Windows 10 Free Upgrade

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  1. Aug 7, 2015 #381 of 934
    Cholly

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    The new Task Manager is quite nice, with lots more features, including a list of all the startup programs and their impact on start time, along with checkboxes to enable/disable them.

    One problem I've found - the drive image I thought I'd made turned out to be empty. Also, my piture and documents folders have been scrubbed. I'm trying to locate them. Hopefully, I will be able to recover them from my Seagate Backup plus drive.
     
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    jimmie57

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    Open File Viewer and see if you have One Drive or Camera Roll or similar. There was a box to use that instead of where you had pics, etc. They might just be moved to one of the new locations. Good luck.
     
  3. Aug 7, 2015 #383 of 934
    jimmie57

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    I discovered a problem with my Logitech mouse. It works as a normal mouse but I am supposed to be able to customize it using Set Point.
    Well, the version of it was not compatible. I tried setting all of the .exe files in the Set Point folder to use in Win 7 compatibility mode. No go.

    I then tried to update / install the new version. No Go.
    I then tried to uninstall it and start over. I got an error on the uninstall which then set 2 processes to work in the Task Manager.
    By then I was Poooddd !
    I deleted the folders with Set Point, Ended the Tasks of it in Task Manager.

    I Downloaded the new version of it. That is when I discovered what appears to be wrong with it. When you go to the site to get it for Win 10 it is set to Smart Install. This time I chose 64 bit Full Install. You would choose the 32 bit Full Install if your machine was 32 bit of course.
    Yeah ! It did it and now that feature is working again.
     
  4. Aug 7, 2015 #384 of 934
    Cholly

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    Unfortunately, Camera Roll is empty. I have about a half dozen recent pics and the other day, I found a link to photos ending in w012, but didn't import them. Now, I'll have to try again.
     
  5. Aug 8, 2015 #385 of 934
    Blurayfan

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    My system downloaded the new Microsoft DVD Player that is supposed to replace Media Center during the service release update.
     
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    dpeters11

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    It's not really a replacement for Media Center. You get it free if you had Media Center, otherwise it's $15, which I certainly cannot recommend.
     
  7. Aug 9, 2015 #387 of 934
    Mark Holtz

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    My preferred DVD playback software is VLC which also plays back a variety of other video formats.

    The only blocker to my Windows 10 upgrade is that my Windows 7 laptop is still waiting. Plus, I am on vacation. No way am I going to risk a Windows 10 upgrade on my only computer while I am traveling.
     
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    Drucifer

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    For those running Fences to organized your DeskTop Icons, you need to upgrade it to v2.13 for it to work correctly in Win10.
     
  9. SayWhat?

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    For those that got the Nag Icon via the KB mentioned before, are you seeing "GWXConfigManager.exe" running from time to time?
     
  10. Drucifer

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    The FF updated W10 version installed itself while I was watching the Mets. It stated something about being faster under W10.

    I wonder how many upgrades I'll be getting in the next couple of months.
     
  11. jimmie57

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    In case you have not tried it.
    Click on the new Windows symbol in the lower left hand corner of the task bar,
    go up to Internet Explorer and do not click on it, instead click on the arrow to the right.
    This opens up the last places you visited.
    Click on one of those and it takes you right to it instead of opening IE on the start page.
    This eliminates opening on the start page and then choosing Favorites and then finding the favorite and clicking on it.
    Cool, Mikey Likes it.

    Also, even tho it is still IE11 it appears to be a lot more compatible for playing videos, etc. than it did when I ran it in Win 7. I think this improvement is from Win 10.
     
  12. phrelin

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    40.0.2 does seem faster and doesn't seem to crash like 39.x.x
     
  13. jimmie57

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    You might like this Add On for Firefox. It zooms Thumbnail pics when you put your pointer on it. This allows you to see a bigger picture without clicking on it and possibly getting sent to one of those sites that try to load a ton of stuff on the page before you can do anything after arriving there. You can adjust the delay time for the enlargement and the default % for size . It works in Win 10. I run it.
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/thumbnail-zoom-plus/
     
  14. Nick

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    I haven't yet installed 10 on my three laptops, but when I do I'll keep this advice from Dr. Vivek Wadhwa in mind:

    Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/08/17/i-used-to-doubt-microsoft-then-i-installed-windows-10/
     
  15. phrelin

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    Well, I've learned a few things. The two Surface Pro 2's running 8.1 upgraded, albeit not exactly smoothly (the fact that they are Microsoft computers seemed like they should have been simple, but they both have a lot of peripherals hooked up to them which seemed to cause problems until I unhooked all but the basics - monitor, keyboard and mouse to do the upgrade).

    The dual-boot desktop was a breeze replacing the 8.1 partition with 10 while leaving the 7 partition optionally available for booting.

    The 2010 notebook also was a breeze.

    As expected I can't get the 2007 notebook graphics to work beyond Win 7.

    On the other hand...

    Despite the fact that the Intel Compute Stick is running the Windows 8.1 32-bit operating system just fine, after many tries involving many hours each try, it just simply won't upgrade. Even though MS says it's hardware is ok, there are many complications, beginning with the fact that it requires a bluetooth keyboard/mouse which disconnects during the process. And, despite the fact that it has almost no software, there isn't enough free RAM. So based on MS web site info, the last attempt I went to the MS web page Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool and created an "installation disk" on a USB drive, again at 90%+ completion it froze and had to be rolled back to 8.1 and it appeared for awhile I had bricked it. It doesn't matter since it was my experiment to stream video from websites not supported by my Amazon Fire TV Stick or Dish Hopper. So I've ordered a Roku stick which will stream from all those websites.

    I like Win 10 just fine, but then again I was using both 7 and 8.1 on different computers without any confusion or problems.
     
  16. Steve

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    Whoever said "There's no such thing as free lunch" may have been anticipating the release of Windows 10. :p

    By default, IMO, Win10 invades one privacy more than any other app or service I've ever used. I feel bad for the non-technical folks who won't know how much of their personal info is being shipped off to the cloud or how to prevent it.

    A freeware program called DoNotSpy10 will install Open Candy ad-ware, so I don't recommend installing it unless you know how to clean up your PC post-installation with a program like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Here are screen grabs from it, tho, that list different Win-10 privacy-related options you might want to check on your own machines:
     

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  17. billsharpe

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    I am not seeing this on my IE11 browser in Win 10. I only see two tasks when I click on the arrow next to IE -- start inprivate browsing, open new task. However I have set Chrome as my default browser rather than Edge or IE, which may make a difference.
     
  18. jimmie57

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    Mine has the last 8 ? sites I have gone to. One of them is DBS talk New Content.
    Maybe because you are not using it, or maybe you have IE set to clear the History on Exit.
     
  19. dpeters11

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    The real problem is there is a lot of FUD. Access to microphone for example doesn't mean Microsoft is listening in.

    What gets me is that some of those afraid of Microsoft use Google email and Android and don't have an issue there.
     
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