Windows 10 to reboot connections

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5 things you should know about Microsoft’s Windows 10.

Windows 10 is just around the corner. A couple billion smartphone sales later, Microsoft’s PC-bound operating system plays second fiddle to a Google- or Apple-powered handheld device or tablet in many people’s daily lives.SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is aiming to build lasting relationships with Windows 10, the operating system to be launched on Wednesday and seen as critical to reviving the fortunes of the once-dominant tech giant. A system designed to help update Samsung’s pre-installed software, called Samsung SW Update, used a program called “Disable_Windowsupdate.exe.” to, as the name implies, disable Microsoft’s built in update system for Windows. Just three of every 20 devices sold this year will run Microsoft’s Windows, researcher Gartner estimated in a forecast of PC, tablet and smartphone sales.

For the first time, Microsoft is making a major new version of Windows available free as an upgrade to anyone using either of the prior two generations of the system. Windows Update is responsible for delivering bug fixes, driver updates, program updates and crucial security patches for Microsoft’s operating system. The goal is to swiftly have Windows 10 powering a billion devices, creating a gigantic audience to induce developers to crank out must-have apps for the platform. Microsoft hopes to break the cycle in which consumers shun Windows for mobile because it lacks the large catalog of applications found on rival platforms, thus discouraging app makers from creating Windows versions. A Samsung support representative told Barker that “when you enable Windows updates, it will install the Default Drivers for all the hardware on the laptop which may or may not work… so to prevent this, SW Update tool will prevent Windows updates.” Samsung’s software seemingly disables Windows Update because during the process of applying Windows updates it could replace drivers needed to run hardware features such as USB 3.0 ports on Samsung computers.

Hit apps could ramp up popularity of Windows-driven hardware made by Microsoft and its partners, and increase opportunities for the company to make money from online activities such as search, shopping and software as services in the Internet cloud. “They make it free so developers make good stuff. Even if users manually turn on Windows Update within settings it will be disabled by Samsung’s software when the computer, typically a laptop, is rebooted. “As there are many instances of malware trying to deliberately disable Windows Updates in order to get on with their dirty work, I personally wouldn’t feel entirely comfortable if Samsung was going around doing the job for them,” said independent security researcher Graham Cluley. “Turning off Windows Update in its entirety, the Microsoft software with the responsibility for keeping your Microsoft operating system and apps like internet Explorer updated with the latest security patches, seems like a risky move to me.” Samsung exited the PC laptop market in Europe last year, after struggling sales moved it into the “bottom four” of the PC market with Toshiba, Samsung, Sony, and Fujitsu, which together held only 12 per cent of the market according to data from Gartner.

The Redmond company built increasingly powerful programs that helped a computer’s software play nicely with the underlying hardware, and used that platform to expand into selling a wide range of software tools. And then create an ongoing relationship instead of just a transaction, which is how Microsoft has operated in the past.” Windows remains the leading operating system for personal computers but has failed to gain traction on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, dominated by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. As Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly reports, the problem revolves around a conflict between automatic updates and Nvidia graphics card updates using Nvidia’s ‘Nvidia GeForce Experience’—a handy tool for all Nvidia GPU owners. With Microsoft’s PC wheelhouse under assault from portable devices, the company three years ago responded with Windows 8, an operating system tailored for the growing tablet and touch-screen computer markets.

Special events are planned in 13 cities around the world in tribute to the more than five million ‘insiders’ who took part in a Windows 10 test period. As part of our commitment to consumer satisfaction, we are providing our users with the option to choose if and when they want to update the Windows software on their products. Users are reporting problems with multi-monitor setups, dual-card configurations (SLI) and PCs not booting properly, setting off Windows 10 emergency recovery mode.

Gamers are especially at risk given the much higher likelihood of that demographic running Nvidia graphics cards, as well as dual-GPU and dual-monitor setups. The aim is to reboot the virtuous circle that propelled Windows in earlier eras: one in which developers put their best programs on Windows, hardware-makers build devices tailored to the platform, and consumers find the appeal of both makes it worthwhile to choose Windows.

No traditional Start Menu and a jarring transition from the new touch-optimized interface to the familiar desktop mode. “That is Microsoft asking for permission to get back onto your desktop,” said Kleynhans. “That’s one of the things they have to be thankful for. The software is making its desktop debut after last year’s introduction on Windows Phone. • Microsoft Edge, a new browser built from scratch to be faster and leaner, a successor of sorts to Internet Explorer (and its bruised reputation). The familiar “e” icon remains; for some users, it signifies the Internet itself. • Continuum, which automatically changes the Windows interface based on how the device is used. Think of a touch-optimized mode that activates when a tablet is removed from a keyboard dock, or a smartphone that displays a desktop mode when plugged in to a monitor via a cabled or wireless connection. Microsoft says there are about 1.5 billion PCs running Windows today, and Windows powers about 90 percent of the roughly 300 million new PCs sold each year.

That’s a challenge Microsoft has to keep working through.” For home users not eligible for the free upgrade, individual licenses of Windows 10 Home edition will cost $119. The precise cost for those groups is difficult to unpack because of Microsoft’s practice of selling licenses in bulk packages that include technical support and security features. A key gauge, though one that’s hard to track, is the speed at which corporate information-technology departments include Windows 10 in their upgrade plans. “By year’s end, we will see a lot of indication” as to how businesses view the software, said Thomas Koll, chief executive of Laplink, a Bellevue company that migrates files and settings to different operating systems. “With social media the way it is, you’re going to hear about it very quickly,” Kleynhans said. “It doesn’t matter how the press thinks it is.

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