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  1. Delicieuxz

    Windows 10 Stripped down

    It sounds like Windows 10 LTSC is what you're after. It doesn't have any of the bloatware, doesn't get feature updates but gets security updates, can have the data-theft set to a minimal amount, and doesn't have UWP (including Cortana and Microsoft Store). You can get it for $13 USD on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Windows-10-Enterprise-LTSC-2019-Activation-Key-License/382716568185 With the 2019 release, it's been re-titled as LTSC.
  2. Delicieuxz

    RIP Windows 7-Time for an upgrade.

    My Windows 7 hasn't been updated since 2015 and it still runs solidly. It's by been far more reliable, consistent, and smooth-performing than my Windows 10 install. So, after 2020 will be no different to my Windows 7 install than the past few years have been. Regarding Windows 10, if you want to keep the Windows 7 experience in Windows 10, with as little data-harvesting as possible, no feature update, but with security updates, then get Windows 10 LTSC. You can buy a license for it cheap on eBay. It's Windows 10 without the bloat, without feature updates but with security updates, and with the possibility to set data-harvesting to the lowest possible amount. IMO, it's the only version of Windows 10 that's worth having. I've been running Windows 7 without updates since 2015 without an issue. That said, $13 USD for Windows 10 LTSC doesn't seem expensive to me: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Windows-10-Enterprise-LTSC-2019-Activation-Key-License/382716568185
  3. Delicieuxz

    Old Games New Problems :/

    UT '99 is a fantastic game. I have it running in Windows 7 and 10 without issue. To use OpenGL you need to download an updated OpenGL dll. Maybe that's the same with the d3d9.dll file. Here's a thread with some fixes: https://steamcommunity.com/app/13240/discussions/0/846945579778791510/ Here's a page with renderer downloads: http://www.cwdohnal.com/utglr/
  4. Nope, I didn't. It's just been straight changing one drive to the other while the system is fully turned off. Both drives had Windows installed on them while they were in this system. And both drives booted normally before there had been any swapping of the drives. If I don't change a drive after installing Windows, I can shut down and power on and reboot without issue. As soon as I physically remove and swap the drives, and then swap back, this message shows up. So, I guess it's something that's automatically changing in the BIOS when a different drive is detected, that then tricks out the Windows boot manager. Yet, continuing to shut down and restart with the same drive doesn't fix it, and switching back to the previous drive also doesn't fix it.
  5. I physically removed the boot HDD from a PC and put in a new SSD, and installed Windows 10 on that SSD. It installed and booted fine. I swapped that drive out for the HDD that was in the PC before and started it up, and this message showed up while booting. I removed that HDD and put the SSD back in, and the same message showed up while booting. One on this screen, it seems impossible to get into Windows. I can still boot into Windows by pressing the F8 key while the system starts up and then manually selecting the drive to boot from in the menu that appears. Yet, if the drive is the only one in the machine and it's let to try to boot on its own, it keeps going to this screen. I also tried reformatting the SSD and reinstalling Windows 10 on it, and then physically swapped the drives again, and back again, and the same thing occurred with the SSD during booting Windows. It doesn't make sense to me that it's occurring because why changes can happen to a Windows installation on a drive that's swapped out, then back in to a turned-off PC? I want to physically swap the boot drives in the system from time to time, but don't want to bork the installations each time that I do. Anyone have insight into what causes this, and how to fix it without reinstalling the OS? BTW, I haven't tried the 'repair your computer' tool from the Windows installation disc yet. I'm asking first because I don't really trust what that might do to an OS filled with custom user settings and files.
  6. Delicieuxz

    Custom De-Bloater Script

    Do you know which video of his this is in?
  7. Delicieuxz

    Win 7 or upgrade to Win 10

    Does it give a popup? I've only seen it said that there will be a message if a person tried to run Windows Update that the CPU isn't supported. That artificial restriction on Windows Update can be removed with this patch, though: https://github.com/zeffy/wufuc
  8. Delicieuxz

    Electronic Arts Stocks Takes A Nosedive Again

    EA: 'Only people who are uneducated don't buy our stock.'
  9. That's still recent for such a big story that affects so many people and which hasn't yet been reported here or that I've seen at other tech news places. And the aftermath of this report is currently ongoing as the investigators work with Microsoft to address the issues. Microsoft's documentation of the data they harvest, which includes mention of over 3,500 individual data fields, is only for the core Windows 10 OS and doesn't include documentation of data that's harvested through additional Microsoft products and services. This new Dutch report mentions that Microsoft doesn't declare or document any of the data that's harvested through MS Office software: Microsoft's documentation for Windows 10 is also not complete and hasn't been updated since Windows 10 1803. Even before that, I think since any document was first published by Microsoft, the documentation was incomplete and the Microsoft Diagnostic Data Viewer tool would show data containers being harvested that are not mentioned in Microsoft's documentation.
  10. This article names one of the Russian data-centres Apple is using: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-04/apple-filing-details-user-data-the-company-is-storing-in-russia
  11. In 2018, the Dutch government commissioned a formal investigation into what data Microsoft was harvesting from government computers running Microsoft Office software and how Microsoft was handling that data. This investigation is a different one than the one which investigated Microsoft's data-harvesting practices regarding Windows 10. In a 91-page assessment published in November, the investigative team raises the alarm over serious violations of GDPR including extreme amounts of undeclared data-harvesting and storing of that data outside of the EU's borders, in the US. The full report in English is here: DPIA+Microsoft+Office+2016+and+365+-+20191105.pdf And a backup link is available here: microsoft-office-gdpr-fail.pdf A brief summary of the report: Impact assessment shows privacy risks in Microsoft Office ProPlus Enterprise An article about the report: Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office Microsoft is apparently working with the investigators to address the issues raised in the report. In their assessment, the Dutch investigators listed a series of possible countermeasures to curtail Microsoft's current illegal data-harvesting, transferring, and storing practices: It's a good sign that the investigators bring up the idea of implementing more controls over data in Microsoft Office software. It's not just Microsoft Office software that is lacking in that regard, but also the Windows OS software. As I've said before, Microsoft is in gross violation of GDPR rules regarding the Windows OS, yet, thus far, investigators and authorities have been seemingly turning a blind eye to it. I hope that changes and that real actions start to be taken to give people their rightful control over their personal and personally-owned data their activities, computers, and hardware generate in their Windows OSes. The report also notes that Microsoft admits that the data being harvested through MS Office products "may contain" personal names and IP addresses. As the Dutch DPA's Windows 10 investigation found that all the data harvested through Windows 10 is tagged with multiple personal identifiers, I take Microsoft's "may contain" to be a reluctant and guilty admission that all the data harvested through MS Office is also tagged with multiple personal identifiers, just like the data that's harvested through Windows 10 is: This newer report on Microsoft reminds me of what I said in a thread about the bigger topic of data-harvesting, which is that "The exploitation of people's data has always been leagues beyond what the public is ever let to know".
  12. The report isn't saying that Russia is requiring Apple to store user data that it otherwise wasn't already storing. It's just saying that rather than send that user data to the US where it is currently being stored, Apple is required to store it in Russia's borders. As in, data on Russian citizens must be kept within Russia's borders. The EU already has a similar law: https://www.bpe.co.uk/services/need/data-protection-the-gdpr/brilliantly-simple-guide-to-the-gdpr/transferring-data-outside-the-uk/ And the US and other Western countries already have it that a company has to hand over data requested by government when required by law, and when a warrant for it is issued - and even without a warrant or requirement by law as all the major tech companies including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, are in partnership with the US government and are eager to hand user data over (see: PRISM, and this).
  13. Delicieuxz

    Looking to install Windows 7 on my pc.

    My views of pros and cons for Windows 7 and Windows 10 are in these posts. Some of the information in them is outdated, but a lot of it still applies: Windows 7 works perfectly fine on those Intel chips. The mobo doesn't disable USB drivers. It's just that the Windows 7 installer doesn't have USB 3 drivers on it, since USB 3 didn't exist when Windows 7 was released. USB 3 drivers can be added to the Windows 7 installer by using a tool like MSI Smart Tool, which created a bootable USB 3 installer of Windows 7: https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=261560.0 Those CPUs will work with Windows 7. All that Microsoft has done is block Windows Update on post-Skylake CPUs. But, that restriction is artificial and can easily be removed by running this patch: https://github.com/zeffy/wufuc I don't know of any new games that don't run Windows 7, other than Microsoft's UWP titles that are purchased through the Microsoft store. But, who purchases anything through the Microsoft store? XP's security updates can still be received by doing simple registry tweak. I expect the same will be true of Windows 7 security updates until 2023, when Microsoft will stop making security updates for Windows 7.
  14. Delicieuxz

    Is Navi still worth waiting for?

    I think it's worth waiting for because it will push the price of all other GPUs down. And, right now, GPUs are way over-priced due to the crypto-mining bubble that we've just come out of. Prices have yet to normalize and it could take a couple of gens for them to become more reasonable. But, with Navi this close, I see spending money on RTX or the R7 to be low-efficiency spending. An RX 580 is a decent card to wait with. Maybe play a bunch of back-catalogue and older games until you can get your new GPU.
  15. But, Steam doesn't charge 30% of all revenue. Steam's 30% applies only to the first $10 million of sales, which is a drop in the bucket for a title like Metro Exodus. As soon as ME clears $10 million in sales, Valve's next fee tier of 25% will be bringing the ME publisher and developer more money than Epic's 12% fee. This is because ME was listed on Steam for $60 while it is on Epic for $50. By the time ME will have sold 1 million copies on Steam, it will have made DS / 4A $1 million USD more than they would get from 1 million copies sold on Epic. And each subsequent million copies sold on either platform would see DS / 4A getting $4 million more on Steam than on Epic. Here's the full break-down: Valve's fee is 30% for the first $10 million, 25% for the next $40 million, and then 20% for all sales after $50 million in sales revenue. 1 million $50 copies sold through Epic = $50,000,000 total = $44,000,000 to 4A and Deep Silver 1 million $60 copies sold through Steam = $60,000,000 total = 7,000,000 (30%) + 30,000,000 (25%) + 8,000,000 (20%) = $45,000,000 to 4A and Deep Silver 4 million Epic sales of a $50 game = $200,000,000 total revenue, with $44 per copy going to the publisher = $176,000,000 going to 4A and Deep Silver 4 million Steam sales of a $60 game = $240,000,000 total revenue, with: $10 million with a fee of 30% = $42 per copy going to the publisher = $7,000,000 going to 4A and Deep Silver $40 million with a fee of 25% = $45 per copy going to the publisher = $30,000,000 going to 4A and Deep Silver $190 million with a fee of 20% = $48 per copy going to the publisher = $152,000,000 going to 4A and Deep Silver For a total of $189,000,000 going to 4A and Deep Silver 4 million $50 copies sold on Epic = $176 million to the publisher and developer 4 million $60 copies sold through Steam = $189 million to the publisher and developer That, or the publishers will pocket the extra money. We've been down this road before, when PC gaming first went digital when Valve launched Steam: Gamers weren't happy about having their games tied to a digital service, but developers and publishers assured gamers that the money they save by delivering games digitally would mean that savings could be passed on to gamers. But, it didn't happen. Instead, games continued to be marketed at the same price while publishers pocketed all the gains for themselves. And the difference in the cost to publish a game from physical copies (85% of sale price) to digital copies (30% of sale price) was a lot bigger than the different in cost of Steam's 30/25/20% and Epic's 12%. And don't be misled by the $50 price of Metro Exodus on Epic - it's just a promotional gimmick to build Epic's customer base in the early stages of the platform and is going to be a part of the exclusivity deal terms between Epic and Deep Silver. As the numbers in the first-half of this post show, THQ / Deep Silver / 4A are making less profit off of sales on a $50 game with a 12% fee than they would from a $60 on Steam with a 30/25/20% fee. THQ / Deep Silver expect to make up for their loss of profits from selling ME at $50 with whatever pile of money Epic offered them in exchange for agreeing to make ME exclusive to Epic and also list it for $50.