March 14, 2016

Windows 10, again

Word is that Microsoft has reclassified the Win 10 upgrade to "Recommended" and if you're not paying attention you'll get it even if you don't want it. I assume that means that anyone using AutoUpdate will get it automatically. For the rest of us, who have turned auto-update off, be really careful to peruse the "recommended" upgrade list and turn that one off.

There was a thing I ran last summer which got rid of the Win 10 nag in the tray, and also got rid of the update choice in the Update applet. I wonder if this new upgrade choice will show up for me?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 12:22 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I assume that means that anyone using AutoUpdate will get it automatically.

That's not necessarily correct.  If you have the "give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" box unchecked, Windows won't automatically d/l them (assuming you have Important updates installed automatically).

I actually have about 30 recommended updates in queue, waiting for me to approve them... including the W10 install thingy.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 14, 2016 03:04 PM (KiM/Y)

2 I've done four Windows 10 installs now - two old notebooks I was handing down to my nephews, one new notebook, and a virtual machine on my Mac.

Windows 10 itself is good enough, as long as you turn off every single option it offers during the install process.  (There's three full screens of helpful things Microsoft offer you, and you want none of them.)  Installing a clean copy is easy and very quick.  I know my iMac is supposed to be fast, but watching Windows install itself in under a minute was a new experience.

The process for upgrading an existing machine is...    Fraught.  Don't let the automated download do its thing; it will very likely break.  (It hasn't worked even once for me.)  It won't break your machine, but it won't upgrade you to Windows 10.

Instead, download the ISO from Microsoft and use their install tool to load it from a thumb drive.  That approach is mostly painless.

Or, of course, just stick with Windows 7.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 14, 2016 11:49 PM (PiXy!)

3 Sticking with earlier versions of Windows might not be a choice much longer. Botnets can become a matter of national security, and Microsoft is "too big to fail," let alone be taken down for refusing to keep earlier OSes patched and secure.
I'm going to move all the "stuff that could get me in trouble" to cold storage, do the upgrade, and see if I can set up a dual-boot with Windows 10 (for video games) and Linux (for everything else). Just gotta remember to never install a real web browser or video viewer in Windows again, I've already trained myself to always cancel whenever anything opens an IE or Windows Media Player window.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at March 16, 2016 08:01 AM (4njWT)

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