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    XP was my idea. 3rd party apps make the garbage after it my idea
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  1. Doesn't LTSB also have the bloated updates issue? Although due to feature updates not as frequent as other editions, it may be less annoying. But it's not as sweet as Windows 7 or 8.1's updating used to be (before Microsoft broke that and made it a nightmare too).
  2. Good decision. Windows 10 is universal s***. There's nothing good about it. Third party apps can fix 8.1 at least.
  3. Well, not to be perceived myself as ignorant, I meant that most driver models are the same. A few things have changed but nothing significant for me. Windows Display Driver Model is revised to 2.0/2.1/2.2 in Windows 10 but I am not a DirectX 12 gamer so it doesn't matter to me. Thunderbolt and USB 3.1 with the USB-C connector might be slightly better supported than 8.1 but I think there is an update for 8.1 that adds USB-C connector support. Miracast will support H.265/HEVC in Windows 10 vs H.264 in 8.1. The Creators Update supports WiGig for wireless docks and further improvements to Bluetooth Low Energy. DLNA Streaming (Cast To) is definitely improved in Windows 10 - streaming actually works with my TV. But these are trivial additions for me. Any app can do that job eventually. The fundamentals like operating system servicing, the core user interface, overall performance and productivity have all taken such a massive hit in Windows 10 that it is out of the question! I think 8.1 with a Start Menu, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and such other apps to fix it is much better. You no longer have to suffer Windows 10 or stay with Windows 7 which is being phased out by Microsoft's evil partners too - Intel, AMD, HP, Dell, Lenovo etc.
  4. This might help: How to make an updated ISO with Windows 7 SP2 Convenience Rollup so Windows Update works: http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-make-an-updated-iso-with-windows-7-sp2-convenience-rollup-so-windows-update-works/ But that was before the cumulative rollups started from October 2016. I am happy with an updated image till mid-2016. I manually download and install the latest update rollup. Then WU works for me.
  5. Yes Vista was a huge change and improvement to the kernel and all of Windows internals: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_features_new_to_Windows_Vista#Kernel_and_core_OS_changes. Also read this document: http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/c/5/9c5b2167-8017-4bae-9fde-d599bac8184a/kernel-en.doc And this three-part series: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc162494.aspx Although Vista was a huge step backwards in OS servicing and some parts of the Explorer shell/user experience. Even up to Windows 8.1, the crappiness in the user experience could be fixed with third party apps and many of the technical changes were good (although not all of them). Even the servicing of 8.1 is way better than Vista or Windows 7. But in Windows 10, nothing is worthwhile. Everything is crap. It has nothing of value for me, is full of junk, super annoying rude behaviors & things way out of control! A OS super-disaster. I would rather change careers than deal with this junk!!
  6. Windows 10 is the crappiest crap of all crap. I've seen such extreme bul***** in the OS in the last 2.5 years that I will stay away from it for the next 100 years at least. It's an epic failure of good software engineering. Parts of it are very poorly architected/designed and the UI is worse than Windows 95, and even worse than Windows 8. The reliability, stability, quality, value it delivers, ease of use, features - everything about Windows 10 is outrageously bad and completely worthless, lacking in substance. For those who cannot judge its quality and cannot see its massive flaws, I saw tough luck. You are stupid and you might have a weird obsession to stay on the "latest" OS no matter how bad it is, and nobody can fight that if you've made up your mind to ignore its deal-breaking flaws. The worst is yet to come. Windows 10 will only get worse from here on as it destroys everything that truly made the PC great. Microsoft will remove more features and value than what they are adding, and they will change it into a perpetual expensive subscription. You'll experience MASSIVE troubles CONTINUOUSLY with Windows 10 - it goes against the fundamental principle of software which is that it should stable, trustworthy, reliable and productive in the long term. Now at this point, end of Microsoft support also means nothing to me. So I will continue to run Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell for as long as I can. Windows is secure enough now that security patches ending won't cause your PC to get hacked unless you run unknown apps from untrusted sources. It's just a tactic that Microsoft uses to scare everyone. In fact I am willing to take that 1 in a billion chance that my PC will get hacked because of a security vulnerability. That is lesser of the two evils, the one option being extorted by Microsoft perpetually with ridiculous changes that you can't say no to. Microsoft will bleed you dry without offering any additional value, and while secretly eliminating what you paid for. The driver model hasn't changed between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 so it will be possible to run Windows 8.1 for a very, very, very long time. Even NVMe SSDs have native drivers in Windows 8.1. USB 3.1 - yep. Bluetooth Low Energy. Yep 8.1 supports. Miracast? Yep. There hasn't been any hardware technology evolution or revolution big enough to require the dreadful abomination called Windows 10. No amount of Registry tweaking, configuring and tuning can fix the awfulness of updates in Windows 10. Updates that should have been 10 MB in size are 1 GB and are constant. To hide from the user how awfully bloated they are, Microsoft no longer shows their size so the user remains cluelessly deceived. Updates reset your customized stuff and completely kill your productivity. Updates also impact internet bandwidth when downloading and affect your PC performance while they slowly install. Updates will wear out your SSD with tons of unnecessary writes. Whoever worked on the updating stack should never again be allowed to touch a computer, let alone code. They should be sent back to the college or university they came from to learn efficient coding from scratch again. Until then, all their degrees and qualifications should be taken away. I haven't seen anything worse in 30 years of computing than Windows 10 updates. UI inconsistences have increased 100 times more in Windows 10 vs 8.1. Settings and notification area Metro s*** is all over the place. For example, there are 3 Defender UIs: (see this image: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C28Xt4gXcAEf0c4.jpg:large ) AND a tray icon and weekly Action Center notifications! Action Center is a badly design notification UI straight from hell to constantly bug and annoy you. On the other hand, Windows 8.1 with the addition of Classic Shell is largely like Windows 7. You don't even have to ever see or use the dreadful Metro UI in Windows 8 except for a few areas like the Network flyout/tray pane. Whereas in Windows 10, the extremely crappily designed UI has infected all the parts of the OS. Everywhere, silly dumb undecipherable icons are used instead of text and everything is hidden behind hamburger menus that require more clicks. More classic Win32 desktop apps are replaced by extremely dumbed down Metro crap. There is no more any concept like usability, productivity or efficiency of doing things. Windows 8.1 is the fastest out of Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10 in my benchmarks. Also besides synthetic performance, Windows 10 has real-world UI sluggishness issues due to use of managed code in the UI/graphical shell. Plus, it is unstable and breaks on its own. It also has loads of unnecessary crap which cannot be uninstalled, fully disabled and continues to take loads of memory. It also comes back when you do updates. So Windows 10 has severely regressed in several core areas: 1. Updates (or the way the OS is serviced) which affects user productivity and long-term stability and desired configuration 2. User interface which has pathetic usability. The entire UWP/Metro UI control stack should be canceled and something better based on modified Win32 controls for touch should be built. Making the controls usable still won't fix their awful design and broken underpinnings of UWP and of most apps though 3. Poor performance due to use of managed code in the OS unlike fast, low footprint native code (C++) I think those who say Windows 10 is actually better than 8.1 or 7 don't have any understanding of operating systems and therefore cannot see just how bad it is. They have no idea of the crap they are accepting. What can I say - ignorance is bliss. Windows 10 is unbearable for me so I never use it. I refuse to use such a junk piece of software, so it's 8.1 for me unless there is really something useful added in Windows 10 in the future. But Microsoft has run out of great ideas and innovation. They only add useless gimmicky fluff now that is of no value to me. Most of their "ideas" are copied from competitors, and since there is no long-term continuity or guarantee of any feature staying around, their software suddenly becomes completely worthless for me - because you paid for some commitment and now they're backing off that commitment - it's an epic breach of trust. Spending money on such crap would be the biggest mistake ever. Plus anything that requires the cloud or interacts so much with the cloud gets a big thumbs down from me. I will never use it because their grand plan is to hold everyone hostage as they pull off any kind of random meaningless changes FORCIBLY to make themselves rich while offering nothing new really that is of significant value or use to you. Again, it's a violation of trust and reduction in value in the "improved" version. I will wait till the new Microsoft CEO gets fired - you know, the id*** who cannot even understand that operating systems should be an offline but occasionally connected-product, not a cloud-first service.
  7. Hey please share that script to permanently get rid of GarbEdge! It doesn't come back even after Reset? The script must have removed the appx package and manifest from the base WIM.
  8. I am so sick of Windows TEN (Terrorist EditioN)

    1. Tommy


      Definitely not my cup of tea either. I cannot stand the direction Microsoft is going in and how they have to be copycats of other software. =/

    2. Dibya


      HAHA! Loved the name . I am on XP . I will stay on it by enhancing as much as possible  . FEw day ago tried win 10 , it was eating almost 6gibgs of ram for no reason at first boot . i donot know what more crap Microsoft wants to do  . My XP consume 175MB ram on first boot also MSE is my av .

  9. Windows 10 Bob Edition forces driver installs and overrides existing drivers unless a Group Policy introduced in Anniversary Update is set to disable drivers via WU.
  10. I wish Tihiy would release the "Close Metro apps with X" on Windows 8.1 (a feature of StartIsBack+) as a little standalone app.
  11. Well for starters, typical updates are 1 GB. They should be 10 MB. End of story. This OS is dead for me. Happy that I don't have to use this POS if I don't want to.
  12. Classic Shell is fantastic but it doesn't fix the rest of the completely messed up OS that Windows 10 is. I hope the id*** who built Windows 10 get fired and never find another job.
  13. Level 0. W T F is this shiat and why should I infect my PC with such a malicious software? I would rather quit computers than use such an insulting, disgusting system. Can I fire all the dimwitted "engineers" and program managers who screwed up Windows so badly? There will be hell to pay for screwing customers so badly and so continuously for so long. This POS is full of meaningless, stupid, insulting, rude, screwy, arbitrary, telemetry-driven changes all decided by the mothership which you are just supposed to only consume and not complain? All the time, money and resources you poured for years into setting up a personalized, powerful computer system that works FOR you is now wasted? No way in hell. I am a user interface purist and I cannot stand any level of regression in the GUI. Unfortunately, this POS called Windows 10 has completely destroyed all the good parts of the UI that used to work FOR me in this once-powerful operating system. And a lot of the bird brained people do not seem to find any fatal flaws in this wretched OS.
  14. Well I can think of only one thing that Windows 10 does better for me: it can stream to DLNA-compatible receivers a lot more efficiently using WMP than earlier releases. That's one feature. Vs literally a million regressions and unwanted behaviors. Any chance I might use it? Are you kidding me? No way in hell for the next many years!! I hope to find a decent DLNA server/controller that works with TVs as well as Windows 10's DLNA controller. DivX with its Media Server works with some clients/renderers but not all. Any other suggestions? Note that it has to support DLNA's controller and server roles and has to be compatible with DLNA client and renderer roles in devices like Samsung, Sony TVs. Update: There is a CRAPPY Videos app in Windows 8.1 which lets you stream to DLNA TVs too using the Devices charm (Win+K) -> Play option. So now, Bob 10 has nothing for me. Absolutely nothing of value.
  15. Personally I think that if you rule out third party software which deeply integrates with the operating system and makes it behave a whole lot better as the user intended, Windows XP was the ultimate peak of software engineering just by itself without needing any big third party fixes. It was Windows 2000+a huge number of features that few people are aware of. Of course, Windows Vista and Windows 7/8 were huge improvements in many, many areas but that's when they started compromising on quality of existing stuff to push new stuff. Regressions began to crop up which made some things a deal-breaker. If the regressions completely start ruining the experience, it isn't worth it. However, with third party apps fixing the superficial, less severe problems in Windows after XP, the experience of these OSes becomes very much superior to Windows XP. For a LONG time I refused to let go of XP and believed it was the best OS. But once I could get the Windows XP experience on Windows 7 with third party apps, I could see how Windows 7 was objectively better than XP if you consider everything you get as in the whole package. Windows 8/8.1 was another huge letdown but again not impossible to fix with third party software. Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell and a few other essential apps like OldNewExplorer, is currently IMHO the best OS (it works for me at least, the way I want it). Bob 10 is a joke, definitely the worst and whoever came up with the idea of an operating system as a cloud service should be banned from working in the industry and all his qualifications and degrees taken away/canceled. Nothing can fix it since Microsoft gutted the user experience at its core. The kernel may still be solid but what good is that if the UX is so unstable? It will change when you go to sleep one day and wake up the next. And the usability/GUI is so awful! It's still a phone UI put into a desktop OS. But then most of the gullible users are id***. What do they know about good UI anyway?