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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Make a Bootable USB Disk and Install Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP 

    Ever faced a virus attack on your PC? Have an old laptop that refuses to boot up one fine day, throwing up errors such as bootmgr missing or NTLDR missing? Your best option in both these cases may be to reinstall Windows on your computer. When you first use your computer, you’re prompted to create a DVD backup of your Windows install, but keeping a DVD safely and not losing it can be a bother. Being able to reinstall Windows using a USB you just keep nearby can be a big help, and to do this all you need to do first is create a bootable Windows USB drive. This is also very helpful if you bought a compact laptop – many smaller new devices don’t have a DVD drive.

    (Also see: How to Make a Bootable USB Disk for Windows 10)

    Remember you’ll need a working Windows install (any version) to do this – if your computer won’t boot, use a friend’s to follow these steps.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the process.

    How to Create a Bootable Windows 7 USB Drive

    The first thing you need is a Windows ISO or an image file. This is a virtual copy of a Windows installation DVD and you can source this legally from Microsoft without a product key. Here are the links for various edition of Windows 7.

    Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)

    Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)

    Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)

    Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)

    Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)

    Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

    You’ll still need a valid product key when you reinstall Windows so make sure you keep that safely.

    Once you’ve downloaded the Windows 7 ISO file, follow these steps to burn it to a pen drive.

    Download the Windows USB/DVD tool from here and run it.

    Click Browse and select the downloaded Windows 7 ISO file.

    Click Next.

    The next page asks whether you want to save this file to a USB or a DVD. Click USB device.

    Connect a pen drive with at least 4GB space to your computer. Make sure you back up all data on the pen drive to your computer as it will be erased during this process.

    Select your pen drive from the drop down menu and click Begin copying.

    When this process is complete, you’ll have a bootable Windows 7 USB ready.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Download and Install Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones 

    Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is now available to download. This is a pre-release version of Microsoft’s upcoming mobile operating system. You should only download this if you want to try a new operating system on your Windows Phone device. Since this is beta software, many of your favourite apps may not work on it and upgrading to it right now is not recommended on your primary phone as the preview is still very much a work in progress.

    If you have a spare Windows Phone device lying around or if you love playing around with latest (potentially buggy) builds of operating systems, then read on.

    Supported devices

    Currently, Microsoft says only six Lumia phones can download and install Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. These are:

    Lumia 630Lumia 635Lumia 636Lumia 638Lumia 730Lumia 830

    More phones will be supported in future builds, but for now only users of the phones listed above can try Windows 10 Technical Preview.

    Backing up your data

    This is beta software and hence can be very buggy. That’s why we recommend that you make a complete backup of your Windows Phone first. We have written a detailed guide on how to backup and delete all data on your Windows Phone device and you must go follow all the steps listed there before proceeding.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Reserve Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade 

    Microsoft Windows 10 is going to be released on July 29 this year and is free for users of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

    If you are a new user, you will have to pay for Windows 10 but if you own a licensed copy of Windows 7 or 8, then you can reserve your copy of Windows 10 today, and you can download it on launch day.

    Reserving your copy of Windows 10 is simple, just follow these steps to get it done. First though, you need to install the latest Windows updates on your PC.

    (Also see: Microsoft Backtracks on Free Windows 10 Upgrade for Pirated Versions)

    On Windows 8, you can do this by pressing Windows key

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Windows 10 Shares Wi-Fi Passwords With Your Contacts – Here’s How to Disable It 

    Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 later this week. The new desktop operating system comes with a number of new features including some that have been borrowed from Windows Phone, company’s own mobile operating system. One such feature is Wi-Fi Sense, which has many security enthusiasts and users alike worried.

    Wi-Fi Sense, for those unfamiliar, is a networking feature that lets users share their Wi-Fi credentials with friends. But it is how it does it wherein lies the rub. The app scans through a user’s Facebook account and Outlook contacts, and shares the username and password with their friends.

    But as you may start realising, not everyone connected to your Facebook account is a trustworthy friend. Furthermore, not everyone you’ve exchanged emails with is a friend either. This is precisely the point security firms are presenting before users.

    In Microsoft’s defence, the company says that the password it shares with one’s friends is done so over an encrypted network. Furthermore, the password itself is encrypted as well. The company also says that a device connecting to a network doesn’t interact with other connected devices. “They won’t have access to other computers, devices, or files stored on your home network, and you won’t have access to these things on their network,” it notes on Wi-Fi Sense’s FAQ page.

    (Also see:  Eight Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 10)

    But that’s not the only problem with Wi-Fi Sense. The feature also automatically connects you to crowdsourced open Wi-Fi networks. Security firms have repeatedly advised users to not connect to an open Wi-Fi network.

    Security firm AVG, for instance, is taking some time to remind us the potential threats of open Wi-Fi networks. “As we’ve explained several times before, not all free or open Wi-Fi networks are secure and others can be deliberately malicious. Accessing the Internet on these hotspots can lead to your traffic being intercepted by an attacker, known as a ‘man in the middle’ attack.”

    Perhaps the biggest problem with Wi-Fi Sense is that it is enabled by default on Windows. But you can disable it by going to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi settings. Here you can see all Wi-Fi Sense related settings and disable the ones you want.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Stream and Play Xbox One Games on Windows 10 PCs and Tablets 

    Last week Microsoft announced that its much touted game streaming feature is now available for public use. What this means is, you can stream and play your Xbox One games such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Forza Horizon 2, to a PC or tablet running Windows 10. To do this you’ll need a PC or tablet with Windows 10 with the latest version of the Xbox app and of course an Xbox One. Streaming has its advantages, such as allowing you to pick up where you left off on your Xbox One, even when your TV is in use by friends or family.

    (Also see: You Can Now Stream Xbox One Games to Windows 10 PCs and Tablets)

    To do this, you’ll need to choose the appropriate settings on your Xbox One and PC or tablet running Windows 10. To start with, power on your Xbox One and make the following changes:

    On your Xbox One, go to Settings, choose Preferences. Select Allow game streaming to other devices.

    Now you need to set it up on your Windows 10 PC or tablet:

    In the Xbox app on Windows 10, select Connect, choose Add a device from the menu on the left side of the app, then select your Xbox One console. Attach a wired Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller to your Windows 10 PC or tablet. Then, go to Home. Select Recently Played to select an Xbox One game. Select Play from Console to start streaming to your PC.

    If you want complete control of your Xbox One via PC, you can select Game Streaming in the Home section of the Xbox One app. You’ll need the latest version of the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC or tablet to get game streaming to work. A notification will appear on your Xbox One, stating that a game streaming session was started by a specific user. This means you can’t stream a game to your PC and game on the console at the same time. During game streaming, the Xbox One console will appear “in use” as though the person streaming was in the room. That’s all you need to know about streaming your Xbox One games to Windows 10.

    Have you tried streaming and playing Xbox One games to a PC or tablet? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Microsoft, Play Xbox One games on PC, Windows 10, Xbox One, Xbox One Game Streaming

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Download Windows 10 for Free 

    Windows 10 has officially been launched in 190 countries across the world for existing Windows users as well as those purchasing new PCs and tablets. If you are wondering how you can get Microsoft’s latest operating system, here’s a little guide that shows you how to obtain and install Windows 10.

    (Also see:  Eight Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 10)

    Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 users, but those running older versions may have to buy a copy. Depending on the operating system your computer is currently on, the process to obtain and install Windows 10 could differ a little. If you are unsure about it, here’s a guide to help you out. Make sure your system fulfils the Windows 10 minimum requirements.

    Downloading Windows 10 ISO
    The surest way to get Windows 10 right away is to head over to Microsoft’s website and download the Windows 10 ISO file. Considering the size of the download, you will need a fast Internet connection to download this file, as well as a blank USB or DVD drive to burn the ISO file so you can run setup on your machine. Visit the Microsoft website for further instructions and license requirements.

    You are upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.x
    As mentioned earlier, Windows 10 is a free upgrade if you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.x. Here’s how you can upgrade:

    1. Open Windows Update (search for Windows Update in Start Menu or Start Screen).
    2. If your computer is eligible, you’ll see the option to upgrade to Windows 10.

    In some cases, like in Windows 7, you may need to first download the SP1 update, before going to Windows 10. Do note that this could take a while.

    In case you don’t see any update, you will need to manually reserve a copy of Windows 10. You can do so by following these simple steps. If you can’t wait for the upgrade to show up and don’t mind making some effort, download the Windows 10 ISO as mentioned above and follow those steps to get Windows 10 right away.

    Alternatively, there’s another way to force download the Windows 10 on your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.x install – simply follow these steps.

    If the Windows 10 update does show, your computer will automatically begin to download the new updates and get you to the new operating system. Agree to all Microsoft’s terms in the following prompts.

    (Also see:  Windows 10 Is Here, but Maybe You Shouldn’t Upgrade Just Yet)

    You purchase Windows 10 from a retail store (preferred option for Windows XP users)
    1. Plug-in the Windows 10 USB drive to your computer or Insert Windows 10 disc to the DVD drive.
    2. Reboot your computer.
    3. Alter the standard boot preference to boot from your USB or DVD drive. You can do so by pressing the Esc key or F1 key before the booting process begins. It could vary depending on your motherboard manufacturer.
    4. Press any key to continue, and select Next on the following screen.
    5. Click Install.
    6. Select the first option if you prefer to keep your existing operating system and files. Select Custom if you want to replace your system’s existing operating system with Windows 10.

    (Also see:  Windows 10 Shares Wi-Fi Passwords With Your Contacts – Here’s How to Disable It)

    In case if you’re going with the second option, you will need to either install Windows 10 on existing partition, or delete one and then create a new partition first. In either case, you will find the options on your screen. Click Next when you’re done.

    Your computer has begin the installation of Windows 10. The process could take a while, so be patient.

    You’re using Windows 10 Developer Preview
    You don’t need to do anything. Microsoft will automatically download the latest update to your system and move you to the latest version of Windows 10.

    How did you download and install Windows 10? Was your experience smooth or did you face issues? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 8.1, Windows XP

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Without Waiting 

    Microsoft has finally launched its much anticipated Windows 10 operating system for consumers, and the free upgrade for users running Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1 has begun rolling out in waves in 190 countries. The company has opened a reservation system, and those who had reserved the upgrade are due to receive the upgrade via Windows Update starting Wednesday. However, there may be a way to force the download of the upgrade.

    For those who do not want to wait, a method of manually forcing the Windows 10 update on PCs, laptops, and eligible tablets is now doing the rounds of the Web.

    (Also see:  How to Upgrade, Download, and Install Windows 10)

    Highlighted first in a Reddit forum post (via VentureBeat), the six-step process is for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update (Windows 8 users need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update to be eligible for the upgrade) users and does not require any high technical skills. Here are the steps:

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Make a Bootable USB Disk for Windows 10 

    Now that Windows 10 is available for download, many of you might be planning to install Microsoft’s new desktop operating system on your computer. There are plenty of reasons to install Windows, and different editions to choose from. You can automatically upgrade to Windows 10 or you can make a bootable disk to install Windows 10 on one or more computers in a hurry.

    (Also see: How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates)

    You can choose to make a Windows 10 bootable USB disk or DVD, though the USB offers some advantages like faster read/ write speeds. You are also likely to have a USB drive lying around, or your computer may not have a DVD drive, in which case the decision is already made for you.

    (Also see: How to Make a Bootable USB Disk for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP)

    Make sure that the USB or DVD (if rewritable) you pick to be your Windows 10 bootable media has no important data on it, because this process will format the drive, which means you will lose everything on it. Also make sure that the drive is of minimum 4GB capacity, as the process requires 3GB of space. With that in mind, here’s is the list of steps you need to follow to make a bootable Windows 10 drive:

    1) Download Windows 10 media creation tool. Here are links to download the Windows 10 media creation tool for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit(x64) Windows respectively. To find out which type of Windows you are running, go to Start, type Control panel, select System and security, and then, under System, look at the value for System type, or check this step by step guide by Microsoft.

    (Also see: How can I tell if my computer is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows?)

    2) Once Media creation tool is installed, launch the application. When asked What do you want to do? select Create installation media for another PC, and click Next.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on July 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Downgrade From Windows 10 to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 

    So you downloaded Windows 10, played with its new features, but realised that this is not the operating system for you. What to do now? Well, you can always downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or any other Windows version. If you need assistance with going back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, here’s a guide to help you get there.

    Windows 10 Is Here, but Maybe You Shouldn’t Upgrade Just Yet

    Depending on how you upgraded to Windows 10, the downgrade to Windows 8.1 or older option could vary for your computer. Below you’ll find all the different ways you could have upgraded to Windows 10, and the corresponding procedure to downgrade to an earlier version of Windows. Select the correct option for your computer and follow the procedure. But before you begin doing that, make sure you save all your important files on a flash drive (or a hard drive), or to an online storage service such as Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive.

    You upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 using Windows Update

    If you upgraded your Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computer to Windows 10 via Windows Update within the last 30 days, the company is offering you a quick option to rollback to the older version.

    If you use this method, you should be able to do an ‘in place’ downgrade, which means all your data should stay intact. However, we still strongly recommend backing up all your data including pictures and work related stuff to an external drive before you downgrade.

    Open Start Menu, and search and open Settings. In the Settings app, find and select Update & security. Select Recovery. Select Go back to Windows 7 or Go back to Windows 8.1. Select Get started button, and it will revert your computer to an older version.

    During the transition, Microsoft will also ask you the reason why you are switching back to Windows 7 / Windows 8.1. You can select between any of the pre-mentioned reasons, or provide feedback. Once done, click the Next button.

    (Also see:  How to Make a Bootable USB Disk for Windows 10)

    In case it has already been more than 30 days since you upgraded your computer to the new operating system, the aforementioned procedure won’t for you. This is because, Microsoft saves all the important data from your previous operating system in a folder called “Windows.old” on your hard disk. Once the 30 day period is over, the data is deleted to free up space.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates 

    Microsoft has made it mandatory for Windows 10 users to update their computer. The company has set the new operating system to automatically receive new updates by default. Windows 10 Pro users have an option to delay the updates they receive, but if you are on Windows 10 Home, there isn’t much you can do about it.

    (Also see: How to Make a Bootable USB Disk for Windows 10)

    The company’s move to automatically update all Windows 10 computers has received a lot of flak from users. Not only could it eat a large chunk of data from your limited data plan, we have seen cases where an automatic update has caused issues in users’ computer. Regardless of why you want to delay or block Windows from automatically updating your computer, there are a couple of simple tricks that could do the job for you.

    (Also see: How to Disable Automatic App Updates on Windows 10)

    If you use Wi-Fi to access the Internet
    Interestingly, there is a simple option in Wi-Fi settings, which if enabled, stops your Windows 10 computer from downloading automatic updates. To do that, search for Change Wi-Fi settings in Start Menu or Cortana. Click Advanced Options, and enable the toggle below Set as metered connection.

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