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8.1 is wonderful, still unsure why people this 8/8.1 is awful....
It's growing on me that's for sure, helps that I also use Server 2012 a lot
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hmmm I never got the prompt yet...
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Do you have SP1 as well as the update mentioned?
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I'll have to double check, but I do have Window 7 SP 1,
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Microsoft Lists Features You'll Lose When Upgrading to Windows 10




After announcing a slew of new features and the launch date of Windows 10 as July 29, Microsoft posted the system requirements of the OS on its website. The firm also listed the features users will be missing when upgrading to the new OS, and what software or hardware would be required to use other Windows 10 features. It also detailed how updates will work for Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Enterprise users.
In its 'Feature deprecation section', the Redmond-based tech firm lists several features not present in Windows 10 that most Windows users are used to. This includes the removal of the Windows Media Centre for those users upgrading from Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Centre, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Centre operating system on their PCs. They would also need "separate playback software" to watch DVD content.
For Windows 7 users, there will be no desktop gadgets with Windows 10. Games including Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts will also be removed in the new OS and will be replaced by "Microsoft Solitaire Collection" and "Microsoft Minesweeper."
Floppy disk users would need to install extra drivers from Windows Update or from the manufacturer's website. Also, Windows Live Essential users would see their OneDrive application replaced by the inbox version of OneDrive.
Windows 10 users would also need some "additional requirements to use certain features." Not all users will get Cortana on day one, as it would be available with the OS in United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain initially. Also, for better speech recognition, the PC device should include a "High fidelity microphone array" and "Hardware driver with Microphone array geometry exposed" as per Microsoft. A specialised infrared camera would be needed for facial and iris detection unveiled with Windows Hello, alongside a fingerprint reader that supports Windows Biometric Framework in the new OS.
While the Continuum feature will work automatically on tablets and 2-in-1's with GPIO indicators or those who have laptop and slate indicator, users without these would have to manually turn on the "tablet mode" via the Action Center. Furthermore, Music and Video streams of Xbox Music and Xbox video will stay limited to select regions.
(Also See:How to Reserve Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade)

For two factor authentication security, Windows 10 would demand a finger print reader or illuminated infrared camera, or a phone with WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities, and would use a PIN. The Device Guard would need certain requirements. List of requirements for W-Fi printing, Bitlocker, device encryption and more can be viewed on the website.
As for updates, in case of Windows 10 Home users, updates from Windows Update service would be installed automatically with the new OS. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users would however have the option to defer the updates.
Microsoft has also detailed the system requirements for Windows 10 PCs and tablets. The devices should be running the latest version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update to upgrade. The list also mentions 1GHz or faster SoC; 1GB RAM for 32-bit or 2GB RAM for 64-bit OS version; 16GB of inbuilt storage for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit; DirectX 9 or later version with WDDM 1.0 driver, and a display resolution of 1024x600 pixels.
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Server 2012 is the fucking devil sometimes. I just feel like it takes me so much longer to do ANYTHING on my 2012 servers compared to 2003/2008.
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Server 2012 is the fucking devil sometimes. I just feel like it takes me so much longer to do ANYTHING on my 2012 servers compared to 2003/2008.
Pretty much everything you need to access can be accessed by right clicking on the start button.
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Pretty much everything you need to access can be accessed by right clicking on the start button.
I always just go straight to desktop. But I remote into most of them and I use connection manager instead of mstc. I just feel like it's a major pain in the ass sometimes. When we built our new VM Farm last year for Coors Field we opted for Server 2008. I run 2012 at Pepsi Center and I don't know I just feel like 2008 is more solid in general.
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. Want Windows 10 for free on July 29? Use this simple trick -- no prior license needed! [Update]



Throughout history, upgrading Windows versions has been a paid affair. It has been a particularly pricey prospect too; both full and upgrade licences can be the most expensive software a home user buys. This is why a Windows license has been highly valued by its users.
Luckily, because of the negative sentiment towards Windows 8.x, an upgrade to Windows 10 will be free (for the first year) as a sort of mea culpa. Not only will an upgrade be free for Windows 8.x users, but Windows 7 too. But what if you are on XP or Vista? Hell, what if you are using a non-Microsoft OS such as Ubuntu Linux, BSD or OS X? No matter what operating system you are running now, you can score a free Windows 10 license if you do this simple trick.
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"Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th. This will come as just another flight", says Gabe Aul.
Aul further explains, "I’ve gotten a lot of questions from Windows Insiders about how this will work if they clean installed from ISO. As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated. Once you have successfully installed this build and activated, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh".
There you have it folks. As long as you install the Insider Preview and connect it with a free Microsoft account, you will have a fully-functional Windows 10 license when the final version comes out. There is no need to have ever owned a previous version of Windows. Sweet!
If you are particularly greedy, you can -- in theory -- create multiple Microsoft accounts and stockpile an endless amount of licenses. Keep in mind, however, this loophole will not be open forever. I would suggest taking advantage of this trick ASAP before Microsoft stops it.
You can download the ISO here.
Will you do this trick? Tell me in the comments.




[Update] Microsoft has updated its blog post with a new caveat. All Windows 10 insiders, that did not upgrade from Windows 7 or 8x, will still get a free, fully-functional, upgrade to the final version as long as they remain enrolled in the Insider Program.
This means you will get the final version, but you will be forced to install future pre-release versions too.
For some users, this will be a blessing in disguise -- pre-release builds can be an adventure. If you value stability, however, a paid-license is your best bet as you are able to stay on the stable version.
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pulled the trigger and did the update request.
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10 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Windows 10



Windows 10 builds on the best of Windows 7. Here's how to bend Microsoft's next OS to your will.
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Windows 10, by all appearances, seems poised for mass adoption, after a lackluster reception for Windows 8. This alternation of popular and unpopular is sort of a pattern for Microsoft operating systems: Vista tanked while Windows 7 killed, for example. Considering Windows 10 embraces devices of every size from smartphones to workstations, covering every aspect of the operating system would be a tall order. So for this selection of tips, we'll limit the scope to Windows 10 on the desktop, though some suggestions could affect installations on other device sizes.




Not only will Windows 10 bring back the warm and fuzzy Start menu, but the new interface does something Windows 8 failed to do—it makes a point of showing and explaining what's new. And if you never upgraded to Windows 8 or 8.1, you're missing out on at least one of my favorite aspects of the OS: It starts up remarkably faster than Windows 7 and earlier.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and later. You may already have seen a notification icon in your taskbar with the new Windows logo, from which you can reserve your upgrade. If not, you can head to Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade page to register. Meanwhile, if you have a spare PC lying around and are eager to test the waters, you can install Windows 10 Technical Preview for free. In either case, the list below is far from exhaustive (check out all of our coverage at our Windows 10 page), but its contents may help ease your transition to Microsoft's new OS.

1. Customize the Start Menu
Windows 10's reprise of the Start menu, which dates 20 years back to Windows 95, has been a much-applauded feature of Microsoft's next operating system. But it's not a simple return to the old Windows XP-style Start menu. Instead, Windows 10 combines the tiles of Windows 8's modern, touch-friendly user interface with the earlier metaphor. Maybe you want more tiles, maybe fewer or none. You can have the new Start menu your way: Simply click and hold the cursor on the edge of the Start box and drag it to the size you want. As with Windows 8, you can also pin any applications—including traditional desktop ones—to tiles. If you tap All Apps, you'll see a small tile for every single program on the computer, and you can pin any with a right-click option.
There are even more settings for the Start menu, accessible from the Settings > Personalization > Start page of the modern control panel. From here, you can even re-enable the full-screen Start page. You can also turn on or off recent apps, recent groups, and content and app suggestions, and get very granular with the Customize List option, which lets you choose links that appear below the frequent items, such as Settings, Explorer, and so on.

2. Set Up Cortana
Unlike Siri or Google Now, Cortana, Windows 10's voice-response digital assistant, lets you control what it knows about you, so that it can pop up relevant reminders and display info of interest. You do this by making selections in Cortana's Notebook, in your Contacts, and in the Maps app. The last two let you tell Cortana which contact is your spouse, and which places on the map are your home and workplace. That way, Cortana can pop up a reminder to call a spouse, or let you know how long a commute will take based on traffic.








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Like Google Now (and now Siri, to some extent) Cortana can listen for a key phrase, in this case "Hey Cortana!" and wake up to answer your requests. But before she can do any of this, you need to enable her the first time you click in the Windows 10 search box. This also involves granting permission to use your location, mic, contacts, email, messages, and browser history, though you can adjust these permissions to taste. Cortana can show you local news, sports, and weather info, and even tell you a joke or two.

3. Set up Continuum as You Please
This one is most applicable if you're running Windows 10 on a tablet or convertible laptop, or a PC with a touch screen. For example, if you have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3$1,114.99 at Buydig.com, when you pull off the Type Cover keyboard, you'll see a notification asking whether you want to switch to tablet mode. This is the Start screen and any modern app that happens to be running to full screen view, just like Windows 8.1 (which is actually a pretty good interface when run on a tablet).

4. Use Virtual Desktops
I've always found switching among apps and applications snappier in Windows than in other desktop operating systems, but with Windows 10 comes yet another option—multiple virtual desktops. To work with these, simply hit the multi-screen icon next to the search box in the toolbar, and tap the Plus sign all the way at the right of the taskbar. After this, to switch between desktops, you can press the button again and choose the large thumbnail of the one you want.
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5. Set Up the New Mail App
This one is pretty simple, but I haven't noticed many people using the very capable modern email client included with recent versions of Windows. The email client included with Windows 10 gets better still. It offers collapsible conversation view with email preview panel, and integrates buttons for the modern calendar and contact apps. You can easily add multiple mail accounts from any provider.

6. Use Explorer Quick Access
Once again, this is more just something to notice than anything you have to specifically set up. The new File Explorer in Windows 10 now shows you recently used folders at the top, which I've found really helpful—even for preparing images for this article.

7. Use New Keyboard Shortcuts
Most of these involve the Windows key. New window-snapping options let you not only snap to fill half of the screen on a side, but also a screen quadrant. Of course, you can tap the Windows Key by itself to bring up the Start menu. If you hold the Windows Key down and then hit Right Arrow and then Up Arrow, your program window will move to the top-right quadrant of the screen.Windows Key-Tab now opens (and leaves open) a new task view showing all of your running programs and virtual desktops. To create a new virtual desktop, there's Windows Key-Ctrl-D. Windows Key-C gets Cortana listening for your voice input, and Windows Key-S opens her Daily Glance showing your weather, sports, and news. Command line users get a bunch of new selection shortcuts using Shift with the arrow keys.

8. Hook Into OneDrive for Cloud Syncing
What's not to like about a free cloud storage service that keeps all your devices in sync? One of the things I love about Windows 8.1 is that, no matter what new PC or tablet I install it on, I'll see the same lock screen image (courtesy of the Facebook app, in my case) and desktop wallpaper. This is just as much a benefit in Windows 10. I'll also have access to the same email accounts—without the need to authenticate. You can enable this at Windows setup, or later through the Settings > Accounts page.
Other benefits of OneDrive are that you can access files stored there from mobile apps for all major platforms, and set up your PC for file fetching, which lets you get at any file on the PC, even if you haven't specifically saved it to OneDrive. You do this by right-clicking on the cloud icon in the taskbar notification area and choosing, "Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC."

9. Add Your Xbox Account
Of course, not everyone is lucky enough to own an Xbox, but for those who do, the new Xbox modern app on Windows 10 adds a portal to gaming activities and connections. You'll also be able to stream and play games from your Xbox One to your desktop or laptop PC running Windows 10 over Wi-Fi. How cool is that?

10. Try the New Edge Browser
Many users were tired of Internet Explorer's lack of compatibility with some newer sites, and with the slow performance of earlier versions. While newer versions of IE have made significant gains in all these areas, Windows 10's new Edge browser makes a clean break, and offers speed and modern compatibility that's likely to surprise you. It also offers tools not found in IE, including site annotation, reading view, and (later) extensions.
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I use powershell and never have to load a GUI - I can manage some 200 2012 servers with minimal efforts using PS4.0 and remoting.
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I wish I could do that. I always need a GUI because of the backend software for point of sale.
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Find Out If You Get a Free Upgrade to Windows 10 with This Flowchart




There’s been a lot of confusion about who gets free upgrades to Windows 10 on July 29th, but this flowchart should make it nice and simple to determine if you do.



Click the expand button on the graphic for a closer look.
This chart, inspired and expanded upon from this original chart by Amit Agarwal, spells everything out so you know exactly where you stand. If you have a legitimate copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, you’re all set to get a free upgrade and you can reserve it now. If you’re running the Windows 10 preview, and it was installed over a valid license of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, you also have access to the free upgrade. If you’re running anything older than Windows 7, or installed the Windows 10 preview beta without a previous license, you’ll have to fork over the $119 for the standard edition or $199 for the Pro edition. You can, however, continue to use further betas of Windows 10 no matter what.
And if Microsoft changes their mind again, we’ll be sure to update this flowchart as soon as possible.
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wait so it's not free anymore? Jason was the windows you put on my computer a legit copy lol?
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wait so it's not free anymore? Jason was the windows you put on my computer a legit copy lol?
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I didn't

We built this computer many years ago, it's still trucking along with the exact same hardware.
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The whole Win10 what is what is giving me a headache & yes, used an old tech net acct. I had access to

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We built this computer many years ago, it's still trucking along with the exact same hardware.

Yeah, that is still scary (hardware wise and what exactly Win10 is going to want to perform)
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This is confusing, I signed up for it. Originally they said it didn't matter if it was legit or pirated, now if it's pirated I have to pay for it? Is there a way to back out of the update request I did then? Windows 7 still works perfect for me. I really had no reason to do the upgrade other than it being free.

Next year I plan to turn that computer into a server and build a newer smaller htpc.
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This is confusing, I signed up for it. Originally they said it didn't matter if it was legit or pirated, now if it's pirated I have to pay for it? Is there a way to back out of the update request I did then? Windows 7 still works perfect for me. I really had no reason to do the upgrade other than it being free.

Next year I plan to turn that computer into a server and build a newer smaller htpc.

The signup that you did was just to alert you that it will be avail. to download (they will not force you to take that download) and you should have the choice to ignore it
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Lol. What dumb shit wrote this and actually believed it to be a good idea.
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gotcha, any word on why Microsoft did a 180 on this?
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gotcha, any word on why Microsoft did a 180 on this?

Well I think the beta testers got in an uproar about their eligibility (which if I recall no other beta testers got a pass with Win7 or Win which results in a full re-install.

I haven't kept up on a lot of it (hence the lack of a thread) until the main article came out, I never went to windows 8 because I messed with 2012 off/on at work and didn't see the need to do it.
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I doubt they ever did a 180, it was probably just misinterpreted. They'll let you upgrade, but then give you 30 days to activate and to activate you must purchase.

Makes sense, I cannot imagine why they'd give windows 10 to folks that didn't pay for a legit copy of 7, 8 or 8.1 to begin with.
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