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Remove Windows.old Folder After Upgrading to Windows 10

Now that you have upgraded to Windows 10 from your previous version of Windows operating system. This upgrading process will not only keep your files and programs from your previous versions but also keeps some of the OS files in a folder named Windows.old.

 

Windows.old folder takes a lot of memory of at most 20 GB(depends) roughly. Neither the old OS files are useful nor the memory taken by it. Literally, the memory taken by the Windows.old folder is a dump unless you want to downgrade back to your older Windows sometime in near future.

 

Note: If you wanted to test the new Windows 10 through the upgrade for sometime and decide later whether to have it continued, do not delete the Windows.old folder. It is only backup that helps you switch back to previous version easily.

 

However, 20 GB is not a small chunk of memory to leave it off. Those who really care about this amount of space better take a step forward to delete Windows.old folder.

 

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Windows 10 is really an improved version of Windows OS and you won’t find any program incompatible issues with the software that was installed on your computer. So, I think you won’t find a necessity to downgrade back to older version again. It is always your choice anyway.

 

Removing Windows.old folder safely

Selecting the folder from the drive and hitting ‘Delete’ button is not the safe way of deleting the Windows.old folder. Using of command prompt to delete the folder is also not suggested.

 

To remove it safely from your system drive, better do it from ‘Disk Cleanup’ utility.

 

Step 1: Go to This PC > Right-click on Local Disk (C:) > Properties > Disk cleanup.

 

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This won’t show up Windows.old folder in the ‘Files to delete’ options.

 

Step 2: Click on ‘Clean up system files’ button and that will scan for the unnecessary files on the drive with administrator rights.

 

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This will then show up the Windows.old folder in the ‘files to download’ options.

 

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Step 3: Select the ‘Previous Windows installation(s)’ folder and click ‘Ok’. It will then show you a warning saying that you can’t downgrade to the previous version of windows once deleted.

 

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Step 4: Click ‘Ok’ to proceed. It will start the cleaning process right then.

 

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That’s it. Check your Local Disk (C): now. You’ll find the partition regaining the 20 GB(appx).

 

*Local Disk(C): is considered as the operating system installed drive in this demonstration.

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What You Need to Know About Caret Browsing in Microsoft’s Edge Browser

Microsoft, after giving up on the internet explorer, the long stayed companion for Windows operating systems have introduced a new browser with a name ‘Edge’ with Windows 10. As they have been saying that their new Spartan project is going to bring a light weight web browser, have brought a really new browser with really needed simple features.

 

Edge has an option in Settings > Advanced settings called caret browsing. It allows you to copy down text on the webpage with your keyboard. It might not sound familiar but, there is something else you need to know about it.

 

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All about Edge’s caret browsing

According to Wikipedia,

 

caret navigation is a kind of keyboard navigation where a caret (also known as a ‘text cursor’, ‘text insertion cursor’, or ‘text selection cursor’) is used to navigate within a text document.

 

When you are copying down the text from the webpages on Google Chrome, you cannot put your cursor somewhere and just copy text by using Shift+Arrow Keys. Some part of the text, say a word at least must be selected in order to activate the Shift+Arrow Keys combo.

 

Where as in Microsoft’s Edge browser, if ‘Always use caret browsing’ is turned on, you can get the blinking cursor (caret cursor) by just using F7 to toggle the functionality on/off.

 

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Using it, you can just click to place you cursor anywhere on the webpage and use Shift+Arrow Keys combo to select the text.

 

Mozilla Firefox has has the same functionality but, it won’t display a blinking cursor on the page. You can still just click in the middle of the text on a webpage and copy the text freely.

 

Watch this video demonstrating the caret browsing functionality.

 

 

Caret browsing also allow us to copy text in forward of backward direction using the navigation keys (arrows keys). Google chrome lacks this feature yet. You can get this feature by installing this chrome extension which is not so cool compared to Firefox and Edge browsers.

 

This somehow proofs the work of Microsoft on Edge all these days. We should appreciate them for making the default browser of the operating system really usable.

 

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Upgrade Old Windows OS to Windows 10 Manually | Step-by-Step Guide for Novices

Microsoft has announced the operating system of the next decade as promised, on July 29th 2015. This version of the operating system is going to be the final version of the operating system from Microsoft for the next 10 years. As a part of the promise, the tech giant have made it possible for everyone to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10 for free.

If your computer satisfies the system requirements, suggested by the Microsoft, you can chose to install the new Windows on your computer by following either of the following installation methods.

Before Upgrading Notes:

  • Your files and apps will not be erased if upgraded. Although, it gives an option to wipe out the files and apps during the installation. So, be conscious through out the process and don’t mis-click to proceed.
  • It is however suggested to take a backup of your files on the desktop, documents, pictures, music and video folders.
  • The following demonstration of upgrading is performed on Windows 8.1 version of the Windows. GUIs may look different for different older operating systems.

Method 1:

To avail the free upgrade, you must have to reserve your copy of Windows 10 through the Get Windows 10 app. This app will do the downloading of suitable Windows 10 version for your computer and will notify you when it is ready to install. As this happens in the background, you will have no idea of what’s happening behind the curtain.

Method 2:

There is another method to install Windows 10 on your PC. It is through the media creation tool.

Step 1: Download the right version (32-bit or 64-bit) of windows 10 media creation tool on to your PC and run it with administrator rights (Right-click > Run as Administrator).

Then, it will start checking the compatibility of your PC and suggests a version of Windows 10 to download.

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Step 2: After downloading, the media creation tool will check for necessary updates for your PC. Later, it will asks you to confirm the installation of the media creation tool. Click ‘Confirm’ to proceed to the installation process.

Step 3: After finalizing all the updates, the wizard shows up the ‘install’ button. Click to start the real upgrading process now.

Step 4: After a couple of restarts, it beings up the following upgrading screen.

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The upgrading process will be done in three stages.
  • Copies the downloaded files to the installation directories
  • Installs new Windows features and programs
  • Finalizes the installation
The status of the whole process will be shown in the percentage format in a Halo like status ring. Let the ring fill blue until 100%.

Step 5: This phase of upgrading needs a couple of confirmation clicks to start up. Once it is done, a new desktop will be shown up with a new look and feel. Go through the new Windows 10 and enjoy the free upgrade.

You will love the whole tour of upgrading your computer to Windows 10 as much as you would love the changes that the Microsoft has brought to their new operating system.

Don’t forget to visit back this page and cheer your ‘hurray’ in comments below. Hope to see you soon.
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What Has Windows 10 Operating System Stored For You?

What Windows 10 has got for you

 

Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System has implemented multiple new features and these features have taken hold of many users’ attention. Some of these features which are actually worth to work on Windows 10 are revealed in this article.

 

Flexible Command Prompt

If you are the one who kept on wondering why MS Command Prompt does not have CTRL+V option to simply copy complicated commands, there is good news for you. The CTRL+V function will now work inside the command prompt. Moreover some advance features are also embedded in the command prompt. You can right-click title bar of CMD window and select Properties. Here in properties click on the Experimental tab and you will be able view all the new features.

 

Start Menu

Windows 10 has made up for the blunder with Windows 8’s Start menu. This new Start menu is back to its original look and place. But now this menu has got more than just desktop apps. It has also got Metro Start screen’s functionality, live Tiles Windows 8-style apps, etc. The live Tile functionality can however be turned off if required and also the Metro apps can be unpinned from Start menu. This start menu can be also expanded to full screen and the Metro apps can be resized for re-creating Windows 8 like look, if you want so.

 

Notifications At Action Center

Ever since this Action Center has been added as functionality to Operating Systems, it has been appreciated a lot. The information pop-ups remind you of actions needed to be taken and acts like a reminder. Windows 10 has them with a complete different design.

 

Digital Assistant Cortana

Achieving success on Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana feature has now became part of Windows 10 PCs. It is a clever digital assistant and has a great control of search functions in Windows 10 Operating system. Cortana will try to access personal information and use it for searching the information you are looking for in order to perform helpful tasks. All type of online information is searched according to voice or text commands provided by you.

 

New Project Spartan Browser

Windows 10 has brought up a completely new browser “Project Spartan” for better speed, slickness, and adaptation of completely new age web. Spartan utilizes Microsoft’s new Edge rendering engine which was not available in the Internet Explorer. Cortana shows up some additional information while searching the web for instance, it will bring up Bing Maps direction while searching for any hospital.

 

Virtual Desktops

You can go back & forth between apps or desktop of apps as per your requirement suing multi-monitor setup. You can press ALT-TAB through apps or you can also hit Windows + CTRL + left or right arrow for moving in between virtual desktops.

 

Microsoft has put a lot of efforts in bringing best features with each updated versions of Windows. This new Windows 10 version is full of new functionalities and has already got many users’ attentions. We expect it perform nice as well!

 


About Guest Author:

As author of MS Outlook Tools, Peter has experience more than 20 years in IT industry and he is now working with an expert data recovery firm. He has quality expertise in the Office products especially in Microsoft Outlook and love to solve users query by providing excellent solutions.

 


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Microsoft Renames Skype as iMessage in Windows 10

Windows 10 will not have Skype. Isn’t that shocking? Wait don’t give yourself a heart stroke. Microsoft renames the most lovable multi-purpose chat application as iMessage along with the new UI.

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This might sound surprising but it is true, Microsoft is integrating Skype with a new name in Windows 10. It seems like Microsoft is bringing back the in-built messaging application that earlier versions of Windows 8 had. Unfortunately, the software giant discontinued the message app with Windows 8.1 update leaving users a conclusion of short lived app of all times.

The new iMessage in Windows 10 allows you to chat, make video or voice call your contacts on Skype. Another interesting feature is that it will maintain a sync between the devices. You can continue the chat after leaving it in the middle on another device.

You would give a double exclamation if I say that the UI looks pretty similar to messaging application in Apple’s OSX with the same rounded profile pictures and dual panel white interface.

Don’t you think Microsoft is adapting the Job’s dreamy design?

Respect to Steve Jobs for his amazing designs!!
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Windows 10 is Free to Upgrade for Windows 7,8 and 8.1 Users

Microsoft at Windows 10 event shares the good news to Windows 7,8 and 8.1 users about the giving away of free upgrade to Windows 10.

 

Windows users will get this free upgrade valid for one year. Upgrading again for free after that will give them a lifetime upgrade for that device.

 

Microsoft is looking forward to increase their userbase for their future versions of the software. May be this time, they don’t wanted to loose old, loyal customers for a whole new technological advancement they have brought in the form of metro tiles.

 

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As said in the past in the release event technical preview, Windows 10 is going to be the OS for all devices. So, the free upgrade will be valid for mobile devices also.

 

Is Microsoft afraid of Mac OS?

Windows 10 looks and feels a little like Mac OS. Those who had their hands on it by now would have noticed it already. The implementation of endless(frameless) windows with fade-in and out effect and shadow effect for windows shows as if Microsoft is following the Mac OS design trends.

 

The giving away of free upgradation for their ‘new age’ operating system for their old customers also shows the same.

 

What do you think?

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Windows 10 is going to have new light weight web browser other than IE

Microsoft, after bypassing the a version number have released technical preview of their new age operating system, Windows 10 at Event Space, San Francisco recently. The announcement of the new operating system with enhanced features have already started to raise expectations at tech savvy's and Windows lovers.

 

Internet Explorer, the native web browser in Windows operating system is going to get a sibling in Windows 10. Microsoft have reportedly announced a new default web browser code named ‘Spartan’ for its new version of OS where it mostly looks and feels like Firefox and Chrome.

 

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Spartan is known to be using Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript engine and Trident rendering engine(which is not WebKit). This new browser is going to support extensions more like Chrome and Firefox.

 

The new light weight web browser is seemed to be focused on running smooth on multiple devices without any loading issues. As it is being said that new Windows is going to be multi-device friendly in the launch of Windows 10 technical preview earlier.

 

There are also expectations if ‘Spartan’ is supported in the non-Microsoft operating systems like Android and iOS as Microsoft made it clear in the past that they are not going to port IE to any other non-Microsoft operating systems. Hoping for the best of Spartan!

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How to Run Android Apps on Windows 8/8.1/10 and Mac

There still live people who hadn’t had an android device yet in to their hands but badly wanted one. Reasons apart, there is a solution called BlueStacks Player that can be installed on your Windows or Mac computer to run android Apps.

 

What is BlueStacks Player?

BlueStacks player is a an android emulator software that helps to run android apps on computers by creating necessary environment on our computers.

 

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BlueStacks player was initially launched back in 2011 and has been evolved with times. We can play the apps without any lag in full screen on our PCs and MACs easily.

 

Downloading and Installing BlueStacks

To get the BlueStacks on your computer, go to bluestacks.com and download the app player compatible with your operating system.

 

Double-click on the file to start the installation wizard.

 

 

Wait till the installation gets over.

 

When it’s done, it opens like a new android phone and you need to set it up for the first time like as you do it on real android device.

 

After the setup is over, you will be shown a different screen with some pre-installed apps and some recommendations. It may not look like a real android phone but believe me it works best while you are running.

 

Note: There available many other android emulators which installs crapware on our computers along with the emulator, that too without our consent. BlueStacks is best at managing crapware so far. So better to go for it.

 

Searching, Downloading and Installing Android Apps

Searching is as same as searching for android apps in Google Play store on a real android device. Though it might give you an odd visual experience, it is the Google Play store after all.

 

To search, download and install android apps, run BlueStacks Player and click on Search.

 

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Type-in to search for the apps you wanted to install.

 

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Click on the apps shown in the search results to open them in Google Play.

 

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Click on Install to start downloading and installation on BlueStacks.

 

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Go to Home Screen and click on All Apps and find your app in the installed apps list. Click on it to run and use it as you wanted to use it on a real android device.

 

By the way, don’t forget to download and install Amfas Tech’s android app on your computer.

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Microsoft Skips a Generation, Releases Windows 10 Technical Preview: Let’s see what it has got

Finally, the gossiped new operating system of Microsoft, the latest version, Windows 10 was announced recently by the company’s vice presidents, Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson at an event space in San Francisco. Terry starts the event very cool and spells out the new name for the next version of the Windows operating system in 3 minutes.

As per Terry, the new Windows was thought to be named like as XBox One i.e., as ‘Windows 1’. As it was taken by the predecessor geniuses in the past, the new Windows is named the ‘Windows 10’ as the incremental product of Windows 8.1.

Windows 10 represents the first step of whole new generation of windows. It unlocks new experiences for our customers new ways to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what a consumer and an enterprise customers are demanding and what we will deliver.”  says Terry in the event.

Windows 10 will work compatible with any device i.e., irrespective of the size of screen and the usage. It is made for those who use regular mouse and keyboard and also for those who use touch and gestures. This might sound like Windows 8 but got a lot of difference in the words of Terry Myerson.

Watch the video of Windows 10 launch below:


After talking to many Windows users and developers over the globe, Microsoft found the new requirements for their new operating system which helped in making Windows 10 a total comprehensive operating system, with all-in-one usage.
  • Features of Windows 10:
  • Enterprise value
  • Familiar, compatible and productive
  • Modern management
  • Customized store
  • Protects corporate data
Windows 10 seems concerned about the enterprises as many of them have not yet been upgraded with Windows 8 yet due to lack of adaptability in the technological changes.

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What Windows 10 has got?

Just like the every new version of the Windows operating system, Windows 10 has also got a new look and feel in using it. Joe demonstrates the new features of Windows 10 in the event and here are they for your quick reference.

It has got new start menu
The rivalry started with Windows 8 where the start menu was made app tiles. Later, as we all know, Microsoft has came up with new version of windows 8, the Windows 8.1 with the traditional start menu restored to satisfy the common users too as the new technical advancements could only impressed geeks and developers so far.

In Windows 10, Microsoft has mixed up the start menu with tiles on one pane and traditional start menu on another.

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The start menu is no new if you are much familiar with Windows 7 and 8 so far. You can drag and drop the applications from the traditional start menu to live tiles in Windows 10.

Windows 10 allows to have full control over the tiles. You can resize the tiles by simply right clicking on them.

It has got new search
The windows search feature was juggled between the versions of windows 7 and windows 8. You can search for the files and apps from the start menu in windows 7 where as you can search the same using windows charms bar in windows 8.

It has got new app development platform
Unlike other predecessor versions of windows operating system, Windows 10 has got new app development platform using which developers can develop apps that will work on any kind of Windows 10 device. This reduces the effort of making apps for different devices and also the cost of making.

It has got title bar for store apps
Closing apps on windows is an annoying task for new windows 8 users. One should had to drag it to bottom or press Alt+F4 to close an store application so far. Windows 10 comes with an added title bar for Windows store apps that can be minimized, maximized and closed just like any other windows application. The store apps can be resized like as we do for the regular windows applications as well.

It has got new task view button on taskbar
Windows 10 has been added with a new feature, the task view button to view all the running tasks in a light box themed view.

It has got powerful multi-tasking
Multi-tasking on Windows operating systems has been improving from version to version. Windows 10 allows users to have better multi-tasking feature by snapping more than two apps on the same screen(unlike windows 7). In windows 7, you can only snap two applications to right, left or top.

It has got better task switching
Most of the people while working with keyboards would like to switch among the apps using Alt+Tab key combination. It is improved and outsmarts the windows 8’s background color filled tasks list to aero and light box list in Windows 10.

It has got beautiful command prompt
Using command prompt has never been changed so far along with the versions of operating system until Windows 10. You can use general keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V on command prompt that makes easy and handy to use it. You can select the text on the prompt window by pressing Ctrl+Shift along with the arrow keys on the keyboard.

What else it has got?

Windows 10 looks like it has got enough tweak jobs that are wanted by the majority of the Windows 7 and 8 users. It continues support for touch devices as told earlier before. It has also got charms bar and the all touch and swipe shortcuts to access the new features on touch based device.

Windows 8 and 8.1 also have got as much negative reputation as positive one. The difficulty in using on non-touch based devices made people downgrade to windows 7 in many cases I have seen personally and in news. Microsoft have made a quick step to recover the fallen crown by transforming windows 7 and 8 into one and named it Windows 10. The adaptability and flexibility to use it are likely to buzz the Microsoft’s name in the news again. Hoping for every thing good from Windows 10.
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