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Craig Matthews Craig_​Matthews Good News, Everyone!
  • Is it even possible to have a redundant internet connection and desktop at home?

    The correct way to do this is with a dual WAN router. Attach both ISPs to the WAN interfaces on the router and attach your PCs to the router once. The router handles the aggregation and failover. The PCs don't know anything about the WAN side.

    Example router: http://www.linksys.com/us/p/P-LRT224/.



  • Faulty update time! (And again, W10..)

    There are two things about forced updates for home users, even with faulty updates, that should be embraced an encouraged:

    • Microsoft technical support people and third party support people can never again use "you're not on the latest service pack/hotfix/cumulative update" as an excuse to write off an issue reported to them.
    • Faulty updates will encourage customers to hold Microsoft and its hardware partners accountable.

    In fact, I want to see more faulty updates. I want to see high profile newsworthy mass-brickings of consumer devices because of faulty updates and I especially want to see driver updates screw people's computers up because something needs to happen to get consumers of computer products to start holding software and hardware manufacturers responsible for what they put out instead of letting them all get away with releasing untested, half-assed, defective prototypes like they do now.


  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    @cheong I was specifically addressing the lie that the Professional/Enterprise editions aren't configurable. The only thing I said about the non-pro edition is that it is the incorrect edition to use when you're performing business tasks. I never said the home/non-pro editions had group policy editor built in and you know that. I was strictly speaking of enterprise/pro.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , cheong wrote

    @Craig_Matthews: All is good until you need to install the domain related management tools seperately. And you need someone know enough to download that administration pack.

    Just want to tell you that I was hired to that company as shipping clerk at that time, and they have no IT staffs.

    You don't need to install anything domain related to edit local group policy on a machine. You launch gpedit.msc. It's built in.

    You should probably stop commenting on how group policy works.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , cheong wrote

    Btw, I have a question. If Microsoft were to take away the option to stop Windows Update in the non-business edtions, what if there is another update that breaks the PCs?

    Is Microsoft effectively says when this happens, the insider program users have to unplug their PC from the web for a few days until the problem is fixed?

    This is why there is a fast update ring and a stable update ring. Ostensibly, most issues will be found before release to the stable ring, with the users on the fast ring aware of the risk they're taking, complimented by improved roll-back capabilities in Windows 10.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , cheong wrote

    @Craig_Matthews: It is a hack for some companies.

    I once worked for a string weaving factory that all they have is a PC for using Accounting software, and a notebook for sales. Having an AD server is overkill for this kind of small business.

    A Windows domain is not required to configure group policies, only centrally manage them. These settings can be configured on a single Windows machine. This has  been the case forever. It's not a hack. It's a configuration utility. Just like control panel, settingscomputer management, and windows update settings. You can run it on a single machine or in a domain.

    What's the difference between doing it in a drop down box in "settings" and opening up another configuration applet, on the same computer, which has more advanced settings?

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , wastingtime​withforums wrote

    Well, on Windows 10, even on the professional mega-ulti-über-editon, you have less control over Windows Update than on Windows 7 Home Basic.

    That's completely untrue. And please don't respond by saying Group Policy editor is a "hack."


  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    I get around the problem by not giving important business presentations, executing long-running business management tasks, or running critical business processes on anything labeled "home edition" or otherwise labeled for non professional/business use. E.g. I buy the edition suitable for my purposes, such as Enterprise or Professional where I can control updates.


  • Anyone knows how to export Edge Favorites back into simple IE fav files?

    The .URL files for favorites seem to be here for Edge, at least on my machine:



  • Modern Skype is dead.

    I'm still waiting for the Windows Phone version of Skype to actually set off my ring tone when a call comes in through Skype, instead of getting a notification of a missed Skype call 5 minutes later.

    "I've never had that problem" is a lie.