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Jan282016

How to get Windows 10 now: Everything you need to know to upgrade to Windows... - PC Advisor

Windows 10has already been installed on 200 million machines according to Microsoft. Here we'll explain how you can upgrade your PC or laptop, as well as how to do a clean install. Be sure to back up photos and anything else you don't want to lose before starting the upgrade. See also: how to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10.

In order to help you navigate this page use the links to jump to the section you need:

Update 26 Jan: Added extra tips on fixing booting problems, along with general updates to the article.

Microsoft is making it more and more difficult not to upgrade to Windows 10 and, as we reported in our How to stop the Windows 10 nagging notifications guide, Microsoft experimented with making the upgrade an 'Recommended' one for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. This means it will download the new OS and install it - with your permission.

Note: If you're experiencing the opposite problem and want to download Windows 10 through Windows Update but it's not working, follow our separate guide here. The method below describes how to download Windows 10 from Microsoft's website.

How to get Windows 10 now: download and upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1

Step 1: Head to Microsoft's Windows 10 download page and click on the link for the 64-bit version. Only use 32-bit if your computer doesn't have a 64-bit processor. There's no need to save the file - just choose the Run option.

How to install Windows 10 now

How to install Windows 10 now

Step 2: You will see two options: Upgrade now, or create installation media. Assuming you're trying to upgrade the PC you're running the tool on, choose Upgrade this PC now. The reason for this is that you can't do a clean install straight away as part of the free update. See our step-by-step instructions on installing Windows 10 for details on a clean install.

How to install Windows 10 now

How to install Windows 10 now

Step 3: Now Windows 10 will start downloading from scratch. We've just tried this on a laptop and there doesn't appear to be any delay from Microsoft's servers, even on launch day.

How to install Windows 10 now

How to install Windows 10 now

Step 3: If you would rather create a bootable USB or DVD to install Windows 10 on another computer, or multiple PCs, choose that option. This is a new and easier way to install Windows than dealing with ISO images, as the download tool is an all-in-one utility that will do everything for you. All you need is at least a 4GB USB drive (or single-layer writable DVD). It can also convert the downloaded files to an ISO if that's what you want. You can choose the language, and even to create a bootable drive or disc with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. What's important is that you choose the right Edition. You can see which version your computer is eligible for in Will my PC get Windows 10?

How to install Windows 10 now

How to install Windows 10 now

Step 4: Accept the licence terms when prompted, and the installer will then check your PC for compatibility with Windows 10, that it has enough free space and will download updates. You will not need an activation key for Windows 10 if you are upgrading from an eligible version of Windows 7 or 8.1.

Step 5: When prompted, click to install Windows 10 and your machine will reboot. You'll see a Windows logo, followed by a language selection - UK English should be selected. Windows 10 will then install automatically, keeping all your programs (apart from antivirus), files and settings. However, as we said at the start, it's worth backing up anything you can't afford to lose first.

Step 6: When you finally get to the Windows 10 desktop, allow a bit of time for Windows 10 search for drivers for your hardware. Initially on our test laptop, it seemed as though the graphics card drivers hadn't been found and installed. However, after a few minutes this was all done in the background and the correct resolution set.

If you want to do a clean install, then scroll down to the next section.

How to install Windows 10 from a USB stick

How to install Windows 10 from a USB stick

Still, it's worth heading to Device Manager and checking that all drivers are installed, especially for the system chipset. If you can't find Windows 10 drivers from your motherboard manufacturer, Windows 7 or 8 drivers may work.

How to get Windows 10 now: Clean install

You can't clean install Windows 10 without going through the upgrade process above. That's because you don't have an product key as you do with Windows 7 or 8, so Windows 10 needs to activate automatically online after upgrading from an elibigle copy of Windows 7 or 8.1.

When Windows 10 is activated, Microsoft can identify your PC and associate it with an activated and valid Windows 10 licence. This means you can perform a clean install (even on a different hard drive, so it's a good time to upgrade to an SSD if you have been running Windows on a traditional hard drive) and Windows 10 will activate without issue.

To check if Windows 10 has activated after upgrading, head to Control Panel > System and Security > System and look under Windows activation:

How to clean install Windows 10 - activated

How to clean install Windows 10 - activated

Only if you make "significant changes" to your PC will you have to call the Microsoft activation helpline.

To do a clean install, you'll need to return to Step 2 in the walkthough above, using the tool you downloaded to create a bootable USB drive or DVD. Once that's done, turn off your computer, install and / or remove any hard drives and SSDs you want to swap around and then boot from your USB or DVD.

If your PC won't boot from it, head into the BIOS settings (typically press Delete, F1 or one of the other F keys just after you turn your computer on) and make sure removable drives, or the DVD drive is set as the first boot device, and not a hard drive. We can't be specific about the menus and settings, since each BIOS is different.

How to fix flashing screen after Windows 10 installation

It was drawn to our attention on our forums that many users are having issues with the screen flashing following the Windows 10 installation.

Fortunately it's fixable. First, restart your computer. You can try pressing Alt-F4 and choosing restart if you can do it while the screen is blinking, but otherwise hold down the power button for up to 10 seconds until the computer turns off. Turn it on again, but instead of logging into Windows 10, click the on-screen power button and then hold the Shift key on your keyboard while clicking the Restart option.

Windows 10 won't restart but will go to a screen with a troubleshooting option. Click this and then Advanced options. Now choose to restart and you will see options to go into Safe Mode. Any Safe Mode option will do. The PC will now start in Safe Mode.

Press the Windows key and R together to get the Run box. Now type msconfig and press Enter. Go to the Services Tab in the window that opens. Scroll down until you find two tasks that need to be stopped:

Problem Reports and Solution Control Panel SupportWindows Error Report Service

Disable these by unchecking them, then click Apply, Ok. Restart the computer. If that doesn't fix it, reboot into Safe Mode again and right-click on the taskbar along the bottom of the screen. Choose Task Manager and then click on the tab for Startup programs. You can right-click on each one and disable it. This should stop the blinking screen, and you can then turn services back on in Task Manager one by one (a restart after each) to isolate which program is causing it.

How to fix black screen boot problemsafter Windows 10 installation

Recently in an informal conversation we had in the office about Windows, it came to our attention that some people are still having problems installing and even booting into Windows 10.

A lot of people have reported the same black screen problem, where after the upgrade process, be it on a clean install or an upgrade from an older Windows version, have been unable to boot into windows past the POST screen. The POST screen is the initial screen you see immediately after switching on a computer.

The problem often comes after a few Windows updates and is often caused by people who have a graphics card (GPU) installed in their laptop or PC. You will know if you have the problem, as when you boot the PC, youll also sometimes find the keyboard and mouse lose power and switch off (if you have LEDs within them) and the screen to only display a black screen or go on standby.

The issue is tied with the way Intel and Windows manage the iGPU unit found on the processor. The iGPU is the on-board graphics found on Intel chips. We have noted a few people on AMD processors to also share the same problem, but have found the majority of complaints come from Intel users.

The solution is to fully disable iGPU from Windows.There are two solutions to this, depending on how far youve progressed with your Windows 10 installation:

How to fix black screen boot problems: How to prevent the black screen problem after Windows 10 installation

Note: You will not have the option nor should disable the iGPU if its your only display output.

Here are the following steps summarised:

Ensure your graphics card drivers are installedEnter Device ManagerDisable iGPU through Device ManagerReboot your PC and enjoy Windows 10

If youre in Windows 10 and can see the desktop, the solution is to disable the iGPU drivers from the Device Manager. Before doing so, you have to ensure you install the Nvidia or AMD graphics card drivers, but to remember not to reboot after the installation is complete.

In order to access the Device Manager, navigate to the start button and type Device Manager. This will present you with the Device Manager. If for any reason Windows does not index properly, you will find Device Manager under the control panel. To access this, type Control Panel in the search bar and once its open, search Device Manager within the control panels window.





Within the Device Manager, double click on Display adapters to present the graphics adapters. Here you should see your iGPU, usually denoted by Intel(R) HD Graphics xx00. Right click on the Intel(R) HD Graphics xx00 adapter and disable it. Once complete, restart your PC and you shouldnt encounter the black screen problem.

How to fix black screen boot problems: The black screen problem after restarting your PC

Note: If you do not have the option within your BIOS, this step will not apply to you. A lot of laptops lack the option of disabling the iGPU or switching the graphics card as the primary display output.

This step mainly applies to those that are on desktop PCs and have a graphics card installed. People who have experienced this problem have found that the PC does go past the POST screen when the iGPU is the primary display output. This might seem like an easy fix, however, this makes Windows not fully utilise your graphics card and puts unneeded stress on your CPU.

Here are the following steps summarised:

Connect your monitor directly to your motherboard and your graphics card (you might need a secondary monitor to do this)Make iGPU your primary output through the BIOSBoot into Windows, ensure your graphics card drivers are installedDisable iGPU through Device ManagerReboot the PC and enter your BIOSMake your graphics card the primary output by selecting PCIE as your display outputOptional: Disable iGPU Render Standby to completely disable your iGPUReboot your PC and enjoy Windows 10

In order to get out of the black screen problem and solve it, you have to enter your computers BIOS. This is done when first switching on the computer, where you will need to press either the Delete / Del, TAB, F12, F8 or even a combination of Fn+F2 keys. The key to enter the BIOS differs on different computers, especially those that run pre-built computers such as Dell Computers. However, generally speaking the key to enter your BIOS is the Delete / Del key.

Once in your BIOS, search within the advanced menu for the primary display output. The name can vary from different motherboard manufacturers; however you should be presented with an option that lists: Auto / PCIE / iGPU. Often on Auto mode, it will select the PCIE, which in this case is the graphics card, as it is a dedicated card for video output. The PCIE name denotes the slot on your motherboard, which is where the graphics card sits.

You will first have to make iGPU your primary display. Select iGPU in the list then exit the BIOS and make sure you Save and Exit with Changes.

Important:You will need to make sure your monitor is connected directly to your motherboard and not your graphics card.

Once youve rebooted into windows, ensure your graphics card drivers are installed then proceed to disable iGPU through device manager (see a full guide above in the section titled: If you have yet to restart your PC after the Windows 10 installation).





Reboot your PC and enter the BIOS again. This time, youll want to select the primary output display as PCIE. As an additional extra you could also disable iGPU Render Standby to fully disable iGPU from being used.

Exit the BIOS, again making sure you Save and Exit with Changes, and you should be able to use your graphics card as your primary display, without having to worry about any black screen.

Important: Do remember that when you exit the BIOS on the second occasion, after youve selected PCIE as the primary output, you will need to connect your monitor back up to your graphics card and not your motherboard (iGPU).

Hopefully that should solve all your black screen boot problems and enable you to fully enjoy Windows 10 without worrying about it not being able to get past the POST screen.


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Jan242016

Felon wanted on $500000 warrant allegedly flees from officers during vehicle stop - KRON4.com

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CAMPBELL (BCN) A 33-year-old man wanted on a $500,000 arrest warrant allegedly fled from officers in Campbell on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

According to Campbell police, Marteis Sims of San Jose, was seen leaving a Ford Expedition on San Tomas Expressway between Payne Avenue and Williams Road during a vehicle stop shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said officers saw marijuana smoke come out from the cars windows.

Sims left the vehicle and jumped into a canal along San Tomas Expressway, where he threw a handgun, police said.

Officers later found the weapon, which was a semi-automatic 9mm handgun, according to police.

Sims is on parole for possessing and selling marijuana and required to wear a GPS tracking device, police said.

With assistance from a San Jose police K9 unit, officers searched for Sims in the area of Bridgeport Court, just west of San Tomas Expressway, according to police.

Sims is a convicted felon wanted on suspicion of possessing a handgun, possession for sale of marijuana, removing a GPS tracking device while being a convicted sex offender and parole violation, among other charges, police said.

Sims is described as a man standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing around 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, according to police.

He was last seen wearing a black short-sleeve shirt, black vest and blue jeans, police said.

As of Friday, Sims has not yet been found, police said.

Two other people in the car, 38-year-old Demetric Presley of Campbell and 36-year-old Sultan Banks of San Jose, were both arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and conspiracy, according to police.

Anyone with information on Sims whereabouts is asked to call police dispatch at (408) 866-2101 or investigations unit at (408) 871-5190. Anonymous tips can be made to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

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Jan132016

Stuck on an older version of Microsoft's IE? There's a mode for that - ZDNet

Today, January 12, is the last time Microsoft will deliver security updates to almost all of those still using versions of Internet Explorer older than IE 11.

Those running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, certain Windows Embedded variants still have more time. But anyone with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 need to be on IE 11 starting tomorrow to continue to get security updates. Here's Microsoft's chart listing which version of IE users need to be running to get continued support after today.

Microsoft began warning users in 2014 about the January 12 IE support cutoff date. But all is not lost for the majority of those who are still running IE 8, 9 or 10 because of legacy dependencies.

There is a way to view intranet sites and internal apps in their companies that were built specifically for an older IE variant. Microsoft built a backward compatibility/emulation "mode" into IE 11 called Enterprise Mode, designed to eliminate the vast majority of these incompatibilities. Enterprise Mode in IE 11 enables users to run many legacy web applications that were designed for older IE versions by emulating IE 7 or IE 8.

Word about IE 11's existence first leaked two years ago. Initially, Microsoft was encouraging Windows 7 users to access this mode so they could move off IE 8, which originally shipped with Windows 7, to a more recent version of IE.

The Microsoft Australia OEM Team blog has a three-part blog post series about IE's expiration of support with a good list of resources that might help those needing to move to IE 11.

A few of those links:

Even if users aren't using IE at all on a Windows or Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, Microsoft is still encouraging them to move to IE 11 because there are browser components inside the Windows operating systems themselves that need to be kept secure.

"In order for IE related Windows components to update, you will need to be on the latest version of IE. If you're planning on removing IE, you should upgrade to the latest version first and then remove IE," according to a recent Microsoft blog post.

A related aside: January 12 also is the day when Microsoft will provide its last security updates to those still running plain-old Windows 8 (not Windows 8.1) on PCs and tablets.


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Jan062016

Windows 10 tips: Your first 30 minutes with the Technical ...

Congratulations! Youve signed up for Microsofts Windows Insider program, downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file, and are just about ready to install it. Consider this your orientation for your new operating system.

Brad Chacos has already outlined the steps fordownloading and installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a virtual machineor hard drive partition.I went the simpler route: I took an older machine (a Surface 2 Pro), wiped it clean, then reinstalled and updated Windows 8 to the present.

Windows 10 installation: the final stepswindows 8 recovery drive Microsoft Mark Hachman

Make sure you back up your PC via a recovery drive, and then separately copy your photos, documents, and other files to external media.

If you have a spare machine lying around, updating to Windows 10 is extremely simple, especially if you have a spare 8GB USB key at the ready. As Brad recommends, back up all of your spare files (photos, documents, saved games, etc.), preferably to an external hard drive or OneDrive, just to be safe. Then jump into your Start screen and type create a recovery drive. Click on the search result. In just a few steps, Windows will copy your PCs recovery drive to the USB key, erasing whatever was stored on the USB drive in the process. This is important, as after you upgrade to Windows 10 theres no going back.

After youve created your recovery key, make sure that the Windows 10 ISO file is copied to an external USB drive, DVD, or flash drive. From there, swipe right to access the Charms, select Settings, then Change PC Settings. Click on Update and Recovery, then Recovery. Clicking the Restart Now button under Advanced Startup will reboot your PC, and allow you to select the media on which youve stored the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file.

windows 8 boot from external media Mark Hachman

Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO onto a flash drive or other external media, then use the Advanced startup option to restart your PC.

From there, installing the ISO should be relatively straightforward. Your PC may have to reboot several times over the next 10 minutes, but it can be left unattended. Youll know its completed when your PC begins a Windows 8-style setup process: Youll be asked for your Microsoft account; whether you want to sync your settings with another Windows machine; whether you agree to some legalese; and to input a verification code that Microsoft will email you. After that, Windows 10 will load your applications, ask you for your username and password, and dump you unceremoniously into the Windows 10 desktop. Youre done!

A couple of caveats before we continue: This build of Windows 10 will run on multiple monitors, but some of the snap features work best on a single monitor. And make sure you have a mouseWindows 10 isntespeciallytouch-friendly at the present. I never had any problems inserting a mouse, but plugging in headphones generated an error message.

Welcome to Windows 10

Im not going to lie: Your first moments with Windows 10 are going to feel somewhat anticlimactic. If youve synced your settings with another machine, youll see the same desktop background as before. But wait, that toolbar looks differenttheres a search icon, and a weird icon to the right of that: Its the task view, as youll find out later.

Ah! Theres the Start button! Click it and you see...the Windows 8 Start page?! (Note: whether you see this option as the default may depend on whether you have a touch-enabled device.)

Yes, you do. And thats the last time youll ever see it, if you so choose. Right-click the toolbar, select Properties, click the Start Menu tab, and click Use the Start Menu instead of the Start screen.Sayonara, Start Page. Theres only one odd caveat: Opting out of the Start screen for the Start menu requires you to log out and in again. I have no idea why.

windows 10 start menu options Mark Hachman

The Start Menu tab under the toolbar options allows you to configure the Start Menu over the Start page. Click the Customize button to tweak things further.

Now click the Start button one more time to bring up the Start menu. Yes, this is why you downloaded Windows 10, isnt it?

How to tweak your Windows 10 Start Menu

With a little tweaking, the Start menu can be a powerful tool. Note that it, too, is a window. By hovering the mouse over the edges of the window, it can be dynamically resized. But leave it as it is for the moment.

On the left, the Start menu provides a list of applications and locations that youll access frequently: Documents, Pictures, PC Settings, and the File Explorer tool are all at the top right. If you go back into the toolbar settings menu, you can also click a series of checkboxes to specify which folders and locations are shown in the upper list. At the bottom of the menu are two important buttons: All Apps and a Search bar. Well come to back to Search later.

Clicking All Apps lists all of your apps, in alphabetical order. But its also a gateway to the Live Tiles to the right.

Windows 10 Start menu Microsoft Mark Hachman

The central hub of Windows 10 is the Start Menu, where you can quickly access all of the apps and folders you most often use.

Now why are those Live Tiles there? Well, they can be shortcuts to frequently accessed apps, certainly. But theyre also live widgets that can dynamically update you on your mailbox, the weather, sports news, and more. Youll see some Live Tiles already populated; feel free to right-click each and resize them, for example, or move them around. If you want to addmore Live Tiles, open the All Apps list and drag one of the apps into the Live Tile region, then right-click it and turn the Live Tile capability either on or off. You can also tell the Live Tiles not to display personal information, via the Start menu preferences.

Finally, you can resize the Start menu, transforming it from a skinny skyscraper to a massive window that evokes the Start page. Adding Live Tiles at the edge can increase its size. You can also click and drag the top edge down. Use a mouse, thoughthis early build isnt overly touch-friendly.

Making the most of search in Windows 10

Search worked fairly well on Windows 8. On Windows 10, entering a search term in the field suggests either a file on the local machine, a webpage, an app on the Windows Store, or a portal to the Bing underworld, where an HTML page opens up displaying results for, say, Fleetwood Mac. Clicking any search result then launches Internet Explorer.

Windows 10 Bing search Mark Hachman

Whats this, then? Microsofts Bing quickly jumps at any opportunity to help you with searches.

Theres not much to tweak here, but some of the more innovative featuressuch as launching Xbox Music when a song is searched for, or rendering hero pages when searching for celebritiesarent connected yet. (Xbox Music does work, however.) With Windows 8, Microsoft attempted to remove search from the browser. With Windows 10, its just doing a better job of it.

How to snap apps to the four corners of Windows 10

As noted previously, you can run Windows 10 on multiple monitors; I hooked an external monitor up to my Surface. But one of the features that Windows 10 offersfour-corner snapworks best on a single screen.

Its really quite simple: Drag a window to a corner of the screen, and it will snap to one-quarter of the display. Snap it to the right or left, and it will cover half the screen. Just like the Charms bar is somewhat problematic on multiple monitors, however, so too is four-corner snap on an extended display. (You can also use the Windows+arrow keys to snap windows, as well.) But theres a problem: Some apps simply wont play nice. The Weather app, for example, wanted too much space to snap neatly to a corner of my Windows 10 Surface tablet.

Microsoft windows 10 snap Mark Hachman

Some apps will dutifully snap to the four corners of a Windows 10 desktop, as theyre supposed to. Others, like this Weather app, wont.

The Snap Assist feature isnt bad; expect it to suggest other applications in windows you already have open. But in general, theres a reason that Microsoft employees demoed Windows 10 on large, single-monitor setups: These seem to work best at the moment.

Managing Windows 10s virtual desktops

Finally, we come back to the task view icon on the taskbar, and the virtual desktops they help create.

Clicking the task view button brings up a collection of apps on top, as well as a slideshow view of different virtual desktops on the bottom. A virtual desktop is nothing more than a screenful of snapped apps. One Microsoft executive described it as a poor mans multimonitor setup, with users switching back and forth between these virtual screens of collected apps. Clicking a virtual desktop navigates to it, or you can type CTRL+WIN+ the right or left arrow, where WIN stands for the Windows key. You canalso click the application on top, and jump directly to that desktop, and that app.

windows10 task view virtual desktops

This is how virtual desktops should look under Windows 10: nice and neat. But they can grow out of control quickly, too.

Creating a desktop, however, is still somewhat frustrating. Filling a single screen is easy enough, as you can open up an Internet Explorer window, for example, snap it to the right, and open up Xbox Music next to it.

But lets say you go a little crazy, open up a number of windows, then want to organize them into virtual desktops afterward. Once a window is opened in one virtual desktop, theres no way, apparently, to shift it to another. It seems like your best bet is open a second desktop, then try and open up another instance of the app inside that desktop. (To open a second, separate browser window, for example, right-click the Internet Explorer icon.)Update 10/2: Readers have pointed out that you can right-click an app window and select "Move to..." to shift between virtual desktops.

But swiping in from the left, which showed your recently opened apps in Windows 8, now shows all your open apps, not your most recent ones. That may annoy some of you.

How to send Windows 10 feedback to Microsoft

By now, you should have a pretty good handle on whats new in the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Feel free to keep exploring.

windows 10 feedback app Microsoft

Microsoft has made available a Windows 10 Windows Feedback app so users like you can report bugs and suggest improvements.

So far, I really havent seen much behavior that indicates that Microsoft is actively seeking feedback. I did see one popup that vanished before I could click on it, which may or may not have been a question. But if you do find something to complain or comment about, make sure you use the Windows Feedback app (Click the Windows button, then type Windows Feedback to access the app.)

I havent run into any showstopping bugs. Ive loaded a few apps, connected an Xbox controller and played a game I downloaded from Steam. And, hey, Netflix works.

As Microsoft has said previously, this is a build of Windows 10. Microsoft still has nine months or so until the final release. Hopefully this gives you a sense of what works in Windows 10, and how to make it better. Whats next is up to youexplore Windows 10, discover how it works, and if you find some aspect you dislike, let Microsoft know. Theres still time to make Windows 10 what you want.

Updated on Oct. 2 with additional information.


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