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How to Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen

Posted on 14 December 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

There are a lot of new features, many of them useful, within Windows 10. While many of the new Windows 10 features prove to be quite useful, some of them are more for a tablet or 2-in-one laptop device that has a touchscreen instead of being useful on desktop PCs. One particular feature that many desktop PC users can do without in Windows 10 is the lock screen.

The lock screen that you see in Windows 10 was a great idea on smartphones as it prevented accidental unlocking of smartphone devices when they were in your pocket. Essentially, the lock screen prevented “butt dialing” or accidentally opening up an app on your device. However, with a desktop PC the lock screen doesn’t serve much of a purpose.

For Windows 10 users who wish to disable the lock screen, there are a couple of easy methods to the madness, one being extremely simple and the other method may involve editing your Windows registry.

While editing the Windows registry doable thing, we don’t recommend novice computer users doing such as they could seriously damage their system. Therefore, we have listed a simpler and safer method below to disable the Windows 10 lock screen on your PC.

How to disable the Windows 10 lock screen

The easiest and safest method to disable the lock screen in Windows 10 is by using the Group Policy Editor.

  1. To access the Group Policy Editor, hold down the Windows button on your keyboard and then press the R key to launch the Run dialog.

    Type in “gpedit.msc” and press enter or click OK.

  2. Once you are in the Group Policy Editor, look for the Computer Configuration folder on the left and then click the drop-down to display additional subfolders. Find the folder Administrative Templates and click that drop-down to list additional subfolders.
  3. Click on the Personalization folder.
  4. Find where it says “Do not display the lock screen” on the right side panel and double-click it.
  5. Select the “Enabled” option on the left side and then click OK.

Once all of these steps are completed, and you reboot your computer, your Windows 10 Lock Screen will no longer appear.

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5 Things to be Aware of upon Upgrading to Windows 10

Posted on 30 July 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

The hype over Windows 10 has reached an all-time high as the new Microsoft operating system has officially launched in about 190 countries on July 29th. The launch of Windows 10 has been smooth if you take it from the media with hardly any negative reports. However, computer users should be aware of a few things before making the jump and seeking out the latest desired operating system.

5 things you should know before upgrading to Windows 10

  1. Windows 10 may not be specifically available for you just yet.
  2. Windows 10 is steadily shipping off to its new customers, some of which have opted to download a copy and install it the day of release. However, some people may not have the option to get their free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 just yet because Microsoft is releasing them in waves. The company has stated that there is no way of knowing exactly when Windows 10 would become available for those customers but they should keep an eye out in their system tray for the Windows icon which gives access to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8.1 to the new 10.

  3. Anything older than Windows 7 and you’re out of luck for a free copy of 10
  4. Microsoft made it very clear that only those with legitimately purchased and registered copies of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 will get to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Any other versions, including Windows RT, will be required to purchase a copy of Windows 10 for an upgrade.

  5. Windows 10 has several configurations that are available.
  6. Just like other versions of recent Windows operating systems, Windows 10 comes in different variations including, Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education. The Home version includes all core experiences including the Cortana feature, facial and iris recognition (if your device supports it), virtual desktops, fingerprint recognition (if your device supports it) and the new Edge browser. Moving up to Pro will add business and advanced features like Bitlocker encryption, Group Policy Management and Remote Desktop functions. Enterprise is the top-dog for Windows 10 adding on AppLocker (allows creation of rules that deny apps from running), Windows To Go Creator (create a USB drive with Windows on it), and Enterprise Data Protection. The Education version of Windows 10 is basically the same as Enterprise only it eliminates the Long-Term Branching Service, which is a way for Windows to control how Windows is delivered to other users.

  7. The Start menu is back and includes everything you want.
  8. The biggest issue for Windows 8 was the elimination of the Start menu. Since then, Microsoft has listened to consumers and brought it back in a form for Windows 8.1. Now, with Windows 10, the Start menu is the best it has ever been thanks to Cortana, a virtual search assistant that finds or brings up just about ANYTHING on your computer. Think of it as Siri for Windows that is even better for the use of a PC.

  9. Touch-enabled devices finally find their home with Windows 10.
  10. As expected, touch features are better than ever on Windows 10 allowing tablets, touchscreen desktops and convertible laptops to all function in an environment ready to be TOUCHED. To expand on touch and many other features of Windows 10, the video below gives you a full hands-on review.

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Lenovo Gets Serious About $130 PC on a stick

Posted on 29 June 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

The PC market hasn’t deviated much from its original home-market conception. Since that time, we have seen the advancements in software and faster hardware with some high definition output interface devices add to the formula. Lenovo, one of the world’s leading PC makers, is attempting to shape up the PC market in a new, small way with its newly-announce PC on a stick.

Starting at a price of $130, PC on a stick by Lenovo, dubbed the Ideacentre Stick 300, promises to deliver the performance of a Windows PC but in a bite-sized portion. What is essentially a mini-PC, is almost 4 inches wide, 1.5 inches deep and .59 inches high – nearly the size of a larger form-factor USB stick.

The idea behind PC on stick is to carry it wherever you go with unsurpassed mobility and just plug it into any HDMI port of a TV or PC monitor. In doing so, you will be able to run all onboard applications and files stored on the device, which carries up to 2GB of memory and 32GB of storage.

For connectivity to utilize the PC on a stick, the Ideacentre Stick 300 has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 along with one HDMI port, one MicroUSB 2.0 port and one SD card reader. Powering the small “workhorse” that it is, is left to an Intel Atom processor. There is even a tiny speaker built into the device.

Windows 8.1 will initially ship with the new PC on a stick and later be eligible for a Windows 10 upgrade once Microsoft drops the new operating system. Basically, use of the new Ideacentre Stick 300 will only require your home TV (that has a HDMI port), a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Lenovo’s general manager for Worldwide Desktop and Visuals, Jun Ouyang, said in a press release, “Our goal with the Ideacentre Stick 300 is to give those users a sense of freedom and enhanced mobility, while packing a serious punch in a small device.”

Whether the PC on a stick concept will pan out to be a viable option for consumers has yet to be seen. The uses for the device make sense in a world where streaming media is taking a front seat in the homes of “enabled” consumers. The PC on a stick could essentially be your gateway to an interactive TV set or means of making your work environment portable without lugging around your handy laptop. Either way, we look to give this concept a chance and see how it fairs on the new-age tech horizon.

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Windows 10 Release Date Set for July 29th – Free Copy Reservations Happening Now

Posted on 01 June 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Many have been awaiting an official release date for Windows 10 and today we have that date, which is set for July 29th.

Microsoft has set out to release the biggest leap in the Windows operating system yet in Windows 10. What Windows 10 offers is a cleaner interface over previous versions with the most attractive feature being that the upgrade to Windows 10 is free for those that have a legally licensed version of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.

With the release date set for July 29th, Microsoft is giving everyone with Windows 7 or 8 the opportunity to claim their free copy by reserving it now. This is a way to opt easily into the free upgrade ahead of time. From the current information available, those that don’t take advantage of the free upgrade reservation will not miss out on anything – you can still upgrade for free on or after the release date. As far as how far out from the release date that this offer will be valid, it has yet to be confirmed.

For those who have not looked into what Windows 10 offers, below is a quick video to demonstrate some of the major changes and how things flow. We expect the final release of Windows 10 to be a bit more polished with new animations and such versus the beta version in the demonstration you will see in the video below.

Highlighted changes/features of Windows 10

  1. Targeted feedback can be given directly to Microsoft
  2. File history is in its own tab in Properties
  3. Explorer has a new “Home” with your most-used folder locations
  4. You can now pin the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu and Taskbar
  5. Keyboard Shortcuts make Virtual Desktops easier to use
  6. The Command Prompt uses “CTRL-V” Paste function and additional console settings
  7. New Notifications that are displayed similar to incoming messages or e-mail notifications/pop-ups.

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Windows 10 Pirates Looking For A Free Upgrade May be Dead On Arrival

Posted on 19 May 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Microsoft has had their run in with pirates over many years rooting back to the days of Windows 3.1. Software pirates, as you may already know, are individuals who obtain copies of software for free that is normally purchased for a working license. With the release of Windows 10 being as hyped up as it is, Microsoft is conjuring up clever ways to thwart actions of software pirates by retreating from their statements saying that owners of counterfeit copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 will receive a free upgrades to Windows 10 when it drops this summer.

A remarkable and generous offer that would be if Microsoft decided to give away Windows 10 to those running illegal versions of Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft has said that they will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for genuine copies of Windows 7 and 8.1. What does that mean? Simply put, it means you would have to have obtained a valid license to your copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 meaning you would have had to pay for your version of Windows to qualify for the free Windows 10 upgrade.

Microsoft is looking for Windows 10 to be on about 1 billion devices in 3 years, which is no easy feat if everyone has to pay for a new copy of Windows 10. There has been some confusion as to the “talk” surrounding Microsoft providing free copies of Windows 10 as an upgrade for genuine and non-genuine versions of Windows 7 and 8.1.

“With Windows 10, although non-genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a reply to questions on March 19. “If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade,” the spokesperson added (emphasis added).

With this statement putting an end to that original “pirates get free” deal, it brings up the question if those running an illegal copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 could upgrade to Windows 10 at all. As an answer, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “As we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a non-genuine state.”

There has since been some controversy over the comments and blog post made by Terry Myerson, the head of Windows. The blog post has since been edited and has many comments that were recently “closed” chiming in on this situation.

The take away from this is that pirates were ready to pounce on the idea of them getting a free ticket to Windows 10 even though they have negated to change their ways in running illegal copies of Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft has treaded lightly on this case and is doing a bit of damage control as you can witness in the blog post linked here.

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Microsoft Aims To Target Windows 7 Pirates By Asking Verizon For List Of Perpetrators

Posted on 05 May 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Software pirates have long been proponents of stealing applications and sometimes redistributing them for free or sometimes for a price. Business was good for software pirates for many years but lately many are facing the music due to companies like Microsoft, who is fed up and asking for others to assist their efforts to combat the efforts of pirates.

If you were to figure the top piece of software that is pirated you would find Microsoft Windows ranking above most. Over the many years that Microsoft Windows has been available, pirates have found ways to distribute it illegally.

Just a week ago, Microsoft asked a federal court to allow it to server a subpoena on Verizon to force them to hand over the identity of those behind a two-year scheme that supposedly activated hundreds of copies of Windows 7 illegally.

Reportedly, the documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Seattle, the IP address was the main source for the Windows 7 product activations done illegally. The identities of those behind these activations are not known. Moreover, to find out who is responsible it will require Verizon to hand over the subscriber names.

Microsoft has gone through lengths over many years to prosecute those who pirate their software, including the Windows operating system. In many cases it is rare that someone like Microsoft must rely on another large entity to find out who the perpetrators are in pirating their software. This time, Verizon is on the line for Microsoft to be successful in their quest to bring recent software pirates to justice.

Officially, in a complaint files on April 28th, Microsoft laid out the full case for several “John Does” because they do not have the real names of the culprits in the case of pirating Windows 7. The suspect IP address has a history of illegally activating Windows 7. Those behind this scheme have circulated several illegitimate activation keys.

The complaint reads, “Based on the volume and pattern of their activation activity, on information and belief, defendants appear to consist of one or more commercial entities that subsequently distributed those systems to customers who, on information and belief, were unaware they were receiving pirated software.”

Supposedly, the pirates in this case have been operating for two years now. With Microsoft’s hands tied until Verizon cooperates puts them in a sticky situation. Microsoft is prepared to sue once they are able to identify those responsible for the IP address behind pirating Windows 7. Until then, the only stumbling block appears to be Verizon in providing the details needed for identification.

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Microsoft Predicts Windows 10 Will Be On 1 Billion Devices In 3 Years

Posted on 30 April 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

The time is inching closer for the release of Microsoft’s newest and supposedly greatest operating system ever, Windows 10. With an expected release date of July this year, the summer is going to be steamy as Microsoft predicts that their new operating system will be on nearly 1 billion devices within 3 years from drop date.

Windows chief Terry Myerson has made the forecast just this past week on how Windows 10 will account for being in 1 billion devices within 2 to 3 years. Windows 10 goes on sale this summer and was also claimed by Microsoft to jump-start the personal-computer market and entice more tablet and smartphone buyers to choose devices that use Windows.

It is undeniable how the PC market has had its challenges with the surge of mobile and tablet device sales over the past couple of years. However, analysts will explain that the PC market is still strong, and a lot is riding on the success of Windows 10.

Microsoft, in their bold assessment of Windows 10 and their predictions, has reinforced that the operating system will make it easier to turn websites into Windows applications while making it easier for the development of mobile apps and to repurpose work done for other operating systems. In all, life should be a cake walk with Windows 10 for developers in creating Windows 10 apps no matter what platform they are accustomed to.

To add to the conversations about Microsoft’s bold claim of 1 billion Windows 10 devices in 3 years, a single app store will be available for all devices that sport Windows 10. That includes smartphones and tablets if you are wondering.

Sales of Windows have been on a steady decline along with the slow downward motion of the PC market as a whole. After ending the support for Windows XP last year, many customers upgraded their machines during that time, which has now slowed progress in seeking new systems. With the introduction of Windows 10 things could move in the right direction again.

It has yet to be seen, but with Windows 10 on the horizon we and a major insurgence of new advanced hardware ready to support the latest operating system from Microsoft, PC sales may see a big jump and the 1 billion mark in three years may not seem as farfetched as originally thought by many.

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Opera 10.5 Beta Beats Chrome as the Fastest Browser Ever

Posted on 15 February 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Opera's 10.5 browser has soared to new heights, leaving competitors like Internet Explorer far behind.

Opera's 10.5 browser has soared to new heights, leaving competitors like Internet Explorer far behind.

Opera Software has produced the world’s fastest browser.

The software company put all its rivals to shame with Opera 10.5, according to recent software tests.

Opera 10.5 – which is powered by a new JavaScript engine – was released late last week. The tests revealed that Opera 10.5 is nearly 15% faster than Safari for Windows and almost 20% faster than Google’s Chrome. Previously, Safari and Chrome held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots as the fastest browsers.

Opera’s preview was more than twice as fast as Mozilla’s Firefox 3.6, over eight times faster than Opera 10.10, and 10 times faster than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), placing it miles ahead of competitors.

Opera has been also ran in JavaScript speed tests for almost two years, ever since developers working on WebKit, the open-source browser engine that powers Apple’s Safari, began bragging about massive JavaScript performance increases. Since then Mozilla built a new JavaScript engine for Firefox, and Google upped the ante with Chrome. The only browser Opera regularly beat in JavaScript races was the sluggish IE8.

Opera 10.5 features a new JavaScript rendering engine called Carakan which has a new vector graphics library called Vega that handles all graphics in the browser. Opera claims that Vega produces graphics three times faster than the library used by Opera 10.10, the company’s current browser.

Other additions include a new interface which reduces the space for menus, support for Windows 7′s Aero Peek and Jump List features, an address bar that brings the history and bookmark search of Firefox’s Awesomebar to Opera, and the ability to mark any tab as private so there’s no record of sites visited.

Opera 10.5′s beta is available for Windows, but alpha builds of the Mac and Linux versions can be downloaded from the Opera Desktop Team blog.

The Norwegian browser maker has not set a date for 10.5 to be shipped, but has revealed that versions for Windows will hit the shelves shortly. Opera says when final code for Windows is released, betas for Mac and Linux betas will be ready.

Have you downloaded the new Opera version? How does compare to the other web browsers that you use?

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