Spartan Web Browser In Windows 10 Preview Build 10059

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Windows 10 10059

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.

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Windows 10 Browser

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.

Turning Off Automatic Updates In Windows

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Automatic Updates In Windows

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.

    Turn Off Automatic Updates

    Windows Automatic Updates

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.

The Requirement For Windows 10 Preview

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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

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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.

Microsoft Is Planning To Release A Lightweight Version Of Windows Server

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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.

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Next Generation Windows Server

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.

Quick Ways To Deal With Windows Update Issues In Windows 8

Failure Configuring Windows Updates

Windows Update Problems

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.

System Restore

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

Built-In Windows Update Troubleshooter

Fix Windows Update Issues

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.

MDOP 2014 R2 Desktop Optimization Introduced By Microsoft

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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.

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UE-V 2.1

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.

The Traditional Start Menu Is Back In Windows 10

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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.

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Windows 10 Classic Shell

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.

Windows XP Hack Can Help Extend Support Till 2019

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Windows Support

Windows XP users might know by now that officially Microsoft has ceased Windows Support for XP, over six months ago. What this really means is that Windows XP users will not be able to receive any kind of technical support, security updates, feature updates, either free or through subscriptions. This may be a sad thing for ardent Windows XP fans and all those users, who are willing to risk everything to just continue using the old OS.

Windows XP has been the most successful Windows OS as far as Microsoft is concerned. Even after the end of support, the old OS is still only second to Windows 7 in terms of the popularity and OS market share. This in itself shows how commendable the achievement of Windows XP is. But, like anything born, it also has to die. Windows XP had a lifecycle. Though it did outlive its own lifespan several times, it cannot be expected to live forever. Microsoft has to look to the future and encourage users to move on to advanced and newer operating systems, offering more than what Windows XP could ever do. This is precisely why the world’s leading software maker, did decide to end things with Windows XP. This way, users will be forced to move on to the newer Windows operating systems, preferably Windows 8.

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Actually, though the official end of Windows support has already happened, there is an unofficial one, which can come in handy for those who have to use Windows XP for some more time. We are talking about a hack, which makes use of the support patches intended for the Embedded POSReady version of Windows XP. The simple tweak allows Windows XP users to continue availing the support from the OS maker for the next few years, precisely until April 2019.

This is an option many users have already tried and found to be successful. The hack is simple, you just have to make some changes to the OS registry. Actually, the hack fools Microsoft into believing that users are using an Embedded POSReady powered system. Since this edition support will only end on April 2019, even the Windows XP users can enjoy the support till that period.

Now, how long you will be able to do this is something, which is not at all sure. The software maker is already aware of such a hack and Microsoft may or may not do something to prevent such things from happening. Users can use it at their own risk.

UK Buys NHS Trusts’ Extended Support For XP At Extra Cost

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UK was thought to be one of few countries that ditched Windows XP operating systems and migrated to latest Windows OSs. But, a recent report shows majority of the NHS trusts in UK are using Windows XP operating systems, taking huge security risks. It is reported that the UK government is paying a huge amount now to Microsoft for extra support for Windows XP. According to a reliable source close to the NHS, Microsoft has billed UK government a sum of £5.5 million for the additional Windows support.

These details were revealed to the media by the mobile workspace company Citrix who collected them from the UK government through freedom of information act. The details so collected indicate that there are more than 35 NHS Trusts in UK with the unsupported Windows XP operating systems. Among these, only five have so far attempted to make use of the desktop virtualization technology for upgrade. According to Citrix’s UK country manager Jason Tooley, “Like the rest of the public sector, the NHS is under tremendous pressure to do more with less. The IT department is no exception.”

NHS pressurised to cut short expenses

Jason Tooley’s opinion reflects that the NHS Trusts throughout UK are cash stripped and that their procrastination to migrate to the latest Windows operating systems is due to lack of funds. However, experts indicate that the NHS Trust can improve its productivity tremendously by modernizing its IT. They point out that latest IT solutions have helped the health care industry tremendously in many of the developed countries like USA, Japan and Switzerland.

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Being one of the most advanced countries in Europe, UK could make better use of its resources by ensuring active integration of latest technologies in its public health care system and the first step to start with is by upgrading the operating system to the latest Windows versions.

Support extension slows down the pace of migration

UK government has secured extended Windows support for XP machines in its public sector organizations like NHS. This extended support is valid through 8 April 2015. Some reports indicate that UK government’s decision to buy extended support from Microsoft has in fact slowed down the pace of migration efforts among NHS Trusts. It is reported that 74 percent of the NHS trusts plan to continue with XP until the end of March 2015.

It is not clear whether the UK government is waiting for Windows 10 release so that it can ensure upgrade of PCs in its public organizations to the latest Windows version.

Microsoft OS Share Drops To Fourteen Percent

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You might have all thought that Windows operating systems rule the world. However, you are not correct. According to the latest reports, Microsoft operating system share is just 14 percent. Now, you might be wondering how this is possible when all the PCs around you run on Windows operating systems. However, here, the reports include all the operating systems taken together including the ones in the mobile devices.

The latest figure was revealed by Kevin Turner, who is the chief operating officer of the company. He was speaking at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference held at Washington. Now, when the desktop operating system market is considered, Microsoft still leads the way. The software giant stands at the number one spot with more than 90 percent of PCs running on Windows operating systems.

However, the low number of tablets and mobile devices that are being sold with Windows operating system has become a cause of concern for the software giant. According to the Windows support blogs, the company is planning to take some major steps, which will increase the sales of these devices. One such decision is taking zero revenue for the operating system that are released on devices with screen sizes of 9 inches and less. With the new move, Microsoft hopes to increase the sales of devices with Windows OS preinstalled in them.

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The new figure of 14 percent from Microsoft is similar to the data released by the firm Gartner Inc, which had earlier told that there would be just 13.7 percent of Windows devices by the end of last year. In the database

management sector, SQL servers went up to the second position with substantial increase in market revenue and number of users. According to Microsoft, company’s Dynamics CRM is another platform that is showing tremendous increase in the number of users. The software giant says that the number of users in this platform has grown up by double digits in the last forty quarters.

According to Windows support blogs, about half of the Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Azure. Tuner says that the company has released more than 300 new services and features for the program this year alone. The event also witnessed the preview of Cloud App Discovery that was added to Azure. With the new program, IT professionals will be able to find out which all apps are being used by the people since it is designed to track the SaaS apps.