Showing posts with label windows 10. Show all posts
Showing posts with label windows 10. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Windows 10 free upgrade

Windows 7 support ended on January 1st, and many people think that they have missed the boat for the free Windows 10 upgrade, and that they now need to pay for it.  This is not true.  The upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is still free!

You can still get the Windows 10 update absolutely free from Microsoft.

Go to the Download Windows 10 MS site, and under the heading

Create Windows 10 installation media
1. Click Download tool now and choose Run.
2. Then choose, Upgrade this PC now.

Follow the prompts and sit back whilst Windows 10 is installed.  This can take several hours.  As long as you elected to keep existing programs and data, all your settings and programs will be preserved.

This update route uses your existing digital Windows 7 licence and applies it to Windows 10, without any intervention from the user.

Happy upgrade!

(Oops! this is republished as I goofed with the link, now corrected, thanks Sam Rougefeu for pointing it out!)

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Windows 10 Spring update

After a lengthy download and ninety minutes later, I am now the proud owner of Windows 10 update version 1803.

I don't believe it offers me anything new that I will want to dive into, but I am grateful to have my operating system back relatively in one piece.

After umpteen restarts, Windows is finally ready.  I am treated like a new user who has freshly installed it for the first time and it asks me about permissions to track my location, my files, my videos and my microphone etc.  The usual nosy stuff that that many of us like to avoid.

I clicked "no" to all the privacy permissions, but thought it would be prudent to review my previous privacy settings again and make sure they had been honoured.

Alas, many of the privacy options I had previously disabled have been miraculously re-enabled.

So my tip to you is, once installation has completed, go through all the options on the left hand side of the Privacy menu and turn off the things you do not want.   Do not assume your privacy settings have been carried forward.

As for the operating system itself.  Pretty much the same as it was.  Just more junk under the hood.

One more thing..  For good measure, if you have System Restore enabled, it turns it off!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Sudden Frame Rate Drops (KB3176938)

Updated 14th September (notes at bottom)

Finding your frame rate inexplicably goes from whatever is normal to about 2 frames a second?

Well you can relax to an extent, there is nothing wrong with your settings and you are not being griefed.

But you are a Windows 10 Anniversary user, and you have the KB3176938 update and it installed around 1st September. This is the cause of your problems.

This is not simply a Second Life related problem, this issue is common to all OpenGL rendered applications, including D&D Online, Runescape, and Xplane, with emerging reports from the Minecraft community.

The problem occurs when any other application steals focus from your viewer such as a web browser or going to your desktop or minimizing the SL viewer.  The SL viewer then fails to regain foreground priority until your relog.   Sometimes it can take an hour for this problem to show itself, sometimes just a few minutes.

Linden Lab are aware of the issue, and their developers are actively pursuing a resolution for the problem.  However, at the time of writing this, the only workaround they can suggest is to consider uninstalling the hotfix patch from Microsoft.

If you cannot wait for a resolution to this, which now seems likely to be a further fix from Microsoft, and you are feeling brave, here is a guide to removing updates:

There is also a thread to follow on the Microsoft site, specific to this issue.  Although it says it affects Firestorm, the Lab confirms it is all viewers with this update:  severe performance issues on Firestorm viewer

You can also follow the issue on the Firestorm Jira:

There is now a LL JIRA for this issue.

extra note:
Please be aware that whilst the workaround of uninstalling KB3176938 does solve the framerate issue, if like me, you have always had Cortana disabled, the removal will of KB3176938 will  trigger it to become activated.

One of the 'features' of the Anniversary update was to remove the "off" switch for Cortana and once activated, it cannot be turned off again without hacking the registry.

14th September

If you removed KB3176938 alas the frame rate problem returns on the update KB3176938 released last night.  The patch is cumulative, meaning that it gives you all the updates to date.  If you are therefore missing KB3176938 because you removed it, it will be included in the patch from last night.

You can follow this direct link to the MS trouble-shooter which allows you to Show or Hide updates from your PC:

You can run the troubleshooter and uninstall the patches as described here:

As previously explained, unrolling the updates will enable Cortana if you previously had it disabled, because a 'feature' of the Anniversary Update was to remove your ability to turn it off.

However by following this Registry Edit which I can confirm works as I have done it myself, will turn Cortana off in Windows 10 Anniversary.   Every caution should be taken when editing the registry.  Check and double check you have made any alterations correctly and back up your registry before meddling with it!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Windows 10 Fall Update

Today is the day of the first major
upgrade for Windows 10, called "The Fall Update"

With 110 million machines already running Windows 10, the update will trickle through over the next couple of days.

Most noticeable differences being coloured title bars instead of the plain white ones, built in Skype and improvements to the Edge Browser.

Some welcome cosmetic changes include the ability to disable the Windows logo and User profiles displayed at start-up. Also, for those who use Cortana, it will now work without a Microsoft account.

See more here at The Verge

Hopefully everything will go smoothly, else it will be forever dubbed the Fail Update.  Have fun!