Bye Bye Windows, I’ve had enough…..

Well sort of: Apart from Framemaker, I have no real use for Windows anymore. I’ll keep a machine for that to continue to produce the local astronomy club newsletter. Otherwise, all I need is available on my Mac. That interface is easier on the eye as it still has some colour even though it too has become “flatter” over the years. Perhaps more important, all settings are in one place, and easily found.

I did offer a Windows support/repair  service but now the time has come to end that too. I spend far too much time looking for things that used to be towards the top of menus in W7, I struggle to understand why things which used to be in plain view, now seem to be hidden in Windows 8 and 10. This all makes it uneconomical to repair machines on an hourly rate as I waste so much time trying to sort out where things are.

Sorry to all my clients but, it really isn’t worth my while to even attempt to fix this stuff any more. Life is too short to try to understand the logic behind Microsoft’s latest changes and assumptions. Take a look at this screenshot:

Stupid W10 start menu

Where the heck are the links to my applications? This abomination takes up a big chunk of screen real estate and offers nothing that I need, it shows fluff. The real stuff is available, but it’s displayed in a ridiculous alphabetical list, in fact no, that’s not true, Control Panel is still hidden.

Do I need apps? No. Do I need games? No. Social media? Not on your life. I’m old, I’m boring but I just need control.

All in all, having spent the best part of a year with Windows 10, I’ve had enough, I’m closing the Microsoft book forever. Sorry to those who’ve depended on my support over the years but this really is the end.

I guess all I really wanted was a re-engineered version of XP. Just as I’d hoped BMW would re-engineer the original Mini. Both seem to have ended up as bloated triumphs of design over content.
Windows in the bin!

Windows 10 Update

Seems that some have come a cropper after updating Windows 10

Oh how good it feels not to have to bother with all this……

Step-by-step advice from Virgin Media

Click start, power and restart (not shut down).

Try the internet connection once it’s booted up again.

If this doesn’t work, you need to reset your IP address.
To do this, you need to open up the command prompt by following these instructions:

  • Click start
  • Click run
  • Type in “CMD” and press enter
  • This should open up a command prompt window
  • Now type in “ipconfig /release” and press enter
  • Finally, type in “ipconfig /renew” and press enter
  • Now try to go online to see if the connection is working

If this hasn’t done the trick, you can also try clearing the DNS settings.

  • To do this, open the command prompt window again
  • Now type in “ipconfig /flushdns” and press enter
  • Again, try to go online to see if your connection is working

Windows 10 – pt.3 Nagging Upgrade Notifications

Running Windows 7 or 8 and fed up with continued upgrade nagging messages?

Well there is a solution 😉

Say no to Windows 10 - stop nagging

 

Stop the nagging with GWX Control Panel

This is a free tool that can remove and disable the ‘Get Windows 10’ notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Recent versions can also disable ‘Upgrade to Windows 10’ behaviour in the Windows Update control panel and do much more. See the user guide at the Ultimate Outsider blog. You can still download GWX Control Panel as a standalone executable if you don’t like installers.

I’ve installed it on a couple of machines running W7 and it works! The nagging stops.

Windows 10 – pt.2 (privacy problems)

Windows 10 PrivacySince that last post my opinion of Windows 10 has changed.

I pretty much use Windows for two applications: FamilyTree Maker and FrameMaker. They run well under the new system but there’s a more to the “upgrade” than meets the eye.

There are a whole host of privacy problems, look here, and some annoying general issues which are all over the internet.

Let’s get it clear, I’m not paranoid about sites gathering information about me, I just want them to be open about it.

I have AdBlock installed along with Ghostery in my browser and they take care of most intrusive browsing stuff but Windows 10 has a heap of things that are nothing to do with the web, they just send info about me and my internet usage to Microsoft. worse still, I need to switch these off rather than accept the default install settings.

If you have doubts about this, search Google for “Windows 10 privacy”, I suggest you read those results carefully!

For information: I use BitDefender free edition for antivirus and Malwarebytes for malware protection, those seem to work well together and rarely intrude on my computer use while keeping my computer clear of problems.

These precautions alone don’t stop Windows “phoning home” so I suggest you check the links given above to protect yourself.