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I have a colleague who did upgrade to Windows 10 yesterday,everything went smoothly and free.If it fails, the last method is to uninstall the old version and then install a new Windows 10.But I do n’t recommend using the last method. It ’s less than a last resort, or do n’t make any dangerous attempts.
Last edited by Joe Johnson; 13th Apr 2020 at 05:17.
Windows 10 Security: Change Your Password To A PIN, Says Microsoft 👀
https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/04/04/next-windows-10-update-to-recommen...ords-for-pins/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Can reuse Windows 7 key from dead PC or laptop for fresh Windows 10 installation.
I have done it on 2 PC. In one system, I installed Windows 10 Home and I activated it with Windows 7 Pro key from a dead laptop.
It automatically upgraded to Pro.
I will be posting the QSV test this weekend, I think people will be surprised.
As the Ancients always said, the road to Hell is paved with good-intentions.
"Microsoft to tailor Windows 10 setups based on how you use your PC."
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-to-tailor-windows-10-setups-...u-use-your-pc/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
I recently applied O&O ShutUp 10 (with a fairly rigorous selection for turning things OFF) to one of my Win 10 boxes. Bye-bye Cortana ! I hope this put the kibosh on all of the important privacy nasties, but that may turn out to be more of an article of faith, unless I gain some major skills with Wireshark. Despite various published doomsday warnings about using this, Spybot Anti-Beacon, or other solutions of that type, three weeks in there have been no signs of any bad consequences. As to what MS likes to tout as "security", I've always found that to be overblown. (And I've trod some dark alleys on the Internet . . . .) I'm going to apply this regimen to a couple other Win 10 boxes, and try to regain control over updates that I may not want. But, in case they take this OS in even more unacceptable directions, I've already disconnected a couple XP boxes from the outside world, can still resort to that for Win 7 or 10 should it become necessary, and Linux Mint 20 is starting to look like more of a plausible alternative than many of the various distros I've taken a quick look at over the years. The main issue there is that most of the specialty apps we like and use here on VH run just peachy on 7, but maybe with diminishing returns after that. Emulation has limitations.
Last edited by Seeker47; 12th Oct 2020 at 11:01.
«Windows Update can be abused to execute malicious programs.»
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/windows-update-can-be-abused-to-execute...ious-programs/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Bashing Windows 10 is fun 😇
«Windows 10 users are grumpy over forced updates and unwanted apps»
https://www.slashgear.com/windows-10-users-are-grumpy-over-forced-updates-and-unwanted...apps-18643135/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
from another forum: a possible signpost pointing towards the future of Windows ?
I think this is a bit of a stretch, at least in terms of its happening anytime real soon.
But it is interesting.
Microsoft confirms that upgrading to a newer version of Windows 10 sometimes results in lost certificates.
Windows 10 bug: Certificates lost after feature upgrade? We're working on fix, says Microsoft.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-bug-certificates-lost-after-feature-upgrade-w...ays-microsoft/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Ooooops, Windows 10 1809 reaches end of service next week -_-
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-windows-10-1809-reaches-end-...ice-next-week/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Windows 10: Microsoft reveals Pluton security chip – 'Expect Patch Tuesday-type updates'
Microsoft is working with chip makers like Intel to bring its Pluton security processor to all Windows 10 PCs. 👀
https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-microsoft-reveals-pluton-security-chip-expect...-type-updates/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Windows 10 on ARM finally gets an x64 emulation preview.
https://www.slashgear.com/windows-10-on-arm-finally-gets-an-x64-emulation-preview-10650662/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Oh, this sounds lovely . . .
Well, I never had any trust in online banking anyway, and have completely avoided it.
If it isn't broken, break it.
Microsoft fixes Windows 10 chkdsk bug causing boot failures.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-fixes-windows-10-chkdsk-bug-...boot-failures/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Windows 10 Cloud PC: What is known about Microsoft's new service.
According to sources, Microsoft is developing a new virtualized Windows PC experience called 'Cloud PC' that allows administrators to deploy remotely accessible Windows 10 PCs in the cloud. With Cloud PC, Microsoft would handle your organization's device configuration with regular updates, security improvements, and managed support. This new feature is part of the company's "Windows as a Service" tagline, which has become more apparent this year."Like this facility, I don't exist."
Windows 10 Sun Valley: Everything you need to know.
The next update for Windows is codenamed '21H1' and it's likely to be a minor release with general bug fixes and improvements. However, Microsoft is believed to be working on a major Windows 10 update codenamed "Sun Valley" and "Windows 10++".
Internal documents and job listing describe the Windows 10 feature upgrade as "reinvigorating" and "sweeping" revamp of the visual interface.
This update is also known as 'version 21H2' and it's currently scheduled to arrive in the second half of the year. Sun Valley will bring improvements to the File Explorer, Start Menu, Action Center, Taskbar, and other important elements of the OS.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-sun-valley-everything-you-need-to-know/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Windows 10 version 2004 is now designated for broad deployment.
https://www.neowin.net/news/windows-10-version-2004-is-now-designated-for-broad-deployment"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Re # 407: have no interest at all in anything Cloud. Trust only direct local control -- to the extent we can still exercise it.
Re #409: well, doesn't sound as very possibly negative as did many of these previous announcements.
I'm managing a plurality of older (pre-UEFI) iron, and prefer it that way. Much easier to do regular image backups for safety, in case some MS update screwup -- highly precedented -- makes everything go kerflooey, or causes something important to cease functioning. (Still have not worked out why Drag & Drop that worked for some key apps in Win-7 just does not work in Win-10. You try to use it and nothing happens.) Acronis TI of the last 4 yearly versions does not even seem to support "legacy" hardware, and I'm wondering if that is becoming standard with their competitors also ? It's a pain in the rear if I want to image one of the UEFI rigs. Part of what this UEFI scheme does is to block your ability to boot a CD, DVD, (external HDD ?), or stick, supposedly as a safety measure. But it likely could more accurately be considered a way for Intel and MS to lock things down further, primarily to their advantage. If I want to image, or to make use of a diagnostic / rescue disc like Strelec, I first have to go into the BIOS, turn the defaults back to 'Legacy' (against dire warnings of what may happen by doing that), proceed with the image bak, then reverse what I changed in the BIOS. Haven't bothered to update Acronis, and I greatly dislike the yearly subscription model for software anyway that has become pretty standard these days, so I don't know whether Acronis has finessed some way to re-streamline the process.
Have you tried Macrium Reflect? I switched to that from Acronis a few years ago and it's worked well.
Last edited by Seeker47; 8th Feb 2021 at 14:08.
Windows 10 Sun Valley '21H2' update: What we know so far.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-sun-valley-21h2-update-what...e-know-so-far/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
A look at upcoming Windows 10 features you will love, or maybe hate.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/a-look-at-upcoming-windows-10-features...or-maybe-hate/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Windows 10 is getting fuglier and fuglier :–/
source: https://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?p=1940979#post1940979"Like this facility, I don't exist."
For most stock installations of Windows10, UEFI is set and so is "Secure Boot" enabled. Unless an admin bios password had already been applied, you can disable SecureBoot, reimage, and then re-enable once you're finished. This keeps those machines secure from those who might want to bypass security by booting their own media. Btw, once done, then is a good time to apply that bios admin pwd.
We use Dell machines for Windows here on campus, and it is EASY to apply a script that does all the above, reboots, allows for reimaging, and then tidies up again at the end...without having to manually change settings in bios at all!
We also could put to great use some cloud virtual machines, particularly if spun up with specialty apps that might be resource-hungry. If the price is right.
Possible that if these types of options don't appeal to you, you might not be the target audience for them anyway.
I hear lots of Windows doom & gloom here lately, but my experience has been quite the opposite with newer and newer versions, and am now of the opinion that it truly is best to keep ones' machines up to date. Both security-wise, performance-wise, and possibly even interface satisfaction-wise. I would say, that the sole exception to that rule, is underpowered machines. And the answer to those is to beef them up first.
Last edited by Cornucopia; 18th Apr 2021 at 01:19.
Your post is interesting, and I'd like to look into it. The office machine I mentioned previously does have an Admin PW, and was not set up by me. It looked to me as though the Legacy BIOS setting was the stumbling block and pre-requisite to being able to boot the Acronis media; didn't know about SecureBoot. (As I said, I'm primarily running W-10 on a couple of my own -- older -- systems, at home.) I'd like to see samples of the scripts you mentioned, particularly if they are widely applicable to systems, or would be with some minor adjustments.
Is Doom9 forum no longer available for joining ? They are not responding to a subscription request, and it's been a couple weeks now.
I'm pretty sure that I had a login there quite some time ago, but this is by now lost -- unless it is on some retired computer that may still be working.