When you perform Windows upgrade over your existing Windows operating system, or when you reinstall Windows without formatting the system disk, or when you Refresh/Reset your Windows, the system creates a special Windows.old folder. The special Windows.old folder holds copies of apps, programs, and files from the earlier Windows installation. Thus the folder takes a huge chunk of disk space, in some cases around 10 GB to 25 GB.
The Windows.old folder helps you downgrade to the earlier version of Windows safely if the newer installation is not working properly. It is also helpful if you are not happy with suppose the new Windows 10 operating system and you want to roll back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
What if you do not want to revert back to the earlier edition of Windows and you are happy with Windows 10? Windows.old folder still keeps the space occupied. It may be overlooked by users who have TBs of hard disk space. But if you are running low on space or use a SSD with limited space, you may want to delete the Windows.old folder and recover the valuable few GBs it is holding up.
Easier said than done. You cannot simply use the Del button or press Shift + Del button to delete the Windows.old folder. So how to delete Windows.old folder to free up disk space in Windows 10? (Although this post is written for Windows 10 users, any Windows operating system user can refer to it. The steps to remove Windows.old folder remains same.) You do not need to worry or use any third-party tools as the native Disk Cleanup tool can easily delete Windows.old folder from your hard disk.
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.
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.
Nearly, 5 million Gmail accounts is reported compromised. Was your Gmail account (aka Google Account) in the list? Was your account hacked? Here’s how to find out if your Gmail account is safe. Also, what steps you should take to protect your account.
Earlier, on Wednesday, a report published on a Russian news website. The report claimed that around 5 million (exactly 4929090) Gmail accounts were compromised. The data of all Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum. The poster, tvskit, claimed that 60% of the accounts are valid and the passwords are working. As the news spread, the forum administrators removed the passwords and left only the Gmail usernames in the text file. Later, Google denied of any compromise of its systems. Thus many theories started to emerge. One of the speculation made after the huge leak of Gmail accounts was a phishing attack. But the other theory seemed much more practical. The bad habit of using same account credentials on different websites.
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.
Officially, Windows XP support is over on April 8, 2014. This means, if you still have Windows XP, you will not receive any updates or security patches from Microsoft. Although, in some exceptional situations, Microsoft may release an update (as seen when Microsoft released IE patch for Windows XP. But these exceptions are very rare. Without updates and security patches Windows XP is vulnerable to attacks. Microsoft has pushed users to upgrade their operating system to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft issued many warnings to Windows XP users who aren’t upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8 or higher operating system. Well, many users did listened to the Redmond software giant and upgraded their operating system. But there are still many Windows XP users who are not upgrading. For these die-hard Windows XP fans, here comes something which is surely going to make you happy. It seems there’s a trick that can revive Windows XP to live for a few more months or years. This trick will let users download Windows XP updates despite official end of support. (Please read the WARNING message)
Microsoft has issued an out-of-cycle security update for Internet Explorer vulnerability (Security Advisory 2963983) uncovered on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Microsoft even issued the fix for Windows XP (which is now no longer supported by the company), running Internet Explorer. This vulnerability was so severe in nature that IE users were asked to use an alternative browser for the time being until an official fix is issued. The US and UK even issued warnings about using Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser.
The security update for the Internet Explorer vulnerability was delivered at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014. The security issue affected all versions of Internet Explorer, starting of the age-old Internet Explorer 6 through the latest version Internet Explorer 11. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using an affected version of Internet Explorer. After successfully exploited, the attacker could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user has fewer rights the impact will be less in comparison to users who have administrative user rights.
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)
Apple‘s next upcoming OS X 10.9 dubbed as OS X Mavericks was announced recently at the WWDC 2013. OS X Mavericks boasts improvements and a lot of changes under the hood. If you adore the look of the latest OS X and want the same look for your Windows operating system, here’s OS X Mavericks transformation pack for you.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks transformation pack is available for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 including Windows Server Editions. According to the developer, using Mavericks transformation pack you’ll have the best user experiences which greatly resembles the real OS X Mavericks from Windows operating system side.