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    I should also point out that, for all of their...

    I should also point out that, for all of their goofs in the design of this OS, Microsoft appears to have done a better job with the upgrade process than ever before. I had never even thought of...
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    Well here's some news. Some bad news I received...

    Well here's some news. Some bad news I received yesterday afternoon prompted me to book a flight to Oregon on Saturday. I'll be there for a few days, so I thought this would be an opportunity to...
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    I do use the GWX Control Panel. I try to keep an...

    I do use the GWX Control Panel. I try to keep an eye on them, but I'm not sure how that will prevent a surprise upgrade. But I guess you're right. I'll just wait and cross my fingers.

    Thanks...
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    I see your point. I just looked up NetOp. ...

    I see your point.

    I just looked up NetOp. Their pricing structure is not at all viable for small retail. Not even for a permanent installation, but especially not for a single upgrade on each of...
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    Hmmm, so maybe I should disable all of NIS...

    Hmmm, so maybe I should disable all of NIS including the firewall before I start. I have a hardware firewall in front of it, which should be fine for a short time. I do not have remote control host...
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    Now there is an important data point. So then it...

    Now there is an important data point. So then it is at least possible to do.

    May I ask what software firewall you are using? If Windows, then I might consider reverting to the Windows Firewall...
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    Exactly. It's the forced upgrades from Windows 7...

    Exactly. It's the forced upgrades from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro that I am worried about. Just when I was starting to think that Microsoft was becoming more mature and trustworthy they start...
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    That's what I was thinking about, using the...

    That's what I was thinking about, using the receiving computer for the test bed. Its actual, most important role was as a plug-replacement, just changing name and IP address, for the main register...
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    So what about these spontaneous forced upgrades...

    So what about these spontaneous forced upgrades being foisted of onto people? I went through all the recommendations to block a forced upgrade a couple of months ago, but then recently it appeared...
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    Upgrading to Windows 10 remotely

    I've got 5 systems in a store that is currently 1200 miles away from me. I've been biding my time but now I think I'd like to start the process of upgrading them to Windows 10. (Feel free to tell...
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    Yeah. One voice against thousands. The true...

    Yeah. One voice against thousands. The true path usually threads its way between the extremes.

    And I did have an update once that fixed a device driver for the PINpads we use on our POS systems.
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    Wow! You are a saint. I hope others will follow...

    Wow! You are a saint. I hope others will follow your example. (In fact, I almost wish I were old enough to be a "client"!)

    Like many, I help my own parents a lot as does my brother and his...
  13. Sometimes I start to worry about governments...

    Sometimes I start to worry about governments colluding with businesses and so on. And then I look around me at the total inability for people to cooperate on even the simplest things. And my mind...
  14. Regarding "privacy". Whatever the intentions of...

    Regarding "privacy". Whatever the intentions of the Microsoft's/Google's/Apple's/Etc. press releases and maybe even their upper management and most of the employees, these are huge corporations with...
  15. I was putting GWX Control Panel on the remaining...

    I was putting GWX Control Panel on the remaining systems and I double-checked one that I'd done earlier. GWXCP claimed to have turned off the GWX notifications, but when I looked in Customize...
  16. That's why I felt lucky. I don't know what was...

    That's why I felt lucky. I don't know what was causing it to fail but I am very glad. The same was true on another system that I was able to make a quick check on. Maybe there is some other...
  17. Like the dog in your avatar, I live in the...

    Like the dog in your avatar, I live in the moment...
  18. Here's something weird. I went and looked at my...

    Here's something weird. I went and looked at my update history. 3035583 was installed on 7/21. And then, beginning on 8/2 the following entry appears from one to three times a day: "Upgrade to...
  19. A year or so ago I got so tired of going around...

    A year or so ago I got so tired of going around manually updating all of my systems and never seeming to reject an update, so I put them all on automatic. I just went around to all of them and...
  20. Wow, thanks for all those answers. I should...

    Wow, thanks for all those answers. I should have given this one its own number:

    I use Win7 Pro mostly because I need the RDP functionality and because the networking is better than the basic or...
  21. Standing back and taking a breath - Win 10 upgrade questions

    My small business owns 7 PCs. I try to keep all in sync with the same OS - currently Win7 Pro. I have learned the hard way not to ever get the newest OS (or more software) as soon as it is out. So...
  22. I do appreciate early adopters and I used to be...

    I do appreciate early adopters and I used to be one myself, jumping at every new thing. But I don't have that kind of time to waste anymore. I'm glad others are taking my place at the front of the...
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    You never know, it was a big basement and was...

    You never know, it was a big basement and was owned by the Navy which had money to burn in certain roles during the Cold War.
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    I guess IBM was special. The UNIVAC 9000 I used...

    I guess IBM was special. The UNIVAC 9000 I used to work on was in the basement of a former WWI morgue.
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    And besides, get an SSD at commodity prices and...

    And besides, get an SSD at commodity prices and improve your modern computer's reliability even more.

    Now watch me embarrass myself with a "help, my computer crashed!" message...
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