Are you someone who finds the default theme too bright? Are you looking for a darker theme? If your answer is “yes” to those questions, then you will definitely like the new Dark mode that came with the new Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Microsoft has released the much-anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The Anniversary Update is now available for download or upgrade through all official channels. Here’s how to download Anniversary Update of Windows 10 using the various official mediums available.
The Anniversary Update of Windows 10 is also known as the Redstone 1 (or RS1, or Windows 10.2, or Windows 10 Version 1607) as it comes from the RS1 development branch. The official build number of Windows 10 Anniversary Update is 10.0.14393. Threshold 2 version was 1511 coinciding with the month and year it was released on. Similarly Redstone 1 version is 1607.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update is releasing today, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 to users. Anniversary Update is the second major update to Windows 10 after Threshold 2 (November Update). Windows 10 Anniversary Update promises tons of new features, performance improvements, etc. Here’s everything you need to know about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update before you install the update.
When Windows 10 was first released, Microsoft made it available as free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. At first, users only had the option to upgrade their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system to Windows 10. With the release of Windows 10 Threshold 2 (Build 1511), Microsoft changed this cumbersome upgrade process. Threshold 2 allowed users use their existing genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product key to clean install and activate Windows 10. But all this is going to change with the expiration of the Windows 10 Free Upgrade offer program on July 29, 2016.
Let’s see one by one, what to expect once the free upgrade offer expires. What are your options available? Will you be able to activate Windows 10 using Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product key after July 29, 2016? How can you reinstall Windows 10 and activate it?
Are you aware that you can freely upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro with the need to clean install Windows 10 again? You just need to own a genuine Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8 Pro Pack, or Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack edition product key to activate Windows 10 Pro. Here, we will tell how to upgrade from Windows 10 Home edition to Windows 10 Pro for free without the need to do a clean install of Windows 10.
The end of Windows 10 Free Upgrade offer is right around the corner. Microsoft is officially closing down the Windows 10 Free Upgrade offer on July 29, 2016. You can also take a look at the official countdown here. July 29, 2016 will also mark the first anniversary of Windows 10 release. Wondering what will happen after the Windows 10 Free Upgrade offer ends? Obviously, you will not be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free anymore but what else will happen? What will be the cost of Windows 10 after the free upgrade offer ends? Will Microsoft release upgrade versions of Windows 10 for purchase?
Microsoft is adding an Activation Troubleshooter to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The new Activation Troubleshooter will help users resolve the common issues related to Windows 10 activation. Microsoft is making it easier for users to activate Windows 10 after hardware upgrade.
At present, when you activate Windows 10, Microsoft links the activation to the hardware of the computer. This way, if you reinstall Windows 10 it will automatically activate again by matching the hardware signature. Windows 10 fails to activate if you make some changes to the hardware and Microsoft can no longer recognize the device.
Microsoft bundles Windows Defender as the default antivirus in Windows 10 to provide basic security against common threats like virus, spyware, trojan and other malware. Since, Windows Defender is deeply integrated with the operating system, the virus definition updates are delivered via Windows Update. So, if you have made changes to Windows Update settings it is possible Windows Defender is not getting automatic updates regularly. You will learn how to manually update Windows Defender if your PC is online and you have disabled Windows Update. If your PC is offline, you will learn how to get Windows Defender offline update in Windows 10.
If you follow the Windows 10 upgrade process, you can keep your old files, settings, and programs from your earlier Windows edition. What if you want a completely fresh Windows 10 system? What are your options then? If you want a completely fresh system, you have a few options available. These options are also useful if you have purchased a new Windows 10 PC and you want to get rid of all the bloatware included by the manufacturer. Or, if you want to clean install Windows 10 on your existing PC.
Before Microsoft released Windows 10 Threshold 2 version 1511, which allowed users to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key, the company used to force users to upgrade to Windows 10 before they could do a clean install. The whole process was very annoying, time-consuming and complicated for most users. As everything is easy now, here’s the various options you have, to do a clean install of Windows 10.
Microsoft introduced a new boot loader “Boot 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.