Upgrade? Oh yes, you must upgrade..

Sooner or later, you will have to move to Windows 10 or fall into the chasms known as MacOS and Linux. These two operating systems are every bit as limiting as Windows 10, PLUS some. I am not suggesting that you can’t do a lot on either, but try them out for a while and see for yourself. The push to upgrade: Despite fixes like these, Microsoft has already shown that changes and program removals can be made from afar. So, the ‘fixes’ will be fixed by Microsoft in time, and even more users will be threatening to scurry to … Continue reading Upgrade? Oh yes, you must upgrade..

How to stop the Windows 10 Upgrade..

This is how you do it. The manual method is easy enough but if you get something wrong in Registry, it can be terminal. Lucky for you, there is a download link to two REG files. Download and run both to stop the constant requests. The benefits: If you have a Windows 7 machine, especially an early one, you may well be saving yourself a lot of grief. My thinking is that you shouldn’t try to upgrade a pre-2011 computer because decent hardware support before that date may not be good enough. The last thing that you want is a computer … Continue reading How to stop the Windows 10 Upgrade..

Upgrading to Windows 10..

Microsoft have allowed for free upgrades from Windows 8 and Windows 7, so why not Vista and XP? Windows 7 didn’t become public until 22 October, 2009. Computers on sale in stores after this date were of varying quality, some not too good running Vista with full driver support, let alone Windows 7. Personally, I wouldn’t upgrade a computer of mine unless it was at least a late 2010 release because of patchy to non-existant hardware driver support XP machines are almost in a different galaxy. As good as some were in their day, without full driver support, one has the … Continue reading Upgrading to Windows 10..

The 1511 update went well overall..

All of my machines are now at 1511, and none are showing ill-effects of any kind. The Lenovo G780 was last to convert and it did so without complaining. In all honesty, I don’t think that any of the new improved features are going to impact the user base here, but I prefer computers to be up to date, not lagging behind. There are other ‘family’ machines needing my attention, but they have to be made available first. One of them make come into radar range today, and the others? Who knows.. 🙁

Updating the HP Elite M9500Y..

.. could have turned into a real battle, and it looked like it was going to do that yesterday. Today, I ran the updates, three of which installed after what seemed like an eternity. It asked to reboot, and eventually presented me with the 1511 update. I didn’t time it but it is now done and everything appears to be ok, with just a little fine tuning to make. I suspect it does not like installing if there are too many other updates which need to be installed. The 1511 update has finally made it to South Western Ontario and … Continue reading Updating the HP Elite M9500Y..

The game has changed..

One of the complaints raised about PCs is when the user is made responsible for finding latest hardware drivers (or made responsible for anything  :-)). The vast majority of PC users are NOT in the least ‘technical’, and I understand the problem, but… … the OEM (major manufacturer) machines are already supplied with appropriate drivers and in all honesty, there is little to be gained installing latest drivers UNLESS you have an issue that is specifically addressed in the latest driver incarnation. Windows Update has tried to be useful for a long time, offering hardware updates alongside security and feature … Continue reading The game has changed..

I never said..

.. that to get Windows 10, one needs to buy a new or newish computer which at the very least runs Windows 7. MICROSOFT set the base spec, NOT me. I just pass the information on.. If a computer user can’t afford a new or newish PC on which to install Microsoft’s latest and greatest, life is like that and the user has to stay with the older stuff. For the record, I can’t afford a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the ‘Country’ pack and leather seats, so I sit on cloth and don’t wander too far off of the highway. … Continue reading I never said..


If you are into home and auto DIY, you may well have painted surfaces at some time, or at least tried to make something look a little better but quickly.. 🙂 One thing you don’t need me to tell you is that whatever quality of paint you use, applying it to a poor surface NEVER works out well. Such is the world of computer operating system upgrades.. It doesn’t matter how good Windows 10 is. If you apply it to an underlying operating systems which has system file flaws (and many do), it will not work that well and may … Continue reading Expectations..

The ‘bugs’ are local..

This is an assumption that I guess many have made.. I received the notification that Windows 10 was ready for me to download, so I assumed all the bugs had been worked out.  Microsoft do the best to eradicate bugs, and in the case of Windows 10 had multiple builds slowly building up to  a more or less finished product, as finished as it ever could be on July 29th of this year. So, that was the score and Microsoft started to pipe Windows 10 out as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users. Now, had all users left … Continue reading The ‘bugs’ are local..

Windows 10.. the flickering screen..

OK, this is one cause for flickering screens after a Windows 10 upgrade. It may be the only one, I don’t know.. The cause? Norton.. 🙂 See here.. No, I don’t like Norton or Symantec Anything, but I don’t like any of the other big anti-virus suites either. I have tried them all, and just as I think I have found a good one, the software author trashes it. Anti-virus programs weren’t always this way. There was a time when nobody really knew if they did anything at all. All we could do was believe what we were told. One … Continue reading Windows 10.. the flickering screen..