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Microsoft allows Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 free of cost. Although, to successfully activate Windows 10, users are required to upgrade directly from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Once Windows 10 is installed, Microsoft activates it automatically. From the next time users can clean install Windows 10 as the product key gets attached to the Microsoft Account and the hardware configuration.

The free upgrade system sounds perfect for both Microsoft and Windows users willing to take advantage of the free Windows 10 offer. But there are reports that suggest otherwise. Sometimes, either due to technical reasons or hardware issues, Windows 10 failed to activate after an upgrade, leaving users in a difficult situation. Also, some users may not want to take the upgrade path and may like to clean install Windows 10. How to get Windows 10 to activate after a clean install the first time? For all these reasons, Microsoft seems to be getting ready with a solution. Users will soon be able to activate Windows 10 using their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key.

Windows 10 is no doubt one of the most successful operating system launch in the history of Microsoft. Thanks to the big PR campaigns, Windows Insider Program, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer, and letting users upgrade their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 directly through Windows Update. But not everyone wants to upgrade to Windows 10. To let users upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update, Microsoft installed few updates on existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers. Mostly these updates were delivered without asking the users. After the updates are installed a user is asked to register for Windows 10 free upgrade.

In reality, users can get the free upgrade without registering for it. Now, if you are one who is constantly getting nagged to update to Windows 10, here is something that you may like. No, I will not ask you to mess with the registry or do tasks that may be hard for you to understand. Here is a portable freeware app known as GWX Control Panel (formerly known as GWX Stopper) to do the task for you.

The final countdown has begun as Microsoft is preparing for the big release of its most anticipated operating system upgrade, Windows 10, at 12 AM ET on July 29th. Reports on various social network and blogosphere suggests that the software giant has already started sending Windows 10 via Windows Update to Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Windows 8.1) users who signed up for Windows 10 Free Upgrade waiting list. Some users have reported noticing a folder C:\$windows.~BT which has the files required for installing Windows 10 upgrade.

Performing any tasks related to hard disk is a daunting task for majority of computer users. All operating systems are equipped with a built-in disk management software that provides basic functions like creating new partitions or deleting existing ones. Microsoft Windows is no exception here. The flagship operating system by Microsoft comes bundled with a Disk Management function accessible from the Computer Management window. It provides very basic functions like create new partition, delete partition, etc. What if you need to do some advance tasks like splitting an existing partition or resizing one? Truly speaking, not everyone wants to invest money to buy some expensive software that they are going to use very less. How about if we tell about a software which does more than what you want and still is free? Here, we are going to review AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It’s a freeware hard disk management software for Windows that has some impressive features under its sleeve. Enough of talking, lets dive in to find out how it performs in our tests.

Microsoft, clearing all doubts and confusion, has officially announced that all Windows Insider testers will receive free Windows 10 upgrade. We all know that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will get free Windows 10 upgrade. Yes, you do have to upgrade within a year of Windows 10 release on July 29, 2015. The latest announcement puts a smile on the faces of all Windows Insider program tester. So, now to receive Windows 10 free of charge, all you need to do is clean install the latest preview of Windows 10 build 10130 on your computer. Login with your Microsoft Account that’s registered for the Windows Insider program and wait for the final version of Windows 10. It doesn’t matter which Windows edition you had, after you receive Windows 10, it will stay genuine.

Microsoft’s latest version of its flagship Windows operating system, Windows 10 is expected to release in July will release worldwide on July 29. Official release date of Windows 10 is yet to be finally announced by Microsoft. As the days are coming nearer and nearer, details like Windows 10 system requirements are emerging. Now, it seems Microsoft has started a campaign for eligible customers where the customer can register themselves to get free Windows 10 upgrade. If you know you are eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade, here’s how to reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade seat. But before you jump in, here’s some FAQ that may clear some of your doubts about Windows 10 free upgrade campaign on Reddit. Take with a pinch of salt as Microsoft is yet to make the official announcements. Here’s the official Windows 10 FAQ page.

For a long time Windows operating system lacked any proper application manager also known as a package manager. A central hub so you can manage all installed applications, get new ones and keep them updated. Mainly, Linux distributions had some form of a package manager. Apple came up with Mac App Store from where users can buy Mac apps, install them and keep them up to date. Having a package manager always made the job easy. It automatically installs all dependencies in case the operating system missed them. With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft came up with Windows Store but it wasn’t that good in managing your desktop apps. It did let users easily manage Modern UI Applications, made to run in the new Modern UI (user interface) only. Filling the gap, many package managers emerged which were developed by enthusiastic developers or companies trying to profit from it. Here, we are going to look into one such package manager that sounds very sweet when anyone hears it, Chocolatey.

Earlier we heard the rumor about Microsoft offering Windows 9 (aka Windows Threshold) to Windows 8 users free of cost. Now another rumor is brewing about Windows 9, the successor of Windows 8.1. Rumor is, Microsoft may go as far as offering Windows 9 free upgrade to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users? Expected to land in spring 2015, Windows 9 is now one of the most anticipated Windows next edition. Microsoft is also expected to offer a minor update, dubbed Update 2 to all Windows 8.1 Update 1 users.

Microsoft, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, issued a security advisory warning users of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could allow “remote code execution.” The latest Internet Explorer vulnerability affects all versions of the web browser, which includes Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11. As of writing this article, Microsoft didn’t issue any patch to fix the Internet Explorer vulnerability. (we will update the page as soon as an official patch is issued)

Microsoft on second Tuesday of every month releases new patches (popularly known as “Patch Tuesday“) for Windows, which sometimes needs a system reboot. We have earlier shown ways to shutdown Windows without applying Windows updates. That quick tip was handy if you are in an emergency and you need to shutdown Windows quickly. Although the software giant is trying to make the Windows update process less intrusive but a force reboot occurs . Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 can force a reboot if you left your computer idle for a few minutes. Sometimes the force system restart occurs when you are working and you didn’t notice the restart timer asking if you to postpone automatic system restart. Since, Windows 8 (and 8.1), Microsoft removed the ability to indefinitely postpone reboots. If you are working using your PC then it can result in loss of your work. The tips in this post will help you disable automatic restart on Windows Update and save your important work.