You can still upgrade Windows 7 and 8.1 systems to Windows 10 for free

When Microsoft launched its Windows 10 operating system, it knew that it had to convince customers to give it a try. The bad adoption of Windows 8 still haunted the company and […]

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Microsoft releases October 2019 update previews for Windows

Microsoft released cumulative updates for various supported versions of Windows on October 15, 2019. The company released preview updates for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1 […]

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Another nail in Windows 8's coffin

Microsoft published a roadmap yesterday for Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.x that highlights the end of support dates for app submissions to Windows Store and the distribution of app updates […]


Microsoft fixes July 2018 updates for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Server

A lot of things went wrong on the July 2018 Patch Day on July 10, 2018. System admins and users flocked to forums and support sites to report all kinds of issues […]

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Windows 8.1 End of Mainstream Support

Mainstream support for Windows 8.1 ended on January 9, 2018. Yesterday's Patch Day marked the end of mainstream support for the two operating systems and the beginning of extended support. Microsoft distinguishes […]


Turn off smart multi-homed name resolution in Windows

Smart multi-homed name resolution is a DNS related feature that Microsoft introduced in Windows 8 and implemented in Windows 10 as well. The feature is designed to speed up DNS resolution on […]

Microsoft extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline to June 10th

When Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 8.1, which it called Windows 8.1 Update, it announced that it would stop releasing updates for Windows 8.1 without that particular update shortly […]

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Remove default applications on Windows 8 systems

The Windows 8 operating system ships with a set of default applications that are installed out of the box. Apps like Bing Finance, Camera, Photos, or Communication can be used right away […]

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Windows Image Boot feature to reduce Windows storage space requirements

One of the things that Microsoft has been criticized for is the storage space requirement of the Windows operating system. If you take Microsoft's original Surface devices for instance, you will notice […]

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Another new Windows feature pops up: Interactive Live Tiles

Live tiles are a new feature of Windows 8's start screen which can display static or dynamic information. A plain live tile may just show the logo or name of an application […]

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Windows 8.1 Update is mandatory for all Windows 8.1 users. Here is why!

Today's Patch Tuesday is special because of a couple of reasons. First, it is the last patch public patch day for most Windows XP systems. I do not think there is need […]

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Microsoft announces big Windows Store update

You may know that I write a weekly series over at Betanews about new apps that are published to Windows Store. I browse the store each week, pick the best apps, test […]

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Start Screen Unlimited adds features to Windows 8's Start interface

The start screen interface of Windows 8, as well as the improved versions in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Featured Update, let you pin apps or programs to it so that you […]

Mozilla drops Firefox for Windows 8 Metro

Has it really been this long? Mozilla started to work on the Metro version of the efox web browser back in 2012 before Microsoft released the retail version of the successor of […]

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How to pin or move multiple apps in Windows 8.1 after installing the feature pack

I have been running the Feature Pack update for several days now and while I like what it has added to the Windows 8 operating system, I noted that several workflows changed […]

Should you upgrade Windows XP right now, or wait for Windows 9?

Windows XP users need to make a decision next month. When Microsoft ends extended support for the operating system, millions of PC systems running XP will not receive any security updates anymore […]

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Here is why Windows 8.1 Update 1 is a step in the right direction, but...

Microsoft has released one major update so far for the Windows 8 operating system that raised the version of it to Windows 8.1. The update corrected several usability issues that users of […]

Free Windows 8 upgrades? Microsoft gets it wrong again

The rumor mill on the Internet has been buzzing lately again. Sites like The Verge or ZDNet report that Microsoft is considering giving away a special version of Windows 8 for free […]