Here is your upside....Windows Media Center that a lot of people have
spent countless hours on building their library.
Every person that is buying a new computer right now with Win10 might
get stuck in the same boat I'm in with the Windows 8 computer that I bought.
Drivers could also be an issue for those upgrading from Win7 to Win10.
It could also be a problem for Windows 8.1 users.
On Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00:36 AM UTC-4, rbowman wrote:
Look idiot, you completely discredited yourself when you joined
the other loon and posted this:
"M$ would never have people trolling the blogs and forums. Would they? "
You accuse me of being a troll for MSFT because I said it makes
sense to do the FREE upgrade to Win 10 within a year while it's
still FREE? Good grief. I'm obviously not a troll, but you're
surely one of the true tin hat wearing loons that hates MSFT so
much, that you can't think straight.
If you're afraid of the future, don't want to upgrade, do what you
please. But don't come in here and lie and accuse me of working
for MSFT. Good grief.
| > What is so awful about W7 or W8.1? They are all Windows.
| There is nothing wrong with 7.
It all depends a lot on how one uses Windows.
For browsing and free webmail service there isn't
much that one needs. If one can find the Internet
Explorer icon then that's enough. If one doesn't
mind being spied on by Microsoft, Google and
a dozen advertising data researchers then Win7,
Win8, whatever... it doesn't much matter. Win10
might be even better. It's locked down more and
with its own AV, so security will be less of a
For people who install a lot of software and like
to control their system, there are a great many
differences between versions. XP installs at about
1 GB. A disk image can fit on a CD. There are very
few system restrictions. But there is Product
Activation. With earlier versions of Windows one
actually owned a copy of the software on disk
and could install it at will. (It was still licensed
for a single machine at one time, but one didn't need
to get permission from Microsoft to install it.)
With Win7, a basic install takes up 7-9 GB and
grows from there. Access restrictions are extreme.
Under normal circumstances there is no such thing
as a user with status to control the system. Microsoft
is the Administrator. Microsoft claims the right to
have the computer call home. Again, all of that doesn't
much matter for people who have no idea what the file
system is, who don't know where their files are, and
who don't care about privacy. People who live by MS
Word, Picasa, dropbox and various ad-supported services
may never even notice that they're locked out of the
Windows system. But for "power users" it's a pain in the
And there are numerous less noticeable issues: Since
MS started refusing unsigned drivers it can be extremely
difficult to get hardware installed in some cases. In the
future look for more restrictions on software. Already,
starting with Vista, software has been getting gradually
pushed out of access to the system. In some ways that's
good, but it's all part of a gradual trend toward locking
Each version of Windows has generally been a further
step toward locking out access and turning the product
into a services device. With Win10 Microsoft has control
over what the system will be. Not only will they install
updates without asking (some updates cause big problems
for some people) but they may also decide to change
the interface, install software you don't want, etc. It's
Windows services now. Expect ads. (By default there are
already ads on the Start Menu, masquerading as "suggestions".)
There are also indications that MS may start charging
monthly fees once they've got a large number of people
settled in Win10:
None of those thing are necessarily bad for everyone.
People who shop online and use freebie services may
find later versions of Windows more user-friendly. That's
the lesson that Apple learned: The more restricted the
system is, the more stable it will appear to be and the
more usable to the general public. But if you like to open
the hood, so to speak, then the progression of Windows
over the past few years reveals a discouraging and insidious
It's own AV (Windows Defender) which is also part of Windows 8/8.1, is
nothing more than a baseline AV program.
Even Microsoft recommends using a 3rd party AV program.
Take a look at Windows Defender's test results here (just scroll to the
I have win7 on my desktop, and I really like it. On my laptop is XP,
and I like that, too. One bummer was when Microsoft stopped supporting
XP, but it still works as it is. I'm trying to figure out if there's
any benefits of upgrading to anything else aside from it being a newer
version of windows.
MS had almost 15 years to get XP all worked out. All my computers have XP
except a couple of old slow ones that I have to use DOS or WFWG on to
program up some old radio gear. I don't want the operating system to do
anything for me except get the programs I want to use up and running.
I don't think I use anything from the operating system but the email.
More hyperbole than fact. Anyone who actually trusted Microsoft to
keep them safe deserves what they get. You need 3d party firewalls and
Most infections are still self inflicted wounds, simply running
software that is hidden in Email attachments.
With about 15 years for MS to plug up the holes in XP , how many do yo think
are going to be in W7 - W10 that have not been pluggedup yet ?
I use XP online and a virus checker other than anything from MS.
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