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Microsoft announces app mirroring to let you use any Android app on Windows 10

Helping fill the gap left by the Windows Phone

Microsoft announced a new feature for Windows 10 today that will let Android phone users view and use any app on their device from a Windows desktop. The feature, which Microsoft is referring to as app mirroring and shows up in Windows as an app called Your Phone, seems to be work best with Android for now. Although Microsoft did announce the ability to transfer webpages from an iPhone to a Windows 10 desktop so you can pick up where you left off on mobile.
https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/2/1792 ... 10-desktop (video at the link)
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Sure, I will let Microsoft have access to my phone.
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Pyrrho wrote: Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:49 am Sure, I will let Microsoft have access to my phone.
How is that worse than letting google or apple have access to your phone?
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That was sarcasm
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Be careful: Some users are complaining the Windows 10 October 2018 update is deleting their files.

:mrgreen:



Addendum (article from may, but it's about the October update): Using Windows 10’s New Clipboard: History and Cloud Sync.

Clipboard history + syncing, what could go wrong? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Shows symptoms of a corrupted local profile. If that works like it did in previous versions of windows, it doesn't actually delete anything, as the profile and the data still exists. It just creates a blank profile that it shoves you into making it look like you've lost everything. The files are still available on the hard drive if you know where to look.
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μ$oft killed my boot options, had to re-enable from scratch. :x
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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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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.
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↑ 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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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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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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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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↑ Sure, but the point is that you don't own anymore some stuff you however have to buy.
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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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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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No idea but not a great idea. 7 is no longer supported.
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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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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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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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:)
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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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Really?

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Fuck.

You peeps are not instilling me with confidence about this....
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I reckon this isn't a very good 'site rookie' first post because, on the one hand, Rob Lister brought back memories of my earlier days with his images posted on page 1 (I think they were on Page 1) --- they reminded me of my Trash80s, which I still have a few of, with all sorts of those true floppies.

Anyway, that was a neat post, but then on Page 28 there is the sort of blunt statement of no support for Win7 and that isn't quite right, if this 'site rookie' can be excused for making that statement of a site veteran's post. I would state the situation as no 'Mainstream' support, as I think I remember seeing the MacroHard folks stating it.

So let me make a contribution here concerning the Win7 and a few associated other bits. Sort of stuffing a bunch of interesting information into the post and possibly useful links. Well, 'useful' for anyone who is going to try and use the Win7 until its sails can no longer be mended and the masts are fully rotted and the sloop can no longer put out to the vast Net Ocean.

<> <> <> <> <> Possible Useful Info <> <> <> <> <>

*Confession and sorry* I don't remember if this is my own wording or is quoted from the MacroHard folks, so I won't use the quote code here.

- - - On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. Mainstream supported ended in 2015, but Windows 7 has carried on receiving security updates thanks to extended support. When that ends in 2020, Windows

7 will remain as it is. Businesses will be able to pay Microsoft for continued Windows 7 support.- - - On second look it might be those are MicroHrad words, but just in case I'll leave the quote code off.

Support for Windows 7 is ending
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.

Can Windows 7 still be activated after January 14, 2020?

Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lif ... edded%207'
Windows Embedded Compact 7 Mainstream Support End Date = 4/12/2016; Extended Support End Date = 4/13/2021
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Mainstream Support End Date = 10/11/2016; Extended Support End Date = 10/12/2021


https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... eb 2, 2019

Create installation media for Windows - - (Content provided by Microsoft)
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If you want to install or reinstall Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, you can go to the software download website, select the link that matches your version of Windows, and create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.
<> <> <>

I am not seeing in my notes up there a reference to the Update Catalog, but the MicroHard folks did some streamlining of that update stuff and now all the updates from ages back and the new ones are all put together in the old style Sears catalog style, except now it is online for MicroHard customers and many of the customers folks don't even remember the Sears catalog. (does Sears still have some sort of catalog?)

<> <> <>

Last thing, if I may: I am aware of staying on topic and I know this thread is supposed to be about all the wonderful stuff associated with Win10, but there were some questions about Win7, so I hope you site veterans don't throw tin foil at me to block the signal. Just thought I might be of some help. If I am not being helpful, please except my apology now.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:15 am So basically, the key to a proper 10 installation is hours of work to get it to act like 7 ;)
Well, you have to earn its trust. :P


German privacy commissioners ban Windows 10 and Office 365 in schools

Microsoft has once again run afoul of the GDPR rules in Germany, with the Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in the German state Hesse, declaring that Windows 10 and Office 365 is not compliant with the GDPR for use in schools.

The issue is related to the telemetry both cloud-connected solutions send back to Microsoft in USA, which ranges from standard software diagnostics to user content from inside applications, potentially sentences from documents and email subject lines.

Previously Microsoft provided a special version of these software applications which stored the data in European data centres, but recently this permission was rescinded, and data was being sent directly to USA.

Michael Ronellenfitsch, Hesse’s data protection commissioner, said that public institutions in Germany “have a special responsibility with regard to the permissibility and traceability of the processing of personal data.”

Ronellenfitsch adds, “As soon as, in particular, the possible third-party access to the data in the cloud and the issue of telemetry data have been resolved in a comprehensible and data protection-compliant manner, Office 365 can be used as a cloud solution by schools.”

He noted Microsoft’s issues also affected other IT solution providers, saying “What is true for Microsoft is also true for the Google and Apple cloud solutions. The cloud solutions of these providers have so far not been transparent and comprehensibly set out. Therefore, it is also true that for schools, the privacy-compliant use is currently not possible.”
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Big update, took an hour to install.

Everything went OK, just had to re-tweak some settings.

Cool: dark background in file explorer. :)
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Bananas?-Yes wrote: Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:18 am I reckon this isn't a very good 'site rookie' first post because, on the one hand, Rob Lister brought back memories of my earlier days with his images posted on page 1 (I think they were on Page 1) --- they reminded me of my Trash80s, which I still have a few of, with all sorts of those true floppies.

Anyway, that was a neat post, but then on Page 28 there is the sort of blunt statement of no support for Win7 and that isn't quite right, if this 'site rookie' can be excused for making that statement of a site veteran's post. I would state the situation as no 'Mainstream' support, as I think I remember seeing the MacroHard folks stating it.

So let me make a contribution here concerning the Win7 and a few associated other bits. Sort of stuffing a bunch of interesting information into the post and possibly useful links. Well, 'useful' for anyone who is going to try and use the Win7 until its sails can no longer be mended and the masts are fully rotted and the sloop can no longer put out to the vast Net Ocean.

<> <> <> <> <> Possible Useful Info <> <> <> <> <>

*Confession and sorry* I don't remember if this is my own wording or is quoted from the MacroHard folks, so I won't use the quote code here.

- - - On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. Mainstream supported ended in 2015, but Windows 7 has carried on receiving security updates thanks to extended support. When that ends in 2020, Windows

7 will remain as it is. Businesses will be able to pay Microsoft for continued Windows 7 support.- - - On second look it might be those are MicroHrad words, but just in case I'll leave the quote code off.

Support for Windows 7 is ending
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.

Can Windows 7 still be activated after January 14, 2020?

Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lif ... edded%207'
Windows Embedded Compact 7 Mainstream Support End Date = 4/12/2016; Extended Support End Date = 4/13/2021
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Mainstream Support End Date = 10/11/2016; Extended Support End Date = 10/12/2021


https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... eb 2, 2019

Create installation media for Windows - - (Content provided by Microsoft)
Applies to: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7

If you want to install or reinstall Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, you can go to the software download website, select the link that matches your version of Windows, and create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.
<> <> <>

I am not seeing in my notes up there a reference to the Update Catalog, but the MicroHard folks did some streamlining of that update stuff and now all the updates from ages back and the new ones are all put together in the old style Sears catalog style, except now it is online for MicroHard customers and many of the customers folks don't even remember the Sears catalog. (does Sears still have some sort of catalog?)

<> <> <>

Last thing, if I may: I am aware of staying on topic and I know this thread is supposed to be about all the wonderful stuff associated with Win10, but there were some questions about Win7, so I hope you site veterans don't throw tin foil at me to block the signal. Just thought I might be of some help. If I am not being helpful, please except my apology now.
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Second machine updated, took ~ 10 minutes, no problem. :)
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Doctor X wrote: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:38 am Image

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Captain wrote: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:48 am You got your mind right?
I've been kind of wondering there, Mr. Captain -- Leader of Leaders within this fine Community -- why I drew your ire with my post?

But, to be frank, I hope my mind ain't right, because then I might fit into the category of being a normal human on this planet and that is a frightening thought.

My studies for some 60 years has taught me that it is the humans throughout history that did not have their minds right that created situations that then improved the lives of the "normal" humans on the planet.

Yes, there have been some awful cases where those with minds not right have done horrible things, but so far the good side of the 'not right minds' have prevailed over those bad ones.

So what exactly is it Mr. Captain -- Leader of Leaders that you fear about us human folks that do not have our minds right?

EDIT: Apologies, but I seem to be having some trouble with the quote tags here, or whatever them bracket thingies are called. Don't mean to be appearing to place my words into a "Looks-Like-Captain-Words" looking post, is what I mean. My screen grab I always do for my log shows some weirdness along the lines of what I am apologizing for

EDIT#2: Figured it out. Again, sorry.
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You call the Captain, "Captain!"

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I've got no problems with that, at all. I was just writing in the other thread about some bosses I have around here and they are a whole bunch worse than you human types. Them feline ones are much worse!
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Bananas?-Yes wrote: Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:17 am I've got no problems with that, at all. I was just writing in the other thread about some bosses I have around here and they are a whole bunch worse than you human types. Them feline ones are much worse!
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Re: Windows 10

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Be careful with the latest updates: borked my laptop. :|
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Re: Windows 10

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Witness wrote: Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:09 pm Be careful with the latest updates: borked my laptop. :|
Solved. It's a bug in Cortana, which makes it hog the CPU (and renders the Windows search unusable):

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You have to allow Cortana to use Bing for searches, a small registry hack described here: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/m ... n-cortana/.