How-to: New features in Windows 10

Windows Update settings

The headline features in Windows 10 include ‘new’ features like Task View, virtual desktops, voice assistant Cortana, the Edge web browser, a revised Start menu, and the Modern apps with the Fischer-Price flat design.

There are other, improvements that deserve some recognition. Continue reading

Review: Windows 10 ‘Threshold 2’

Windows 10 Threshold

At one time, Microsoft used to release Service Packs for it’s software – Windows XP had three, versions of Windows Server would have a couple each. As Windows Update came to support more frequent and regular patches, Service Packs fell out of favour. Which is why Threshold 2 is a return to an old idea; it’s the first major update to Windows 10, a large, tightly packaged update to the original Windows 10 which was codenamed ‘Threshold’. In effect, a Service Pack and a feature release combined.

Some of the changes are good – product activation, coloured window title bars, Skype integration, improvements to the Edge browser – but some are not so good – there is advertising in the Start menu. Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 10 Could Have Been Better

Windows 10 Could Have Been Better

It isn’t finished, it isn’t coherent, arguably it isn’t even an ‘upgrade.’ But it may well be the last ‘version’ of Windows you ever get. The grand, visionary release of Windows 10 proves the adage you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

Windows XP continues to run across millions of machine worldwide. Windows Vista doesn’t. Windows 7 does. Windows 8 and 8.1, limp along mainly because they were pre-installed on machines by people who don’t know how to downgrade. Windows 10 is offered as the free upgrade messiah, the answer to all our problems, when in fact, it answers very few. Continue reading

How-to: Configure Windows 10TP Graphics in VirtualBox

Adjust Windows 10 Technical Preview graphics in VirtualBoxIn Part 1, we got hold of the Windows 10 Technical Preview build and created ourselves a VirtualBox guest machine onto which we installed it in Part 2.

And it should work perfectly fine, if you can live with a low-resolution display. On start-up, my Windows 10TP guest machine was using the pre-supplied Microsoft base display driver, which, on my x86 host, would only give me 1024 by 768 in 4:3 ratio. How very 1998. Continue reading

How-to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox Pt 3

Windows 10 graphics drivers on VirtualBoxIn Part II we stepped through the Windows 10 Technical Preview installation; for Part III, how to get the VirtualBox Guest Additions and drivers working.

Graphics
The Microsoft base display driver on an x86 would only give me 1024 by 768 in 4:3 ratio. Advice on the forums was very specific:

“If you try installing the guest additions without 3D acceleration first and enable it afterwards, you have to reset/reinstall Windows 10, otherwise the installation routine will be broken because of the first crash and it will not work.”

…but actually wrong, as a couple of attempts proved. Continue reading

How-to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox Pt 2

Windows 10 Technical PreviewIn Part 1, we got hold of the Windows 10 Technical Preview build and created ourselves a VirtualBox guest machine onto which to install it. With the Windows 10 ISO image inserted to the virtual CD drive, on starting the new virtual machine, the bootable ISO image begins the Windows 10 Technical Preview installation.

As you work through the wizard, choose the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) onto the 25GB hard drive. The familiar Windows installation procedure begins with the selection of location, language and timezone. The unpacking process from the ISO does take a while, as does the installation of the base system and devices, which is the first prompt to restart your system. Continue reading