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Want The Windows 10 Preview? Make Sure You Know What You’re Doing

Want The Windows 10 Preview? Make Sure You Know What You’re Doing

The announcement of a new Windows version in September 2014 came as no surprise. There had been ongoing speculations about the launch of a Windows upgrade which should have rightfully been called Windows 9 – but with the announcement in September, we found out that it has been coined Windows 10. This indicates the big leap the new version will mark in terms of the features.

Windows 10 will offer a significant advancement from Windows 8. It is still being developed and will probably be launched with introductory features. Advanced options will follow in the form of regular windows updates. As of now, a technical preview of Windows 10 has been launched.

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    The Big Question: Windows 10, Free or Paid?

    While Microsoft launches a new upgrade in a cycle of two to three years (this holds true for Windows Vista, 7 and 8), Windows 10 is expected to be the benchmark version for many years to come. Though Windows 10 is still in the testing phase, the excitement for its launch is widespread. And the big question on the minds of most Windows 8 users is: will it be offered as a free upgrade or will they have to pay?

    In the past, Microsoft has never offered operating systems for free, but it changed this trend by launching Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade to the users. Also, keeping in mind the apparent failure of Windows 8 to please the audience as much as it’s preceding version (Windows 7), offering the latest Windows version as a free upgrade is the least Microsoft can do to gain back the trust and loyalty of its customers. Be it free or paid, the hype that Windows 10 has managed to accumulate even before its launch can vouch for a huge number of sales. As such, it may be a good idea to keep some important pointers in mind before upgrading to the prototype of Windows 10.

    1. Remember that this upgrade is for experienced users

    This message has been circulated by Microsoft with much emphasis. If you have never performed tasks like formatting a hard drive, backing up data, installing an operating system, troubleshooting problems, and similar and the like, this upgrade will not sit well with you. You will find it difficult to work with Windows 10 if you use a computer only for surfing the internet, e-mailing or working on documents. Users who feel that they don’t really know their way around their computer should not download this upgrade.

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    2. Try not to install it on a computer that you use every day

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview is just an introduction. It will have bugs and might crash easily and often. Hence installing it on a frequently used computer might prove to be inconvenient. Install it on a separate machine which you can reserve for playing around with the pre-release.

    3. Back up your existing data

    This is a crucial step whenever you switch between operating systems or upgrade to a latest one. Make sure you back up all vital documents to external drives or to the cloud before starting with the upgrade.

    4. Sign up with the Windows Insider Program

    To get regular updates for Windows 10 from Microsoft, sign up with the Windows Insider Program. Signing up means that you clearly understand the risks of installing an under-development operating system and you cannot hold Microsoft responsible for any system crash or loss of data you’ve not backed up.

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    5. Free up enough space for the download

    Windows 10 Technical Preview download is a large ISO file. Though the size depends upon whether you download the 32 bit or 64 bit file and in which language, it will still make up for close to 4GB in size. So make sure your hard drive has enough space free to save the download. Thereafter, if you need to install Windows 10 on a fresh PC, burn the ISO file on a DVD or removable drive.

    6. The Technical Preview comes with an expiration date

    The pre-release of Windows 10 comes with an expiration date. As of April 15, 2015, your Windows Technical Preview will stop working. So make sure you satisfy yourself with all playing around and testing on it before this date. Microsoft may release a beta version of the pre-release by then. Users will start getting update reminders on April 1, 2015.

    7. Microsoft may want to look inside your PC

    This actually isn’t as scary as it sounds. In case of unexpected crashes or newfound bugs, Microsoft may scan your PC to know more. Thus, don’t install the Technical Preview on any machine on which you have heavy duty privacy settings.

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    8. It installs in a click on a Windows 8 PC

    The Windows Technical Preview installation procedure is fairly simple on a Windows 8 or 8.1 machine. It’s as simple as mounting the ISO and executing the setup.exe file. Once you double-click the setup.exe, it’s a click-next process.

    9. Re-install specific language packages

    Any additionally installed language packs will need to be re-installed when you update to Windows 10 Technical Preview. The installation will prompt you to do so.

    10. Once installed, going back is not an option

    Once you have upgraded from a Windows 8 or 8.1 machine, downgrading will not be possible using recovery partition. You’ll specifically have to re-install the previous OS.

    So…

    If you’re crazy about trying out software that’s still under development and generally like to share your opinion about it, you should definitely try out Windows Technical Preview.

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    Published on June 5, 2020

    Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

    Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

    There are different reasons why you might need to buy an extra keyboard. Your keyboard may be wearing out and one can only imagine the frustration you get each time you type ‘O’ when you actually wanted to type ‘P’.

    Apart from your keyboard wearing out, desiring more comfort and flexibility and reducing pain in your wrists and fingers as you type might be your main reason. You may also want to maintain the recommended minimum distance of 40cm away from the screen[1] or just want to have some additional functionalities on your keyboard which are not available on most keyboards.

    Whatever the reason, we all want to have the best keyboard that will suit our needs.

    Here are the 10 best keyboards under $99 available on Amazon. They were picked based on their ergonomic design and extra functionalities.

    Why You Should Trust Us

    We checked Amazon to find the keyboards that have multiple functionalities, promises comfort, have received several reviews, and rated at least 4-star from real users. At a price below $100, we believe that you can find the best keyboard for you on this list.

    1. Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

    4.3-star, 8950 Reviews

      The Logitech MK 550 keyboard has a constant curve layout and integrated palm rest to reduce stress, eliminate lower wrist fatigue, and help you type more naturally.

      If you want something that allows easy navigation, then this might be the best keyboard for you. It has 18 programmable keys that you will find pretty useful if you frequently use apps that require rapid navigation.

      It also has an accompanying precision laser mouse that makes screen navigation much easier and faster than using your touchpad.

      One of the things that set this keyboard apart from the rest is its long battery life. You can continue to use your keyboard and mouse for 2 years without thinking of changing the battery; the keyboard’s battery can even last up to three years.

      If you are a programmer, secretary, writer, or you do something that requires typing a lot, this is a product you might want to consider.

      Pros:

      • Long battery life
      • A combination of keyboard and mouse
      • Wireless keyboard
      • Integrated palm rest to reduce wrist fatigue

      Cons:

      • Only compatible with Windows-based PC. Additional set up might be required to use with Mac or Linux.
      • The keyboard can be a little noisy when typing

      You can buy this from Amazon for $46.99.

      2. Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wired Keyboard 4000 for Business

      4.3-star, 5388 reviews

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        This is an ergonomic keyboard with a cord (about 6ft long). It has a comfortable design that enhances your natural hand, wrist, and forearm positions when in use. It also has a cushioned palm rest which helps maintain a neutral wrist position, eliminating wrist pain.

        The keyboard has 5 customizable buttons that you can assign specific commands to make your work easier and faster. This may be the best keyboard for you if you love ergonomic keyboards.

        Pros

        • Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux
        • Relatively quiet
        • Sturdy, doesn’t swivel around

        Cons

        • The keyboard is a little bulky
        • Spacebar might be sticky at first
        • It doesn’t have a wireless version
        • Not good for gaming
        • Some letters and characters might begin to wear off with use

        You can buy this from Amazon for $59.95.

        3. Razer Huntsman Gaming Keyboard

        4.6-stars, 1442 Reviews

          If you are looking for a superfast keyboard, the Razer Huntsman gaming keyboard is one to consider. Its new Razer Opto-Mechanical switches utilize optical technology for unmatched speed.

          The keyboard’s Razer Chroma syncs fully with popular games, and its Razer hardware supports 16.8 million colors on backlit keys. It has fully programmable macros that allow for the execution of complex commands through all keys and keypress combinations.

          This keyboard is originally made for gamers, but many users choose it for its super-fast speed rather than for gaming itself.

          Pros

          • Works for Mac and PC
          • Stiff enough to avoid typos
          • Superfast and customizable

          Cons

          • Because it’s clicky, it might be disturbing in an office environment
          • The Synapse software is bad and might not install on Windows 10

          You can buy this from Amazon for $89.99.

          4. Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

          4.5-stars, 3115 Reviews

            This is a membrane keyboard for enhanced performance, whether you are working or gaming. It is designed to give you pleasant gaming experience with three zones of tweakable RGB backlight.

            One of the features that make the Corsair K55 keyboard stand out is its dust and spill resistance, so you don’t have to worry about wiping off spills. It also has a detachable palm rest to reduce wrist pain when you are gaming or on a prolonged work.

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            It has multi-key anti-ghosting features so those keypress combinations are executed without hassles. You also have direct control over your audio with the dedicated volume and media control keys.

            Pros

            • Competitive at its price
            • No software needed for RGB lighting
            • Quiet keys
            • Programmable keys
            • Media buttons are included

            Cons

            • Caps Lock and Num Lock indicators might stop working intermittently
            • Game hangs for about 30 – 60 seconds whenever you use a controller

            You can buy this from Amazon for $49.88.

            5. Apple Magic Keyboard

            4.6-stars, 1328 Reviews

              The most remarkable thing about the Apple Magic keyboard is its rechargeable batteries and the fact that it can be used to enhance your typing experience on smaller devices such as the iPad and iPhone.

              This keyboard can pair with any apple device that runs on IOS 9.1 and up. Therefore you can use the keyboard to type long text messages and emails on your iPhone. This may be the best keyboard for Mac.

              Pros

              • Comes with rechargeable batteries
              • Though made for Mac, it’s also compatible with PC

              Cons

              • The keys are not lit
              • Some keys, especially the arrow keys are quite small
              • Be careful, refurbished items might be sold as new

              You can buy this from Amazon for $94.

              6. Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

              4.1-stars, 20,735 reviews

                This is another great product from Logitech, especially for people on a tight budget. Like MK550, this keyboard also comes with a paired mouse and does have a long battery life as well.

                Although cheap, Logitech still maintained the connectivity signal of 2.4 GHz, so you can use the keyboard within a 10m range and there won’t be dropouts. It also has 8 programmable hotkeys to boost your productivity when you type.

                Pros

                • Long battery life: the keyboard battery lasts up to a year while that of the mouse lasts for two years.
                • Programmable hotkeys to boost productivity
                • Budget-friendly
                • Optical mouse included
                • Wireless keyboard

                Cons

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                • Build quality is low
                • The paired mouse looks cheap
                • There might be random keystrokes delay

                You can buy this from Amazon for $24.99.

                7. Redragon K552-RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

                4.6-stars, 1482 Reviews

                  This is a mechanical anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with RGB backlighting and lettering and conflict-free keys (n-key Rollover) to provide ultimate gaming experience.

                  This keyboard has adjustable rear feet to give you a typing angle to work fast and comfortably. It also has 12 multimedia keys to enhance gaming.

                  You won’t have to worry about your keys in tough gaming conditions as this keyboard is built with metal alloy and ABS with plate-mounted clicky mechanical keys and switches. It comes with a high-speed USB cable and a connection to establish a firm connection so you can enjoy gaming without hassles.

                  Pros

                  • Sturdy and compact; saves space on your desktop
                  • It has swappable switches
                  • A good buy for its price

                  Cons

                  • Clicky keys and loud switches. It may not be suitable where some level of silence is required.
                  • Some LEDs might break with continued use
                  • Support for Mac is limited, only Windows PCs are fully supported.

                  You can buy this from Amazon for $44.99.

                  8. Havit Mechanical Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                  4.4-star, 1116 reviews

                    This is an RGB lighting keyboard and mouse. It’s an all-metal panel mechanical keyboard with a floating design. It has 104 keys and each of the keys has individual switches with full n-key rollover.

                    The keyboard is ergonomic and has a detachable wrist rest to reduce stress and pain on your wrist. The mouse is also programmable and has DPI levels adjustable up to 4800 DPI. You can even customize your own lighting layouts on the keyboard and it stores and retains your configurations.

                    This keyboard is compatible with Windows, MAC, and Linux. If you like mechanical keyboards, this might be the best keyboard you’re looking for.

                    Pros

                    • Impressive build quality
                    • Great buy for its price
                    • Universal compatibility

                    Cons

                    • The blue switches in the keys are pretty noisy.
                    • Some keys might begin to malfunction with prolonged use.

                    You can buy this from Amazon for $62.99.

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                    9. Havit Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard Mouse Headset Combo

                    4.4-star, 6772 ratings

                      This is a complete gaming kit with an RGB lighting keyboard, mouse, and headset, all combined and synced together to give you that ‘rave’ feeling when you are gaming.

                      The headphone’s breathable soft fabric earpads and memory foam provide exceptional comfort. It also has a 50 mm sound driver and virtual surround sound for precision audio as you game.

                      Keyboard and mouse are plug and play and has universal compatibility. The headphone is also compatible with different devices and games, such as PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox, Xbox ONE, Nintendo, mobiles, tablets, and laptops.

                      Although the value for money lies in using it for gaming, it works well for just any other thing that other keyboards can do.

                      Pros

                      • The keyboard is well built and looks great
                      • Keys are solid and clicky
                      • Bright LEDs are bright and come pre-configured with lots of different lighting patterns.

                      Cons

                      • The keys are light but loud
                      • The headset is a bit bulky

                      You can buy this from Amazon for $90.99.

                      10. Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                      4.2-star, 3101 Reviews

                        You already know that Logitech produces wireless keyboards and mouse combo with batteries that last up to three years at an estimated two million stroke per year of office use. You also know that their keyboard has a cushion palm rest for the comfort of your wrist.

                        What you may find interesting in this particular model is its LCD dashboard that displays the icon status of your battery, caps lock, scroll lock, and number lock all at a glance. This might be the best keyboard and mouse combo by Logitech you can find.

                        Pros

                        • The keyboard is sturdy and does not wobble on a work desk.
                        • Keys are solid and soft, making typing comfortable

                        Cons

                        • Letters might start wearing out after some months of use.
                        • Only compatible with Windows operating systems

                        You can buy this from Amazon for $49.99.

                        Bottom Line

                        You will always find a keyboard with good functionalities for a price of less than $100. It is advisable, however, to choose one that is compatible with different operating systems and can connect to different devices.

                        Find the Best Keyboard for You

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