My Windows 10 for Phone Tech Preview Upgrade Horror Story

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The purpose of this post needs to be made very clear. I am not ranting or complaining about buggy software or Microsoft. I am writing this article for two main reasons. One, I want to provide Microsoft with feedback so that they can track down the issues I and others are having. Two, I want to remind all of our readers that Windows 10 for phones is not finished and is very buggy. I do not recommend installing it unless you are ready to troubleshoot your phone and are aware that your phone may stop working for any reason. Okay, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the subject at hand.

Microsoft released a preview build of Windows 10 for Phones (Build 10051) on Friday, April 10, 2015. I installed it on three phones. The Nokia Lumia 830, Nokia Lumia 928, and Nokia Lumia 520. All these phones were previously running Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. The Nokia Lumia 830 upgraded to Windows 10 preview without a hitch. However, the upgrade for the Lumia 928 and Lumia 520 was a disaster.

It is as if one went to surgery and came out with a missing lung, kidney, and open wounds. This is how I would describe the upgrade of the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 928. Let’s start with the Lumia 520. after the upgrade was complete, things appeared to be normal at a first glance. All the tiles were where they were supposed to be. I could see some new apps and upgraded ones. However, as soon as I tapped on the “All Settings” tile on the Action Center, I noticed that nothing happened. So, I decided to open settings from the All apps view. But I was in for an epic surprise. Continue reading

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 Walkthrough on Lumia 830

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I have just received an update to my Nokia Lumia 830, and it is Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. This happened on the same day that Microsoft released Windows 10 for phones. As such, I made a video walkthrough of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 before upgrading my phone to Windows 10, and I am eager to share with you the video. So let’s dive in!

The video demonstrates visually what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. The one thing I was unable to demonstrate, unfortunately, is the ability to use external Bluetooth keyboard with the Windows Phone because I do not have one. But Windows Central has a great video demoing this, so I’ll have a link for that below.  Continue reading

Explaining the Final Version Windows 10

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Lately there has been debates online with accompanying polls asking whether Microsoft will be able to deliver the final version of Windows 10 before the end of Summer as promised by them. Many people does not believe Microsoft will be finished with the “Final” version of Windows 10 before then.

See, that is exactly the problem. People are still in the old mindset of Microsoft toiling away in some labs then bringing the final product to market, only to disappear to the said bunker again to start working on the next version. That notion is gone people! There is no more “Final” version of Windows. We are in the Era of Windows-as-a-Service. The era of continuous improvement of Windows, in which Microsoft works on different components of Windows and deliver them as updates as soon as they are ready. Continue reading

Understanding Windows 10 TP Battery Performance on Mobile Devices

I’ll give you the poison pill straight away: Windows 10 cannot and will not be as Power-efficient compared to Windows 8! Not on an x86 device. On ARM, it’s another ball game. This is why MS is having issues with ARM devices and Desktop for Windows 10 generally.

See, the reason here is simple, since the rejection of Windows 8 platform by the masses who doesn’t understand the OS, Microsoft’s hand has been forced to abandon all the progress made on re-writing Windows from the ground up for a great mobile experience, and concentrate on the Keyboard & Mouse world to make Windows 10 acceptable to Desktop huggers and the Enterprise in general. Continue reading

How to Go Fullscreen in Command Prompt and Powershell

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Note: You must have at least Windows 10 for this to work.

You can use Windows Command Prompt (cmd.exe) and PowerShell (powershell.exe) in fullscreen mode. To enter fullscreen mode, follow the following steps.

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Windows 10 for Phones May Likely have External Keyboard Support

Earlier today, I spotted a news article by Newoin, which you can see here, that showed new leaked screenshots of Windows 10 for phones and small tablets. I noticed something very interesting on one of the screenshot. Continue reading

SoundRecorder now saves to Documents folder in Windows 10 JTP

The Sound Recorder App was one of the updated apps for Windows 10 January Technical Preview. The Sound Recorder App in Windows 8 was excellent, but it has a nasty design fault; you can’t get to the recordings unless you’re a geek that knows how to hack your device. The files then were always saved in the hidden AppData folder of user’s Profile. Since this folder and its subfolders are invisible to normal users, they don’t care about it’s content. Therefore it doesn’t get backed up except you’re using a backup program. For example users are used to dumping their MyDocument folder on a thumbdrive etc, but not the AppData folder. Therefore, when the system needs to be refreshed/re-installed, the data in AppData don’t normally survive the system reload. All your recordings gone thus. Now, this has been addressed in Build 9926 as you can see above. Sound Recorder now saves by default to your My Document folder under “Sound Recordings” sub-folder. This is joy as your recordings are now conspicuous and gets backed up or made redundant. That OneDrive you see in the screenshot is just me making MyDocument folder point to OneDrive. Continue reading

Demo: Chitchat with Cortana in Windows 10 JTP Build 9926

Here’s a demo showing how Cortana responds to fun queries. This video demonstrates mostly chitchat. I also tried to demonstrate the “Hay Cortana” feature, but, sadly, I had no luck. Anyway, enjoy!

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Microsoft is about to release Win10 FBL_Awesome Build 9931 [Update: Nope!]

 

[Update] It seems this is a false alarm folks. You can now stop pressing the Retry button. We’ve just been informed by @GabeAul this upgrade is meant for Microsoft internal. We may eventually get it, but for now, it’s no go.

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Earlier this evening there was a tweet from @GabeAul that a security update is released for Windows Insiders for Flash. Of course you when you see this you run to the WU to download the update. For me however there were plethora of updates available including one specifically for Win10 and one for my DisplayLink driver. It all went too fast I wasn’t able to take a screenshot. Continue reading

Network is back in Windows 10 JTP

A few weeks back we informed of a development in Windows 10 Build 9879 in which Microsoft changed the name of Network node in File Explorer to “Computers and Devices”. Well guess what, they’ve changed the name back to Network with January Technical Preview (Build 9926) as you can see in the image above. Continue reading

New Windows 10 JTP App from Microsoft: Student Planner

Here is another gem from Windows 10 January Technical Preview for all of you Students out there to track your Study Schedules etc. It is a good place to start your day and make plans for your courses. You can enter Course, Assignments and Exams. You can link to Outlook Mail app, OneNote and your files on OneDrive. Continue reading

Microsoft Released Customer Support App with Windows 10 JTP

There is a new Support App in Windows 10 January Technical Preview to obtain support directly from Microsoft for Windows. This shows how serious Microsoft is about it’s business of converting Windows into a Service. There are lot of people that will be needing assistance understand this new Windows and understanding the new Service structure. Continue reading

Breaking: New OneNote Universal App is Live for Windows 10 JTP

I was using OneNote a moment ago and I had noticed my new Windows 10 January Technical Preview has finished all updates after install and wants to reboot. So I finished my work, saved everything that needed to be saved and I restarted the machine. Continue reading

Watch Windows 10 The Next Chapter Event Live!

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Microsoft is about to reveal its true vision of Windows 10, in their Windows 10 event slated for January 21, 2015. We expect Microsoft will cover the updates to Windows 10 desktop since the last build release in November 2017, with Windows 10 build 9879. We also expect Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 for phones and tablets, along with the continuum feature for convertible touch PCs. Furthermore, we are counting on Microsoft to show off some cool advances in gaming on the PC, which they have fallen short of for the last decade. Will Microsoft make a new contender against Steam? Only time will tell.

So let’s find out together. Let’s watch the event as it happens…Live! If you miss the event, don’t worry, as you can still watch the rerun. Click the link below to watch the event. Enjoy!

http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story/

 

 

Network now called ‘Computers and Devices’ in Win10

Here’s another subtle change in Windows 10 File Explorer before next week’s revelations. The ubiquitous Network Neighborhood node or ‘Network’ as it was shortened to in Windows 8 has now changed name again. You will be calling it ‘Computers and Devices’ forthwith; which is basically what you do with that node anyway. You use it to see connected computers and devices on your network. Continue reading