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Old 08-12-2015, 09:55 PM   #11
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I upgraded my laptop from 8.1 to 10, and only had one add-on program that wasn't compatible that gave me fits. When I disabled that, it went smoothly. My desktop is still using 7 and I might leave it like that for a while. Since I used 8.1 in desktop mode -- I don't really like the new modern start screen -- making a change from 7 to 8.1 or 10 isn't a big deal for me.

We were in the process of updating DW's laptop from 7 to 10 and halfway through the upgrade process, the laptop died and wouldn't even POST. I did some troubleshooting and determined that the motherboard was dead. Out came DW's tears; she had a few hundred pictures of our dearly departed husky that we lost a year ago on there, and she was terrified that they were gone forever. I removed the laptop's hard drive, connected it to my computer, and immediately copied everything that was even remotely important. The hard drive was still good, so the next day we bought her a new laptop and an external enclosure for the old hard drive. The new laptop came with 8.1, so I told her to use 8.1 for a while and see how she likes it, and then we'll upgrade to 10 later.

Oh, and I also installed some freeware backup software on there and showed her how to use it to backup her stuff to her "new" external hard drive.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:36 PM   #12
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I have 3 systems.....laptop is Window 8.1, desktop is Vista and another desk top that is Linux. The Linux system has been running continuously for 4 years without the first hiccup. Both Windows systems are pains in the butt. I'll admit it, I stopped liking anything Windows based around the third release....and I have both of my degrees in Computers/Network systems. Thank gawd, I'm retired now and don't have to worry about implementing new releases into the studio.......
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:40 PM   #13
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I upgraded from. 7 to 10. I tried 8.1 for about a week and hated it. 10 doesn't seem too bad. Boots a little faster than 7 did. About 11 seconds versus 13 seconds. Everything else seems pretty quick.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:39 PM   #14
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Both were running win 7, hated the look of Win 8.
Did my Toshiba laptop right off, had to update the wi-fi driver, still need an updated driver for the camera. Don't use it anyway, so if they take a while I don't care. My desktop runes super on !). All drivers that needed to be updated were. Have a few obscure programs that needed to be reinstalled in compatible mode. Hate the start menu though, waiting for a finalized Classic Shell to be offered. Had a few problems with the first one I tried.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:46 PM   #15
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Oh, and I also installed some freeware backup software on there and showed her how to use it to backup her stuff to her "new" external hard drive.
You might want to consider adding an additional off-site backup as well to prevent against theft, fire or other unexpected computer problems. These can be very inexpensive - maybe $5-6 per month - and set up to copy only selected files/directories. Just runs in the background once a day automatically so you don't have to think about it and you can restore to the same or different computer from anywhere you have an internet connection. We have several thousand digital images now as I've been scanning in a lot of old family photo albums so I do both - backup to a local external disk as well as to an offsite service. I use Mozy (Online Backup, Cloud backup, and Data Backup Solutions | Mozy) but there are a number of competing services.
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I installed windows 10 on my laptop two days ago. So far it's fine.
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:01 AM   #17
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My wife's win7 Acer notebook had it reserved. When I tried to download it MS rejected and said my Graphics Accelerator was not comparable and the MFG was not gong to update it.
I did some reading on Intel forums and that may change due to huge pressure from consumers.

Until them. my Vista laptop chugs on!
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:28 AM   #18
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Upgraded my laptop and plan to do the same with the desktop. I'm one of those guys that didn't hate Win 8.1 so I'm OK with moving on. The one thing I didn't like was the fully automatic updates. I always chose when to install my updates so as not to use up my Verizon monthly data if I was on the road. I found a way to circumvent the forced updates on Win 10 using the Group Policy Editor. I'll know before long if the workaround worked.

Personally I think CNET is the only place to go to get the real skinny on tech stuff.
Is there a way to turn off the fully automatic updates? I life in an RV full time and am on a metered internet usage plan 99% of the time. I want to be able to turn off auto updates so I can do it when I'm on a non metered internet connection. Is this possible with 10 as it is with 8.1?
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Is there a way to turn off the fully automatic updates? I life in an RV full time and am on a metered internet usage plan 99% of the time. I want to be able to turn off auto updates so I can do it when I'm on a non metered internet connection. Is this possible with 10 as it is with 8.1?
We use a Jetpack at 5G a month for an internet connection so I have the same question you do. I don't have Windows 10 so I haven't tried this, but there is supposed to be a way to prevent Windows 10 from downloading updates when your computer is connected to a wifi network that you have marked as a metered connection. If you try this, it sure would be helpful to know if it works. Here is a link: Prevent Updates on Metered Connection
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I am one of those folks who bought into the MS Surface when they first came out. I am stuck with the Windows RT operating system and now I understand MS is not going to update that system. That Sucks!
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