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What You Don’t Know About Windows 10 Updates

TweetWindows 10 Updates May Not Be What They Seem One of my major pet peeves about Windoze Ten is the update process. You cannot stop it. You cannot override the update process. You cannot disable the updates. Updates can wreck the OS. It may choose to do a full reinstall in the middle of the Continue Reading

Anniversary Update Hell Redux

TweetAnd the Fun Continues… While for many people Windows 10 has been an improvement, the majority simply DO.NOT.LIKE the interface.  It is one of the least friendly designs Micro$oft has ever unleashed on an unsuspecting population.  Navigating this hell-hole of an Operating System (OS) is like navigating the Seven Circles of Hell (nod to Dante).  Continue Reading

Decline Windows 10 Upgrade While You Can

Decline This Offer

TweetWindows 10 is a mixed bag at best. On a new computer it usually behaves itself.  For Windows 8 or 8.1 users (I’m sorry) it is actually an improvement most of the time.  If you have a Windows 7 computer you do NOT want Windoze 10 to change your entire computer interface to something you Continue Reading

Windows 10 Upgrades Wreaking Havoc

TweetWindoze 10 Wreaking Havoc is Nothing New Since before Windows 10 became the ubiquitous option it has become – and now being force-fed to a computer near you, we have been warning of compatibility issues and performance problems.  We have gone so far as to recently publish a recommendation for disabling Automatic Updates to protect Continue Reading

Windows 10 Automatically Downloading Now

TweetURGENT This is an important news flash.  Microsoft has shifted the category of the Windows 10 Update from “Optional” to “Recommended”.  This means that if your Windows Update policy is set to “Automatic”, you are going to be in for a big surprise with a Windows 10 interface. Why should you care? Well, Windows 10 Continue Reading

Need a New Laptop but Hate Windows 10?

TweetIf you are in a position where you need a new laptop, but absolutely HATE Windows 8 – and would rather have an UN-anesthetized root canal than use Windows 10 (like most people) there are still options out there.  You do have to shop carefully though. I have had the need to recommend a few Continue Reading

Win 10 Upgrade = Total Data Loss

TweetAs you all may know by now, I try to make a point of documenting avoidable disasters as an educational tool.  Today’s complete clusterf*ck comes courtesy of Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade process and was further enhanced by Microsoft “Support” (if you want to call it that).  If you don’t want your data to go up Continue Reading

iCloud Drive 100% CPU Usage – SOLVED

TweetSince I penned the first blog entry on this topic, I have encountered a total of four PCs completely unusable due to running iCloud.  I cannot at this time call it an epidemic, but in 100% of the PCs I’ve encountered running iCloud, the CPU usage has been pegged at 100%, with typically over 60% Continue Reading

Go Make Your Restore Disks NOW

TweetI’ve been working on computers for somewhere in the neighborhood of 30+ years.  It wasn’t that long ago when you could buy a computer with the necessary disks included to reinstall your computer back to the condition it was in when you bought it.  This becomes crucial when your computer has a hard drive failure, when Continue Reading

iCloud Drive Performance Hit

TweetSo far I cannot gather enough information to declare this a wide-spread problem, but in one isolated case I found having iCloud Drive running was causing massive memory and resource usage on a Windows 7 computer. Computer specs: Lenovo G560 Pentium P6100 2.0GHz Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1 4 Gigs RAM 4 Gigs Continue Reading