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Microsoft introduced a new boot loaderBoot Options Menu” since the release of Windows 8 that decreased the boot time much. The new boot loader remains even in Windows 10. Unfortunately, while doing so Microsoft removed the function that allowed access to the Advanced Boot Options when you press F8 key when Windows boots. This means you cannot quickly access the Safe Mode by pressing the F8 key when Windows boots. Instead, you have to go the other way round to access Windows Safe Mode. You need to either start Windows 10 (or Windows 8.1/8) and then use the Settings app to restart into safe mode or if Windows fails to start, Windows will reboot again into safe mode. It does not matter how you do it but it is no longer a single step operation. It now involves 2 or 3 steps to access the Windows 10 Safe Mode.

Microsoft has released a new cumulative update (KB3140743) for Windows 10 Version 1511 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4. The latest cumulative update includes a number of bug fixes and performance improvements for both the Windows OS editions. This update will replace the previously released update KB3140742. Along with the cumulative update, Microsoft also released Servicing stack update (KB3139907) for Windows 10 Version 1511 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4. KB3139907 makes stability improvements for Windows 10 Version 1511 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 servicing stack.

Microsoft announced Project Centennial during its Build 2015 developer conference. Project Centennial aims to help developers publish their .NET and Win32 desktop applications to the Windows Store. Project Centennial is a toolkit that will enable desktop developers to package and publish their existing .NET and Win32-based Windows applications to the Windows Store. Developers can also use Centennial to call common UWP APIs and services.

So far Microsoft already has two big projects for developers, namely, Project Astoria and Project Islandwood. Don’t worry if you do not know about them. We will explain them before moving on to explaining Project Centennial.

Windows requires all device drivers digitally signed before they can be installed. The problem with device driver signing condition is if you try to install some driver which is not signed, it will fail to install. There is a workaround to install unsigned drivers on Windows. Today, through this how to article, we will show you how to disable device driver signing in Windows so that you can install them.

Digitally signed drivers are signed using code signing certificates and are enforced by Microsoft in Windows as it increases security. When a company releases digitally signed driver, the driver includes an electronic fingerprint that indicates the which company released the driver and if the driver has been modified since released. If a signed driver is modified, it will no longer have the digital signature intact. Thus indicating tampering and Windows displays an error.

Microsoft is working aggressively to push Windows 10 to all PC users running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. On the Windows mobile front, Microsoft is allegedly working on “Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor” app that will help Windows Phone users to upgrade their devices to Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft is soon expected to release Windows 10 Mobile. Before the release, Microsoft wants its users to make sure their devices can smoothly upgrade to Windows 10. For this, Microsoft will launch an app called Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor app. The working of the app is very simple. Once you load the app on your Windows Phone running Windows Phone 8.1, it scans it and displays whether your device can be updated to Windows 10.

Microsoft at JSConf US in December 2015 talk announced that they will open-source key components of the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers Microsoft Edge. Today, the company announced the availability of the sources for ChakraCore, available under the MIT License, at its own ChakraCore GitHub repository. According to Microsoft, the ChakraCore repository provides a fully supported and open-source standalone JavaScript engine. ChakraCore has the same characteristics as the Microsoft Edge’s Chakra engine. Developers can use ChakraCore and embed it in projects, innovate on top of it and contribute back to the community.

Microsoft in early November, 2015 decided to cut the total amount of free OneDrive storage space from 15 GB to 5 GB. In addition, Microsoft also decided to drop the 15 GB camera roll bonus. This made many free users enough reasons to abandon OneDrive and move to other cloud storage services. With storage costs going down and with the abundance of reliable cloud storage providers it’s not hard these days to find one.

Still if you need to keep your OneDrive account intact here’s something that will help you keep 15 GB OneDrive free storage space plus the camera roll bonus. Read on after the break but before that more about the announcement.

Open Live Writer, an open source fork of Windows Live Writer was first made available two weeks ago on GitHub. Those who liked editing their blogs from the comfort of using Windows Live Writer, the best offline editing tool for blogs, will be glad to see it live again through the open source fork. Open Live Writer supports many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog, and many more.

Starting from Windows 7, Microsoft included a nice feature in Windows Explorer called Favorites. In Windows 10, it has been renamed as Quick Access. It allows you to quickly access certain folder locations quickly. In Windows 10, Microsoft even opens it by default when you launch Explorer or This PC.

You will find Quick Access (or Favorites) in the Navigation Pane of Windows Explorer in Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10. By default, Microsoft shows you some predefined locations in there. If you do not want them, you can easily remove them. In this post, in addition to how to add custom folders we will also show you how to remove predefined Quick Access (or Favorite) folders.

Black Friday 2015 is here and so does some hot deals from Microsoft. This year, Microsoft has started its Black Friday sale by providing special discounts on a range of products and software. You can save a lot when you purchase a Surface or a Lumia or the Xbox One. If you have waited to purchase your own Surface, now is the best time. Microsoft Black Friday sales are valid till stocks last, so hurry up.

All Black Friday sales are available through Microsoft Stores. If you visit the official Microsoft Store online you will see a range of products available for purchase. Products that are not limited to Microsoft only but are manufactured by its partners like PCs, tablets, laptops, and accessories.Obviously you are reading this as you are more interested on products and devices that actually belong to Microsoft itself. So, what special discounts you can expect this Black Friday and on which products?