Turn Spying off on Windows 10

This video will show you how to Turn Spying off on Windows 10.

I get allot of tips from 123myIT subscribers on the 123myIT YouTube channel. The latest one was that Windows 10 has Spying and data capturing built in so, this user said he wouldn’t be upgrading to Windows 10. Since so many users of 123myIT have upgraded to Windows 10, I thought it wise to put some information up about this so called spying on Windows 10.

So whats it all about I hear you ask? Well, despite what you may have heard Windows 10 is not spying on you. So don’t worry to much about that.
What is does do though is collect allot of data about you and that’s due mostly to Cortana. Cortana is a personal assistant that is built into Windows 10.
Read the below official company statement of Windows 10 privacy.

“Windows does not collect personal information without your consent. To effectively provide Windows as a service, Microsoft gathers some performance, diagnostic and usage information that helps keep Windows and apps running properly. Microsoft uses this information to identify problems and develop fixes. More information on the Microsoft Services Agreement and Privacy Statement for consumers is available on our blogs.microsoft.com website.”

Cortana can help you manage your PC by helping you find files, manage your calendar and answer any questions you might have. While using this myself I didn’t find it that great, however this is where it gets interesting.

Weather Cortana

The more you use Cortana the better it gets because its stores your previous history of questions etc. And this is where Microsoft is collecting data about you. Ok so I am not going to get into Cortana right now I will leave that for another video. I will talk about how to turn spying off on windows 10 if you are concerned about this.

Go to Start > Settings > Privacy

turn spying off on windows 10

Privacy > General

Privacy General Settings

Pretty much all of the settings in this area have a toggle switch which allows you to turn the function on or off.
If you make your way down the list. Location, Camera, Microphone etc you will be able to toggle off any options that you are not comfortable with.

Cheers
Matt

Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015

This video will show you how to install Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015.

Well here it is guys, the video you guys have all been waiting for. I have had quite a few people ask me about installing Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 and 2014 models and have been a bit slow to get this video out as the hardware is not cheap as you all can imagine. So if the above video helps you out, please help 123myIT out by clicking on the donate button on the left hand side of the page. All donations will help purchasing new hardware.

Some of you will be upset to know that I didn’t get any errors when going through the video. To be honest I kind of expected maybe 1 or 2 problems. But the setup went very smoothly. Even the Boot Camp drivers at the end of the video applied correctly.

You will need 2 things to complete the setup.
1. USB drive 8GB or larger
2. Windows 10 or 8 ISO file which you

In the Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 video I link to another video called Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. This will help you get the Windows 8 or 10 ISO file which allows you to then create the USB which you use to install Windows 8 or 10.

I was able to get a copy of the Boot Camp Drivers from the WININSTALL USB that I can confirm work with Windows 10.
I have labelled it Windows 10 64-bit Captured by 123myIT.com BCD and you will find under the MacBook Pro page here.

All up the install took about 1.5 hours, with the downloading of the boot camp drivers seeming to take forever. The file being around 1.2GB in size meaning if you are on a slow internet connection it could take hours for just that part to complete. So be prepared to wait.

Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015

Overall Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 seems to run very well and I will take a closer look at how Windows 10 works in future videos. So stay tuned. 🙂

Want to know more about Windows 10? Click here for the Official Microsoft website.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

This video will show you how to use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to download a Windows 8 or 10 ISO file.

Hi All,
I have added this video about the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to help others get their hands on the Windows 10 software.
If you have a copy of Windows 7 installed on your computer then you should be able to upgrade without to much bother as the product key will be registered with Microsoft and validates from your hardware.

There are 3 different types of Media Creation Tools available.
Windows 8 Media Creator Tool link here. Create Media
Windows 10 Media Creator Tool 32 bit link here. Create Media Tool 32 Bit
Windows 10 Media Creator Tool 64 bit link here. Create Media Tool 64 Bit

This tool allows you to download the Windows 8 or 10 ISO file or create a Windows 8, 10 USB drive which allows you to install Windows as you please.

Windows 10 media creation tool

In my next video about installing Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro 2015, I will do a step by step install guide and will refer back to this video to show 123myIT.com users how to get the ISO file.

Cheers
Matt

Windows 10 FREE Upgrade

This video will show you all you need to know about the Windows 10 FREE Upgrade.

Hi All,
Some of you may know about the Windows 10 FREE Upgrade. Basically Microsoft is giving all users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 the chance to upgrade to the latest Windows 10.
Now there was some murmurs on the internet that Microsoft was going to allow people who had illegal copy’s of Windows to upgrade however this doesn’t seem to be the case after all.

So how do you get your Windows 10 FREE Upgrade? Well eligible devices should get the Windows 10 app pop up in the taskbar of the computer you are on.
Something simular to the picture below.

Windows 10 FREE Upgrade

Once you have that pop up you should be able to go through and reserve a copy of Windows 10 and you will have the option to go and download the update once it is released on 29th July 2015. You can also check your Control Panel Windows updates and possibly update your Windows from there.
The layout has changed quite a fair bit from the original version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview version I posted up on the Downloads section of the 123myIT.com website some months ago.
And to make that download sweeter, I tested it the Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO June 2015 Update version and it allows you to personalise the Windows 10. Something which was not possible on previous versions of the preview copy’s.

Upgrade Path
Ok so lets take a look at what Microsoft says devices that will be allowed a Free Upgrade.

Windows 10 Upgrade Path

This picture above shows the upgrade path for Windows devices. You can find this graph on the Microsoft 10 FAQ & Tips webpage.

The upgrade path for Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium will upgrade to Windows 10 Home.
Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate will upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile
Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Home
Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro Student will upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Cant wait for this to happen.
Cheers
Matt

Install Windows 10 Tech Preview on a MacBook Pro OS X Yosemite

This video will show you how to Install Windows 10 Tech Preview on a MacBook Pro OS X Yosemite.

Hi All
In this video we take a closer look at Windows 10 Tech Preview. This is just another option for Mac users who want to run Windows on their computer.
You will need to download the Windows 10 Tech Preview iso file and have a USB drive that is 8GB or larger.

You can download the Windows 10 Tech Preview on the 123myIT.com Downloads page. For link click here.
Windows 10 Tech preview comes in the follow different flavours.
English (United States) 64-bit (x64)
English (United States) 32-bit (x86)
English (United Kingdom) 64-bit (x64)
English (United Kingdom) 32-bit (x86)
Chinese (Simplified) 64-bit (x64)
Chinese (Simplified) 32-bit (x86)
Portuguese (Brazil) 64-bit (x64)
Portuguese (Brazil) 32-bit (x86)

The main thing you will notice about Windows 10 is the Start menu has been added back and the apps have now been incorporated directly into the Start menu.

Windows 10 Tech Preview Start Menu

Anyone can download this version it will expire on 04/16/2015 and should only be installed for people who want to give feedback to Microsoft about the workings of the new operating system. For more information see the Microsoft website here.

I didn’t get prompted for a product key. However if you need one you can use the one below.
Product key: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR

If Windows 10 Tech Preview is not your thing you can take a look at install Windows 8.1 preview on your Mac videos for both MacBook Pro and MacBook Air below.
MacBook Pro
MacBook Air
After installing Windows 10 Tech Preview on your MacBook, if you are still having some problems with the sound buttons are not working, then it could be an issue with the Windows support or boot camp drivers.
Find out what model your Mac is and start looking for the drivers here. Boot Camp Drivers.

Cheers
Matt

Windows 10 Technical Preview English Chinese Brazilian Portuguese

This video is an update on Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 10 Technical Preview, which is available for download in the following languages. English, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese.
You can download the Windows 10 Preview on the 123myit.com website under downloads, see the link below.
Downloads

If you want know more info on the Windows 10 Technical Preview see the official Microsoft webpage here.

You will be able to find out the expiry date on the your version of Windows 10 by going to the Start menu and in the Run box type Winver This will tell you what the expiry date is plus the version of any Windows OS that you are using.