* Posts by Boothy

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Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

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Re: Buy 8 to upgrade

Quote: "'win8 with bing' may have severe limitations on what version of win10 you can upgrade to - check very carefully!"

It doesn't matter which version of Win 8.1 (non pro), you have, they all upgrade to Win 10 home.

With 8.1 Pro (inc Pro for students) going to Win 10 Pro.

A quote from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-10/upgrade-to-windows-10-faq

From Windows 8.1 edition : Windows 8.1 (Also applies to country specific editions, Windows 8.1 Single Language and Windows 8.1 with Bing)

To Windows 10 edition: Windows 10 Home

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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Why sue the customers/users?

To use an analogy..

If Ford borrowed some tech from GM, and this was added to Fords cars.

Would GM then sue all the people driving those Fords? No, they'd sue Ford.

So why are software patents treated differently?

Shouldn't cryptopeak be suing the software companies that added the allegedly infringing functionality to their software, rather than the clients that are just using the software?

The courts aught to be able to throw these type of requests out, under the guise that the company being sued, is not the author, or the owner of the allegedly infringing software, but just a licensed user.

PS: Just to be clear, I know why cryptopeak doesn't do this, as those real targets could likely fight back, and smaller companies are more likely to just fold. I'm saying that they shouldn't be able/allowed to sue a user, when all they are doing is using software provided by someone else (and for it's intended purpose).

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Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act

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Orbital conglomerates threaten Earth Govs....

Earth Govs, cease all assets of said Orbital conglomerates, including all launch facilities.

Orbital conglomerates attack.

Missile takes out Orbital conglomerates station.

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Biggest problem with virtual reality: It can be a little too real for people

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Try a different game then

I wasn't keen on 1st person games on the DK2, made me feel a little off :-/

But anything with a cockpit, car, plane, spacecraft and I was fine for hours.

Something to do with a visible cockpit keeping relative to what your brain, rather than sight, thinks you're doing.

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We're not killing Chrome OS ... not until 2020, anyway – says Google

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Re: Nobody likes change

Quote: "all Google have said is that they will continue to work on Chrome OS for the next few years, so it's clear the have plans to stop."

No it's not clear they will stop, it just means that Google are not willing to second guess what they might decide to do in 5 years time.

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Microsoft's 'Arrow' Android launcher flies into Play store

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Re: Not Potent

They probably borrowed the formula from the MS team that brought us progress bars in Windows.

10% done - 20 minutes remaining.

25% done - 45 minutes remaining.

50% done - 2 minutes remaining.

75% done - 1,375 minutes remaining.

100% done - (Sits at 100% done for the next 5 minutes!)

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Pebble smartwatch finds its voice

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..much thirstier than previous Pebbles..

Nope, it just has a smaller battery so they could make a thinner watch.

2 days is still better than most other rival watches.

Also anyone with a Time Steel, can do a straight swap to the new round version if they want style over battery life.

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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Happy Nexus 5 user here, no plans on replacement any time soon.

It seems a little snappier since 6.0 came out, not that it was slow to begin with. And I like the new per app permission controls.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Pint

So tonight's tasks once I get home

1. Unplug network from PC just in case.

2. Boot up and make sure my Win 7 updates, hasn't been switched to 'auto' mode (it's always set to notify with no downloading), and fix as needed.

3. Move a few files around, to free up one of the SSDs (the newest one only has about 10GB used on a 256GB drive in slot E: ).

4. Download Debian (or one of the other distribution, not sure which yet).

5. Write Debian to bootable USB, and then install to newly freed up SSD.

6. Set system to dual boot.

7. Grab Steam in Debian, and have some fun.

Hmm, probably add a step before 1, Open beer, or wine, depending on how I feel. -->

At some point later, I might Install Win 7 in a VM under Linux.

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Re: Allow the upgrade

When Win 10 is installed over your existing Win 7/8.1, it backs up your existing Windows folder. (It just renames it to .old or something during the 'upgrade').

In Win 10, you just go to the Backup and Recovery options, and under Recovery there is an option to restore the previous OS.

You can only do this for 1 month after installing Win 10, as the Windows backup is removed automatically after 31 days. You'd have to recover from a backup, or do a fresh install of your old OS after that point.

Note, I'm speaking from experience, as I'd gone from Win 7 to Win 10, has some issues which got worse over time, and so restored my Win 7 via the recover route above.

Been back on Win 7 about a week now, and other than reinstalling a couple of things, including the graphics drivers, it's been rock solid, as it always was previously.

Not going to be trying that again any time soon!

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AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues

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Bitdefender

As an alternative, I switched to the free version of Bitdefender a while back, after Avasts constant nagging and steady increased bloat.

It seems to consistently scores highly in independent testing, and is very lightweight in installation and system impact.

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Re: They lost me years ago

Even Avast is a resource hog now compared to a few years ago.

The constant nagging that can't be disabled finally drove me away about 2 years back.

Using Bitdefender (free) these days, seems to consistently come high in detection ratings, minimal hassle (ideal for the parents), and just gets on with it.

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Windows 10 preview on death row, will be executed on Thursday

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Win 7 user also (again).

Tried Win 10 on my home built desktop/game rig. (i7 3770k, GTX 780, 16GB RAM yada yada).

System was rock solid with Win 7 64 bit, can't remember the last time I had a blue screen, or needed to hard reset etc.

Tried Win 10 for a couple of weeks. No complaints during install other than stating I needed to reinstall VMWare, and booted up fine. Steam etc ran okay.

A few days later noticed the system would no longer shut-down. Selecting shut-down would start the process, you'd then be greeted by the shut-down screen with the spinning circle of dots, which would sit there for about 10 minutes. Eventually some time-out would kick in, and the system would reset itself, and so start the boot up process back into Windows! Once in Windows, no errors reported. Only way to shut-down was a hard power off, button of death move. Seemed to be some power management issue (unable to switch something off).

After that it was downhill, drivers failing to load properly, HDDs showing as failing (including a new 3TB one), despite being perfectly okay when view with appropriate tools. Constantly spinning up HDDs that were not in use (I run on SSDs, the HDDs are data storage only, with a few VM images that were not in use). Screen lock-ups, inability to recognise some devices on boot (like the keyboard or mouse), devices dropping out, and back in again as if being unplugged, and so on.

Hit the 'Get me the hell out of here' button under Recovery, to restore my Win 7.

Had to re-do a couple of drivers, and some apps that had updated to their Win 10 versions (which didn't play nice under 7). And of course removed and blocked the appropriate Windows updates, to get rid of the annoying Windows 10 branding that was added to Windows Update.

But once done, I'm back on a rock solid Win 7 system again. I have no plans to go to Win 10 any time soon. If I ever do (first time something comes out on Win 10 only, so maybe in 2021), I'll likely dual-boot.

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Faked NatWest, Halifax bank sites score REAL security certs

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Security Ratings

Places like financial web sites aught to have some form of mandatory security rating.

Something easy to understand for a regular (i.e. non techie) punter, i.e. something along the same lines as the food hygiene ratings you get in restaurants etc. Using a simple zero to 5 rating. That way it would be familiar to anyone who sees it.

The rules would require that this rating was shown nice and large on all registration and logon screen.

Clicking on it would take you to a break down, showing the details of the rating.

Something like that 'should' shame the banks into updating their security.

Add to that rules around dropping below a certain level depending on the services provided.

e.g.

Banks should always aim for a 5 rating.

If a Bank drops to 4, they have x amount of time to get back to 5. (i.e 1 month), before penalties apply.

If a Bank drops to 3, they are no longer allowed to take on new customers, until they are back to 4+, and any losses incurred due to the lax security, are automatically the Banks liability, and cannot be passed onto customers.

and so on.

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LASER RAZOR blunted by KickStarter ban

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Re: So what is it?

@ DropBear

Erm, nope, it isn't a near final version. By definition it's a first, or early version of a device/application etc.

Here's the formal definition (Oxford Dictionary):

* A first or preliminary version of a device or vehicle from which other forms are developed.

* The first, original, or typical form of something; an archetype.

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To save mobile web, we must destroy JavaScript, HTML and CSS

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Re: Some Actual Numbers

@JLV

That's one of my pet peeves, web sites using 3rd parties to provide core functionality.

In my view, all core JS etc should be hosted on the same domain as the site you are looking at.

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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Re: Prostitution

NFC surely!

Otherwise known as Pay by bonk!

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Laminate this: Inside Argos' ongoing online (r)evolution

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Re: Just checked their PC component prices.

and I'll stick with ebuyer or cclonline for components thanks.

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API driven integration

Sounds very much like MuleSoft, which I'm currently evaluating to add to our portfolio offerings.

Create an API layer over your applications, thus effectively hiding all the underlying technology (file transfers, MQ, ODBC etc etc). (e.g. Add new employee to HR system, Add new employee to Finance system etc).

Then add a business process API layer over those, that pull your applications together into meaningful business functions (add new employee to all required systems (which then calls the App APIs).

Then your 'experience' (Mules terminology) APIs over these, which you expose externally (mobile apps, partners applications, web sites etc.).

That way you can change your applications (updates, tech refresh, replacement, move to cloud, move to 3rd party etc etc), and it doesn't break your business APIs or the externally facing experience APIs (changes should be transparent to these layers). Although this does mean designing your APIs properly to start with. (i.e. don't add constricting limitations into your APIs, just because that's how the current back-end application works).

These separate API layers are not mandated, just considered best practice (by Mule).

I've come from a more traditional integration background (IBM Message Broker, ESB and Gateway systems, file transfers, MQ etc). API driven integration seems like a refreshing change to me.

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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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Mute!

Mute is your friend.

The only time my mute is off, is when I have headphones plugged in.

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Roll up, roll up, as LG launches stealthy Bluetooth keyboard

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Promo Vid of it in use

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BOmdKWrBrs

Looks quite nice, and the keyboard isn't bad either ;-)

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You'll LITERALLY PAY for getting tricked into visiting these scam sites

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Cool off period

Payment systems like these, and other similar type, aught to have a cool down period.

User 'pays', and money is deducted from 'account' by the processing company. User gets notified.

Money only transferred from processing company to service provider/scammer after x number of days.

People report the scam to the processing company (perhaps via phone company), they investigate.

If the complain is valid, the service provider refunds money, before it gets to the scammer.

If the investigation shows the whole service is a scam, rather than just one or two user issues, then all payments made to it are automatically cancelled, and all details used by the service provider to create the account (their bank details etc). are passed to appropriate authorities.

If the service providers don't agree to do this voluntarily, then bring in legislation.

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Intel emits Skylake CPUs for gamers, overclockers (Psst, you'll need new RAM and a new mobo)

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Re: 4k over HDMI 1.4?

Yup, 1.4 is limited to 24hz, it needs to be HDMI 2 for 60hz @ 4k.

Hopefully this is just a typo, as HDMI 2.0 has been out since 2013, so why would you bring a new chip out that only does 1.4, especially if you expect to support 60hz @ 4k, which needs 2.0.

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Re: Cooling is going to be fun with 95W!

I've got an (now quite old) i7 3770k (77W), Corsair Hydro cooler, and happily running at 4.3GHz without issue (stock speed is 3.5).

The Hydro was easier to fit than an air cooler (compared to a larger 120mm one), and runs cooler and quieter than anything I've used previously.

Don't think I'll be switching any time soon, there doesn't seem to be any gain with these newer CPUs.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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Re: Google docs, what about Office 365?

Wonder what it's like with Sharepoint?

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: No mention of Double Extensions?

One of the first changes I do on any Windows system I use/install is to switch of the 'Hide extensions for known file types".

It's a feature/option that to me, shouldn't even exist in the OS, let alone be enabled by default!

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Re: 3D buttons

Would be nice if they could add a Skin/Theme option, that changes more than just things like font sizes, and colours.

Would be especially good if it was via an open API, so people could home brew, and add them to the Store, or as a direct download.

I'd be curious to see how popular the Win 7, or Win XP themes were :-)

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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I did a bit of quick googling, as far as I can see, in the USA, normal private property owns all rights to the immediate airspace above the property, up to 500 feet.

So anything entering that airspace without permission, is trespassing.

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He shot it with bird shot, which has quite a limited effective range,

In the US, 500 feet above your property is considered private airspace, if the drone was above 500 feet, it would have been out of range of the bird shot, so the fact it was shot down over his property, means it must have been under 500 feet to be in range, and so therefore was trespassing.

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Re: Na Na Nana Na @ShadowDragon8685 PRIVATE AIRSPACE!

The airspace above a private property is owned by the property owner (up to a point, where it becomes public airspace).

Any aircraft, or drone etc. that is flying below the public airspace is technically trespassing, irrespective of their reason.

So when they flew the drone over the persons garden/yard, they were breaking the law.

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Quote: "Actually, a homeowner normally DOES possess air rights to the space..."

If that's the case across the USA, then I guess the drone itself was trespassing, and so was effectively 'asking for it'.

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Re: Let the arms race begin...

He apparently loaded bird shot, specifically because he was using it in a built up area.

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Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

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Re: Cookies now non negotiable...

You should still be able to use the site without cookies, just some of the functionality (visible or hidden) might not work, or at least might not work as well as it should.

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Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

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Re: Smaller and cheaper

€40 is around £28, starting price for SSDs is around £25 for 30GB, so within your budget. Although I suspect a lot of these are probably old stock.

Although if you want better value for money (i.e. £ per GB), £50 will get you a faster 120GB drive.

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Boothy
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Half the price per GB and I'll probably get one.

Still a bit pricey for use at home, at least for me (unless your a money bags of course).

The 480GB version works out at around 79p per GB.

Same size SATA SSDs are ~30p per GB range. (although of course limited speed to around 550MB/s).

So currently, these are 2-3 times the price per GB, to give you 2-3 times the speed of a SATA SSD.

As a comparison, SATA SSDs were around the same 79 Pence per GB in late 2011/early 2012. So hopefully these will drop to 25p per GB (or less) by 2018.

Get the price down to around 55p per GB (so mid to late 2016?), and I might be tempted.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Stop

See icon.... -->

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Same here.

I have a Laptop that will act as the sacrificial lamb guinea pig, for initial testing, see if it breaks access to my network shares (BSD box), or anything else first.

My main PC, a desktop (i7 gaming rig, Steam etc), will remain on Win 7 64 bit for the time being, at least until I've seen a few 'all clear' type forum and blog posts etc.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: Smart casual

Casual : Jeans & T-Shirt

Smart Casual: Jeans & ironed T-Shirt

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: I've noticed the effect.

I used Adblock+ to block all the frames down the right hand side of the Facebook page. So all the chat, notifications, game page links etc.

Also using the mobile pages on a desktop work very well. (I do that with The Reg quite often :-) ).

I also run Ghostery.

I don't seem to have any issues with CPU utilisation of 'idle' pages now, and I typically have around 10 tabs open at once. (Mostly work related, but there is FB, gmail, outlook etc sat in the background (Chrome)).

Ghostery + ADP = Reasonably pleasant browsing experience. :-D

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Re: Law not a problem

I think the main issue here is the drones flying in the way of the firefighters, i.e. their aircraft/helo can't drop the water, without risking taking out the drone at the same time.

This is more about making sure the fire-fighters don't get prosecuted for an inadvertent drone take-down, than someone purposely trying to take one out with a gun, other diver etc.

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Re: Unintended consequences - Darwin Award more like

@ thx1138v2

If it was shot down by the emergency services, it would mean it had to be impeding those emergency services from doing their job. i.e. trying to put a fire out.

Anything underneath the drone would likely already be damaged, or potentially about to be if the fire spread further.

If you were stood underneath said drone, it must mean you were also in the middle of the declared emergency location, and so should have evacuated already.

If you were still there, long enough for some neighbour or local TV crew, to dig out their drone, get to the location, get it airborne, and fly it over the declared emergency area. Then you'd have to be a bit of an idiot, and this would mean that you too were likely also in the way of those same emergency services personal, trying to do their job.

If you did get killed by a falling drone in this circumstance, to me that's just another nomination for a Darwin award, as you shouldn't have been there in the first place!

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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ISP email!

I haven't used an ISP email address since my early days on dial-up!

I quickly switched to Hotmail (before MS took over), as after switching ISPs about 2-3 times, I realised having an ISP email address was a pain in the a$$.

It must be a real nightmare these days to switch ISP if you use their provided email address, with the number of web sites insisting on using email addresses as the 'Username'!

I've used a mix of web based email, and my own domains since then.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: SSD Essential

The only time I've noticed any HD 'churn' with Win 10 preview, has been when it's been downloading the next release.

Otherwise things like the Start Menu etc have been quite snappy. And this is running under a VM on a HDD.

Usually a slow Start Menu tends to mean either there isn't enough free memory available (so system data has been pushed to VM on disk, and stalls when it tries to pull it pack into RAM), or there is a driver issue somewhere.

Although SSDs do rule, I can't see me ever putting a primary OS on a HDD after using SSDs for about the last 3 years or so.

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@ Ivan

As far as I know, you either have to buy a retail copy (i.e. non upgrade), or you have to upgrade 'in place' over the existing Windows install. As this is (as far as I know) the only mechanism available for registering your existing installation as being valid for the free upgrade offer.

If you don't like this restriction, go buy a new disk via $RetailerOfYourChoice

If you do the in situ upgrade, you can still do a clean install afterwards. You can create Win 10 install/recovery media from within the updated Win 10 machine itself, then wipe the system and do a fresh install afterwards (to the same hardware).

MS also stated somewhere that after release, Win 10 ISO images of the retail version would be made available to download from MS (was on one of their forums, tying to find the link). But you still need to have done the in-situ update first, in order to register your PC with Microsoft (it's done at hardware level now). Otherwise the fresh install won't recognise the machine, and so wouldn't be a registered install.

If your wanting to install to a new HD (or SSD), I'd suggest doing the in situ update first, write or down load the ISO, install the new drive, then a fresh install.

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It's nice to de-clutter anyway periodically. The amount of unused apps, and stuff left behind by uninstalling things builds up over time.

My current main rig, a Win 7 64 bit desktop (gaming etc), was re-built about 3 years ago (new MB, CPU etc). It's stable, no issues really, but after 3 years is due a rebuild/refresh. So this Win 10 update is a good excuse.

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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

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Re: WIN10 Compatibility Checker

Oddly I have a lot of crap software installed on my main Win 7 PC, and the only thing that got flagged up was a couple of ancient games, and VMware Workstation.

The games, would likely either run in a compatibility mode, or being old so not very demanding, under a Win XP or Win 7 VM. I've played other Win XP only games under a VM on Win 7 without any real issue.

For VMware Workstation, it just stated I needed to re-install after the upgrade. My guess would be it didn't like the virtual network that VMware creates.

Either way...

* Leave it a month for other people to be the first adopters.

* Full system backup (already do this anyway).

* Run the update, and see how it goes, restore if needed.

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Re: Non-Story!

^^^ This

HP will have their own junk software to install on their boxes.

They probably want to test on the release version of Win 10 before actually putting the image onto their PCs.

They probably also need to make sure their help desk scripts are updated to match the released version, as well as providing some training for their staff.

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

Quote: "Are you implying that traditional taxi companies as a general rule vet their drivers?.

No, not the taxi companies, but when the prospective driver applies for a license to become a taxi driver, they do get vetted at that point.

If Uber required their drivers be licensed taxi drivers, then I suspect much of the issues they face, would go away.

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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Re: OK, but is this really relevant?

Also bear in mind that the KB itself does mention Windows 10 at all.

This is the KB description: 'Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1'.

A search of the related KB article doesn't mention anything about Windows 10.

So unless a sysadmin knew in advance about this specific KB, or had read about it elsewhere, the details for the KB itself would not really give many clues as to its real purpose.

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

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Re: Don't want 10

I'm planning on something similar.

I have 3 Windows devices.

* A current (ish) home built desktop, which is my main rig. (Gaming, Office etc).

* A functional, but retired Laptop. (Replaced by tablets and a Chromebook over the last couple of years or so).

* And an old Acer Aspire R3610, that used to be my Media PC under the TV (replaced by an Intel NUC last year).

All three have Win 7 64 bit, full on the Desktop, OEM on the other two.

The Desktop is the only one to pop up the "Win 10" notification so far, but I will not be updating that machine any time soon.

I will update the Laptop though, and maybe the Aspire, so that I'll at least get some familiarity with the new OS, and to see what it might screw up on my local setup (Nas drive access etc) (Things like the Live login etc worry me).

Edit: Typo.

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