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Windows 10 Hits 75 Million Installs, Windows 95 At 20: Microsoft Roundup
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daniael
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8/29/2015 | 11:34:44 PM
actually, there is more!
today, a family friend paid us a visit and asked me "where do i buy a windows 10 and how much it is?". could not tell him, cause microsoft does no seem to sell it as independedent oem copy/serial for new pc(s) made from parts, refurbished or whatever. another friend asked me how to get read of mac os x el capitan and install windows 10 from scratch on his macbook pro. i told them both, buy it from a local vendor or amazon, then ugprade, but there must be more to it. 

 

why are all these people willing to migrate to windows 10? perhaps because a new(er) wise(er) microsoft is just around to knock on the 21st century door, for more and more people who want and know better. perhaps. let's hope so, i for one am very optimistic!
jries921
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jries921,
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8/31/2015 | 9:09:53 AM
Re: actually, there is more!
I can't speak for everyone, but I've been hearing my wife complain about the Windows 8 preload on her laptop almost since it was purchased over a year ago.  She still prefers Windows 7 even to Windows 10, but the numbers of complaints have greatly diminished since she did the upgrade.

I think MS can take the numbers as a widespread repudiation of Windows 8.  Whether or not it is seen as an improvement over Windows 7, I have insufficient data to say.
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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8/31/2015 | 2:59:18 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
I am still using Windows 7. I like it very much. Evwry time I turn on my PC I get a message that Windows 10 is ready to be installed on my PC for free...but I am very skeptical.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/31/2015 | 3:40:06 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@StaceyE,

I share your sentiment...until I decided to let the upgrade go through this morning.

I have dedicated PCs on my kids room for there media and cartoons...both running windows 10...and haven't had a single issue, granted the use is very light. The main aspect that I absolutly love is being able to run apps from the desktop. So know they can even play some of there Iphone/Android apps on the big screen...and they love it.

My main PC was still running Windows 7.... I was very very hesitant to upgrade in worry of compatibilty issues. But what made me take a leap of faith is the fact that  I can easilly roll back.

So I made some steps, created some backs, and hit the "Upgrade" button.

So I'll let you know in a week or two if I'm happy or not :)
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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8/31/2015 | 5:06:10 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
Thanks for your feedback. I might mull it around a bit Longer then give it a shot. Too bad it won't turn my monitor into a touch screen. ..haha.. I'd be in like Flynn!
mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/31/2015 | 5:10:16 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@StaceyE,

I'll be honest...I neither have had the need for it, nor have I missed it.

Because I'm able to switch from tablet and desktop mode, just using the mouse (I even unplugged the keyboard) is pretty sweet, since the virtual keyboard is both very responsive and not cumbersome to use.

I got a mouse that works like a wand (think the Nintendo Wii contorl but for a PC) and the combination is excellent.

This is great for media consumption...for everyday computing (IMHO) the touchscreen is a nice to have, but not essential (many folks who do have touchscreen say the same...at first it's great, but then the use is less and less since they go back to keyboard/mouse.

 

Hope this helps
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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8/31/2015 | 6:02:07 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
I really do appreciate your feedback and opinions about MS10. I think I may try it out on my sons PC first... ; )
yalanand
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yalanand,
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8/31/2015 | 11:29:10 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@mejiac: indeed this OS is superb, and everybody needs to know. However for homes we kind of end up using pirated software, and thus the Home edition of this OS would do no good because it disables the pirated software. Although it hasn't still happened on my home computer, although I am using it on a virtual machine atop my windows 7.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/31/2015 | 11:33:36 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@yalanand,

This is one of the reason I think Microsoft did a brilliant roll out strategy. By offering Non-license user the option to upgrade for free, they are doing away with just that. This also leads the way for more third party to come onboard, since for the windows app store assuring a steady stream of revenue for all parties is critical.

 
yalanand
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yalanand,
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8/31/2015 | 11:36:19 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@mejiac: I too haven't had any issues, although I installed the Windows 10 on a virtual machine atop my windows 7. I do have noticed that there is absolutely no lag on the VM but when I had installed windows 8 it used to lag a lot.
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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8/31/2015 | 5:05:59 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
Is this the number of downloads or downloads and installs?  I read different things according to different sources.  Then there must be a different number for download/install plus activation, correct?  I feel like MSFT might be using symantics to their advantage.  
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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8/31/2015 | 5:09:09 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
I think you might be right. This is why I think I will ponder the decision a but longer before I take the plunge so to speak. ..
StaceyE
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8/31/2015 | 5:41:36 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
I think you might be right. This is why I think I will ponder the decision a but longer before I take the plunge so to speak. ..
yalanand
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yalanand,
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8/31/2015 | 11:32:01 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@vnewman2: I think most numbers are exaggerated by Microsoft. This is a basic marketing policy. The numbers would be far less than actually stated.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/31/2015 | 3:43:38 PM
Re: actually, there is more!
@danieal,

I think the appeal of Windows 10 is that it wasn't force like windows 8 was.

Because it's free, folks can upgrade if they want, and I think for many this brings a certain vote of confidence towards Microsoft (it did for me)

If I remember correctly, Windows 10 will be available for free for the first year as an upgrade, and it'll then be made available for purchase separately.
NJ Mike
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NJ Mike,
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9/1/2015 | 9:29:03 AM
Subtract 1 from the total
Well, you can subtract 1 from the number of downloads.  I installed Windows 10 on my laptop, and it was working fine for a few weeks, then all of a sudden, the start button stops working.  I clicked on it, and a dialoge pops ups saying there is a critical error with the start button.  It tells me I will get logged off, and hopefully the error will be fixed next time I log on.  Guess what!  It didn't fix the many times I logged on.  I Google search told me I wasn't the only one with this problem.  Hey Microsoft, if  you're going to tout the return of the Start button, MAKE SURE IT WORKS.  Glad I could go back to 8.1 .  I'll stay there for a while so our friends at Microsoft can fix their problem.
scoxv1s
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scoxv1s,
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9/1/2015 | 9:17:16 PM
Windows 10
Inconsistant, fractured user interface.  On-scrren keyboard lacks title and therefore cannot be moved while it displays spelling suggestions.  If it's over top of what you're trying to fill in, well tough!  Looks like what's worked in the past was thrown out without review of ramifications. 
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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9/3/2015 | 11:36:58 AM
Re: Windows 10
Personally I do not like the UI in Windows 10. I even did not upgrade to Windows 8 even. I cannot simply say that Windows 10 UI is bad - anyway there is personal preference factor. Nowadays I use Mac OS X quite often.:-)
scoxv1s
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scoxv1s,
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9/3/2015 | 1:54:05 PM
Further to on screen keyboard
There are at least two on-screen keyboards.  One is smaller than the other.  The smaller seems only available at boot time and the larger appears at all other times.  The larger is so large that it obscures a significant portion of a small display and isn't movable more than 50% off of the display.  You can't toggle between the large and small one.  This larger one lacks a dedicated title bar and so cannot be moved at all if it thinks that it needs to suggest spelling for you.  No way to toggle off the spelling fn so that the keyboard can be moved. 

Settings app lacks back button and close button.  So do a large number of these sorts of metro(?) things.  The windows they run in also cannot be resized.  Transfering information or using one of them as reference while filling out another is kaput. 

Even if they kill support for 7, as they did with XP, I'll not degrade my machines to 10.


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