Microsoft Windows 10 (with download of latest build — updated)

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Microsoft Windows 10
(with download of latest build — updated)

Microsoft gives a good look at Windows 10,
featuring ZDNet’s Ed Bott

Free Music57, from The Daily Walk with Miracles, updated March 18, 2015, updated February 17, 2015, updated February 1, 2015, and January 15, 2015, updated December 29, 2014 and published October 3, 2014, with excerpts from Microsoft and ZDNet, with videos courtesy of YouTube and commentary by Paul Evans, and a special download link of the latest “build” of Windows 10 available, and with special thanks to ZDNet and Ed Bott:

Windows 10 Build 10041 Released!

See Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041 now available, Windows Blog, March 18, 2015, by Gabe Aul:

"I’m happy to announce we’re rolling out Build 10041 for PCs to the Fast ring. Like all of the previous preview builds this one comes with a collection of new functionality and bug fixes. The build will only be available through Windows Update for systems already running a previous Windows 10 build. We still intend to release ISOs for builds that go to the Slow ring, but Fast ring builds will be direct downloads only."

Paul Evans: There have been some nasty rumors around that after one year of free updates, Microsoft will charge a subscription fee to get updates for Windows 10, or for free Office, or other services. I spoke with the good people at Microsoft’s Windows 10 Tech Support and I can say that these rumors are basically unfounded. What IS a fact is that Windows 10 in it’s commercial version, due to be released perhaps as early as June, will be free for the first year, and that beyond that nothing has been determined. I personally have installed Windows 10 Pro build 10041 and I am very excited and happy with Microsoft’s product, and i’m betting you will be too. There is exciting new functionality built into build 10041 that I know everyone will enjoy.

See Windows 10 to launch ‘this summer’ with free upgrades even for pirated copies, ZDNet, March 18, 2015, by Ed Bott for the Ed Bott Report:

Summary: Windows 10 is officially in the home stretch, with Microsoft’s top Windows executive committing to a summer launch date and, in a surprise announcement, offering free upgrades on PCs running pirated editions of earlier Windows versions.

See Microsoft promises drastic cuts in disk space use for Windows 10, ZDNet, March 16, 2015, by Ed Bott for The Bott Report:

Summary:The increasing popularity of SSDs and flash-based storage have created a big problem for Windows, and that problem is getting worse as OEMs shrink storage on cheap tablets to save costs. To address the problem, Microsoft is making some radical changes in Windows 10.

See Windows 10 release date rumors challenge traditional development schedule, ZDNet, February 10, 2015, by Ed Bott.

"Summary: If the latest rumors are true, Microsoft is on track to release Windows 10 to its hardware partners as early as June. But in the new era of continuous development, RTM [released to manufacturers] is just another milestone. Here’s what it really means for businesses and consumers."

From Some first impressions of Windows 10, ZDNet, January 30, 2015, by Ed Bott:

"There’s a temptation to judge Windows 10 by the same standards we’ve used for earlier Windows versions. By that yardstick, the January Technical Preview, build 9926, would be a major milestone worthy of an in-depth review and a few dozen screenshots. And it would be months before its successor would be ready.

"But times have changed. Last week’s preview release was an important one, to be sure, but it’s going to be followed within weeks, not months, by another, equally important release. And there will be another and another and another over the next few months, with each update dropping another “feature payload” for preview testers…."

Paul Evans, February 1, 2015: We are taking time to update this article as new builds of Windows 10 are released as a public service and because we feel that everyone should be aware of and very probably download this very capable new release (build 9926 or later) of Windows 10, which really is, as Microsoft says, the future of computing, free to test, at your fingertips. This new operating system is very cool, very capable, and a huge advance overy anything else. It’s going to be free for a few to several months while Microsoft adds feature and seems determined to have all the details worked out before the commercial release.

This is the second time I have field tested Microsoft’s Windows 10, which is due to be released as a public version for sale later this year. Ed Bott (above) speaks of the incompleteness of features in the latest build, but I feel, on the contrary, that the new Start menu is pretty darned wonderful, a huge improvement over anything from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Like Bott, I am having a little trouble with the new digital assistant, Cortana, but a few glitches are are to be expected and Windows 10 (build 9926 — see the download link below) is everything Microsoft claimed it would be. Basically I think that this is getting closer and closer to the commercial version with each build, and build 9926 is an almost-finished product. Frankly, I would buy it as is. Then Microsoft could just come up with a service pack to add any features or fixes.

The wonderful aspect of Windows 10 to me is how very flexible the operating system is. It works on a PC or tablet and even as the OS for Xbox or a Windows phone. Another great surprise Microsoft has promised to put into the finished product is the brand new “Spartan” web browser, stripped down, lean and capable. I also enjoy the new virtual assistant Cortana, which you can customize. With previous builds you only had a “narrator” (one of two different women or one guy), but with the latest build, Microsoft is getting the kinks worked out for Cortana and the settings for this are very adaptable.

Could it be that they are finally getting the “Start” button and graphical user interface (GUI) right? Looks good and works great for me. The apps are also updated. Microsoft resisted the temptation to come out with the new OS for Christmas sales and seems determined to “get it right” before the final release. One note to users is to uninstall Iobit Start Menu 8, if you have it, because it will not function correctly with Windows 10. The new Start Menu is cool and works great. While Microsoft did not fully do away with the Metro-style tiles, the default is the desktop, and you get to all the apps and programs via the new and capable Start menu, with which there is an adaptable and highly functional list of your major needs on the left, too. Moreover the small panel of tiles is highly customizable, though as Bott points out, Microsoft needs to make it more easily customizable. Overall, I am very satisfied, and plan on buying the final consumer version when it is released.

One caution: it is dangerous to use certain error correction/optimization programs on Windows 10 yet, since they are not prepared to properly make corrections for the Windows 10 operating system at this time. Advanced System Care Pro 8.1 cannot handle Windows correction with Windows 10 yet. I couldn’t say about other error correction/optimization programs such as System Mechanic, Registry Mechanic etc., since I don’t personally use those. You can bet that the others will soon be pretty much in tune by now, just as will ASC Pro.

What was a really pleasant surprise is that, by default, this new build at the link immediately below keeps your files and programs during the installation. Moreover, every program I have tried so far from my Windows 8.1 laptop works just fine. It may not be a purist’s “clean install,” as geeks call it when you do an installation of an operating system with nothing left from your old one — not even your files and documents — but that is not necessary with Windows 10. All your files and programs are kept from Windows 8 or 8.1. Use the third link in the paragraph below to get this latest version or “build.”

You can get the very latest “build” of Windows 10 here: Get Build 9926 from a Windows Insider forum. This is an .ISO file type which will not run in Windows. Therefore you need to either burn the .ISO file onto a DVD, or, in my opinion a better option, put the file onto a 16 gigabyte flash drive. Once the 3.9 GB installation files are on the thumb drive, go to Computer (from Library works nicely) and open (in Windows) the .ISO file from the files for the thumb drive. By default at least in Build 9879 the installation is not a “clean install” but keeps your files and setting. Hallejulia! From there simply double (left) click the Setup.exe installation file and you’re “in business.”

Join the Windows Insider Program to get a free testing download of a stable, tested build of Windows 10. Once you have joined the Windows Insider Program (you will probably be prompted), look through the wonderful things and answers available to you in the Microsoft Community.

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Watch Cortana in Windows 10: Overview (Build 9901), YouTube — 33:36.

UPDATE: See Windows 10 phones may be coming with Windows 10 PCs, PCWorld, January 13, 2015, by Scott M. Fulton, III, IDG News Service:

It has been Microsoft’s goal ever since it dumped Windows Mobile: to deliver an operating system kernel that worked just as well on a handheld device as on a laptop. Back in 2008, that goal seemed rather ambitious. And as we saw with Windows 8, it’s been something the company has never completely achieved.

As Windows Phone developers discovered, that goal may finally be happening. On Monday, the Windows Phone Store posted a pre-release operating system downloader app called Phone Insider, evidently for testing Windows 10. The night before, certain select developers who had already been testing pre-release builds of Windows Phone 8.1 learned their test update platform had been replaced. The replacement app directed those developers to join Windows Insider, Microsoft’s official Windows 10 testing club.

See Microsoft is building a new browser as part of its Windows 10 push, ZDNet, December 28, 2014, by Mary Jo Foley: The new browser supplanting Microsoft’s traditional IE11 will be known as “Spartan” and will tone down a lot of the old IE’s complex architecture in favor of a more basic and effective browser. This has been a long time coming.

See Windows 10 Leak Reveals Cortana Search Bar, Updated Apps, FileHippo, December 22, 2014, by Allanah:

“Microsoft has already shown the groundwork for Windows 10 on the Developer Preview, the new start menu, build in metro-apps on desktop and various interfaces for power users show a gradual move to one OS design for all types of users. The second event for Windows 10 is scheduled for January 21, but the big announcements may have already been leaked online, in a new ‘Build 9901’, cited as the Windows 10 consumer edition preview.

Released a few days ago, the main features on the new preview include Cortana, an new Xbox app and various updates to the interface.” Paul Evans: Cortana, an interactive personality that Microsoft will be debuting, is called a “virtual assistant” and is one of the coolest features of the new Windows 10.

See Microsoft unveils the future of Windows, Microsoft Press Release, September 30, 2014, by Terry Myerson & company; and Announcing Windows 10, Windows Blog, September 30, 2014, by Terry Myerson

Update of October 14, 2014, by Paul Evans:

There is — right now, without any problems at all — no difficulty in program compatibility with the programs I had running on Windows 8.1, and I am certain there would not be with programs for earlier versions of Windows either. Compatibility and adaptability is one of the main goals Microsoft had in creating Windows 10, and I would call their efforts a total success. I am really glad I “took a chance” with Windows 10. I should have known better than to worry. From all the accounts I have read, Windows 10, a blending of Windows 7 and Windows 8 with some great new features, has had really great reviews.

Windows 10: familiarity and consistency across devices
From Microsoft

Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using — from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets — and what they’re doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity. Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide. Microsoft is also delivering a converged application platform for developers on all devices with a unified app store. Developers will be able to write an application once and deploy it easily across multiple device types, making discovery, purchase and updating easier than ever for customers….

The early technical preview of Windows 10 demonstrates new levels of flexibility, navigation and familiarity through the Windows experience. Features include these:

Technical preview PC productivity

  • Expanded Start menu. The familiar Start menu is back, providing quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most, and it includes a new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, people and websites.
  • Apps that run in a window. Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do. They can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing users to maximize, minimize and close with a click.
  • Snap enhancements. Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive with snap improvements. A new quadrant layout allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping, and it will even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
  • New Task view button. The new Task view button on the task bar enables one view for all open apps and files, allowing for quick switching and one-touch access to any desktop.
  • Multiple desktops. Instead of too many apps and files overlapping on a single desktop, it’s easy to create and switch between distinct desktops for different purposes and projects — whether for work or personal use.

See Windows 10 will woo gamers with supercharged DirectX 12 graphics API, PC World, October 3, 2014, by Brad Chacos:

Windows 10’s blatant bid to woo back PC power users already looks pretty damned appealing, despite being in a very early state. But Microsoft’s still holding a trump card up its sleeve that’s virtually guaranteed to make PC gamers sit up and notice its next-gen operating system. As expected, Microsoft has announced that the final version of its supercharged DirectX 12 graphics API will ship with Windows 10 in 2015.

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  1. Finally there is a good news for the keen users of the windows operating system. Microsoft has now started providing free updations to windows 7 or 8 or 8.1 to users to windows 10 but this update is free only for one year. Eventually after that you will have to pay for it. Indeed this is a good trick of Microsoft to make money and let more and more users and organisations to use latest versions and facility provided by the hard working software geeks. On one hand some interesting features like new web browser “Spartan” has been introduced whereas on the other hand many new updates to apps has been released free of cost. So windows users might be very happy. Let’s see what else Microsoft brings for us in future. Source :

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