August 30, 2016

Win 10 complaints

My biggest complaint so far isn't with Microsoft, it's with ASUS. I cannot disable the damned touchpad, and it's a real hassle.

As to Microsoft, the problem is automatic shutdown after idle time. In the power control setup frame I have everything set to "never shut down", but if I leave my computer alone for 15? minutes? and come back to it, it has auto-hibernated anyway. Oddly enough, it wasn't like that when I first switched to Win 10. I wonder if one of the auto-patches was responsible?

Under Win 7 we had "Gizmos" I think they were called. Microsoft decided eventually that they were a security problem and WIn 10 doesn't have that feature.

I used to have two of them on my desktop. One was a clock, and that was nice but not critical. The other was a couple of dials, one of which showed memory usage and one of which showed CPU loading. Memory usage is kind of a non-issue for me; this computer has 12G of RAM and I don't do anything very memory intensive. But the CPU loading dial was very useful because it was a convenient way to notice that a job had hung and gone 100% CPU intensive.

This computer is quad-core and each core is hyperthreaded, so to the OS it looks like 8 processors. If that dial stuck at 12%, it meant a job had run away.

I want that one back.

UPDATE: I went into the power control and set all the timeouts to 25 minutes and then restarted, and then changed them all back to "never" and restarted again. Just now I left the computer on while I took a nap, and it was still on when I woke up.

I think that's fixed.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 03:43 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Yep.  I had exactly those two gadgets on my Windows 7 desktop.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 30, 2016 08:18 PM (PiXy!)

2 I used to have those too, but I got where I prefer to use the taskbar's clock.  It's even better now in Windows 10 when you get a full taskbar with clock on all your monitors: you can game fullscreen in one and still have the clock on another, not that anyone would want to get a second monitor just for that! I used to have an application that would provide a tray system notification area icon that would provide a CPU meter as a 2-digit percentage, but I forget what it was called.

Posted by: RickC at August 31, 2016 03:30 PM (Ir5TZ)

3 All you need to do is run the Windows 10 Task Manager and then minimize it. You'll get a little square in the System Tray (right side of the taskbar). This will indicate CPU activity in green, coming up from the bottom as CPU activity increases.

Posted by: mtrigoboff at August 31, 2016 08:42 PM (eBuUt)

4 Or if, like me, you bought an AMD FX-8150, you can hear when there's a runaway process.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 31, 2016 11:42 PM (PiXy!)

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