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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I think you could probably form a nation with all the computer users that now have contempt for Microsoft. I too am using Windows 7 and I definitely don't expect Microsoft to keep their promise and support that OS until 2020. I'll be moving on to Linux shortly because I'm convinced upgrading to Windows 10 is no different than booking passage on the Titanic.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago eikelein

Typically Microsoft!

Overbearing, presumptuous and snotty.

I should be grateful to them for "creating" more work for me but I pity my typical customer who will be helplessly entangled in MS's crummy machinations.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago pratomorone

Sir Gruff...I had the same problem after I deleted all the updates that the site listed that would enable Mr. Softy to load Win 10 on my machine. After trying everything I could find on how to correct it, all to no use, I now use a program that updates software on my computer. It also looks for updates to Win 7, downloads and installs them. It is called patchmypc. It will be a cold day in hell before I load Win 10 either on my wife's computer or mine.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Krunk

I appreciate the difficulties some have had with Windows 10 and the perceived invasion of privacy and loss of control.
But I find it a bit ironic that most of the hate directed toward Microsoft is from folks who are irrevocably attached to their beloved Windows 7.
You know, MICROSOFT's Windows 7..

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago johnvk

True. Except for the poster who said they're moving to Linux.
And I think when we break up with Microsoft, we say, It's you, its not me.
You've changed. You're not the OS I married.
;)

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Krunk

Well played, John.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

Wow. MICROSOFT is "Overbearing presumptuous and snotty"?

I was an Aoole user many years ago - until the IIgs dolchstab, anyway.

I'm remembering the furore over the free album you got whether you wanted it or not, too.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Tom38740

This is my 4th time trying to make Win 10 acceptable. It has back stabbed me once to many times, ripping Apps away, freezing up, to many things. Microsoft has ask me to leave them by trying to force it on me. I am junking it and going to another OS. I don't know which one yet, maybe one more people friendly and not so corporate.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago bootneck02

I was a windows user from XP, Vista, W7, W8 and then W10, UNTIL I realised what Microsoft were up to. A week ago I decided I did not wish to be beholden to Microsoft for my operating system as it appeared to me they were keeping tabs on me on who I was emailing, my internet surfing habits etc etc. So I decided that I would get out of their clutches and remembering that I am a user and not a PC geek I had a look around at all of the other operating systems and soon realised there are free ones out there AND there are and they are Linux Operating Systems. After a lot of investigating I found two that seemed to fit the bill which are designed for beginners they are Ubuntu and Linux Mint. I eventually chose Linux Mint 17.2 Mate 64 bit. Last week I installed Mint and have been running that ever since AND removing Windows so as not being able to fall back to W10 should I get stuck on anything.
The result is that I am so pleased with Linux mint it works out of the box any problems there is support out there although so far I have not needed it (fingers crossed) and am a very happy Linux user and would recommend the change to anyone. If anyone does not know you do not need anti virus, ALL software is free unless you wish to donate to Linux. If you wish to try Linux I would suggest that you back up your Microsoft downloads on to a external drive just in case you wish to at a future date return to dreaded Microsoft. As I have said before I am just a PC user and know nothing about programming and you do not need to when you start with ether Ubuntu or Mint give it a try you might like it.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Yankiwi

Agreed. After 30 years of owning PCs, from the days of DOS through to Windows 7, I've finally accepted that Microsoft cannot be trusted and that Windows will no longer be my OS in the future. Like you, I looked into Linux distros and chose Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon (Rafaela) 64-bit. In the little time that I've had to play with it so far, it appears very polished, functional, and complete, right out of the box. I have some Windows-specific professional software I'll continue to need, so I can run W7 within VirtualBox or on a separate machine, perhaps isolated from the Internet so that Microsoft cannot mess with it.

I will not be bullied by Microsoft into accepting W10 or letting them control which OS or updates I install, nor will I let any OS "phone home" with data from my computer without my express permission on each occasion. My privacy is not for sale.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago bootneck02

I am with you Krunk and John they have lost the trust of the domestic user I would think probably the small business user as well

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago rhiannon

My suggestion would be to run a search using the terms "factory restore HP Elitebook" and the model number of your laptop. That should bring up the information. :) I hope that helps. I use duckduckgo.com as a search engine, it aggregates content from Google and bing but protects your privacy. Weird name, awesome search engine.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago QuarterLessTwain

I don't like anyone, including Microsoft, making decisions for me. I don't feel as strongly as other people who have commented, but it's nice to know that I need to check the Windows.old folder occasionally.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago UserError

I won't go as far as you want to, but I 100% agree on the problems Windows 10 has brought. I decided to install it on a laptop... My Gosh! What a mistake that was! Several privacy and security settings I disabled previously turned themselves back on after a few hours, the word "privacy" is practically non-existant now. My network monitor was showing the OS was sending data back home on a regular basis every minute, every hour, every day. Have no idea what kind of data was being sent, but I don't trust Windows 10. At least the previous OSs ware more transparent on their intentions.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago UserError

You made my day with the last sentence. Very, very true. I won't touch W10 ever again.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago eikelein

Krunk,
Many - or most? - of them are not "attached to their Windows 7". The vast majority of them just don't even know that here are alternatives.
They don't know because there is no marketing power behind the alternatives.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago CyberWolf64

And, just as a precaution here, I DO have a right to "bash" Microsoft. I used DOS since the 2.1 days, Windows since v1.0 (dear god that REALLY dates me).
I have had on my personal machines, Windows 3.0, 3.1, 95, 98, 98SE, NT4, 2000, XP, and then 7. Never touched Vista (thankfully), and never touced the tablet wanna be's of Win 8/8.1.

So, yes, I can bash them because after all this time they have decided rather arbitrarily to act like they know best. When they DO NOT.

Besides, on my old 32 bit machoine I dual boot Win Xp (yep still live and kickin), and Manjaro 32 bit Linux.
And the same applies to new 64 bit machine: Win 7 Ultimate dual boot with the 64 bit version of Manjaro Linux.

That is why I have a SEVERE hatred of MS's lovechild SecureBoot. It WAS specifically designed to PREVENT using Linux. Because the ABSOLUTELY FEAR anything that will allow the USER to control THEIR OWN MACHINE.

So, again, I do have the rigt to bash. I have been a MS user since WAY back in time. And before MS, I used Apple II, IIe, and IIgs. And when I was working I even dabbled with OS/2 as well, and that is also back then when I got introduced to Unix.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Wendra

MS has been trying to force their Win10 files onto my system, however, I've never inferred at all, not even an inkling, that I'd want Windows 10 & I'd been removing files whenever I could. This week, Windows displayed an update dialogue box with no apparent way of closing it. As well. it kept asking me to commit to an update date. I'd even tried 2 different Task Managers & couldn't get it off my screen. GGGRRR!!! After research, I opted to install some free software called GWX Control Panel which could disable the Win10 updates. I really resent that these companies & others, such as browsers, don't give us more choices but arbitrarily decide things such as what level of security & which products should be placed onto our systems. I'm now going to check out Linux Mint so thanks to all the other posters for this recommendation & information. It's very much appreciated by yet another disgruntled long time Microsoft user. Adios Windows! Can't really say I'm going to miss you. LOL

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago repeters57

After I read to above comments regarding MS changing and overwriting drivers I checked my version of installed Windows 10. I am more than miffed at Microsoft. Prior to this last fast ring update I had paid for and had upgraded and running Windows 7, 8, 8.1 PROFFESSIONAL version. Guess what folks? Those asses at MS have automatically UPGRADED my machine to Windows 10 HOME edition! AUTOMATIC UPDATES?! WTF?! Now I have to track down a source to try to get my Win10 Pro version. I have back ups but I am thinking those wizards at MS will only update my back up with a home edition again. I'm glad I switched some machines to Linux.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago repeters57

Oh, I forgot to mention my IE 11 spell checker quit after the last Win 10 update - BEAUTIFUL!

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago rhiannon

To the best of my knowledge, it doesn't matter what version of a previous OS you're running - Windows 10 free upgrade is for the Home edition only. If you want the Pro or Enterprise edition you'll have to purchase it separately.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Anupam

It's not like that. Windows Home Edition will be updated to Windows 10 Home Edition. Windows Pro edition will get update to Windows 10 Pro. It's a wonder why his Windows did not get updated to Pro. It should have.

Look at the table here under, "Using the media creation tool", and then under "Upgrade to Windows 10 using the tool".

https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Remah

That's right Anupam. It says the same under Windows 10: FAQ

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Remah

You should be able go back to the pre-upgrade Windows version relatively easily.

Contact Microsoft and tell them what has happened and they should help you to fix it.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago mchldpy

Secure Boot is embraced by M$ BUT, it is not theirs. It was not invented by M$ nor is it owned by them. It is owned by the UEFI Forum. UEFI is a firmware interface just like BIOS is a firmware interface. There are dedicated Linux computers running UEFI and Secure Boot. The UEFI Specifications allow for each OS vendor to decide how tough or what specific rulesets are part of Secure Boot. M$ insist on certs signed by them, Linux uses the industry standard x.509 certs in their version of Secure Boot.

Promoters of UEFI include
AMD, Insyde Software, American Megatrends Inc., Intel, Apple Inc., Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Phoenix Technologies, IBM

Contributors include SUSE, Red Hat Inc, The Linux Foundation, Seagate and many others.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago repeters57

Anupam, thanks for your input. Maybe you didn't fully read my complaint. I had a fully paid copy of Windows 7 Pro, upgraded to win8, Win8.1 AND Win 10 first fast track update was Win 10 PRO. The last fast track update 1511.10586 updated my system to Win10 Home. I am writing this from another system, upgraded from Win 7 Pro, etc. This machine was correctly upgraded & updated to Win10 PRO 1511.10586.11. My intent in writing is to warn others of the potential MS update issue. I know how to correct this but I am frustrated this even occurred. Not only does the update over right drivers but OS as well. Your right "It's not like that" and "It should have" upgraded correctly but it did not.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago Anupam

Sorry to not understand you fully. You had not shared these details in your previous post though.

Its really weird that one of your system was updated to Home version rather than the Pro. Weird why it would happen. Maybe you can call or contact Microsoft about it? It's really strange.

Good to know that the other system updated just fine. The other one is weird, and shouldn't have happened.

I dont mind the automatic updates much, if it keeps happening without an issue, but yes, the driver update issue bugs me too. I don't want drivers to be installed automatically. This is although helpful when the system is old, and the motherboard site either does not exist, or does not provide drivers anymore.. but its not required when motherboard site already provides the drivers.

This is where MS have messed things up. Oh well.

You can either contact MS, or again reset the system and try the update. Will be frustrating though if same thing happens again.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks Anupam, I misunderstood the upgrades. :)

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 1 week ago Buddythecat

I was running Win 7 happily.. MS kept pushing to upgrade to 10.. I kept saying NO!!! but last Friday they ZAP!! did it any way before I could stop it.. At first I thought what the hell sooner or later ill have to. So Saturday morning when I went to check it>>. WHHHHAAAaaa my puter kept trying to start and couldnt>>> NO help from MS.. or the web.. Tommorrow I have a Cert MS engineer ( ) comming by to try to straighten it out.. $150 an hour.. Im going to go to small claims and sue MS for the bill Who else has this problem???

Dec 8 Had a long session with MS securiety in Phip. and India and after an hour they couldny help the situation.. Called in a pro and He had no choice fut to reformat.. He did pre save all my files but the programs were lost.. So bottom line $200.00 and hours later my older lap top is back to the state HP delivered it with no programs or files...The new dell is running fine with the old info and im not a happy MS camper. Any one want to jpoin a class action suit???

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 1 week ago rhiannon

That's horrible.........I'm so sorry you're having to go through that. When you get your system back, I would suggest you install GWX Contro Panel, the latest version prevents Microsoft from updating your computer. You can find it here:

http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanentl...

It's been mentioned and recommended many times by our readers and editors, I have it installed as well.

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Windows 10 Will Reserve 7GB of Storage, Here's How To Disable It 11 months 4 days ago MichaelNC

Is there an alternative method to storing the updates on an external drive?

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Windows 10 Will Reserve 7GB of Storage, Here's How To Disable It 11 months 3 days ago OhZone

UGH! I do have a Win10 laptop now, but this is one reason my main desktop is still WIN7 Pro.

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Windows 10 Will Reserve 7GB of Storage, Here's How To Disable It 11 months 3 days ago rhiannon

Not that I'm aware of. At the moment, it's either have enough space on your disk drive or the disk drive and a USB flash drive can be used for updates.

Only fresh installations of Windows 10 version 1903 (due out in spring) and devices that will have Windows 10 version 1903 and up preinstalled will have reserved storage automatically enabled.

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Windows 10 Will Reserve 7GB of Storage, Here's How To Disable It 11 months 3 days ago rhiannon

Options are always good to have. :)

Many people are happily running Windows 7 and will keep doing so, perhaps to Microsoft's dismay.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Windows 10 Firewall Control 2 years 7 months ago Australia

Thanks to TechSupportAlert for this review
I have used Windows 10 Firewall Control for one year now.
It fulfils the five criteria I expect from security software

1)Very low use of system resources
Uses 12MB on my system.

2)Reliable, Not once has it crashed or conflicted with other software on my computer

3)Straightforward function
Every time an application on my computer tries to contact the internet, a message is displayed
I can then choose to allow or block the application. Simple

4)Unobtrusive - no ads, no unnecessary messages, lets me go about my computing, stays in the background

5)Free

Excellent program and highly recommended
I use Windows 7, 64 bit
I have no affiliation with this software.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago valcoff

Do they know what the W10 will cost after the year has come and gone?

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago greyman

Thanks to Gizmo"s and V. Laurie for this (way simpler than anything Microsoft could say) explanation of the different planed releases of Windows 10.

Having gone through the entire process of loosing Windows 7 through the ill fated upgrade process to 8, then 8.1, I am a little wary. For those who did not see it. there was a great Gizmo's article about a replacement for Windows Media Center, which will not work, (I am told) with the new Windows 10 Pro.

I wonder, does anyone know if the new Win 10 just goes into WMC and places all the items saved there into another format? Worth checking out before I lose my photos and videos!

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago DCL

What if anything are MS saying about the OEM tablet edition 'Windows 8.1 with Bing'. Will OEM's be able to offer upgrades or, like phones running Windows Phone 7, will tablet (slate) owners just be forgotten again?

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie

I have seen no information on this. If anyone knows more, please let us know.

Update: According to this link, prices will be 119.99 for Windows 10 Home, $199.99 for Windows 10 Pro

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie It has been announced that there is no Windows Media Center for Windows 10. I don't know exactly how an existing system with Windows Media Center will be upgraded. Anyone else know? view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie As far as I understand it, Windows 8.1 with Bing is basically the same as other 8.1 systems. Microsoft says larger tablets (8" and up) will get the free Windows 10 upgrade. If you have an ARM processor I don't know where that leaves you.What OEMs will offer is unknown. At this time, much is still up in the air. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago Khanm6

Any idea when mobile devices will be get free upgrade to 10.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie I assume more or less when the PC version is released (end of July?) view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago jhvance

Since it's listed among the eligible upgrade paths, does the new Windows 10 Pro incorporate those additional features that were in Windows 7 Ultimate by comparison with Windows 7 Pro?

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie A lot of things already changed with Windows 8/8.1. Features were added, features were dropped. Windows 10 has more changes and is still in development. If there is a particular feature you are interested in, try asking about it from someone who is running a trial copy or ask at our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/14857-free-upgrade-to-windows-10-a.html view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago AndyR

There is a handful of Windows update files that are in preparation for the "free" Windows 10 upgrade, these updates keep being moved around from being Optional to Hotfix and even Security! In my opinion there is no need to install these at present as on some systems they have been causing slow downs and a few other problems (mine included) I have no doubt that when the free upgrade is offered all the correct and working files will be offered again anyway... There are rumours as to what exactly these KB updates really do, however that is mainly speculation. My reason for commenting is purely to alert users that their systems are already being prepared in the background.

These are the related windows update files I mention:

KB 3021917
KB 3035583
KB 2952664
KB 2990214
KB 3013531
KB 3022345

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago caktus

I've gone to a lot of trouble to rid my 8.1 of Bing and practically lost what was left of my sanity doing it. :-| Does this mean I will have to poison my system with Bing all over again in order to get the "free" upgrade to 10?

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie I don't know if the Windows 10 upgrade will have Bing as the default search. It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft made it the default in all upgrades but I don't know. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie

This article has more news about phone updates- http://www.pcworld.com/article/2923085/microsoft-will-bypass-carriers-pu...

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago Remah

I thought that caktus was talking about having "Windows with Bing" preinstalled. That is a very different issue than having Bing as the default search engine which is very simple to change.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie Remah, I do not have access to a "Windows with Bing" system. If you are familiar with it, then maybe you can help caktus. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago cloverdavid

Will current software, like [edited], [edited], [edited], and utilities, anti malware work with Windows 10?

[Moderator's note: mention of commercial software edited out]

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago Anupam

It is better to either visit the site of the commercial software, or write to their support in order to satisfy your query. Please do not post here about commercial software.

In general, most of the programs should work with Windows 10.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago AndyR

I do not know if this counts as being more information or not but rumours say it will more than likely either be subscription based (much like Office 365) either that or you will just have the basic operating system but will need to pay for modules (aka Apps?) such as Media Centre etc...

Those are just rumours of course but not entirely unfounded when you think that a very high percentage of their operating system sales only come from new pre installed devices with not many people actually buying the operating system by itself these days, couple that with the all the pirated editions out there and Windows Activation tools it would be a good way for MS to recover those losses...

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 7 months ago caktus

I guess I shouldn't be surprised if it does try to force Bing on me again. It was a big pain to get it off my Windows 8, the later 8.1. Even when it was no longer the default search engine it kept haunting me to no end. I guess MS was slipping up since I was eventually able to get rid of it so it would stay gone. If it comes back with the 10 upgrade I hope will be as merciful.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago rajaram menon

I use Win 8x64 SL. What is the corresp version of Win 10?

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie This link(http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/regarding-windows-8-sl-64-bit-os/6a7c460a-1031-43b9-b0b0-36417495b8e9) has some information about Windows 8 SL. You will need Windows 8.1 to upgrade to Windows 10. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago rajaram menon

No site, not even Microsoft's, gives any info about update of Windows 8.1x64 SL to Windows 10

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago skwirlinator

AndyR, Thank you for the KB #s, I will check...
I started my Win 7 PC this AM to an icon on the clock task bar to reserve my Win 10 free upgrade. I tried to quickly dismiss it but there is no ready option. So I clicked it and watched the screenplay.
There is nothing that appeals to me at all. I don't like Win8 or 8.1 and I am quite happy with Win 7.
I purchased my PC because it had Win 7.
Part of my updating routine is to always update my software. Now, I can't even trust that.
Is there a way to tell right off, if MS is infecting my PC with updates for Win 10?

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago skwirlinator

v.laurie, First, Thank you for this article!

I use my Win7 WMP extensively. I purposly converted my entire CD collection to electronic and sold my CD player and gave away all my CDs.
I have WMC for my X-Box 360. The thought of having to use WinAmp is not appealing to me. I want my WMC.
Since it seems the trend is pushing toward cloud computing I figure Microsoft's solution will be to sell an app for your WMC online. This is speculation on my part but I see something like that happening. It seems like everything is moving to mobile computing. I'm not interested in paying more money to enjoy something I already paid for.
As for the replacement of WMC, I believe MS will have it all sent to a cloud. The player app will access the cloud for the play files and you will get slanted advertisements. You will see ads based on your photos, videos and music selections.
Microsoft couldn't pay me to upgrade to Win 10

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 6 months ago skwirlinator

Hi Gizmo Gang,
Gizmo has been my favorite source for information and freeware for a very long time. Kudos!

Might I suggest an article that tells how to Prevent a Win 10 upgrade and how to remove the KB files that Windows Update presets on your system.
I've learned my lesson with the common piggyback ware from freeware installations but I used to trust MS to only update the OS. The days of blindly clicking update are gone. I have already set Windows update to 'ask me before installing' but do I have to research every single update now? There must be a better way?

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Windows 10 Creators' Update. What's Coming? 2 years 8 months ago Gil Mensch

Thanks to Rob for this update. But this Zac Bowman guy sure is a Win 10 fanboy. His final sentence: "Windows 10 is finally good, and it's time to start taking advantage of all the new Windows 10 improvements, especially if you're still using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1." Uh, no thanks. I'll stay on Win 8.1 as long as possible due to the forced updating scheme and the lack of options to turn annoying "features" off in Win 10.

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Windows 10 Creators' Update. What's Coming? 2 years 8 months ago Burn-IT

Well I'll try it, but from what I have read it is goodbye Windows 10 and I'll live with Windows 7 untill I die - even if it is no longer being updated by then.
I use Linux as well anyway so won't miss much.
Microsoft have gone the way of many big companies and let the Marketting people take over and control the shape of the product - that is going to become useless to the user.

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Windows 10 Creators' Update. What's Coming? 2 years 8 months ago Remah

I much prefer Windows 10. Every time I have to use Windows 7 and 8.1, I am thankful that I don't have to go back.

The Creators Update has many new features that I will enjoy and plus it will remove or ameliorate several of the most annoying issues that people complain about.

 

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Windows 10 Creators' Update. What's Coming? 2 years 8 months ago clas

yep, just dont even think about it anymore. win7 or 8 and linux. and if you think win10 is free, then i have a bridge you might be interested in. haha

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Windows 10 Creators' Update. What's Coming? 2 years 8 months ago dwainwood

Download the Upgrade Assisstant from Microsoft and you can jump the line to get it tomorrow; a week ahead!

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Windows 10 Creators' Update. What's Coming? 2 years 8 months ago rolou

Installed the new Windows 10 Creators Update this morning. Had to join Windows Insiders Program to get access to download (4GB) and after downloading .ISO file I mounted in Windows Explorer (right click on file for mount option) then ran setup.
Very smooth and trouble free installation and all my existing files remained intact, then cleaned windows.old and all good.
Looks to be an incremental update with some new innovations particularly for gamers but several existing programs were significantly improved too.
Will have a good play with it in the next few days but at this stage it looks to be a positive upgrade on my previous Anniversary version and all these major updates are free.

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Windows 10 Creators' Update. What's Coming? 2 years 8 months ago boristhemoggy

Like a lot of businesses now they do not want to deliver what people want, they deliver what business wants to make yet more money and in order to take yet more personal data. They've been saying for years that Linux is a free and open source product made by and for the people, yet I see no movement in being able to port Windows programs over to Linux, which is the only stumbling block left to many of us.
There are many programs I use on a daily basis which simply can't run in a Linux environment and it is the only one reason I don't start using it exclusively. I have heard that Linux authors make so much money from support for industries who use Linux for things like server support, that there is no motivation to work hard on making it a viable Windows replacement.
I don't really mind Windows even though it's just cobbled together, but I despise the model that we must be happy with what they give us and what they give is not what most want. A true people-driven OS would be modular and be capable of running any program and updates would continually reflect what people want rather than what the business wants.
I'll be blocking this update as I have most of them since I first took Windows 10 when it was forced on me while buying a new computer.

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 3 months ago mchldpy

Vedy interesting. Thanks.

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon

You're welcome.

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 3 months ago Ronatola

Great tip.
I couldn't turn it to BASIC fast enough.
Scary to think how much big data is being collected across the planet without user acceptance.

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 3 months ago eikelein

Ms. rhiannon, Thank you for this post. I certainly will use this list for my customers and eventually even in my advertising.

Likely the simplest way to avoid this is NOT to create a Microsoft account, that is NOT to give your email address to MS when you first turn on a new Win 10 computer.

The hare-brained idea to have the same "desktop" and account settings on a computer, a tablet and a phone luckily has fallen by the wayside now. And where are the Windows phones and the Windows 10 capable tablets? Even MS Surface i snow being sold with keyboard and a touchpad.

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 3 months ago eikelein

Ronatola, even with the Basic setting Win 10 still calls home base quite a lot. Read about it here:
https://www.howtogeek.com/273311/the-difference-between-basic-enhanced-and-full-usage-data-in-windows-10/

If you want to turn all that stuff off you need Spybot Anti-Beacon.
https://www.safer-networking.org/products/spybot-anti-beacon/

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 3 months ago Ronatola

Thanks.
I have run this and added it to my windows startup.

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon

I have a Microsoft account, but my computers all run on local accounts. I use the Microsoft account when I have to, then revert to a local account. The email address they have on file is an email that I use specifically for those kinds of things so it doesn't matter if they have it.

I install Windows operating systems without a Microsoft account:
How To Install & Use Windows 10 Without Microsoft Account

The telemetry is sent whether you're using a Microsoft account on your system or not. 

I think devices are still being interconnected on some levels.
Windows 10 will soon show you your phone's text messages

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon

Telemetry can also be disabled via the registry. As always, it's a good idea to back up your registry before making changes. Just in case. :)
How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

 

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 2 months ago Australia

Rhiannon, its really appreciated that you keep up the reports on how to disable telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10
I dont like the deceit the IT industry spreads, suggesting that spying on users is for their benefit. Nonsense.

Lets keep our eyes on just how pervasive the spying is becoming, and how many websites Microsoft connects our computers to

I keep saying this, and its true - the vast majority of computer users worldwide use their computers to do the same things we did 20 years ago:
Most of us just use computers for document creating and sharing and printing, media file consumption, internet browsing (including social media), email, and gaming. Very few of us need an operating system that spies on us

Unfortunately, Windows 10 free version is the bug tester for the paid-for Enterprise versions - hence the spying and telemetry

Im still waiting for a stable version of Windows 10, that just provides its users Security updates, and no unnecessary 'feature updates'
I am sure this is on its way, perhaps in 20 years time

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)

If you set your internet connection to "metered" you get only security updates. Unless that's changed recently. Which is entirely possible. They are removing the Snipping Tool in an upcoming release, who knows what could happen. :-O

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 2 months ago Australia

What a wonderful revelation. Thats a trade secret I wasnt aware of.
Its constantly amusing to read the contents of the "Feature updates". 100 features or upgrades that arent relevant nor do they improve PRODUCTIVITY
A few of the changes actually compromise your privacy
For example, Microsoft will connect your Windows 10 clipboard to the cloud, and falsely state that this will benefit you. Nonsense.

Please continue to review the best ways to only receive Security Updates.
Then we all can continue our computing without being interrupted by unnecessary 1-3GB feature updates

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

You're welcome.
When I rolled my laptop over to Windows 10 I had to find a way to control the amount of bandwidth updates take. With a 10GB monthly cap I want as little as possible in the way of updates coming down the pipe. Windows 10 is supposed to automatically set wireless connections to metered but it's good to check after updates. If you're using ethernet you can set it manually:
How, When, and Why to Set a Connection as Metered on Windows 10

My favorite tool to control updates is Windows Update MiniTool, it lets you to search, install and block Windows updates.

I don't want Microsoft to connect my Clipboard to anything. I have some long and complex passwords, it's not unusual for me to copy and paste them into a password field. I don't want Microsoft to have access to my Clipboard contents at all. I don't want Clipboard content transmitted outside my local machine and stored somewhere online.  :-O

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 2 months ago Ronatola

I could have swore Spybot was free last week. Now they want $

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

It was. I downloaded version 2.2 on September 12th 2018 and it was free.
Most of the download sites have updated versions to 3.0, but there are a few, like Filehorse, that still have 2.2 at the moment.

Edit: you can still download the free version (2.7) from their site:
https://www.safer-networking.org/compare-spybot-editions/

Direct download:
https://www.safer-networking.org/products/spybot-free-edition/

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 2 months ago Ronatola

Thanks, but I think your links are for a different product - Spybot Search and Destroy
I'm trying it anyways.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago Joe A.TT

The article from the Windows Club on how to defer the update is inaccurate and misleading. What Anand Khanse didn't tell you is the option to defer upgrades is only available in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. Windows 10 Home users do not have that luxury.

Since the Windows Club / Anand Khanse didn't bother to make that distinction, I believe you should do so here.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago Rick Grunwald

Here is a site where the man specializes in windows hacks and is up to date with windows 10
Most of the things in this article already have workarounds. Get his tweaker for a lot of tweaks in one place but his articles will provide registry hacks so you can run your machine as you wish and not as Micr$oft dictates
http://winaero.com

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago Nodrog

The newsletter email for this article has a typo (http://http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/windows-10-anniversary-update-what-you-need-know-now.htm) in the "read more" link which takes the recipient to a link squatting spam/malware site (http://(dot)com) - fortunately if you are using WoT it intervenes and warns about it.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago clas

hi rick, i tried that site...pretty slick. i downloaded and am using the one click firewall deal. soooo much easier that trying to do that with the windows firewall. thanks., clas

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago Rick Grunwald

Confirmed- it took me to my ISPs search page with thebad link in the search bar

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago astral_cyborg

One day has passed after installing the anniversary update and today I've found that many web pages are displayed in italics and normal fonts. I don't know if this is a coincidence or not.
Do you have any ideas on how to fix that or from where I can re-download all the official Windows 10 fonts?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago rhiannon

Many thanks for noticing that Joe, I really appreciate it. I've added a link that brings some options to Windows Home users. :)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago rhiannon

I've been a Winaero fan for some time. :)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago rhiannon

Is it only web pages, or is happening in installed programs? Do you have only one browser installed? If you have more than one browser, is it doing the same thing in all browsers?
If you don't want to rollback the update, the first place I would start is downloading and installing graphics drivers. There have been several issues since Windows 10 was released with graphics drivers.
 

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago astral_cyborg

Thank you for the reply.

If I opened the same web pages on any browser, I had the same result. Same thing with some web applications (eg. WhatsApp for PC).
I've found that, when selecting a text in italics from a web page and going in browser's Inspection mode, it displays the name of the required font.

The problem is now fixed. A font named Open Sans was missing its Regular form. I don't know how it may have been deleted. I found it and re-installed it and everything is back to normal now.
Checking the rest of the system's font, I haven't found any other one missing the Regular type.

Question is, if someone wants to re-install the original Windows 10 fonts, how is that possible? I haven't found any source.

Anyway, thank you for the reply and I hope that helps for any future reference.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago rhiannon

That's some great sleuthing. I've been doing some looking around about what you posted and found one post that had the problem, but with with Arial. This shold work to restore the default fonts:
a: Press Windows key + X.
b: Then click Control Panel.
c: Then click Fonts.
d: Then click Font Settings.
e: Now click Restore default font settings.

(from this link)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago gizmo.richards Yes the "read more" link has http:// duplicated and is thus an invalid url. However clicking the article title works fine. The error was my fault, yet more proof of my non infallibility, as if any more evidence was needed :) I've now fixed the typo but this will only be of assistance to rss subscribers as email subscribers will not be mailed again. Thanks for pointing this out. Gizmo view
Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago inverloch

I am not sure if it related to the windows 10 update, but ever since the update occurred my taskbar doesn't work correctly, I can't fully close the pinned folders using right click and also the clock doesn't work correctly when you click on it, it no longer opens the calendar

mmmmmm

Alan

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago crombierob

MS appears determined to take away control from us, and I am a control freak.
I would like to suggest a new article, that would be of interest to some of us -
"W10 guide for Control Freaks"

Thanks,
Rob
PS I noticed the post about Winaero, which I will check out.
PPS Some of you may be tempted (like I was) to just use Windows Defender.
If you look into it, you will find that you have very little control over it -
- It is scanning all the time (even though you have not told it to). That can slow older PCs, with lots of files, tremendously.
- It is not easy to disable completely (which we need sometimes), and it will turn itself back on when it feels like it.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago astral_cyborg

I tried that, too. The procedure was successful, but it didn't fix my missing font.
I also tried copying all the similar fonts from another Windows 10 system. Note that it hadn't received the Anniversary Update yet.
The specific font wasn't there. I wander this font is included only with the Anniversary Update.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 4 months ago rhiannon

I would check to make sure you have the correct and updated graphics drivers installed. For whatever reason, many, many people (myself incuded) have had issues with Windows 10 and graphics drivers. On my desktop, it completely wiped out my nVidia drivers and didn't see the graphics card. I had to download and reinstall new drivers.

I would run a search on Windows 10 taskbar problems, there are several entries. There's an issue with the clock and calendar that seems to be causing trouble for many, the description and solution are here:
Date and Time pop up calendar/clock in Windows 10 not working

It might work in your case.

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