Sunday, April 09, 2017

Updating Windows 10 PC to Creators Update using Windows software download site

The Creators Update, the next major update to Windows 10 will start rolling out from 11th April. When the update is released, customers will receive it automatically through Windows Update. It will be a gradual rollout starting with those Microsoft thinks will have the best experience depending on of age of PC, how it is used and free space on HD.

Windows 10 Customers who have installed March and April Cumulative updates will receive a prerequisite update plus the Windows 10 Creators Update automatically via Windows Update.

Creators Update via Windows software download site:

As said, the Windows 10 Creators Update rolls out gradually, some users might not see it immediately in Windows Update on scanning manually. Windows 10 users might have observed that Microsoft was pushing the Creators Update news since last month in the Windows Update Settings page saying :

Good news! The Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way. Want to be one of the first to get it?

And it provided a link: Yes, show me how.


When clicked it opens this page


and if you don’t want to wait, it provides link to software download site. Opening the link, select Update now. And you’ll be updated with Creators Update if your PC passes the compatibility check.

Let us see the screenshots when you update to Creators Update via software download site. I have updated on HP Stream 7 tablet with 12.3 GB of free space. These screenshots are taken from that only. It was running build 14393


After clicking Update Now, it will do a compatibility check


And the download starts..


Once done, it’ll ask you to restart the PC


Once restarted, after a while, you’ll get to see this


After updating, my HP Stream 7 is left with 7.91 GB of free space. (From12.3 to 7.91 GB) And I have not yet run the Disk clean up which will help me to reclaim space after removing earlier version, temporary Windows Installation files etc. So after updating to Creators Update, if you want to go back to the earlier version of Windows then don’t remove these via Disk clean up. And be patient, my HP Stream 7 took nearly 4hrs for the update. It’ll depend on your PC.

You’ll be updated to Version 1703 build 15063.13 after updating to Creators Update.


So if you do not want to wait for the automatic update for Creators Update to install, try this.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Coming soon : New Windows Insiders builds from Development branch

Microsoft is getting ready to release new builds from Development branch. As we know Creators Update will soon be rolling out to general public, while Windows Insiders who already are on Creators Update can decide what to do.

Those Insiders who wants to remain on the Windows 10 Creators Update and wants to opt out of future updates can go to

Settings  > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and then press the “Stop Insider Preview builds” button


Then you have to choose “ Keep giving me builds until the next Windows release” . So when the next release is public, you’ll be opted out of any future updates.


And those who want to continue should also note that they won’t see many big noticeable changes or new features in new builds which are coming very soon. That’s because

“…right now, we’re focused on making some refinements to OneCore and doing some code refactoring and other engineering work that is necessary to make sure OneCore is optimally structured for teams to start checking in code…”

Also these new builds from development branch might include more bugs, might have some issues and if it makes one uncomfortable, they can switch to Slow or Release Preview rings.

So exciting times ahead!!


Monday, January 09, 2017

[Tip]: Embed OneDrive files directly into your website

Sometimes you may need to embed some photos, some files or Office documents in to your blog or website from your OneDrive. Its very easy to do so. Let us see how to do this:

  • Sign-in to your OneDrive account.
  • Select the file you want to embed by ticking the check box on top right corner of that file.


  • Click on the Embed option and then click on Generate.


  • This will generate the code to be pasted into your blog or website. Paste it in your blog and the file, pic will be embedded in your blog. It will also provide option to include HTML tags, option for image size, if its a pic.

Once embedded, anyone who visits the blog or website will be able to view without signing in.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Windows Scoop Fans program for Windows Insiders in India

Microsoft is launching a new exclusive program for Windows Insiders in India. Its called the “Windows Scoop Fans” program.


This program is designed for most enthusiastic Windows fans and compliments the Windows Insider Program.

What Windows Scoop Fans will get?

Those selected to join will get access to a private Facebook page loaded with exclusive updates on Windows, including news on the latest apps and devices. Member will also get valuable tips and tricks, invitations to Windows fan events and more.

How to join this program?

In the mail sent to Windows Insiders, Microsoft has detailed how to join this program.

Send us an email answering this one question — ‘Why I’m the biggest fan of Windows’. Tell us about a favourite feature, a Windows app you’ve created or how Windows helps you do great things. We’re open to a wide range of responses. And feel free to add photos, videos, etc.

Last date for submission is 5th Jan 2017 and selection by 15th Jan. Interested Insiders should hurry up and get selected.

Monday, December 26, 2016

[Tip]: How to clear File Explorer Recent Files history in Quick Access

In Windows 10, you have list of files and folders you have recently opened, accessed shown under Quick Access in File Explorer.


One may want to clear these list of files shown as Recent Files History in Quick Access. Or one may do not want these Recent Files at all.

These options can be changed from :

Open File Explorer  > Options > Change Folder and Search options and then

From Folder Options General tab > Privacy , click on the clear button to clear the File Explorer history.

One can Uncheck the ‘Show recently used files in Quick Access’ to not list these files at all in Quick access.

Similarly one can uncheck the ‘Show frequently used folders in Quick Access’ to not list these folders at all.


(Screenshots from Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14986)

Monday, August 29, 2016

How to use Windows Maps to measure distance

Many a times you want to find distance between locations on the Maps as per route of your liking. Suppose you wanted to plan a run, a marathon or want take a bike ride or something like that. You can plan this using Windows Maps before you actually head out.

Measure Distance tool:

Windows Maps now provides ‘Measure Distance’ tool. Using it one can measure distance.

  • Open Maps app
  • Click on the Windows Ink Toolbar on top right corner of the Map


  • Click on the ‘Measure Distance’ option.


  • If you are not using the Pen and want to use your Mouse then click on the ‘Touch Writing’ option


  • Once done, just draw the line following the path you want starting from the point from where you want to measure and ending at the destination point.


  • And the measuring tool will show the distance between these two points.

One can also search for a location you want to route and trace the path using the Measure distance tool. One can use Eraser to erase or make changes to path drawn. One can also change the units of distance from Settings.


This feature is very useful and can be used in various events.

( Using Windows 10 Build 14905, Windows Maps 5.1608.2311.0 )

Friday, July 01, 2016

Windows Insider MVP Program announced

For over two decades, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) have been playing important role in advancement and adoption of various Microsoft technologies. The MVP Program was started in 1993. MVPs provide early feedback, inspire new ideas and features which are based on their real-time experience. Moving forward, Microsoft after listening to various feedback on MVP Program itself, started restructuring it and some details on restructuring was announced in October 2015.


Focus on Developers and IT Professionals:

MVP Program restructuring was mainly based to focus on Developers and IT Pros. Microsoft is now moving from 36 areas of technical expertise to a set of 10 broader categories that encompass a combined set of 90 technology areas—including open source technologies. Due to this restructuring, the Consumer MVP award categories were moved out of the earlier MVP program and are now put under a new program announced today, Windows Insider MVP Program. These are the MVPs focused on Windows and Devices for consumers. MVPs under these award, now would be supported directly by the product teams.


Microsoft was revamping the MVP program since few months and has figured out to put these Consumer MVPs into Windows Insider Program, where future of Windows is being shaped directly by the people who use Windows most. The new program will allow Microsoft to work more closely with MVPs as there will be direct interactions with Windows and Devices product teams.

Announcing the new Windows Insider MVP program, Dona Sarkar said

“This is just the beginning of the journey, and I look forward to our ongoing collaboration with the MVPs. While we are working directly with existing MVPs as they transition into the new program, for our most engaged Insiders, the opportunity to become a Windows Insider MVP will come early in 2017 and will be unveiled this fall.”

So one can look forward to more details in future announcements.