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Old 03.06.2015, 22:34
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Windows 10

Just to return to the good ol' clockwork days of lappys and desktops, I've just fired up my lappy after a few days non use, and down there on the toolbar is a windows icon, with a mouseover reveals it concerns Windows 10.
Click on it and it's offering me a limited time offer to reserve my FREE upgrade to Windows 10, when it becomes a available to download.
I didn't even know there was a Windows 9.

I have a few years old Samsung, running W7 (which I like) using an i5 with 4GB ROM/500GB RAM (the one that ID double discounted for those who remember).

Both my daughters have W8 on their lappys which I don't enthuse over (a bit like XP vs. Vista). Seriously, was there ever a W9? ... must have missed it.

I use my lappy considerably less, since I've had an iPad, but still use it, and it still functions nicely, using it's original (albeit updated) software package.

So what do those in the know reckon? ...... reserve an upgrade to W10, or don't try to fix a machine, if it's not broken?
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Old 03.06.2015, 22:40
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Re: Windows 10

From someoen who certainly does not claim to be "in the know"...

Windows 8 was such a disaster that Microsoft decided to name the next release 10, to suggest that it was a complete redesign rather than an update

I will keep Windows 7 on my current machine, get 10 when I get a new one.
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Old 03.06.2015, 22:55
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Re: Windows 10

I updated Windows 7 on an old, almost non-functional slow laptop, to W10 technical preview. I like it. It's basic, but runs well on old hardware.

Now I've done that I'm not sure if it'll know I had W7 and want a free upgrade to a legit version. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
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Old 03.06.2015, 23:36
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Re: Windows 10

It looks a little W8-ish, from the little bit of info that is provided, and reckons there may be issues with some Bluetooth applications, plus a Samsung Recovery Solution application would need uninstalling, but for now I've reserved my download .... it can be cancelled at an time between now and end of July, and would require hands-on installation, so hopefully risk free for now.

Now I'm aware, I will research some more, but at the moment, gut feeling is to stay with W7.

I'm sure the exclusivity of the limited time update availability, will roll on and on and on .....
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Re: Windows 10

This is Microsoft's way to get people to upgrade, but I'd wait and see before upgrading. Basically my rule of thumb is avoid the .0 version and wait for the service pack 1 before even considering upgrading.

I you are happy with W7, then there is no rush to upgrade. Like one of the other posters said, upgrade when you want new hardware
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Old 04.06.2015, 01:10
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Re: Windows 10

Am I the only person in the Western Hemisphere who likes Windows 8? It's different, sure, and takes some getting used to, but I do like it. Perhaps it's because I have a (still not very common) touchscreen laptop -- W8 is definitely optimised for touchscreens and changes the way you use your PC, but as a slow typist, I'm very happy to use the screen as well as the keyboard.


Should I consider upgrading to W10? Any real benefits for a W8 user?
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From someoen who certainly does not claim to be "in the know"...

Windows 8 was such a disaster that Microsoft decided to name the next release 10, to suggest that it was a complete redesign rather than an update

I will keep Windows 7 on my current machine, get 10 when I get a new one.
Not sure if you were joking or not, but the reason they skipped windows 9 was because a lot of legacy apps differentiated between windows 98 and xp by checking the OS name for 9x. Thats why they decided to skip v9 and jump directly to 10. This was explained by one of the MS engineers in reddit.
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Old 04.06.2015, 01:38
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Not sure if you were joking or not, but the reason they skipped windows 9 was because a lot of legacy apps differentiated between windows 98 and xp by checking the OS name for 9x. Thats why they decided to skip v9 and jump directly to 10. This was explained by one of the MS engineers in reddit.
That's one of several unsubstantiated rumours surrounding the choice of the new name. This article gives a good overview. Its conclusion -- that it's Windows 10 because Microsoft says so -- is spot on.
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Old 04.06.2015, 06:00
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... it can be cancelled at an time between now and end of July, and would require hands-on installation, so hopefully risk free for now...
The link I read said the update would be automatic. Or was that just the download?

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Am I the only person in the Western Hemisphere who likes Windows 8? ...
You might be, but when you mention you have a touch screen it makes more sense. I have a traditional laptop and I am really not a fan of Windows 8 although I'm used to it now. Some people might like to have apps synched all over the place, but I dislike how much privacy you have to give up for every app and your only choice if you don't want to give your DNA is to go live in a cave without wifi.

Edit to clarify after reading SC's post below - I use 8.1

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Old 04.06.2015, 06:31
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Re: Windows 10

I'm another pretty happy Win8.1 user and will of course delay the installation of Windows 10 on my PC until at least an hour after it comes out. I thought the icon was annoying so I dragged it into the hidden icons area.

If you don't have touch then 8.1 was the correction you needed. If you hate the Metro tiles then you want Classic Shell which makes it all go away.

Anyway, I'm interested to see how Edge is received by the masses
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Old 04.06.2015, 07:45
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The link I read said the update would be automatic. Or was that just the download?
Auto download, email notification (when selected), install 'straight away, or a time that suits, later'.

Judging by consensus, thus far, I'll probably de-register.


..... and 22yards - some people liked Vista, too (I've yet to meet one - just hearsay).
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...Windows 8 was such a disaster...
for you perhaps
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Old 04.06.2015, 11:13
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I'm another pretty happy Win8.1 user and will of course delay the installation of Windows 10 on my PC until at least an hour after it comes out. I thought the icon was annoying so I dragged it into the hidden icons area.

If you don't have touch then 8.1 was the correction you needed. If you hate the Metro tiles then you want Classic Shell which makes it all go away.

Anyway, I'm interested to see how Edge is received by the masses
Yep, I'm on Win 8.1 as well (IIRC, the only difference I noticed was the return of the Start button, or maybe not... anyway, it all works fine for me). And I'll probably wait a whole week to upgrade to 10. After all, I only just updated my phone to Lollipop last night, 6 or 7 months after it was released.
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Old 04.06.2015, 11:22
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Re: Windows 10

Sticking to windows xp
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Old 04.06.2015, 11:26
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Re: Windows 10

I'll be upgrading but only once they release 10.1 or equivalent - two reasons:

* Windows 8 vs 8.1

* Autoupdate mandatory on - it'll probably be updating every other day in the first few weeks!

It's a pretty clever tactic by Microsoft - they'll probably save more being able to drop support for 7 & 8 earlier than they would have made from people paying for upgrades.
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Re: Windows 10

I'm another happy win 8.1 user; I found it a struggle to let go the start menu but then I had the epiphany of hitting the windows key then typing the first couple of letters of the application you want to start.

Re XP:
I have an old XP machine for which I considered buying win 8 but I first tried Zorin which is a windows like linux install, running on an old machine it is way faster and smoother than XP ever was.
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Re: Windows 10

There is always this theory about Windows 9 ...
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Re: Windows 10

Hi,

I have been running Windows 10 for a while on a 4 year old machine. I am using an SSD rather than a HDD but it is running very well. I am also a happy 8.1 user and on 10 I have to remember to go to the task bar for search as I am so used to going to the right hand side to view the charms.

I live that installation is over Windows Update and rolling back a build took minutes and worked well. I never understood the whole discussion about the start menu it was so stupid. Use search and pin what you use regularly to the task bar, it is hardly difficult.

I am happy with Windows and I will register for all my devices to upgrade when it launches on July 29th.

Windows 10 will be continually improved and so there will not really be a 10.1

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Am I the only person in the Western Hemisphere who likes Windows 8?
I suspect so. It always seemed like it was half-done. I'm not computer-illiterate but 8 always seemed unfinished. It was quite the PR disaster for Microsoft.
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Re: Windows 10

Hi,

Windows 8 was not bad it was just that they focussed so heavily on the tablet and touch screen users that some of the default settings made it more difficult to use than it should have been. The learning curve was not large 8 and you just need to make a couple of small changes to the default settings and it worked well on a non touch laptop. They polished it with Windows 8.1 and 10 improves again on 8.1 and if you now longer have the feeling that the desktop is second best. The who start menu discussion was pretty idiotic, search and pin for commonly used programmes...simple stuff.

So you are not the only person.
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