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RIP Win 10

by anonymized user 468275 (Curate)
on Jul 30, 2018 at 15:01 UTC ( #1219490=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

17 years ago I erased Windows from my home environment owing to the relative richness of multimedia applications available from planet CCRMA (for Fedora linux). Indeed, at that time, the best open source DVD ripper was written in Perl and intended mainly for linux.

Then, seven years later, certain annoying office-related circumstances drove me back to using Windows XP at home. When that got unsupported I skipped the detestable Windows 7 and upgraded to 8. I lived with that thru 10 until recently.

What happened next was that something went wrong in the April 2018 upgrade which didn't even hit my Win 10 until July -- whataver had been happening to delay windows upgrade is not related to the next bug I suffered: it wouldn't run windows updates because of old SIDs in the registry that did not match any users. But when these were removed (I had to carefully check the valid SIDs and edit the registry), it refused to log in because some typically nasty MS programming was linking these old SIDs to the PIN and password details instead of the new SIDs created by the upgrade. Too late to create a backup admin logon and my project (carefully backed up elsewhere) was ready to migrate to linux (as previously planned), so it was enough reason, relative to faint counter-argument, once again to banish windows from my home computers.

You only live twice, Mister Gates...

One world, one people

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Re: RIP Win 10
by SuicideJunkie (Vicar) on Jul 30, 2018 at 20:48 UTC

    I'm curious and have to ask; what made you decide that Windows 8 was better than 7?

    Personally, I felt that I could have lived with 7 even though I never actually used it at home, but 8 was just a train wreck and nail in the coffin.

      IMHO Windows-7 was the best up until they decided to remove the concurrent remote desktop feature from the Pro edition.

      It was very useful to have a Windows-7 on a VM and have multiple concurrent sessions from different users using xfreerdp if they had a task that required Windows. When they stopped that (and opting out of that "security fix" was not an option), it turned Windows-7 back into the usual crap.

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
      I was happy with XP and felt that win7 was retrograde in the interface. Win8 looked like it was gearing up to compatibility with the windows phone, still a believable product at the time. Seems to be a rule of thumb: robust technologies help you to predict the future. Non-robust technologies do not help you predict what will replace them.

      One world, one people

        Ah, I see. For me, the phone-iness of it hurt a lot. If I wanted a phone, I'd have bought a phone... I also despise the websites that have decayed from efficient tools into Fischer-Price baby toy interfaces because of mobile, and W8 dipped into all that ire for me.

Re: RIP Win 10
by wjw (Priest) on Aug 11, 2018 at 04:59 UTC

    I gave up on MS a long time ago. Except when forced to work on it at my job, I never returned. I do have one MS laptop that I use to figure out what problem the family or friend is having with app(x) or whatever. But during my years doing 1st and 2nd level IT support, I got so sick of having to reload and update the various flavors of MS that I just stopped using that product. WinXP was the last I actively installed and more or less could tolerate.

    Now that my work years have passed, I am more than happy to let that MS laptop sit until I get asked for some help, at which point I tell them it is going to take a while. I have settled on a set of apps on Linux which do everything I could ask for and then some. The only thing I use a VM for is to try out a new flavor of Linux. I find that anything that runs Enlightenment as a front end is fine with me. (Yes, I like eye-candy).

    Guess I am just reflecting here. Kind of nice to be in that position... . Maybe I can get used to this retirement thing yet, hmmm... it makes it a lot easier just not having to deal with MS (99% of the time anyway).

    Bill Gates can have as many lives as he wants, as long as I don't have to share any part of those lives with him...

    ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...

    A solution is nothing more than a clearly stated problem...

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