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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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    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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