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#21
I doubt the NSA or CSE in Canada is interested in what the average person does online, it's the terrorists and criminals they are after.
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#22
(10-14-2015, 10:20 PM)WarBicycle Wrote: I doubt the NSA or CSE in Canada is interested in what the average person does online, it's the terrorists and criminals they are after.

NSA was an analogy. Microsoft isn't in business to catch criminals or terrorists ... they're out to collect as much of your personal information as possible so they can sell it to people who want to sell you stuff ... or other groups that want to influence your decision making. I'm sorry, but an operating system that can 'hear' you coughing ... and then pops up an ad for cough drops and decongestants on your screen is flat out creepy. Machines are supposed to be our servants ... not direct our lives for fun an profit.
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#23
I have had Windows 10 running on my Ultrabook since the download first became available. Though I am quite happy with Windows 10, my laptop didn't appear to be working sluggish. December's edition of Web User suggested trying Drive Booster. I downloaded and it found 14 really old drivers that required updating. Since updating the drivers, my computer has runs like a new computer. All of the outdated drivers were hardware related. Give it a try, it's free software.
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#24
I just received a refurbished AMD A10 computer with Windows 10. Its a little different, but I expect to get used to it.

Also, I caught a fantastic deal through DealzOn the other day: 15.6" HP Pavilion 15 AMD A10-8700P, 6RAM, with 1TB drive for just 199.99 plus $13.48 sales tax. Its slightly used, but was put together around the middle of 2015. I have an older Duo-Core, but just couldn't pass this one up. And it too comes with Windows 10.

I guess I'm going to have to get to know Win 10 pretty quick. S5
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#25
The problem with W10, which already started with W8, is that many hardwares are not supported anymore. And sometimes softwares don't work properly because of loosy built-in drivers.
I gave my daughter a refurbished desktop PC with W10 - 64bit, but with an old Intel MoBo and she can't play Minecraft on it because of graphic drivers. She almost decided to throw the computer through the window (she lives on the 5th floor).

It's also very difficult to get some software access to their own files and settings because "Program Files" is protected like bunker. In some cases you have to move the programs to a non-protected folder, which in turn makes this software unprotected... Brillant safety management from MS.

There is no border on windows. If you want I can give you the trick to add some. Almost inexisting customization of the interface unless you find geek workarounds hacking the registry. There were more visual options under W95.
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#26
(01-08-2016, 05:14 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: I gave my daughter a refurbished desktop PC with W10 - 64bit, but with an old Intel MoBo and she can't play Minecraft on it because of graphic drivers.


There are a ton of games that will not run on a high number of mother boards and their built-in GPU.

What you describe is not exactly a problem with W10, it is a problem either with the capability of that built-in GPU or with the vendor of that old mother board. Add a dedicated video card that has W10 support and Minecraft will most likely run smoothly.
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#27
The problem with W10 is that under previous versions of Windows, you didn't have this problem. And the manufacturers are not willing to update their drivers for "your mature hardware" as Intel puts it. If they did poeple wouldn't buy new stuffs.

Specificaly, the built-in W10 driver doesn't support Open GL. If you install the W7 driver which supports Open GL, Minecraft plays until the next Windows automatic update (a couple of days later).

But yes, I think that buying a graphic card will be necessary, especialy if we want to work on 64bit. It's creepy to have a complete 64bit system but your high performance graphic card driver is 32bit...
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#28
Fred, that's one of the reasons why I almost always wait for a couple of years just to let the dust settle. I'm still using Windows 7 on my main computers upstairs and downstairs. I have a KVM switch downstairs, and the newer computer is on it but not for use on the internet.

Here's the one I have: IOGEAR GCS632U 2-Port USB PLUS KVM Switch I wonder why I left it to sit around for several years before using it. Its really neat, and straightforward.

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#29
I have been using a KVM switche for years too. The best "dual boot solution" IMO. ...Until it stopped functioning, either because I changed computer or because it's broke. I don't know, I couldn't identify the problem.

Another cool stuff is the ability to turn on your PC from the keyboard. I had this on my old computer. But not on the new one, and I must crawl under the table everytime...
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We bought the graphic card and it works like charm with the game. S5

Just don't try to install the driver from the CD. The driver is installed automaticaly.
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#30
It looks like Microsoft is going to be playing HardBall from now on, for those who refuse to upgrade to the latest Windows 10. If you are still Using Windows 7, which I am, along with Windows 10, and have no plans of changing any time soon, I will have to be more careful about which prompt I click when the next reminder comes up.

But if anyone accidentally gets upgraded against their will, and wants to go back to their original version, that is doable, thanks from our friends over at PCWorld.com.

How to go back to Windows 7 or 8 after an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade:
It’s now possible for your computer to be updated to Windows 10 without your explicit content.


And remember this: Microsoft won't end security updates for your Windows 7 PC until Jan. 14, 2020. So there are four more years before Microsoft closes its doors on the edition.
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#31
I respect your choice but I don't understqnd it. I have been with W10 for 8 months now and everything is finem safe for 2 or 3 cosmetic things.
If you don't trust M$ why do you trust it with W7?
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#32
(05-24-2016, 06:08 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: I respect your choice but I don't understqnd it. I have been with W10 for 8 months now and everything is finem safe for 2 or 3 cosmetic things.
If you don't trust M$ why do you trust it with W7?

Fred, I am using both, but I still feel more comfortable in Win7, that's all.  Hey, I'm like 99.99% of humans: I'm conservative and resist change.  I'm not in the morgue yet.  S5

And since I am an Individualist, and don't like people telling me what to do, I also resist being forced into something others demand I do.
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#33
(01-08-2016, 05:14 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: The problem with W10, which already started with W8, is that many hardwares are not supported anymore. And sometimes softwares don't work properly because of loosy built-in drivers.
I gave my daughter a refurbished desktop PC with W10 - 64bit, but with an old Intel MoBo and she can't play Minecraft on it because of graphic drivers. She almost decided to throw the computer through the window (she lives on the 5th floor).

It's also very difficult to get some software access to their own files and settings because "Program Files" is protected like bunker. In some cases you have to move the programs to a non-protected folder, which in turn makes this software unprotected... Brillant safety management from MS.

There is no border on windows. If you want I can give you the trick to add some. Almost inexisting customization of the interface unless you find geek workarounds hacking the registry. There were more visual options under W95.

Download Drive Booster 3, it will update drivers Windows 10 ignores.
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#34
(05-23-2016, 08:57 PM)John L Wrote: It looks like Microsoft is going to be playing HardBall from now on, for those who refuse to upgrade to the latest Windows 10.   If you are still Using Windows 7, which I am, along with Windows 10, and have no plans of changing any time soon, I will have to be more careful about which prompt I click when the next reminder comes up.  

But if anyone accidentally gets upgraded against their will, and wants to go back to their original version, that is doable, thanks from our friends over at PCWorld.com.  

How to go back to Windows 7 or 8 after an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade:
It’s now possible for your computer to be updated to Windows 10 without your explicit content.


And remember this: Microsoft won't end security updates for your Windows 7 PC until Jan. 14, 2020.  So there are four more years before Microsoft closes its doors on the edition.

My wife's laptop was automatically upgraded to Windows 10 several days ago, she didn't lose anything. When I opted to install Windows 10 it was a clean install, now it is an update. Microsoft was have received lots of hate mail from angry clients.
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#35
I keep promising to switch to Linux, but just keep putting it off.   My Bad! S4
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#36
I can understand why the new Win10 start menu is different from the older, classic start menus of the earlier versions.  Touch screens are invading even the desktop computers, and the classic style isn't set up for touch purposes.  

So, if you don't have a touch screen, the Classic style is still a favorite with most, including myself.  Well, here's how to get it back.

How to get Windows 7's Start menu in Windows 10: Not everyone likes the new Windows 10 Start menu. The good news is you can replace it with something more traditional.

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#37
Alright, let's say you are a Hard-Headed Stick-in-the-Mud Reactionary, such as myself.  Suppose you are still using Win7 and perfectly well happy with it.  And lets say you even have Windows 10 on a second computer that is hooked up to your other computer, and using both.  

But there is one problem here.  The Windows 10 upgrade window ends on July 29, 2016.  After that, the offer goes away, and those obstinate reactionaries, such as myself, will not have the chance to upgrade unless we are good at downloading it from other sources.  

Well, there's a way, and it is located right here on ZDNet.

How to lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and keep using your old Windows version.
The year-long free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends on July 29. But what if you're not ready to upgrade yet? Here's how to claim your upgrade so it's available at no cost when the time comes.

Keep in mind that your old version is the Real Deal.

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If you are hard-headed like me, then keep this link, and post, in mind, should you pass the cut-off date.  S22
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#38
Yes, like that you can use you free update for W10 when W15 comes out by 2024. You will just be bombarded with end-of-support notices. But that's better than risk the latest or pre-latest versions...
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#39
Fred, I have a reason why I wait for a while before moving up to the next version. It usually takes a good year, for all the bugs to get worked out, so it can work smoothly. I prefer letting others learn things the hard way first. S5
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#40
I'm almost afraid to post this article, since I seem to be the only person here, who is not madly in love with Win10.   S11

What to do when you hate Windows 10
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