Is there a consensus on which operating system is preferred for the new flex user?
Appreciate your help.
I use a Win 7 platform, it is not connected to the internet, so I don't get updates. I have never had any problems over the years, none.
There won't be a consensus, and there are folks that are happy with both Win7 and Win10. And some that will not like or prefer one or the other. I've been using Win10 PRO since the beta days and haven't had any trouble with SSDR.
To further complicate it, if you decide on Win10 there is some further discussion about whether to use the HOME or PRO version. You can check out the discussion about it here:
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6700 & SSDR-W V 2.1.30
Though Win7 seems more stable it does have it's issues mainly because of its maturity. But I guess it all depends on what the end of life is on Win7 and it security updates and how long your laptop stays running.
If your not going to be connecting the laptop to the internet then I would suggest WIN10 with the current updates before you install smartSdr and other software you want to use initially on the laptop.
Just one of several thousand opinions you may receive I am sure.
Have used the Flex 6500 + Maestro - and for past two weeks the Flex 6600M. In both cases, am happy using Win 10 + 2 year old ThinkPad T440S, 2.70 gigahertz Intel Core i7-4600U, 8 GB RAM, SSD drive + docking station supporting two additional 24" LCD monitors (even with all 3 screens, there is never enough real estate!).
BTW - I decided not to have a dedicated machine as maintaining one copy of Windows, the logging and contest apps, SmartCAT port configs, cw skimmer, DDUtil, etc. is enough punishment for me. And when traveling it's all with me and up to date.
Windows 10 is "perpetual" meaning it will always receive incremental updates and there will not be a major "whole hog" update to a new version. This is a much better model that helps avoid the adverse consequences of running an OS version that is several years behind.
There may be a few growing pains as Microsoft gets used to the perpetual updates model. Windows 10 offers a free trial for at least 30 days (maybe even up to 90 days) so you can test it out and see if it appears to work well with your setup before spending the money.
After seeing how badly MS screwed up Vista and spending a few years using only Linux and OSX I was very skeptical about Windows 10. The only annoyance has been that there are different versions (Home, Pro, etc.) and a few useful features are disabled on the Home edition, which is a bit annoying.
Life is too short to be spending time debugging every Windows 10 update. I have 9 computers in the house running various tasks 24/7/365. Benchmarked W10 on a few but the constant screwy updates were just too much work to keep on fixing all the time Even the PRO version which allows you to delay/Control updates still caused issues when I let it update.
I ended up reinstalling W7 on everything and also on several computers for friend. Many of my commercial IT friends still keep their shops on W7 because they do not want to deal with the issues.
The caveat is that W7 Support goes away January 15, 2020 BUT Like WXP I suspect that the pressure from commercial users will force MS to extend that date as a significant % of commercial shops are stll W7
Things are changing: Release Date: 29 July 2015 Windows 10
I run on Win 10. I'm an alpha tester and an early adopter of Win 10 systems. Apart from a well known easily corrected minor problem, I have zero problems with Windows updates. I install/uninstall/reinstall SmartSDR about once a week.
The well known problem is that when Windows renumerates sound devices during an upgrade, if the DAX channels are installed, it will usually pick some of them to be the default devices. This is a trivial correction.
I have Windows 7 running on Bootcamp on an iMac.
Windows 10 breaks things with many of the updates, and you have very little control of the update process.
Windows 7 has run flawlessly for me with one exception. I had a font issue.
Windows 10? I've just given up and every time an update happens, I just uninstall and reinstall the whole SSDR program. It's just less hassle than finding out somethings broken. after you bring the radio up.
I heavily reccomend Windows 7 if you can get a copy to install. Life is much better.
The upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10 was a big step.
A lot of computers only like one version of windows upgrades as far as software goes.
Drivers and such can be a problem.
This we have no answers for and can not calculate on this forum.
I have a couple computers that went from windows 7 to 10 and some windows 8.1 to windows 10.
A couple of the windows 7 upgraded to windows 10 had no newer drivers so could be an issue.
Also windows 10 New installs are locked in to certain Intel chips and some it wont work. (Skylake version and newer is ok i think?) I could be wrong.
Glad my radio is new tech and my computers but it would be fun to drive an old Model-T i would think!.
Glad we have this>>>>>>>>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention
When Windows 10 first came out, I was rebuilding my desktop PC and another one that my wife uses. I built some "horsepower" into both PC's, most likely more than what is needed to run the Flex 6700. Windows 10/64 Pro was in its infancy, but I bought it for both PC's and it ran at least as well as Windows 7/32 Pro... no problems noted once I installed the Flex SSDR and FLDigi. There have been a bunch of small security updates, many of them for Windows Defender (which works just fine) and a few that improved the actual operation of the PC. Bear in mind that Windows 10 may not recognize some of the older technology. For example, while it feeds my trusty old Epson Artisan 810 printer, it would not allow use with IDE devices of any type... the same goes for floppy drives ;).
That having been said (typed), I am generally happy with Windows 10, despite what some refer to as excessive updates. None of the updates have adversely affected operation of the Flex... no problems, and not even any issues to report.
I am currently back on Windows 7/32 Pro because the motherboard in my "normal" PC crapped out last weekend, and I await one more part to get the new CPU/RAM/MB combination up and running. Being back on Win 7 reminds me of being back at work, where they always seem to be one or two OS behind. Does Win 7 work? Certainly. Will it continue to work? Yes, at least until Microsoft ends support in a couple of years. Then, all bets are off because we do not know if there will be any kind of support (i.e., security patches) for Windows 7.
The bottom line is that they both work, but keep in mind that my experience is with "home built" PC's, and there is no "bloatware" or other junk which may adversely affect other programs on my PC's. I am a firm believer that, in the realm of computers, most anything can affect most anything, and unnecessary programs/applications often prove that point.
My recommendation is to go with Windows 10 Pro for the best level of control over it; 64-bit is probably not a necessity, but what the heck... why not?
I spent the last 25 years of my professional career as an IT professional, and I've run my Flex 6300 on both Windows 7 and Windows 10. The Win 7 hardware died, so I'm currently on Windows 10 with a new box. BUT I AM running an app that I do not recommend to those who are careless since it disables updates. I keep all my other Windows protection programs up-to-date, but simply do not allow Windows to update itself, except when I upgrade my Flex program. Then I will "disable my Disabler", do all of the zillion windows updates, and then install my updated version of SSDR, and then "re-enable the Disabler".
As I said I do not recommend this program for the careless or cavalier - Windows is, and always will be, buggy, and constantly under attack.
The program I use is "Win Updates Disabler".
*IF* I could stand the aggravation and cost, I'd wipe. reinstall, and be running Windows 7 on this machine. I will add my voice to chorus above - since you have the choice, use Win 7.