Although Windows 10 commands 47 percent of the Windows PC market worldwide and continues to show steady growth, Windows 7 still remains a fan-favorite, falling into second place with a 39 percent market share. And while Windows 10 is a more secure, modern platform, there are methods of keeping the Windows 7 aesthetics without sacrificing all the benefits provided by Microsoft’s latest platform. There’s no simple way of switching on a Windows 7 mode, but there are number of things you can change using third-party software and built-in settings. Before starting, as always, you should create a restore point in Windows 10 to revert back to the state before you converted the interface to Windows 7. Change the Start Menu Step 1: For starters, Classic Shell comes highly recommended and serves as a good starting point. With this free tool, you can modify the Windows 10 Start Menu to resemble the version provided in Windows 7. Once installed, you’ll see six entries on … [Read more...] about How to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7
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One of the things I typically spend time doing after holidays and birthdays is helping family members with new PCs, which invariably these days come with Windows 10. I notice one thing in common across all of these little projects: All of the recipients ask me how to make Windows 10 look like the Windows they’re used to — usually Windows 7, or in some cases, Windows 8.1. Things like putting the Start menu back, bringing back functional search, fixing high-DPI display issues, removing Cortana, and so on.None of these family members really wants to rip and replace Windows 10 with a previous version of the OS, but they want Windows 10 to have the interface to which they are accustomed. “Make it look like it did before!” is a familiar cry in the workplace as well, as more and more enterprises make the move to Windows 10.In this piece, I’m offering advice on how to do just that: make Windows 10 look like Windows 7 (or Windows 8.1, if you are so inclined). This … [Read more...] about 5 ways to make Windows 10 act like Windows 7
Video By Vadim Yuryev Saturday, April 21, 2018, 02:58 pm PT (05:58 pm ET) The 2018 iPad is a massive leap forward for the tablet line, making it an attractive purchase for new users who may not know all the things that can be done with it. AppleInsider compiles a list of must-learn functions for the new iPad everyone should try out. Apple's 2018 iPad is now on the market, and from all of our testing, we can safely say that there has never been a better time to buy a new iPad. Priced at a budget-friendly $329, packing Apple's powerful A10 Fusion processor, and the first iPad outside of the iPad Pro range to gain Apple Pencil support, it is hard not to recommend it as an upgrade or as someone's first iPad. The power and ability to use the Apple Pencil also makes it a flexible tool for working, and it has quite a few tricks up its sleeve that, while power users will be familiar with them, those new to iPad will find them beneficial to learn. With that in mind, we have compiled a … [Read more...] about Watch: Top 10 features of the new iPad you should learn to use
Microsoft is readying the release of its semi-annual update to Windows 10. Following last fall's Fall Creators Update, the upcoming update is expected to be called Spring Creators Update (or something along those lines). I've been using the final beta of the update -- Windows 10, version 1803 -- to get a sense of the new features and design tweaks it'll bring to Windows 10. You'll find more elements of Microsoft's Fluent Design System that it introduced last fall but nothing in the way of drastic changes to the way Windows looks. There are, of course, a number of new and useful features coming your way with Spring Creators Update. Here are the headlines.Editors' note: This story will be updated when the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is officially released.TimelineTask View now understands the passage of time. Prior to Spring Creators Update, when you clicked the Task View button to the right of Cortana (or pressed the Windows key + Tab), it showed you thumbnails of your active … [Read more...] about The 7 best new features of Windows 10 Spring Creators Update
Best Windows 10 web browser: The favorites for 2017 [This post has been completely updated and republished several times since its initial publication in 2013. Most recent update: July 26, 2017.] Microsoft has a well-established support lifecycle for its software products. As I've noted before, it's basically an agreement that the company makes with everyone who purchases a license to use its core products, Windows (desktop and server) and Office. That assurance of support is especially important for business customers, who tend to be conservative in their approach to upgrades. Historically, the support lifecycle for each new version of Windows or Office is 10 years, with mainstream support for five years and extended support for another five years. (For details on what each support phase means and how end-of-support dates are calculated, see the end of this post.) The 10-year support lifecycle is in the process of changing, as Microsoft moves to its "Windows as a service" … [Read more...] about When will Microsoft end support for your version of Windows or Office?