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  1. Thanks macropod. Yes, indeed. I took those steps...

    Thanks macropod.
    Yes, indeed. I took those steps to stop any downloading and installing of 10.
    Good to know/save if I need to reinstall 7.
    Have saved your post for future reference.
  2. I realize the intent of the article is to aid in...

    I realize the intent of the article is to aid in helping to choose what and why a 10 update could benefit a user, but I currently have Win7 home running so sweet that I cringe even when doing...
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    Conceptually true......but......not all hard...

    Conceptually true......but......not all hard drives last as long even within a model range.

    I use Acronis Drive Monitor ( a free download ) to keep tabs on mine.

    I'm posting from a computer...
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    I tend to let my Win7 computers ( 2 ) in my home...

    I tend to let my Win7 computers ( 2 ) in my home office run all day and turn off at night.
    However, I have a Linux powered computer in my living room that stays on 24/7 for convenience. It boots...
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    Free Windows virtual machines

    http://dev.modern.ie/tools/vms/



    For Windows, Mac and Linux hosts
    Good for 90 days at a time.
  6. I don't see the point of 'it" either, but I'm not...

    I don't see the point of 'it" either, but I'm not configured to see ads in Win 7 or Puppy Linux.

    With Win 7, I'm supposed to be updated with critical updates till 2020, so I don't see the need to...
  7. Just to be clear, are you posting that Cortana...

    Just to be clear, are you posting that Cortana was installed on your XP computer with out your approval, perhaps from a critical update?



    What scan tools did you use to determine that and how...
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    Agreed. Leaving an unsupported OS should be...

    Agreed.
    Leaving an unsupported OS should be common sense from a security POV.
    And with entry machines as low cost as they are, a purchase there where an old machine won't upgrade makes sense even...
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    Earlier, I merely posted to my position, but not...

    Earlier, I merely posted to my position, but not yours.
    I suspect your laptop will run just fine with Win 10.

    But, at what cost was my comment.
    Further:
    But what about security?
    This will be...
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    When I read quotes like this: ...

    When I read quotes like this:

    http://www.computerworld.com/article/2918154/microsoft-windows/why-you-should-pay-attention-to-microsofts-windows-10-revenue-deferral.html



    I become skeptical...
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    Another oldie, here :D I've decided to skip...

    Another oldie, here :D

    I've decided to skip Win 10 and move to a different brand OS if necessary.
    Win 7 does all I need and is still safe enough with the security apps I've installed.

    But this...
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    I've used Syncback Free ...

    I've used Syncback Free
    http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html
    for at least 6 years and found it convenient and easy to back up to multiple locations and different types of media....
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    While I appreciate, follow and address...

    While I appreciate, follow and address accordingly, the advice given and the methods of implementing security.....for personal and financial data, I use a stand alone computer that is non networked...
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    Just pointing out that the article did mention...

    Just pointing out that the article did mention installing a Linux distro as a virtual OS that can be used along side a running MS Windows installation.
    As such, Linux becomes essentially likened to...
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    I would instal Ubuntu as a virtual OS and keep...

    I would instal Ubuntu as a virtual OS and keep Win 7 as the boot OS.
    I've done this in the past with Ubuntu and Mint. I preferred Mint and deleted Ubuntu.
    Advantages to virtual......Both OSs can...
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    IMO....well written article that avoids the...

    IMO....well written article that avoids the typical fanboy bias.

    However, having installed Ubuntu in the past and not liked it, it's not a viable option for me at this time.
    I do like the idea of...
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    hmmm! So much for updating Windows to maintain...

    hmmm!
    So much for updating Windows to maintain security.
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    Interesting and informative article and thanks...

    Interesting and informative article and thanks for thinking first of the needs of computer users rather than the typical polarization seen at other sites.

    Daily, I use both MS Windows and a distro...
  19. I'm not wild about having to accept automatic...

    I'm not wild about having to accept automatic updates.
    I do stay current for security updates, but I delay several days to make sure MS hasn't written an unrecoverable bug into their update. It's...
  20. As many have posted, the cutoff point for MS...

    As many have posted, the cutoff point for MS security updates in 2020 isn't the end of Win 7's usefulness.
    The real point is that something better for security and new features will probably be...
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    I have Win 7 Pro and Home on separate computers....

    I have Win 7 Pro and Home on separate computers.

    MSE has worked out fine.
    I bought MBAM Pro for both and think highly of it.
    Also have installed ESET, Superantispyware(free), and MBAM...
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    I should have been more specific, sorry. I'm on...

    I should have been more specific, sorry.
    I'm on win7 Home premium so Bitlocker isn't available and I used TC for it's encrypted containers and portability :)
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    The problem seems to be that all TC versions...

    The problem seems to be that all TC versions including 7.1a have security issues and the TC coders have abandoned the project.
    ...
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    Interesting comment on the Mozilla Archive Format...

    Interesting comment on the Mozilla Archive Format plugin.
    I wasn't aware of it, thanks.

    But, a question.
    If it saves 'all the bits', how does it handle scripts that could potentially be...
  25. Interesting and of course logical. I never liked...

    Interesting and of course logical.
    I never liked the hassle of dual booting. I have found virtual machines more convenient and that should avoid those issues.

    The main OS on my desktop is Win7...
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