Build 10041

It’s here, after a wait of two months, a new Windows 10 Technical Preview build (10041)has been released! The transparent start menu is the 1st thing that I noticed as Build 10041 was made available as an update the other day to those of us in the fast ring. At this time there are no ISOs […]

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Breaking News!

Today, Microsoft announced during a live webcast, exciting new features coming in Windows 10. Features that will allow portability across a broad range of devices.

From desktop PCs to tablets or phones, your Windows experience can be personalized. Now any device can be your Windows, the settings that you want, and quick access to the files or universal apps that you need.

Did I mention that if you are currently using Windows 7, 8.1, or 8.1 for phones, a free upgrade will be offered during the launch’s first year.

See the video on-demand presentation for yourself in case you missed it.

Here’s Windows VP Joe Belfour touching on new features revealed today.

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You’re gonna break something!

Fair enough, they warn you when signing up to the Microsoft Insider Program that there will be issues, that’s why we’ve downloaded it. We want to see what breaks.

Microsoft is counting on bugs to happen and has provided an Insider Hub launcher in the new Start Menu.

Tool to provide feedback
Insider Hub Icon in Start Menu.

I’ll be honest, I’ve had to use this button more than once.

The 1st issue that I ran in to was a broken PC Settings launcher, I looked up a fix that had applied to a similar problem in early builds of Windows 8.1 and gave it a try. Start Menu, type CMD. In the Command Prompt copy and paste these instructions.

Powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\ImmersiveControlPanel\AppxManifest.xml

Hit enter and restart, problem solved.

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My Windows 10 Capstone (Pt 1)

I’ve recently completed the Capstone Project requirements towards an AAS degree in Computer Support.

The Windows 10 Technical Preview was released shortly after the quarter began and provided a relevant topic for my project. I’d like to share with you, my final submission to instructors.

Capstone Project


The Project:

The Capstone Project that I am proposing is my WordPress blog entitled WINDOWSTEN that will be focusing on Microsoft”s newly released Technical Preview of what will when known as Windows 10 when it is officially released to the public. This project will serve as a platform, to showcase the many skills I’ve obtained during my Worker Retraining here at Clark College. Among the skill-sets I will demonstrate are the following.

  • Installation of Operating Systems and Documentation.

  • Operating System Configuration and Use of Features and Applications.

  • Troubleshooting and Data Analysis.

  • Technical Writing.

  • Content Management, HTML, Web Design.

  • Computer Repair and Maintenance.

  • Use of Virtualization software.

My Plan:

The release of the Windows Technical Preview is being made available to IT professionals, students, bloggers, and those in the know through the Microsoft Insider Program as of October 5th.

I have a WordPress blog that I’d began while enrolled in the WordPress Fundamentals course. It was originally started as a blog on Linux distributions, and Progressive Rock music.

I had titled the blog DISTROTECH. I hadn’t been able to devote much time to it after that quarter had ended yet had been looking for impetus to get blogging again.

My plan is to download the .iso files needed to created Virtual Machines using VMWare Workstation 11 with Windows 10 in order to test and review new features and functionality. As a participant in the insider program I’ll contribute feedback to the user forums and developers.

I will also upgrade an existing laptop that is currently running Windows 7 Home Premium to determine if the upgrade path is feasible. This Toshiba laptop has the Intel Celeron 900 Processor, 250 GB hard drive and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM.

In addition I was able to get an older Dell Latitude laptop that originally had Windows XP to test Windows 10 on. It has an Intel® Pentium® M Processor 750, 80gb HD. 2 GB RAM. and had been running Lubuntu with good results.

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Apples to Oranges

During my testing of Windows 10 these past two months, I have been trying to find a good solid Linux distribution to run as a virtual machine for some head to head tests. I’ve tried Mint, Zorin, Ku, Xu, and Lubuntu, Linux Lite, Makulu, and Manjaro. None of them quite worked the way I wanted, […]

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Windows releases new build 9879

After catching wind Wednesday of a new build release, I spent some time last week updating the initial installation of Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9849 on my laptop and PC. I upgraded to 9860 as recommended by default, and finally to Preview Build 9879. The upgrade process took awhile, the download and install was at […]

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It is our desire that WINDOWSTEN becomes a part of your day. In order to address the issues that interest my readers the most, this Poll has been posted. Please allow yourself plenty of time, get a cup of coffee or something. Relax.

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