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

Install Windows 8.1 with your Windows 8.0 Key

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There was a time we users were extremely frustrated because we were unable to install Windows 8.1 using any Windows 8.0 product key. This was a nonsensical decision by Microsoft because Windows 8.1 was a free upgrade to all Windows 8.0 users, and, furthermore, Windows 8.1 could be activated using a Windows 8.0 key. But that same key couldn’t be used to install the OS. One had to obtain a Windows 8.1 key. Fear not, folks. The times have changed, as we can now install Windows 8.1 using our 8.0 product key. Continue reading

Windows Store 3.0 – A Major Upgrade (with Screenshots)

Microsoft unveiled a nice surprise at its 2014 build conference: the third major upgrade to the Windows Store! Windows Store was introduced on Windows 8.0 as a software distribution platform. It received a major upgrade that drastically improved its usability with the launch of Windows 8.1. However, Microsoft still didn’t go far enough to make the browsing the Store a pleasant experience as it is in competing platforms. Although there were minor UI enhancements since the launch of Windows 8.1, the third upgrade to the Store truly brings it on par with the app stores of iOS and Android. I am very excited for this and I hope you are too. So let’s see what’s new! Continue reading

Microsoft Talks about New Office Word Web App Features and UI

New UI Jan 2014

Microsoft yesterday published a new blog post discussing new features and user interface updates to Microsoft Office Word Web App. As you know, this is the web version of Microsoft Word, offered free of charge to everyone. The update includes a fresh new look and feel, footnotes, and even a new way to interact with Word and get things done! Continue reading

Windows Store UI Updated With Top Categories and Subcategories

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Microsoft has silently added a handy new user interface to the Windows Store in Windows 8.1. The Windows Store in Windows 8.1 updates differently than does the other parts of Windows. This is because most of the Windows Store’s user interface is delivered from Microsoft servers. In laymen’s term, the UI for the Windows Store comes from the internet; it is not loaded from your computer’s hard drive. This makes it possible for Microsoft to update the Store without having to go through Windows Update. Basically, you don’t have to update Windows to get the new updates and features to the Windows Store! Continue reading

ALERT – Site is Being Upgraded

Dear Readers,

Warning SignI am excited to inform you that we are performing an upgrade to this website. We will be introducing some neat features that I think you will appreciate! In the meantime, however, please be aware that some existing features may not work properly or at all. This should only take a few hours at most. We’ll let you know when the upgrade is finished. When the upgrade is finished, everything should be working again. If you experience issues after that, please let us know.

Again, we can’t wait to push out the new and exciting features! See you on the other side!

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

Assosiate Administrator of McAkins Online

Experiment – Upgrading through Every Version of Windows from 1.0 to 7


We know that it is not officially possible to upgrade anything earlier than Windows XP to Windows 8, but what if we upgraded every version of Windows in order. Woud that mean that we can essentially upgrade Windows 1.0 to Windows 2.0 to Windows 3.0 all the way to Windows 8? Well, this very experiment was done, and the results will amaze you! Enjoy the experimet (video).

Source: TheRasteri

Upgrade to the New (Metro Style) YouTube Channel!

YouTube channels are hubs in which an user can upload and present their own YouTube videos. Each user gets their own YouTube channel. YouTube is about to go through a massive update to channels, bringing a more flat, tiled based, layout. Google is calling it One Channel, and  it looks a lot like Metro, in my opinion. If you want to get it, you can enable it for your YouTube channel by following this link:

YouTube One Channel

Welcome to Windows 8! Watch the Video and Install it for Yourself!

This is big, very big! Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for download!

On February 29, 2012, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. According to Microsoft, The consumer preview has “over 100,000 code changes and the Consumer Preview represents a refined product ready for broad and daily usage by those of you willing to test a pre-release OS”. Continue reading

Will Upgrading to “Windows 9” be Free?

Recently, a thought came to my mind. I pondered if Microsoft will be likely to give away upgrade versions of Windows for free for Windows versions following Windows 8. Windows has been relatively much more expensive compared to other operating systems on the market. Even to upgrade from one version to the next, on would have to buy a boxed “upgrade” copy or download the installer from online for nearly a hundred dollars if not more. Competitors, like Linux were free while Mac OSX cost around 30 dollars to upgrade. However, Windows has been so well used and a stable operating system, people would put up with the high upgrade costs. Given that this has been like so for at least 20 years or so, does it make any sense to believe that Microsoft might start giving away upgrade versions of Windows 8’s successors? Though this would be completely unlike Microsoft’s Windows business strategies, it does make sense to give away Windows “9” and future upgrades for free, and here’s why. Continue reading

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion; You Can Download it Now!

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Apple announced its upcoming Mac OSX operating system, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It is the successor to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. It adds more features inspired by the iOS platform, like Game Center, and heavy iCloud integration. You can download the developer preview if you are in Apple’s dev program, which costs $99/year. Continue reading