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The Hardware Hound Presents: Windows 10, A Gamer’s Perspective

The rumors have been floating around for some time but we finally have a preview version of Windows 9….I mean 10….Windows 10! Maybe skipping a number doesn’t make a ton of sense, but let’s face it: Windows 10 is way better than calling the iWatch the Apple Watch! The real mystery isn’t a number, but whether Windows 10 is going to be worth it and the greater mystery is whether you should risk installing the preview on your system, particularly if you don’t have one to spare. Thankfully, the Hardware Hound is crazy enough to try it out (on my main system none-the-less), and I’m ready to give you some highlights to help you decide whether you want to make the plunge or not. The good news is, it looks like Microsoft is heading in the right direction so far! Let’s begin with the painful part of any operating system and that’s the installation, which, really wasn’t that painful! Having been an habitual reformatter most of my life, I was used to popping the CD in the drive (after a several hour ISO download), clicking on the upgrade tab instead of the advanced tab, and being told that I needed to load Windows and run the CD from there. So I did that, and roughly 15 minutes later, Windows 8.1 was upgraded to 10 with all my settings in tow. I also ran a fresh install on a spare workstation I had with an i5 CPU and once again, the install was quick and painless as far as OSes go. Also, I typically hate doing upgrades and hi...



The System Snicker of the Day: Nokia Cheats on Microsoft

As a hardware enthusiast, news can have many effects on me. I can get excited, become sad, laugh out loud and other times mildly snicker. This time I mildly snickered as I read that Nokia was releasing new Android phones. It wasn’t too long ago that they decided to go all in with Microsoft and release only Windows Phones, but the excitement of the new relationship has all but worn off, and Nokia found a new partner in Android. [Editor’s Note: For now at least. Android Nokia phones will likely be a short lived venture once Microsoft actually takes the reigns of Nokia later this year.] Today the Mobile World Congress 2014 began and this announcement is just one of many that has the mobile market ecstatic, while leaving system builders in a slight lull. Don’t get me wrong, phones can be exciting, but this isn’t the huge announcement I’ve been waiting for. While I really could stand to upgrade my old Samsung Galaxy S (yes, the original one), the opportunity I saw in this announcement was a chance to talk about what I would like to see from Windows in the future. Windows 8, while not quite the disaster that was Vista, is still a major disappointment. Microsoft tried to make one OS that could span the bridges from phones, to laptops, to professional environments, and what they ended with was an overall failure in everything except maybe tablets. So what should Microsoft do next? Well, this is just one man’s opinion, but no matter how inconceiv...



 
 
 
 
 

Kingston DataTraveler Workspace 32GB

Didn't think you could run a portable version of Window 8, nevermind from a flash drive? Welcome to the future now. The DataTraveler Workspace not only allows Windows To Go, but the tech behind this little flash drive is very interesting; its USB 3.0 interface supports some blistering speeds because of the SSD SandForce controller onboard. Yes, the same controller found on desktop SSDs, except it's packed into a tiny form factor to put on your keyring here. Let's take a closer look.



MSI AE2281G and AE2081 world’s first Windows 8 certified All-in-One PC’s

MSI is proud to announce that the MSI Wind Top AE2281G and the MSI Wind Top AE2081 have been officially certified for the to be launched Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. Herewith, these MSI products are world’s first All-in-One PC’s officially certified for Windows 8. With the Approved-status in the Windows hardware certification report for the MSI AE2281G and AE2081, the user can be guaranteed to run the Windows 8 operating system smoothly on his All-in-One PC. The certification reports can be read here and here. Both models come with a 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ Processor, the NVIDIA® GeForce® GT630M graphics card and a Multi-Touch display (optional). To ensure a stable working environment, both All-in-One PC’s are equipped with high quality Military Class components that have an optimal lifetime during heavy conditions. Furthermore, two high speed USB3.0 ports with MSI Super Charger technology and four USB2.0 ports ensure a great amount of connectivity options. The MSI AE2281G All-in-One PC is included in the official MSI Windows 8 upgrade program, which enables the user to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for €14.99,- in the period of 2nd of June 2012 – 31st of January 2013. For more details about the MSI Windows 8 upgrade program, go to: http://event.msi.com/aio/2012/win8_upgrade/





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