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  • WTF WIN10 auto update restart.

    , bondsbw wrote

    @figuerres:  Agreed with this.  I would prefer a curated issue tracker that shows status and allows moderators to merge repeats into officially-tracked issues.

    If only Microsoft had such a tool. If only they were using it.

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    , Jamie​Mitchell wrote

    • Dual Monitor Support - I don't see any enhancements from 8.1 for dual monitor users - I do see one major drawback though: independent wallpapers. 8.1 allowed me to assign wallpapers independently to multiple monitors. I run one vertical monitor (for Google Music and reddit) so the wallpaper looks ridiculous when stretched to fit the 1080x1920 screen.

    Presumably you could bodge a solution to this by creating a custom JPEG with wallpapers arranged appropriately, and appropriate white space, and then setting it as a panoramic wallpaper?

    • GUI Uniformity - Right click on an icon in the task bar - now right click on a file/folder in Explorer. Some windows look like Windows 7, some look like Windows 10.

    tbh this has been a problem in every Windows ever.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , Craig_​Matthews wrote

    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.

    1) I use what I'm given, I'm not in purchasing.

    2) The names denote featureset, to suggest you shouldn't use a home edition for "professional" presentations when it meets the required features (connects to projector, can run presentation software) is disingenuous.

    , Craig_​Matthews wrote


    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.

    Has it occurred to you that an accountant shouldn't have to use group policy? In good software the users are able to achieve their desired aim in their desired fashion, in bad software the software is always right the heretics must be burnt.

    , cheong wrote

    Btw, since those machines are behind NAT and the users are not young people who'd take it to do "other purpose" like surfing the web, the chance of virus infection even if there are unpatched hole in the system is minimal.

    I wouldn't say this is reflective my experience in the wild world...

    , bondsbw wrote

    I'm seeing quite a lot of putting-the-cart-before-the-horse.  It's fine to worry, but don't act like these major issues have already happened, or like Microsoft will not be responsible to their customers by improving testing to help ensure major breaking updates don't get out.  Make a scene when it happens, not before.

    The original problem I posted did happen. On Windows 8.1. Besides prevention is better than a cure.

    And there is no excuse for installing an insider preview build on a production machine.  None.  While it is far from guaranteed, anyone who is using an insider build assumes there is some risk that their install will eventually get screwed up beyond recognition, and that the only recourse is a wipe/reinstall.  "But, but..." No.  No buts.  Either assume the risk or get out of the program.

    Did anyone in this thread claim to be running Win 10 on a production machine? Most, if not all, posters are discussing either problems with Win 8/8.1 or <I>potential</I> problems with Win 10.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , vesuvius wrote


    Most costly fraud and security related incidents are about stealing peoples identity  and personal information e.g QPM hack. There have been countless breaches recently, if the Windows team found a vulnerability that could expose ones personal information, I would accept a hard reboot and forced update, but if it is for general usage benefits i.e. we have hundreds of millions of people on update x that contains UI bug fixes or non critical fixes as appears to be happening, then that is irritating.  

    If you're running a major database of private information you should probably have proper update procedures in place, regardless...

    Forcing people to update stops botnets, not database breaches.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    Here's another gripe that's been annoying me lately: Why does IE not allow me to sort more than the current days worth of browsing history chronologically?

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , figuerres wrote

    this may not be the popular answer but what about making sure your updates are done and you reboot *before* any big presentation?

    how hard is it to say :  Hey I will need my system on tomorrow at 2pm, need to make sure in the morning to re-boot after checking for any updates.

    I wish I was 100% organised 100% of the time. I'm not.

    the reboots are always after an update, the updates do not happen at random times of the day. unless you never let them run at night and only turn on the pc just before the meeting starts.

    I tend to turn my PC off when it's not in use (like when I'm asleep), unless I have a specific reason to leave it on (like making a large download).

    The fact that shutdown and restart are no longer the same makes matters worse here, because my routine of shutting down no longer provides an opportunity for the updates to install (except at inconvenient times when I want the PC off as quickly as possible (say, to move it) when it decides to only give me the option to shut-down and install.. clearly Windows is self aware and hates me :P).

    , vesuvius wrote


    Only Zero day security exploits should force a computer to restart, most people would accept that if it happened from time to time.

    I still think the risk/benefit analysis is for me to make, here. It's my PC, I'm the one that's at risk.

    in recent terror attacks the Police have been wearing masks to avoid identification, so the security of Windows is a heavy burden and something that must be taken seriously.

    I don't even get what you mean here...

    This auto restart reminds one of HAL9000, "Open the Doors HAL!".

    My old laptop's network name as HAL9000. The current one is GLADOS :P

    , figuerres wrote


    right, like the other day when I was giving a presentation... I went to the conf room about an hour before time and fired up the laptop, it did an update rebooted and then I logged back in and got some files ready and logged oout till time to do the presenting.

    That does not work where, for instance, many presenters are presenting consecutively, on their own PCs with a short break between them. I also wouldn't trust my Windows updates to be complete within an hour. Usually they are, but I wouldn't want to rely on it.

    but I also see some simple ways to handle a lot of this.

    Again, I wish I was 100% organised 100% of the time. I am not. Most people are not. Good software will work with us on that fact.

    And what about all the "non-technical" people?

    , cheong wrote

    If you need to present the day after "Update Tuesday", chances are you'll see the update as soon as you connect it to a network.

    Thankfully it does usually wait a few days before it tries to force the retarts on us. For now, at least...

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , cheong wrote

    @GoddersUK: Time to change the update setting to just notify me when found new update and let me choose when to install. Just don't install the updates in the middle of your work (like what I did) and you should be fine.

    That won't exist in Windows 10. Besides, I'd rather not have the hassle of having to manually update - I'd just like the option to turn of automatic restarts (ideally always, but at least when the prompt comes up.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    Who on earth thought this was a good idea? I could be giving a presentation, doing something time critical, completing a job that must be uninterrupted (running some kind of data analysis script that I would have to restart from the beginning, for instance) or I could have left my computer running unattended to complete a task. But Windows know that now would be a great time to restart to install updates. At least it gives me a warning, eh?

  • Issues about my phone nokia lumia

    Is your APN set correctly for your network?


  • Who designed your internal network?

    Looks like the UK government are going for... Ernst and Young :S

    GDS wrote:

    We've brought in Ernst & Young to help us explore the possibilities. Reconfiguring our internal networks to free up addresses carries a cost, so we need to account for that, and we're keen to keep our public services running without disruption if we do transfer them.  So there is much to consider.

    Getting an accountancy firm to design your technology infrastructure... yep, that makes sense!

    This is a particular shame as the GDS have, in the past, demonstrated themselves to be one of the more technologically sane branches of the UK government. :(