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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie

Well. it seems I was wrong to assume that Microsoft would not download Windows 10 unless you indicated you want it. It has been reported that anyone who gets Windows updates automatically may get Windows 10 downloaded to their system whether they asked for it or not. It doesn't get installed but it takes up a lot of space.

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What to do when giving away an old computer 3 years 9 months ago Thored

Just for reference, users haven't been able to LLF a disk since the late 80's/early 90's.

Tracks, and sectors in modern disk drives are laid down on the platters using a servowriter and then the platters are installed on the spindle in a hard disk.

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 years 4 months ago paul_walker

Sir or Ma'am,
The email does not come with a clickable link?

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie I assume you mean the email that goes out to Gizmo subscribers. I don't see the email but all the links pertinent to tips are in the body of the article. view
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 years 4 months ago paul_walker

YES. I can't prove it: my email program is Thunderbird; & a valid link is colored blue:
need.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-do-hung-or-unresponsive-win... was black! Only by copy & paste was I able to do anything. The other alternative was on the web, where it was fine.

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie You can always go to the website if there are email problems. Have you by any chance tuned off HTML in your email client and are reading things in plain text? view
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 years 4 months ago Chigwells

Thanks a lot for this article, v.laurie. I'm a reasonably competent pc user, but was never too sure what to do with Resource Monitor, or indeed a hung program.

I'll experiment with your suggestions in future. I'll also check out your Windows Seven Forums link.

Rgds, chig

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 years 1 week ago rc00

I have never been able to get this to work. "Analyze Wait Chain" says " is running normally" It isn't! "End process" and "End process tree" are ignored!

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What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 6 years 5 days ago paul_walker

No Problem here.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago vandamme

Looks like when Windows 7 reaches end of life, I won't dual boot Windows any more, and my switch to Linux will be permanent.

Hasta la Vista, Microsoft.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago pdmagnet

To be truthful I don't like Win10 (yes I tried the preview and already delete it) and the idea of going similar to the Android model with the Windows Store does not convince me enough to change from my win7 ultimate or my win8.1 machines to Win10.
I haven't got any malware or a virus in long years and I don't expect it to change anytime soon.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago Joe A.TT

What? Free lifetime updates. I'll be among the first to upgrade.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago David Roper

I feel the same way. As soon as the end of life happens for Win7 (remember all the updates we have had?) it helps me decide to move over to Linux Distros like Robocopy which will run Win 7 apps reportedly. If i am wrong then I will be entering LINIX land where the upgrades are Free and Software works. I fear it is the END of LIFE for Microsoft WINDOWS for many of us. Yep, I started with DOS 2.1 so LINIX will not be that bad.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago bawldiggle

Win-8 (on a new Dell laptop) was the final straw.
I started with Win3.x ... all of my 4 rigs are Win7. I recently dusted off an old paper weight (Acer 2003 laptop -- WinXP) maxed out to 2GB RAM and massive (¿) 150GB HDD ... to play with Linux (Mint) ... first OS install in my life. First baby steps into Linux. Anything has to be better than the MS fiasco.
» Progress is mans ability to complicate simplicity (Thor Heyerdahl) «

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy

Robolinux, as opposed to Robocopy, only runs Windows apps by allowing a virtual copy of Windows to be installed within it, but this is a paid option. Many Windows programs can be run using Wine however for free across a wide range of Linux distros. Many people however when encouraged to look a little deeper into Linux will realize they can accomplish all of their daily tasks without using Windows related software at all. I only dual boot to research Windows queries posted by members and to maintain the Windows pages here I have a responsibility for, otherwise everything I do is done using (currently) Makulu Linux KDE.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/12682-makulu-3.html...

We need to avoid a Linux discussion hijacking these comments however, so please move any further discussion along these lines into this forum thread. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/15088-windows-or-l...

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago oldbilbobaggins

Pleez sur, I followed the procedure given in 'What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10' to download and use 'Coreinfo' to investigate whether I had the 'Requirements for Win 10' in my not-at-all-new Dell with Win 7. For this 'bear of little brain' it took a bit of effort, but clicking on/initiating the 'coreinfo.exe' folder entry showed a Command Box and say 30++ lines scrolling fast then disappearing in about half a second..... too fast to read and/or extract information.

Stumped.

Sure, there must be a way.... but my education doesn't stretch that far. And there must be many millions more like me who won't know/cannot find out if Win 10 will install/run on their kit, and won't know what to do about it.

Perhaps you can help?

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago djay49

Because coreinfo is a command-line utility, you'll need to execute it in a Command Prompt window. There are various ways to open one (e.g., Win+R / cmd / Enter). Then navigate using the "cd" cmd to the directory where you've saved coreinfo. (If you're running Win7 or later, the easiest thing to do is Shift-Right-click in the folder window where you've saved coreinfo and choose "Open Command Window here...".) Finally, execute the program by typing "coreinfo" at the prompt.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago rcoombs

Hi,
I have the same comment as the other writer, I have downloaded 'coreinfo' but cannot get it to run. I get my elevated command prompt and enter 'coreinfo' and I get a message - unrecognized command. What am I doing wrong. Thanks for any help. rcoombs

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago v.laurie You have to either enter the command with the full path for the file Coreinfo.exe or run it in a command window referenced to the same folder that contains Coreinfo.exe. See this article - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-open-windows-command-prompt-any-folder.htm. view
What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago CyberWolf64

I certainly hope that the statement as it were that SecureBoot MUST be enabled is NOT accurate. As in my new system it will NEVER be activated, as it is Microsofts way to enforce ONLY their OS on your machine. UEFI is fine as a lot of newer releases of Linux support that, but not SecureBoot.
Therefore, it is NEVER going to be active on MY machine. I will stick with the Win 7 Ultimate that will be on it only along with my Linux distro of choice, which is Manjaro.
Why not have SecureBoot named more accurately? Something like:
"Microsoft OS's ONLY".

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago v.laurie As the article says, the UEFI and secure boot requirement is applicable only to new systems and upgrades can be applied to existing systems that use the older BIOS instead of UEFI view
What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago oldbilbobaggins

That worked for me, 'djay49', in that your tip of 'Shift-RightClick in the folder window' > select 'Open Command Window Here' > type 'coreinfo' ....finally listed the wanted info dump.

Thanks.

It seems I DO have the required 'PAE supports > 32-bit physical addresses' and 'NX supports no-execute page protection' and 'SSE2 supports streaming SIMD extensions 2' ( and others to SSE 4.2 ). Now I must find a way to print that info screen to a note, saved for later reference.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago oldbilbobaggins

Thanks, 'v.laurie'. I really must RTFM sometime soon.

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What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 4 years 2 months ago Bruce_Fraser

Ah yes, I see that, now that I read to the very end of the article.
You should know that graphics dominate, and the first thing one sees in that article is "Uh oh, my computer needs UEFI to run Windows 10."

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What's Connected To Your USB Ports? 2 years 9 months ago willrun4fun

This is very handy to have when you have unapproved USB devices turned on in group policy. I use it to get the ID of the device to add it to the allow list.

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What's Connected To Your USB Ports? 2 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Good one !..... thanks rob !

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What's Connected To Your USB Ports? 2 years 9 months ago FJL

What about the great Nirsoft product?
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

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What's Eating All My RAM? 3 years 9 months ago pvilan

Thanks again Rob.
This portable program from Sysinternals sounds very useful.
I am adding it to my tool box right now!
Regards, Peter

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What's Eating All My RAM? 3 years 9 months ago Realist

The worst memory hogs are Java programs.Each one I have used eat atleast 90 MB of RAM.
Avoid JAVA softwares.

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What's Eating All My RAM? 3 years 9 months ago Realist

It requires Admin account to run.

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What's Eating All My RAM? 3 years 9 months ago Wendra

Terrific! I was looking for something such as this program. I'll check it out today. Thanks so much.

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What's Eating All My RAM? 3 years 9 months ago crombierob

XP users need not apply

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What's Eating All My RAM? 3 years 9 months ago r0h1t

Ha ha - '*heaps* of information about your memory'. Nice one, @rob.schifreen! :)

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 years 2 days ago boristhemoggy

Sometimes it's worth giving up all your data for something, and sometimes it's not. This one forces you into giving a large amount of data and also signing up for their emails.
I favour this event viewer which is also completely free but you don't need to give all your private info out to get it. Plus, it's portable.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 years 2 days ago chisli

Not suitable for home use.
I also prefer nirsoft event viewer: Fast, easy and mainly no istallation.

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 years 14 hours ago papavonschoen

If you worry about everything in your Event Log that's all you do. Most of them are insignificant and won't hurt a thing. If you find problems with your computer take a look. Nirsoft is very good like chisli said!

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 2 years 12 months ago Tingla

Just a thought regarding files too large for VirusTotal. Would it be possible to split such files in half and then upload each section?

Anyone tried this workaround?

Update - Out of curiosity I used 7-zip to split a 160M exe file and had VirusTotal test it. No problems. Don't know if the recombined file would still work though.

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 3 years 1 week ago Fairportfan

I checked the page you linked; i saw two minor tweaks that might be useful to me - neither of which involve Edge or Cortana (which i WILL disable as soon as i find the right hacks).

The rest? Useless and not applicable at all.

As i first said about W8 - Windows 10 is ugly and its mama dresses it funny.

One can cure a lot of that (though not all) with Classic Shell forcing it to work in a rational manner.

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 3 years 1 week ago crombierob

If I were sent to Mars, and was told it was a one way trip due to lack of fuel for the return flight, and was told that once launched, there is not the possibility of turning around mid flight, but was advised that I could change the direction slightly to say escape the solar system, etc.
And if I fired up the computer they gave me in (in mid flight), AND if I then discovered that I had to use the W10 Start Menu for the rest of my life, I would do the course change, to plummet into the Sun.

I don't like the computer making decisions when it wishes to do things (EG Updates). I wish to be able to prevent it doing them until I request it. I am Scottish, but I would even be prepared to pay for a Tool that allows me full control.
I would pay even more for a Tool that allows me full control over everything. I am a control freak, and W10 is the exact opposite.
I got rid of Windows Defender, as it was scanning in the background without my permission.
For those that discovered how to switch off ALL of the options during custom Install, the Anniversary Update turns them all back on again. You can once again turn them off, but you will be banned from using Cortana, unless you turn them on again.

Victoria (Australia) is known as the Nanny state, and now we have a Nanny operating system,
Rob Down Under
PS I know about Classic Shell, but unfortunately NASA did not.

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 3 years 1 week ago redstick

Interesting that folks will read, carefully follow the links, go to the trouble of logging on, then write a lengthy comment on why they would never use whatever is being described. Why bother? Just find the proper way to do things your way, and go for it. I've used 10 for about a year now (running under Classic Shell) and like it just fine. Any apps I don't like or can't use, I either delete, disable, or ignore. But that's just me.

The rob.schifreen's of the world have already earned their heavenly crowns for plugging ahead with the research and reportage, despite the slings and arrows of the rest of us. Carry On!

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 3 years 1 week ago Jorpho

By almost all accounts, the Anniversary Update is a trainwreck best delayed as long as possible.

A newsworthy story will be a report that it is finally ready for primetime.

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 2 years 11 months ago Lugh

Thanks Rob, that's a good article.

I've had AU for about 4 weeks now, without much time to play with it. Which is good news--Win10 has kept plugging away just fine, with a couple of further updates in the meantime.

WIn10 is a nice OS, and I like the way MS has adopted a policy of continuous improvement in between major updates. It seems to be going well for the large majority of users.

My only disappointment is the multiple desktops--I was using a better MD app in the 90s than the Win10 implementation. Anyone know how the indie MD apps play with Win10 AU?

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WhatsApp Messenger 2 years 11 months ago ErikJon

My wife and I use two Samsung Galaxy phones. After one year of use this program informed me that, to continue using it, I would have to pay, so I never used it again. My wife was told on her version, that hers was outdated, and could not upgrade without first un-installing it. Then she ended up having un-install hers three times, then to re-install it each time, before it would work again. We still don't know if this program is free or not, as mine will not allow me to continue using it without paying a mandatory upgrade fee. I cannot recommend confusing apps like this.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2 years 11 months ago Anupam

Earlier, Whatsapp was paid in some countries. It was free for the first year, and after that you had to pay. But, there is no such restriction now, and the app is free for all. So, you should try uninstalling, and re-installing it.

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WhatsApp Messenger 1 year 4 months ago David R

100% useless

It does NOT work on my PC ! I even followed their directions and scanned it on my phone. There is no way to SCAN it with my PC. The entire point in getting this was to connect. With OR without a phone.

From their web page :
" WhatsApp can only be installed on your computer if your operating system is Windows 8 (or newer) or Mac OSX 10.9 (or newer). Since WhatsApp desktop app runs natively on your desktop, you'll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts and more. "

Windows 10 Pro operating system.

" To use WhatsApp Web on your desktop browser
Open https://web.whatsapp.com in your desktop Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Edge browser and scan the WhatsApp QR code inside the WhatsApp application on your phone. "

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WhatsApp Messenger 1 year 4 months ago Remah

WhatsApp normally requires an active phone number to activate the desktop app so the desktop app is unlikely to work without activation from a mobile app. You could search for help on how to "install whatsapp PC without phone" and maybe one of those options will suit you - I haven't read them or tested them so I don't know how good they are. But it is probable that none of those options will work for you if you don't have access to a phone.

The following is for others who read this and don't understand what has happened to you. Scanning the QR code with the WhatsApp app on your phone is done to authorise access to your account from the desktop app by gaining that authorisation from your install of the phone app. This sort of technique is used for authorising connections between different devices, for example pairing Bluetooth devices . See the WhatsApp help on this:

Pairing your phone with the WhatsApp on desktop

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 3 years 5 months ago crosseyedlemon

OK....I give up....which one is the Vegemite factory?

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 3 years 5 months ago crimezone

Another way of Freudian mistake for architects

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 3 years 4 months ago Sgluber

Hahahahaha... very cool! :-D

Tks, rob! :-)

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 3 years 4 months ago Jonrock

Cool typewriter?
HOW DOES ONE USE THIS NOW! i cannot find any "instructions' as how to SAVE and/or download any creation made on the "typewriter", if it is possible. I would like to be able to create and share a message with others somehow.
Do I need "Twitter"? There is a vaguely explained note on the Typewriter page to a "save link" page to use some credits / [/Document-ID] etc..
What is this and where do you get it?

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 8 months ago abrandt

Thank you, Rob. I terminated about 30 companies.

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 8 months ago Goomer

Interesting. I had no idea you could see who/what/how many had access to my Google account. Turns out it was nine and I guess I'm OK with those. Always wonder why when installing an app it asks for permissions like this, but always click "yes". I discovered (not a difficult discovery) that if I click on the name of the app it gives an explanation of why it has access. That sort of makes sense from a marketing point of view. Ultimately I didn't change anything. Thank you for this information.

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 8 months ago jmaloney

I was curious and clicked the link in the article to go to my Gmail account. I clicked the "Apps with account access" link on the left. I saw that I have no apps with access to my account and no saved passwords, however, the option "Allow less secure apps" was turned on. I turned it off. I was using Firefox on a desktop PC.

My desktop Thunderbird client quickly received two copies of the same email, one to my backup non-Gmail address and one to my Gmail address. It alerted me to a blocked sign-in attempt "from an app that may put your account at risk." It did not name the app. At first I didn't know if the alert was triggered by Firefox or Thunderbird, but since I received the Gmail email in Thunderbird, the alert must have been triggered by Firefox. The email went on to say, "Are you the one who tried signing in? Google will continue to block sign-in attempts from the app you're using because it has known security problems or is out of date. You can continue to use this app by allowing access to less secure apps, but this may leave your account vulnerable." Apparently my 57.0 Firefox triggered the alert. I clicked a link in the email to let me continue using the app. It took me to a page in Firefox that only showed the option to change the Gmail setting to allow less secure apps. I turned it back on.

I quickly received two emails in Thunderbird, one to my backup address and one to my Gmail address, telling me that, "Access for less secure apps has been turned on." It tells me I am no longer protecting my Google account with "modern security standards." It says, "You can make your account safer again by undoing this change here, then switching to apps made by Google such as Gmail to access your account." That's confusing, apparently written for mobile users rather than desktop users.

I found this experience interesting and thought others might as well.

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 8 months ago Goomer

I hadn't seen that "Allow less secure apps" switch. Wonder why it is defaulted to on in the first place? And no clues as to what might be a less secure app. Seems a bit strange to my thinking. Anyhow, I turned it off and so far no alerts have been generated by Firefox 52.0 or Thunderbird, my default browser and email programs.

About an hour, maybe two later an error message showed up. It really tells me nothing, but it appears it was a "less secure app" that tried to sign in. Still doesn't tell me which one. I'm guessing the app will cease to work or let me know down the road. Must be an app on one of my android devices.

Don't you miss all the extensions that no longer work with Firefox 57? I upgraded and took a look at what was no longer working and not currently replaceable and went back to 52.

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 8 months ago jmaloney

Thanks for the info. That's interesting. I'm envious. :-)

I wonder why Google doesn't name the app it thinks is insecure in the alert email? That would be helpful, although in my case it seems like it has to be Firefox 57.0.

(Yes, I miss several Firefox extensions I used, mainly Self-destructing Cookies and FireFTP.)

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 8 months ago Goomer

A couple hours later an error message showed up from Google. It essentially tells me nothing, but I gather it was generated by an less than secure app. Must be something on one of the three android devices I have. I'm going to leave the switch off for now and see if something ceases to work or lets me know it's been traumatized.

Cookie Controller was the deal breaker for me. It would let me reset the views on things that I occasionally ended up at from Yahoo, like the LA Times that has a set count on how many views before subscribing. Never heard of FireFTP, did a search and discovered an open source Firefox clone(?) called Waterfox that says it supports Firefox extensions. Going to give it a test run.

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Which Companies Can Read Your Google Mail And Account? 1 year 8 months ago Goomer

Looks like it is Thunderbird. It became unable to access the gmail account. I switch less secure apps back on and all is good.

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- PureVPN
- ProXPN

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Good article Vic with some useful common sense. The world isn't going to end in the next few months if we take a wait and see approach with Windows 10. I wish more websites adopted that "if it ain't broke dont fix it" mantra.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago garydavid711

i think windows 7 was best system ever--when i cc & tool wiz i notice it requires less maintenance than 8.1
thanks for the update

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago abrandt

Appreciate the overview. As a former software applications and evaluation consultant... I have found a 1-year wait after a Microsoft OS release to be safer, allowing time for multiple updates and fixes.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago gazzag

So if I decide to wait should I cancel My Upgrade Reservation

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago lowndesw

Well, shucks. I was all set to try out this new os when Vic comes along with a bunch of common sense and I feel let down!!

I used XP on several desktops and a laptop until about 3 years ago. Was still using DOS before that!! I think it was Vic that finally convinced me to leave XP. But I was expecting another "quantum leap" in features, gadgets, security, etc with 10, but Vic says not, so it has to be so.

THANKS, Vic!! AGAIN!!

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago v.laurie

As I understand it, you don't have to install the upgrade as soon as it is downloaded to your system but can install later. Others are asking similar questions and some answers are at this Microsoft site

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago dwainwood

I downloaded the Windows 10 Beta a few months ago and it worked very smooth and efficient. Later they pushed out an automatic update and suddenly my Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Version 3.1.00495 for VPN suddenly stopped working. It may be that Cisco will push out an update to their VPN when the official Windows 10 is released, but I am hesitant since I have to be able to connect to my corporate network with the VPN.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago runbei

Amen. Installed a late Win10 Beta on a ThinkPad X201 and experienced a memory leak where a service (svchost.exe?) used 3GB of RAM, and climbing. Wasted day installing 10 and reverting to 7. Happy to await the bug reports.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago George.J

My advice would be to wait for a few months to upgrade to Windows 10 if you are using Win 7 or Win 8, 8.1 until it's really stable, all the bugs are ironed out and most softwares are compatible with it. Windows 7 mainstream support ended in January while extended support ends in 2020. Since Windows 10 will be the last big splash O.S from Microsoft and future updates will all be incremental, it's best to get it while it's free. 

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago MikeR

Typical commonsense article from Vic: much appreciated, as ever. Waiting a while for Microsoft to bring something out that actually works as it should has long been the only way to approach Redmond's offerings, hence why there are so many happy bunnies (including me) who never raced to embrace Balmer's epically misconceived Windows 8. Microsoft's handling of the complaints and frustrations arising from that was an object lesson in how not to treat your customer base and nothing I see in its corporate psyche persuades me it'll be any different this time if Windows 10 turns out to be flawed.

For me, the greatest benefit of staying with Windows 7 is that (a) it works and (b) I'm spared the hassle of having to familiarise myself with a new OS. Best of all: Windows Mail works in Windows 7 -- a simple importing of the Vista executables does the trick -- so I've never had to contend with the appalling Live Mail and its propensity to reveal the contents of all your email accounts on-screen simultaneously. I've no idea if Windows Mail will work on Windows 10 and am not about to run the risk of finding out that it, er, won't.

Meantime, I'm hoping to find someone specialising in the sale of T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase I LOVE WINDOWS 9. Microsoft could do with a reminder that no, we aren't all as stupid as it thinks we are in its absurd pretence that the Windows 8 fiasco was long ago and far away.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago jivadas

I use Win7 on a Dell Desktop
Long ago I began getting updates that were preparatory for Win10
I installed the first few
then learned that they were affecting and slowing my PC
particularly when using Chrome
but when I tried to remove them with SysRestore
they would not go away

If you want the option to keep Win7
beware the dog!

xØx
jd

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago Nodrog

Just imagine if everyone were to adopt the *wait and see* approach - would the new OS ever be developed by user experience to the point that you would consider it to be safe to go ahead with the upgrade?

I have been using the Insider Preview builds on a spare laptop (a Toshiba Satellite that was supplied with Windows 7 and was not supported by the manufacturer beyond Windows 8) since October 2014 and have been impressed with the whole experience. I will be upgrading to Windows 10 on my main machine (currently 8.1) as soon as the download is complete.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago pauloz

What I'd really like to know is whether I can expect a more seamless operation from Windows 10. I use Linux Lite about 90% of the time - a fantastic OS but there's the inevitable program that I need to use in Windows that I can't get in LL. Almost every time I use Windows 7 I'm confronted with bloated security updates, Adobe wanting a piece of the action, hanging issues, general slowness and all very annoying. Will Windows 10 lessen this problem?

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago HA

I find Win 8 to be faster than Win 7, so after a month I'll upgrade my Win 7 computers to Win 10.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Tech companies that achieve a dominate market share somewhere in their history inevitably succumb to an attitude of entitlement and simply tune out all customer complaints. We've seen this happen with Microsoft as well as Blackberry and it will most certainly occur with Apple (if it hasn't already). Ironically too much success usually costs these companies in the long run.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

I understand the point you are trying to make but history has shown that more often than not testing of operating systems prior to public release is rushed and not thorough enough. I don't blame developers for this because in most cases they are under severe pressure from the company bigwigs and marketing people to meet unreasonable deadlines. You wouldn't rush out and take the latest "wonder drug" offered by a pharma company unless it had been thoroughly tested and side effects were documented. Taking a wait and see approach is usually the prudent course of action.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago jorgeem1717

WOW.... I'm just confused and confused and more confused ... I really don't know what to do. From what I understand Wins 7 will still be receiving updates until 2020 and I am very pleased with it. There are so many comments about possible driver issues and programs and software that might not work with Wins 10 Upgrade that I still don't now what to do and I haven't even mentioned the BUG issues that the new OS might have. Maybe I'll just stay on the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" wagon that Vic Laurie mentioned... BTW, excellent article and very informative, thanks Vic for your hard work. I really appreciate it...

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago Anupam

If you want to check whether the drivers and software, or even your hardware will be compatible with Windows 10, then you can download and run Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant on your computer.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows-8/upgrade-assistant-download-...

Since system requirements of Windows 10 is similar to Windows 8/8.1, so running this tool will tell you if your computer is ready for Windows 10.

As regarding bugs, Windows 10 should be bug free, since beta testing of the OS has been going on for quite sometime, but if you really want to play it safe, better to wait for a few months, and keep a watch.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago Anupam

System updates occur on Linux too, same as Windows. If you are going to install Windows 10, of course there will be Windows Updates like usual... and mind you, Home version will have forced updates. And of course, all other quirks of Windows system will be there. But, since you require Windows for only a few software, why bother to update at all. But well, since Windows 10 is free, and you use Windows for short time only, then again, what's the harm?

Another thing.. people who use Windows 7 never complain about it being slow. If your computer is slow, and is hanging too, there's something wrong with the system... either the configuration is not good enough for Windows 7, or there are other problems like malware, hardware issues, etc.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago century

Very thoughtful article - thanks. I have a Win 7 laptop. It is running well so far. Will get support for another 4-5 yrs. I am not going to upgrade to Win 10. Here are the reasons:
1. Do not want to sail in uncharted territory.
2. There may be driver issues.
3. There may be unknown bugs.
4. Do not need faster boot time.
5. Some of my old softwares may not work in Win 10.
6. Do not like the forced update issue.
7. The free offer is for the lifetime of this laptop only - I can't install it to a new machine.
8. Have reservations about all such free offers.

May be I end up as a fool. May be I turn up a loser. But I am with Win 7 now.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago Nodrog

Historically you have a point, but the release of Windows 10 has not followed that path, has it?

I, and several million others, have been testing it and sending feedback for more than nine months now and through a good few iterations, so I'd suggest this is the most thoroughly tested new OS ever.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

As Vic Laurie and others on the staff have mentioned, the decision to upgrade is a personal one. I've had no problems with Windows 7 so I will be standing pat for now. I hope Windows 10 turns out to be an excellent OS and provides the customer satisfaction we all deserve. It will probably be another year before we can accurately grade it against other operating systems that have been released in the past.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy I stand with crosseyedlemon. In fairness I should only be classed as a part time Windows users because the majority of my time is spent on Linux. That said, I do need to boot into Windows to respond to visitor queries and test Windows apps. I have two dual booted systems with Linux/Windows 7 both of which are configured how I like, with programs that work and are secure thanks to my security configuration so why should I risk any of this to "upgrade" to something that for me at any rate provides nothing new except loads of work? MC - Site Manager. view
Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago eikelein

MIkeR,
generally agree with you 100%.
Except we should not blame Balmer for Windows 8; that seems to have been to a much larger degree Steve Sinfosky's failure.
For whatever it's worth ;;-)

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago eikelein

@jorgeem1717
Jorge, I have summed it up on my blog for my customers like this:
. Wait and see.
. If you have a stable and well working Windows 7 system don't upgrade (yet). Windows 10 has IMHO only marginal improvements.
. If you have a Windows 8.1 system then Windows 10 irons out quirks and annoyances of Win 8.
Either way, it's your decision.
I have learned over 33 years with MS products that the cautious approach (wait and see) has paid off BIG time.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 1 month ago Mighty

I use three systems in my everyday life, all Win 7. My two-year-old main production/game machine machine. A 7-yr-old previous main/game machine, that is now dedicated to chatting, email and surfing. And a 5-yr-old laptop that, while not bottom-of-the-line when I bought it, is no powerhouse.

I have played a little with Win 8 and Win 8.1, mostly doing tech support for friends. But, I've never spent enough time with it to become intimately familiar with it. I do know that I don't like it, much. I'm usually a form-follows-function kind of guy, but man, I think the tiles in Metro are ugly. And, since I have no touch monitors and likely never will (I usually sit with my eyes literally 4-5 feet from the monitor) I felt that Win 8/8.1 offered nothing I found compelling over Win 7.

I admit I am mildly curious about Win 10. And, I will probably have to do tech support for people who will be using it. So, I'm leaning toward checking it out.

So, I will likely upgrade my secondary chat machine to Win 10. I am sure it will have the power necessary for the latest OS. And, that's a machine I can live without for a day or two, if I feel the need to nuke the drive from orbit and reinstall Win 7. I will probably wait a couple of weeks, to watch for any serious issues, since I'm not in a big hurry.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 4 weeks ago Kipster

I've been using an old HP desktop that originally came with XP as a test machine. This old box is only a Pentium duo core with just 2 gigs of ram.
After XP support was discontinued, I installed a Linux distro, scrapping XP. When Win 10 preview came out, I figured I'd try it on this box. I have had ZERO problems running anything on it, even run old Yahoo widgets!.
Today, Sunday, July 26, I ran Windows update on this old box. It took over an hour, but when it was finally finished, it looked very different. Checking the system/about it now shows I have Windows 10 PRO, not the evaluation copy. This old machine runs so well, I can't wait to update my other 3 desktops, 3 laptops.

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 3 weeks ago ntri99

Thanks to all team members of Techsupport alert. You are doing wonderful job of maintaining the site providing with lot of helpful information and discussion..
the topic "Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10?" is also very interesting discussion.
I have always liked win7 than any other version of windows for the reason of stability and no issue at all.
that said. I reserved new win10 for spare laptop (but will not upgrade my main desktop with win7 for a while) and when offered by windows update to free upgrade to win10 on 29th july, (after backing up the win7 image) i happily accepted and allowed the upgrade without any hesitation.
I was surprised and impressed with the absolutely perfect upgrade to win10 without any input required by me.
The new software win 10 has not disturbed any of my existing software in my first impression.

Still I will upgrade my desktop only after some reasonable time only just to make sure there is no problem with my main desktop win7 computer. Also the new win10 app called Cortana is not available in Australia sadly.
overall i will give 5 out of 5 star to microsoft win10 upgrade for smooth upgrade and nice new interface.
will wait some more time before upgrading my main desktop computer. Thanks

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 3 weeks ago raymond4500332

I checked my Window 8.1's Microsoft Update page last night and noticed two failed attempts to automatically update the OS to Windows 10. I opted to manually search for the official MS Windows 10 update page and download the software. I left my computer on all night for the 3Gb download. At 1:00 AM this morning, I checked the PC and followed all the prompts for installing the now OS. One hour and thirteen minutes later, my new Windows 10 OS was completely installed, so I returned to bed.

When I checked on my PC this morning, I found several needed features of my new OS had been removed. I am now unable to load a Microsoft Update page and download any update, Critical, Important, Recommended, or Optional. I have tried to research the cause of Microsoft's blunder of removing a vital part of Windows 8.1's Update function, but found only references to some 'Current Branch" crap. Every article stated that the new Update function is now automatic and normally cannot be turned off.

I use the Microsoft Update function to check on Optional updates. Will Windows 10 now automatically download and install ALL updates, including the Optional ones? I need my Microsoft Update page back. It's sad Microsoft doesn't listen to conservative PC users like me. They tend to cater to the Generation X and Millennials liberals for new ideas and functions.

My PrivateFirewall had also been disabled.

Is it any wonder Windows Vista and 8.0 was viewed so horribly?

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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 3 weeks ago Anupam

It seems like you did not read enough on Windows 10, and neither did you look at the compatibility report before deciding to upgrade. If you had read the compatibility report, you would have known which installed software on your system were not compatible with Windows 10.

Also, if you had read up on Windows 10, you would have known in Windows 10 Home edition, there will be no option to choose Windows Updates, they will be automatic.

You really cannot blame Microsoft for you not reading enough before you performed the upgrade.

Anyway, if you are not satisfied with Windows 10, you can still downgrade to your previous OS within a month.

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Who's Been Using All My Internet Bandwidth? 4 years 5 months ago EldonW

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Who's Been Using All My Internet Bandwidth? 4 years 5 months ago Remah NetWorx is the current Editor's Choice in Best Free Download-Upload Meter. Apart from metering, the most useful feature is the NetStat showing what software is using network connections and what they are connecting to. It has the option to resolve IP addresses to host names so you can see which websites are being connected to. view

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