Programming & Game Development

The Windows 10 update notifier and you
Onisuzume
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Okay, so as many of us will have noticed, windows 10 is lurking around the corner, and many windows 7/8 PCs will have had a windows 10 update notified installed along with the usual microsoft updates.

What does this mean? For starters, it is an executable program (.exe file) that boots on startup. It will give you a little notifier icon bottom-right near your timebox, and put a spam advert on your windows update screen.

Also, because it is an exe file that boots on startup on tons of computers, makes it a tempting file to put all sorts of malware into. Which is a bad thing, of course. On the bright side, I've yet to hear of something to do exactly such a thing, on the other side, we might not hear about it until it is too late.

So what do we do about it?
Well, if you're all hyped-up about windows 10, you'll probably be safe since you'll likely be downgrading to it at launch (set for 29 july). If you are like me and want to keep using your windows 7/8 platform for as long as possible, it might cause problems later on (other than just being plain annoying).

Solution: Uninstall the the microsoft update that added it, which is KB3035583.
"That great Oni, but I have no idea how to do that."
Well, fortunately for you, people have already made excellent walkthrough guides to walk you through the process.
One of which can be found here: ∞ LINK ∞
Fenix Shakura
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How unusually generous of you, saving people from the plague that every second Microsoft Operating System seems to carry along with itself. Very good.

As for now, mentioned update is only an optional one, so whoever resorts to only the very necessary updates won't be bothered by it. It is advisable to change the Update settings to only download and install the important updates automatically, to avoid getting the bugger again on your system. Or use another way to blacklist it.

€dit: Though, since Win7 is already in support freeze, might as well turn all updates off. I'm pretty sure the next mandatory update is going to be the downgrade to Win10.
If you want to make sure, just disable automatic installation.
Ribbit
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It is unfortunately too late for me and I made the mistake of not reading what the optional updates are about so I have this thing staring at me for days now. And it gets on my nerves indeed. I will as soon as I find time, do the steps the great and mercifull Onisuzume pointed out. I humbly bow my head in gratitude.
ScintillaPurpose
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I got the Windows 10 icon on my Windows 7 computer. Does anyone really know how bad Windows 10 is going to be? Is it worth preventing the upgrade?
Wolf
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I'm sure it'll be no more dangerous or unstable than existing windows platforms. With such a push for the upgrade they're sure to be fairly quick to fix bugs and security issues.
Duogduogduog
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Compare it to Xbox One's day one release patch, if anyone remembers there was a patch on the day it came out. Of course there will be people who are overly cautious of the new Windows platform, who wouldn't be.
breadandbutter
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reviews I looked up on Google say that Windows 10 is like 8 but with an actual start button at the corner. It'll probably be an upgrade from 8 to 10, but if you like Windows 7, maybe it'd be worth to do some more research?
ApsisOrca
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Has anyone actually tried Windows 10 before bashing it? And does anyone bashing it actually have any good reasons for why it sucks?

You don't have to install it over your current OS, there are guides on installing it on Virtual Machines. Here's one: ∞ LINK ∞

I've been playing around with Windows 10 for a while. Of the noteworthy things, some goes in a list of "can't tell if it's good or bad", some goes in "mostly good" and I can't find anything that's "mostly bad".

Can't tell if it's good or bad:
- The flat UI style from Windows 8.
- The Windows Store. You get Windows mobile apps if you want them. They also can resize and snap like normal windows. But a lot of people tend to not want them.
- The new Windows/Cortana search. It always includes internet search. Your queries always get sent to Bing and you can't turn Internet search off.
- The new Microsoft Edge browser. It uses Chrome's rendering engine, better than Internet Explorer's old one. But this means that it inherits all the bad from Chrome as well, such as the bad performance in some areas. (Compare opening a single New Tab from Internet Explorer vs Google Chrome)
- The new Windows Explorer. Some useful features. Some annoying features.
- The new Start Button and Start Menu. They put the Live Tiles stuff from Windows 8 inside the Start Menu.
- The "Show Desktop" button on the bottom right is now super thin.
- The chrome on windows is now super thin.

Mostly Good:
- It's free to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 .
- Command Prompt improvements like copy/paste shortcuts being possible.
- More than one active window to scroll, so you can scroll one Window, mouse over another and scroll it without clicking it to make it active.
- The Task Manager (from Windows 8) includes CPU, Memory, Disk, and Internet usage all in one tab. Has a Startup tab to remove enable/disable startup programs.
- More Windows snapping options, e.g. snapping 4 windows, 1 in each corner.
- Task View. It's good since even if you don't use it you can right click to turn the button on or off.

Mostly Bad:
- ???

There's a lot of other stuff I'm missing, but you should try it out and decide for yourselves by installing it on a VM.
Onisuzume
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- Command Prompt improvements like copy/paste shortcuts being possible.

Barely useful if you ask me, I'd much rather have an autocomplete fuction like in linux.
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- More than one active window to scroll, so you can scroll one Window, mouse over another and scroll it without clicking it to make it active.

Belongs in the can't tell part if you ask me.
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- The Task Manager (from Windows 8) includes CPU, Memory, Disk, and Internet usage all in one tab. Has a Startup tab to remove enable/disable startup programs.

Not sure how useful the disc/internet usage is on the cpu/memory tab. Startup tab is somewhat useful I suppose.
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- More Windows snapping options, e.g. snapping 4 windows, 1 in each corner.

Anyone seriously using that window snapping bullsmeg?

Also, the win8 UI and windows store are mostly bad if you ask me.
The internet/bing search is also mostly bad, imo, because if anyone wants to search something on the internet they can open a frikking decent browser instead. Additionally, those live tiles can be shoved up its inventor's rectum.
ApsisOrca
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Sure the Command prompt is still lacking, but it's a little less lacking now.

Window snapping was an improvement because it adds more choice to the Windows 7 2-way snapping without taking anything away. Sometimes it's useful to have a 1/2 window + two 1/4 windows.

The UI is subjective, but objectively it has less overhead than the default Aero from Windows 7.

The Windows Store is entirely optional, so it'd only be bad if it completely replaced installing programs, which it doesn't do.

Yeah, I dislike the search, there doesn't seem to be a way to make it default to only local files. You can switch to "My stuff" AFTER you start typing a search.

Live tiles are hard to remove, they have a bunch added in the menu by default and you have to right-click to unpin each of them. Some people might like them though.
Kenji
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The new Windows/Cortana search. It always includes internet search. Your queries always get sent to Bing and you can't turn Internet search off


You can turn internet search off. While I don't have Windows 10 at the moment, I've seen a variety of tutorials to do it.
ApsisOrca
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I never realized this was possible.
Here's one of those tutorials which I'll be trying out now: ∞ LINK ∞