10 Things I Like About Windows 10

Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries as a free upgrade! Yes, Singapore is one of them and I am upgrading my two computers to Windows 10 now, and will be doing so on my HP Stream 7 a short while later. Termed as the most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 will be delivered as a service and kept automatically updated. If you are using Windows 7 or 8, you would have noticed a new icon on your computer taskbar and the opportunity to reserve your copy of Windows.

Due to the massive worldwide release, the update would be done automatically, but in batches. If you want to be the first few to try the new software, you can force the update by doing the following. Open a command prompt as administrator. Type the following command

wuauclt /updatenow

. Open Windows Update and you should see Windows 10 downloading / installing.

Update: I received error 80240020 at the end of the preparing for installation bit. I’m trying this next https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10.

Continue reading for my top 10.

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Windows 10 Available as Free Upgrade on July 29

Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be available on July 29. Starting today, people can reserve their FREE upgrade if they choose. The reservation offer will be pushed to your computer, and would appear as a taskbar Windows icon. Mine has already appeared and I have made the reservation – you just need to enter your email account.

Windows 10 will help people be more productive and have more fun, with a personal and natural experience that works across all their devices. Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 will deliver ongoing feature innovations and security updates. Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to people using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, enabling hundreds of millions of people around the world to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

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Fix: HP Stream 7 Battery Drain while Standby

The HP Stream 7 has a terrible battery life. Reports on forums indicate that it is due to the connected standby mode in Windows 8.1 and also the Intel SST Audio driver. The combination of these two factors means that approximately 2-3% of battery is drained per hour as your tablet is not able to fully sleep. Typically, my tablet wakes up flat in a couple of days. That sucks.

The simple workaround is to lower the tablets volume to “0” with the volume rocker before putting your tablet to sleep and also switching Wi-Fi to off. This will improve the standby battery life from hours to days. However, this is a tedious process.
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Usher in the New Year with Lumia Gold

If you are a Windows Phone or Nokia fan, Microsoft has the Lumia 930 in Gold for you to usher in the Chinese New Year. It’s the same slick device with top-notch display and a slew of integrated apps, but enhanced with an auspicious touch. With the Chinese New Year season upon us, enter the Lumia 930 Gold and make a striking statement at your family gathering! You would also get a free Swensen’s Yusheng set.

The new gold Lumia 930 marks the high-end refresh of the model, with an anodized gold colour marrying sleekness and style. With a sharp crystal clear 5-inch Full HD OLED display, incredible imaging and video qualities from an advanced 20-megapixel PureView camera and seamless integration of Microsoft services, the Lumia 930 offers the best of the Windows Phone 8.1 experience, simultaneously supporting a wide range of third-party apps, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Spotify. It is a smartphone that carries high-end performance and digital functions together with the best of Lumia innovations, accentuated by a subtle gold that adds effortless class.

The phone would also likely be upgradable to Windows Phone 10 when it is released this year, which helps ensure the longevity of your mobile device.

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8.1 Reasons to Buy a Windows 8.1 Tablet

For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t buy a Windows 8.1 tablet. Then again, perhaps I’m not the target audience Apple or Google is looking for. I’m a power user who emphasises function over form most of the time.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence between a Windows, Android or iOS tablet, and feeling apprehensive about joining a platform that has been so widely ridiculed, perhaps these eight reasons could be enough to sway you over.

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