How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Right Now

Windows 10 is here! The much awaited final public version of official Windows 10 Operating System from Microsoft has been released, and Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries starting today. And it’s free. Yes free. Like everyone else, I was also pretty excited to get my hands on the final version of Windows 10 after using the Windows 10 Insider Preview version for some time now.  But, Microsoft decided to play a safe game by announcing an Android-esque OTA update in waves, meaning not everyone will get Windows 10 on the first day itself. Even though it’s a Free* Upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, we have been asked to be patient and wait for our turns in the waiting line like good kids lining up to get their cup of ice-cream until Microsoft lets you know that your machine is ready for the ride to latest version that is Windows 10.

Well, not everyone complies. Like me. The first thing I checked after reaching home from office was to check whether my number has been called and that my Windows 8.1 Pro laptop is ready for the upgrade. It was a No. Wait for the notification – No! I summoned Google and did my research. Well, I didn’t have to dig deep enough to find the answer. Microsoft has made the manual trigger option available in its own website. I followed suit, and tada! Windows 10 is up and running.

Here’s how.

1. Go to this link – http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10

Windows 10 Dowload

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and download the Media Creation Tool relevant to your x86/x64 OS.

3. Run the application as Administrator and you will get two options – either Upgrade this machine now (yes!!!) or proceed to download the image file to be used through USB Installation or CD/DVD (ISO).

4. If you wish to have a clean install of Windows 10 or just want to get a copy of the image to install later, simply follow the on-screen instructions, choose your OS Version and language, and start the file download.

4. If you choose to Upgrade now, the tool will analyse your computer and starts the download process for the required files. Once downloaded, it will automatically verify the files and initiate the reboot of the machine. So ensure no data-critical applications are running in the background.

Downloading Windows 10

5. The upgrade will ensure all your data is safe during the installation so that you’ll get all your files exactly how and where they were before the upgrade.

Upgrading to Windows 10

6. That’s it. Wait for the installation to complete which will go through a series of reboots, and presents you with your profile setup.

Hope this helped. Let me know how this worked out for you in the comments below.

 

*The free upgrade offer applies to Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Mobile for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch. More information about the free upgrade offer can be found at Windows.com

How To Set Up WhatsApp Web

The ability to use WhatsApp through PC has been a long awaited feature by all WhatsApp users. There are ways to use WhatsApp in PCs using BlueStacks Emulator et all, but they need some setting up to be done and is also not easy on the memory usage while it’s running. So the wait for an official release continued. And finally, WhatsApp has responded by unveiling WhatsApp Web, a browser extension to the mobile application installed in your Android/Windows/BlackBerry/Nokia S60 devices. The feature is not currently available for iPhones due to platform limitations.

So, how do we set it up? Let’s get started. Since I’m an Android user, below are the steps for setting it up with an Android app. The steps are pretty straight-forward once you have the right version of the mobile app.

1. Make sure your WhatsApp app for Android is updated to a version no older than v.2.11.498. If you haven’t received the update yet from Play Store, install it manually by downloading the apk file from the official WhatsApp website. The new version will be installed as an update over the currently installed version in the phone, and you won’t lose any data.

2. Make sure WhatsApp Web feature is available by pressing the Menu button in phones that has a physical button or press the 3-dots settings icon on the top-right section in the app. You should be able to see the option WhatsApp Web.

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3. Press the WhatsApp Web option. A barcode scanner will open up within the app to pair the device with the web version of WhatsApp.

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4. Now, go to the WhatsApp Web webpage. A QR code will be displayed on the page, ready to pair with your device. At the moment, only Google Chrome works with WhatsApp Web.

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5. Scan the QR code using the barcode scanner within the mobile app. Once the device is paired, the webpage will reload and you will now be able to see the web version of your WhatsApp app in your phone.

You can now start/respond to messages, open media files just like you do in the mobile app version. You only need to make sure the phone is always connected to internet, since the web version is merely an extension of your mobile app the connection to the webpage will be lost if the phone loses connectivity to internet.

You can also enable microphone to record audio messages as well as desktop notifications to receive notifications for new messages even if the browser is minimized.

Enable Notifications

That’s it! Let me know your thoughts, and have a good day!