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Microsoft previously announced that users of Windows 7 and higher will be eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free when it ships in about a month. But today, the Windows team announced via the Windows blog that Microsoft will be giving away Windows 10 for free to users of Windows 10 Preview.
That's right. Even if you're on an older version of Windows, like XP, just go and install Windows 10 Technical Preview now, and when Windows 10 comes out, you'll be prompted for the full, free upgrade.
It was previously noted that the free upgrade wouldn't be available to those using Windows XP and older, but now it's easy to get your free ticket through the door. In fact, you it doesn't matter what OS you're using or if you don't have one installed at all. Just install Preview.
Good move, Microsoft.
Those who are interested will want to check out our guide to the top 7 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10. You'll also want to keep in mind that you'll lose a few things as Microsoft stated previously that it'll remove features, such as games and widgets. If you're eager for Windows 10, check out the hardware you'll need to run it.
Keep in mind that you only have one year to use the free upgrade from the date that Windows 10 is released. After a year, Microsoft will no longer provide the free option.
Step 1: Sign up for a MSA (Microsoft Account), it's free
Step 2: Grab the ISO
Step 3: Install
Step 4: Wait for Microsoft to release Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015
Step 5: Update to the full version
You'll want to grab the Preview soon, since Microsoft will be closing the Windows 10 Preview program as the Windows 10's actual release date nears.
Update 1: Microsoft edited the original post, removing official support for this method. There's no firm word on whether or not it will still work, but as of now, it's no longer an officially supported method.
Update 2: Microsoft posted an updated blog today in an attempt to clear confusion around who exactly will be getting Windows 10 for free and how. Essentially it bowls down to this:
1/ If you're participating in the Windows 10 Preview, then you get to install the full version when it arrives, as long as you opt-in to continue to receive preview builds.
2/ This applies to Windows 10 Preview being installed as a clean install, provided you opt-in to preview builds.
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How should the hardware sound output on your PC be set: maximum or in the middle? - Quora
This is a pretty vague question. I can only give an educated guess. Quality consumer hardware should be function like this: if everything is set to full volume then a full volume audio source (0dB sine wave for example) will pass without distortion. Basically, fool-proof. It's a linear system. You put in a 0 on one end and you get a 0 at the other, not a +1.
That being said, some software can amplify a signal above 100%, like VLC and iTunes equalizer. Also, I've heard crappy hardware that just falls apart at any volume.
You'll just have to do some listening tests. Turn everything up all …