Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Windows 10

If you are like me you decided to upgrade to Windows 10 while it was free. My second motivation was the availability of high speed internet connection since it takes about 3 hours to download the update. Anyway, there is a lot to dislike about Windows 10. Particularly the fact that Google Chrome keeps crashing. However, a couple of things:

1) Google "windows 10 privacy." You will discover that in its default state Windows tracks your every move - mail, notes, calendar, etc... I turned it all off. Your mileage may vary.

2) The biggest frustration is that everything has moved. When you are trying to debug a problem all the old tricks (like right clicking on my computer to get to the device manager) are unavailable. The trick is the "windows key" plus the "X" key. This brings up all the "good stuff" that you have learned to love - control panel, device manager, the run command, etc. It has saved me hours.

3) I was having trouble with my computer. The Microsoft support guys told me to run these two routines in succession from and administrator command prompt (windows key + x key)

run sfc /scannow

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

They suggested it would not hurt to run them once a month or so.

Fair winds and following seas :)

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