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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: Today at 07:25:13 AM
So on the topic of Windows 10 upgrade prep updates. Has anyone else seen KB2952664 bouncing in and out? To clarify, I spent several hours trying to make peace with this patch, because it kept insisting it needed to be installed...even though it was already listed as having been installed, no less than 4 friggin times.

I'm thinking maybe it has something to do with running the force the system to show the reservation prompt...(on a domain member machine)...but that's really only based on a blind guess.
2  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 27, 2015, 11:18:11 AM
And not the "UNREAD POSTS" button on the button bar, right (as that one is not "since last visit")?

There's a button bar?? cheesy

I've got the 'Show unread posts' link pinned to the Windows taskbar also. I never impose the since last visit limitation because I switch machines frequently (home/work/phone/X??) so I'd rather not risk missing something based on where and what the 'Last Visit' is defined by.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 27, 2015, 06:58:43 AM
It's a bit long to quote, so I'll just +1 App103's sentiments here.

Because regardless of the efficiency of the security software used, it invariably comes down to the user being presented with a dialog that basically says: "Would you like to blow your own ass off? Yes/No" ... and that in the majority of cases is where the real problem lies. This is why the drop in support incidents before and after Admin rights are stripped from users numbers are always very high..
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 23, 2015, 07:24:40 AM
On the 32-bit system, IE 11 doesn't show YouTube videos here. Is this a Flash thing, a Windows thing, or an IE 11 thing?

Unknown, I just checked IE11 on one of my 32-bit Win10 VMs. The first time I checked Add-ons it wasn't there, so  I went to YouTube.com to see what would happen...and IE froze on me (I guess the "transparent" install is a bit clumsy..). Second try the page loaded and the video played ... And the MS/Shockwave Flash Player Object now appeared in the Currently loaded add-ons list.

In retrospect...perhaps the 'Currently loaded' bit was/is key..
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 22, 2015, 06:28:41 AM
Looks like it's part of the MS Flash offering:

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6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures.. on: July 19, 2015, 01:29:50 PM
Okay, given the name, and the breed, I have to ask ... Does this have anything to do with (Jerry Reed) Snowman's dog in Smokey and the Bandit? To this day - Hang on to your ass Fred... - is one of my all-time favorite movie lines.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 18, 2015, 10:33:11 AM
Curiouser still, the Windows Insider Preview .iso download page is now disabled.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 17, 2015, 11:54:22 AM
The 101240 OOBE has a whole new feel (and EULA Acceptance) to it.

...I haven't made it to the desktop yet.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 16, 2015, 11:46:11 AM
Am I the only one for whom jump-list (both pinned and frequent) items on the File Explorer taskbar icon do not work? I "pin" all sorts of things and none of them—except "This PC"—open File Explorer or do anything. The same items in the "Quick Access" sidebar work fine, though. This has been the case for the last half-dozen builds or so… not quite sure when it started.

It's the sort of really frustrating bug that I'd think would have been commented on (and fixed) if it were common.

Let me rephrase. Can anyone confirm (or deny) that File Explorer jump lists work in their copy of Windows 10, any build?

I've got 5 Win10 VMs running currently and they all work fine (both pinned and frequent).
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 16, 2015, 06:46:17 AM
Damn if I can remember where I read it, but I got the impression that the Insider Program was not per se ending. Supposedly due to the - new and ominous - subscription based nature of Windows the brave few idiots were going to be able to test the new update wave(s) as they came about for the rest of the folks what use Winders..
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 14, 2015, 10:14:07 AM
This was interesting: Is Bitcoin going mainstream - Infographic.

Apparently it has passed Western Union as the - most popular - fastest way to send money.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patch your Flash! Version 18.0.0.203 (July 08, 2015) on: July 12, 2015, 12:40:37 PM
I'm in IE11 on 7pro x64 ... And after literally years -(like since 2007)- it just decided to up and pull the Green Screen crap on me. VCard is an ATI Radeon HD 4850 Driver v8.920.0.0 dated 11/9/2011 - Was running fine since the beginning...and just went locked up green on Flash Players.


*Shrug* Maybe I'm overdue on a new box.. undecided
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patch your Flash! Version 18.0.0.203 (July 08, 2015) on: July 12, 2015, 11:40:46 AM
I wish they would patch using 28% CPU just to show video.  Granted my GPU probably doesn't qualify for hw accel. but still.  I have been trying to use Pepper Flash, and other alternatives but I can't get any of them to work on Windows except on Youtube.  ESPN3 forget it.  I'll be glad when Flash is cut out altogether.

Amen to that! Mine decided to just up and start doing the Green Screen lockups last week. Apparently it linked to the hardware acceleration setting...which was never a problem before. There are a bunch of people looking for the registry method of disabling hardware acceleration, but the only "help" from Adobe is a snarky note about the information not being stored in the registry.

The point of the exercise is that it is impossible to get to the right click settings option, because the (any...) page keeps locking up the browser. Unfortunately their "support staff" is to obtuse to grasp that people need the alternative file system level version of the how to disable hardware acceleration ... So they just keep regurgitating the - at this point idiotic - settings panel option.

As an aside: WTF did they do to flash that suddenly turned it into a seizure prone nightmare??
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 12, 2015, 11:17:19 AM
Build 10166 now available on the Fast Ring.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 12, 2015, 07:17:35 AM
J.K. Rowling shuts down Serena Williams critic

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ROFL
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Partitioning or Not w. single HDD? on: July 08, 2015, 11:24:56 AM
But a good partition scheme can make a difference in safety and recoverability from disaster.

I fail to see how. In all the years I've been doing this stuff, I've seen machines eaten up with all sorts of failures and maladies. But I've never once ran into a situation where extra partitions would have made a difference. Either the drive is still spinning, or there are valid backups available ... Or the drive stopped dead, the backups don't exist, and the party in question is quite royally screwed.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Partitioning or Not w. single HDD? on: July 08, 2015, 07:18:56 AM
While I've long been an advocate of the multiple partition scheme (OS/Working/Storage). As of late I'm starting to think that a single partition may be a better way to go. Because the intention behind the 3 partitions was to make reinstalling the OS easier in the event of a disaster of some kind.

However, I currently strongly suspect that I may be trying to solve the wrong problem...because I haven't had to reinstall the OS since 2007 when I first built the machine. undecided So...

Since I have had numerous occasions where space became an issue...I'm starting to think a One-And-Done approach could very well save me some aggravation in the future. Also since I'm still firmly entrenched in Spinner Land. This will eliminate pushing my workspace into a slower part of the drive in attempt to leave sufficient room for expansion for the OS. And also gives me only one constantly moving point on the drive where write activity is concentrated...instead of 3 somewhat stationary points..
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 06, 2015, 07:32:22 AM
**Minor caveat when running the Sysinternals SDelete.exe tool, is that in the process of "Zeroing Out the Free Space" it will cause a Dynamically Expanding .vhdx to expand to its full configured size. So if you're overlapping the physical drive space by double-booking it ... This will byte you in the ass.

Would using cipher /W <drive> be any better?


Unknown. It's really not a encryption/decryption issue I'm trying to address. It's an issue with compacting a .vhd/.vhdx drive (that has dynamically expanded due to the build update) to reclaim the unused free space. The SDelete -c run was supposed to assist with that according to a TechNet article about how to compact an uncooperative .vhd. And while it did do just that, it also shutdown the lab by overflowing the Host drive ... Which is a - perhaps in retrospect obvious - behavior that was not mentioned in the article.



No additional software was ever added to the install, so it is only Windows 10 playing games with ~5GB of space. Where is it storing what and why?? The clean install has been running for 24hrs, and is still sitting at it's original ~7GB so I'm assuming it isn't the indexing service(s) using up the space. And trying to get a birds eye view with SpaceSniffer didn't yield anything useful in the way of what was using the space either.

My guess is that it keeps separate "images" (snapshots) so it can revert to a known working system if an upgrade goes bad.

I thought of that, but there is nothing I can see. cleanmgr.exe took care of Windows.old and $Windows.~BT, and I checked for shadow copies and file system Previous Versions ... Nothing, nothing, and nothing.

Right now I've got 2 clean loaded 10162 VMs, one pro, one home. Both are sitting at just over the 7GB mark. I'm going to keep a weary eye on them to see if/when one of them starts to bloat, to see if I can figure out why.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 05, 2015, 08:52:59 AM
Pardon the interruption, but...
It indeed has helped me before with the code red virus.  I'd given read only access to my backup directory, and was doing a lower tech version of removing privileges in order to access my network drives.  I was glad that I did.

Wasn't Code Red a worm that attacked unsecured IIS servers that were running by default in Win2k? I don't recall share hopping being part of its MO.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 05, 2015, 08:43:53 AM
Strangely massive cruft issue with 10.

So originally I never really thought about it as there was no need - or at least appeared to be no need - to check on the drive space situation. That is until I ran out of it in the office lab on Friday.

The original install footprint (x86pro) was IIRC in the 9GB range ... Which shouldn't have been an issue on the as provisioned 200GB partition. At least until I added 3 more, and tried running a maintenance routine to reclaim the space. So used space appeared as follows:

Original install size: 9GB
After build update (or 3): 25GB
After cleanmgr.exe run (set to kill): 12GB - but .vhdx will only compact to 22GB
After running SDelete.exe -c (this is what overflowed the drive**) .vhdx compacted to 19GB

And finally - given the activation issues - I just deleted the damn thing, and clean installed onto a new .vhdx: 7GB <--???)

No additional software was ever added to the install, so it is only Windows 10 playing games with ~5GB of space. Where is it storing what and why?? The clean install has been running for 24hrs, and is still sitting at it's original ~7GB so I'm assuming it isn't the indexing service(s) using up the space. And trying to get a birds eye view with SpaceSniffer didn't yield anything useful in the way of what was using the space either.



**Minor caveat when running the Sysinternals SDelete.exe tool, is that in the process of "Zeroing Out the Free Space" it will cause a Dynamically Expanding .vhdx to expand to its full configured size. So if you're overlapping the physical drive space by double-booking it ... This will byte you in the ass.



Thus ends todays episode of How to Learn From the Other Guy's F***ups. cheesy
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 04, 2015, 11:01:05 AM
I've always been a Day One (or before) adopter of Microsoft OSes and historically speaking, their RTM releases are rock solid out of the box.

+1 - I'm planning on having our company completely on 10 by the end of summer. The IT department will jump on day 1 (hence the frenzy of testing now), then the brighter users will get it, then the rest..

(Posting from MS Edge in a Win 10 Home VM)
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 04, 2015, 08:58:10 AM


WHAT!!! Bubble Wrap without Bubbles?!? Travesty! Heresy! Sacrilege - Burn the Witch!!! ... Society is doomed!
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 04, 2015, 08:51:34 AM
Lovely - It's not always good to be special...  There does seem to be quite a few people on the Windows 10 forum that are having this problem, and there was (unconfirmed) mention of a MS systems issue. Supposedly the issue is only with the upgrades, which unfortunately it appears is necessary in order to end up with a copy of Win 10 plain/basic/home edition ... Which is what I need for this round of testing.

Two of the five 10 test machines activated build 10159 shortly after I made the above post, but after then jumping to 10162 they've all jumped back on the shit list. After doing a (Windows 10 File History) test backup, I'm going to try flattening the 10 Home to see if, 1. if I can get it to install as home, and 2. if I can restore it to a usable state.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 03, 2015, 06:42:30 AM
Has anyone else had activation issues with 10? All 5 of mine were activated up to build 10158, but even after switching to the updated key, neither build 10159 or 10162 will activate for me.

It doesn't complain about the key which is posted everywhere and therefore presumed valid. It just keeps saying "Windows can't activate. Try again later".

I'm running four 10 pros, and one 10 home. some are signed up (and verified) for the Windows Insider Club, some are not, and one is still using a strictly LM account ... And nobody will activate with any of the TP keys I've seen to date.


Ideas?
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 02, 2015, 05:03:42 PM
Build 10162 just released to fast ring
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