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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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 Creators' Update. What's Coming? 2 years 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 Editions and Upgrades Announced 4 years 5 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 5 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 5 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 Firewall Control 2 years 6 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 Will Reserve 7GB of Storage, Here's How To Disable It 9 months 1 week 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 9 months 1 week 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 9 months 1 week 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 9 months 1 week 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’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago CyberWolf64

I'm with you rhiannon. I too decided after all the negatives of Win 10 started surfacing to just get rid of all updates that would even try to install it. I like my Windows 7 ltimate just the way I have it thank you. Microsoft needs to learn perhaps the MOST important tidbit from all the negative press:
IT IS THE USERS MACHINE, NOT MICROSOFT'S.
I judge which updates I really need, and as to hardware drivers, I trust ONLY those that come from the hardware manufacturer. Definitely NOT Microsoft.
I have had people warn me about not upgrading to 10, all I say to them is this:
IF Microsoft EVER gets it through there extremely thick skulls that people DO NOT want spyware posing as an OS, they do NOT want to be told they HAVE TO update, and that the machine belongs TO THE USER and not Microsoft, then I MIGHT upgrade (even if by then I have to pay for the bloody thing). Besides as I also tell them...MS is supporting Win 7 til like 2020, so I am good for a bit, thank you

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago gruff

I've NEVER trusted Microsoft and I've been using it since DOS 3.1, so I've always been leery of anything they do and check it closely. When Windows 10 came out I bought an inexpensive refurbished HP Elitebook laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled. I then updated to Windows 10 about 2-3 months ago. I didn't like it at all and when I reverted back to Windows 7 it had updates blocked so I've not been able to get any updates for it. I'm not sure if I want to buy another new copy of Windows 7 or just toss the laptop. I'm still running Win 7 Pro on my desktop and I'll stay with it as long as I can.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago johnvk

So, all previous (suspicious) claims of "for the user's good" or "best experience for the user" are now exposed for the pretense that they are, and likely have always been. Windows 10 is really about giving Microsoft complete control over YOUR PC. My prediction of a 2016 article: Users of windows 10 logged on today to see that their gmail account has been replaced with windows live mail, and all their email imported. Unfortunately, online forums are clogged with users for whom the import failed, and who've lost decades of email and all their contacts. A Microsoft spokesman replied that "this upgrade provides the best experience for our users. Our user research suggests that most users dont want to bother which who their email provider is, they just want it to work."

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago rhiannon

I like to grab my drivers from the manufacturer as well. :)

 

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago rhiannon

On some laptops there's a hidden partition that will restore the system to the point when it was manufactured.........that might be an option. If you've got the disk, you could try re-installing Windows 7. :)

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago gruff

Using Disk Management I've found a 450MB partition on my laptop C: drive called "Healthy (Recovery Partition)" Can you send me to someplace that can show me how to access it to restore my laptop to a functioning Win 7 Home Premium? Thanks.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago Hopalong

@CyberWolf64

+1

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago Realist

I am happy with my dual boot - WinXP/Win7 - machine and I am not upgrading before 2022.
:)

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago shnbwmn

Just another reason to use portable apps. Obviously not everything can be portabilised, particularly large commercial programs required for work, but when possible it makes things so much easier, safer and faster.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months ago crosseyedlemon

There are certainly advantages to using the portable apps. The following website might be of interest to those looking for apps of this kind.
http://www.portablefreeware.com/all.php

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months ago Krunk

Well played, John.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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 3 years 11 months 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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