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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 30, 2015, 12:59:53 PM
So, as mentioned before, I had some problems making the upgrade. I'll write about them here just in case they help anybody else.

As I said earlier, I tried the Windows Update method and it got to somewhere above 75% of the installation process, into the "configuring programs" part of the install. Then it rebooted and said "Restoring your previous version of Windows." When I got back into Windows 7, there was no error message or any indication of why it failed. And somehow Windows 7 was deactivated and said I had 30 days to activate. So I reactivated it.

Then I tried using the Media Tool, selecting the "upgrade this PC now" option. Though the process was slightly different, it did pretty much the same thing, getting to something like 87% of the way through the installation before rebooting and restoring me back to Windows 7 again. This time there was an error message. Once again Windows 7 was deactivated. So I reactivated it again. Then I researched the error message.

Ultimately, I decided the problem was that I was using Junctions to store my data in places where the OS didn't want them, with the Junctions tricking the OS into thinking the data were in the right place. So I formatted the OS drive, installed Windows 7 fresh, then installed only SP1 from Windows Update, then used the Media Tool to upgrade to Windows 10. Additionally, since it was a fresh install anyway, I customized the upgrade option to not keep any programs or personal files, so it would be a clean install of Windows 10. I also disconnected my computer from the internet to prevent it from "checking for updates" forever (and because I read that that could help with the particular error message I had gotten). And it worked!

I got Windows 10 installed and loaded. But then I ran into another problem. Windows hadn't activated during the install because I had disconnected my PC from the internet. So I plugged it back in and connected and tried to manually activate and I kept getting an error saying it wasn't activated. I'd click the "more details" link which would pop open a little dialog box, but it was blank. I tried this multiple times over the course of a few hours and kept getting the same issue. Only one time when I clicked the "more details" link did it actually show anything in the dialog box. It gave an error code and had a message something like "couldn't reach the server or the key is not valid." I suspected that Microsoft's validation servers were being hammered by people upgrading to Windows 10, but was in contact with others who had successfully upgraded and activated, so I was getting concerned that for some reason, Windows 10 wouldn't activate, especially since the installation kept deactivating my Windows 7 install.

Again, this happened over the course of several hours. Finally, I decided that if it wasn't going to activate, I was just going to go back to Windows 7 (and possibly try upgrading again in the future). I asked someone I know to type "slmgr /cpr" in their cmd prompt to see what it told him, he said it said his computer was authorized permanently. Mine had said something different when I tried it, but I couldn't remember what it had said, so I tried it again, and this time it said mine was activated permanently.

So I checked the activation status and it said Windows 10 was activated.

Phew!

I'm noticing quirks and bugs as I use its features. I don't think I've ever been this early of an adopter of a new Microsoft OS. But I'm trying to make use of the Windows Feedback app to report bugs and things like that.

One thing I can say is that it's very simple to add multiple user accounts to Windows, which is something I've never tried before because it seemed messy and complicated to me in the past. Well, it was simple for me, anyway. I had to "invite" my wife via email to add her account to this device. She set up her account on this PC this morning while I was still asleep. So I don't know what she had to go through to do it. But if she figured it out without my help, it's probably not too difficult of a process.

Anyway, this is long enough for now. I may write more about my experiences later.

Maybe I really should try Edge instead of automatically replacing it with my usual browser?

Edge is a nice browser. Give it a try.
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ? on: July 30, 2015, 12:37:25 PM
Many years ago, at the first sign of RSI I switched from an ordinary mouse to a succession of ergonomic mice with trackballs, so all you move is your thumb (or fingers with some models), and I stopped having problems. Every time I have to use an ordinary mouse I'm amazed that they are still being made and people still use them. As long as you have a thumb (or other fingers) and you can move it, I can recommend any of these.

I recently had to switch from a (Logitech M570) trackball to a regular mouse because my thumb starts hurting any time I use it on my trackball. Angry

Come to think of it, it's been nearly a year since I made the swap, and my thumb still starts to hurt after a few minutes of using it in a similar manner (such as swiping around on my tablet).

Thumbs are not immune to RSI (or RSI-like symptoms).
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: July 30, 2015, 01:31:36 AM
The announcement last week by Intel and Micron of what they call 3D Xpoint memory technology has changed that.  This is non-volatile memory capable of densities up to 10 times greater than NAND, byte-addressable (unlike NAND, which is addressed in blocks) and as fast as DRAM.

The announcement video seems like something out of the early 90s, but it explains what's going on:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgk4U4qVpNY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgk4U4qVpNY</a>
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 05:37:25 PM
I finally got Windows 10 to install by doing a fresh Windows 7 install and then downloading Windows 7 SP 1, then running the Windows 10 Media Tool and selecting "Upgrade this computer" and then I disconnected my computer from the internet after the Windows 10 data had downloaded so that it would skip all the "checking for updates" stuff that takes forever.

Also, since I was on a fresh install, I told the installer not to keep any of my files or programs or settings.

Aside: I accidentally typed "adn" in this message and Microsoft Edge autocorrected it to "and" for me. Thmbsup
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 03:08:18 PM
I tried again using the Media Creator tool and got the same result. It failed at about 87% or so into the installation process and restored Windows 7. But this time when it booted into Windows 7, it gave me an error message and some clues as to what the problem(s) may be.

0x8007002C-0x4000D

"installation failed in the SECOND_BOOT phase with an error during MIGRATE_DATA operation"

I found the same error code on this help page, but I'm wondering if the issue is related to my... er... unique! customizations I made to the OS.

In my efforts to separate user data from the OS drive, and since Windows 7 won't really allow you to move your User directory to another drive, I did the Next Best ThingTM and moved as much as I could to another drive and then used SymLinks/Junctions to make the OS think the files/folders were where they belong.

I guess I'll try a fresh Windows 7 install and see if that will upgrade to Windows 10 (after downloading SP1 and other required updates).

I just reinstalled Windows 7 in May and have been unhappy with a few of the choices I made in the process, so I've been considering a fresh install anyway. I'll keep you posted.


Right now I envy Deozaan ("restoring to your previous version of Windows")!

I'm sorry things are not going well for you, Curt! While it's not working for me, at least there hasn't been any data loss! Sad
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 01:29:03 PM
By the way, Windows 10 seems to come with P2P updates built in. I'm not sure if the default is to have you serve downloads for other users over the internet or if I changed the setting to over the network sometime when I didn't realize what it means, but...

On my fresh upgrade, the final option ("PCs on my local network and PCs on the Internet") was selected.

That sounds like bad news for people who have data caps set by their ISPs. thumb down
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 01:11:31 PM
By the way, Windows 10 seems to come with P2P updates built in. I'm not sure if the default is to have you serve downloads for other users over the internet or if I changed the setting to use the internet sometime when I didn't realize what it means, but...

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33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 12:19:33 PM
Has anyone successfully upgraded through Windows Update? I got over 75% of the way through the upgrade process (to the "configuring settings" part of it) and then my computer rebooted and said "restoring to your previous version of Windows" and now I'm on Windows 7 again.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 11:31:18 AM
Just finished my installation on a second computer, and once again, File Explorer jump lists don't work, this time except for network shares. huh

Do they appear and clicking them doesn't do anything, or do they not appear at all?

Are they customized (you manually added something to the jump list) or are they the ones that are automatically added to the jump list?
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 11:02:48 AM
I just finished downloading both x64 and x86 ISOs of Windows 10 Pro (10240) and now Windows update is telling me I can upgrade to Windows 10...

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36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 10:52:04 AM

I'm currently downloading Windows 10 with that link. It allows you to "upgrade your computer now" or "create installation media to install Windows 10 on another computer" and the second option has an option for either ISO (CD/DVD) or USB.

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37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ouya acquired by Razer on: July 29, 2015, 10:41:40 AM
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While Razer is not retaining interest in OUYA hardware or related other assets, it does plan to publish Android TV content and Android-based TV console games under the OUYA moniker as a separate interest.

Dang. I was planning on making games for OUYA someday. Just hadn't gotten around to it yet.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 10:32:38 AM
Hm... So I can either 'manually' download Windows 10, and have it now ... Or, I can wait for the reservation to take forever to get on with it.

Got a link to the manually downloaded ISO?
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whole Room Watercooling on: July 28, 2015, 09:08:26 PM
I only watched the first vid, but I saw him use a hole saw on the top of a new machine build.
Nobody stood by with a vacuum cleaner hose to catch the debris as the hole saw chewed into the case.
Somebody -please- tell me that wasn't a metal case, and that he didn't shower metal bits and dust all over the insides of a new mobo and peripherals. >.<

I'm pretty sure the case was empty when he was cutting through it.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 28, 2015, 12:53:28 PM
KB2952664 installed perfectly fine for me the first time I tried. It didn't give me any trouble.

As did mine appear to. Then it added itself to the list again, and again... If I have time I'll post a screen shot when I get home...the damn thing is quite literally listed in history as having been successfully installed five times (in a row).

I checked for more updates multiple times after installing it and it isn't showing up again (yet). So we'll see what happens.

Maybe KB2952664 was the reason why Win 10 failed to install on my machine?

How did you get an upgrade prompt already?? Is it tomorrow in you part of the world?

I wondered that, too. But then I decided that maybe Curt hadn't yet even installed the "Reserve your Windows 10 today!" thing yet, and that it was that. If that wasn't clear, I mean maybe it's the update that makes the Windows 10 logo appear in the tray.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 28, 2015, 11:40:37 AM
KB2952664 installed perfectly fine for me the first time I tried. It didn't give me any trouble.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 28, 2015, 04:32:46 AM
Candy Crush Saga was recently added to "My Library" in the Microsoft App Store. Angry

It didn't automatically install the game, but I see no way of being able to remove something from your library once it has been added. I'm opposed to Candy Crush Saga and all of King (the company who made Candy Crush Saga) based on principle. I don't like that Microsoft has given them inflated usercounts by automatically adding it to every Windows 10 account library.

Guess I have no choice but to rate the game 1-star.
43  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 28, 2015, 04:21:41 AM
This is probably the link I click the most on this site, both at the top and bottom of the page (depending on which is closest to where I am).

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I'd keep the "member bar" minimized/hidden were it not for the fact that doing so will ALSO hide the search bar, which I use often enough that minimizing/maximizing the "member bar" section is a hassle. But if the search bar were always visible, I'd have it minimized all the time. It just wastes space at the top of every page, which is especially troublesome when viewing the site on mobile devices.

When I say "member bar" I mean that section at the top of the page with your avatar, that you posted a screenshot of several threads above. The one with the "since last visit" link we're talking about.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's living in your taskbar notification area right now? on: July 28, 2015, 03:38:12 AM
While we've kind of digressed into application memory usage, can I ask what those using the Dropbox client show it's memory usage as?

15,300K while idling on my PC (Win7 x64).
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whole Room Watercooling on: July 26, 2015, 01:15:08 AM
I was just about to go to bed, then I started this video, not realizing it was a multi-part series. Now I'll never get to sleep! Cry

Gotta watch 'em all! Thmbsup
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: July 25, 2015, 10:13:53 PM
I don't think you need to pay to say things on Reddit. But I don't know. I don't visit the site much and I've never tried leaving a comment. I'm not even sure I have an account.

That said, I think Reddit uses Imgur for all image uploads.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm ready to join the HTPC (home theater pc) revolution - what to get? on: July 25, 2015, 09:58:31 PM
You could go with something like the Odroid-XU4 ($74) with the CloudShell ($39) to connect a hard drive and use that as your NAS/HTPC.

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48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: July 25, 2015, 09:48:08 PM
They could form The Last LLC and all their products could be branded The Last.

Whatever product they made, it would be The Last product.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's living in your taskbar notification area right now? on: July 22, 2015, 09:15:30 PM
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In the expanded view:
  • Realtek HD Audio Manager (audio driver)
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Borderless Gaming (puts games into "fullscreen" borderless windowed mode)
  • AdGuard
  • Display Fusion
  • Mumble
  • Gizmo
  • Screenshot Captor
  • BitTorrent Sync
  • Better DS3
  • VLC
  • Dyn Updater
  • Google Photos
  • Subsonic
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center (video driver)
  • uTorrent
  • Join.me (can't figure out how to disable launch on startup)
  • Google Music Manager
  • MEGAsync
  • Google Chrome (Notifications)
  • Teamviewer

In the tray:
  • Speedfan (showing my GPU temperature in Celsius)
  • PortableApps.com Launcher
  • Windows 10 Upgrade
  • Dropbox
  • Task Manager
  • Steam

I usually close a few of these (such as join.me and MEGA) but I forgot to do that since my last reboot.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: July 22, 2015, 04:45:56 PM
I tried working on a project and got so sidetracked trying to get git to work the way I wanted to that I moved the project to Mercurial so I could actually work on the project instead of spending all my time fiddling with git.

What I've ended up doing is being productive using Mercurial, then when I get to a place where I'm ready for the cloud builder to make a test build for me, I copy all the files over to a separate git repo to add/push the changes to let the cloud do its job.

I probably just need more time to force myself to learn the git tools, but right now I'm finding it really hard and frustrating to do things that are so easy and natural for me to do using Mercurial's tools.
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