Field Notes

Still no formal word on the Win10 Fall Upgrade

When Windows 10 was first released back at the end of July, the recommendation was to wait for the first major update before migrating to the new OS. That big fix for Win10 is due out any day now. Plus: Google puts another nail in the Windows XP coffin — and adds another one for Vista, too.

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Changes to Win10 and OneDrive draw complaints

Two recent announcements from Microsoft have created an outcry from power Windows users. The company plans an even harder push to move current Windows 7 and 8 users onto Windows 10. And a OneDrive change provokes a user petition.

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Odds and ends: Updates and reader questions

Windows 10 is now running on millions of systems, but the upgrade process has not gone well for everyone. While some Windows users report difficulty installing the new OS, others who did not want to move to Win10 got the update anyway.

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Office 2012: We never really got to know ya

This Tuesday, Microsoft released the next Office, and in many ways it parallels the release of Windows 10. Sharing is a new theme with Office 2016 but not the only one — colors return.

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Lost and found: Windows 10’s safe mode

Windows 10 might be a significant improvement over Windows 8, but it still possesses some of its predecessor’s dual personality. That’s most evident in Windows system settings, but it’s also true of some built-in troubleshooting tools.

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Two new features for Dropbox sharing

Faced with growing competition from Microsoft, Google, and others, Dropbox seems determined to be the king of file synching and sharing. This week, I took one of the new features for a spin; the other, I’m still trying to figure out.

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Running Windows 10 Insider Preview under Win10

Despite the formal release of Windows 10, the preview editions continue — now named Windows 10 Insider Preview Program. But at this time, running Win10 Preview in VirtualBox on a Win10 host requires using pre-production versions of the VM application.

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Microsoft has a busy week of Windows/IE updating

This past Tuesday saw the release of fixes for Internet Explorer, built-in Flash Player, and Windows 10. It might also surprise many Windows users that Microsoft released a new Win10 build under the Windows Insider Program.

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