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Windows 10

oldMohawk

master brummie
I only use two particular vendors in the UK for memory and ssd products and have used their scanners to check the many computers I've had over the years. Their scanners check the bios and I've never had a problem and I'm a suspicious type. It is however a personal choice and ram types can be checked by other means.

Pretty well anything we use on the internet gains some information about us ... if anyone uses Chrome have a look at 'My Activity' which goes back years. Some other browsers do the same. I've just recently limited their copy of 'My Activity' to 18 months.
 

Richarddye

master brummie
I only use two particular vendors in the UK for memory and ssd products and have used their scanners to check the many computers I've had over the years. Their scanners check the bios and I've never had a problem and I'm a suspicious type. It is however a personal choice and ram types can be checked by other means.

Pretty well anything we use on the internet gains some information about us ... if anyone uses Chrome have a look at 'My Activity' which goes back years. Some other browsers do the same. I've just recently limited their copy of 'My Activity' to 18 months.
oldMohawk, I am using Chrome & Edge. Edge in the past two months. I will take a look at "My Activity"

Thank you!
 

guilbert53

master brummie
I do not claim to be very knowledgeable about computers, and would not attempt anything like that, but would query the bit about " run their memory scanners ". Are we not told not to allow outside agencies access to the compuer workings, as they could add nasties to it?
While that is true for "untrusted" web sites, for a web site like say Crucial who are a major well known maker of memory, then they can be trusted.

Here is their web site where you can see the option to install software to scan your PC to check what memory you have and how much you can add.

 

oldMohawk

master brummie
WOW! Its all there, every step :cool:
Although not strictly about Win 10, I sometimes find 'My Activity' useful and if you know the approx date on which you searched for something, but can't remember details of the search, Google will remember it for you. I have a limit back to Jan 1 2019 and the pic below shows Google remembers what I was searching for at 4:21 pm Jan 15 2019.
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My current Win 10 puzzle is ... having just trebled my PC ram memory, why is Win 10 still compressing memory ?
 

Radiorails

master brummie
This is not specifically W10 but applicable to any operating system, but my gripe s the outdated information often found on web pages. I have noticed this on news and technical help web sites. I have used Opera Browser for some years but changes to my Linux o/s (upgrades to a new programme) has meant that video's, web cams live streaming cannot be viewed. I sorted this out before but now with the latest Linus Mint 20 the issue has arisen again. My solution has been to remove Opera and replace it with Vivaldi. Firefox comes with the Linux distribution, but I am not a fan of it.
In my search for a solution I noticed that solutions offered were 2018 and some even 2010!! Ye gods, my computers are not as old as that!
Apparently it is a legal matter, Opera cannot include the codec in their offering but it can be obtained as an add on or similar.
I tried Vivaldi a year ago but was not impressed. However, I received an e-mail from Vivaldi saying I had not used the account for over a year and my account would soon be closed. At the time I was not concerned. But with the Opera issue arising I decided to have a new look at Vivaldi. It is improved so I have installed it and use it.
My other often used Browser was Brave, but with the Linux upgrade, sadly, I found it incompatible and caused a loss of sound. It did give me the impetus to adjust settings to a more useful degree. I may re-install Brave once it has been updated (it my have been now of course).
For Windows users I mention both Brave and Vivaldi can be used instead of the Edge Browser. Brave is very security minded.
 
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oldMohawk

master brummie
I'm happy running Windows 10 in an Acer PC and a Dell Laptop using browsers Chrome and Edge. Windows Defender, Malwarebytes and a suspicious nature for security. I have an iPad and iPhone running iOS13 using browsers Safari, Chrome, and Edge.

All devices run Zoom and Skype. Chrome and Edge sync the Win 10 and Apple devices ... what I see on one I can see on the others.
:)
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Alan,

I quite liked Vivaldi, but updates were coming at me almost every day, and that was a bit too much of an overhead. Never tried Brave and normally use Firefox with the Duck Duck Go plugin. No real problems in recent years. So Opera don't want to pay the licence fee to include the necessary codec - shame on them.

Phil,

I run the paid for version of Malwarebytes and I find it to be excellent and the least intrusive of the antivirus/anti-adware programs. Never had a problem with it since installing three years ago.

Maurice :cool:
 

Richarddye

master brummie
I'm happy running Windows 10 in an Acer PC and a Dell Laptop using browsers Chrome and Edge. Windows Defender, Malwarebytes and a suspicious nature for security. I have an iPad and iPhone running iOS13 using browsers Safari, Chrome, and Edge.

All devices run Zoom and Skype. Chrome and Edge sync the Win 10 and Apple devices ... what I see on one I can see on the others.
:)
I pretty much do the same thing with a Lenovo pc without Safari!
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I have re-installed Brave, so maybe the glitch has been sorted - it appears so at present. No anti/v. as Linux gurus advise against it and say it is not needed. I have my thoughts why Windows gets attacked, but won't comment here. ;)
Suffice to say I believed what I do when I used Windows. However I found the free anti/v worked fine - (AntiVir/Avira, which I used for many years and Bitdefender. I tried one or two others but stuck to those twp favourites. I believed they needed changing (rotating in other words) every few months. After W10 arrived I was happy with their built in Defender. However, I am unlikely to revert to Windows.
 

mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
Windows is 30 years old this week ... it's got a history ... a nostalgic look back …
Love it or hate it most of us have used it. I only know one person who never has.

MS DOS 6.0
In the mid 80s I was using this. No colour, cryptic command lines, we felt rather clever.
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Windows 1 (1985)
I was sure it would never ever catch on, it wasn't real computing, I stayed with DOS.


Windows 2 (1987)
I never noticed this version, I was too busy typing cryptic DOS commands, and batch files.


Windows 3 (1990)
Hmmm...it was starting to look good with overlapping windows and a fully usable mouse. I started to take notice


Windows 3.1 (1992)
This version won me over we could use a mouse, see pics, and play Solitaire in colour. I stopped using DOS.


Windows 95 (1995)
I could not afford a home PC at the time so never used it.


Windows 98 (1998)
My first home computer had this and I loved it. Flight sims, scanning photos, music, and I found Google.


Windows ME ..(2000)
This 'Millennium Edition' passed me by, did anyone use it ? I suppose if you bought a new computer you had to.


Windows 2000
Our company started a new IT dept who tried in vain to control our works computers.
Mainly for business and serious computing but we could still play with it when the boss wasn't looking.


Windows XP (2001)
In 2004 I bought a new desk computer, it had XP which took time for me to like after Win98. It could upload pics from a camera.


Windows Vista.(2007)
I never tried this because I was now very happy running XP mostly trouble free.


Windows 7 (2009)
While grocery shopping in Tesco I bought a Windows 7 disk on impulse and installed Win 7 alongside XP.
I still use Win 7 in my desktop. I also bought my first laptop which came with Win 7.


Windows 8 (2012)
Gave this a wide berth, I was happy with Win 7, but I did break ranks and bought a shiny Apple iPad.


Windows 8.1 (2013)
The screen broke on my Win 7 laptop so I bought a new one which had Win 8.1. I liked it but did not use the tiles.


Windows 10. (July 2015)
I've now got Microsoft's latest baby and it runs well for me. I upgraded my existing laptops (free) from Win 7 and 8.1. The new 'Edge' browser is a disappointment so I don't use it.


Windows 10 update April 2017
I've used Windows 10 since the July 2015 free upgrade and it is now very stable on my computers. It looks like this on my laptop, and the improved Edge browser now works ok for me. The 'Start' now has multi-item tiles.
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Version 1703 (OS Build 15063.296)

Windows 10 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.292) at Feb 2019
My Desktop ... it looks at bit like Windows 7
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Press the Windows key and the Win 10 Start Menu appears ... my current one.
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i spent hours messing about with a 286 and winini. sys ini.etc, with dos 5. a10mgh hard drive size of a brick.
640 kb mem. mem/hardrive was £1 a meg. lol.
 

guilbert53

master brummie
is there anyway to stop win 10 keep loading updates.willie nillie even though i have set the time in setup
I don't believe in Windows 10 HOME you can stop updates, just limit when they are installed.

If you upgrade to Windows 10 Pro (as opposed to Home) you have more control over Windows updates.

See if this article helps (note when it mention Group Policy I believe that is only available in Pro not Home)

 

oldMohawk

master brummie
With Win 10 Home you can pause updates for at least 35 days and even longer with a few tweaks. If you use settings to say you have a 'metered' connection this slows updates. I rarely shut down my laptop, I just close the lid which puts it into 'hibernation' and the windows updates just sit on the right in the taskbar waiting for me to agree to install them. If you shut down the laptop, updates will install on start-up.

You can also uninstall an update.

If you have the Win 10 Pro version you can prevent updates for a year or more.

I had to uninstall an update in Sept 2019 (post#1042) it was overheating my laptop.
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/windows-10.45268/post-656078
 
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mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
With Win 10 Home you can pause updates for at least 35 days and even longer with a few tweaks. If you use settings to say you have a 'metered' connection this slows updates. I rarely shut down my laptop, I just close the lid which puts it into 'hibernation' and the windows updates just sit on the right in the taskbar waiting for me to agree to install them. If you shut down the laptop, updates will install on start-up.

You can also uninstall an update.

If you have the Win 10 Pro version you can prevent updates for a year or more.

I had to uninstall an update in Sept 2019 (post#1042) it was overheating my laptop.
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/windows-10.45268/post-656078
thanks for help
 

nickcc101

master brummie
Rarely use my laptop so when I turn it on it always updates. The latest update that downloaded today has changed the look of the startup screen but I don’t have a clue what else has changed (win 10 pro). I only use the Laptop for updates of sat navs etc that the ipad is unable to do where a USB connection is required.
 

devonjim

master brummie
Anyone else noticed that Windows10 acting differently since recent update? Doesn't open directly from "Start screen" needs that you subsequently click "Edge logo"
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
My laptop and PC start normally with the taskbar and background screen. I only see the Start screen if I call for it. I have noticed that the tiles on my laptop 'Start' have gone transparent but that might be due to me messing about !

My Win 10 is on build 19041.508.
 
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