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5 Tips to Protect Your Windows 10 in 2017

Installing Windows 10 on your device or buying a new one with this operating system will give you the sense of getting a new toy. You want to explore as much as possible what you OS can do and customize it to fit your needs perfectly. This is the best time to handle your device’s security as well and make sure from the very beginning that every aspect of it protected and accounted for.

 

There are steps that you can take to make your Windows 10 more protected that don’t require spending a lot of money to security software. We will share with you 5 simple, but effective tips to protect your Windows 10 and enjoy it safely.

 

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1. Tweak Your Privacy Settings

One of the first things you should when you’ve logged into your new computer is to see where exactly you stand when it comes to your Privacy Settings. The usual scenario is that everything will be set in the way that Microsoft finds it most convenient, but that doesn’t have to coincide with your security needs one bit.

 

There are a number of things that you can do to improve your security right then and there. First, if you want to be on the safe side, you should deal with location tracking. You will see that there are apps that have permission to access your location and if you don’t want them to keep tabs on you, simply disable those permissions. In fact, it would probably be a wise decision to get rid of location tracking completely, so that no one can easily find out where you currently are. Unless your messages, contacts and calendar are connected with your Microsoft account, there’s no need for any apps to have access to your private information either. Also, camera and microphone access is something that should be strictly limited, though you can only do this when it comes to apps, rules don’t apply when it comes to system programs, but it is still a step forward toward better security.

 

2. Manage Wi-Fi Sense Carefully

Here’s an option made to help us share our wireless connections more easily with anyone we want. Naturally, there are people who will take full advantage of it, even when it means endangering your security. The beauty of AWi-Fi Sense is that enables other people to use your bandwidth, but they don’t get full access to your network either. This feature also makes it much easier for you to connect to some other network quickly. However, a word of caution is necessary here, because public Wi-Fi can cause serious security troubles due to the fact that it is full of malware lurking to infect your device. Use VPN to keep your system safe from any unexpected cyber-attacks that can happen whenever you’re using public Wi-Fi.

 

3. Keep Cortana at Bay

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One of the main improvements of Windows 10 is the new digital assistant Cortana that does come in handy once in a while. However, its usefulness falls short when we take into account the amount of personal information it has access to and that is a lot. Unless you’ve got a dire need of a digital assistant, disable Cortana completely, because the information it gathers are a serious risk that you don’t have to take. We recommend doing this as soon as possible, because all the data that Cortana processes are very quickly uploaded to a cloud which can’t be erased. If you’ve explored Cortana’s abilities, then you know that it also keeps extensive record of your interests and preferences and you would do well to edit and erase this section as well, because you never know what kind of personal information hackers could use to get into your device and wreak havoc.

 

4. Do a Clean Reinstall

If you’ve just bought a new laptop or a mobile device and you’ve already got Windows 10 installed on it, then you probably think your work is done. While your device will work just fine, chances are that it will be filled with all forms of unnecessary software you’ll never use and it will slow down your computer. There’s also the fact that this junkware can affect poorly your device’s performance and the best way to deal with it is to get rid of it all. Do a clean reinstall of Windows 10 to get a completely clean slate with your new device and not worry that there might a hidden program somewhere in your computer that is endangering your security.

 

5. Lock Down Your Device

Whenever you’re away from your device, it should be safe and protected just as much as when you are using it. Enable the option to lock your screen whenever you’re planning to leave your computer or phone unattended, so that no one can just use it as they please. If you want to be extra safe, set up passwords to protect your OS from anyone trying to physically install malware on your device.

 

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Windows 10 comes with a great deal of new exciting perks and you should freely explore each and every one of them. Just remember that the security of your operating system should always be your main priority and you can protect it very well by following these five tips, as well as investing some time to constantly learn about new ways to improve your security.

 

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Thomas Milva is 28 and has been in an Information Security Analyst for over four years. He loves his job, but he also loves spending his time in nature, because he’s working from home, which sometimes means not getting enough fresh air. He also regularly writes for wefollowtech.com, where he often comments on the latest web trends in his articles. Thomas currently lives in Baton Rouge with his dog, two fish and his girlfriend.

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How to Install Windows Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Manually?

The most awaited Windows anniversary update is rolling out. Not all Windows 10 PCs are getting it at a time. Many interesting features are introduced to Windows with this anniversary update. Taking from the UI to the added functionalities, the Windows 10 with this update is quite interesting to use.

 

If you cannot wait till it shows up in your regular update notifications, you can install the anniversary update manually. It is a simple process and need no advanced knowledge. I will walk you through the process step by step. Follow on.

 

Things you must remember before upgrading Windows 10

 

Windows 10’s anniversary update is the second major update that is released in the one year of its release. The first one was released in November 2015 with some minor updates and stability fixes. This update adds more features to the operating system and brings major changes to the user interface and functionality.

  • You should have a fully activated Windows 10 installed on your PC. If your Windows is not yet activated, check these possible solutions
  • Check if you have disabled the automatic updates. This will not show you pop-up notifications of any updates to be received.
  • The New Windows 10 after upgrading would be totally new with re-shuffled options. Only upgrade if you are okay to adapt the changes. If asked, I would suggest to upgrade.
  • All the features that are promised to bring to Windows 10 might not work on your PC due to hardware availability and incompatibility. So, do not expect the most the new features if yours is a older PC.
  • You may revert back to older version (10586) if you don’t like the anniversary update (version 14393). I always recommend to have the latest updates installed unless you face any software or hardware problems while working.
  • After the update is downloaded as shown in the Step 4, it might take up to 90 minutes to update the PC. If you are in some serious work and cannot afford that much time, better restart it later.

Installing anniversary update manually

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Step 1: Go to Settings > Update and Security. Under ‘Looking for an info on latest updates?’, click ‘Learn more’. The web browser will open up Windows updates page showing information about the Windows anniversary update.

 

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Click on the ‘Get the anniversary update now’ button. It will download a small Windows 10 update assistant application to perform the update process.

 

Step 2: Run the application (generally named as “Windows10Upgrade28084.exe”). It will open the window as shown below.

 

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Step 3: Click on the ‘Update Now’ button. Then it will check the compatibility of the device for the update. If your PC is compatible, it will show the ‘Ok’ status beside CPU, Memory and Disk. Click on the ‘Next’ button to download the update. You may minimize the windows and resume your work.

 

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Step 4: It will ask you to save your current status of the work to restart and start upgrading process. Click ‘Restart’ to get the update installed. Before restarting, you will be shown a notice about Windows update assistant signing out your current login in order to install the update.

 

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Don’t just enjoy the new features for yourself. Share your experience with us in comments below.

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How to Backup Your Data When Windows is Not Loading

Sometimes Windows operating system will not boot up because of various reasons. This will block the access to your data on the hard drive. Taking it to the technician, you would get bashed with the charges for the service, especially for the data recovery service.

 

The valid reason for Windows operating system not loading is the malicious software program that you have installed on the computer before you shut it down last time. The malicious program might have destroyed the files related to Windows boot up.

 

Another reason that sounds like backstabbing is that when changing operating system. When there is a need to change the operating system on the computer and you are already half way close to complete the installation, the disk will not let you proceed. What actually happens here is that after formatting the disk partition to have a clean installation, it will show an error saying, “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.”

 

Changing the format of the disk from one format to another will erase the data on any other partition completely on the hard drive. This will lead to data loss.

 

Don’t even think of recovering the data later. Because, changing the disk format will disturb the file storing table structure which is needed to be constant for any recovering tool or software to recover the data that is deleted/formatted.

 

Don’t lose hope. Hang in there. There is a way to back your data on to external hard drive or thumb drive without using any 3rd party software or hardware tool. To do this process, you would need a Windows operating system DVD or bootable USB drive.

 

Backing up your data on to external drive

Warning: We are going to use some advanced techniques using command prompt in this process. Doing them wrong might destroy your data and hard drive. So, I advice you to only proceed if you can analyze and understand the information that is shown on the command prompt screen.

 

Step 1: Insert the OS DVD or bootable drive and boot into it (go to ‘boot options’ while booting and choose the DVD RAM/Removable Drive).

 

Step 2: Proceed till you see ‘Install Windows’ button on the screen. Now press ‘Shift+F10’ to open Command Prompt(CMD).

 

Step 3: Now connect your external drive through USB port and type ‘Diskpart’ command in the prompt and hit ‘Enter’.

 

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Step 4: Now type ‘list volume’ command to see all your disk drives that are connected to your computer. Check if you can see the external drive connected. Let us suppose the external partition drive letter be ‘F:\’.

 

Note: If you are sure about the external drive, then you can proceed with the process. If the external drive is not detected, try to change the USB port and if it still don’t work, try another external drive.

 

Step 5: Now go to source drive/partition where the data you needed to backup exists. For example, if you have your data in D:\ drive, type ‘D:’ and hit ‘Enter’.

 

Step 6: You have to be precise while backing up data as there may not be much storage available on external drive. So, check what folder you wanted to back up. To see all files and folders on the D:\ drive, type ‘dir’ and hit ‘Enter’.

 

Step 7: Now enter the following command to copy the entire folder and subfolders to the external drive. Let us suppose the source folder to be backed up be ‘MyData’ on D:\ drive. Then the command would be,

 

xcopy D:\MyData F:\ /E

 

It will copy all the files, folders and subfolders from the specified source to specified destination. It is from ‘MyData’ folder on ‘D:\’ drive to external drive ‘F:\’ in our case.

 

Let the copy finish and notify you a message on the prompt. When it is done, enter into another drive and repeat the same process. When you are done backing up all the required files and folders, go to external drive and confirm if the backed up files exists or not using ’dir’ command.

 

You may use other corresponding letters instead of /E at the end of the command. Here are what you can use and what they mean,

 

/P - Prompts you before creating each destination file.
 
/S - Copies directories and subdirectories except empty ones.
/E - Copies directories and subdirectories, including empty ones. Same as /S /E. May be used to modify /T.
/V - Verifies each new file.
/W - Prompts you to press a key before copying.
/C - Continues copying even if errors occur.
/I

- If destination does not exist and copying more than one file, assumes that destination must be a directory.

/Q - Does not display file names while copying.
/F - Displays full source and destination file names while copying.
/L - Displays files that would be copied.
/H - Copies hidden and system files also.
/R - Overwrites read-only files.
/T

- Creates directory structure, but does not copy files. Does not include empty directories or subdirectories. /T /E includes empty directories and subdirectories.

/U - Copies only files that already exist in destination.
/K - Copies attributes. Normal Xcopy will reset read-only attributes.
/N - Copies using the generated short names.
/O - Copies file ownership and ACL information.
/X - Copies file audit settings (implies /O).
/Y

- Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.

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- Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.

/Z - Copies networked files in restartable mode.

 

Once the files and folders are backed up, you can convert the hard drive format (in case of GPT partition error) and fresh install Windows again.

 

Comment below if you face any problems in this process. I will be sharing the possible solution at my reach.

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7 Reasons to Install Windows 10 Anniversary Update 2016

There is another side (the benefit side) of installing updates for your Windows 10 operating system on your machine. And that side brings the more features in the upcoming update. Microsoft is planning to push Windows 10 anniversary update 2016 with a lot amazing features and upgrades to its operating system.

You should let your system download and install the updates as they are going to bring the valuable visible and functional changes to the operating system even though the automatic updates are disabled.

The anniversary update brings the following upgrades to the UI and functionality of the Windows 10 computer. If you are a UNIX/Linux lover, you would love the new changes that are coming through the aisle.

1. Bash Shell to Command Prompt

Microsoft considered to fulfill the request of the users in providing the UNIX/Linux bash shell for Windows command line interface. Therefore, they have built a Windows Sub-system, for Linux (WSL). This brings the improvements to command shell with the added functionality of bash shell.

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The bash shell can be accessed by entering the command ‘bash’ in the command prompt. You will have the full control over the UNIX/Linux libraries and no virtualization is needed to enable it. Just install the anniversary update and you will get the bash shell functionality get installed with it.

2. Dark Theme

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The whole Windows open with a white background by default. We didn’t had an ash gray or dark matte gray themed Windows so far. The new anniversary update brings the dark theme for Windows which is pretty cool and geekish. I’d also prefer to use the word eye-friendly. However all apps might not adhere the black theme except the windows of settings menus.

3. Emoji's with new skin tones

The Emoji’s are totally revamped with the new skin tones and it now makes chatting from an Windows device interesting as never like before.

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4. Windows Ink

Windows Ink that works as a true digital ink for the windows touch devices, will be added the new anniversary update of Windows 10. User can use his fingers or ePen to write on the screens to look more natural as it looks on paper when drawn written with pen.

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You can check out the programming technicalities of Windows Ink technology from the MSDN articles.

5. Cortana anywhere

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The Cortana is the one of the best features that Windows brought to us. It would be much better and intelligently accessible anywhere including on the locked screen. The voice assistance anywhere responds to the call ‘Hey Cortana’ and listens to your commands. No wonder if it reminds you of the ‘Hey Siri’ feature of Apple iOS.

6. Windows Hello

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The is one of the phenomenal feature that is being introduced by the Windows itself first into the market. Windows Hello need no PINs and passwords to unlock the device, it needs you and your eye positioning to unlock the screen. This feature is till in beta phase yet will be introduced with Windows 10 anniversary update of 2016.

7. Connect and play with Xbox One players

Microsoft always loved gamers and is. With the anniversary update of 2016, Windows 10 users will be allowed to connect to the Xbox players and join the games right from their PC’s and mobile phones. Microsoft delivers a special edition of DirectX 12 update with his anniversary update that allows users to connect to Xbox live transforming the conventional PC gaming experience.

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Also with this Windows 10 update, you will get Forza Motorsport 6: Apex for free.

Do you still want any more reasons to stop this anniversary update of Windows 10 of 2016? C’mon, you can’t be that rude to your computer.
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Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 10 & Save Bandwidth

Windows 10 is claimed to be the best operating system ever developed by Microsoft. Unfortunately, it bagged haters more than the fans with forcible restrictions like incompatibilities with the old hardware (even of 2 years old) and no control over the options like operating system updates.

Hardware incompatibilities might be because of the advanced technologies that are used to build this operating system but the customization is what people carve for when it comes to the software. Microsoft is known to be signing up deals with the computer manufacturers to make the future computers compatible with only the Windows 10 but not down-versioned operating systems if Microsoft.

One of the uncontrollable options that Microsoft Windows 10 has is the control over the automatic updates. Windows users are wondering why this option is not made user controllable.

There are two obvious reasons why Microsoft would have made the automatic updates essential. One is that they might have afraid of losing their subscriptions if automatic updates are allowed to be disabled. The second reason relates to the security of the operating system.

Are automatic updates bad?

Any update the a digital device gets from the vendor is not bad at all. It might have bugs but the motive of that update would be to improve the user experience and enhance the security.

The automatic updates will keep your system patched with missing functionalities, security updates and improve user experience. In fact, it is always better to keep the updates to download and get installed automatically.

Then why disable automatic updates?

The top 3 reasons that I found in my experience to disable the automatic updates are,
  1. Frequency of updates
  2. Updating while working
  3. Consumes all bandwidth
1. Frequency of updates – It would be great to get updates weekly or monthly. But, Microsoft sends updates to Windows 10 daily (including Windows Defender virus definitions). The update frequency of Windows XP. 7 or 8 and 8.1 were not used to happen this often.

2. Updating while working – Updates are supposed to get downloaded and installed while the system is left idle. It would be distracting and interrupting to get updates while working. The whole computer might lag or or the piece of software that we are working on might not respond properly. It would sometimes leads is to restart the computer which might cost the loss of unsaved work done.

3. Consumes all bandwidth – It is the major problem an average windows 10 operating system user would face with updates. It consumes all the bandwidth to download the updates always and halts the programs to install them sometimes.

Countries like India are ranked last in internet speed in a recent survey. According to the survey report generated by Akamai Technologies Inc., the average speed of the internet in India is just 2.8Mbps. If it comes from a ISP like BSNL, the speed would be the 10% of the promised. That means, if they promise you 4Mbps, you would get 400Kbps only.

In that sense, how good is to get updates while working on the internet? It would not only slow down the process of loading websites, but also wastes a lot of time.

How to disable automatic updates on Windows 10?

Disabling automatic updates on Windows 10 is a bit tricky. You won’t be finding the option straight on the update console. Take a look at the screenshot below if you want.

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But, still you can access the controls to enable or disable the automatic updates from ‘Local Group Policy Editor’.

Go to Windows Search, type Edit Group Policy and then navigate to the following path.

Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update and double click on ‘Configure Automatic Updates’.

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Set the option ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’ and click ‘Apply’, then ‘Ok’. Restart the system once and you are now relieved of automatic bandwidth eating updates on your Windows 10 computer.

Get Windows updates manually

If you want to get the updates manually, open ‘Configure Automatic Updates’ and select ‘Enabled’ from the configuration options and select ‘Notify for download and notify to install’ option from ‘Configure automatic updating’ settings.

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Watch the following video for the live instructions:

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Review: Microsoft Lumia 550 vs 540 Dual SIM vs 535 Dual SIM

Microsoft is truly into smartphones these days. After launching the best Windows 10 phone (Lumia 950 and 950 XL) ever, the company has announced the new budget handset with Window 10 operating system on board named, Lumia 550. The handset was recently released in UK for the price of €139 which could be around ₹11,000 when converted into Indian rupees. Though the exact price in India and USA has not yet been announced officially.

 

Let’s see if this new Lumia 550 when compared with its predecessors Lumia 540 Dual SIM and 535 Dual SIM is better or is another doomed Windows phone.

 

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Microsoft presents Lumia 550 with their new flick, Windows 10 operating system installed on the chipset, while the other two predecessors came into market with Windows Phone 8.1 Denim on board.

 

Though Lumia 550 has 4.7 inch screen which is smaller than the two other old brothers with 5 inch screens, it looks little thicker than those predecessors. The Lumia 540 and Lumia 535 are 8.6cm and 8.8cm thinner respectively where as Lumia 550 is 9.9cm thicker.

 

The Lumia 550 is continued with the same 720p HD display that we can see on Lumia 540 too where as 535 has only 540p qHD screen. I see no upgrade in this aspect but 720p screen for a budget phone is convincing as per todays specifications for smartphones.

 

The disappointing thing about Lumia 550 is its camera. It comes with 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera which is totally discouraging to buy this handset. There is no need to talk about the LED flash as all the three devices have it undoubtedly.

 

All the three devices comes with 8GB internal memory but it could have been 16GB on Lumia 550. The memory on 550 can be expandable up to 200GB through microSD card where as it is limited to 128GB on both the other devices. The noticeable thing is, Microsoft is the first company to introduce 128GB expandability to the smartphones. The allowance of 128GB on budget phones cannot be pushed out from being considered as one of the pros. Memory expandability wise, Lumia 550 gets the best.

 

The Lumia 550 is a 4G device. The mobile networks have been upgraded to 4G by now even in the countries like India. So, it is definitely a plus for Lumia 550 when compared with the other two comparatives.

 

Operating system on the new Lumia 550 is the best Windows operating system that Microsoft has ever made. It is fast, energy efficient and its processing capability is smooth and efficient. Though having 2100mAh battery, Lumia 550 can standby 28 days (not literally) compared to that of Lumia 540 Dual SIM with 2200mAh battery and Windows Phone 8.1 OS on board.

 

Coming to the processing power, Lumia 550 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad Core processor clocking at 1100MHz supported by 1GB RAM. The processor is an upgrade compared to Lumia 540 and Lumia 535s Snapdragon 200 Quad Core. We could expect some better processing capability for Lumia 550.

 

Lumia 550 supports Nano SIM. It cannot be taken as an upgrade but is futuristic, as many other smartphones are upgrading their slots to support Nano SIMs these days. It also gets an upgrade to Bluetooth from 4.0 to 4.1. It supports 850 MHz Band 5 WCDMA network along with the 2100 MHz Band 1 and 900 MHz Band 8 that the other two devices support. Other than these, it also support 4G LTE bands as the device is a 4G compatible.

 

Groove Music from Windows 10 adds up to the MixRadio as a music software feature on Lumia 550. The HERE Maps and Bing Maps are replaced by Maps app in Windows 10. The package of this device comes with 90% recycled material made accessories.

 

Should you buy it?

I don’t see Microsoft Lumia 550 as a great budget phone. It is good with its little new upgrades and software features. But some features like camera, internal memory and battery disappoints me personally when compared to its predecessors, Lumia 540 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM versions.

 

If you want to own a budget friendly Windows 10 phone to sync up your work and files with your Windows 10 computer, Lumia 550 can be your option. Other than that, I don’t see it lucrative for its price point.

 

Feel free to share your thoughts about it in comments section below.

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Is Microsoft Lumia 950 The Best Windows 10 Phone Ever?

Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft has already said that their tech house is going to focus more on mobile phones after the launch of Windows 10. This might have led to the well crafting of the new Lumia 950 with flagship (Windows phone) specifications. This new power packed phone is available in market for $600 USD (off-contract price) with AT&T carrier.

 

Personally, the last Windows phone that grabbed my attention was Lumia 1020 with an amazing camera and specifications. Later, Lumia 1320 and 1520 were released, but with very larger screens. 5 inch phones are my cup of tea and so I never chose to taste a sip of them since then.

 

Microsoft, after releasing the their operating system of the era, has revealed its thoughts on growing mobile phone technologies and the need that they had realized in the years of evolution that they were missed to take part.

 

We will go through the full technical specifications in another review. For now, let’s see what the Lumia 950 device has got and if this is the best Windows 10 phone ever made.

 

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Image source: http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/lumia950/

The Premium design

The Lumia 950 looks fabulous. Slim, sleek and silver touched body with matte finish back cover and concentric camera gives the device a premium look while in hand.

 

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Image source: http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/lumia950/

Latest operating system

Lumia 950 comes up with the latest and the last operating system, Windows 10 from Microsoft corporation. If you are using Windows 10 on your PC and wanted a perfect sync with your smartphone, Lumia 950 fits well with no air fitting gap in between.

 

Windows 10 is already working great on supported devices including both the laptops and Lumia phones if we could be little more careful while installing it (on PCs I mean).

 

The hardware configuration

The 1080p displays are yesterday’s now. Lumia 950 has 2K Quad AMOLED HD display spread over 5.2 inch screen with 564 pixels per inch. Lumias tend to give hardware configurations a new definition with the very unique dimensions. The 2K display is one of such definitions it seems, with ClearBlack display and 24-bit/16M color support.

 

The super sensitive touch and 2K display would bring the digital information live in front of our eyes. Don’t you imagine how that experiences?

 

The smarty is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor which won’t slow down a beat while using with the good support of 3 GB RAM.

 

It comes with 32 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 200 GB through microSD card. There again it creates new definition with the number ‘200’ which won’t be seen on any other smartphones actually.

 

Lumias has another great hardware, the camera(s). The Windows phones always loved the cameras as its users. With 20MP powerful camera along with triple-LED flash, the Microsoft Lumia 950 takes the photography to another level.

 

The new camera feature called, Rich Capture adjusts the color saturation levels of the bright and dark areas in the taken picture and lets the user remove or add the flash in the unwanted and wanted areas respectively. With this feature, we no need to worry about the shots taken at the random moment. Thanks to Microsoft for believing in moments that won’t come again once lost.

 

The camera can also record sharpest 4K video with seamless auto focusing system and optical image stabilization.

 

This Windows 10 phone comes with 3000mAh battery that could stand the phone by two complete days on moderate usage.

 

Special Features

Type-C Port – The new flagship port connectivity feature, Type-C port comes to Microsoft’s house. The Lumia 950 has this type-C port with fast charging technology enabled.

 

Rich Capture – The new photo capturing technology is a revolutionary adaption to Lumia 950. It helps to capture the moments right on time without worrying about the lightening conditions and focus.

 

Windows Hello Beta –  Wakes up the screen by simply looking at the screen directly. The infrared camera on the front automatically authenticates your face while looking into the screen directly and unlocks the phone for full accessing.

 

Microsoft Display Dock – Windows 10 on Microsoft Lumia 950 allows the user to use the phone as an external monitor by docking the phone to the Microsoft Display Dock and use it with external mouse and keyboard attached to it like a PC. With this feature enabled, you won’t feel like missing your PC/laptop at the times of emergency needs.

 

Is Microsoft Lumia 950 the best phone?

Don’t you still think it is? I liked the device and can’t wait to get my hands on it. The operating system makes the phone truly a flagship killer in not only Windows but also in all smartphones category.

 

It is available in stores from 20th November 2015 for the best price of $600 USD i.e., ₹40,000 in India. If you are planning to buy a premium Windows phone, that could be Lumia 950.

 

What do you think? Is Microsoft Lumia 950 the best Windows 10 phone ever made? Share you thoughts about it in comments below.

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Add/Hide ‘Hibernate’ to Windows 10 Shutdown Options

New operating system, new UI and little confusion in accessing your favorite options is all common for an average computer user after the upgrade. Windows 10 has brought significant changes to the user interface compared to Windows 8.1. Every setting has been brought under the right hood and it created some confusion in accessing even familiar options.

If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10 and have been looking to add more control to your Shutdown options in Start menu, this tutorial is for you.

The Shutdown button in Start menu will have only three options, Shutdown, Restart and Sleep. Not only we can add the Hibernate option, but also we can remove it along with the other power preset options with some limitations (Shutdown and Restart cannot be removed). The tutorial is a bidirectional guide and hope you would find it useful.

Step 1: Click on Start button > Settings.

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Step 2: Click on System.

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Step 3: Scroll down to Power & Sleep settings > click on Additional power settings.

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Step 4: Click on ‘Choose what power buttons do

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Step 5: Click on ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’. This will enable the grayed out options in the bottom.

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Step 6: Under Shutdown settings, check the options that you wanted to be displayed on shutdown button.

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That’s it! You’ve now successfully added/removed the hibernate button to your shutdown button options.
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How to Make Windows 10 (32-bit & 64-bit) ISO File

The new version of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 10 is here. But no one is aware of how to grab a standalone ISO file other than on-air upgrade. Because internet speed is still a luxury to many people in the world. Also, downloading standalone ISO will help in re-installing Windows 10 again without downloading it in future.

Here is the step-by-step guide (with screenshots) to make an ISO file of Windows 10 (both 32-bit and 64-bit) of desired edition.

Making the ISO file

Step 1: Download the right Media Creation Tool for your PC and install it on your computer.

Step 2: Run the tool with administrator rights (not needed but, for better results). Select ‘Create installation media for another PC’ option and click ‘Next’.

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Step 3: Here, you will be asked to choose the language, architecture and edition of Windows 10 that you wanted to make an ISO file of.

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Select the language, edition and architecture of your choice and click ‘Next’.

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Step 4: In this step, you will be asked to chose the media type.

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Choose ISO file option and click ‘Next’.

Step 5: Set the save location for the ISO file and let the download finish.

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Clean installing Windows 10 directly from an ISO file can cause activation problems. Check for a solution from my previous post.
 
That’s it! Hope that made it simple!
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Windows 10 Activation Issues and Possible Solutions

So you finally got Windows 10 on your computer. Did you perform an upgrade or a clean installation? Hold on! Whatever the way you used to install will not stop the havoc coming due to some ignorant mistakes and incompatibilities. Installing Windows 10 have showed up activation issues on most of the computers. This happens when you have done the following.
  1. Upgraded from a invalid Windows version
  2. Performed a first clean installation instead of upgrading
  3. Formatted or replaced the hard drive
  4. The genuine version of the OS is replaced
  5. Your OS is installed on multiple PCs
  6. Counterfeit software
  7. You brought an old computer
  8. Replaced the identifiable hardware

1. Upgraded from a invalid Windows version


Windows 10 need to be connected to the internet to activate itself after the upgrade. There might be two reasons if it is not yet been activated i.e., it might have not been connected to the internet or the activation servers are busy. If both are not the cases, the only reason might be the upgrading has done on a computer which had invalid license all the time.

If you have upgraded from invalid licensed older Windows to Windows 10, the new operating system would go for a cross check online and if the license is no valid, will not activate the product.

Solution 1: Go to Windows support site and check for the reasons that apply. If the error is caused due to invalid product key, get a new one from Microsoft store.

Solution 2: Get an original older Windows operating system from any other ecommerce retailers for easy buying.


2. Performed a first clean installation instead of upgrading

Even if you are upgrading to Windows 10 using the ISO file that was created using the media creation tool, you have to choose ‘Upgrade Windows’ option instead of ‘Custom Installation’ method. Or else, you will be asked to enter the product activation key for Windows 10 because you didn’t let the upgradation happen through the valid channel.

Solution: Go back to your previous operating system and check if the older Windows is activated. If it is activated, then proceed with the process again, by selecting ‘Upgrade Windows’ option this time.

3. Formatted or replaced the hard drive

If you have formatted or replaced your hard drive in which you want to install Windows 10, you won’t be able to use the product key of your older Windows OS without having it installed on the computer. Or else, you will get a 0xC004F061 error.

Solution: Install the older operating system from which you wanted to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 first and then try the upgrading process later.

4. The genuine version of the OS is replaced

If you ever had taken your PC to a repair shop or technician who does all the fixes, there will be chances that he might have replaced your original OS with another patched version or installed another license key. You won’t find the difference until you cross check for its validity in such cases. The key will be blocked during the cross check process if it was used on more than allowed number of PCs.

Solution: Replace the original license key of the product with the invalid one and then start the upgrading process.

5. Your OS is installed on multiple PCs

Just like in the above case, if you have shared your OS with your friends or installed it on your current PC after being used on more than allowed number of PCs, the key would be considered as invalid.

Solution: Buy a new license in order to activate your current version of Windows and try upgrading it later.

6. Counterfeit software

If you have an unpublished version of Microsoft Windows license key installed on your PC, you cannot activate your Windows 10 after the upgrade.

Solution: Report about the counterfeit software to Microsoft and buy a genuine license key.

7. You brought an old computer

If you have brought an used computer or bought it second handedly, the license key on it might have been used on multiple PCs by then or it is given to you with disallowed version of OS installed on it.

Solution: Ask the seller for the original Windows DVD and license key. If he don’t have it, you have to buy a genuine version of the license key.

8. Replaced the identifiable hardware

If you have made substantial changes to the hardware which directly impacts the activation of the operating system software, activation issues might arise. Check out this solution from Microsoft website in such case.

Hope that helps!
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