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 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Win10 -- AVOID IT like the plague

Posted: 13 Dec 2016, 06:07 

Replies: 4
Views: 5288


I have Windows 10 Home. This machine originally had Windows 8, was upgraded to Windows 8.1 (as a clean install), and then upgraded to Windows 10 (as a clean install).

Here is what it says in my license file
Quote:
7. Downgrade Rights. If you acquired a device from a manufacturer or installer with a Professional version of Windows preinstalled on it, you may use either a Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional version, but only for so long as Microsoft provides support for that earlier version as set forth in (aka.ms/windowslifecycle). This agreement applies to your use of the earlier versions. If the earlier version includes different components, any terms for those components in the agreement that comes with the earlier version apply to your use of such components. Neither the manufacturer or installer, nor Microsoft, is obligated to supply earlier versions to you. You must obtain the earlier version separately, for which you may be charged a fee. At any time, you may replace an earlier version with the version you originally acquired.

 Forum: Fun and Frolic   Topic: Funny, Interesting, or Awesome Pictures

Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 06:16 

Replies: 0
Views: 2900


Just a thread to share cool pics.

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 Forum: Relaxing and Hello!   Topic: What are you listening to right now?

Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 06:04 

Replies: 2
Views: 3718


Thunderstruck by AC/DC from the album The Razors Edge

 Forum: Computer Stuff   Topic: YOUR Top 10 Computer Tips?

Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 06:00 

Replies: 1
Views: 3453


My Top 5 Computer Tips:

1. Have installation media kept handy. That way, if worst comes to worst, you can perform a re-install. Optical medias, are a dying form. Personally I still use them out of habbit. The only reason they've survived this long is because music is still widely sold on CD, and movies are still widely sold on DVDs. Flash drives are the future, but I'd suggest using an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card in a bootable usb card reader instead. This will give the you the same benefits of having a flashdrive installer, but you'll also be able to take advantage of the card's ability to disable writes by flicking the "write" tab to read only.

2. Create a backup of your OS, and of your data. Put some thought into the types of backups.

3. Install a good firewall application. Preferably, one that blocks anything you've not made an exception for. At the very least, run a firewall application.

4. Disconnect from networks when you're not using them, especially if you get internet access through them. Hackers can't hack your computer unless they're connected to it. Personally I don't do this, but I still recommend doing so.

5. Have 2 accounts. One for administrating the system, and one for using the system.

 Forum: Relaxing and Hello!   Topic: What are you listening to right now?

Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 05:21 

Replies: 2
Views: 3718


Music To Watch Boys To by Lana Del Rey from the album Honeymoon

 Forum: Relaxing and Hello!   Topic: What are you listening to right now?

Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 05:18 

Replies: 2
Views: 3718


I'm pretty sure every forum since the beginning of time has had one of these threads. Anways, what are you listening to right now?

 Forum: Food   Topic: What is your favorite gum?

Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 05:04 

Replies: 3
Views: 3683


It's hard to find gum that doesn't use aspartame unless you buy from special stores, which for me would mean buying online from random places :(. Gum tastes sweet to me (even if it uses aspartame), but when aspartame is used in other things like drinks, it tastes gross. I prefer sugar.

 Forum: Computer Stuff   Topic: Keeping Windows XP

 Post subject: Re: Keeping Windows XP
Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 04:53 

Replies: 16
Views: 22270


Yes it's a laptop. An old Dell one. The next graphics processor model up, has compatible drivers, but my model was the cut-off. Doesn't matter though, it's just a spare machine. I bought it used, maxed out the ram at 2GiB (it came with 256MiB), and got it a large battery. I figured the battery would come in handy during power outtages, as I usually watch movies when the power is out.

 Forum: Computer Stuff   Topic: Keeping Windows XP

 Post subject: Re: Keeping Windows XP
Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 01:53 

Replies: 16
Views: 22270


I still have a Windows XP machine. The graphics chip driver isn't compatible with newer versions of Windows, so upgrading isn't an option unless I want to use the basic Windows graphics driver. Windows XP still works fine for this machine, does everything I need it to, and I'm not worried about infections. It's never been infected, and if it was I could wipe the drive, and restore from my backup image. There is no valuable data on that computer, so there is nothing for malware to take hostage, and I never use it to login into accounts so there is nothing a keylogger will intercept other than what weird things I Google. The only thing it could do is infect my other computers, which is why if I transfer files from that machine I scan them first, and then scan them again on the machine they are transfered to. Not that scanning them is any guarantee, but better than nothing.

On the subject of SSDs I would point out that SSD is a broad term for any solid state storage device, not just Nand-flash harddrive replacements. For example, back in the XP era Gigabyte sold a ram-based SSD (Gigabyte i-Ram), of course it was much smaller capacity wise than typical SSDs now adays, and not as fast, but still a pretty cool idea. Other companies have attempted the same thing, but it never catches on, because: they are always too expensive, they typically use outdated ram, and because the storage is volatile you need a battery and a backup storage card. Software generated ram SSDs, however have caught on to a certain degree, but mostly in the GNU/Linux world (eg: Puppy Linux, Porteus, etc).

 Forum: Other Stuff   Topic: Donating $1 to charity for every two who join my forum!

Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 01:18 

Replies: 3
Views: 4413


Quote:
My forum only has 6 members, and none of them has posted once
I think part of that might be to do with how you've worded things on your main page. It makes it sound like users whom register must donate $20, not that YOU will donate $0.50 per registration (up to a max of $20 total). At least, that's how I took it, until I read the fine print.

 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Installing Windows 10, Tips

Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 01:09 

Replies: 2
Views: 4032


I spent the entire weekend trying to update from Windows 8 to Windows 10, but haven't managed it yet. Like many, I suffer from the issue with the Windows 10 installer working the system so hard it overheats and powers off to avoid damage. I was able to manually apply the install.wim to my hard-drive, but doing this means Windows 10 will prompt you for a license key, which doesn't help me since I'm trying to upgrade. I plan to retry next weekend, but I'll make sure the computer hasn't been used in a while so it's nice and cool when I start the install process. I'll also prop it up to maximize the fan's effectiveness, and maybe open a window to let some cool Autumn air in.

I was able to get my machine upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. The actual updater failed, multiple times, but I was able to manually apply the install.esd file onto my hard drive. It took a few tries though, because my system was pretty warm at this point, so it kept shutting off to prevent damage. I let it cool for a while, and then success. When I booted up it prompted for a license key, and I just entered the one I'd extracted from my Windows 8 install.

Looking forward to having Windows 10 all setup on my computer. Not looking forward to all the work that goes with setting up a new operating system. :P

 Forum: Food   Topic: What is your favorite gum?

 Post subject: What is your favorite gum?
Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 00:54 

Replies: 3
Views: 3683


In my eyes, Trident Layers is the best gum because:
1. It's flavor lasts as long or longer than other gums. Not that that's very long.
2. It stays soft, even after hours of chewing. One of the few gums that does this! And unlike others it doesn't dissolve.
3. It has good flavors.
4. Lots of pieces per-pack.

However it's too expensive, so I never buy it. I buy Juicy Fruit original, instead. Juicy Fruit original tastes fine (not great), has lots of pieces per-pack, and it goes on sale a lot. It does get stiff when chewed for a long time, but most gums do. Juicy Fruit Deserts (in particular Strawberry Shortcake) are the best tasting gums, but like Trident Layers, too expensive. It also has a habbit of dissolving, which I hate.

 Forum: Hello!   Topic: Hi everyone.

 Post subject: Re: Hi everyone.
Posted: 28 Sep 2015, 23:59 

Replies: 5
Views: 4904


I had trouble with them all. The best way I can put it is, once I got the hang of it, I knew what the answer was, but didn't know the exact word to put, or if it should be capitalized, pluralized, etc, so it took several guesses. The one about fruit was particularily hard, because I didn't know if it wanted a numeral or number.

 Forum: Hello!   Topic: Hi everyone.

 Post subject: Hi everyone.
Posted: 28 Sep 2015, 23:24 

Replies: 5
Views: 4904


It took me a while to get past the security questions, but I made it. I actually reached the max number of tries, and had to leave then come back, lolz.

 Forum: Problems   Topic: HOW TO REGISTER

 Post subject: Re: HOW TO REGISTER
Posted: 28 Sep 2015, 23:20 

Replies: 3
Views: 43993


Just a note. If you use a fake email address, as I did, it must be for a real domain. The registration page checks the domain for an MX record. For example I tried to use name@fakeemail.brainout.net, and name@email.fakedomain, but because they don't exist the security measure on the registration page refused to let me use them. I ended up using name@brainout.net (name being replaced with my username) which isn't ideal for me, or the owner of brainout.net. I would suggest disabling this security measure, if it can be?
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