Two new screens in Windows may show up…

With the Windows 10 free upgrade just a month away, Microsoft is giving you some reminders [or advertising].

In the first message, we have an upgrade reminder:


You will not receive the one above if any of below are true:

  • You have a recent version of the “Get Windows 10” app installed.
  • You have selected the Do not notify me again option.
  • Your computer is detected to be incompatible with Windows 10.
  • You have previously uninstalled Windows 10 after you upgrade.
  • Your Windows 10 installation failed and rolled back.
  • You have hidden the “Get Windows 10” app notifications.
  • You have disabled the Windows 10 upgrade or you have disabled the offer screen through registry key settings.

This message appears when you unlock Windows through the end of the upgrade offer, and reoccurs three days later if you select the Remind me later option.

This message applies if you have Windows 7 with service pack 1 or Windows 8.1.

The second screen below will appear if you have Windows 8 – not Windows 8.1. If so, you are not getting any further updates [from Microsoft at least]. To fix the issue, upgrade to Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store or upgrade to Windows 10 [more technical and messy!].



Microsoft ends support for Windows 8, some IE versions

Microsoft announced changes for support for some of their software:

  • Today is the last day updates will be released for Windows 8. After today you need to upgrade for free to Windows 8.1 via the Microsoft Store or to Windows 10 for free [because of you are using Windows 8 and not Windows 8.1, you will need to download a copy (using the Media Creation Tool) or get a copy of the DVD].
  • Today is the last day Microsoft supports .net Framework 4.0, 4.5 or 4.5.1. You must be at 4.5.2 or later. The easiest way to tell is to go to the Programs & Features applet in the Control Panel and see what’s listed. [Windows 10 users are already updated.]
  • Today is the last day for support for anything other than the following: Internet Explorer 9 on Vista and internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. Internet Explorer 11 is already included with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Since Windows 8 isn’t supported, neither is Internet Explorer 10.

For whatever reason, if you haven’t upgraded to the latest browser supported, today’s updates from Microsoft will be the last.

Included with the last update is some nagware from Microsoft. Once every 72 hours [or then next time you use Internet Explorer], you will receive a notification that your browser isn’t supported and not at the latest.

If you wish to stop this, you can follow the lengthy here, or use my handy registry fixes below.

If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Also note that if you decide to try to remove Internet Explorer, Microsoft recommends upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 first and then uninstall Internet Explorer 11 [and version behind that]. The reason, they say, is because Microsoft includes some common operating system updates and while Internet Explorer will be removed, the updates won’t but could help in system stability, etc.

Note: As usual, use at your own risk.

Here’s a stack of free Microsoft eBooks

Available in multiple formats….

[What a monster link!]

Computer Tip: Fast way to do a fresh Windows 8.1 reinstall

Consider the following scenario: You need to re-install Windows 8 on your computer. Then you need to install the required updates to get it to Windows 8.1, and then install the big update released in 2014 and then quite a few months of updates.

Now if you ever upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 it isn’t the easiest upgrade. Quite often the upgrade fails before it even downloads the first MB.

Now if you have ever installed and updated Windows before, you can save probably at least 6 hours of work if you can get ahold of the media that has Windows 8.1 [and even better if it has that big update].

But if you try to use your Windows 8 serial number during the Windows 8.1 installation, the setup will reject it.

To trick Windows into allowing the installation, use the serial number GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9 during the installation.

Note: This serial number is a readily available serial number on the Microsoft web site used for Key Management Systems [KMS]. We are just using it temporarily.

After the installation, Windows will reject the KMS serial number above. At that point you can use the serial number from Windows 8.

Windows 10 to be free upgrade even for those with pirated copies

This is probably a bit of a shocker.

At the WinHEC conference in Shenzhen, China, yesterday, Executive Vice President Terry Meyerson, who runs the Windows division, made the announcement. Here it is:

Windows 10 will be free of charge for the first year of retail release including those who upgrade from pirated copies.

Of course the announcement was made in China – king of the pirated copies of any software.

Still not explained is whether someone with a pirated copy of Windows 7 Enterprise will be able to install the Windows 10 equivalent or will be downgraded.

Also not explained is what they will do with Windows 7 Ultimate [since there wasn’t one in Windows 8.x].

Here is the deal with upgrading:

Windows 7 with SP1 and Windows 8.1 with the large 2014 update can upgrade from Windows Update [if they wish]. All operating systems [Windows 7 RTM, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 RTM, Windows 8.1 RTM, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.1 with the large 2014 update] can be upgraded by downloading the appropriate ISO.

Obviously Windows Vista and Windows XP upgrades are not supported.

Finally, they are still claiming that Windows 10 will be RTMed by the end of the summer. This leaves just over 6 months to finalize things.

Microsoft drops Windows RT – buyers beware

Microsoft has officially pulled probably the last tablet designed for Windows RT [made by Nokia which they bough that part].

If you remember [or maybe not], Windows RT debuted with Windows 8 but was not the OS that people expected. Unlike the Pro edition which could run Windows 8 [desktop and laptop] applications, Windows RT could not and relied on developers to build Windows RT based applications….. But they didn’t build many and the OS suffered.

With the latest preview build of Windows 10 released, Microsoft also killed off any future of Windows 8.

Microsoft said that they will release an update to Windows RT that will have some features of Windows 10 but they didn’t mention which. Outside of security updates and firmware, it would be the last update to be released for Windows RT.

The last of the Windows RT tablets are still in some stores. Expect the prices to drop, but be warned not to expect much support for them.

A free Windows 10 for some?

If you haven’t been too thrilled with Windows 8.x, there may be some relief. Although not confirmed [and possibly jumped the gun], the Microsoft Indonesia president announced that Windows 10 will be free if you are using Windows 8.1. [If you are using Windows 8, you need to upgrade free of charge to Windows 8.1 sometime this year before 8.0 support dies.]

Another report has stated that those using Windows 7 and prior will be able to upgrade for a small fee.

Remember that they are not confirmed and/or just rumors.

While at it, the next technical build for Windows 10 users should be out on or after January 21st after the next major Microsoft conference.