Someplace to stash my stuff
Published on October 1, 2016 By starkers In Personal Computing

In the early days I made it quite clear that I did not like Win 10 and that I'd stick with Win 8.1 because it is fast, stable and reliable.  In fact, I'm still using 8.1 on my main rig and am happy with the choice to remain with it.  However, I have Win 10 0n my HP 2-in1 and like it much better now that I've tweaked it to suit my likes and needs.  In some cases I used 3rd-party apps to achieve the desired result, but often times I could adjust things in 'Settings' to apply my personal preferences.

In a nutshell, I like Win 10 better than when it was first released.  With my own tweaks and some Windows updates, 10 is a more usable OS and subsequently is getting better all the time.  Is it my favourite OS of all time?  No, and it may never be, but I have learnt to co-exist with it and find a happy medium.  It isn't all the way there yet, but I have high hopes that 10 will be made better, either through Windows Update and/or 3rd-party programmes.  Heck, I may even install it on my main rigs some time further down the track.


Comments (Page 2)
on Oct 08, 2016

Cameochi

What I still cannot prevent is "Maintenance" which can also mess things up.

What I forgot to mention in the above post is that I shut down my internet connection when I turn off my machine, in the hope I circumvent the 3.00am Scheduled Maintenance.  I've not noticed anything unusual or untoward of late, so maybe that works.  Well I hope it does!

on Oct 08, 2016

LightStar

Nothing will ever beat Windows 7, period. End of story.

Yep I am with Lightstar on this I hate windows 10 , infact someone should blow up  the idiot that came up with and built windows 10

on Oct 08, 2016

Kaboom!  

on Oct 08, 2016

For me personally , it is so very depressing that Microsoft has devolved into a second rate company with second rate designers and developers. What happened to them since Bill Gates has left ?  I use to admire them for their great systems at one time.....Win95 ,Win98 SE, XP , Win 7 to name a few. Now it just seems we get one trash system after another. It is so very sad.        ---Ace --

on Oct 08, 2016

Remember there is always an option linux

on Oct 09, 2016

admiralWillyWilber

Remember there is always an option linux

Linux is the answer for which there was no question....

on Oct 09, 2016

LightStar

Nothing will ever beat Windows 7, period. End of story. 

I totally agree, LightStar.  I wish Microsoft had simply tightened up security for Windows 7.  I loved Windows 7 and, as I mentioned before, I purchased it before it was released.  I did some beta testing on Windows 7 and loved it right from the start.  Windows 10 has been an adventure.  One can only hope things start to smooth out.  There is a big announcement coming on Oct 26th and it appears to be about Windows 10. I am hoping they are not going to mess with the kernel again.  If they do, I will need to make a difficult decision.    

Here is a link to the Microsoft article: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/10/microsofts-next-event-on-windows-10-not-hardware-is-in-nyc-on-october-26/

Having said that, I now have a Windows 10 phone.  I was using a pricey LG G4 (Android) and I couldn't stand the bloat anymore.  Google kept dumping "updates" aka more junk on it all the time and the phone's battery life was awful because of that - and you can disable the apps but you cannot uninstall them.  I found a refurbished Nokia Lumia 735 on eBay from a reputable seller and grabbed it for $89.95 (much better than $600.00 for the G4).  It came with Windows 8.1 which wasn't bad. As soon as I got it up and running, it upgraded to Windows 10.  

I actually like Windows 10 on the Nokia phone much better than I do on my PC.  It works well and has none of the bloat like I had with the G4. The Lumia 735 got middling reviews with Windows 8.1 but it's getting very good reviews running Windows 10. It's not a fancy phone but the darned thing works and I am getting a better signal and much better battery life. You can order a brand new Lumia 735 from Verizon (not sure who else has them) for $120.00.  BTW Nokia has announced that they will be building phones again.  They will be built by Foxconn who makes the Apple phones.  It sounds as though they will be Android but fingers crossed that they will do some Windows phones in the future.  

In case some of you haven't heard, the Google Play store has approx 400 apps that contain malware.  I am sure they are working on the problem but if you have installed games, etc. you might want to make sure they are clean.  Ars Technica has a good article on the issue.  Ironically, the article came out right after I got the Lumia 735.  My G4 is clean though. 

Concerning my previous post about turning off Windows 10 updates, I decided to change them to "manual" instead.  The screen shows updates as "triggered." That means I have to check for updates which is fine.  Please note that I do not know for sure if it will actually work.  Patch Tuesday is coming up so I will let everyone know how that goes.  

 

on Oct 09, 2016

starkers


Quoting Cameochi,

A possible solution to the Windows 10 Automatic Update issue.  Please note that I am using Windows 10 Pro so no idea if this will work for the Home version.  It is not a good idea to turn updates off completely but we can no longer have Windows wait to download and install them using the old method.  

But...there is a way to keep Windows Updates on without them being automatically installed.  I found this on Windows Club.  Now I have to hope it actually still works.  Windows 10 updates can be set to Manual.  That means the user has to be responsible enough to check for new updates.  For me, that makes a huge difference because I can save my work, disconnect from sensitive sites and then run the needed updates AFTER verifying exactly what they are for.  What I still cannot prevent is "Maintenance" which can also mess things up.  IF the Manual setting works, I may be able to stand Windows 10.  Fingers Crossed!


http://www.thewindowsclub.com/turn-off-windows-update-in-windows-10  



I was going to post a link to this myself, given the many who have issues with forced updates and crap they don't want or need.  Anyway, you beat me to it and provided some info, thank you.  I've been using this app for a while now and it does as is advertised... gives back control over Windows Update to the user.  As for 'Scheduled Maintenance' that is still an issue I've not had any luck finding a 3rd-party fix for as yet, though I've not had any problems with it of late.... touch wood.

I have found some useful apps for Win 10 on Major Geeks.  Some I've tried, others I haven't, but it's worth a look. okay.


Thanks so mych, Starkers.  I missed your post earlier today. I am relieved to hear that the solution to automatic updates works.  I haven't found a way to stop maintenance issues either - at least not yet.  Hoping for a reg hack one of these days. I will check out Major Geeks as I haven't been there for a while.  

on Oct 10, 2016

Cameochi

I haven't found a way to stop maintenance issues either - at least not yet. Hoping for a reg hack one of these days

When I log off for the night I shut my internet down before Scheduled Maintenance is due to start at 3.00am, which seems to work.  Well I've seen no changes that I didn't know about.  I too hope for a registry edit or a 3rd-party app to fix the issue properly.  It would save having to reboot my modem/router every morning.  Some people may think that's paranoid and going overboard, but after MS totally borked my machine 3 times with unwanted, unnecessary and flawed updates, it makes sense to me to take every precaution to safeguard MY machine. 

The last time they messed it up I couldn't get into anything... no Windows, no recovery options.  Apart from the BIOS, everything was frozen, all because of an overnight update I neither scheduled or gave permissions for.  I took me hours to recover my machine, but not until I was forced to reformat the drive and perform a clean install of Win 10, meaning I lost everything from the previous installation.  Luckily I keep nothing of importance on it, so no major loss, just a huge, huge inconvenience.  The same thing happened to mrs_starkers machine, so I'm out a day because MS feched up. 

No, users should not have to go to such extremes to safeguard their machines and wrest back some control, but MS forced the issue with some shoddy decisions and shonky software/updates.  Win 10 could have been a great OS, and it would have been if MS hadn't assassinated it well before it came out of the box for users to try.

 

on Oct 10, 2016

Instead of shutting down your internet, look into your routers settings. You should find a section in there for turning off access to that computer by using a time schedule. 

on Oct 10, 2016

BlackSmokeDMax

Instead of shutting down your internet, look into your routers settings. You should find a section in there for turning off access to that computer by using a time schedule.

Thanks for that, I'll have a look at it after I've gotten a bit of shuteye and feel more refreshed. 

on Oct 10, 2016

Took the WIn10 plunge for free, am not impressed with it. Using Windows Ultimate Tweaker 4 combined with Ashampoo's WinOptimizer 14 I've pretty much taken over control of my update process. I've turned it off and only allow updates once I've read about them. I also use Stardock's WindowBlinds and Start10 to make things look more to my liking.

 

Starker's, one other option you have other than mucking around with your router/modem and its' settings is to use a program like Network Activity Indicator (http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/network_activity_indicator_for_windows_7.html) which gives back the old Win7 network graphic, all I do before shutting off my computer is just turn off my network connection. Right click on the icon in the notification area and click on "Network Connections" and then just disable it. Re-enable it when you want to go online. I do this all the time throughout my day. I only enable it when I actually want to go online... Yes, paranoid is my middle name.

on Oct 11, 2016

Thanks for the tip , I had thought about checking Majorgeeks for some such tool to just cut the connection to my HP 2-in-1

 

Anyway, downloaded, installed and ready to take effect when I'm ready for bed... in about 20 mins, I hope.

on Oct 11, 2016

starkers

Thanks for the tip , I had thought about checking Majorgeeks for some such tool to just cut the connection to my HP 2-in-1

 

Anyway, downloaded, installed and ready to take effect when I'm ready for bed... in about 20 mins, I hope.

 

Pleasure, mate. Hope it helps you and your situation.

on Oct 11, 2016

I checked for updates today and they installed without a problem.  My Windows phone got updates too.  Setting the updates to "manual" worked just as I hoped it would.  I thought some of you might be interested in the article below.  Krebs on Security is one of my favorite sites.  I've learned a lot from him.  Hope you like it too.  

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/10/microsoft-no-more-pick-and-choose-patching/  

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