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  # 1355026 30-Jul-2015 08:29
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The improved command prompt and virtual desktops will be pretty nice IMO, but yep aside from that not too much reason to upgrade

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  # 1355028 30-Jul-2015 08:34
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I'm happy to upgrade, if everything works just fine. So will make a full system image, upgrade, then see what happens. Clean install is best, but my silly laptop maker doesn't have standalone installer for some of their bundled things that i want!




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  # 1355037 30-Jul-2015 08:54
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mattwnz: ...
The big thing that is missing in windows 10 vs windows 7 ,  is no media centre which i use for recording freeview.

I have a Linux-based PVR which I use for TV recordings so will not miss Media Centre at all.

What about Windows Media Player though?

I'm using version 12 which does everything I need, even though it is showing its age a bit.  Still would be reluctant to lose it, so what options are there for Windows 10?





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  # 1355107 30-Jul-2015 10:13
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mattwnz: ...
The big thing that is missing in windows 10 vs windows 7 ,  is no media centre which i use for recording freeview.

I have a Linux-based PVR which I use for TV recordings so will not miss Media Centre at all.

What about Windows Media Player though?

I'm using version 12 which does everything I need, even though it is showing its age a bit.  Still would be reluctant to lose it, so what options are there for Windows 10?


WMP is in Windows 10

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  # 1355145 30-Jul-2015 11:04
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pretty positive reviews coming in

CNN: Windows 10 is seriously great
http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/28/technology/windows-10-review/index.html

Wired: http://www.wired.com/2015/07/windows-10-review/
Windows 10 represents the obvious future of PC operating systems. It makes Mac OS X feel old-fashioned, stuck in a time where The Desktop was a thing that mattered and the only way to access the Internet was through a browser.

Neowin: http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-10-review-microsoft-goes-back-to-the-future
So the question finally presents itself: should you upgrade your machine to Windows 10? Yes, you should.

The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/28/9045331/microsoft-windows-10-review
The best part of Windows 10 is that it ends the cycle of good and bad in favor of something great.

Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2015/07/28/windows-10-review/
It's nice, for once, to be able to recommend a new version of Windows without any hesitation.

Techcrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/28/the-windows-10-era-is-now/
If you are on a PC at all, Windows 10 is where you want to go. That it is free — for now — only makes the point simpler

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  # 1355155 30-Jul-2015 11:19
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Can you buy Windows 10 yet?

As in for clean installs that are not upgrades, or for upgrading OS's that are too old to get a free upgrade (not that I'd really want to be doing that for something that old...)

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  # 1355159 30-Jul-2015 11:30
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Jaxson: Can you buy Windows 10 yet?

As in for clean installs that are not upgrades, or for upgrading OS's that are too old to get a free upgrade (not that I'd really want to be doing that for something that old...)


in a few weeks yes

You can do a "clean" install instead of an upgrade like this

You can use the downloadable ISO at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 which has an embedded product key.

Using that ISO, run SETUP.EXE *from within Windows 8.1 so that it can detect that you have a licensed, activated OS*.

Then when it asks what you want to migrate, choose “nothing” or “data only”.

That will result in a “clean” Windows 10 OS that can successfully activate.  

 
 
 
 


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  # 1355179 30-Jul-2015 11:46
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Jaxson: Can you buy Windows 10 yet?

As in for clean installs that are not upgrades, or for upgrading OS's that are too old to get a free upgrade (not that I'd really want to be doing that for something that old...)


in a few weeks yes

You can do a "clean" install instead of an upgrade like this

You can use the downloadable ISO at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 which has an embedded product key.

Using that ISO, run SETUP.EXE *from within Windows 8.1 so that it can detect that you have a licensed, activated OS*.

Then when it asks what you want to migrate, choose “nothing” or “data only”.

That will result in a “clean” Windows 10 OS that can successfully activate.  


Thanks for this - my weekend is now planned laughing.

I dont really have any reservations about upgrading, only thing I fear is the initial teething issues. But other than that, I am not afraid of changing to the new system. I got used to Windows 8 just fine.. The only OS I skipped entirely was Vista (lets not get started on that). 

But I have generally been hearing good things about windows 10 in terms of performance etc. I did get annoyed by some small things about Windows 8 (Metro apps -> especially settings and the Mail app). But at least the Mail app is not a full screen Metro app. Just hoping it has resolved this one small issue (which is still a bug (FEATURE) in windows 8 mail app - I cannot seem to remove an email account from Mail. That account has an expired password and I dont have any option to remove it until I get a new password. I cannot get a new password since I have left that NGO).

Excited for the new upgrade. Will do it this weekend and see how it goes. Most likely going ahead with a clean install. If anyone has any gotchas, would be great to point them out.



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  # 1356499 1-Aug-2015 10:03
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Interesting that no one here has yet mentioned the data harvesting, the inline advertising and Microsoft's new terms and conditions....

Some interesting analysis to be found here.

https://edri.org/microsofts-new-small-print-how-your-personal-data-abused/


and its starting to get noticed

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/31/windows-10-microsoft-faces-criticism-over-privacy-default-settings

Thanks, but no thanks - I now definately do NOT want Win10

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I didn't like 8.1, but then I got used to it. 

Windows 10 is better though for both touch and desktop. It's clean and simple.  The gestures, action center, search function improvement, and speed are selling points for the desktop/laptop. 

But there may be teething problems, and driver compatibility issues. I imagine they will still exist, even with all the extensive testing. That said, windows 10 auto-updates, and for the next while I think microsoft will be pretty hard out fixing any thing like that.

I installed it on my tablet, and everything works flawlessly - except one gripe, the 'right click' come out with lots of spacing between the options, too big a list, and can't be easily used on touch. I'd like to see that fixed, whatever that is, so that the spacing is normal again. Of course, in tablet moder that hardly matters, but it's nice to use both, and not have to plug in a mouse to clean up your desktop.

 




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