Improvements in Windows Update


With Windows 10 Build 15063 Microsoft have made updating more flexible for Windows 10 Pro.

Active hours now has a maximum of 18 hours opposed to 12:

There is now the Current Branch for Business (which gives more of an emphasis on Security opposed to Feature Updates and gives only thoroughly tested Updates):

There is the option to pause updates for a week. This means you can safely set up your computer for an overnight measurement/render/simulation without worrying about Windows 10 auto-restarting:

For more details see Managing Windows Update in Windows 10.

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Windows 10 Build 15063, Version 1703, RS2, Creator’s Update Guides


Windows 10 RS2 Build 15063/Version 1703/Creator’s Update


Your OEM Product Keys

Windows 10 RS2 installation media is multi-Edition and will automatically input the SLP key from the MSDM for all the following OEM licenses:

Win10HomeWin8HomeWin8Bingwin10ProWin8Pro

This installation media will also accept the Windows 7 Product Key from the COA:

Windows 7 COA

For more details about your Product Key see:

The following is just a demonstration proving that Windows 7 OEM and Windows 8.x OEM keys still act as Windows 10 OEM keys as you may be told elsewhere that the Free Upgrade is over:


Installation Guide – Download and Clean Install (from Windows)


Installation Guides – Download and Upgrade Install (from Windows)

The Upgrade Install only works for a system running Windows 7, Windows 8.x or an earlier build of Windows 10. Upgrade Installs are not supported on Windows Vista.


Installation Guides – Download and Clean Install (from Linux)


Windows 7

Variant A – Downloading installation media from Dell (Dell only Intel Based Skylake systems with Windows 7 Pro OEM Downgrade Rights).

Variant B Downloading installation media from Microsoft (All OEMs).

Windows Vista Reaches End of Life


End of OS Support

  • 11 Apr 2017: Windows Vista reaches End of Life and no security patches will be released since. See here for more details.
  • 08 Apr 2014: Windows XP reached End of Life (>3 years ago) and no security patches have been released since. See here for more details.

End of Browser Support

  • 27 Sep 2016: FireFox 53 Drops support for Windows Vista and Windows XP see here for more details.
  • 12 Jan 2016: Support for all versions of Internet Explorer except for Internet Explorer 11. See here for more details.
  • 01 May 2016: Google have just dropped support for Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Some How to Tutorial Videos


A assortment of new tutorial videos I’ve made.

Screen Recording using Debut Video Capture

Debut video capture is available here:

http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/

Referencing using Mendeley Desktop

Mendeley Desktop is available here:

https://www.mendeley.com/download-mendeley-desktop/

Scanning a Colour Document, Straightening ot, Cleaning it up and Performing OCR for Free

Gimp is available here:

https://www.gimp.org/

PDFill Free Tools are available here:

https://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html

PDF XChange Viewer is available here:

http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

Creating an Animated GIF using Image J

Image J (FiJi) is available here:

http://fiji.sc/

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement to use an Unsigned Driver in Windows 10

 

 

Converting a Windows XP OEM Physical Machine into a Retail Virtual Machine

This one has a written guide:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/installation-of-windows-and-linux-on-a-virtual-machine-using-vmware-player/converting-a-windows-xp-oem-physical-machine-into-a-windows-xp-corporate-or-retail-virtual-machine-using-vmware-vcentre-converter/

PhD Thesis – Nanometrology using Time-Resolved Fluorescence


A couple of months ago I finished my PhD. I have made basic tutorial video on some of the basics of Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Super-Resolution Microscopy.

Fluorescence Emission and Rayleigh Scattering

dSTORM – direct Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy

Something more scientific related to my field of work. For those interested you may see my completed PhD thesis:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305654118_Nanometrology_using_Time-Resolved_Fluorescence

Missed the “Windows 10 Free Upgrade”? – What next?


Microsoft had heavily been marketing a 1 Year Free Upgrade for Windows 10 from Windows 7 and windows 8.1. That 1 Year Ended on the 29/07/2016. Now Microsoft at different levels; website, technical support and marketing state the Free Upgrade has Ended however they do so with some inconsistencies. There is a post about Accessibility users with a slightly newer upgrade assistant here.

FreeUpgradeEnds.png

Despite all the statements from Microsoft Marketing stating the Free Upgrade has Ended it appears:

  1. Slight changes have been made to Windows 10 Installation Media*.
  2. No changes have been made to Windows 10 Activation Servers**.

At current the Windows 10 RS1 .iso will accept Windows 7/8.1 OEM and Retail keys during installation. This is expected as otherwise users will install the incorrect Edition. However fresh keys also continue to activate systems not already been made Windows 10 Device. For more Details see Download a Windows 10 OEM and Retail .iso.

* 07/08/2016 There appears to have been some minor changes to the Windows 10 RS1 Media Creation Tool and Windows Installation Files is an Upgrade Install is attempted. These changes mean the user is asked for a Windows 10 Product Key and Windows 7/8.x keys are rejected. These changes are very minor and can be overcame with a few clicks.

** 10/08/2016 Tested 3 systems with Windows 7 Pro OEM Licenses that weren’t Windows 10 Pro Devices. Clean installation of Windows 10 Pro with the product key input during installation of afterwards in settings lead to Microsoft Product Activation and the systems being designated Windows 10 Pro Devices.

** 10/08/2016 Tested the 10130 Upgrade Path in a Fresh VM. It still works:

For more details see:

It is extremely unlikely that Windows 10 RS1 installation media stops accepting Windows 7/8.x keys during installation as the wrong Edition of Windows may be installed resulting in many Product Activation issues…

If the Product Key is rejected in System/Settings when Windows 10 tries to contact the activation server it’ll also cause Product Activation issues. I don’t think this is likely to happen; it depends if Microsoft want to get serious about stopping offering the Free Upgrade…