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  1. There are also important changes to the Microsoft...

    There are also important changes to the Microsoft Services Agreement and Microsoft Privacy Statement from August 1 (the day after Windows 10 is released). Here's one I don't like:

    "...we’ve added...
  2. Yep, I hate the cloud/privacy issues, the...

    Yep, I hate the cloud/privacy issues, the app-ification of Windows, the start menu, the reduction in personal control. The one thing that previously distinguished Windows was easy customisation.
    ...
  3. People are talking about the Start menu having...

    People are talking about the Start menu having glass and shading, but the elephant in the room is functionality. It has the power button in a bad place (likely accidental click). It emphasises "Most...
  4. MS naming is indeed ridiculous: 95, 98, 98 Second...

    MS naming is indeed ridiculous: 95, 98, 98 Second Edition, Millenium, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10. Ludicrous.

    I personally think in terms of two software categories:

    Computer Programs: Word,...
  5. Impossible to dual boot Windows 10 with Windows 8 - GPT partition style

    Hi all,

    I tried the usual dual boot scenario to test Windows 10, like I did with Windows 8, and Windows 7 years ago. It doesn't work! All the sites that explain how to do the dual boot are wrong,...
  6. I open Mozilla Firefox and type hotmail.com and...

    I open Mozilla Firefox and type hotmail.com and it comes up outlook - xxxxx@hotmail.com. But the email address is replaced by "connecting" every few seconds for 30-60 seconds. I can see my emails,...
  7. Why does Hotmail take so long to be usable?

    Hi,

    I seem to be the only person annoyed by this, but here goes:

    When I log into Gmail, it's ready to open messages straight away. But with Hotmail, in the browser tab, a little circle spins...
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    I had the same problem. The "problem" was that I...

    I had the same problem. The "problem" was that I had My Docs on a different partition. When I restored it to the default partition, the update worked. Others had this problem too. Seems MS wants...
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    Hi Jerry, Thanks. Thing is, I always switch...

    Hi Jerry,

    Thanks. Thing is, I always switch off all syncing and cloud stuff for privacy reasons. Of course, it's all so complicated that you don't know what's going on. I wish there was a program...
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    Hotmail unusable for a minute or two

    Hi,

    Since converting to outlook.com, I have found Hotmail is unusable for 1 or 2 minutes. I get timer showing up in the tab saying "connecting" like it's downloading something or connecting...
  11. "So the FBI accessing emails is a demonstration...

    "So the FBI accessing emails is a demonstration of the internet security situation gone out of control?!"

    Um, yes. You don't think so?

    In the past, govt authorities needed search warrants. Now,...
  12. Desktop computers: Big computer screens with...

    Desktop computers: Big computer screens with plenty of power will always be needed. Daytraders often have 3 large screens (and don't want crap sliding in from the sides of the screens or anything to...
  13. I think the internet security situation has gone...

    I think the internet security situation has gone out of control. It would be okay if businesses were ethical and if the US government was ethical. But they are not. They are motivated by money and...
  14. I rolled back the driver and tried the Win7...

    I rolled back the driver and tried the Win7 driver and it didn't work. I kept fiddling but now I have given up. My laptop has atheros wifi which is less common than intel, so maybe that's the...
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    Beware that NVidia drivers don't work on laptop...

    Beware that NVidia drivers don't work on laptop hybrid graphics.
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    I have done some more experimenting: I had...

    I have done some more experimenting: I had Outlook in the Startup folder to automatically start on reboot. When I removed Outlook from the Startup folder, Classic Shell worked automatically on...
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    Update: I've followed the suggestions. Thanks....

    Update:

    I've followed the suggestions. Thanks.

    I experimented a bit and have narrowed the problem down a little. I have a dual boot of W8 and W7. When I reboot, if I let W8 default after 30...
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    It seems that when you reboot, Classic Shell is...

    It seems that when you reboot, Classic Shell is switched off. You have to re-engage it after the Metro start screen appears. Is this the same for other people, or am I missing an option in settings....
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    Just Plain Fred, It depends what you're using...

    Just Plain Fred,

    It depends what you're using it on. For the desktop, my opinion is:

    Pros: much faster, better file manager, better task manager, faster wifi connection, good handling of old...
  20. Poll: Ah, I simply forgot to at .bmp to the end of the...

    Ah, I simply forgot to at .bmp to the end of the file name/location. Anyway, that bit doesn't work well. Instead of getting a need square picture, I get a weird elongated image.

    But I've found...
  21. Drew, "You do not state what is… so...

    Drew,

    "You do not state what is… so "irritating and distracting and potentially time-wasting"…"

    This is factually incorrect. I have said repeatedly that I am irritated and distracted by Metro...
  22. Poll: Yep. It's under the Start Button tab in settings:...

    Yep. It's under the Start Button tab in settings:

    - Under "Button Look", click "Custom Button".
    - Then under "Button Image", enter or paste the bmp file location.

    I had it working roughly...
  23. Poll: Hi Medico, I'm fiddling with Classic Shell. I...

    Hi Medico,

    I'm fiddling with Classic Shell. I downloaded the latest version and you're right it does disable the hotspots. Thanks.

    Some things don't seem to work well. For example, I'm trying...
  24. Drew, 1. I never said Metro is scary. Rather,...

    Drew,

    1. I never said Metro is scary. Rather, I find it irritating and distracting and potentially time-wasting.

    2. Are you saying that you don't use the tips you gave us like putting the...
  25. Three separate issues here: 1. People making...

    Three separate issues here:

    1. People making a big deal about metro: MS is forcing metro onto people because it thinks it's worth the fight. So it thinks forcing metro is important. Why is that?...
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