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  1. Best Windows Version to Use as a Gaming VM machine

    Vulkan is on every OS going back to Windows XP. All AMD and Nvidia Graphics drivers are available going back to Windows 7. Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are still pretty much just Windows 7 at their core, and so any of those 3 OSes will be fine for modern gaming. If you play older games then Windows 7 tends to have the most community resources available to tweak games and get them to work. I haven't used Windows 8.1 so I don't know if any of those fixes and guides fail to work for it.
  2. Windows 10 Pro deferals

    It will install the update that you deferred. The newest one will also be deferred for the same amount of time. If you want to turn off Windows Update entirely, and the update to the latest version once you turn Windows Update back on again, use the Group Policy editor to turn off automatic updates: There are also 3rd-party programs that can stop or block Windows Update in Windows 10. I think Spybot Anti-Beacon is one. Strange, I leave systems not updates for years and they haven't had any problems. Forced updates in Windows 10 are about giving Microsoft more opportunity to add more data-harvesting to your system and to reset your Windows 10 configuration to the Microsoft defaults (which allow the most personal data to be harvested by Microsoft), and don't do a huger amount to make your system more secure. With how Microsoft's QA has degraded since 2015, there's actually more of a risk of having your system screwed up from installing Microsoft updates than there is from a virus or malware. The best situation is to disable Windows Update, and then run MalwareBytes, Spybot, and some AV.
  3. Google changes the layout of images again

    That new design looks awful. I hope they'll either abandon it or provide an option to not use it. It's less orderly and is visually stressful. The preview panel doesn't offer space for immediate full-sized preview and anything that requires more clicks to get the full size preview is bad design. And if the preview panel is open by default then it will make browsing images less efficient due to showing fewer images on the screen. Browsing images will already be less efficient with that design due to the disorderly layout and because some images are larger than the previous design's max size, which means that there will be overall fewer images on the screen at a time. Also, the image titles are not necessary and make things look messy.
  4. Trouble re-installing Windows 7 Pro

    The missing driver message is due to not having USB 3.0 drivers in the Windows 7 installer, and so it can't be loaded from your USB 3.0 drive. You can add USB 3.0 driver to your Windows 7 installer with a program like MSI's Smart tool: https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=261560.0 Instructions for the MSI Smart tool: https://www.msi.com/files/pdf/SMART_TOOL_User_Guide_EN.pdf Gigabyte also has a similar tool.
  5. Microsoft will sunset Skype 7 in September

    For me it would be having no way to know if you've received any new Skype messages when the Windows Action Centre is turned off (as I want it to be). The classic Skype program shows a number notification on the system try icon for how many messages have been received. The UWP version only has the pinned taskbar icon and it doesn't have any indicator for whether messages have been received, and how many. It's a major step backwards in functionality from the desktop program. To see whether any new messages have been sent, the UWP Skype program has to be periodically opened just to check - which is a chore, and so the result is that Skype doesn't get used as much as it used to.
  6. Windows 7 & 8.1 (Intel 7th & 8th Gen)

    An x86 CPU should run an x86 OS. Intel 7 and 8 gen should run Windows 7 just fine. Here's the patch that gets rid of the artificial and lying 'hardware not supported' propaganda message: https://github.com/zeffy/wufuc
  7. I don't know if this has been brought up in the thread already, but at 6:55 in the LTT video Linus says that Apple denied LTT warranty service because a 'warranty void if removed' sticker was broken But those stickers have been found to be illegal and an instance of predatory practices. https://www.techpowerup.com/243839/ftc-gives-manufacturers-30-days-to-remove-warranty-void-stickers "Warranty language that implies to a consumer acting reasonably under the circumstances that warranty coverage requires the consumer to purchase an article or service identified by brand, trade or corporate name is similarly deceptive and prohibited" - US Federal Trade Commission So, if the removal or breaking of that sticker was the basis for Apple not granting LTT return-pricing for their needed parts, then, yes, Apple's behaviour is illegal.
  8. Does Windows 10 have any advantages over Windows 7?

    In addition to what JustMATT said, Vulkan is the open source equivalent of DX12 and Vulkan is available in Windows 7. When a developer chooses to make their game capable to use an async-compute API (DX12 or Vulkan), they generally choose to implement one or the other, and not both (though a DX12 game will still run on DX11 systems in DX11 mode). So far, there aren't that many games using either, and the outcome of a game having one of these APIs has been pretty hit-or-miss, with some cases showing games to lose performance when the implementation of those APIs is poorly done. I think that the implementation trend leans a bit more towards Vulkan over DX12, precisely because it is multi-platform and open source. But neither are hugely important right now, and from what I can tell DX12 and Vulkan aren't really things that the gaming community looks out for in a game. I use both Windows 7 and 10. I didn't vote in your poll. I find that, overall, Windows 7 is a more solid, stable, private, and configurable OS. Windows 7 also has a functional start menu, whereas Windows 10 doesn't. Either can work, but for Windows 10 I find it's necessary to install a 3rd-party start menu like Startisback, Classic Shell, or Start10. And I also find it necessary to disable Windows Update and as much data harvesting in Windows 10 as is possible - which can take a bit of work. At the minimum data-harvesting setting in Windows 10 Home and Pro, Microsoft is unilaterally taking personal and personally-identifiable data from over 3,500 unique data points in Windows 10, to create a meticulous and comprehensive picture of all your actions in Windows 10. Microsoft sends that data to its own servers, where it is compiled into a virtual profile of yourself. Microsoft then sells that data to other companies, governments, researchers, advertisers, for Microsoft's profit - AKA, for Microsoft's unjust enrichment. The best way to minimize Microsoft's theft of your data (and that's literally what it is) is to, if using Windows 10, get either Windows 10 Enterprise or LTSB, which are able to lower the overall amount of data being stolen by Microsoft - and always use a local account and not a Microsoft account. Those versions (Enterprise and LTSB) of Windows are also better protected against Microsoft's Windows updates, which are more of a threat to the average person than are viruses and malware, due to Microsoft's awful design and release quality level since 2015 after Microsoft fired many thousands of its testing engineers.
  9. How to keep W10 from installing (on W7)?

    You can also get rid of the prompts to install Windows 10 by downloading and running this script, called Aegis: https://mega.nz/#!dhExAbBa!fehYhbTNz5dIBh72psfXLfwv9wMk0uhMpGli-c0pBn4 Details on the script are provided in this post:
  10. Here are some ways to stop Windows Update in Windows 10: 1. One method is by using the Group Policy editor. The Group Policy editor is only available in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. If you have Home edition, you will have to follow one of the other methods. Follow this guide for directions on how to disable Windows Update through the Group Policy editor: 2. In Windows 10 1803, Microsoft behaves criminally and vandalizes Windows owners' OSes by re-enabling WU-restarting scheduled tasks and the WU service via a new service titled "Windows Update Medic Service". If "Windows Update Medic Service" could be independently disabled, it would be possible to first disable that service and then disable the Windows Update service and have it stay disabled. However, Microsoft is not an honest and fair player, and doesn't respect their customers nor even treats them as people with legitimate interests and goals concerning their personally-owned OS. So, things aren't quite that straight-forward. However, they're still somewhat straight-forward, and here is a program that will block Windows Update and disable the offending Windows Update Medic service: https://www.sordum.org/9470/windows-update-blocker-v1-1/ 3. Here is another 3rd-party tool which disables Windows Update: http://m.majorgeeks.com/files/details/stopwinupdates.html 4. There is a method to disable Windows Update involving an offline Windows account (instead of a Microsoft account) is described here: https://www.wintips.org/how-to-turn-off-windows-10-updates-permanently/ For people not wanting their personal and personally-identifiable data harvested by Microsoft, it is strongly recommended to use an offline Windows account and not a Microsoft account to log into Windows, as a Microsoft account notably increases the amount of personally-identifiable Windows usage data that is harvested by Microsoft. 5. SimpleWall is a 3rd-party firewall program that has built-in protection rules for Windows Update https://www.thewindowsclub.com/simplewall-block-applications-from-using-internet 6. There is a registry tweak to disable Windows Update, which might work for people on Home editions of Windows 10: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/08/26/windows-10-how-to-stop-forced-updates/#55d4846e46f6 - Open the Run command (Win + R), in it type: regedit and press enter - Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU - In there create a ‘32-bit DWORD’ value called ‘AuOptions’ and under ‘Value Data’ type 2 and click ‘OK’ - Open the Settings app (Win + I) and navigate to -> Update and Security -> Windows Updates. Click ‘Check for updates’ which applies the new configuration setting - Restart your PC Alternatively, you can try this registry edit: - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU - Key: NoAutoUpdate - Type: DWORD - Value: 1 - To enable updates again, remove AU registry key or delete NoAutoUpdate DWORD. 7. Another method is to manually block Windows Update in your router's firewall, or in 3rd-party firewall software such as Comodo Firewall and PeerBlock. Be aware that the Windows hosts file and the Windows Defender Firewall will not block Microsoft's servers even if you tell them to. So, if blocking Microsoft's servers in a software firewall, a 3rd-party program such as those mentioned will have to be used. These are all or some of the Microsoft servers to block in your router's firewall or 3rd-party firewall software to block Windows Update: windowsupdate.microsoft.com *.windowsupdate.microsoft.com *.update.microsoft.com *.windowsupdate.com download.windowsupdate.com download.microsoft.com *.download.windowsupdate.com wustat.windows.com ntservicepack.microsoft.com *.ws.microsoft.com That list was last updated in 2015, so there could be some servers to add to it. There is an updated list of Microsoft's data-harvesting servers to block, and a hosts file with Microsoft's data-harvesting servers already included in it, here: https://encrypt-the-planet.com/windows-10-anti-spy-host-file/ There might be an updated list of Microsoft's Windows Update servers on that site, too. Bonus: Find another way to disable Windows Update Medic Service, which otherwise keeps re-starting Windows Update, and then disable Windows Update and any associated scheduled tasks: http://batcmd.com/windows/10/services/waasmedicsvc/ One way to disable Windows Update Medic Service might be to disable Remote Procedure Call, which is what starts Windows Update Medic Service: http://batcmd.com/windows/10/services/rpcss/ Or by deleting the file "WaaSMedicSvc.dll" that's in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. People should be aware that the reason why Microsoft tries to prevent Windows Update from being disabled is not due to security of your PC, or making things easier for Microsoft's support efforts, but is to provide Microsoft as many opportunities as possible to reset your Windows and default programs settings, as well as your data-harvesting settings, all back to the Microsoft defaults where Microsoft is able to harvest as much personal and personally-identifiable data about you as possible. And at the "Basic" setting, which is the most minimal data-harvesting setting in Windows 10 Home and Pro versions, Microsoft is continuously harvesting your personal and personally-identifiable data from over 3,500 individual data points. Altogether, that data forms a meticulous and comprehensive picture of all your activities in your Windows OS. Be aware that Microsoft's own documentation on the data they collect appears to be incomplete, as one of the few data containers listed Microsoft's own Windows 10 data collection-monitoring tool that I searched up in Microsoft's documentation wasn't listed there. So, Microsoft is likely harvesting a lot more personal and personally-identifiable data than just what's listed in their documentation. Selling your personal and personally-identifiable data is a big part of Microsoft's business model now - despite that it is actually illegal for Microsoft to do it because Windows 10 is legally and factually a product (which you own) and not a service (which you merely access). So, Microsoft harvesting your data is analogous to a thief entering your home, taking your possessions, and selling them for profit. Another major reason why Microsoft wants to force Windows updates on people's personal Windows OSes is because the large bi-annual Windows 10 updates grant Microsoft frequent opportunity to deliberately break any 3rd-party UI customization software twice a year. Microsoft does this because any 3rd-party UI customization software stops Microsoft's own UI systems from harvesting your personal and personally-identifiable data. Since Microsoft wants to steal as much of that data from you as possible so that Microsoft can then sell it for their unjust enrichment, Microsoft seeks for chances to break your custom software, and typically does so with each major update when Microsoft resets your Windows, program defaults, and data-privacy settings at the same time. Trying to reason with Microsoft is like talking to a deranged psychopath who doesn't care about you in the least and who is only looking to exploit you as though you are not even human, and expecting them to see common sense and express empathy. Microsoft seeks to dominate and harvest, and not to serve and take into account its customers' needs and interests. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft views its customers as its enemies to be defeated.
  11. Is there a way to stop windows builds from updating

    Here is a new guide that offers a method involving a local Windows account (the only type people should be using anyway to minimize, at least to some small degree, the amount of personal data that Microsoft harvests about them) to permanently disable Windows Update: https://www.wintips.org/how-to-turn-off-windows-10-updates-permanently/ I think there is also a registry tweak that can be done to disable Windows Update.
  12. Blogs will become read-only on 1st August

    I hadn't thought about it before. There is more personal management and organization, and possibility of posting a wider range of content in the personal blogs, though. And people are able to follow particular blogs, which isn't quite the same as following everything a poster does.
  13. Windows 7 + 10 dual boot (question)

    Your Windows 10 key won't work for Windows 7 unless it was originally a Windows 7 key that you used for Windows 10. It works the other way: Windows 7 keys can be used for both Windows 7 and 10. But, it doesn't work in reverse with an original Windows 10 key. You can buy a Windows 7 key for cheap through eBay, reddit, Craigslist, and other places.
  14. Can I dual boot with an Windows 7 Upgrade ISO?

    You can dual boot if you create two partitions on your hard drive and install an OS to each partition. If one of those OSes was "upgraded" from Windows 7 to Windows 10, that's fine. You'll still need a second storage drive partition to install a second OS to for dual-booting.
  15. Is there a way to stop windows builds from updating

    The same happened to me: Twice in a row, the large feature updates for Windows 10 completely broke the system, making me have to completely re-install anything. Microsoft fired many thousands of their testing engineers since Satya Nadella became Microsoft's CEO in 2015, and Microsoft simply doesn't have the personnel or skill-pool to produce quality and robust designs and releases anymore. Things are so bad that people are more at risk of having their PCs and Windows damaged due to Microsoft's updates than they are from viruses and malware. Actually, there's not all that great a distinction between Microsoft updates and viruses and malware, these days. Having Windows Update running in Windows 10 is like walking through a minefield without any protection: Sooner or later, something's going to go boom. Which version of Windows 10 are you running? Since build 1709, I think, the Windows Update service is intermittently reset by a scheduled task, which you also need to disable. To disable the scheduled restarting of Windows Update, open Task Scheduler, then in the left-side panel in Task Scheduler, navigate to: Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> WindowsUpdate. Disable any scheduled tasks listed in the middle panel by right-clicking on them and then clicking Disable. Also, you can more precisely edit or disable their trigger conditions by right-clicking on them and then clicking Properties for detailed configuration options.
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