Posts Tagged ‘upgrade’

Google Wants You to Use an Up to Date Version of Chrome

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

If you’re using Chrome 53 or an earlier version, get ready to be pressured to upgrade.

Google, just like Microsoft and probably any other company on the planet that produces software, wants you to use the most recent version of their products and not older versions. The company tries to keep Google Chrome users current through various means, but most importantly updating services that will check for and download Chrome updates automatically whenever discovered. Google announced yesterday that it plans to tighten the screws just a little bit for users on older versions of Chrome.


Enough with the Popups, Microsoft

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Given Microsoft’s successful marketing of Windows 10, unfortunately, this is probably just another sign of things to come. In the near future, most software will constantly nag users to purchase upgrades or additional features.

Microsoft customers on Windows may have experienced yet another popup notification while running their device. Microsoft’s latest informational message is directed towards Office365 subscribers and is pushed to various versions of Windows including Windows 7 and 10. This may come as a surprise considering that those users are already paying customers. The popup launches right above the Windows system tray area. It is labeled Office365, and informs customers that “your upgrade to Office 2016 is ready”. It reveals furthermore that the upgrade is free (Free with your Office 365 subscription).


Kaspersky: Windows 10’s Antivirus Integration is Anti-Competitive

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The root of this problem seems to be that Windows 10 often returns false positives during incompatibility checks. It’s hard to tell if the false positives are truly anti-competitive, or they’re just another bug that needs to be worked out.

Eugen Kaspersky, head of the Russian security company Kaspersky Lab has accused Microsoft of anti-competitive practices in the Windows 10 operating system. Kaspersky complains that Microsoft pushes Windows Defender on Windows 10 devices to the detriment of third-party antivirus vendors.


Windows Upgrade Error Codes Decrypted

Friday, October 14th, 2016

When you run into a problem while upgrading Windows, it definitely helps to be able to see what the error code is trying to tell you.

So you tried to upgrade your Windows machine to Windows 10 and it did not work. Got the cryptic error code 0x80070070 thrown at you, for instance when you check the Event Viewer, but have no idea what it means. A search on the Internet shows that other users experienced the same issue, but most of what is suggested is guesswork. Did you know that these error codes follow a specific pattern that you can easily decrypt? It is actually pretty easy provided that you know where to look for the information.


Reserve Windows 10 without Using It

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The deadline for the free Windows 10 upgrade is less than a week away. If you’re still not quite sure if you want to upgrade or not, here are a few tricks that can be used to “reserve” a free copy, just in case you decide to upgrade later on.

Only a couple of days are left until Microsoft’s “everyone, gather around and grab a free copy of Windows 10” offer expires. Without getting into the “should you, or should not you” argument again when it comes to the upgrade offer to Windows 10, you may wonder if there is a way to grab the license of Windows 10 without actually using the operating system right away.


Microsoft is Alienating Part of its Customer Base

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

If Microsoft had a close competitor in the operating system market, this might be a problem. But with nowhere else to go (except maybe Linux,) most personal computer users have no choice except to stick with Windows until an alternative comes along.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is a success if you look at the operating system’s growth and the use figures that Microsoft releases every now and then. Windows 10 is doing pretty well right now but it has yet to be determined whether the growth of the operating system has been fueled largely by the free upgrade offer, and if it can stand on its own when the free upgrade offer ends on July 29, 2016.


Microsoft – Free Windows 10 Upgrade Ends July 29

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to Windows 10, but have been putting off the upgrade for one reason or another, keep in mind that time is running out.

Microsoft announced today that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 29th, 2016. The company has been tight lipped about what happens after the one year free upgrade period to Windows 10 expires with rumors ranging from an infinite continuation of the free upgrade offer to paid subscriptions for all users who took Microsoft up on the offer.


Windows 10 Prompt without “No Thanks” Option

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Referring to Microsoft’s Windows 10 promotion as “aggressive” is the understatement of the decade. “Tyrannical” would probably be more fitting.

Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 application is deployed on computer systems running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to advertise and push the new operating system as a free upgrade on those devices. It appears, that Microsoft has modified the app leaving the crucial option to decline the update behind in the dust.


Windows 10 Patches Make a Return on Windows 7 and 8

Friday, October 9th, 2015

It’s looking more and more like Microsoft is doing its best to force Windows 10 on Windows 7 and 8 users, whether we like it or not.

If you are running Windows 7 or 8 and don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10, you are in constant battle with updates that Microsoft is pushing out to those systems that are often labeled compatibility updates but appear to be designed mainly for getting users to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 or adding snooping capabilities introduced in Windows 10 to previous versions of Windows.


Computerbase – You have 30 Days to Downgrade Windows 10

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

So you’ve upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and after trying it out, you decide that the upgrade was a mistake … Relax. According to Computerbase, you have 30 days to undo it.

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who upgrade their machines to Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 10 have 30 days to downgrade to the old system again according to German computer magazine Computerbase. What happens when you upgrade your PC running an earlier version of Windows 10 and you don’t like it or did so in error? That’s one of several questions that Computerbase answers in a new post on its website.