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Microsoft released Windows 10 Preview Build 10525 for Fast Ring Windows Insiders. If you are a Fast Ring user testing Windows 10 you must have already noticed the latest update. Slow Ring users still have to wait for the update at this point of time.

When you opted in as a Fast Ring Windows Insider, you already know the risks involved with it. You will always receive the latest preview build that will, most of the time, break your test system. Obviously no one installs an alpha/beta/preview version of Windows on their production environments. These preview builds of Windows are meant strictly for testing. Windows 10 Build 10525 is no exception to that. In fact reports are already coming in that confirms the latest 64-bit preview build to break Chrome and Firefox web browser. Some Insiders also complained about installed programs loosing saved settings.

Microsoft has finally released the public version of Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things) edition for the Raspberry Pi 2 and MinnowBoard MAX. This special version of Windows 10 is a stripped down (“light edition“) is officially called Windows IoT Core.

If you are a Raspberry Pi 2 or MinnowBoard MAX enthusiast and you are eager to develop for Windows IoT platform, you should visit the official Windows IoT website to download Windows 10 IoT Core ISO file, meant to run on your development board. To work on your projects, along with Windows 10 IoT you also need to download Visual Studio, Software Development Kits and other tools. You will find links to all of them from the official Windows IoT website.

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.

Microsoft will officially replace “Project Spartan” with Microsoft Edge in the next upcoming Windows 10 build. The next build will be first available to Windows Insiders who are in the Fast ring. When Microsoft announced the successor of Internet Explorer, they officially titled the new web browser as Project Spartan. As the release date of Windows 10 is nearing, the software giant has finally decided to officially give Spartan web browser the new name Microsoft Edge.

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 has rolled out the official Windows 10 build 10130 ISO to all testers. Usually Microsoft releases new Windows 10 ISOs to the fast ring before it is made available to the slow ring. This time Microsoft made an exception by making the updated Windows 10 build 10130 available for all.

Gabriel Aul, head of the Windows Insider program, announced the availability of the new Windows 10 build 10130 ISOs. While making the announcement, Aul explained, “I know we said we would only release ISOs if we push a build to the Slow ring but we’re making a special exception today. We know that a bunch of Windows Insiders on the Fast ring are currently blocked getting to the latest build due a 0x80246017 error. With the ISOs, they can mount the image and upgrade directly from the ISO and get unblocked.”

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.

Microsoft recently released Windows 10 build 10041 to users testing Windows 10. The latest Windows 10 build 10041 is more stable than before. This build features a transparent Start Menu and other small visual enhancements. The new visual enhancements includes new login screen, new icons, new network fly out. All these visual enhancements makes Windows 10 look much prettier than before. If you are wondering if build 10041 comes with Spartan web browser, you will be disappointed to know it isn’t. May be in the future build, Microsoft will include Spartan browser.

Microsoft recently removed August Update (aka Windows 8.1 Update 2) files because of multiple issues that occurred after users installed them. Users went to Microsoft Community forum complaining various issues. Issues including Black Screen of Boot error, BSOD, font rendering issues, etc. Initially Microsoft had very little to offer users a solution to fix the issues. Microsoft has now released Windows 8.1 August Update again to all Windows 8.1 Update 1 users. Now that Microsoft has re-released the update its obvious that the company have fixed the issues. Windows 8.1 August Update download is now available again.

Popularly known as the “August Update” also known as Windows 8.1 Update 2 was first released with August’s Patch Tuesday on August 12, 2014. August Update consisted of four patches, identified as KB2982791, KB2970228, KB2975719 and KB2975331. The update is now available again for Windows 8.1 Update 1 users for both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) editions of the operating system. Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows RT 8.1 users will also find the updates. This update brings performance and stability improvements to the operating system.

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 August Update (also called Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Windows 8.1 August 2014 Update) this month. August Update was stated to bring many new improvements and features to Windows 8.1 Update 1. Details about the new features and improvements are at the bottom of this post. But it seems all didn’t went well for some users who installed this update. After installing this update, some Windows 8.1 users complained of a Black Screen at Boot.

Microsoft acknowledging the issue and withdrew all the four patches that were part of the August Update. The four patches identified are KB2982791, KB2970228, KB2975719 and KB2975331. Download links of Windows 8.1 August Update are no longer available to users.