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  1. Did you ever use a registry cleaner? What anti-virus and anti-malware do you use? Did you ever get a virus with that particular install that you have now of Windows? Did you use, or are using any system tweak tools?
  2. Yup. As @Constantin mentioned. Microsoft said that they have identified some system configurations to have issues with Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft suggest to not manually install the Creators Update if you want to be sure to have no issues, and to wait for your wave. Also, ensure that ALL your drivers are fully updated before starting the process helps a lot. Driver bugs that can block Windows upgrade is a strong possibility, that has happened before.
  3. I don't trust Linus testing. For instance, I know he like to use FRAPS on everything. Sadly, FRAPS does fps averages, not direct fps calculations. I want to see testing from others. No one noticed performance drops anywhere when the features was tested here by people. Either it is within margin of error (so no change), or a slight increase. And again, Microsoft never said that it boost gaming performance. They said that it allocates more resources to the game. Meaning the OS can do 2 things: 1- Give higher CPU priority for the game, and lower the rest. 2- Give more processing time for the game over the rest of the processes. Meaning, if you do background things, at the same time as gaming, your game performance hit will be diminished. That is all. Linus test was about closing every single program, which he claims most do, while in the reality that is not the case, and seeing if there are any benefits. His test should have involved doing a video rendering, and playing a game at the same time. That would have been a correct response to the test. Another problem also, is that FRAPS is a separate process. Meaning, it gets lower priority when calculating the fps, adding, possible latency, falsifying the results. How about comparing games with a built-in fps counter?
  4. Sure! (1)- Windows 10 has a builtin anti-virus and anti-malware protection. It is pretty good one. Its focus is on giving you decent protection without affecting your system performance. But the paying and third party ones will usually be better in terms of protections. And then it comes down to what you prefer. Some solution will really hurt your system performance, even make Windows takes a long time to startup, but it scans everything, aggressively, and uses multiple algorithms, other uses different algorithms that are less taxing on the system, but gives you less protection, especially when it comes to new viruses or malware. On this forum, Avast is a popular choice I see thrown around. Personally I just what is built-in the OS. I seek max performance. Around twice a year or so, I temporarily install MalwareBytes to do an anti-malware scan, but that is just to be sure. The reality of things, is that while it COULD happen that a ad platform on a site or a website is compromised and exploits a security flaw in your web browser to inject a type of virus or malware, these incidents are rare. And keeping all your software fully updated, is a great way to give you protection against such rare attack. If you stick on trusted web sites, don't download illegal content, your chances of getting anything is very low. Some common sense gets you pretty far, and really the best protection. Keep in mind, that an anti-virus is about prevention. It is all about to scan file you download BEFORE you execute them (although, some exploits via security hole in a software can make the software execute it for you.. but those are rare especially if you keep things fully updated and use safe and secure, well maintained software). While an anti-virus will remove a executed virus, keep in mind that any modified system files, won't be repaired. What can help you from an attack, if it ever happens? Windows System Restore feature. Windows allows you to take your system 'back in time' without affecting your personal files. System restore points are made every time you install a software (you'll notice that when you install a software the progress bar gets stuck at 0% for a moment... this is when a restore point is created), or do a Windows Update. If that fails, well you can re-install Windows. A recommendation I always say: Tell Windows to show file extensions. Under Windows, the OS works by file association. *.exe's are executable. *.jpg is a JPEG image, etc. Under Linux based OS, executable works by file permissions. So you can make a .txt file as executable, which can screw you. Here it is simple, the extension determine what it will run. Many e-mail attacks, are file attachment where they have names like: Image.jpg.exe, and makes the program icon like it is an image. For the computer illiterate, who didn't set to always show file extension they'll see: "Image.jpg", and run it, and get infected. If you have had file extension to show set, then you would know that it would bean executable form the .exe at the end. Windows has a list of executable: *.exe, *.msi (not a real executable by itself, but launched Microsoft Installer. Many setup programs uses Microsoft Installer, and so are: *.msi files) *.bat (Batch file. List of a command prompt files. See it as a Shell script for Windows) *.ps (PowerShell Script file. PowerShell is a more powerful command prompt), *.inf (Script file for Windows to install drivers. You need to right-click on them, and pick "Install" to run the script. Double clicking on them will open in Notepad text editor software by default) *.COM (Legacy from before Windows 95 days) *.SCR (Screen Saver executable file) *.VB, *.VBS, *.VBE (Visual Basic script executable. This was made for IT where they need more power to do things then making command line/powershell scripts, without the need to install dev software or know complex languages as C#, or C/C++, and such. But these days PowerShell is pretty powerful, and VB is something you don't see often). 99.99% of the time, you'll see *.exe (for program setups and executable if you look through your system files), and *.msi (for program setups). The rest is rare. Also, you need know about User Account Control dialog (UAC): This is your last line of defense. In Windows, since Vista, no one is truly the administrator (root). Any programs that wants to modify any system files or system level registry, or do anything that affects more than your account, you will be prompted with the above alert box. Clicking on OK, make Windows grant the program access to your system. So if you open, say an image file, and the above pop-ups. You know something is strange. Why would an image need to do system files changes? It doesn't, click-on Cancel, and delete the file. The file probably has a virus. (2)- Nothing for most cases. So Windows is an OS that needs to run on billion of hardware (not to mention all possible configurations). Drivers is a piece of software that tells the OS how the hardware works. Things to know about hardware and drivers: Most hardware have a "safe mode", where it works if no driver is installed, but won't give you the performance or feature set you seek. For example, if you don't have your GPU drivers installed for your graphics card, then you'll still have an image on the screen. But you'll have terrible performance, and the resolution of the screen will be very low. Some tech are so old that they don't need drivers. Windows has a variety of built-in drivers to work technologies that have well been standardized or the OS has been designed to work with. For example, your HDD, SSD, CPU, optical disk drive, USB controller, Ethernet card, are all technology that requires no drivers. Even if you go to the manufacture website, you'll see no drivers. The OS already knows how to work with them, and no additional features needs to be supported. For example, Windows knows the well established, standard, set of commands to send to your HDD or SSD to fetch or write data. Unless, your HDD has additional features like has a fall sensor to park the read/write head on the side when your laptop, when turned on, falls to avoid the head to crash form the hit on the disk plater and you lose your data, no drivers are needed. Unless Windows added native support for it. For example: USB 3.0 is fully supported in Windows 10. You don't need to install any drivers to get it working. However, under Windows 7, it has no idea what USB 3.0 is. It needs drivers. Windows has generic drivers. To ensure a working system, even from most no longer supported hardware from your manufacture, Windows has generic driver. This is when Microsoft works with manufactures to build a driver that will work on a variety of similar hardware to get most functionality working (which can also be all, with all the performance expected). Windows will do the digging for you. Every time you plug a new hardware, from a keyboard, to mouse, to a graphics card, or a newly built-PC where you start Windows for the first time, Windows will connect to Microsoft very own servers via Windows Update, and fetch the latest drivers it has collected, and install them. Fail doing so (say, you don't have Internet), it will use what it has within the OS, failing that, it will use the generic drivers if it can. And if that fails, well the hardware won't work. It will run under safe mode, or not work. While most hardware manufactured sends to Microsoft their drivers for distribution, sadly, some refuses to do so. And those hardware is the only time you need to worry about going to the manufacture website to get the drivers there. OR if you really want to get the latest and greatest drivers, and Windows Update servers might not have those at the moment. How to know if you are missing a driver? Well if everything works right, you are good. But if you want to be sure: Hit Win+X to open the power menu, and pick Device Manager. It should look like this: If you have "?" icon on an item, that means that Windows doesn't know what it is. It is missing its drivers. If you have "!" icon on an item, that means that Windows has detected that the hardware is not working right. Either it is not plugged in properly, really broken, or missing drivers. (3)- Windows 10 has a lot of feature to improve your workflow. Sync Windows settings between your Windows 10 devices that uses the same Microsoft joined account. Virtual Desktop. Resume where you left off on the other system (more or less) via Cortana Start menu search box (see it like Spotlight) Customizable Start menu. Pin programs to the task bar for easy access (you can also run them via Win key + # where # is the icon order from left to right) Snap window side-by-side between each other, and adjust the size of the 2 window by scaling the separation bar between both programs. You can even do 1x2 snapping, or 2x2 snapping (4 programs) The OS works great if you have multiple monitors as well For laptops that uses Microsoft Precision Touch driver of Windows 10 (built-in). You have a multitude of OSX like gestures, that are customizable via the Settings panel. OneDrive People Hub (coming end of year) Live tiles on the start menu Open Command Prompt / PowerShell here (On a folder, click on File, and you have the option there) and more. Here are settings I use to setup my Windows 10: Open a File Explorer (or any folder), and go to View > Options. A panel will open. Go to View tab, and in the list bellow: Uncheck - "Show sync provider notifications" (this is to remove any programs including in Windows 10 for showing a pop-up in File Explorer) Uncheck - "Hide extension for known file types" (this is to show file extensions). Same panel as above, go under the General tab, and under the Privacy group, uncheck both check boxes: "Show recently used files in Quick access", "Show frequently used folders in Quick access", and on the top of the panel, still under the General tab, you have the drop down list box: "Open File Explorer to", and pick This PC. This will make that when you open the File Explorer, you see your drivers and work folder first and not recent files. Click on OK to set and close the panel. Open the Settings (Start > Click on the Gear icon). Then go to System > Notifications & actions > and turn off: Show notifications on the lock screen, as well as: Get tips, trick, suggestions as you use Windows (that is up to you). Then hit the back button at the top, left corner of the settings panel, or click on "Home", and click on Personalization > Start, and turn off: Occasionally show suggestions in Start. Windows 10 has lots of options, I suggest to browse through the settings panel, and try them. See what you like or not. (3) - Hmm... well software I never used, but you might like: Checkout WOX. Its free, open source. It is a OSX Spotlight for Windows. http://www.getwox.com/ I tend to use Windows vanilla, as I can customize it to my needs, and find it the most productive. For example, for the above, I just hit the Win key, and type part of the program name i want and hit Enter, like WOX seems to be doing. So for Example, I can do: Win key, then type: Fir, and hit Enter, and Firefox opens. But it is always nice to have options. One thing you'll quickly notice in Windows, is that you have many different ways to do or get to the same things. So pick the way you like :). In this post, I tried to provide a few different ways to do things and not the same way, for you to discover a bit Windows 10. For example, when I introduced Device Manager, I could have simply said: In the search box of Windows, type: Device Manager, and pick it, but I pushed for you to discover the Power Menu (Win+X)
  5. Nintendo says that they will support the 3DS until 2018 http://ca.ign.com/articles/2017/04/28/nintendo-will-continue-to-support-3ds-in-2018 So, it looks like Nintendo has more games coming for the system in 2017 and 2018, but it should be the end of it soon after. I guess devs just finishes what is in the works, and many changed to focus on the Nintendo Switch. That is my guess.
  6. Game Mode for Win32 games allocates more process time to the game before switching to other processes, and depriorities other processes on the back. If you have a 6 core fancy spec computer, and you close all your software when playing a game. This feature will not give you anything. Any fluctuation in performance will be benchmark errors. It is designed for older system, weak systems, or those doing things on the back which they don't want to close or interrupt, minimizing the impact of the game. Game More for UWP games cuts out many layers of UWP framework to allow the game to be closer to the hardware allowing it to provide the same performance as if it was a Win32 made game. Again, the impact is minimal to not at all, if you have a fancy computer that can handle all that to start with. You can go through yourself the long list of security fixes and improvement available for Windows 10. I won't be listing a list. I have better things to do than to waste a weekend on it. Windows Defender under Windows 7, and Windows Defender on Windows 8/10 are 2 different things. Windows Defender on Windows 7 is just a way for Microsoft to push popular malware removal. Windows 10 Defender, is Microsoft Security Essentials of Windows 7 made better with better algorithms, plus an actual malware scanner, although still basics (Malwarebytes will be far better choice). While better, it still aims to provide protection to those who uses no protection at all, or used expired trial security software which are disabled, or won't remove anything until you pay. Thanks for adding to the list. I know this. That is why I didn't say "it has Aero Snap", I said it has "2x2" snapping, and you can do 2x1 snapping. Windows 7 doesn't have the Action Center. It has a panel CALLED Action Center, but that is just by name. It is now called Maintenance and Security panel. Action Center is like you phone action center. It shows you notifications of apps, and allows you to quickly turn on and off things like: Wireless, Quiet Hours (another new feature), Night Light, VPN (for supported VPN), Project, Tablet Mode, and more. Oops, I mean "Improved Sticky Notes". Corrected my post. What's improved: It has Pen support and Cortana integration to detect appointment or reminders you write/type on it. Working does not mean support. And actually my bad, I meant 8K support. After 200% scale, and even in between scales, many Windows 7 icons and elements don't appear right. Also, it doesn't have good DPI scaling compared to Windows 10, not to mention the compatibility options for unsupported programs. Not really. Windows 7 Pro and up has "File History" like feature. But there is no way to actually backup the data somewhere else, and has extreamly limited control on what data to backup, and has no way to resume a backup from a clean install, or anything. Also, a simple API command will wipe it all, making it useless for any backup purposes. Windows 10 is significantly improved, and more powerful, and flexible over Windows 7, making it actually useful for backups. I stand corrected. I meant burning any CDs or DVDs. Not ISOs only. Windows 7 could only burn ISOs. So even better https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/b8/2011/08/23/improving-our-file-management-basics-copy-move-rename-and-delete/ Yes, I stand corrected. I got confused with the mobile broadband switch with a better (free) connection, such as your home wireless as you arrive home. Incorrect. You can find many benchmarks showing this. Here is one from a quick Googling: The article assumes that the Dell GUI interface is UEFI. But its not. It's a hacked-up EFI. Dell is REALLLLLY good at making BIOSes. You can find impressive looking BIOSes from Del back in Windows XP and Vista days. Windows 7 EFI, meaning it supports GPT booting, and 3TB or larger HDDs. That is about it. And that is.... more details. My point exactly. You also have a percentage, not just a bar showing you the progress. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2016/12/02/making-microsoft-products-more-accessible-what-to-expect-in-2017/ https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2016/07/01/making-progress-on-accessibility-with-the-windows-10-anniversary-update/ Once you install Windows 10 on your system (Retail or System Builder OEM (the OEM you buy in stores.. not Dell, HP, etc.. OEM)) for the first time, and create or login with your Microsoft account, the product key is stored on that account. Next time you reinstall Windows 10, you can pick "I don't have a key" in the setup screen, and once you add your Microsoft account to the system, Windows Activation Server will see that the product key stored in your account is associated to this PC before, and activates. You never had to enter that product key
  7. Awesome. For your problems, either exchange it in store (if they have another one), or contact Nintendo. Nintendo will take real good care of you. You'll need to ship the system to them for replacement, sadly. So that means potentially up to 2 weeks without it, But the company will/should pay you both direction shipping (they usually e-mail you a pre-paid shipping label. Just print it and stick it with transparent tape, go to the local correct postal office with it, and they'll put it for you as you give your package to them). Just make sure you package it right.
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  9. This thread is now locked. Speaking about any form of piracy will get you banned.
  10. From the same year of release, a 7200RPM is always faster than a 5400RPM HDD of the same year. Making a faster motor, and putting a faster controller chip is not rocket science in the HDD space. The tech is old, the controllers, motors, are cheap, platters are solid. To me, it is all about them maximizing profits by delivering crap drives to consumers. When the competitor has no problems, you know that is something is fishy.
  11. If they don't mention, then it is 5400RPM HDD, that is who I assume things. And anything bellow 7200RPM should not be purchased at all costs. Already the fastest 7200RPM is a pain to use. I don't even care if it is a hybrid HDD. 7200RPM or faster... or nothing. I am sick and tired of people buying new computers, and they are just as slow as their 5 year old computer because their HDDs is still the same 5400RPM junk. And it makes my life a pain, why I try to work with these computers. If Seagate has trouble manufacturing 7200RPM HDDs then it makes my life easier. Never recommend or even consider their HDDs at all cost. Looks like my recommendations would be W.D Blue for backups and casually used extra HDD (like complementing an SSD) or W.D. Black series for something livable.
  12. The decision is yours. You are asking a guy that seeks to have all software fully up-to-date as possible., I even joined the Insider program of Windows 10 to get weekly (on avg) builds of an in development OS. So I am not the person to answer you, as i'll say yes, even if it is $120 usd
  13. Cortana behaves and speaks differently based on different regions you set Windows, to meet the area culture. From the Settings panel you can set the region of Windows, and then from Cortana own settings, you can pick the language.
  14. The NES Mini, is a console that stores and Nintendo made virtually no money on. It was a console to sale the Switch. Why do you think, mostly, only big retail stores had the NES Mini? And rarely available online,but always available in stores. Big stores got it as a product so that you come to the store, and maybe buy other things... like that TV one might have always wanted, or something else you had in mind and the NES Mini was the push/deal for you to come right now and buy all your stuff in mind as you are there already. And excellent that they had few of them, as it forced you to come multiple times to check if they have the system. But in reality, the 60$ system, cost retail stores 56-58$. The money they make isn't sufficient to pay much of anything (building, electricity, staff, etc.). In fact, you also need to add shipping cost to get the product in stores.. Normally, no store would order it, unless the MSRP was higher to increase revenue to at least pay all this, to start with (but usually, you they life some level of profit, or seek that the product allows the sale of other high profits items, like accessories, extended warranties, etc.). As for Nintendo, the console cost a lot, and the MSRP is too low to have any profits. The unit has no additional game to sale to bring money. The hardware inside is around $30-35. Then you need to pay the software (OS menu screen and emulator), as well as, the case that the circuit board is into (good plastic, that feel sturdy, with the help of good modeling, and good molds, is actually not cheap), packaging and marketing. Then on top of that, you have the game licenses, and that is hard. If Capcom says, "Yea, that game that you want... even thought is it 50 years old, is worth 60$ per license. You want it, you have to pay 60 bucks!" Nintendo doesn't have a choice... or pick a different a game. So all in all, Nintendo doesn't make any money on the system, just a few dollars that is not worth anything. The NES Mini was designed so bring to attention the Nintendo brand, as "Nintendo" branding, too a major step back with the WiiU.... people didn't say "Oh cool, you have the new Nintendo WiiU!!".. They said just: "WiiU" (assuming they even knew what it was). Notice how the Switch color scheme of its logo is Nintendo-Red + White, like the Nintendo logo, same as the box of the console, and how on the dock unit it says "Nintendo Switch" in big, and not to mention all Nintendo videos these days features those colors. It is pushing the brand. The NES Mini is bring to attention to people who aren't really gamers, don't follow the news much related to gaming or even tech. Goes to the store and sees this NES Mini, and goes "Oh yea! I remember playing this when I was kid.. Oh cool *only* 60 bucks, and has 30 cool games which many I remember. Yea I'll get it for me/my kid, and maybe wife might want to join in". And the console game are so innocent, and the price is low enough, that it is instant "Wife approved", as we say. Then they play, get into it, hear about the Switch, or even at the store they are in when they crossed the NES Mini. Maybe the kids playing might get into it, and look for more modern games, and hear about the Switch and push their parents to get it. It open many scenarios. The NES Mini did its job. I won't be surprised if they'll do an SNES mini later on, as rumors suggest, to get another wave of people. I doubt there will be a N64-mini. So in short, stores decided to get it despite 0 profit, as a way to bring people to the stores, and Nintendo made it boost brand recognition helping push Switch sales.
  15. Yes. Windows 10 does include performance and security upgrade.