Windows 10 Themes Should Include More than Just Wallpapers

Microsoft keeps releasing new Windows 10 themes in the Microsoft Store once in a while, but because many discovered the hard way, these don’t bring other things than wallpapers.

So with Windows 10, Microsoft has pretty much reinvented the definition of a Windows theme, virtually transforming the whole concept to simple packs of wallpapers that users can download from the Microsoft Store.

Funny enough, even Microsoft itself explains that a theme should bring more than just wallpapers.

“A theme is really a mixture of desktop background pictures, window colors, and sounds,” the organization says in the description from the themes it published on its official website.

A similar description is posted within the Microsoft Store as well in the themes category.

“Put your personality inside your Windows desktop. Explore dazzling wallpapers, sounds, accent colors, and much more cool customizations.”

And yet, what we get is really a wallpaper pack, which although includes high-quality photos, is way from what users normally expect from a Windows theme.

Let’s take “Ice Crystals PREMIUM” as an example. Published in the Microsoft Store with the “premium” tag for a reason that I truly can’t figure out, the theme comes with the following description:

“Etch your desktop with frosty swirls and elaborate patterns in these 15 premium 4K images, free for Windows 10 themes. These images are to be used as desktop wallpaper only.”

Back in the days when Windows 7 was still being anything, themes brought so much more tweaks to the desktop, including the customizations that Microsoft itself pointed to above in the description from the theme concept. Sounds and colors were also included in Windows 7 themes, and third-party packs even brought further changes, such as mouse cursors along with other modifications.

In Windows 10, however, themes come down to wallpapers and that’s virtually it.

There are user posts requesting more content in Windows 10 themes all around the web, including in the Feedback Hub, the main feedback channel that Microsoft recommends for sending the company thoughts and recommendations for further improvements.

“I don’t like themes since i expected more than [a] number of wallpapers. I’m able to change my wallpaper,” one user explains.

And honestly, yes, anyone can alter the wallpaper without the need for downloading a pack in the Microsoft Store. I actually do admit the wallpaper packs that the company releases as themes are pretty cool and some from the backgrounds are really awesome, however this doesn’t mean they must be marked as themes anyway. Why not labeling these downloads as wallpaper packs to begin with?

As mentioned in the past, there are other ways in which Microsoft can use to bring the desktop alive, including a discharge of Windows Spotlight to desktop. Spotlight currently uses Bing to replace the lock screen wallpaper with a brand new background every day, but for now, this selection doesn’t support the desktop. With your an update, Windows Spotlight would technically make it possible to achieve the desktop wallpaper refreshed every day.

Around the advantages, let’s not forget that Microsoft has equipped Windows 10 with new visual styles, and in addition towards the dark mode, the most recent feature updates also feature with a refreshed light mode. Both look great and align with the modern push of the operating-system overall, but at the end of the day, there’s still no reason to release a wallpaper pack like a theme anyway.

For the time being, there’s very little we can do about this, other than send Microsoft more feedback in this regard. So if you want themes to incorporate more than just wallpapers, you know what you need to do.

Animated Windows 10 Desktop Is Living Proof Themes Must Be A lot more than Wallpapers

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Microsoft’s work in the Windows 10 customization department lately, you probably realized that the software giant releases new themes for that operating-system in the Microsoft Store every once in a while.

And while themes generally bring several tweaks to a specific product, Microsoft has reinvented this concept in Windows 10, therefore the themes that it releases to users in the Microsoft Store aren’t anything more than packs of wallpapers.

Meanwhile, users available keep dreaming about more in terms of customizations, and more often these days, they actually achieve a remarkable degree of desktop tuning with the help of third-party software.

“Third-party desktop customizations”

This is actually the case of the Solar System-themed Windows 10 desktop, that has been created with a bundle of tools available totally free and which anyone can turn to for similar projects.

The apps that you’ll require are Rainmeter (for the desktop skin) and FalconX, which could center the taskbar. The Rainmeter skin for the desktop is available here.

As mentioned not a long time ago, animated wallpapers or fully-featured themes should make a return to Windows 10 eventually, because they give users more customization turn on a normally dull desktop. During most of the cases the performance drop is one thing to worry about, the creator of this desktop says their tweaks don’t really slow down the system.

“It needs a maximum 25 MB of memory and utilizes a maximum 5% from the processor. On an average, it used only 10 MB of memory and fewer than 2.5% from the processor,” a post on reddit explains.

You can re-create this desktop on your device using the tools and skin mentioned previously.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update makes big gains as Microsoft forces upgrades

Windows 10 May 2019 Update got a big increase in adoption recently, and over half of all Windows 10 users are actually on this version – although whether they made the move that belongs to them volition, or were pushed, is another matter…

According to the October stats from AdDuplex – which compiles its figures from adverts in Microsoft Store apps across some 90,000 Windows 10 PCs – the May 2019 Update now represents 56.6% of users.

That’s another big leap for that new edition of Windows 10, and in fact an 11.1% increase compared to September.

So on the face of products, it seems that all of the recent problems which have been popping up with cumulative updates issued for that May 2019 Update aren’t putting people off upgrading.

However, considering the April 2018 Update dropped from 24.1% of Windows 10 users in September to 13.6% in October, that’s a loss of 10.5% – meaning that the majority of the May 2019 Update upgraders (11.1%) from this level.

And don’t forget that the April 2018 Update has become living on borrowed time, and because the end of support deadline is November 12, Microsoft continues to be forcing upgrades towards the new edition of Windows 10 on these users for obvious security reasons.

Upgrade cattle prod?

So while we can’t know anything for sure, it seems a pretty obvious conclusion that the proven fact that the May 2019 Update is forging ahead – it truly has made massive gains during the last month or two – has a good deal related to those upgrades being mandatory.

It’s also a pretty safe assumption to create that the majority of the remainder of those April 2018 Update users will have upgraded when we get November’s stats; so that’s likely another big 10% approximately rise in them.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, incidentally, remained almost static on 25% of share of the market, only 0.5% under in September. And those are users who don’t have to upgrade due to any imminent deadline, of course?-

Another interesting snippet is that 0.5% of folks are running Windows 10 preview builds, meaning that around one out of 200 users are testers for the OS.

Having made all of these observations, however, we’d do well to remember that we have to watch out for counting on one set of statistics as a picture associated with a particular market.

Because the background to all this, Microsoft has become preparing the next big Windows 10 upgrade, the November 2019 Update that might land on November 12 (and if not then, it’ll be coming soon enough). However, it’s a minor update more about tweaking and small performance improvements, without any major new features being introduced.

There’s a reason for its more trivial nature, apparently, and the rumor mill contends that this is because Microsoft is readjusting the release cadence of Windows 10 upgrades to higher complement the launch of Windows 10X the coming year.

Mozilla Releases Early Form of Firefox Reality for Windows 10

Microsoft announced HoloLens 2 earlier this year, and one of the key news shared during the unveiling was that Mozilla would support the new generation having a dedicated form of Firefox browser that would add support for Windows Mixed Reality.

Little has been said on the project since then, and unsurprisingly, many believed Mozilla actually gave up on the concept of bringing Firefox for this platform.

But as as it happens, Mozilla gets closer and closer to the official release, with the company now publishing an earlier form of Firefox Reality for Windows Mixed Reality in the Microsoft Store.

Necessary for know is that this browser is just an earlier version, and Mozilla says it’ll be using it specifically to gather feedback from developers and further polish the application prior to the official launch happens.

Experimental release

Inside a statement for Neowin, Mozilla reiterates that it’s working on bringing Firefox to HoloLens 2, but no further ETA details are shared.

“Mozilla is building an experimental AR browser for HoloLens 2 based on our Firefox Reality codebase. There exists a shared goal with Microsoft of learning more about AR web use cases from HoloLens developers, and tinkering with AR browser design and implementation,” Mozilla said.

“Our goal with this particular experimental AR browser would be to stress test our initial implementation of WebXR and study from developers what specific use cases they need for the future 3D web. We plan to take these learnings and apply them to a full version of Firefox Reality for AR devices.”

Firefox Reality is available these days for download in the Microsoft Store, but bear in mind it is really an early form of the browser and never everything may be working just as you’d expect results.

Why Notepad for Windows 10 Should Be a Modern App

Surprisingly, but Notepad continues to be one of the most popular Windows apps, even when there are plenty of alternatives with substantially more advanced capabilities.

But Notepad is here now to remain, there’s without a doubt, along with a confirmation of methods much Windows users love Notepad came from the one and only Microsoft, who in the latest OS feature updates implemented several additional features for the app.

Back in August, Microsoft announced a concept which was received with mixed reactions by users available: Notepad would be moved to the Microsoft Store in future releases. The company explained the next:

“Notepad has been a well-loved text editor in Windows for more than 3 decades. During the last few releases, we’ve been making a quantity of small improvements to Notepad based on your feedback (including expanded line ending support, wrap around search, and indicating when there’s unsaved content.) Beginning with this build, we’re making a change so that future Notepad updates is going to be automatically available through the store. This will are suffering from the flexibility to respond to issues and feedback away from bounds of Windows releases. As always, if you have any feedback for Notepad, we welcome it in the Feedback Hub under Apps > Notepad.”

This week, however, the software giant decided to abandon this concept, staying with the present Notepad approach that doesn’t include a Microsoft Store listing and which depends on Windows Update for update delivery.

While Microsoft hasn’t discussed the reasons with this decision, Notepad should remain in the Microsoft Store moving forward. There are two causes of this, each of them associated with exactly what a modern app brings new to the Windows platform.

First of all, it’s the update system that the Microsoft Store powers for contemporary apps.

Microsoft Store apps could be serviced as with every other regular app. Updates are downloaded and installed automatically, if this choice is enabled, and Microsoft does not need to rely on Windows Update to produce new features and additional refinements.

At this time, both Microsoft and users have to watch for Windows 10 feature updates to roll out new features for Notepad. Given Windows 10 feature updates are released twice a year, it goes without saying what this means is Notepad would receive improvements at a rather slow pace, something which many users might not agree with.

An identical approach was planned for the original Microsoft Edge too. Since it was bundled in to the OS, Edge only received updates though Windows Update, so Microsoft once meant to move it to the Store for additional frequent improvements. The concept was eventually abandoned for a reason why nobody knows.

And second of all, it’s the pack of advantages that modern apps power on Windows 10.

While more substantial improvements would be required for Notepad, migrating for the concept of modern apps would allow it to profit from additional functionality like live tiles and further optimizations that wouldn’t otherwise be available away from store. It might be also optimized for touch, something that would technically expand Notepad beyond the desktop.

But simultaneously, there’s the other side from the story.

Not everybody uses the Microsoft Store in Windows 10, and this is mostly the situation for users who upgraded from Windows 7. Because they want to stick to the classic Windows approach, they never launch the store, meaning they’d also lose out on all of the Notepad improvements that Microsoft releases. On the other hand, when the company sticks with the Windows Update model, Notepad updates become installed on all devices anyway.

At the end of your day, the good news is that Notepad would continue receiving more and more improvements in some manner or another, so that as a large fan of the app, I’ve every reason to become happy about it.

Classic Microsoft: Own App Drops Support for Windows 10

The state LinkedIn app for Windows 10 has dropped support for Windows 10 and it is now directing users towards the website from the business social networking.

The Microsoft-own app can still be installed in the Microsoft Store, only that it no longer works, with the following message displayed on launch:

“LinkedIn is removing support for this app on Windows, and you’ll now be automatically forwarded to your default browser. Your network, profile, and also the rest of your LinkedIn experience can be obtained as always in your browser and the LinkedIn mobile app.”

Neither Microsoft nor LinkedIn released an official announcement around the app going away in the Microsoft Store, so it’s still unclear if the clients are focusing on another app for Windows 10 or it just really wants to give up on Windows 10 entirely.

Android and iOS focus

The later option seems uncanny, as you would expect, as Microsoft itself has been can not convince developers to code because of its platform. And it is obvious that not supporting your personal apps on your platform is a questionable strategy that could easily convince developers to go elsewhere, and this elsewhere usually means Android and iOS.

For the time being, the LinkedIn web site is virtually the only option for all those on Windows 10 who wish to connect with the network, and truth be told, you won’t seem like you’re losing anything as compared to the experience with the app.

Of course, LinkedIn apps for Android and iOS not only that persist, they also receive updates regularly, if you want to connect with this particular service using your mobile phone, there’s pointless to bother with Microsoft not committed to these clients in the long term. Actually, the software giant does appear to be more committed to Android and iOS instead of to its own platforms anyway, so giving up on the Windows 10 app seems to be just classic Microsoft.

AMD Radeon Software for Windows 10 Available these days in the Microsoft Store

Yet another high-profile app has become available from the Microsoft Store, as AMD has just released a Windows 10-optimized version of its Radeon Software app.

Previously offered by AMD’s website as a manual download, AMD Radeon Software is a tool that comes in handy to Windows 10 users whose devices are equipped with AMD graphics cards.

The app allows them to control various settings of the GPUs and install the most recent drivers when they are released.

The Windows 10 version doesn’t bring any substantial improvements within the existing version published on AMD’s website, but on the other hand, being published within the Microsoft Store means it’s easy to update it towards the latest release when it becomes available.

Windows 10 Creators Update and newer necessary to install the app

The Microsoft Store form of AMD Radeon Software requires Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) or newer, and this is just alright considering that for consumers, only Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) and later is supported.

The following month, Microsoft will also discontinue Windows 10 version 1803, and also the only supported versions is going to be Windows 10 October 2018 Update and May 2019 Update. A brand new release called November 2019 Update is also likely to launch in some weeks.

Microsoft has been can not bring high-profile apps to the Microsoft Store for some time already, and AMD joining your time and effort is undoubtedly great news. This Microsoft Store version of AMD Radeon Software can also be placed on devices running Windows 10 in S Mode, that is restricted to apps published within the store and where installing Win32 software is blocked.

Needless to say, despite being published within the Microsoft Store, AMD’s Radeon Software still work exclusively on PCs.

Microsoft Releases New 4K Themes for Windows 10

Microsoft has released a trio of recent 4K themes for Windows 10, and users can download them right now in the Microsoft Store.

Just like all of the previous versions that Microsoft released in the Microsoft Store, these themes are nothing a lot more than wallpaper packs that allow you to alter the desktop background with a high-quality image.

Therefore the 4K tag that you see here only refers to the excellence of the photos you can use as desktop backgrounds, which isn’t necessarily bad, but nonetheless disappointing for individuals who expected a fully-featured theme a la Windows 7.

The three themes that you could download today in the Microsoft Store are the following:

Spiraling Fractals Premium

National Geographic Safari Premium

Abstract Bubbles Premium

You are able to download the themes by clicking the links here and then setting them up from the Microsoft Store.

How to use the themes on Windows 10

When you install the themes, you should be able to enable them from the Settings app on the Windows 10 device. To get this done, launch Settings and then take this road:

Settings > Personalization > Themes

Just click the theme thumbnail in Settings after which it should be automatically enabled. To alter the desktop wallpaper and visit the previous/next desktop background, you can simply right-click the desktop.

“Rain drop. Drop of mist. Ice crystal. However water molecules morph, these 18 closeups of H20 in its various elements inspire delight. This 18-image set is free for Windows 10 Themes. These images were designed as desktop wallpaper only,” the description of Abstract Bubbles reads.

Obviously, all themes can be found free of charge, and that i expect Microsoft to produce brand new ones in the coming weeks, especially as the company is now getting ready to unveil a brand new feature update for Windows 10.

Windows 10 will quickly have better raw support for photos

A new Windows 10 preview has been deployed, bringing by using it improved support for the raw image format, and further focus on the Light Theme, in addition to news the big ‘bug bash’ with this update has begun (more about that later).

Build 18323 (19H1) caters for photographers who like to utilize raw image files – pictures which haven’t been touched or processed through the camera, or subjected to compression just like a JPG – by improving native support under Windows 10.

The functionality comes using a raw codec package which may be downloaded in the Microsoft Store. Once installed, it enables for viewing image thumbnails, previews, and camera metadata in File Explorer (i.e. in your everyday folders under Windows).

And in addition it implies that you can open and view your raw files at full resolution in Windows 10’s Photos app (or any other application which utilizes the Windows Imaging Component framework, for that matter).

You are able to grab the appropriate raw Image Extension package at the shop here, although don’t try and install this if you aren’t running build 18323. As ever, expect some bugs, because the codec package continues to be currently in beta.

Light side

Furthermore, the sunshine Theme for Windows 10, which was introduced with Build 18282 (in November 2018) – and it is, unsurprisingly, the polar opposite of the Dark Theme – has gotten some useful tweaks.

These comprise of resolving various issues whereby certain elements of the interface weren’t correctly switching to a light shade, or were becoming unreadable. In other words, you should see fewer glitches when switching in to the Light Theme.

Finally, once we mentioned at the outset, the bug bash has just officially began, and will run through until February 3. This can be a big drive to stamp out bugs in the 19H1 update, also it comes with ‘quests’ which you can take a look at around the Feedback Hub.

For a full list of changes, improvements and known issues, check out Microsoft’s blog post on the new build.

How to reset your PC removing everything on Windows 10

On Windows 10, whenever your device isn’t working correctly, running slow, or you’re experiencing issues with battery and Microsoft Store apps, resetting it to the factory default settings removing everything on all drives might help to fix most issues and start fresh with a new installation.

Also, removing things are particularly useful to completely clean your pc when you’re planning to sell it or provide away without giving away your information.

Whatever the reason it might be, Windows 10 includes the “Reset this PC” feature, which allows you to quickly reset your device making sure that all of your files, settings, and apps are beyond recovery.

Within this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset your pc removing everything on all drives on Windows 10.

How to use ‘Reset This PC’ to remove everything on Windows 10

Use these steps to use “Reset This PC” to reset and take away everything on all of the drives:

Open Settings.

Click on Update & Security.

Click Recovery.

Under the “Reset this PC” section, click the Begin button.

Click on the Remove everything option.

(Optional) Click the Change settings option. (If you’re running Windows 10 version 1809 or earlier, the wizard will be slightly different, however the choices are technically the same.)

Switch on the Data erasure toggle switch if you wish to remove your files and completely erase the drive. (This method may take hrs, but it’ll be nearly impossible for anyone to recuperate the files.)

Turn on the Data drives toggle switch if you want to remove all files in all the drive. If you don’t enable this method, only the files in the primary drive is going to be deleted.

Click on the Confirm button.

Click on the Next button.

Click the Reset button.

When you complete the steps, the feature will take over and reset your device to default settings by erasing and reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows 10. The time of completion is determined by your pc hardware configuration and the reset options that you selected.

Although we’re focusing this informative guide on Windows 10, these guide includes the most recent changes to use the feature with version 1903 (May 2019 Update), but you can continue to use to these instructions on version 1809 or earlier versions. Also, if you’re not giving away your pc, and also you wish to keep the files, you can use these instructions instead.