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Re: Windows 10

Post by Witness » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:46 am

μ$oft killed my boot options, had to re-enable from scratch. :x

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Re: Windows 10

Post by Witness » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:16 am

Could go in the "Ship of fail" thread:
Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10

Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium.

Microsoft's Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 in 2015. Built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML, Microsoft Edge was designed to be fast, lightweight, and secure, but it launched with a plethora of issues that resulted in users rejecting it early on. Edge has since struggled to gain traction, thanks to its continued instability and lack of mindshare, from users and web developers.

Because of this, I'm told that Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, which uses a similar rendering engine first popularized by Google's Chrome browser known as Blink. Codenamed "Anaheim," this new browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform, according to my sources, who wish to remain anonymous. It's unknown at this time if Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or if the user interface (UI) between Edge and Anaheim is different. One thing is for sure, however; EdgeHTML in Windows 10's default browser is dead.
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Re: Windows 10

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:29 am

So basically, badge engineered Chrome that phones home to Redmond instead of Mountain View. :roll:
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Re: Windows 10

Post by Witness » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:42 am

Windows 10 Will Soon “Reserve” 7 GB of Your Storage for Updates

Windows Updates need a lot of disk space, which is a problem on devices with small amounts of internal storage. Microsoft is fixing this by “reserving” some disk space for updates in the next version of Windows 10, codenamed 19H1.

Microsoft has been pushing cheap laptops with small hard drives for years now. But anyone who has ever used one has quickly run into a major issue: They usually don’t have enough storage left over to install major updates. This leaves them without important patches, security fixes, and new features. While you shouldn’t update to the latest version of Windows on the first day, you do want to eventually get there. So this is a serious problem.
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Microsoft is trying to address this with a method that is bound to be controversial. Starting in the next major release (and available to Insiders now), Microsoft will reserve at least 7 gigabytes of space on your hard drive.

The space won’t go completely wasted. Windows will store temporary files here when space isn’t needed for updates. Files created by apps and processes that would have taken space anyway will now go into this reserved storage. When it’s time to update, Windows will automatically delete all the files in reserved storage and use the space for downloading update files.
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Microsoft says reserved storage should start at around 7 gigabytes and go up from there.
https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/windows-1 ... r-updates/

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Re: Windows 10

Post by Pyrrho » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:25 pm


The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: Windows 10

Post by Witness » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:43 am

↑ This is slightly misleading: you'd have to download a MHT file and then double-click on it, launching IE (default option) to open it. That's not "never using it".
Everything scraped from the Internet is potentially dangerous, as we all know already.
And if you don't use IE anyway, you'll probably have configured your favorite browser to also be the default for MHT files, no? (I presume all browsers are able to do that, but I could be wrong.)

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Re: Windows 10

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:41 am


The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: Windows 10

Post by Witness » Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:52 am

Not W10 directly:
Ebooks Purchased From Microsoft Will Be Deleted This Month Because You Don't Really Own Anything Anymore

Anyone who bought ebooks through the Microsoft Store is in for a rude shock in the coming days. The good news? You can get a refund. The bad news? All of your books are going to be deleted this month.

Microsoft announced in April that it would stop selling ebooks and that any books the company already sold would stop working in early July because the DRM servers were being shut off. Yes, you read that correctly. Those books that you “bought” are going to disappear. Even the “free” books that you downloaded through Microsoft will be deleted.

Microsoft started selling ebooks back in 2017 but tech limitations made them unpopular with users. As my colleague Alex Cranz explained back in April, anyone who bought Microsoft’s ebooks had to use Microsoft’s Edge browser and the company never made a dedicated ebook reader application. The books also came with restrictive DRM, the digital locks on media that prohibit people from sharing the files with others. Unfortunately, the existence of those same locks are the precise reason that Microsoft can pull the plug on your books remotely.
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Re: Windows 10

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:10 am

The DRM they use is easily removed using a Calibre plug-in Apprentice Alf or ConvertLit.

https://apprenticealf.wordpress.com
http://convertlit.com/

But even if it were not, all the books they sold are available DRM-free, for free, at many elsewheres.

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Re: Windows 10

Post by Witness » Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:38 am

↑ Sure, but the point is that you don't own anymore some stuff you however have to buy.

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Re: Windows 10

Post by Rob Lister » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:14 am

Witness wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:38 am
↑ Sure, but the point is that you don't own anymore some stuff you however have to buy.
You pays the dime and takes your chances. And besides, the buyer is made whole. I've got no beef.

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Re: Windows 10

Post by sparks » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:08 pm

Oh hey?

When I bought my last laptop it had Win8somethingorother on it and I immediately wiped it and put Win7 Ultimate on it. No problems. Question is, if I buy some new shit-hot laptop with Win10somethingorother on it, will it run Win7 Ultimate?

Because, you know, fuck Win10.
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Re: Windows 10

Post by Rob Lister » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:58 pm

No idea but not a great idea. 7 is no longer supported.

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Re: Windows 10

Post by sparks » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:16 am

Yep, I know. But I really like 7 and I've heard nothing but shit about 10. Bloatware that keeps coming back with every update. And it phones home with way too much information about the user. Now, perhaps that's just bullshit. I really don't know.

That's why I'm asking this august body what they think and I appreciate your response Rob. Thanks.
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Re: Windows 10

Post by Witness » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:46 am

sparks wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:16 am
Yep, I know. But I really like 7 and I've heard nothing but shit about 10. Bloatware that keeps coming back with every update. And it phones home with way too much information about the user. Now, perhaps that's just bullshit. I really don't know.

That's why I'm asking this august body what they think and I appreciate your response Rob. Thanks.
Relax, sparks, W10 is OK. Not awesome, but OK.

And Rob is right, W7 is dying.

You can (and should) disable most "phoning home" with O&O Shutup 10. Free, portable.

And W10 will kowtow to your perverse desires with Winaero Tweaker. Free, portable.

(If really you feel you have to use W7, you can do it inside Virtualbox [Hell, you can even run Mac OS there], or set up a dual boot. But I see no point in that.)


Now the killer: I heard rumors that, contrary to what Microsoft touted, W10 won't finally be the last Windows ever but that a successor is in the works. :notsure:

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Re: Windows 10

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:50 am

No longer supported, yet somehow I got an update this week.

I kept windows 98 until 2008.

Let's see how much better I can do with Windows 7. :coolspecs:
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Re: Windows 10

Post by Witness » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:55 am

When I launch XP (inside Virtualbox) it tells me there are updates available. Cute.

There is also a registry hack to get the XP updates meant for industrial stuff running that OS, as Microsoft still provides these.

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Re: Windows 10

Post by sparks » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:58 am

:)
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Re: Windows 10

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:02 am

Witness:

1) That's cheating.

2) I can top that. :P
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Re: Windows 10

Post by asthmatic camel » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:54 am

Windoze 10 recently began fucking up my USB host controllers every time it updated itself. This entailed uninstalling all of them and repeatedly restarting the machine until the OS finally reinstalled them itself. Much cussing ensued.

Here's a registry tweak that appears to have solved the problem for anyone similarly affected, (method 2).
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