The Windows 7 To Windows 11 Upgrade Won't Be A Simple Transition For Users


Hot Hardware 09 July, 2021 - 09:05am 10 views

When does Windows 11 come out?

Upgrades to Windows 11 will begin to roll out late in 2021 and continue into 2022. During this time, we will be doing some behind-the-scenes testing and validating for your specific PC. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. You can check by going to Settings/Windows Update. microsoft.comUpgrade to the New Windows 11 OS

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Microsoft urges Windows users to install a security update IMMEDIATELY

Daily Mail 11 July, 2021 - 09:05am

By Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline

Microsoft has urged Windows users to install a security update immediately before their personal information is seriously compromised. 

The tech giant found a serious vulnerability in its operating system that could let hackers install programs, view and delete data or even create new user accounts. 

The vulnerability, known as PrintNightmare, is within Windows Print Spooler, a software programme that runs by default on Windows.  

Windows Print Spooler helps your computer interact with the printer and manages all print jobs in your queue.   

All versions of Windows are vulnerable, according to Microsoft, including its most recent major release, Windows 10.  

Microsoft has offered patches for the flaw in its security update guide. The tech giant says all versions of Windows are vulnerable

Microsoft detailed the flaw in its security update guide along with guidance on how Windows users can protect their system. 

'A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Print Spooler service improperly performs privileged file operations,' the firm says. 

'An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with system privileges. 

'An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.' 

CNN reports that researchers at cyber security company Sangfor accidentally published a how-to guide for exploiting the flaw. 

It was quickly deleted by the company, but only after it was shared to websites including GitHub.  

Because the flaw affects all versions of Windows, Microsoft is even offering patches for Windows 7, which it withdrew support for nearly 18 months ago.  

Microsoft is even offering a patch for Windows 7, which it pulled the plug on back in January 2020

Worryingly, patches for the flaw are not yet available for Windows 10 version 1607, Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012. 

'Security updates for these versions of Windows will be released soon,' Microsoft said. 

The vulnerability comes only a few weeks after Microsoft announced Windows 11, its next major software release.

It's Microsoft's first major operating system since Windows 10, released in 2015, and looks heavily inspired by one of its major software rivals, Apple.

Possibly inspired by Apple? Microsoft revealed its new Windows 11 operating system on June 24

Windows 11 is set to be released later this year and will be a free upgrade for users running Windows 10 until the middle of 2022. 

Microsoft said it took inspiration from the way people connected and used computers during the coronavirus pandemic to make Windows more personal.    

'We learnt not just how functional and practical the PC needs to be, but that it also needs to be personal and feel emotional,' said Panos Panay, chief product officer.  

The firm also confirmed that Android apps will run within Windows and be available through the Amazon app store, which will be available from the start menu.        

Microsoft is swapping the blue screen of death (BSoD) for a black screen of death for Windows 11, it has emerged.   

Although not officially confirmed by the tech giant, the iconic and panic-inducing warning screen has been leaked in images. 

A Microsoft spokesperson told MailOnline that the company has 'nothing further to share at this time'. 

BSoD was introduced for Windows 3 back in 1990 and has since made a number of gradual changes – although it has kept the colour blue until now. 

It appears when the operating system crashes and is no longer able to function.

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What Windows 11 means for the enterprise

IDG TECHtalk 11 July, 2021 - 09:05am

Redesigned Microsoft Office for Windows is now available for Insiders

TechRadar 11 July, 2021 - 09:05am

A fluent design for Windows 11 and 10

Though the fresh look was supposed to launch last week, the Redmond based tech company has announced that the Beta version of the updated interface is now available for insiders to download on both Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Microsoft is promising a simple, natural and consistent design experience with all your Windows apps  This MS Office update will bring the refreshed look seen in Windows 11 to applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Project, Publisher, and Visio.

While Microsoft wanted to do away with the ribbon bar in favour of a command bar, however, the ribbon bar retains its place in this update. Also, while the current update majorly has design tweaks, the company promises more tweaks in the weeks and months leading to the final release.

To get the latest version of Microsoft Office, you need to be signed in the Office Insiders program. Mind you, this is different to the Windows Insider program that gave you access to Windows 11. This beta testing program is available to users who have an Office 365 subscription. Follow the below process to join the Insider program: 

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How to install Windows 11 today for free

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Microsoft has finally pulled the veil back on Windows 11 and given the world a sneak peek at what’s in store for its next major operating system. It will be months before the official version releases to the public, but it’s possible to get in on the ground floor today with a few simple steps. If you’re eager to try the new upgrade and all the new features it has to offer, this guide will tell you exactly how to get started.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about Windows 11, there’s a lot to know. We’ve prepared a special guide to get you up to speed with all of the important details. Be sure to give it a look and learn about the biggest new features, system requirements, and dates.

Windows 11 is posied to be Microsoft’s most advanced operating system yet. With that comes a new slate of system requirements, and they’re a bit more demanding than we’ve seen in the past. The good news is that if your computer has a motherboard and processor released in the last 3-4 years, you’re probably eligible for the upgrade.

The minimum system requirements for Windows 11 are:

While most of these requirements are reasonable, the biggest hurdle facing older PCs is TPM 2.0. A TPM, or Trusted Platform Module, is a specialized chip integrated into a motherboard or built into the processor that provides hardware-based encryption to the system. This module will need to be enabled to use Windows 11, even in its early state.

Additionally, Secure Boot, a system-wide setting that offers protection during the boot-up process, will also need to be enabled in the system BIOS. Turning these options on is usually fairly easy but requires a trip into your motherboard’s BIOS settings menu and can vary by manufacturer. Thankfully, we have a simple guide to help you with this process.

Microsoft hasn’t shared a hard release date yet, but it confirmed plans to begin upgrades this holiday season. That may not mean everyone, however. The official Microsoft Twitter account expanded on this, explaining that eligible devices will begin upgrading in this holiday but that the process will continue through the first half of 2022. The only way to ensure you won’t have to wait to try Windows 11 for yourself is to sign up for the Windows Insider Program to download an early version. This is completely free and can be done today.

The following steps will help you to update a system currently running Windows 10.

Before taking on any kind of major software update, it’s always wise to back up and prepare your PC. Note that System Restore is disabled after a major Windows upgrade, so you’ll need to backup your PC another way to be safe. Backing up your PC can be done the old-fashioned way with an external hard drive or by storing all of your important data to the cloud. Western Digital’s MyBook is our top choice among the Best External Hard Drives of 2021 and includes free backup software that will automatically sync between your selected drives. For an all-digital solution, we recommend iDrive Personal as an easy and affordable cloud-based option for system backups.

Before going further, we also recommend making sure your system is completely up to date with the latest system updates from Microsoft. This can be done by opening the Start menu, clicking the gear icon, selecting Settings. In the window that opens, choose Update & Security, then Windows Update, finally clicking Check for Updates. Allow Windows to download and install any required updates.

With that out of the way, be sure that TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot are both enabled through your system BIOS. If either are not, you will be unable to download Windows 11.

How the Windows Insider Program screen appears by default.

Since Windows 11 isn’t officially released yet, the only way to access it is through the Windows Insider Program. This program provides early access to updates, including full operating system versions. To download the Windows Insider Preview, you’ll need to link your Microsoft account to the Dev Channel, opening the door to the earliest updates currently available for download. Windows 11 is not yet available via the other channels.

To sign up, open the Start menu, click the gear icon and choose Settings. Next, click Update & Security, and select Windows Insider Program from the menu on the left. To save time, you can also search “Windows Insider Program Settings” from the Start menu and press Enter. Click “Get Started” and follow the prompts to link your preferred Microsoft account. Reboot your PC to finalize the process.

Windows Insider Dev Channel selection screen.

Once you’re rebooted, return to the Windows Insider menu and click “Release Preview Channel.” If your PC is compatible and both TPM and Secure Boot are enabled, you should now see options for a Beta Channel and Dev Channel. Select Dev Channel and hit the back button to return to the previous screen.

Windows 11 is delivered as a Windows Update for the Windows Insider Preview version.

Now that you’re signed up for the Dev Channel, you should be able to download Windows 11. Choose Window Update from the menu on the left and click Check For Updates. A new entry should appear titled Windows 11 Insider Preview. Download and install the update.

This process can take several hours depending on your internet connection and PC. When it’s done, your system will prompt you to reboot the PC to continue with the installation process. If you’re running on a laptop, be sure to plug in your AC adapter now.

Windows will continue the update after rebooting.

Once your PC has rebooted, it will continue with the installation process. You will be presented with a blue screen that will tell you your current installation percentage. This can take 20 minutes or more depending on your PC, so expect it to take a while. Your PC will reboot several times and pick up where it left off. Do not shut down your PC during the installation as this can cause the installation to fail.

After your installation percentage has reached 100% and completed its processes, you’re done! You will be presented with a new login screen to access your desktop. If you were upgrading from Windows 10, all of your files, programs, and desktop icons should be intact. If you notice anything is missing, you should find it safe on the backup you created at the beginning. The actual desktop will look different than Windows 10. The Start menu is now centered and the Taskbar has a new frosted glass aesthetic for a fresh, modern look.

There’s lots to enjoy in Windows 11, but remember that you’re currently running an early version that isn’t quite finished yet. It’s normal to experience some bugs or graphical glitches. For example, all of our custom Taskbar shortcuts were missing their icons after installation and needed to be re-pinned to appear again. Be sure to Check For Updates often as Microsoft releases bug fixes. If you experience a major problem, or just decide Windows 11 isn’t for you, you can easily reinstall Windows 10 using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool to download a free installation file.

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Microsoft Office gets a new UI, Office Insiders can try it 07 July, 2021 - 03:22pm

Windows 11 comes with a new UI and to match it, Microsoft has come up with a fresh UI redesign for its Office too. The update is only available to Insiders for now (that's how Microsoft is calling its beta testers) and will be seeded to the wider public later this year.

The changes include a new rounder look to go in line with Windows 11's aesthetics and some buttons have been retouched here and there across all Office apps. Microsoft originally intended to move away from the traditional ribbon bar and swap it for a command bar. In this update, though, there's no change in this regard.

Perhaps Microsoft will gradually introduce more tweaks in the following weeks and months before it brings the final release. In fact, the tech giant first said that it will take up to two years before the Office redesign is complete so even after Windows 11's release, some of the features will still be a work in progress.

So what can Microsoft Office do better.

No hate but I said I have tried the online ones and I had the worst experience with them, Google suite, MS Office Online etc. *Well MS Office Online was the best of them all to be honest.

Google's office suite feels like a child's toy compared to msoffice. I use libreoffice primarily, but every now and then I just need to go back to msoffice for some functionalities.

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Fancy a Windows 10 Machine On the Cloud? Microsoft May Have Something Special for You Soon

MUO - MakeUseOf 07 July, 2021 - 01:15pm

ZDNet spotted the potential announcement after taking a look at Inspire's schedule. It noted that there's an event happening on July 15, 2021, called "What's Next in End-User Computing."

The event promises to teach visitors "about the newest Microsoft cloud solution for enabling hybrid work." This description sounds suspiciously close to Microsoft's rumored cloud PC service.

Want more proof? If you dive a little deeper, you'll see that Scott Manchester is hosting the event. Manchester is the lead developer in a lot of Microsoft's cloud-based services, which is promising in itself.

However, ZDNet has one more trick up its sleeve. One of its sources claims that Manchester has been working away on Microsoft's cloud PC service this whole time. If this is true, it leads a huge amount of credence to the theory that Microsoft will lift the dust sheet off of its cloud PC service during its Inspire event.

Unfortunately, Microsoft declined to comment on the theory, presumably so it can keep the main event as a surprise. As such, there's no way for us to know what this event will truly be about until it goes live.

If this is the first time you've heard about this topic, the rumors of a new cloud PC service from Microsoft has been bubbling away since late 2020. Unfortunately, Microsoft has been good at keeping things under wraps, as we only know the bare minimum about the service.

What we do know is that the service will allow you to rent out a Windows-based machine that you can connect to over the internet. This means that, as long as you have an internet connection, you can access your PC on the cloud from anywhere on any device.

A leak from late 2020 hinted that the cloud PC service will have a business focus. It will allow professionals and companies alike to quickly hire out a Window machine if their work demands it.

The leak also revealed three different tiers of computer—Medium, Heavy, and Advanced. These tiers will offer different hardware specifications to fit your needs. However, we don't know a great deal about the hardware specifications for each tier, and any information we did learn has likely changed since late 2020.

Microsoft has been very tight-lipped about its cloud PCs, but that may change very soon. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled during Microsoft's Inspire 2021 for potential news on the subject.

Unfortunately, because Microsoft may bring a business focus with its cloud PCs, gamers might find the revealed system specifications unfit for running the latest and greatest games. However, there are plenty of gaming cloud services already out there, such as Project xCloud, GeForce Now, and Shadow.

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