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What is the coolest feature on Windows 10 so far?

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Windows 10 upgrade is good
by PJP1952 / July 31, 2015 5:59 PM PDT

A great product. Download and installation had some problems for me but it did work through eventually. I am happy with Windows 10 and recommend it to all and sundry. There are many things I like about it.....


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I already see things I don't like
by Bobster86 / July 31, 2015 7:08 PM PDT

"Eventually working" is not a plus. I transitioned from XP to 7 in 10 minutes. I don't want a needlessly complicated OS or a screen full of useless charms.

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Well, sounds like you are just out of it!
by whatch / August 1, 2015 3:43 AM PDT

Don't know if you are just lazy or just can't adapt to new tech. As far as complicated OS, 8 was much more complicated. 10 has taken it's newness and added back some of the ease of 7 and XP. It's just got a tile based set up to be tablet friendly. I'm liking what I'm seeing.

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by Disie067 / August 1, 2015 6:23 AM PDT

It's so much easier than XP and Win 7. Everything is in Sync. Just as they planned. Well done MS. (Just get the custumization right and I'll be completely happy)

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useless Icons
by fornewyork / August 1, 2015 10:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Agreed

Dont like much of the useless Icons, its sad windows could not make Prior windows versions more functional , Im sure this windows 10 will have its own holes in security just like the ones in the past OS, I dont like patches when Im buying something new it should work better than the previous version; but alas, you pay for what you dont get now seems to be the rule today with all the new things on the market the buyer must be even more aware.

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So far I can remove those.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2015 10:47 PM PDT
In reply to: useless Icons

And prior versions had same complaint.

As to the holes, no OS is perfect. There are folk that don't understand that.

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True Versatility
by gundlachda / August 1, 2015 12:32 PM PDT

I think it's great it has a tile-based GUI to be tablet friendly...if you have a tablet. But why force that GUI on all other platforms. I would like to see a customizable GUI for different platforms (i.e., one that changes depending on if I am running a tablet, desktop, or other platform?

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Well I don't
by orlbuckeye / August 1, 2015 2:18 PM PDT
In reply to: True Versatility

have a tablet GUI in my Windows 10.

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windows 10 too much advertising, if I wanted to be bombarded
by fornewyork / August 1, 2015 10:21 PM PDT

Windows 10 is somewhat of a disappointment, the calendar feature has you sign up for it through google or other browser which make your information not secure, the other download features is a way Microsoft can advertise movies which are different prices all this clutter really wasnt needed. It took too long to download too, all of the drivers need to be changed or your audio and other peripheral gadgets wont work. although I must say windows did a good job with the free download; Im using it, but I am not sure if I really want to keep it. I was really accustomed to windows seven. I wish Microsoft was more astute in giving consumers what they really want , and its not upgrades its a os that can add new features, Im tired of getting new OS's I have to get used to and the changes made to desktops

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Why not use your choice of calendar app?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2015 10:39 PM PDT

As to drivers taking too long, I guess you didn't experience the last 2 decades of updates. Frankly this one is going smoothly than before.

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you can turn that off
by walldoo99 / August 25, 2015 4:17 PM PDT

I forget where it is in the setting, but you can disable the personalized suggestions. LOL they don't call them ads, they are "suggestions". I am posting this from a cucumber,. you might call it a desktop computer and I know most people will insist it is in fact a desktop computer, but I call it a cucumber. Now I will go delete all of my "suggestion" emails. some people call them spam.

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Agreed and even Impressed with Windows 10
by mtbarker2003 / August 8, 2015 4:09 AM PDT

I downloaded automatically and have been very impressed. The download and installation was very quick, only a couple of hours and I live in a small rural village. I had Windows 8 installed previously and much prefer the Windows 10 GUI. The 'charms' are easy to get rid of, and I think, so far, Windows 10 is a good compromise for an operating system that will run on different platforms.

I've had it installed for a week now and the computer hasn't crashed at all. Amazing!!! I don't know about the advertisements. I don't remember seeing anything and I like the option to sync everything across my different devices.

The only change I'd make would be the default wireless network option was sent to 'not share'. Thankfully C-Net put up a warning about this so I changed it at the time of installation.

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What charms?
by orlbuckeye / August 1, 2015 2:17 PM PDT

Windows 10 removed charms. I upgraded mine and nothing changed from Windows 8.1 and upgraded my a friends and nothing changed from Windows 7.

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run winver
by James Denison / August 1, 2015 3:25 PM PDT
In reply to: What charms?

you may still have windows 7 Wink

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Expand please
by Rasyoyo / August 2, 2015 8:22 AM PDT
In reply to: What charms?

In your post you indicated that "nothing changed" Would you be kind enough and expand on that. I have Raid 0 HDD setup. My concern is my music and movie files. Nothing is stored in a cloud (and never will be) and I have the option of course in doing a full image back up. Putting all these back may be a problem from previous readings. Thank you.

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Stop. You are not ready.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2015 8:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Expand please

If you run the risk of loss then you are not ready for any OS change. We only lose what we don't backup. Backup is not an option if you fear loss.

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Check your properties.
by walldoo99 / August 25, 2015 4:18 PM PDT
In reply to: What charms?

It appears you upgrade failed

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Windows 10 upgrade was a 50/50 split on two PCs.
by Scotth67 / July 31, 2015 7:36 PM PDT

I forced the upgrade instead of waiting for it to appear. It worked fine without creating an install disc on my older Dell Inspiron 531 with 4 GB of RAM and a wireless connection. My much-newer HP with 16 GB of RAM and a wireless connection had issues. It took hours to finally find an obscure article that mentioned a fix. I had to turn off IPV6 to get the wireless connection to work on the HP. I had to do nothing but sit and watch on the older Dell. I created an install disc for the HP, but it failed every time I tried the upgrade while the older Dell ran the upgrade straight from the download. I ended up having to do the same for the HP.

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Dell Inspiron 531
by ahardie--2008 / July 31, 2015 11:43 PM PDT

I also have a Dell Inspiron 531 but can't download W10 because the graphics card is "incompatible". Is your card not a Radeon X1300 Pro?

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Yes, I've one similar
by whatch / August 1, 2015 3:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Dell Inspiron 531

I've the same problem w an old IBM T-40. Only thing that stops it is the graphics too. To bad there isn't a version for our older PC's.

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This is issue is the
by orlbuckeye / August 1, 2015 2:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes, I've one similar

Graphics card manufacturers aren't supporting the 10 year old cards.

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I got the same
by orlbuckeye / August 1, 2015 2:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Dell Inspiron 531

message with my Nvidia 7600. It said Nvidia doesn't support this card for Windows 10.

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Solution to GeForce 6 or 7 Series
by IvanRF / September 1, 2015 8:39 AM PDT
In reply to: I got the same

Here is the solution explained in detail:

NVIDIA compatibility issue with Windows 10

I was able to upgrade to Windows 10 with my NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a. Your NVIDIA 7600 is a GeForce 7 Series, so it should work too!

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Dell Inspiron 531 windows 10
by CompWiz98 / August 28, 2015 2:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Dell Inspiron 531

I got it installed. Since you can't use the upgrade feature, grab an ISO and upgrade off of it. Then grab the windows vista/7 graphics driver from dell support and run it in compatibility mode.
Enjoy your dell Inspiron 531 with Windows 10

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by ahardie--2008 / August 29, 2015 1:34 AM PDT

I already have the "last" issued drivers for this card - actually for Vista. Dell support doesn't show any possible updates for the graphics card. Not sure what you would run in compatibility mode. I thought this mode was for incompatible programs not hardware.
Incidentally Dell Support offers an upgrade to the BIOS but I don't like disturbing a working BIOS and doubt if it has any relevance to this problem.

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Similar experience with two upgrades !!
by Ukrainian49 / August 1, 2015 2:05 AM PDT

I have an HP desktop system has 12 GB of RAM was running Win 7, as my media server. It was running fine but had occasional problems with my wireless network. My HP ENVY 17t-j100 Leap Motion QE CTO Notebook PC has 16 GB of RAM and I was having all sorts of problems with Win 8.1, as the Windows Explorer would crash about every our or so !! It got to the point I was keeping the Task Manager open so I could restart the Win Explorer more quickly.

I used the pre-screened prompt to complete the downloads on each system. The laptop took about 50% longer to complete the install. I attribute it to the ****** code in Win 8.1 ... that's my story and I'm sticking to it !!

My media computer had ZERO problems with it. I notice it is now very responsive and I am getting improved function from the video card, also.

The Laptop was a bit more problematic. I experienced problems with playing MP-3 and wave files. They would not cue properly and the sound was garbled and intermittent. I checked the drivers and although the Device Manager said the were installed and working, there was obviously a problem. I navigated to the HP support site and downloaded all of THEIR new Win 10 drivers and the problem was immediately resolved.

I like Win 10 ... especially for the price (FREE) !! Favorite features, so far:

* The Start Button ... Left click and it's a hybrid of Win 7&8.1 ... Right click and it's Win 7 reincarnation.
* Networking was seamless and everything showed up, first time/every time !!
* Edge Browser is nice, but will take some getting used to. I use Roboform Pro for my passcodes and I need to get it to function with the new browser interface.

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by whatch / August 1, 2015 3:46 AM PDT

I'm liking the slightly new Windows. It's taking the tablet friendly 8 and added back some of the simplicity of older versions of windows. Looking fwd to using it. Too bad there isn't a version that is compatible w/older PC/laptops that don't have the fancy graphics. My old T-40 has everything need for the new OS except for the graphics compatibility.

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I blame IBM
by walldoo99 / August 25, 2015 4:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes

they made those t-40's to last for ever

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Wow, That Was Fast
by gundlachda / August 1, 2015 12:27 PM PDT

Seriously, your recommending Windows 10 after using it for about 3 days. It's hard to take that seriously, but good on ya for getting this post in quickly. Next....

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check your profile, it's not working att.
by James Denison / August 1, 2015 1:19 PM PDT


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