Disabling Automatic Updates in Windows 10

I recently installed Windows 10 on my PC knowing the fact that it is mandatory in Windows 10 to install updates automatically. I don’t like things going on in background without my knowledge. Also I have a metered internet connection so I can’t afford that. So I found a simple fix that stops Windows from downloading and installing updates automatically. So if you want to stop automatic updates, follow these simple steps:
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Windows 10 Review

Windows 8.1 and everything before it is dead. Long live Windows 10.

10,000 words. 7 videos. Everything about Windows 10 right on release date, that is, today!

Windows 10 review

Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM Review

Since buying this phone, I didn’t consider it necessary to review it but I think now I should do it after spending nearly six months with it (and developing some cracks along the back cover).

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Highs and Lows of the Windows Phone OS

Lumia 1520
An AT&T Lumia 1520 (white). The best Windows Phone there is.

Windows Phones have gone through a lot of ups and downs. Sometimes the users loved it and sometimes they didn’t. I recently read an article on Windows Central by Jason Ward where he explained about the struggles of Windows Phones in the past and also shed light on the the future plans of Microsoft regarding Windows Phones. All those Windows Phone fans out there, you’ll like the article. It is a bit long but explains a lot.

The article is divided into two parts:
Part 1
Part 2

Image credit: windowscentral.com

WP thoughts

Going by the stats (and observing the local people around me), I am getting to see more and more Windows Phones around. I guess people are finally giving WP a try. Maybe Windows Phone 8.1 has done the magic. The newest version has all those features which were wanted and were not present previously.

But since Microsoft has lifted off the money it charges to OEMs to manufacture Windows Phone, there are many cheap quality Windows Phones that are being seen in the market. The Indians here don’t care about the build quality and overall design of phones, they just ask the shopkeeper, “Android he kya?” (Translated “Is it Android?”) and that’s it. And now people are giving Windows Phones a try by buying cheap quality phones. By those I mean companies other than Nokia (now Microsoft). That would just ruin the hard earned reputation of WP.

I just recently heard a company named “Celkon” (I rarely heard about this company) releasing a cheap Windows Phone at only Rs. 4,999 ($81) off contract. It has very low specs and I am doubtful whether it would be able to handle the future updates (Microsoft has promised all WP 8 and 8.1 devices to be upgraded to Windows 10).

The OEMs (other than Nokia) don’t pay much attention to the firmware updates and its users are left stranded in between with phones running older versions. Then they start complaining about it and it degrades the reputation of the WP operating system. On the other hand, Nokia pushes out updates are soon as they are out of beta (development) for their phones and hence users get a good experience.

I am using a Nokia Lumia 520 since more than a year and till now I have had no complaints about it. It is running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS and I don’t regret buying it. I will use my 520 up to the point when there are no further updates available and then will consider buying the latest Windows Phone out there (of course from Nokia). People who have used my phone say that it still looks as good as new. You can even read my review that I wrote in May 2014.

Do you use Windows Phones? If yes, then tell me about your experience and if no, tell what you think about it. Feel free to share your thoughts.

Microsoft Band Review

Microsoft took its first step in the fitness department with its Band (a smartwatch-cum-fitness tracker). I was searching for a good great review and I found this one.

The Band collects tons of data about me but it doesn’t know what to do with it next.

The author’s review is straightforward and up to the point. The Band has many pros (and cons too) but since it’s Microsoft’s first step in fitness tracking, there is a lot of ground for it to improve. But it’s worth considering how will it give competition to the already existing perfect fitness trackers.

Here is the link again, in case if you missed it above. LINK.

WP 8.1 – A new look and feel to Windows Phones

The Windows Phone 8.1 update roll-out has ended and almost all Windows Phones in the world have been updated to the latest version.

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Cortana just does everything

I think Microsoft challenged Apple in the open. Watch the video of Cortana competing with Siri.