Windows 10, now on 300 million PCs, won’t be free after July 29

I know this may not be NEW news, but it is relevant to some.  In efforts to strengthen the Windows Operating System brand, Microsoft released Windows 10 -free of charge! This easy upgrade allowed users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 to be brought up to the latest and greatest (and I mean Greatest!)  version of Windows to date. There is a catch, though…

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Windows 10 Proves to be Solid

Many out there may still be wondering if Windows 10 is the way to go.  XP was very reliable and a good, solid Operating System… for it’s time.  Windows 7 eventually came along and now that has become the ‘standard’ for the next good, solid OS.  Well, folks, Windows 10 is out and the strongest yet in usability, function, and security. Here’s something the US Dept. of Defense (DoD) has to say about it!

US DoD Commits to upgrade 4M seats to Windows 10

.NET 3.5 on Windows 10

I can’t tell how many times I have been burned when trying to simply enable .NET Framework 3.5.1 (and all the sub-goodies that so many programs need).  Lately, my struggle has been with Windows 10 or Server 2012 (& R2). I’ve found that installation files are usually not on an image I’m working with and there-in lies the problem. The next piece that throws me off is the lack of CD or DVD resources. Simply downloading .net only gives you the installer file, which does not work.

so first, get the files needed (\sources\sxs\microsoft-windows-netfx3-ondemand-package.cab)

Copy those files to a USB thumb drive (or capture an image)

Then from an elevated command prompt, run:

Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

replacing D: with the appropriate drive letter, of course

Looking to get Windows 10? For Free?

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Get the best Windows ever

Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use. It includes an improved Start menu and is designed to startup and resume fast. Plus, it’s packed with new innovations including Microsoft Edge—an all-new browser. Your personal files and even pinned apps will be there for you. We’ve designed the upgrade to be easy and compatible with the hardware and software you already use with your docs and files preserved.

Don’t miss out as this free offer won’t last forever.* Reserve your upgrade today.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade?OCID=win10_null_vanity_win10upgrade