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Windows 10 Is Forcing Itself Onto Your PC And No You Can’t Stop It.

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If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8 you probably have noticed all the prompts and emails advising you to upgrade to Windows 10. Following two months of launching the upgrade Microsoft has admitted to automatically trying to install itself onto your PC.

So what’s going on? As indicated by Microsoft the flaw lies with a bug in a automatic update it started launching to Windows 7 and Windows 8 clients in August which set off the attempted auto installations. Microsoft didn’t tell which particular update it was, however affirmed it left error code “0×80240020” (now recorded as ‘080240020’) in Windows log files when the update eventually failed.

Back in September Microsoft confessed to downloading Windows 10 onto every Windows 7 and Windows 8 system. Then in October when these downloads stated installing without the users permission Microsoft stated that it was an “accident”. Now this “accident” has been confirmed as a secret test as Microsoft has come forward and stated that upgrades to Windows 10 aare about to take place sometime next year in 2016.
As the upgrades all happened quietly and out of sight, those affected would only know once they restarted their PC. For those PCs where the upgrade started but then failed in the background (evidently a high extent of them did) they’d be unaware without checking their installation history in the middle of August and November

Now Windows 10 has been re-classed as an “Optional” update for Windows 7 and 8. Users who have automatic updates enabled will find that the Windows 10 installation process will begin automatically and they will need to manually cancel it to avoid upgrading.

“Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device,”

– Terry Myerson, Windows and Devices Group Executive Vice President

In early 2016 Microsoft will reclassify windows 10 as a “recommended update. If you are PC savvy then you know that “Recommended” updates are downloaded and installed automatically in windows 7 and 8. This means the vast majority of users will find Windows 10 on their machines when they boot up or restart their systems.

I tried to rollback Windows 10 to Windows 7 on my PC and the process did not work. I had to reformat and reinstall Windows 7. Windows 10 is forcing itself onto your PC and no you can’t stop it.

Kangaroo The Amazing $99 Windows 10 Portable PC

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Kangaroo The Amazing $99 Windows 10 Portable PC

 

Today a Company called InFocus rolled out the “Kangaroo”. Not the marsupial from Australia that we all know and love. But a $99 Windows 10 portable PC that “goes anywhere and works with any screen.” The phrase “mobile desktop” isn’t a new one and has been around for some time now. However unlike those bulky mobile PC’s this PC is a truly mobile PC. The Kangaroo is about the size of a smartphone and just like any old desktop you still need a keyboard, mouse, monitor as well as some additional ports.

The Kangaroo is available on Newegg now, and will go on sale at the Microsoft Store by mid-November.

Kangaroo is made up of a black satin aluminum case and is powered by an Intel Cherrytrail (Z8500) SOC,. It has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (only about 18GB is free when you first start it (because of Windows 10, but storage is expandable via a microSD card), and an on-board battery (up to four hours of “casual use”). I wonder what they consider casual use?

With the separate Kangaroo Dock you get an HDMI port as well as two USB ports. You can also change out for future docks.

 

Windows Hello (the finger print reader on the side) allows you to log in without the need for a pin or password. It is fast and simple to set up. With just a few taps your finger print is saved and no more passwords (yay). You can just press your finger on the reader and access your PC.

 

Due to the video connection using HDMI the sound requires no setup and will work right away. If you have used a modern TV you are probably familiar with how this works.

The built in Wifi works great as long as you have a strong signal.

“Kangaroo is the first product to allow you to use the same PC for all applications, in any environment,” Lawrence Yen, director of Kangaroo product marketing, said in a statement. “Unlike stick PCs and other pocket PCs, Kangaroo works with all of your existing devices and can be docked at home or tossed in your bag to use anywhere, powering and providing Windows 10 access on the go. You can access any file, any time without worrying about access to a network, upload and download times or file corruption. With its power, capacity and features, Kangaroo will change the definition of mobile computing.”

 

In short this is defiantly worth the $99 USD price tag.