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JayGee

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Posted: 06/04/18 07:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Only problem I have with 10 is with a USB connected external disk. It will not boot up unless I unplug the USB, even after modifying the bios. Other than that I am pretty happy with it. Using "Text maker" for word processing etc saves a few bucks.


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I'm getting sick of Windows, but it mat be the cheapo Asus laptop I'm running. I can't right click on a file without locking up file explorer. I googled the issue but can't get any of the 'fixes' to work.

Now mind you I'm an old Windows guy, having written device drivers since Win 3.0 and code for the XP/Win 7 volume manager. But, just like cars (which I used to be able to work on as well), Windows has hidden most of the canolis.


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D.E.Bishop wrote:


Microsoft, Apple and Hewlett/Packard all three are same in that way.

I have not tried this recently (all 5 of the PC that I "support" are running Windows 7) but here is one of the best things I did to make my computer run better.

  • Obtain a "retail" distribution of your current version of Windows (years ago you could find this on the web
  • Write down the Product ID (on older computers this was a label stuck on the back, but over time, they become worn and you can not read them)
  • Backup all of the data you want to keep, usually this is just C:\Users\your_name
  • Backup any drivers. This is usually in C:\HP or C:\Hewlett-Packard or C:\SWSetup
  • nstall windows from the retail distribution (that you have made into a CD). Be sure to tell the installation procedure to re-partition your C: drive so you can recover those "odd" partitions that HP places there.

Make sure to use your old Product ID. It may give you an error but just use the "alternative method" to register your product.

You might need to install the HP specific drivers. You will have to go through Windows Updates and let it download and install all of the patches. This will take a few hours.

It is a lot of work but it is worth it !

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jplante4 wrote:

I'm getting sick of Windows, but it mat be the cheapo Asus laptop I'm running. I can't right click on a file without locking up file explorer. I googled the issue but can't get any of the 'fixes' to work.

Now mind you I'm an old Windows guy, having written device drivers since Win 3.0 and code for the XP/Win 7 volume manager. But, just like cars (which I used to be able to work on as well), Windows has hidden most of the canolis.


I understand. Something is up with your computer. I have got to the point in my experience with computers...if the processor isn’t at least an i5 Intel I do not even give the computer a second look. This computer runs on 4 GB of Ram and is only using about 75% of the Ram at max. Most of the time it’s running on 1.5-2 GB Ram.

We bought my son an AMD Windows 10 laptop with 500 GB hd and about 4gb of Ram but that stupid AMD processor would max out and make the machine crawl. I could look at the task manager and the Ram was at 50% but the processor was maxed out!

I think I’m on the way out of the walled garden. I really like this software.

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Posted: 06/04/18 11:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have always liked Win 10 and I was an early adopter. However, most folks don't like to talk about it because those who don't like change or have never actually tried it tend to Flame the poster for saying good things and are treated like pariah.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
Can't we all just get along?

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Bill.Satellite wrote:

I have always liked Win 10 and I was an early adopter. However, most folks don't like to talk about it because those who don't like change or have never actually tried it tend to Flame the poster for saying good things and are treated like pariah.

So tell me what am I missing ?

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I have a MacBook Pro running High Sierra and a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10. The MacBook is my daily use machine and the Lenovo runs a database application to track points for a drag racing organization. Both machines run well and I don't really have any problems with them. I do find the Windows updates to be a pain as they delay the shutdown and startup almost every time I need to use the Lenovo. Seems like Win10 has gotten fairly stable. No frequent BSOD episodes like in the early days of Windows. I don't like the Win10 UI, but that is just personal preference. I could probably get the UI to be more to my liking, but just don't want to invest the time.


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Posted: 06/05/18 05:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have Windows 10 on two desktops, and it runs fine. If you prefer the Windows 7 interface as we do, load "Classic Shell". It's a free program, works great.

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My biggest peeve with W/10 is the bi-annual Win 10 Creators Upgrades. Like me if you don't have wired Internet or Broadband it can take up to 5 hours to upgrade. Also all the Bugs that have to be ironed out with updates in between the Upgrades! Android is easier! But we all have preferences; like Chevy vs. Ford and Chrysler! LOL!

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A year ago, my newer Win 10 laptop and my new Chromebook were both very speedy. The Chromebook still is. I realize the Chromebook has many limitations, but for what most of us do, it is fast.

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