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Windows 10 LogoFor all of you who you are excited about the up and coming release of Windows 10, which should land on the 29th of July, you may be pleased to know there’s a way you can bag yourself a free – fully activated copy, without even owning Windows 7 or 8 first!

Microsoft have released news stating that all early adopters, i.e. those who sign up for the Windows technical BETA program, will be eligible for a free activation upon release. The technical BETA program (dubbed insider) gives you access to pre-release software, and is aimed at software developers. However, it’s freely available to anyone and very easy to join.

There’s one caveat in Microsoft’s recent announcement.. That is, in order to keep your copy of Windows 10 updated and activated you must be willing to stay subscribed to the ‘insider’ program. Thus meaning you will see early and be ‘forced’ to test early releases of future OS updates as and when they come along. Now, for some, who love living life on the bleeding edge, may think that that’s a fair deal.. Where as others, may want to steer clear of it for now. It’s fair to say the technical BETA release of Windows 10 has not been without it’s far share of BETA issues!

If you understand the above and would like to bag your copy anyway, all you have to do is head over to insider.windows.com and sign up for an account, if you don’t already have one. Once you’ve signed in, select the relevant ISO for your language preferences and the download should commence. You will also need to make note of your activation key, which can be located just above the list of ISO’s.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the technical BETA, you will need to make sure you sign into Windows with the same account you used to download it from the insider site. This will make sure you will get access to the full release of Windows 10 on the 29th. Whats more, you will be given the chance of a completely fresh install at the time – so you can mess around with your Technical BETA as much as you like!

Going forward, you will then be presented with future BETA releases using the normal Windows Update technologies!



 Microsoft have announced the date for release of Windows 10.. It will be offered as a free upgrade to any Windows 7 or 8 users on the 29th of July. Something which has been the way of Apple’s OS X releases for a few years now. 

10 brings with it vast changes (some say improvements) from both 7 and 8. It also sees the return of a ‘pop up’ start menu, all be it with tiles most Windows 8 users will be familier with. 

All new machines will be bundled with Windows 10 from the 29th. With it expecting to hit mobile devices later on in the year. 

The free upgrade of 7 and 8 will hopefully reduce some of the fragmentation in the distribution of its OS user base. 

Will you be upgrading? 



Locked FileRunning a 2003 file server, with files accessed by many across multiple geographical locations can come with its own challenges. One such challenge is that of file locking, especially on documents which don’t yet support true collaborative working. Such as Office 2007 documents.

Last week one of our end users suffered the same issue, documents being left locked open by a user. However, on this occasion the issue was accentuated by the server reporting the incorrect user name of the user with the read/write access. This has been a known issue for some files on our sites for sometime, however Friday I finally managed to get to the bottom of it.

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CleanMyPCFrom the makers of the amazingly powerful CleanMyMac comes CleanMyPC! Now not only can you keep your OS X running in much like a ‘fresh install’ state – but you can also declutter your Microsoft Windows installation too.

MacPaw are an independent software development company with offices in the United States and Ukraine

CleanMyPC Description:

CleanMyPC is an application designed for Windows 7 and 8 with one goal in mind, that is to keep your PC running as good as new. PC’s get clogged up with temporary files and application install remnants which surge no purpose and simply slow your machine down. Although some of the tasks the application completes automatically could technically be done manually, CleanMyPC takes the admin burden out of the tasks. What’s more it’s capable of doing all the tasks at the same time, with little to no user interaction at all.

This is perfect if you’ve more important things to focus on.

MacPaw are constantly improving their software, and updates to the CleanMyPC app come thick and fast, meaning the software you are using is always up to date, and aware of installed applications and critical systems files. This means CleanMyPC is the safest way possible to remove system files, without the risk of damaging your operating system install.

CleanMyPC Screenshots:

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CleanMyPC Features:

  • My Computer Cleanup Capable of clearing down Caches & Logs, Trash and Junk files, including system restore data and windows error reports.
  • Registry Maintenance – The registry is a pretty unruly place, especially if you are constantly installing and uninstalling software. There are many applications on the market which claim to clear down the registry. However, none seem as thorough as CleanMyPC.
  • Complete Application Uninstaller – Some application uninstallation executables are poorly designed, and often leave hidden system files, folders and registry entries behind. You can avoid that by using CleanMyPC to remove the application for you.
  • Gadgets and Extensions Manager – Applications to add functionality to things like Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer generally do so via extensions, this is a pain-free way of managing and removing old and unused extensions. Doing so can often speed up the application.
  • Autorun manager – Some applications automatically insert themselves in Windows startup locations, sometimes this is useful, sometimes all this achieves is a longer boot time for your Windows device. This section of CleanMyPC helps remove the no longer needed or value added auto run entries.
  • Privacy Guard – Privacy is of grave concern, so protecting your privacy is paramount. Applications such as Internet Explorer collect cookies from sites you visit. The built-in Privacy Guard helps clean down cookies and other files containing identifiable information. 
  • Secure Erase – A normal file delete leaves remnants of the old file behind, thus making it possible to actually recover the file. Which can both be handy and a potential security issue. Should you have a file you know you want to securely delete, you can use the built-in facility to not only delete but make sure recovery is impossible.

Download:

You can grab a trial version of CleanMyPC absolutely free of charge from MacPaw’s website, once you’ve downloaded the trial and seen just how powerful it is, you can purchase a copy for just £29.95 which is at least £40 cheaper then professional IT services would charge to do the same thing!

Rating:

CleanMyPC gets the full 5 star rating for me, I’ve been a big fan of MacPaw’s CleanMyMac since day of release.. The ability to keep my windows VM’s clean in the same way is perfect!
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In a recent tweet Mark Russinovich has confirmed Microsoft are working on bringing a “start menu” to the Windows blue screen of death (BSOD)

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It’s not yet clear as to when this will be released to end users.. But it’s certainly going to be a game changer, and will make diagnosing BSOD issues a whole load easier!

Well done Microsoft – a true step in the right direction..




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