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Windows 10 Upgrade Change

locked-computer-cartoonMicrosoft has changed their position on encouraging users of the old Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade to the Windows 10 platform. Windows 10 will effectively be the “last” Windows as there will not be replacements, rather merely updates and upgrades as in Linux.

As such, those who miss this opportunity to upgrade will eventually end up paying money to buy Windows 10 Readmore..


GRUB Re-Install after Windows

Fix for the various instances in which the GRUB boot loader on a multi-boot system gets trashed, by way of example but not by way of limitation, when installing Windows. A different process that inspired these steps I found here http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/245. Being a basic old, grouchy, lazy IT guy, I did it this way instead. Notes below.

  1. Boot from the Memory Stick into MINT, Ubuntu, or whatever
  2. Open terminal
  3. Readmore..



Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Update note: about the concern of being required to take a Microsoft Cloud account in order to use Windows 10, please look at my reveiw of the Tech Preview at http://jdnash.com/2014/10/windows-10-technical-preview-first-look/ and pay attention to the item “1. How to use Windows 10 without subscribing to Microsoft Cloud”

According to an article on eWeek, Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade for customers currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Pirated copies of Windows 7 and 8 will also upgrade for free. Microsoft will make it’s money in the cloud. Hardware requirement will be 1GHz processor, 1G RAM, 16G storage, and DirectX 9 capable graphics. However, it is also said that you MUST have a Microsoft Cloud account. In Windows 8 you could get around this.

Xiaomi, the mobile device maker, is looking at Windows 10 mobile as an alternative to Android, and Windows 10 will work on all devices, including tablets, greatly simplifying interoperability. Advanced biometrics, such as retina scanners, will be included which when combined with Azure or OneDrive could mean fewer credential hassles across all your devices — scan retina on on your phone, tablet, phablet, or PC to log in.

Update: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2478496,00.asp
“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” said Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems, inan interview with Reuters.

According Ars Technica, Microsoft representatives have indicated that those with pirated copies of previous Windows versions will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, but the Windows 10 they get will be considered an “unofficial” version.

Spartan, supposedly a total (or almost total) rewrite of the Microsoft web browser, will replace IE. Cortana, the “personal digital assistant’ available for Windows phones, will work on all versions of Windows 10. Cortana, I hear, is not your grandfather’s Clippie. Haven’t seen it on my Windows 7 phone. As I mentioned in my previous review of the tech preview, the menu system and such in Windows 10 is much more usable, keeping the worthwhile innovations from both Windows 7 and 8 — the menu is back, and the touch screen cell phone like launchers are staying.

– See more at: http://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/slideshows/windows-10s-release-will-be-unlike-all-earlier-microsoft-os-debuts.html


Windows 7 Support Ended Today

Bad news. Microsoft doesn’t yet have a viable replacement for Windows 7 and they are starting to terminate it. Loss of mere phone tech support is not much problem, because mostly they referred you to someone else anyway, but the next step is no updates. Windows 8 is inadequate for business work unless a business throws away all their equipment and runs out and buys all new computers with touch screens.

The hierarchical menu is also mostly unavailable in Windows 8 which greatly complicates getting work done — try writing government specs on a cell phone: it  might be possible in the same way that technically, I could write all software in machine code only — no compilers — and loaded the code into memory manually using paper tape. No wait: cell phones have that blasted spelling correct/corrupt-er. Make that writing in machine language while a rogue virus randomly changes the codes that I have already written.

Windows 10 fixes most of these problems http://jdnash.com/2014/10/windows-10-technical-preview-first-look/, but it is not nearly here yet.

http://www.cnet.com/news/windows-7-support-ends-today/