Running Windows 10 on a computer seems to be the one big thing everyone wants to be doing right now. This is a chance to try out the OS without actually paying for it. For once Microsoft is eager to get people’s take on what they hope will be a game changer in the PC market. And they’ve even given out the system requirements for running the OS.
“Basically, if your PC can run Windows 8.1, you’re good to go. If you’re not sure, don’t worry–Windows will check your system to make sure if it can install the preview.” This is essentially correct, though there’s more to. But for most people this is gist enough to get the picture: they don’t have to buy a new machine if they have something which was running a directly former Windows version. This is pretty much what you’ll hear on calling the Windows customer support number.
If you’re one of those users that stuck to Windows 7 because you simply liked it better, and not for the lack of a better config, there’s a way to check if your rig is up to running Winnows 10. The installer runs a check first, to make sure that you’re not going to overload the hardware. What Microsoft says you’ll need are as follows:
• 1 GHz or faster processor.
• 1 GB of RAM, 2 GB if you’re installing 64 bit.
• 16 GB of free space.
• DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
• A registered account with Microsoft, and internet connectivity.
Aside from that
If you’re technically inclined, then it’s hard not to notice that most of the specs for this OS are much the same as for Windows 7. People have already pointed this out on forums online. It seems many of them even have this straight from the Windows customer support number. The only thing you need more of is the processor, for which the requirement is 1 GHz, and with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2.
PAE is what lets a 32 bit processor use more than 4GB of physical memory. It’s also needed for NX to run. NX is a sort of security component for the PC. And SSE2 is a fast growing standard instruction set, mainly used by apps and drivers. Combine all these and the new OS is bound to be radically different from what’s come before.
Windows Server is the server version of the popular Windows operating system. It is one of the most popular platforms running on many Enterprise servers around the world. According to recent reports, Microsoft is working on a lightweight version of Windows Server for companies that are dealing with website operations alone. However, there was no confirmation about this on any of the Windows customer support forums.
Microsoft always releases a slew of software products based on their latest operating system and this applies to the Windows Server applications as well. Therefore, it makes sense to assume that they might be planning to release a Windows Server version as well when they finally release Windows 10 this year.
There are plenty of rumours floating online about this next generation Windows Server operating system, including some leaked presentation slides about the OS under development. As mentioned earlier, Microsoft has not confirmed any of this news, but some Windows customer support forums and other tech websites continue to share and publish reports on the leaked information.
These leaked slides carry the name ‘Nano Server’. It is highly unlikely that this is the name Microsoft is planning for the lightweight version of their Windows Server OS. The slides talk about setting up a headless deployment option for Windows Server, focuses on cloud-based OS infrastructure, and so on.
It is clear that Microsoft will be focusing a great deal on the cloud computing technology in their next version of Windows Server, but ‘Nano’ does not looks like what the tech giant would want to name it. If indeed they were working on a lightweight version of Windows Server, this would certainly be great news to many Enterprise customers who have been asking for such a Windows Server version in the past.
Actually, with the recent developments in the cloud computing technology, such a reduced and easily deployable Windows Server version can really become a reality if the Windows developers at Microsoft can come up with a solution. Experts assume that this might become a part of Microsoft’s already existing array of cloud-based Software-as-a-Service applications.
Already, they are gained a lot of customers for the Windows Azure SaaS platform. They might be able to generate the same level of interest for a lightweight cloud-based version of Windows Server, if they indeed they are planning to release such a thing. Though Microsoft has not confirmed any of these rumours, it is possible that they will release the details during their next major media event scheduled to happen in a few months’ time.
If you are facing some failure configuring Windows updates error, you might have to wait for at least about 20 to 30 minutes before being able to use your PC normally. If the PC fails to start normally even after this estimated time, you may have to look into the issue further and see if everything is okay. Here are a few steps that you can try.
Restart the PC
The first step that you must perform if the failure configuring Windows updates issue surfaces after making any changes in your PC is to restart it. After the restart, try if you can install the Windows updates without any problems. If the problem seems to continue, go to the next step.
Execute Windows Update troubleshooter
You can either make use of the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter or a different one from online. Execute the Windows Update troubleshooter and see if it fixes the issue. If the issue seems to persist, go to the next step.
Sometimes, running a system restore would address a number of software-related issues that you face in your computer including the ones related to the update. Check whether you can install the updates after performing a system restore. If the issue seems to persist, go to the next step.
Hide Microsoft services
In the opinion of some PC experts, hiding the Microsoft services will resolve the update issue. To hide the Microsoft Services, go to Search and enter msconfig.exe. Click Enter. This will bring up the system configuration utility. Go straight to the tab labeled Services and choose Hide all Microsoft services options. Make sure that the all of those services are disabled as well. Click the Exit button now. Reboot your PC now and see if you are able to go ahead with the Windows Update without any issues.
Boot your machine in Clean Boot State
When you boot your machine in clean boot state, it will prevent all the Windows services, security software, firewall or other applications from blocking the Windows updates from being installed on your PC. Therefore, try this step as well to see if it helps to make any changes.
The above points discussed how to fix Windows Update issue. If none of the above steps help in bringing any results, get in touch with an expert.
The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2014 R2 suite of tools for enterprise software management has been recently introduced by Microsoft and is available for download from the MSN website.
The R2 version is a sequel to the R1 Version released in May and mostly contains changes and enhancements to two of the six tools in the suite. Among the list of features it provides, a new User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.1 tool and a new Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 Service Pack 3, are few major highlights of the latest pack.
You will need to head over to the official Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center home page in order to download the latest pack. However, do keep in mind that these services are only available for enterprise users who have enabled Software Assurance licensing program offered by Microsoft as well as organizations that have availed Microsoft Intune subscriptions or Virtual Desktop Access licensing from Microsoft using Windows credentials.
App-V 5.0 SP3
Microsoft’s latest application virtualization solution focuses on improving its management capabilities and improving connection groups. In the latest feature, users can group Apps together and enables organization in managing them “like locally installed software,” according to statements from Microsoft.
As we know, App-V feature is used to package applications to execute them on a virtual machine inside a server. The latest set of features enable IT professionals to create a connection group that includes optional and non-optional packages when using the App-V 5.0 SP3. Other feature of the latest update includes deletion of optional and non-optional packages from a connection group. This is achieved without having to re-enable the connection group and can be done when system is still online. You can contact the Windows support desk to know more features about the same.
Microsoft announced that it has included four new improvements in the all new UE-V 2.1. The UE-V 2.1 is the user settings virtualization solution that has been updated to permit external enterprise cloud-based storage services, enabling it to store PC and App settings. Another major highlight of the new update is that UE-V 2.1 now allows Windows credentials roaming, which will store user credentials and retain them across devices.
Moreover, IT professionals will now have the ability to assign a backup profile to the UE-V template, and set a restore point for a device. Other features added by Microsoft include “Enhanced Outlook signature synchronization and default UE-V Office 2013 settings templates.”
If you want to get further details or an in-depth analysis of the different feature updates in MDOP 2014 R2 pack, you can contact the official Windows support team.
With public release of Windows 10 OS a long way to go, users are still stuck with technical preview version of Windows 10. The upcoming operating system packs in a lot of changes from its predecessors and also brings in hoards of new features. One of the prominent changes you will get to see is the return of the Windows Start menu. The new Start menu is back, albeit with few changes. Although not the Windows 8 style Start screen, the Start menu still contains Live tiles that were introduced in the predecessor version.
If you want to install the Windows 10 OS, you only need to head over to the official Microsoft website and log-in using your Microsoft credentials. One of the first things you will notice is the better ability to customize the user-interface to suit your needs. For example, if you do not like Live Tiles inside Windows Start menu, you can turn the feature off. You can move the tiles around and set the size of each tile, enabling you to optimize the OS the way you want. Thus, if you want to roll back to the classic style Windows operating system, you can do so by making use of the Classic Shell.
In the Beta 4.2.0 version, you will get the configuration improvements you require as well as better Windows Support. Thus, you can use the Technical Preview version to replace the built-in Windows Start menu with the ones that come along with Classic Shell. Among the list of options, you can choose from Classic style, Classic style with two columns and Windows 7 Style.
Once you have installed the Beta 4.2.0 version, you will be able to set the Windows Start menu the way you want it. However, the Windows 10 Start button will remain regardless of the Start menu setting you choose. If you wish, you can change the Windows 10 Start button to something else. As you can see, classic shell in Windows allows a greater amount of customization options. Moreover, the classic shell will be upgraded from time to time to accommodate higher degree of customization. At present, the available options are identical to the ones found in Windows 8 version.
If you require further help with classic shell, or require technical support in rolling back a specific update, you can contact the Windows Support department. The support technicians will help you troubleshoot any issues you have with your Windows system.