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Get Help with Upgrading to Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Hello friends,

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is fast approaching; August 2nd 2016 to be exact. For many of my readers, who have already taken the plunge and upgraded to Windows 10; I am sure you are looking forward to the latest revision.

Join me on the Windows 10 Forums and Twitter/adacosta for tips, tricks and discussions for ensuring a smooth upgrade starting August 1.

You can sign up now, its free. You can also sign in using your Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus account.

In the mean time, check out some of the articles written about the new features and functions.



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Windows 10 Review

This summer Microsoft will launch Windows 10; a special major revision that spans desktop, mobile, virtual reality, gaming console, conference rooms and even IoT (Internet of Things) such as the Raspberry PI. Windows 10 is a significant upgrade in the platforms history; because the company describes this as the last monolithic release of the operating system. No, Microsoft is not ending development of the most popular operating system in history; but the company is moving to a future where the roll of the operating system takes a back seat to services. The Cloud has become the buzz word in this industry and for Microsoft it is a critical wave on which company’s future rides, not just on the client side but also in the data centre.

Windows 10 Review: Introduction, Specifications and Setup

Windows 10 Review: Daily Usage

Windows 10 Review: Microsoft Edge web browser

Windows 10 Review: Applications and Compatibility

Windows 10 Review: Multimedia and Productivity

Windows 10 Review: Advanced features, Security and Connectivity

Windows 10 Review: Windows Update, Support, Recovery, Easy Upgrade

Windows 10 Review: Conclusion, Pros, Cons, Rating


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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award 2012

Hello Readers,

This just in! I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP Award for 2012 in the expertise, Windows Expert-Consumer. This is my third time receiving the award and I must say it feels like the first each time. MVP’s play a vital role when it comes to communicating the benefits of technology and they do it through a variety of avenues such as blogs, websites, podcasting, workshops, user groups, giving a speech at conferences, writing books. What is particularly amazing is the voluntary effort these users provide, all for free without expecting anything in return for it. I personally love this because of the passion to learn and share; it is the best compensation one can get out of being an MVP. I have gotten so much from simply giving my free time by participating on forums such as Microsoft Answers or writing articles about Windows 7 and Windows 8 at my blog.

Dear Andre Da Costa,

 Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Windows Expert-Consumer technical communities during the past year.

I want to say thank you to my readers, my MVP Lead Jake Grey, fellow MVP’s and Microsoft for continuing to support my passion.

The coming months are looking very exciting, with the next versions of Windows and Microsoft Office in the pipeline (Windows 8, Windows Server 8 and Office 15), and the continued excitement for Windows 7 and Office 2010. We will definitely have a great time working and playing in the future. I look forward to being part of that journey sharing my experience and expertise with you as we take advantage of these new technologies and I look forward to learning just as much in return.

Thank You! Andre Da Costa


Microsoft Most Valuable Professional  (MVP) Award 2010
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award 2011

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Windows 7 Family Pack availability winding down

ComputerWorld is reporting that availability of Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack will be ending at online merchant site Amazon.com December 31st 2010. This could be hinting at a possible end also at Microsoft’s own online store. If you have not upgraded to Windows 7, this is a good opportunity to pick up a license, especially for homes running older versions of Windows such as XP and Vista.

Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack upgrade for 3 PC’s

The Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack was originally introduced in October 2009 for a short period. Because of its popularity and based on feedback, Microsoft decided to bring it back in October 2010 without a specific end date for availability, only indicating while supplies last. The family pack is an upgrade license which requires that the PC is running a installed and activated Windows Vista or XP license. You don’t need to install all the licenses at once.


Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack – Buy from Microsoft Store
Amazon’s page for the Family Pack

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