Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
08/04/15 09:57 PM
Windows 10

Don't say you haven't been warned... <BG>

Link


sreyoB yrraL
(AVSIG Member)
08/04/15 10:37 PM
Re: Windows 10

"The man explained that the photos belonged to him and that heíd hid them in his ďMy PicturesĒ folder."

That ranks right up there with hiding your wallet and keys inside your shoes at the beach. No thief would ever think to check there!


Ray Tackett
(Top Gun)
08/05/15 09:39 AM
Windows 10

It's worse than that.

http://tinyurl.com/nl47axw

Before "upgrading" to Windows 10, disable networking, fix the defaults, and
only then enable networking.


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
08/05/15 01:23 PM
Re: Windows 10

OS X has its share of phone home gotchas, iOS too. Good suggestion, to disable networking, any platform, until you can sus out where the leaks are.

jb


Ralph Jones
(Top Gun)
08/14/15 06:00 PM
Re: Windows 10

My son gave it a try and he's planning to roll it back. The final straw came when it tried to chisel him out of $1.50 a month to play Freecell without a 30-second commercial every game <g>.

Stephanie Belser-2
(Top Gun APC)
08/14/15 07:36 PM
Re: Windows 10

One writer said that Windows 10 doesn't have spyware, Windows 10 is spyware.

I'll stick with 7 for now and, when I can't, I'll make he leap to something else.


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
08/14/15 10:33 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

The final straw came when it tried to chisel him out of $1.50 a month to play Freecell without a 30-second commercial every game <g>.




Surprise! ;-)

jb


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
08/15/15 01:50 AM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

My son gave it a try and he's planning to roll it back. The final straw came when it tried to chisel him out of $1.50 a month to play Freecell without a 30-second commercial every game <g>.




That should improve office productivity. <bg>


John O'Shaughnessy [FCM]
(Top Gun)
08/15/15 09:17 AM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

My son gave it a try and he's planning to roll it back. The final straw came when it tried to chisel him out of $1.50 a month to play Freecell without a 30-second commercial every game <g>.




I think this falls into the category of "hating your customer."

I'd have no problem with MS wanting to jump on the "in-App" purchase bandwagon, but they should do it by adding a new game where, perhaps to skip ads, or gain new levels, you could pay some money. To start charging to remove ads from games that have been there for years is just petty.

John


Dave Siciliano (ADS)
(Top Gun)
08/15/15 02:01 PM
Re: Windows 10

I think Dan Barkley on another board pointed out "The Cloud" means someone else's computer. I don't want that. Seems like all the providers are trying to move everything that-a-way. I won't be joining them if I have a choice.
We just took our office computers off a small business network because MS didn't offer it any more. The only choice they offered was a much more expensive system. We just went to a shared hard drive with a sync program for Outlook calendar and contacts. No more network or MS in that regard. We were constantly having issues which seemed to never get fixed properly.


Ralph Jones
(Top Gun)
08/15/15 03:46 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

I think Dan Barkley on another board pointed out "The Cloud" means someone else's computer.



It's like flying in an actual cloud: you can't see where you're going, and you're under somebody else's control.


Reams Goodloe
(Top Gun)
08/16/15 03:17 PM
Re: Windows 10

Steph -

A couple of examples....
...I haven't checked them out,but.....

http://www.techworm.net/2014/10/microsofts-windows-10-permission-watch-every-move.html

https://boingboing.net/2015/08/10/windows-10.html

I would ask what idiots think up these privacy policies, but I know that's the wrong question.....The folks who approve them just say, well, US law is extremely liberal, and if you want to do that, it's legal in the US. And send MS the bill for the advice. Not always so elsewhere in the world, but that's a different legal question. MS should really be looking at itself, and asking, is this pushing too far ?

Meantime, I'm with you...... no reason to upgrade to Win 10 and volunteer to accept their key logging and other spyware as "business as usual"......

Really, time for a user revolt, I think.

- Reams-


Reams Goodloe
(Top Gun)
08/16/15 03:28 PM
Re: Windows 10

Also, they're working counterfeit issues.....

http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows10counterfeitgames


Not to mention, they appear to be liars about "turned off"...

http://arstechnica.com/information-techn...g-to-microsoft/

http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows-10-sends-some-info-microsoft-even-settings-turned


- Reams -


Ralph Jones
(Top Gun)
08/16/15 04:40 PM
Re: Windows 10

Looks as if the Borg have it sewn up...

Mase Taylor
(Top Gun)
08/16/15 06:20 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Looks as if the Borg have it sewn up...





Resistance is futile...


Gil Buettner [KAUW]
(Top Gun)
08/24/15 05:36 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Don't say you haven't been warned...





So far, I am regretting the upgrade. I did two - my home desktop and a laptop I use at work.

It's pretty, let me think of other benefits: Faster? Only now and then. Lots of hangups, restarts, etc. No other benefit comes to mind.

Both computers have started up numerous times to a message: "Critical Error: Cortana and Start menu inoperative. Will attempt to correct on next startup."

Good luck. Signing out and in is not going to be enough.

There is a curious thing where my Outlook account is fine on the desktop, but on the laptop it shows nothing in the inbox or any history of messages. It is the same account.

Life was fine with Windows 7 on the desktop, and I was coping with Windows 8 on the laptop. Is there a way to go back?


Ralph Jones
(Top Gun)
08/24/15 06:13 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Life was fine with Windows 7 on the desktop, and I was coping with Windows 8 on the laptop. Is there a way to go back?



As I understand it, Win 10 saves your old Windows in a directory called Windows.old and gives you one month to see the error of your ways and go back. It's supposed to preserve your personal files, but there are differing opinions as to what it does to your apps.


Mase Taylor
(Top Gun)
08/24/15 06:13 PM
Re: Windows 10

Supposedly you can roll it back for a limited period of time.

I have 3 machines running Win7 and do not plan to change. If the free upgrade would work on XP I would try it, but it doesn't.


Dave Siciliano (ADS)
(Top Gun)
08/24/15 07:31 PM
Re: Windows 10

Lots of places pointing out issues. Checks for old games it may not allow to be played. Past compatible files issues possible: you have to check if what you have will run on there. Automatic setting that have to be turned off if you don't want them doin somethin and you have to figure out what they are, etc.
I'll wait. Plenty of time. Maybe next time the Fed increases rates (which is rumored to be some time off now.)


Bill Bridges - 9S1
(Top Gun)
08/24/15 07:46 PM
Re: Windows 10

Just upgraded a 64-bit Windows 8 laptop to Windows 10 and it's a lot better than Windows 8. I'm not sure it matters, but I'm also running Office 365 subscription without any problems.

the other bill


Rod Madsen (RDU)
(AVSIG Member)
08/24/15 09:55 PM
Re: Windows 10

I had Windows 7 on a high end ThinkPad and had experienced a Blue Screen of Death and a number of other faults which led me to go ahead and instal Windows 10. However, i did it the easy way. I took it to a MicroSoft store and had them install it for free and prove to me that everything was working correctly. So far I'm satisfied. Access, Excel, Word and Outlook all work fine. It also found my two wireless printers in different rooms.

Andrew Niemyer -KDLH
(Top Gun)
08/28/15 10:58 PM
Re: Windows 10

Rod,
I'm waiting for SP2, at least; same thing I did for W7. It seems that much like OSX Yosemite, it's better as a fresh install than as an over-write.

At least has the little trick of clicking on the upper left corner to make it look like W7.

Best,
Andy


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
08/29/15 01:56 AM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

I'm waiting for SP2, at least; same thing I did for W7.



Um, Win7 never had a SP2.


Andrew Niemyer -KDLH
(Top Gun)
08/29/15 02:11 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Quote:

I'm waiting for SP2, at least; same thing I did for W7.



Um, Win7 never had a SP2.




SP, "fixes," "updates," whatever they were called, as long as it's not the 1.0 of anything.


Andy


Dave Siciliano (ADS)
(Top Gun)
09/06/15 12:45 PM
Re: Windows 10

Windows 10 Worst Feature New Feature Now Installing on Windows 7 and 8.
Article shows updates allow privacy sharing with MS and how to uninstall if you wish.

http://tinyurl.com/pugpsg5


Dave Siciliano (ADS)
(Top Gun)
09/19/15 01:04 PM
Re: Windows 10

This network administrator says MS is installing Windows 10 on 7 and 8 computers. I looked and didn't see any files. Any thoughts on this?

Dave
==================================================

It all started when an Inquirer reader found, hiding in the hidden directory $Windows.~BT on his PC, all of the Windows 10 installation files, even though he had not ďreservedĒ a copy. Up to 6GB worth of them.

Some people were a mite upset about this. Especially people with small solid-state drives and slow Internet speeds.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2984729/microsoft-windows/windows-10-the-stealth-os.html


Ralph Jones
(Top Gun)
09/19/15 01:52 PM
Re: Windows 10

Just checked, and yes, they've done it to my machines.

You won't see it unless you have "Show hidden files" checked under Control Panel->Folder Options->View.


Ray Tackett
(Top Gun)
09/19/15 03:19 PM
Windows 10

According to a report on this issue in Ars Technica, the updater attempts to
install W10 as well. You have to kill it manually.

Also, Microsoft is retrofitting all the W10 spyware into 7 and 8 as "updates".


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
09/19/15 04:09 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Just checked, and yes, they've done it to my machines.



I see no sign of it on mine. But then it's in hibernate mode unless I'm actually using it.


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
09/19/15 05:47 PM
Attachment
Re: Windows 10

No sign of it on the real PC running W7Pro or the Mac, running the same version via Parallels. Did an update on both today (last update was 8/13/15 for both). Checked before and after that, nope (and yes, hidden files are shown, I think the desktop.ini files visible on the Desktop are a hint <g>).

I manually update Win, and only install "Important updates". Both machines are running gen-u-ine MS OEM versions of W7Pro, no idea if that makes a difference <shrug>

Nothing looking evil here...



jb


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
09/19/15 05:51 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

I manually update Win, and only install "Important updates". Both machines are running OEM versions of W7Pro, no idea if that makes a difference <shrug>



I didn't get the systray "offer" icon until I installed some recommended updates. But so far no sign of odd folders in the root of my drive.


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
09/19/15 05:58 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

I didn't get the systray "offer" icon until I installed some recommended updates.




So I'm guessing that's where they're putting the W10 crapload? No offers here...

jb


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
09/19/15 06:24 PM
Attachment
Re: Windows 10

And on a lighter note, somehow I've never noticed the chemtrails on the W7 splash screen ;-)



jb


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
09/19/15 06:33 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

So I'm guessing that's where they're putting the W10 crapload? No offers here...



I'd expect that if you're not getting the offer (or should I call it pop-up advertising), then I wouldn't expect it to download in the background.

But there might be some more things that have to be installed for the silent download of W10.


Ralph Jones
(Top Gun)
09/19/15 06:35 PM
Re: Windows 10

I clicked on "Reserve a copy for me" when they made the initial offer, planning to let others be the guinea pigs...perhaps "reserve" meant "stage" in the sysadmin context.

Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
09/19/15 07:21 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

I clicked on "Reserve a copy for me" when they made the initial offer, planning to let others be the guinea pigs...perhaps "reserve" meant "stage" in the sysadmin context.



Ah, that could be. I've just been clicking the "x". The offer isn't going anywhere for the next several months. It's not like Microsoft is going to run out of copies. I'm in no hurry. I see no advantage to reserving "now".


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
09/19/15 08:06 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

I'd expect that if you're not getting the offer (or should I call it pop-up advertising), then I wouldn't expect it to download in the background.

But there might be some more things that have to be installed for the silent download of W10




And the offer and enabling software most likely came with a recommended update. I don't browse from either Windows install, but figger I might as well stay current with the important stuff. Windows Update is usually the only time they're allowed to be online, a few app updates also.

jb


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/14/15 02:41 PM
Re: Windows 10

Ugh. My main computer is now pushing W10. It came up as a "checked" optional update in today's "patch Tuesday". It was checked, even though I had set the update to not to install optional updates.

Still no sign of unauthorized install downloads.


Stephanie Belser
(Top Gun APC)
10/14/15 05:20 PM
Re: Windows 10

Mind did, as well.

Those weasels.


Ralph Jones
(Top Gun)
10/14/15 07:13 PM
Re: Windows 10

Mine too...thanks all for the heads-up.

Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/15/15 09:03 PM
Re: Windows 10

Seems some are getting it worse: Windows 10 upgrade nags become more aggressive, offer no opt-out

"Reports are circulating that some users are being presented with dialog boxes that only give them the option to start the upgrade process or reschedule it for a later date. Others are finding that the Windows Update screen is only offering them the option to begin the upgrade process, with other system updates being hidden from view."

I admit, when I was doing my manual Windows update, it took a bit to figure out how to get my updates without approving the Windows 10 install.

I also had this happen to one of my work machines. I think MS is forgetting who is buttering their bread. If business machines accidentally get upgraded, I don't think corporate will be amused.


Mase Taylor
(Top Gun)
10/15/15 09:13 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:


I admit, when I was doing my manual Windows update, it took a bit to figure out how to get my updates without approving the Windows 10 install.






How did you do it?
I am having this problem.


Tom Charlton
(Top Gun)
10/15/15 10:22 PM
Attachment
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

"Reports are circulating that some users are being presented with dialog boxes that only give them the option to start the upgrade process or reschedule it for a later date. Others are finding that the Windows Update screen is only offering them the option to begin the upgrade process, with other system updates being hidden from view."


Hi Russel,
Yup, this is me right now.
I use 7 pro and Melody uses 8. Iíve intended to upgrade to 10 when we settle down at the end of the year and buy and live in a house again with a broadband connection. Weíve been full time in a motorhome since retirement and streaming update data via Verizon Jetpac is too expensive. We discovered unexplained ultra-high data usage. So, manual updates when we find a good free wifi.

My understanding is once you go with 10 you lose control over when updates are done. Soon as I turn on my Veison Jetpac itís going to start streaming update data!

So, anyhow my 7 is several months out of date.

Regards,
Tom Charlton


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/15/15 11:48 PM
Re: Windows 10

I'm going by memory here, I think it's "Show all available updates" just under that big inviting window. Once in there, go to the "option" tab on the left and uncheck Windows 10. You may have to scroll down to the bottom.

Whatever you do, DON'T click the big button until you find the magic checkbox. You'll know you have it when that Windows logo goes away and it all looks normal again.


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/15/15 11:58 PM
Re: Windows 10

BTW, I notice you're only getting updates for Windows only. I'd suggest clicking on "Find out more." near the bottom on the screen. It will install a little better update that will do security updates on MS apps - things like MS Office, SQL, etc.

Ken Korshin KMIA
(Top Gun)
10/16/15 09:01 AM
Re: Windows 10

That's it. Sort of not getting your attention"show all available---" last update seemed to take forever. I had carefully unchecked the option for Win10. I was afraid the win10 update was taking place but it came out OK with no 10 update. Whew!

I just don't want the hassle of learning a new system. Win 7 is stable, does everything I need and I don't want MS intruding on my hardware with out my permission.
Maybe MS should give me a new computer, then it would be their hardware they're goin into. :>)


Stephanie Belser
(Top Gun APC)
10/16/15 09:32 AM
Re: Windows 10

Auto download of Win 10 is apparently triggered by Win 7/8 update KB3035583.

And Win 10 will "brick" third-party antivirus programs.

https://bearbussjaeger.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/windows-10-reason-eleventy-gazzillion-to-avoid-it/


Ward Miller POU-NY
(Top Gun)
10/16/15 10:03 AM
Windows 10

>> I just don't want the hassle of learning a new system. <<

I second that, Ken.

Another disadvantage of 10, buying new versions of applications that can't be
transported from 7 to 10. Haven't seen anyone mention that, but it could get
to be expensive and more than just a nuisance.


Ralph Jones
(Top Gun)
10/16/15 11:07 AM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

And Win 10 will "brick" third-party antivirus programs.




I've been getting notices from Kaspersky warning me to do their upgrade before bringing Win10 aboard.


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/16/15 01:29 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

last update seemed to take forever.



Probably Windows Malicious Software Tool. I think it does a scan as part of the install.


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/16/15 01:35 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Another disadvantage of 10, buying new versions of applications that can't be transported from 7 to 10.



Have you run into some? I know I ran an adviser and it pointed out a number of programs, but I'm not sure as it was more of a "not supported" rather than "won't work" advisory.


Ward Miller POU-NY
(Top Gun)
10/16/15 05:53 PM
Windows 10

Russell, for starters, MS Office and WordPerfect Suite now running on my Win
7 machines can't be brought over. I think Office requires a license or
subscription for each machine and my current WP license only covers two
machines. So, we are talking about more than pocket change.

Then there are drivers for my oldish printers. And I don't see any 3rd
party up-levels for my sleep apnea hardware.

I see no advantage for *me* going to Win 10, and a load of disadvantages.


Bill Bridges - 9S1
(Top Gun)
10/16/15 07:18 PM
Re: Windows 10

Ward,

I rent my MS Office for about $65.00 a year. It gives me the latest version. Cheaper than buying and worrying about it.

the other bill


Bill Bridges - 9S1
(Top Gun)
10/16/15 07:21 PM
Re: Windows 10

I just deleted/hid the "KB" causing all the problems.

the other bill


Ward Miller POU-NY
(Top Gun)
10/16/15 09:42 PM
Windows 10

>> I rent my MS Office for about $65.00 a year. It gives me the latest
version. Cheaper than buying and worrying about it. <<

Bill, if I went to Win 10, I would have to rent three copies, for about $195
a year . After four years that would be about $780. I was talking about the
costs of moving to Win 10. That would be $780 I could avoid, if I stayed
with Win 7.

Incidentally, the three copies of MS Office I now have I bought for about
$100 each and have had for several years.


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/16/15 10:05 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Russell, for starters, MS Office and WordPerfect Suite now running on my Win 7 machines can't be brought over.



"Can't" or "not supported"? Have you googled the version and found out if there's a way to run it on 10?


Reams Goodloe
(Top Gun)
10/19/15 11:20 PM
Re: Windows 10

>>>Auto download of Win 10 is apparently triggered by Win 7/8 update KB3035583.<<<

Must be more to it than that.... We installed that on 07/17/15, no issues...

Still using a non-MS antivirus, OK.

- Reams-





Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3035583)

Installation date: &#8206;7/&#8206;17/&#8206;2015 3:01 AM

Installation status: Successful

Update type: Recommended

Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

More information:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3035583

Help and Support:
http://support.microsoft.com


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/19/15 11:44 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Must be more to it than that.... We installed that on 07/17/15, no issues...




There is. Sorry, I didn't take notes. I installed some additional optional updates. I don't remember how I selected them - I think they said they were assessing my hardware. But once I added them, I got the upgrade offer in my systray.


Tom Charlton
(Top Gun)
10/20/15 08:17 AM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

So, anyhow my 7 is several months out of date.



Next time I went back to the Windows Update screen it showed what Iíd normally expect to see. So, at oh-dark-thirty when I had a decent Wi-Fi data stream I had a successful download and system update for Windows-7.

Do I understand correctly that when I do upgrade to 10 all of my MS Office stuff isnít usable? That Iíll need to buy some sort of MS Office subscription deal?

Regards,
Tom Charlton


Kcid LlirreM
(Top Gun)
10/20/15 08:41 AM
Re: Windows 10

I'm still using Office 2003 with W 7. Do't think I'll up date. I switched to Thunderbird long ago.

Windows is not done, until older Office won't run?


Rod Madsen (RDU)
(AVSIG Member)
10/20/15 11:43 AM
Re: Windows 10

MS office stuff continues to run normally when moving from W7 to W10. I did it.

Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/20/15 01:18 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Do I understand correctly that when I do upgrade to 10 all of my MS Office stuff isnít usable?



I think that would depend on what version of Office you have. If you're running a really old version, it may not be supported. I'm not sure if it quits or not.


Gil Buettner [KAUW]
(Top Gun)
10/20/15 04:13 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

[
Do I understand correctly that when I do upgrade to 10 all of my MS Office stuff isnít usable? That Iíll need to buy some sort of MS Office subscription deal?

Regards,
Tom Charlton




I have heard that, but I am using my Office programs with 10 on two computers without any issues.


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
10/20/15 04:20 PM
Re: Windows 10

As long as you're staying with the same number of bits (32 Vs. 64), I don't think there's that big a leap from Win7 to Win10. I'm not aware of any new thing that was added that would break most programs. (Things that dig deep like AV is a different story.)

One of the bigger changes was that Program Files was no longer the private scratch pad of programs. But I think that rolled out some time during XP and really enforced in Win7.

The other big thing is that 64-bit programs won't run the old 16-bi programs. And with Win7, 64-bit became quite common if not mainstream.


Ward Miller POU-NY
(Top Gun)
10/20/15 05:35 PM
Windows 10

Gil, what version of MS Office are your running on Win 10?

Mase Taylor
(Top Gun)
10/20/15 05:45 PM
Re: Windows 10

I am running Office 2000 on Windows 7/64 with no problem.

Gil Buettner [KAUW]
(Top Gun)
10/21/15 10:55 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Gil, what version of MS Office are your running on Win 10?




Office 2010.


Ward Miller POU-NY
(Top Gun)
10/22/15 08:50 AM
Windows 10

>> Win10...running Office 2010. <<

Good for you, Gil!


Dave Siciliano (ADS)
(Top Gun)
11/02/15 05:12 PM
Re: Windows 10

Microsoft admits Windows 10 automatic spying cannot be turned off.

http://tinyurl.com/nuf7j6l


Reams Goodloe
(Top Gun)
11/02/15 08:03 PM
Re: Windows 10

KILLER FEATURE!!!

Unless timely exorcised, may be the end of the ""M"pire

- Reams-


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
11/02/15 09:30 PM
Re: Windows 10

Considering the move to "the cloud", this pales in comparison of what any cloud provider has on you.

While people frequently get up in arms about Microsoft, it seems time and again, they're a software company with little interest in people's data.

That's more than I can say about "the big G" which is an analytics company that packages you up for the advertisers.


Jeff Hartmann CIC
(Top Gun)
11/03/15 07:08 AM
Re: Windows 10

looks like my word 2003 may be in trouble if I upgrade.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windo...e8a5d46f?auth=1


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
11/03/15 12:03 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

looks like my word 2003 may be in trouble if I upgrade.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windo...e8a5d46f?auth=1



A quick read seems to indicate that it's not supported, but some are reporting that at least Word seems to work OK.


Reams Goodloe
(Top Gun)
11/05/15 03:38 AM
Re: Windows 10

>>A quick read seems to indicate that it's not supported, but some are reporting that at least Word seems to work OK. <<

Whatever.
I've got an old version of Mass11 that still works just fine on one of my computers. No problema.Doesnt require all this damn expensive maintenance, either...<g>

- Reams-


Kcid LlirreM
(Top Gun)
11/05/15 07:52 AM
Re: Windows 10

I have used Open office and LIbre OFfice as replacements for word and Excel. I didn't like their Access look alike though.

Bill Bridges - 9S1
(Top Gun)
12/10/15 11:45 AM
Re: Windows 10

I had the update to Windows 10 show up today on one of my Win 7 machines, but not the other. I thought I had it locked out, but apparently not. I'm not sure which update set it off. Eventually I'll figure it out.

the other bill


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
12/10/15 12:29 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

I had the update to Windows 10 show up today on one of my Win 7 machines, but not the other. I thought I had it locked out, but apparently not. I'm not sure which update set it off.



You probably removed the update responsible, but forgot to tell it to not re-install. So it came back in along with all the other updates this week.


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
12/10/15 04:14 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

You probably removed the update responsible, but forgot to tell it to not re-install. So it came back in along with all the other updates this week.




Maybe, maybe not. A current article here indicates MS may be narrowing the options.

FWIW, I updated W7 Pro last week, (manually, as always), with only the security updates (I haven't even looked at the optional updates for years). No nag stuff here.

For my situation, being as I never use Windows to browse, email, or do anything online other than occasionally check for updates on 3 or 4 apps, the security issues aren't really relevant either. I also disable my network connection unless I'm doing those limited online tasks.

jb


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
12/10/15 04:16 PM
Re: Windows 10

Bill, out of curiosity, did you ever "reserve" the Windows 10 upgrade on either of those machines?

jb


Bill Bridges - 9S1
(Top Gun)
12/10/15 05:55 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Bill, out of curiosity, did you ever "reserve" the Windows 10 upgrade on either of those machines?

jb




No.

the other bill


Mike OverlyAdministrator
(Hangar Rat w/Buttons)
01/24/16 11:53 AM
Re: Windows 10

Thanks to an unrecoverable device loading issue I am now running two Win 10 installations -- one preloaded on an ASUS ultrabook I purchased after exhausting all recovery options on my previously-trusty Lenovo, and the other on the Lenovo after getting real impressed with 10, wiping the drive, and taking advantage of the free upgrade.

Thoughts:

1. The privacy concerns are real. The [Recommended] installation button is presented front-and-center, while the custom option is hanging out trailing off the text nobody reads up-and-to-the-left of the Next/Next/Next action area. Let MS herd you through express/recommended installation and you'll reveal your mother's maiden name and everything she ever whispered into your father's ear, and maybe some other ears. Click the custom option and turn just about every default off and you'll probably still be sending MS everything, but you won't feel like such a sucker.

2. You'll pick the interface right up from Win 7 or before. They've backed off the whole touchscreen thing, and you can tell it you have no plans to be poking at your screen and it will even remove a few touch screen interface options to keep it all pretty simple.

3. Win 10 is more backwardly compatible with everything I run than any version of Windows before it. Not only does Office 2003 (last good version of Word, IMO) run without a hitch, some programs that had random fatal glitches from ME on up now run like champs. DOSbox also runs fine, meaning there is not a program or game in my library dating back to the 80s that doesn't work on these machines.

4. It's fast and stable. The only way I've been able to provoke the installation on either machine is by closing the lid during the shutdown process, which results in a brief "didn't shut down correctly" pause on the next start up. It's only been two weeks, but usually I can break stuff in two days. We'll see.


Dave Siciliano (ADS)
(Top Gun)
01/24/16 02:27 PM
Re: Windows 10

Thanks for the report Mike. I'll eventually migrate there. Appreciate the set up warnings. I'll probably do it one day when I have plenty of time to fix stuff.

Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]
(Top Gun)
01/24/16 02:52 PM
Re: Windows 10

That's really helpful, Mike. I'll probably not due the upgrade on current (fairly long in the tooth) machines but I won't dread Win10 on new equipment.

Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
01/24/16 05:48 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

The privacy concerns are real.



Counterpoint: It's not privancy, it's analytics
Revealed! The crucial detail that Windows 10 privacy critics are missing



Quote:

Win 10 is more backwardly compatible with everything I run than any version of Windows before it.



I'm guessing you're running 32-bit Windows? Last I knew, 16-bit programs were still a no-go for 64-bit Windows. Or has that changed?


Ray Tackett
(Top Gun)
01/24/16 06:20 PM
Windows 10

Windows 7 killed 16 bit apps and full-screen command windows. I use both. I
have stayed with XP.


Mike OverlyAdministrator
(Hangar Rat w/Buttons)
01/24/16 06:54 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Quote:

The privacy concerns are real.



Counterpoint: It's not privancy, it's analytics
Revealed! The crucial detail that Windows 10 privacy critics are missing

Quote:

Win 10 is more backwardly compatible with everything I run than any version of Windows before it.



I'm guessing you're running 32-bit Windows? Last I knew, 16-bit programs were still a no-go for 64-bit Windows. Or has that changed?




At first I thought that article was a spoof, but apparently the guy's serious. If you read through the default things MS wants collect to enhance your experience and you're fine with it, well, fine.

I'm running 64-bit, but I haven't had any problem emulating older environments via DOSbox. Here's an article with a few strategies depending on what you're trying to run.


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
01/24/16 09:44 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Windows 7 killed 16 bit apps and full-screen command windows.




Windows 7/64, yes.

Windows 7/32, I can't say as I've used full-screen command, but it will run 16-bit DOS programs that Windows 7/64 will not.


Ray Tackett
(Top Gun)
01/24/16 09:53 PM
Windows 10

A few weeks ago, I bought a bare (no disk, no operating system) server for
cheap. Windows XP installation failed, so I tried the current Ubuntu
server. It's command line only, which doesn't bother me. I had Ubuntu
installed, including Windows file shares via Samba, in twenty minutes. That
is roughly sixty times faster than installing Windows and getting it the way
I want it.

Bias disclosure: You hear that from someone who is equally at home on
Windows and Unix.


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
01/25/16 01:59 AM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Windows XP installation failed,



It may have had a chipset that Windows XP didn't know how to run. That's one problem with new machines - you can't get drivers for an obsolete OS.


Ray Tackett
(Top Gun)
01/25/16 06:40 AM
Windows 10

No doubt. I got sucked in by misunderstanding the CPU type. It read and was
priced as if it was an ancient(!) Pentium.


Cole Loftus [C89]
(Top Gun)
01/25/16 04:06 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

The privacy concerns are real.



Counterpoint: It's not privancy, it's analytics
Revealed! The crucial detail that Windows 10 privacy critics are missing

Quote:

Win 10 is more backwardly compatible with everything I run than any version of Windows before it.



I'm guessing you're running 32-bit Windows? Last I knew, 16-bit programs were still a no-go for 64-bit Windows. Or has that changed?




At first I thought that article was a spoof, but apparently the guy's serious. If you read through the default things MS wants collect to enhance your experience and you're fine with it, well, fine.

I'm running 64-bit, but I haven't had any problem emulating older environments via DOSbox. Here's an article with a few strategies depending on what you're trying to run.




It's a question of trust. My trust is limited, when it comes to a company that's uploading Windows 10 installation files to customers with Windows 7 or 8, without asking or notifying, and taking away a customer's ability to control the timing and selection of which updates to install.

I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate on this machine, and I'll keep it as long as I can. I'm also running GWX Control Panel and Spybot Anti-Beacon occasionally. So far that's doing the job for me.

For my portable, I'm looking for 8.1 Pro install media that's over a year old, to get around automatic installation of certain updates. I have a license, but not the media that I want.

Eventually I may have to consider a hardware-based firewall to block traffic.


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
01/25/16 04:12 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

It's a question of trust. My trust is limited,




Things change, but I can't remember Microsoft being anything but a over-eager software company. I can't remember any instance of them being interested in your data.

OTOH, Google packages you up for delivery to advertisers. They're primarily an information company.


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
01/25/16 09:27 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Things change, but I can't remember Microsoft being anything but a over-eager software company.




Sorta seems like calling King Kong a rather large gorilla <g>

jb


Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
01/25/16 09:53 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Sorta seems like calling King Kong a rather large gorilla <g>




Either way, they're not a Ferengi. <g>


Jim Bell
(AVSIG Member)
01/25/16 11:01 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Either way, they're not a Ferengi. <g>




Now that would be an unfair comparison, they're certainly not like this...

"They and their culture are characterized by a mercantile obsession with profit and trade, and their constant efforts to swindle unwary customers into unfair deals."

Hmmm... Nah ;-) Yeah, right...

jb


Cole Loftus [C89]
(Top Gun)
01/25/16 11:20 PM
Re: Windows 10

Quote:

Quote:

It's a question of trust. My trust is limited,




Things change, but I can't remember Microsoft being anything but a over-eager software company. I can't remember any instance of them being interested in your data.

OTOH, Google packages you up for delivery to advertisers. They're primarily an information company.




Whether a company's interested or not can be a very small factor these days. Any data collection can draw flies. And Microsoft seems to be changing. It used to be about revenue streams. Lately control seems to be a priority, and I don't particularly care for what's now going on behind the curtain.


Reams Goodloe
(Top Gun)
01/26/16 01:21 AM
Re: Windows 10

>>>Now that would be an unfair comparison, they're certainly not like this...<<<

Thanks for that reality check, Jim....<G>

- Reams-



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