Microsoft is planning a complete visual overhaul of its Windows 10 icons

Last week, Microsoft revealed its new-look Office 365 icons to the world, and now it appears the Redmond company is planning to continue its icon refresh across the entire Windows 10 platform.

Jon Friedman, Head of Microsoft Office design, took to Medium to offer a few more tasty morsels of information about the redesign process and just what we can expect from Windows 10 going forward.

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If your Windows 10 PC says it’s having activation problems today, here’s why

A glitch with Microsoft’s activation servers appears to be disrupting many users’s PCs, as Windows 10 erroneously reports their systems as either un-activated or downgraded from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home.

Users are advised to ignore the Windows messages and wait for the problem to resolve itself, according to postings in Microsoft’s support forums.


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Microsoft Broke Windows 10 Again, Despite Warnings From Windows Insiders

While it’s not as severe as having your documents wiped out of existence, it can still be classified as very irritating for users. That’s because the bug in question breaks file associations, preventing certain file types from opening with the default programs you choose. For example, not being able to associate Adobe Photoshop with image files, Notepad++ with text files or VLC with .mp4 files.


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Windows 10 Tips – Default Printer

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With the introduction of Windows 10, there was a new feature added that might drive you nuts. “Let Windows Manage Your Default Printer” – This feature will automatically change your default printer to the last one used. If you only have one printer, it really does not matter; but if you have multiple printers it could create more time choosing printers than you need to.

This is switched on by default so if your printer default printer keeps changing on you, which is driving you up the wall simply turn it off.

Click your windows key or the windows icon (bottom left of taskbar), choose the settings/gear icon and then devices. Down at the bottom below your listed printers, you will find the option to turn it off or on. Make your choice and close the window, you can turn it back on by repeating the same steps.

Here is a screen shot of that window.2016-09-09

Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

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Please be advised:  Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/End-of-IE-support?tduid=(46744584567d465059ff17b1762321a8)(256380)(2459594)(TnL5HPStwNw-.UvOxaEva8qovqkU70XRWA)()

 

If you are using Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 you can use IE 11 that will continue to get updated. Older windows versions will not run IE 11 therefore you will be using a browser with security holes or you can download a different browser such as chrome or firefox.

Microsoft pulls botched patch KB 3114409 that triggered problems with Outlook 2010

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If you are using MS outlook 2010 and noticed something different around or after 12/8/15 please read this article. It seems Microsoft had a major issue with a update (#4409) and it caused outlook to only open in safe mode. The article points you to a MS page that tells you how to remove the patch to fix this.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3013219/microsoft-windows/microsoft-pulls-botched-patch-kb-3114409-that-triggered-problems-with-outlook-2010.html

Update Tuesday

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6-9-15 Marks the second Tuesday of the month and that means windows updates are rolling out. If you do not have auto-update enabled, make sure you update your pc.

Windows 10

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Windows 10 is on the horizon, Microsoft has announced that there will be 7 different shades(versions) of it’s newest operating system.

What we know so far:

What is it? A complete update for Windows
When is it out? Definitely summer, but likely late July 2015
What will it cost? For Windows 7 and 8.1 users, it will be free for one year