Microsoft’s vision of the future of a Windows 10 PC comes in the form of the new Surface Pro.
The Surface Pro – Microsoft dropped its numbering scheme – follows on from last year’s Surface Pro 4, which was an excellent computer plagued by heat and battery life issues. So with longer battery life and laptop-level power is the new version ready for prime time?
The new Surface Pro looks practically identical to the one it is replacing. It’s the same thin tablet with a 12.3in screen on the front and a kickstand on the back.
The edges of the tablet have been smoothed a little, which makes it nicer to hold, while the gap in the edges for the fans has been completely removed in the new fanless m3 and i5 versions – only the top-of-the-line i7 versions have fans. The kickstand has a greater range of motion, which is more useful than it sounds, but side-by-side you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart.
A pair of stereo speakers are embedded in the edge of the screen, while a 5-megapixel front-facing camera looks at you from the top flanked by the IR sensors required for Windows Hello face recognition.
The Surface Pro is well built, with only a little give in the body if twisted hard, and solid in use with only a little flex in the screen if you really push hard.
The screen is brilliant. It’s pin-sharp with excellent viewing angles and a new “enhanced” colour option that really makes the display pop. You can toggle between enhanced colours and sRGB, which will be useful for anyone needing to edit photos for colour accuracy. The display is more reflective than the best on the market, but with the full range of tilt through the kickstand it was easy to avoid glare from flourescent strip lights in an office.
Screen: 12.3in LCD 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
Processor: Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 (7th generation)
RAM: 4, 8 or 16GB
Storage: 128, 256, 512GB or 1TB
Operating system: Windows 10 Pro
Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front-facing, Windows Hello
Connectivity: Wifi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, headphones, TPM, microSD
Dimensions: 292 x 201 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 768-784g (depending on version)
Laptop power, tablet slenderness
How powerful the Surface Pro is depends very much on the model you pick. The base level has Intel’s anaemic Core m3 processor, which will be fine for basic web browsing and a few office duties but not much more than that, and so is best avoided. The Core i5 version will be the sweet spot for many, with good general performance for all but the most demanding tasks, particularly as it is fanless.
The tested configuration was a top-end Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage and Iris Plus 640 graphics.
Microsoft’s computers tend to have the smoothest, fastest Windows experience out of the box, as unlike most other PC manufacturers they’re not bundled with any software other than Office, meaning start-up times are fast. The Surface Pro also has one of the fastest Windows PC resume from standby responses I’ve ever tested, with Windows Hello facial recognition detecting me and logging me in before I’ve brought my hand back from the keyboard or power button.
It doesn’t always work, struggling in bright sunlight and occasionally with a lamp behind my head, but when it works it’s amazing. There’s no fingerprint sensor, which is slightly disappointing.
The Surface Pro was faster than almost any other laptop I have used, handling even complex in-painting jobs in some very large images without skipping a beat. The Iris Plus 640 graphics will also be able to handle a little light gaming, but only with relatively low resolution and detail settings – there’s simply no substitute for a discrete GPU for gaming.
The fans on the Core i7 variant were considerably quieter than the Surface Pro 4, and could only be heard in an office environment when you put your head right up to the tablet. It was quieter during day to day activities than a Dell XPS 13, Razer Blade Stealth and HP Envy, all with similar specifications. The tablet didn’t get hot to the touch when watching videos or even editing images while hand-holding it.
Using the Surface Pro as my sole computer through the working day, including word processing in Typora, lots and lots of browsing in Chrome, Nextgen reader, some image editing in Affinity Photo and listening to Spotify, the battery lasted an average of 6 hours 40 minutes between charges. That was with the brightness set at “recommended”, using the Type Cover and the old Surface Pen and meant that it wouldn’t quite last a full work day. It’s about an hour’s improvement over the Surface Pro 4, but not quite good enough to be able to leave your charger at home.
The touchscreen performance was good. The new Surface Pro does not come with the Surface Pen stylus (a £99 accessory), but can now handle tilting the stylus and can connect to the Surface Dial either on-screen or off-screen for more accessorised control.
Editing images with the tablet almost flat on a desk using the old Surface Pen was a very good experience, and there are plenty of drawing, painting and sketching tools available. The new Surface Pen wasn’t available but offers much the same experience with a few worthy additions.
The port situation of the Surface Pro is a mixed bag. It has a full-sized USB 3.0 port, which is great. It also has a miniDisplayPort, which is welcome, and a microSD card slot hidden under the kickstand. But that’s it for universal ports. It has no HDMI, no ethernet and no USB-C ports, which really hampers the Surface Pro’s futureproofing. Soon there will be a time when USB-C is the standard for both connectivity and power.
The Surface Pro does have Microsoft’s Surface connector on the side, which charges power from the relatively small power brick, but can also hook up to the £190 Surface Dock accessory adding four more USB-A ports, ethernet, miniDisplayPort and a headphones socket as well as charging the tablet. Microsoft will also release a Surface connector to USB-C adapter at a later date, but has not confirmed when or how much it will cost.
Windows 10 Pro
The Surface Pro comes with Windows 10 Pro out of the box – not the infuriating Windows 10 S – with the Surface settings app the only addition compared to any other version of Windows. That means it doesn’t come with any additional so-called bloatware or maintenance apps, just what’s built into Windows 10 and that is totally fine by me.
The Surface Pro does not come with a keyboard in the box, and while the on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition are both excellent, there’s no substitute for a real keyboard, making the £125 Type Cover essential.
It magnetically attaches to the bottom of the tablet, and folds flat against the screen to create a flap case. When extended you have two typing profiles to choose from: entirely flat against a desk, or slightly raised at the point it reaches the tablet, which makes for a more stable machine on a lap.
The Type Cover is remarkable. The keyboard is one of the best I’ve used on any machine, let alone just a tablet, and the trackpad is as good as they get for Windows, if a little on the small side compared to Apple’s huge trackpads. It was a pleasure to type with on a desk. On a lap it is still not as good as a laptop, just because it lacks the rigidity of the older form factor, but the combination of improved kickstand on the back of the tablet and the more solid type cover made it a perfectly workable solution in all but the tightest of spaces.
I used the Type Cover with plastic coating, which is excellent, but an alcantara-covered version will be available for £150 as well as a £150 version with a fingerprint scanner.
The front-facing speakers are quite loud and direct, useful for watching videos, but still relatively tiny
The kickstand is ridged enough when out to be able to comfortably pick the tablet up with your finger in the hinge
The Type Cover connects to the Surface Pro with a reassuringly powerful magnetic clunk with locks in place perfectly every time
The Surface Pen attaches magnetically to the side of the tablet, but will always come off when in a bag
The new Surface Pro comes in a range of models and costs starting at £799 with an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Core i5 versions with 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD or 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD costs £979 and £1,249 respectively. The Core i7 version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD costs £1,549, with 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD costs £2,149 and 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD costs £2,699.
None of the machines come with the Type Cover keyboard, Surface Pen or Surface Dial. The Type Cover costs £125, the Surface Pen £100, the Surface Dial £90 and the Surface Dock £190.
The new Surface Pro is the best example of what can be made out of a full-fledged Windows 10 tablet-laptop hybrid. It has all the power most will need, a great screen, good kickstand, decent speakers and an excellent set of accessories, including an attachable keyboard and trackpad that’s better than many dedicated laptop keyboards.
But the Surface Pro is also pretty expensive and doesn’t come with either a keyboard or a stylus, which means you’ve got to add another £125 just for the keyboard on top of the price of just the machine, and it only scrapes in on acceptable battery life. I still wouldn’t leave the house without the charger. It also isn’t futureproofed, with no USB-C and a shortage of ports, which is pretty poor for a machine you’re spending upwards of £1,000 on and are likely to want to keep for at least a couple of years.
Where previous Surface Pro devices have been good experiments, the new Surface Pro for 2017 is now ready for the mainstream as a viable laptop replacement. Beyond being limited by its lack of USB-C ports, my other big complaint is the lack of a version with 16GB of RAM at a more affordable cost, but pay top-dollar and you get a top-drawer experience.
Pros: great screen, brilliant keyboard (optional), microSD card reader, excellent kickstand, Windows Hello, fast but quiet, solid build
Cons: battery life only just acceptable, no USB-C, expensive
How toComputerHow you can Backup and Restore Registry Settings in Windows PC
Till now you must have read our lots of tutorials related to Windows Operating system as it is the only operating system that provides lots of customization and user-friendly environment to work on. As you must be familiar with registry settings that are system settings that you can modify to customize your OS. Either from our site or from any other site you must try some cool tips and tricks that you can implement using the registry editor. But the only issue with this tweak is that sometime user may change some system settings that are irreversible and at the time there is no other option than reinstalling the operating system. And at that time user must have to be very careful as it can even lead to important data loss. Because registry settings are the core of your OS and can alter this can lead to alteration of system files of OS that may make your operating system even buggy. But being a
But being a reader you should not worry about this as we are always here with some cool tricks that help you in lots of ways. And to resolve the issue and be safe from the above-discussed method we are here with a cool guide that will help you to take backup of your Windows Registry. Yes, it’s possible and you can easily implement this in your PC. And the major benefit is that you can easily restore them whenever you want. And all system settings will get reverted and you can protect your operating system from being crashed. So have a look on complete guide discussed below to proceed.
How you can Backup and Restore Registry Settings in Windows PC
Now proceeding to the method, here we have three ways by which you can actually take the backup of your registry and we will be discussing all those possible ways, As you can choose any of the ways that you feel more convenient. So have a look on all these methods below.
#1 Using System Restore Point
In this method, you will be creating a backup point that you can use anytime to revert your system settings. For this follow the below steps:
1. First of all in your Windows PC hit the start button and then type “restore point” and then select the option “create the restore point“. And the dialog box will appear where you need to create a restore point where your backup is going to reside. Now proceed to step 2.
2. Now on the dialog box that appears click on “create” button and choose the restore point where you want to save all the current settings. And do remember the destination location where your backup is saved.
3. Thats it you are done, now your system has one restore point from which you can easily restore the settings. And that you can simply do by restoring from a restore point.
#2 Creating Registry Backup By Importing Settings
This is the another great method that will help you to get a zip file that you can directly save in any of your external storage device and from the device you can easily restore them whenever you needed. As this is the most portable way to do the backup and restore. To create this follow the below steps to proceed.
1. First of all press “Window+R” button of your keyboard and then type Regedit and then hit enter and registry editor will get open.
2. Now registry editor dialog box will appear. 3. There click on “File” option and select “Export” and then select the location where you want to store that zip file and hit save.
3. Thats it you are done, now a zip file will get created there that will be containing all your registry settings and you can easily copy and paste that file in any other location.
4. And to restore the settings you just need to select Import from a file and then locate this backup file and all the registry settings will get restore.
So the above guide was all about how you can backup and restore registry settings in your windows operating system. And with this, you can make sure that no tweak can make your system crash and lead to loss of any of your important file. As you will now have safeguard with you that will revert back all the settings. Hope you like the guide, keep on sharing with others too. Leave a comment below if you have any related queries with this as the techviral team will be always there to assist you in any of your tech-related problems.
Do you use the WINDOWS PC COMPUTER Operating System on your PC? Working on Windows is quite easy and simple. Now with the help of some free programs you can make your PC even more useful. PC offers many such inbuilt customization options in its Operating System.
Its Windows 10 version has many features that are quite useful. But there is many third-party software that allows you to make customization of WINDOWS PC COMPUTER a lot easier. These softwares are totally free.
So, let’s know about these programs and how they are used.
PROGRAM UNINSTALLER FOR WINDOWS PC COMPUTER
In Windows, there is an inbuilt uninstaller but it does not work much. So here at work you can use REVO Uninstaller. It does not uninstall the program but also removes the registry changes made by that program. And your PC becomes completely clean with that program.
MANAGE THE DESKTOP
FENCES better than pc’s inbuilt icon arrangement are a good choice. It can leave the space for the icon by keeping the desktop organized. It gives more desktop space by creating the group of icons.
With the help of SUMO software, you can keep track of all your installed softwares. SUMO updates them as soon as they receive updates of the Installed Software, which allows you to get rid of the software update repeatedly from the software.
ENJOY THE MULTITASKING
The VISTA SWITCHER is a very useful and better option by making the inbuilt ALT + TAB of PC more by making it even better. This makes multitasking more manageable and better. This creates a list of all opened programs and folders, making multitasking much easier.
MAKE FILE TRANSFER EVEN BETTER ON YOUR WINDOWS PC COMPUTER
TERA COPY is a good and advanced option if you are worried about the inbuilt transfer tool of pc. It enhances the speed of the transfer. This creates a list of different processes of files so that the work is completed even after the failure of a file.
SPEED UP YOUR DOWNLOADING
EAGLE GET is a good option to get rid of the Slow Downloading of the browser. This download manager is easily integrated with any browser. And it helps in fast downloading.
SEARCHING FOR FILES
Windows’s inbuilt search tools are quite slow. EVERYTHING is an advanced search utility tool for WINDOWS PC COMPUTER. The search result starts with the name of the file itself. It runs in the background and indexes every file on your hard drive.
DEFRAGMENT IN BACKGROUND
IOBIT is better and smart defrag tool that work better than other. It runs in the background and only works when your computer is inactive. In this way, your hard drive works faster. It helps to get run faster to your WINDOWS PC COMPUTER.
Another widespread ransomware attack is threatening to wreak havoc across the world.
Businesses and government agencies have been hit with a variation of the Petya ransomware — that is, malware that holds crucial files hostage. The malware is demanding $300 in bitcoin before victims can regain access.
The new ransomware, identified by security firm Bitdefender as GoldenEye, has two layers of encryption, researchers said. It locks up both your files and your computer’s file system.
“Just like Petya, it is particularly dangerous because it doesn’t only encrypt files, it also encrypts the hard drive as well,” said Bogdan Botezatu, a senior threat analyst with Bitdefender.
The malware forces an infected PC to reboot as soon as it finishes encrypting files, so you’ll see the ransom demands as soon as possible. Researchers at Recorded Future said there’s also a hidden Trojan on Petya that steals victims’ usernames and passwords.
This is the second global ransomware attack in the last two months. It follows the WannaCry outbreak that ensnared more than 200,000 computers, locking up hospitals, banks and universities. Like WannaCry, the GoldenEye and Petya attacks affect only computers running the Windows operating systems.
Microsoft released patches for all Windows operating systems after the global outbreak, but people who’ve updated their computers could still be affected, according to Anomali, a threat intelligence company. That’s because Petya can also spread through Office documents, taking advantage of yet another vulnerability and combining it with similar wormholes a la WannaCry.
More than 38 million computers scanned last week are still vulnerable to the ransomware attack because they have not patched their systems, according to data from Avast’s Wi-Fi Inspector.
“The actual number of vulnerable PCs is probably much higher,” Jakub Krostek, Avast’s Threat Lab Team lead, said.
Government agencies in Ukraine, along with financial firms, banks and a power distributor, got hit by the attack Tuesday morning. Russia’s largest oil exporter, Rosneft, was also slammed with a cyberattack on its servers.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman called the attack “unprecedented,” but also said crucial IT systems were unaffected by the malware. “Our IT experts are doing their work and protecting strategic infrastructure,” Groysman said in a post on Facebook.
Rosneft said the cyberattack did not affect its oil production because it had switched to a reserve control system.
US-based pharmaceuticals giant Merck said Tuesday that its computer network was “compromised as part of [the] global hack.”
A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, said it suffered a cyberattack that took down multiple IT systems.
The source for Petya’s ransomware code had been available on the dark web since April, and been used multiple times, giving the malware authors 15 percent of the profit, according to Avast.
Originally published June 27 at 8:14 a.m. PT. Updated at 10:11 a.m. PT:Incorporated more details on the ransomware and who has been affected and at 11:40 a.m. PT: to include that the email address behind the ransomware has been shut down.
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Mixer is the only next-gen live game streaming service that offers viewers real-time influence and participation in game streams. Mixer’s streaming protocol delivers content with less than one second of latency. It makes game streams so fast and clear, that it’s a refreshing surprise to both streamers and viewers—almost like they’re in the same room! Here’s how to get started with Mixer:
To view Mixer content from your PC, simply navigate to Mixer.com.
Featured streams are available right from the homepage, or you can sort streams by game using the “Games” menu on the left-hand side of the homepage.
While you’re there, consider logging in with your Microsoft account so that you can start earning sparks when you view Mixer streams across both Windows and Xbox One devices. Sparks are in-app currency you use to interact with streamers in ways they’ve setup (like soundboards!).
To log in to Mixer with your Microsoft Account:
Click “Log In” in the top right corner of the window.
In the Log In menu, select “Log in with Your Microsoft Account”
In the popup, complete the log in steps using your Microsoft account and password.
You should now see your Microsoft account profile photo in the top right corner of the Window.
Press Windows logo key + G on your Windows 10 PC to open the Game bar.
Press the Broadcast button to choose how you want your broadcast to look.
Press Start broadcasting to broadcast your game.
To set more detailed settings for your future broadcasts, select the Start button, then Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting. Additional settings can be accessed by visiting your channel on Mixer.com.
Enable Video on Demand (VoD) for your streaming sessions:
A Video on Demand (VoD) is a recording of a previous stream that is automatically saved on Mixer. VoD recording must be enabled with the “Keep recordings [VoDs] of my streams” option on your “Manage Channel” page of Mixer.com before your stream starts for the VoD to be saved (VoD recording is disabled by default).
In a web browser, navigate to Mixer.com and log in.
Click your profile photo in the top right, then click on “Manage Channel” in the menu.
Select the button for “Keep recordings (VoDs) of my streams” in the preferences menu.
Once enabled, any broadcast longer than 5 minutes will be automatically saved as a VoD.
When Windows 10 first released, turning off Cortana was as simple as flipping a switch in the digital assistant’s settings, but Microsoft removed the option in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Now there’s no obvious way to disable Cortana—but it is possible using not-so-obvious methods.
Completely eradicating Cortana requires a quick and easy registry edit, which we’ll detail here. If you don’t want Cortana spying on you but also detest the idea of mucking with your PC’s deepest software innards, PCWorld’s guide to privacy-boosting Cortana tweaks can show you how to limit the personal information it sends Microsoft. Cortana will still run in the background with limited functionality if you don’t perform the registry edit, though.
How to turn off Cortana in Windows 10
Hold your horses! As simple as this is, it’s always a good idea to create a system restore point before editing the Windows registry—so go ahead and do that now. It only takes a minute. (Ironically, the easiest way to do so is to search for “restore point” with Cortana.)
With that out of the way, let’s start registry hacking.
Press Windows Key + R simultaneously on your keyboard to bring up the Run interface, then type regedit into the box and press Enter. Depending on your security settings you may be prompted to give Windows permission to run the Registry Editor. If so, do so.
Once the Registry Editor is open, navigate to the following folder in the left-hand navigation pane: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > Windows Search.
Here’s the only potentially tricky part: You might not see a Windows Search folder. If it isn’t there, right-click the Windows folder, select New > Key, and name it Windows Search.
With the Windows Search folder selected in the left-hand navigation pane, right-click in the main portion of the window and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. A new listing will appear in the main pane, ready to be named; christen it AllowCortana. Afterward, double-click it and in the box that appears, ensure that the Value Data is set to ‘0’—minus the quotation marks.
That’s it! Close the Registry Editor, then sign out of Windows 10. When you sign back in, Cortana will be long gone. The digital assistant’s former field remains in the Windows 10 task bar, but it now reads “Search Windows” and tellingly lacks Cortana’s all-seeing eye icon.
You won’t be able to use any Cortana-enabled features in the dumbed-down search field, like setting reminders, getting personalized news, receiving up-to-date travel info, or asking goofy questions. You will be able to search for files, system settings, and terms as before. That said, you won’t be able to tap Cortana’s smarts to perform natural language queries like “Find pictures from June” either, so narrowing down file search results may take a bit more work.
Speaking of which, wiping Cortana’s previous memories of you from Microsoft’s servers takes an extra step. Head to Microsoft’s privacy dashboard website, sign into your Microsoft account, and clear whatever personal data you want Microsoft to forget. Be warned: Your choices may also affect other Microsoft services, like Bing, Edge, and Maps.
Cortana isn’t totally dead, though. You’ll still see the process lurking in Task Manager if you pay attention. Kill it and it’ll immediately spring back to life. Your search queries nevertheless stay strictly local.
If you ever decide resummon Cortana, simply retrace your steps in the Registry Editor and either delete the AllowCortana value, or simply set it to “1” instead of “0.”
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Choose from endless options to make your PC yours, including hundreds of wallpapers, sound options, and custom accent colors. Themes include plants and flowers, landscapes, animals, natural wonders, cityscapes – anything to suit your style. The photography, art, and illustrations you see come from creators across the globe.
Windows 10 is all about letting you express yourself and create, and customizing your PC is a great way to jump into the Creators Update.