable position to rely on “protection” that basically only works after the threat is already in the wild. The bad guys always get the first move so an emerging threat may very well go undetected until or unless your security vendor identifies it and adds it to the black list. Plus, there’s the issue mentioned earlier of an exploit potentially subverting the security software by compromising the PC at the operating system level...Learn more at windows10newsinfo forum.


How to turn on System Restore in Windows 10 to protect against bad updates PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 August 2015 11:03
We’ve already talked a few times about Microsoft’s new approach to delivering updates for home users in Windows 10. Unlike previous versions of the OS, Home users won’t be able to prevent updates from being installed on their PC. While this is probably advantageous for most people it does bring up two major objections: fears about a bad update screwing up your PC, and downloading updates at times that aren’t desirable, such as when you’re on a metered connection.  The second objection can be taken care of if you set your Wi-Fi connection as metered—Windows 10 may also detect when you’re on a metered wireless connection. As for the first, there are two things you can do. One is to make sure you snag the Microsoft-provided utility that lets you hide bad updates—albeit after the fact. In addition, you should make sure to turn on System Restore, which many users are finding inexplicably disabled by default in Windows 10. Turning System Restore on is very simple and tells Windows to create a restore point before installing any updates. That way, if a bad update messes up your system, you can roll it back right away.

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