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Windows 10 is getting its first mega-update on Thursday

After updating your Windows 10 PC, your computer will boot faster, your photos will be clearer, reminders will be easier to set, and your PC will perform more smoothly. But Windows 10 won’t look any different — most of the improvements are under the hood.

It’s essentially Windows 10’s first “service pack,” the term Microsoft had used for its occasional major updates that squash bugs and add new features. Just don’t call it a service pack. Microsoft is touting its new “Windows as a service” model with Windows 10, by constantly upgrading the software. “We’re just calling it the November update,” said Yusuf Mehdi, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group. “We’re signaling that we’re moving away from that service pack idea — but in truth it is every bit a service pack.” Windows 10 will continue to evolve over time as customers provide feedback.

Microsoft says the new update will make Windows 10 boot 30% faster than Windows 7 PCs. The Edge browser will get a Chrome-like feature, allowing people to sync their favorites across all Windows 10 devices. You’ll be able to use handwriting to set reminders in the Cortana virtual assistant app. And a host of driver updates will help make Windows 10 PCs take better photos and run more smoothly.

The update is also huge for corporate customers. Microsoft is giving Windows 10 a host of new features that make it ready for broad deployment in business environments. For example, after the update, IT managers will get control over how their Windows 10 devices get updated within their organization. This “feature” or lack thereof, was a major stumbling block causing many corporate customers to avoid the Windows 10 upgrade completely.

Currently, more than 110 million PCs are already running Windows 10, which only debuted on July 29, making it the fastest adoption for any version of Windows in history. Now that it’s ready for the corporate world, Microsoft is expecting Windows 10 to be the fastest-ever upgrade for businesses as well. Xboxes will also be getting Windows 10 upgrades Thursday.

Microsoft’s goal is to have Windows 10 running on more than 1 billion devices by 2018.

Tis The Giving Season – Don’t Get Scammed!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us consider making donations to charitable organizations this time of year. It’s also the time when scammers work their hardest to profit from that generosity.

There have been some truly devious scams by fake cancer charities this year. For example, organizations with names that sound reputable – such as the Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society – were found to have cheated donors out of $187 million dollars before federal and local enforcement agencies moved to shut them down.

How To Detect Charity Scams
It may not always be easy to tell whether a caller asking for a donation is legitimate. The Federal Trade Commission says these warning signs should make you suspicious:

1: The “Charity” can’t provide details about how donations are used.
2: The caller can’t provide proof – like a Federal tax ID number – that it’s a qualified charity and that your donation is tax-deductible
3: The caller pushes you to donate immediately
4: You’re asked to wire a donation
5: The caller thanks you for a pledge you never made to convince you that you’ve already agreed to donate.

Your decision to make a donation is generous, but you need to be vigilant if you plan to make that donation online as well. Scammers are looking to steal not just your money, but also your personal information. Follow these steps to protect yourself and ensure that your money gets to the causes you wish to support.

Protecting Yourself From Online Scams – 6 Things To Watch Out For

1: Don’t Respond To Email Solicitations
2: Delete Unsolicited Emails with Attachments
3: Be Inspired by Social Media, But Still Do Your Homework
4: Be Leary Of People Who Contact You Online Claiming To Be A Victim
5: Search Out The Charity’s Authorized Website
6: Give Through A Reputable and Secure Service

So before you write that donation check or enter your credit card information, take a minute to check out the organizations you’re considering using these online charity watchdogs. The information provided will also make it easier to see where your dollars provide the greatest impact.

The 3 Major Charity Watchdogs:
The Wise Giving Alliance –
Charity Navigator –
Charity Watch –

They all evaluate charities by looking at a number of factors, including how much of your donation actually reaches the causes you want to support.

Microsoft Tweaks Windows 10 Upgrade Process

Only 3 months into the Windows 10 release and Microsoft is changing the process for upgrading users. Windows Update will soon be showing Windows 10 as an “optional update” for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. However, Microsoft plans to bump it up to a “recommended update” sometime “early next year,” according to the announcement.

The operating system could automatically install as a recommended update, depending on an organization’s Windows Update settings, Microsoft warned. However, it will be possible to roll back these Windows 10 upgrades within 31 days if wanted.

Media Creation Tool
Another change is that Microsoft plans to enhance its free Media Creation Tool to facilitate upgrades to Windows 10 Home and Pro editions. It’s not clear exactly what will be enhanced, though, based on Microsoft’s announcement. The tool can be downloaded and used to create 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 ISOs, either for upgrades or clean installs across multiple machines. The ISOs get created using DVDs or USB drives.

Reservations Going Away
It seems that this scenario is changing. Microsoft explained today that it is now dispensing with the reservation system for Windows 10 upgrades. That system let people sign up to get Windows 10, but they’d still have to wait months for the installation to actually happen. Now, if the upgrade invite is accepted, Microsoft’s Windows Update service will install Windows 10 right away.

Upgraders will get a notice when the downloaded files are available to install Windows 10. Once installed, users will have 31 days to roll back to the old Windows, if they want to. The rollback is possible because Microsoft now keeps “a full copy of your previous operating system on your device — including apps and settings,” over that 31 day time period.
Those Windows users who are eligible for the free upgrade but who just don’t want Windows 10 have a new option. They can use the Settings control in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to decline getting future Windows 10 upgrade notices, Microsoft’s announcement indicated.

‘Non-Genuine’ Upgrades

Microsoft’s corporate goal is to get Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by its fiscal-year 2018. Its free upgrade offer bumped Windows 10 use to 75 million devices back in August. This month, Microsoft is claiming there are “more than 110 million devices” running Windows 10. To prod more upgrades, Microsoft is planning an experiment in the U.S. market for so-called “non-Genuine” Windows users.

Non-Genuine Windows users will get a “one-click” Windows 10 upgrade opportunity. It will allow them to change the device’s product key on the fly via a link to the Windows Store allowing them to buy a legitimate Windows 10 product key. If the experiment proves successful in the U.S. market, Microsoft could expand it to other markets.

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