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10:53 am on Jul 29, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Windows 10 is available today, and those choosing the free upgrade will get the new Microsoft Edge browser, Cortana digital assistant, enhanced Windows Defender, and Microsoft claims it's compatible with the hardware and software users already own.

I expect there's going to be bugs, but there is with every piece of software i've used, especially when new.

Windows 10 Available in 190 Countries Today [blogs.windows.com]

With all these update going on, are you finding the Internet slower today? I know i am.

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4:58 pm on July 29, 2015 (gmt 0)

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UK - My Internet is the same speed probably because I've not had one PC or laptop update as yet.

Has anyone in the UK had their wave of updates?
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As noted in the W10 Install files already pre-downloaded [webmasterworld.com] thread listed above, people were getting these files in a new directory C:\$windows.~BT that contains the install files for Win10 prior to being notified by Windows Update that they were available.

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I was planning to buy a new high specs laptop of my own. Instead of choosing Windows 8, I would be looking forward to the Windows 10 OS. What I love about Windows 10 is the multitasking feature of different apps and the Microsoft Edge browser. Can't wait. :)
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I'm not much of a Windows fan these days, but I pulled out an older Lenovo Desktop box, threw some ram and an HD into it, and proceeded to upgrade from a fresh install of Windows 7 to see how it all would come together.

It's an old box and motherboard .. I was probably more interested in seeing how Windows 10 would do on "older" hardware. Low ended at 2GHz with 3GB RAM on a Athlon 64 X2 3800+.

My first impression of the install was that it looked and felt very much like Linux Mint (Cinnamon) .. Edge Browser reminds me a lot of the Vivaldi Browser (which I use quite often)
The clean install of Windows 7 done just before the upgrade to 10 was sprinkled with a few images in the picture folder and a few downloads in the downloads folder.

Windows 10 gave me the option to keep my settings and files from the Windows 7 build ... So everything carried through during the upgrade. There is also an option available to return to my previous Windows 7 build.

The Lenovo Solution Centre didn't work in Windows 7, but it does really well in Windows 10 -- it loads and runs without effort. Keep in mind though, that this machine is really old, with some really old hardware. Windows 10 only took issue with the old wireless networking card I put into it before the upgrade .. I took the card out and the install resumed without any fuss.

Windows 10 is still slower than the latest Linux builds on a machine with the kind of specs mentioned above .. Windows is rough cut and choppy, whilst the Linux is grounded and smooth.

I'll come back and post again once I've given some older graphics, and wireless cards a go -- I'll also look into some dual-boot scenarios as well ...

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Kind of interesting to see that Win !0 has a TOR type peer-t0-peer sharing of THEIR STUFF using your bandwidth... unless you turn it OFF. Your dime.
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Kind of interesting to see that Win !0 has a TOR type peer-t0-peer sharing of THEIR STUFF using your bandwidth.


Funny you should mention that ..
I did happen to notice that Windows 10 defers to the manufacturer for any hardware upgrades/optimization. It's as if, and correct me if I'm wrong, Microsoft is putting the burden of hardware configs into the hands of the manufacturer - The search for driver functions, for instance, seem to not so much go to Microsoft like it did before, but instead it points you to who ever made the device.

Used to be that Microsoft would search it's Microsoft update for drivers related to, like your panel, for instance - Now Microsoft will point you to the ones that made the panel and you have to pick it up on your own from there.
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Well I went ahead and loaded up some stuff on this "old" box, and to my surprise, things worked better on the Windows 10 upgrade.
There seems to be a lot of Backwards Compatibility going on.

Like for instance .. The upgrade wouldn't continue until I removed the old wireless card .. upon after upgrading, I re-installed the old wireless card and Windows wrote to it without requiring the device driver CD like in previous versions.

So I have some old software laying around ... Photoshop CS2 for instance and Dreamweaver MX2004 ... Both loaded and were functional without having to go into compatibility mode.

Next I ran a dual-boot option for Linux (Ubuntu) ... The prompt screen comes up to select between Windows 10 or Ubuntu - Upon selecting the Ubuntu option, the machine reboots into Ubuntu -- If Windows 10 is selected, the machine simply loads it.

I picked this older CPU with it's collection of assorted cards and hardware based on the title of this thread .. "Available in 190 Countries" .. because I'm pretty sure that there are some folks out there that are surely running on some junk machines, using older software and hardware.

It seems that Microsoft is truly trying to re-capture as much of the available market that it can .. Casting a wide net so to speak.

I'll keep this older machine as it is right now so I can fiddle around with it some more. It's a simple 32bit solution that really isn't of any consequence in the bigger scheme of things -

Linux is my preferred choice for OS, so I don't think I'll be finding myself borking any of my money machines with Windows any time soon.

There really isn't anything I can do with Windows 10 that Linux Mint can't do better, and faster, so I'm resigned to just staying put for now.
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Kind of interesting to see that Win !0 has a TOR type peer-t0-peer sharing of THEIR STUFF using your bandwidth.
Well, actually that would be more like Bittorrent. Tor is an onion router user for privacy.
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Well i liked the Cortana interface and Microsoft Edge browser, but still can't understand, Why Windows 9 not being launched, is there any sort of superstition behind it ?
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Windows 9 not being launched, is there any sort of superstition behind it?

Only mine where I believed odd numbered were generally great, while even numbered were dogs - going as far back to DOS days and then forward.

But that's just me.
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Windows 9 not being launched, is there any sort of superstition behind it?

To avoid a confusion factor with Windows95, Windows98 and Windows98 SE?
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That was the decision, confusion avoiding for the earlier "nine" products. I read that somewhere on the ms website "way back when". :)
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One of the theories was supposedly posted by a Microsoft Dev: [reddit.com]
Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form
if(version.StartsWith("Windows 9"))
{ /* 95 and 98 */
} else {

and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.
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It was because in German it would have been too close ( when spoken ) to "Windows No"..and other countries might have taken advantage of the "joke" and it gone viral..

Or so I have been told by someone who works at MS..
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To avoid a confusion factor with Windows95, Windows98 and Windows98 SE?


Well what sort of confusion does it create ?

Only mine where I believed odd numbered were generally great, while even numbered were dogs - going as far back to DOS days and then forward


That sounds funny :)

It was because in German it would have been too close ( when spoken ) to "Windows No"..and other countries might have taken advantage of the "joke" and it gone viral..

Or so I have been told by someone who works at MS.


It may be a probable reason Microsoft playing safe or something.
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**To avoid a confusion factor with Windows95, Windows98 and Windows98 SE?**

"Well what sort of confusion does it create?"

Yeah - but 'Windows 9-what'