Windows 10 is such a too bloody situation. Like all recent MS products it was released into the wild before it was finished so the MS customers could find all the problems that it would cause. There have already been numerous updates to fix problems BUT invariably these updates break something else...
You only have to read the constant moaning and groaning on this community about how the latest W10 broke DAX or SSDR Or CAT to realize that W10 is still a long way from being a stable production system.
One of the annoyances of W10 is that if you are using W7 or * it constantly bugs you to upgrade to W10 with annoying regular pop ups.
Before I left for France a couple of weeks ago I made the mistake of clicking on the W10 upgrade button on one of my production machines figuring it would harmlessly download a copy of W10 that I could install on a test machine in the far distant future. Then I forgot about it and left for Paris
Imagine my dismay when I remoted into that machine and saw a big splash display install W10 NOW
There was no way to kill the install process....if you rebooted, it would,automatically insta W10. Disaster in the making. The last thing I needed was a production Maxine encumbered with an unstable bug filled OS. At least not before 2017 or 2018.
Fortunately I found this wonderful utility that not only killed the unwanted install, killed the annoying update to W10 pop ups, even removed,the entire 3G of W10 install crap and warned you if W10 and MS were trying to sneak in again.
The program is called GWX control Panel
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to avoid spilling their blood dealing with W10 until it works 100%.
That app is a life saver!
I have a remote computer that is running out of hard drive space. I cannot do anything about it until I can physically get to the PC and add a larger drive in it. I will have to go through the process of creating an image and add the new drive.... anyway, the machine had barely 10 to 12Gb free in the main hard drive until recently when, all of a sudden, it was almost out of space.
The culprit?.... that crappy Win10 upgrade that had taken 11GB of Hard drive downloading the install files without my consent.
Thanks to the GWX app I was able to remotely remove all that crap and go back a stable win7 system with over 10% hard drive space available.
The creator of GWX points out that Microsoft is getting more a more aggresive and sneaky about this upgrade. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/625175/Windows-10-Microsoft-Sneaky-Background...
BTW credit goes to Josh Mayfield, the engineer that created GWX.
To properly disable the Windows 10 upgrade as recommended by microsoft I would advise reading the following article:
To block the upgrade by using Computer Configuration, follow these steps
Click Computer Configuration.
Click Administrative Templates.
Click Windows Components.
Click Windows Update.
Double-click Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update.
Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update Policy
Setting: Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update
Important Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.
To suppress this offer through the registry, specify the following registry value:
Subkey: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate DWORD value: DisableOSUpgrade = 1
I was waiting to see your thoughts on this upgrade and it seems my gut was right.
Thanks for the update and link.
Life is too short for me to waste my time debugging MS caused issues. I would rather be sitting at a cafe in Paris sipping good wine,,,,in fact that is where I am headed now.
About 3 weeks ago I therefore decided to take the plunge on my own Win7 64 (very stable machine) and so far I have not had a problem. I uninstalled all Flex software before starting and on the reinstall everything worked fine and has continued to do so.
I also look after some Macs and I have found that they are not without their problems these days either.
The people who have the problems are paradoxically the most computer savvy. People who do not have problems tend to be in either controlled environments or do not stress their OS at all.
Windows 10 is like herpes. It's the gift that keeps on giving. :)
When faced with the choice of riding the roller coaster or just warning other riders about why they shouldn't ...
I usually ride.
I prefer the view from the roller coaster, to the view of the roller coaster.
73, Jay - NO5J
I have DAX warning as many says. I tried to clean up Flex install and re-installed, but still it comes up. Another issue I noticed is; I cannot install Spe's TERM_2K_USB - it complains it cannot find FTD2XX.dll. I tried the latest FTDI driver, however the situation does not change. It implies me that I might have problem with RS232c <-> USB, hence CAT, although I have not tried any other RS232c<->USB.
Any experiences, fixes for FTDI driver is appreciated.
It is only a beginning of the painful journey, but it seemingly takes sometime to replace Win8.1 at my shack.
73 de JI1BNU
The idea of win10, going back to what we all like in win7 and some of the improvements of 8.1 made sense. One OS for phone, tablet and pc sounded awesome. I bought into the whole thing.
I bought a Windows phone. I bought a Windows tablet and I upgraded my best laptop to win10 technical preview.
The phone on win phone os worked ok, until I wanted to use some apps. There weren't there. Neither my banking or cellphone apps were available. Many others where just not close to the level of refinement. I had to go back to angels as main phone and leave this add my secondary phone.
The tablet failed to update to win10 and it took me 3 months to get it back to win8 to make it usable. There wasn't a roll back option. The touch screen didn't work the device kept rebooting endlessly... I finally found a thread were a guy uploaded an image of win8 for the hp tablet and that allowed me to recover the device.
I bought the office365 $99 yearly deal, office in 15 devices, 4 household users, 1tb of onedrive, 60mins Skype a month.
Awesome until you try to use it.
Try any of these features with crappy Internet anywhere outside north america.
And the final straw, I made the mistake of taking the win10 laptop on a business trip. I tried installing a Bluetooth mouse, that sent me on a downward spiral of suffering. At 80% battery the os shutdown. And on reboot it failed to load the os, i spent hours going through the win10 recovery that ultimately only gave me the option of a new install of win10. I was in the middle of the Maldives, business trip with a laptop with no bluetooth mouse and now with no office. With bad Internet I couldn't load 365 again, it times out. A laptop that on win7 had 150 days of standby couldn't even go into sleep mode because on win10 it will not come back from sleep. I had to keep it connected to the outlet constantly. Power management in win10 is awful.
My fault for trusting windows 10.
But I gave it another chance. Back home, had a day long meeting and decided to take this laptop to the meeting. I load all the documents i need, i connect a usb 3 thumb drive to the laptop and Windows 10 crashes again.
I am now very happy with win7 back into the laptop.
This is just my experience. I really wanted windows 10 to work. It just hasn't yet for me.... Maybe some day.
For all those who are reporting no issues good luck to you
For the rest who have issues this utility may help
BTW. I usually am one of the guys building or testing the new roller coasters so I don't have time to ride or watch.
All my computers are, and will remain on Win7 for the foreseable future. GWX Control Panel is now on them all. So easy to install and does its magic in seconds. On one computer I recovered about 6GB of disk space I didn't know I had lost. Great little programme,
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