Press [Windows] and [ v ] to open the Windows Clipboard. This will allow you to paste not only the last text you have copied but all text before hand.
Currently it works only with text, hopefully it will work with images.
Suggestion: Updated Character Map
Lets Hope [Windows] and [ c ] for a modern character map which looks more like the Equation Editor in Microsoft Word and lays out items in a sensible manner such as Basic Math, Greek Letters, Letter-Like Symbols, Operators and Arrows…
It appears with the new SMBIOS Version of 3.0 that Dell have substantially updated the user interface of their UEFI BIOS Setup akin to Settings in Windows 10. Here is my new XPS 9365 vs an older OptiPlex 7010.
Has been updated to Redstone 3 – Version 1709 (build 16299.15)
The Media Creation Tool only allows one to select Windows 10 under Edition. However the new installation .iso appears to be multi-Edition including the new Windows 10 S Edition and the European Commission N Editions:
The new Windows 10 S (Secure) only lets you install Apps from the Store. In other words it is limited and you are only allowed to install Apps from the Windows 10 Store.
This is what happens if you try and launch an .exe:
You get this error message:
With the failure of Windows Phone, Microsoft must be desperate to get developers writing Apps for their Store and are using a cheap base Edition of Windows as a ransom for many end users to entice developers to do so.
Then right click the button and select Settings → Update and Security → Windows Insider Program and change your settings to the Fast Track. Although updated RTM installation .isos will likely be available via the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool in a couple of weeks.
Microsoft Edge now can be used as a proper PDF reader. Microsoft have finally supported PDF bookmarks into Microsoft Edge something I’ve requested since the original release of Windows 10 TH1 (Version 1507):
There is also a tab preview and more support for writing with a stylus:
Also they have put in the ability for full screen viewing:
Since today is Canada’s 150th Dominion Day I have put together the following chart highlighting the historical ties between the United Kingdom and Canada. Please feel free to share and distribute it.
Canada – Kanata (Iroquoian) means “Settlement, Village or Land”.
On this day 150 years ago (1st of July 1867) Canada became a Dominion of the British Empire. A Dominion is an “autonomous Community with the British Empire”. In other words a political equal to the United Kingdom equal in status and in no way subordinate in any aspect. Dominions are united by common allegiance to the Crown and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam
They desire a better country
A Mari Usque Ad Mare
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth
And for Dominion Day my Canadian Red Ensign is out flying. Another grey sky in Glasgow, Scotland.
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.
Despite all the statements from Microsoft Marketing stating the Free Upgrade has Ended it appears:
Slight changes have been made to Windows 10 Installation Media*.
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:
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…
If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 TH2 you will get a 2 day countdown from the GWX (Get Windows 10 Nagware).
I decided to change my date/time in my UEFI BIOS and I got this.
The Windows 10 TH2 Media Creation Tool seems to be unphased by the date change however.
Note that the Windows 10 TH2 Media Creation Tool seems to be completely unphased by the fact that the system’s date has changed. This may be because either it connects to Microsoft Servers and the servers report the true date or alternatively because Microsoft have no intention on stopping the Free Upgrade. More testing needs to be done.
If the Free Upgrade period ends as Microsoft Marketing are aggressively stating (personally I don’t think it will as Windows 7/Windows 8.1 Product Keys are too embedded with Windows 10 product Activation) then you have a mere 4 days left to upgrade if you haven’t already.
This guide here gives detailed notes on A Clean Installation:
I made a Recovery Drive of Windows 10 14383 from my Latitude 7350 and clean installed it on an OptiPlex 390 system which has never been made a Windows 10 Pro Device:
I then used the OptiPlex 390’s Windows 7 OEM Key to activate Windows 10 RS1 Insider Preview.
I have completed the same test with build 14393. There isno audio here as the results are identical:
Notes: As we have everything updated in these Insider builds to match the final release in order to stamp out the last bugs – this includes the license agreement, Edition and lack of watermark. Then we can say for sure that as far as the Operating System is concerned Unused Windows 7 OEM keys are still accepted. Any changes to Product Activation are not incorporated into the installation media but this not rule out changes in the Microsoft Product Activation Server.
My personal opinion is the Free Upgrade will continue after the 29th of July… Windows 7/Windows 8.x keys are too embedded into Windows 10 and the deliberate breakage of product activation without time for testing on an Insider Preview build is a really silly move for Microsoft.
I have bought several second hand Windows 7 OptiPlex 390/790/7010 models this week that aren’t yet upgraded to Windows 10. I plan on using these to see if the Free Upgrade will continue to work after the 1 Year Free Upgrade period. I will report my findings…