* Posts by Splork

14 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Feb 2016

Forget about those pesky closures, Windows 10 has an important message for you


Re: "not giving Windows 10 enough headroom"

The point of my post is not the absolute size of the VM. Obviously it has several significant applications installed otherwise what would be the point of making it? Windows is an OS and an OS, by definition, is an infrastructure and environment that can support and run applications. I fail to see why some folks seem to believe that Windows 10 has any intrinsic value all by its lonesome.

The point of my post is that Windows 10 upgrades and many updates waste device resources that can be used instead to provide capabilities to the tasks we need to do on the bloody thing.

In my case, significant storage is used for content resources needed for content creation as well as engineering and development tools. And if I to a rough sum, your "at home" Windows PC has something like 77GB occupied by the page file and top 5 folders. That seems suspiciously similar to my VM PRIOR to the 1903 update. Note that it's been more than 30 days and I still can't purge the VM file system of the previous, 1803, installation.


Re: "not giving Windows 10 enough headroom"


I have a Windows 10 Pro VM that was running 1809 (yes, I avoid features updates as long as coitally possible). It occupied a scant 74GB on my host file system. One day as it inevitably comes to pass with WaaS, it updated to 1903. Then it occupies over 100GB*.

Yes I ran Disk cleanup. Yes I chose to find and delete system files, restore points (who needs these with a VM that is backed up regularly) and previous installations. Now it occupies 95GB. That about 20GB for a feature upgrade I neither needed or wanted.

* That means a minimum of about 25GB of storage overhead for windows 10 feature upgrades in addition to normal workload overhead All in all, windows 10 and its upgrade system is the worst anyone can imagine..

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally


Windows 7 to 10 for FREEEE

In the last 30 days, I did a clean install a Windows 7 Pro and activated it (using my XP to 7 upgrade key). I then upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro 1909. I went to the activation page and requested activation. MS promptly activated windows 10 Pro.

Most don't know this, but the activation servers at MS will still gladly activate an upgrade from Windows 7 to 10. Why anyone would want to do this unless coerced (and MS has been trying hard to do that) is beyond my comprehension.

But don't tell anyone...

It's a secret

Sophos tells users to roll back Microsoft's Patch Tuesday run if they want PC to boot



"permits unauthenticated remote code execution through the medium of Remote Desktop Services"

The first thing I do, for Windows and all OS flavors in my shed, is to disable all remote access needed for some IT wonk to mess with my systems especially RDS. However, this policy is especially important for Windows as any subset of vulnerabilities that can be easily shunted is a good thing when using a spaghetti code OS like Windows. As for Windows 7, it's been sand boxed in a VM (hosted by a strong 'nixOS) and unable to access the Internet since the whole GWX debacle.

The only good Windows is an deaf and dumb Windows. Wait, is that redundant?

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability


Re: I am always disappointed in modern computing

"Add to this the 'throw-away' society with a manufacturing sector only too happy to re-sell you the same bollocks every 2-3 years with a facelift and a promise that this version will be much better than the last."

Wow! This is exactly the the sales pitch for MS Windows. It always has been and will be the "most secure Windows EVER!" Will wonders ever cease? I'd like to think so here at at Happydale :-&

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure


Spaceballs to the Rescue

Please contact Lord Dark Helmet. We need the giant Spaceballs vacuum maid to clean this mess up. While they're at it, maybe they leave a little more atmosphere on Mars. They just have to switch from "suck" to "blow."

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old


Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

If you have a Windows 7 computer, you can upgrade (though that's really a misnomer) to Windows 10 for free. A properly activated Windows 7 to 8.1 machine will activate Windows 10 without a problem. Download the ISO and create bootable media with it and install from that. I believe that if you have enogh disk space, you can always go back; just keep the Windows 10 Activation Key because you can use it for a clean install if necessary.

Fundamentally, I would never do this to a physical machine but I have upgraded Windows 7 Pro VMs just to give it a go. It offers no compelling advantage in speed, usability or aesthetics; just a pain in the ass for care and feeding.

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!


Re: If anyone knows of any other solutions, please reply.

That pretty much what I do but it's macOS that faces the Internet. ubuntu LTS as a VM gets Internet access too. Windows 10, 7, XP, and even 2k (for some legacy lab units) all run host only. Years ago I used a Linux host on my Sony VAIO but moved to the Mac for Adobe apps when I got into photography.


Re: broadly akin to open-source software?

That's quite true. I evaluated the SCU with a variety of programs and have been forcing myself to use the FCU for production. But invariably, I find myself staring at my Windows 7 machine until the pain of Windows 10 UI subsides a bit...

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back


Re: the emotional distress of dealing with Windows 10.

"Fucking snowflakes."

Slightly off topic surely? And no links.

You might try a Google search but the View Image button may be borked...

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?


No mention of the all new Fluent Design

What about the Aero, er Fluent display effects? No wonder the newest Surface Bookies has a GPU sporting 6GB of VRAM. You'll need those resources to support all the compute cycles needed to make this useless stuff work. This is especially funny after MS made the Windows 10 user interface as flat, featureless, and boring as possible...


Re: Start menu

You forgot to mention that IBM paid MS to develop parts of OS/2 until MS walked off the job. Then a shout time later Windows 3 came out. Coincidence? I doubt it...

Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft


Any company that relies on MS Windows for developing software and finding customers will eventually have their IP and products subsumed by the OS itself. How could any developer trust a company that's been found guilty of abusing their monopoly, not once, but twice? If you're developing 3D mapping, content creation and AR, you're next on the list. You have been warned.

Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha


Re: "rescue neighborhoods from terrorists"

Your definition gives 1,117 have died over the 100 years apparently ignores 9-11. But let's say it was 10 times more making it 12,000 over 100 have died from "terror" attacks. Compare that to this statistic I found with a quick search:

"There were 30,057 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2013 in which 32,719 deaths occurred. This resulted in national motor vehicle crash death rates of 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.11 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

Fatality Facts - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety"

I believe we can safely infer that a "terror" attack is one of the less probably ways out of a million ways to die in the west...