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Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 7 months ago EldonW

I have been using NetWorx for almost 3 years - it's an excellent program. I have the graph permanently showing and see the download/upload speeds and totals. Thank you SoftPerfect Research.

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Who's Been Using All My Internet Bandwidth? 4 years 7 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
Who's Been Using All My Internet Bandwidth? 4 years 7 months ago lowndesw

THANK YOU, Rob!!

Looks like SoftPerfect has several very interesting free products, also. WiFi Guard and Bandwidth Manager, etc.

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Who's Been Using All My Internet Bandwidth? 4 years 7 months ago txeng

Hello,

A problem with NetWorx.

A scan with VT did NOT come out clean. Unfortunately, I do not know how to attach the complete report, but here is the result.

The scan heading:

SHA256: 166b420c0121ad8615712744eef918e77880e9f4c9c91267715d50bb5a53291f
File name: networx_setup.exe
Detection ratio: 1 / 57
Analysis date: 2015-03-15 12:49:00 UTC ( 0 minutes ago )

The offender:

ESET-NOD32
a variant of Win32/NetFilter.A potentially unsafe 20150315

This scan is for the 32 bit install version. The portable version did come out clean.

Any idea what went wrong?

Regards, DM

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Who's Been Using All My Internet Bandwidth? 4 years 7 months ago jason Glasswire has an excellent usage monitor. https://www.glasswire.com/features/#Bandwidth_Usage_Monitor It does a lot more, but if you are only interested in usage reports, you can disable the other features. The only issue I found was the heavy logging that defaults to your system drive - If you have a SSD for your system drive you might choose to move the logs/database files to a standard hard drive to prolong the life your your SSD. https://forum.glasswire.com/t/database-location/225 view
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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago Joe A.TT

I think it should be Details and not List View in Explorer. Nevertheless, thanks for the informative article Jojo.

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago musicollector

I did this but I either see Normal under Orientation or nothing at all. The remaining pictures are blank in that field.

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago Jojo Yee You're spot on Joe A.TT. It has not been corrected in the article. Update: Using Explorer to rotate images is found to have inconsistent results in relation to the Exif orientation tag at times. So it's better to do without this method. view
Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago Jojo Yee @musicollector, the Orientation tag value can be altered or removed by some image editors. In which case you may see a blank Orientation tag for some jpeg files in Windows Explorer. view
Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago David Roper

and good old IRFANVIEW has been doing it for years as well. My Fave.

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago musicollector

Good to know. Thanks. The culprit might be Irfanview, which I have had on my machine for years.

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago Sid in Extremis

Windows Photo Viewer does this, at least the version that comes with W7. I'm sure earlier versions could do it too.

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago Jojo Yee @Sid in Extremis, do you mean a manual rotation with a click of its button by the user or an auto rotation by the Photo Viewer based on the Exif data? According to Microsoft Support, "some camera manufacturers set the JPEG EXIF Orientation flag based on an orientation sensor built into the camera. This image attribute is currently not supported by Windows Explorer or the imaging applications that ship with Windows." "Applies to Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1" view
Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago Sid in Extremis

My mistake, I misread the original post, sorry.

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago zdub

A top pick here, Zoner Photo Studio, also has the option to rotate images to match EXIF (Preferences, General) and makes it quite easy to rotate & save if need be.

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago Jojo Yee You're welcome Sid in Extremis. view
Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago Jorpho

While it is quite possibly one of my favorite freeware programs of all time, IrfanView is a bit clumsy in that regard, alas – "lossless rotation" uses a somewhat awkward plugin. I wish it was simple as ordinary rotation.

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 4 months ago Jacal

No problems here. It has some useful additional options, like removing (some or all) metadata. In fact better than XnView.

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Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought 5 years 7 months ago Rick Grunwald

Nice article. I believe it also follows and counts Hard links as their full size even though that is not the case. There is software out there that will give you the real story on what is actually used

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Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie What hard links are you referring to? As far as I know, none of the items in the article involves hard links. Windows uses "junctions" for some things but these are not hard links and anyway are not involved in this article's discussion. See http://windows7tips.com/symlinks-definition.html view
Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought 5 years 7 months ago Rick Grunwald

I use symlinks and hard links on my drives. I HAVE HEARD that when WINDOWS figures the size of used space, it (incorrectly) reads the the hard linked file as actually being there. I may be wrong. I felt it pertinent at the time to mention that as you may have more hard drive space than windows is reporting
As for the tool you posted, 5 stars. I was able to use it to reclaim 16 GB of space by clearing some things of which I had not been aware

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Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie You are right that Windows does not always report hard links correctly. Perhaps you are thinking about the WinSxS directory, which does use hard links. view
Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought 5 years 7 months ago Rick Grunwald

I use them for a lot of things most notably backing up. I use hard links into my Dropbox which works like a charm (but the stuff is counted twice as far as space used is concerned)

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago bernardz There are a few alternatives A good place to start is https://userstyles.org/styles/browse/wikipedia view
Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

Somehow I doubt the Gizmo page would score many style points as it appears to be even more dated than Wikipedia. Both sites are favorites of mine because of the incredibly useful content and the esthetics are less important.

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago Gil Mensch

This is just my opinion, but I prefer the Wikipedia format over Wikiwand's. In comparing the respective pages for Sergey Brin, I notice immediately that the Wikiwand font is much bigger and the main text column is narrower, meaning that you get less information per screen and you will have to scroll more in Wikiwand. The top of the Wikiwand page is a really large photo of Brin. You have to scroll almost immediately to get any information at all. The speed difference for me isn't a factor (a 2 second load time vs 4, approximately). I contribute to Wikipedia occasionally, usually just small edits, but sometimes more. I didn't install the browser plug-in, but in accessing the site directly, I didn't see where you could sign in and edit the content, which is what the "wiki" part of Wikipedia is all about. For me, that's a non-starter.

Thanks for bringing this site to our attention. I won't use it, but I'm sure some people will really like it.

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago Australia

I agree with crosseyedlemon

The format of both Wikipedia and Techsupportalert are established, and they are effective

Nothing worse than change for change sake, including reducing the amount of information on a web page

Increasing font size is unnecessary for the majority of users - simply press the "CTRL" key while using the middle wheel of the mouse. I hope most TechSupportUsers know this basic function

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

Good recommendation Bernardz. By using the browse feature at Userstyles you can find new skins for Google, Facebook, Youtube and many other websites plus a section for tweaking Mozilla Firefox browser components. You will need Stylish to implement the changes but that is available as a Firefox add-on.

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago bernardz I am not so sure that they are effective for most users. If you look up a Wikipedia entry, what you will see is on the left-hand side a column that is for almost all users useless. On the top, you may see an advert and several entries for editing which few people do. I find that this style sheet works for me https://userstyles.org/styles/95435/wikipedia-autohiding-left-side view
Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago dallas7

"I didn't see where you could sign in and edit the content, which is what the 'wiki' part of Wikipedia is all about." -Gil Mensch

No sign in that I can find, too. And a Wikipedia account not only allows editing, but the creation of watchlists and the use of gadgets (navigation, tooltips, etc.) - and that's just the tip of the iceberg of the wiki features available with an account.

IMHO, that skin adds new levels of annoyances to HTML. Cheers.

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago eikelein

bernard,

If you see ANY ads in your web browser then your browser is not set up safely in the first place or maybe even you use the wrong browser to begin with. But that may be besides the point.

Wikipedia and techsupportalert have worked for me as they are. I will give the add-on a try to see if it really adds informational value and/or enhances ease of use. But that will take time to tell...

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago West Swan

Hello,

Firstly, thank you for this find which will be of use to many people I am sure.

I also think many people (including myself) will prefer the regular style without all the eye candy stuff.

But then again I kicked up a stink when the free fastmail service got taken over by Opera and they tried to 'modernise' the look and feel.

We won. They reverted back to having a 'classic' interface option.

Cheers,

An old bloke who thinks if it aint broke then don't fix it :-)

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago bernardz The wikipedia has ads. There are many style sheets, one might work for you. On my notepad, I use this style sheet https://userstyles.org/styles/95855/wikipedia-simplified view
Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago zdub

Thanks for this. The Contents implementation on WikiWand is FAR superior to that of Wikipedia.

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago godzonekid

You're lucky. I brought up Eric Clapton on Wikipedia... page loaded in under 1 second. Tried it on Wikiwand... bloody hell... in excess of 10 seconds.

Pain to scroll down as well.

Aesthetically better? Debatable.

User friendly? Uh uh!

I'll stay with the old tried and true original.

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago godzonekid

Ads? I see no ads at all. I don't have any ad blocker in my browser... maybe it's because I use Opera 12.x, maybe not. Perhaps ads don't travel to this part of the planet... ; )

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 1 month ago bernardz Wikipedia have their appeals on a banner on top view
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WildBit Viewer 2 years 2 months ago Kenith Olson

Hi marcdarkin,

Read your review and tried WildBit Viewer but was overwhelmed by the options available. This is good but I am a beginner.

Did some searching for a User Guide or Manual but found nothing.

Is there something to help beginners?

Thanks

Ken

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Win A Copy Of This Superb Information Manager [Updated] 3 years 7 months ago crombierob

I sent mine

Beware the Ides of March,
Rob

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Win A Copy Of This Superb Information Manager [Updated] 3 years 7 months ago ehorwitz1

Looks like a fascinating and very flexible, useful product for planners. Unfortunately, not something I need. Thanks for showing it off!

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Win A Copy Of This Superb Information Manager [Updated] 3 years 7 months ago Xavier Torres

Thanks for contest. The program is very interesting. I would like to test the full version.

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Win Real Money From This Trivia Game Show 1 year 8 months ago crosseyedlemon

Some interesting background for this app can be found at Wikipedia. Average payouts according to that source are $10-12....so don't quit your day job just yet.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

I looked up the font, it appears it's a Google font. You may have to download and reinstall it. I did find an article relating to some other fonts missing that might help:

Fonts Missing After Windows 10 Update

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

I'm not sure there's one of those yet, but it would be good to see. So far the best site I've come across is this one - it's on the technical side but quite useful:

The Ultimate Windows 10 Security Guide
https://heimdalsecurity.com/en/windows-10-security-guide
There's a section on Security and a section on Privacy

For step by step less technical assistance this is a good site:
The Windows 10 privacy settings you need to change right now
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/the-windows-...

I don't know how much of this will still work in the Anniversary Update, but at the least, choosing a custom install gives you the option of turning things off at the beginning. Most of the settings can be changed after installation.



 

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

I can also suggest a program called Blackbird.
http://www.getblackbird.net/

It has a green WOT rating, but as the site says "*Note: Some anti-virus products may detect Blackbird as malware. We assure you it's a false-positive; Blackbird does nothing that is not clearly advertised, leaves no files behind, and can be safely deleted after usage".
Works on Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista

VirusTotal has two flags on the program or it would likely have been written up here. You can view the analysis of the 64 bit version here:
Blackbird Virus Total analysis

For a more complete description of what Blackbird does check the listing at Major Geeks:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/blackbird.html

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago astral_cyborg

That's very helpful. I will also keep in mind the steps from the link. Thank you very much for your time.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome. :)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago inverloch

Thanks Rhiannon, it appears you are correct, it appears that the windows 10 update had wiped my NVIDIA drivers and after I ran the free slimdrivers software as recommended on gizmo some time back, it found drivers missing and reinstalled them. Now the Taskbar is again up and running.

Alan

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

Excellent news! I am so glad that's fixed. :)

Windows 10 is running fine on my laptop, but I had enough issues with it on my desktop that I rolled back the installation and I'll be sticking with Windows 8.1.

An issue I encountered with Windows 10 on my laptop is that it turned off System Restore. I've read that can happen in some installations so if you use it System Restore, it's something to be aware of.

I'm not crazy about the Start Menu and tiles on either Windows 8x or Windows 10 so I use Start8 and Start10 from Stardock as start menu replacements. Both Stardock products are paid software, around five dollars US. I've had Start8 for years and I Start10 came as a free upgrade. Classic Shell works as well and is free.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago Lugh

Great article Rhiannon, thanks.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

You're welcome, I'm glad you like it. :)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago eikelein

I'm late to the party but here is a snippet that becomes relevant if you use CrashPlan:

I am on Win10 (64-bit) Version 1607 (Anniversary Update).
CrashPlan downloads it's installer.
The installer works.
But there seems to be no way to get the CrashPlan program to work - it just does NOTHING!

Anybody has a hack or a workaround or any relevant info?
TIA

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon

Did you install it and are you running it using admin rights? That's the only thing I can think of. Maybe someone else has some suggestions. :)

Other than that, I would check the developers site forum, troubleshooting or support areas.

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

Vedy interesting. Thanks.

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

You're welcome.

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Windows 10 connects to these websites after a clean installation 1 year 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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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