Windows 10’s latest technical preview is a bigger deal than the builds we have gotten to try out since October. For one, it brings the promised Spartan browser to the fore. And it also has a threadbare version of Cortana Voice assistant integrated, with not all of the features which the company promised at their January event.
This was when we saw the first of Spartan, which Microsoft will be replacing IE with. About time something happened there, which is what many of us were thinking. And because the software giant has taken overhauling to such a level, as the preview shows, it is a logical step to bring in a new web browser. The application focuses on sharing and viewing web pages, a view exemplified by the one feature everyone will love – spontaneous annotatability on web pages. You can write on any page that you are viewing, without the use of add-ons.
As an extension of this, marked pages can be instantly shared on social networks, or stored in your OneNote account online.
Build 10049 also comes with Cortana support for the browser, which they are calling Project Spartan. This requires you to be using a US version of the tech preview, because Spartan is not on any other version yet. With Cortana, you will now be getting a stream of help and suggestions for navigation, searches, etc. The browser itself has a reading view option that clears away the rest of the clutter on the page. This is similar to what users of Evernote are familiar with. In Spartan, you also have the Reading List to store reads for later.
Spartan is part of a technical preview build, which means it is not something you should be hurrying to get hands around. Unless you are fine with the Insider testing side of the whole thing, and how it may compromise your files. Have these backed up safely so you can always recover the data if the OS crashes. Microsoft has warned against discounting that possibility, and there would be no Windows customer support to fall back on.
The new browser is not out for the phone version of Windows 10, which does not even support too many phones yet. If you have a PC, you can turn over to your testing urges, sign up with the Insider program with a Microsoft account, and get the latest release build of Windows 10 preview. Try to stay away from leaks; there is a reason why the company is not giving those editions out – they are unstable. And there is not any Windows customer support to call if something goes wrong.
One default setting for updates in Windows is for an automatic check, and unless you disabled this, it is the current setting. When the computer connects online, it checks for the latest available updates, and if these are installed. Sometimes this gets to be so resource-intensive that the system often slows down at startup. This is a common reason why people turn off the automatic update feature in their PC, often right after installing the OS. If you are late in doing this, then here is how. Turning off this setting should not cause failure configuring Windows Updates.
For Windows XP
- Hit the Start button at the bottom left of the screen, at the end of the task bar. When the menu comes up, choose Run.
- Type in sysdm.cpl and then hit Enter.
- Move to Automatic Updates tab at the top of this window, and choose the option that reads Turn off Automatic Updates. Confirm by hitting OK, which is at the bottom right.
- Hit the Start button and type Windows Update in the search bar. Hit Enter.
- Choose Change Settings from the left pane of the subsequent window. Choose the Never Check for Updates option from the other pane.
In Windows 7
- Hit the Start button and type Windows Update in the search bar. Hit Enter.
- Choose Change Settings from the left pane of the subsequent window. Here, move to the Important updates tab and from there, select the option that reads Never Check for Updates.
- Move to the Recommended updates tab, and choose Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates. After that, click OK.
This removes the need to disable automatic update checks, each time they start up after a power on. Though convenient, it brings up the need to check for any updates manually, so that the system stays updated. Turning off the Automatic Update setting should not cause failure configuring Windows Updates.
Make sure that you have the latest updates installed at all time, or there is no saying what sort of vulnerability your PC has. The sole point of updates is to find security holes in the existing system and patch them. there are also other updates which enhance computer experience for the user.
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.