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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,913
    Windows 10 Pro
       20 Mar 2016 #21

    The last couple of times I have installed Windows, I have disconnected the computer from the network and waited until after installation to do updates. Seems like updates during install is a crap shoot. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it hangs indefinitely.
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  2. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 45
    win 10
       21 Mar 2016 #22

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    The last couple of times I have installed Windows, I have disconnected the computer from the network and waited until after installation to do updates. Seems like updates during install is a crap shoot. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it hangs indefinitely.
    Hurray - finally updated
    • '
      ran Reset_Windows_Update_History.bat
      re-downloaded update iso file and burned it to DVD with ImgBurn
      chose download updates later

    • Complaints:
      Cannot easily get rid of 'ask me anything' [Cortana]
      several magnifier features not working
      all default settings need to be re-created
      asked desired new feature settings during setup; did not understand their explanations; need list to follow up


    Thanks for helping me thru this scary experience
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  3. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 45
    win 10
       22 Mar 2016 #23

    jalea148 said: View Post
    Hurray - finally updated
    • '
      ran Reset_Windows_Update_History.bat
      re-downloaded update iso file and burned it to DVD with ImgBurn
      chose download updates later

    • Complaints:
      Cannot easily get rid of 'ask me anything' [Cortana]
      several magnifier features not working
      all default settings need to be re-created
      asked desired new feature settings during setup; did not understand their explanations; need list to follow up


    Thanks for helping me thru this scary experience
    What a horror!!!
    Win 10 reset my ID and gave me a password without asking or notifying me. I finally got in with one of my ancient passwords.
    In addition to the above complaints it says my Office 2010 is illegal. I bought this machine with it installed. [Fortunately, I can get Excel to run}
    I tried to reboot with DVD ISO; went into loop! Tried to repair [several variations] - all failed and restarted with login. What **@@!!! designed this?


    also hate new start icon - gives a collection of Icons I'll never use. Before I had a set to keep in Start button. How do I get it back?
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  4. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,613
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       23 Mar 2016 #24

    Hi,
    1. It's normal (unfortunately) for associations to be set to Win 10's default. Note: whilst generally once set to what you want various issues have been found which in some cases and for some people cause some or all to be reset.

    Setting defaults MUST be done thru Settings or the Control Panel, not within desktop programs (true from Win 8 on).

    2. Cannot easily get rid of 'ask me anything' [Cortana]. also hate new start icon - gives a collection of Icons I'll never use.
    You will be much happier (I think) with Classic Shell (or similar) as your start menu - you can still use the Win 10 one as well. This properly represents the traditional categorised folder/sub-folder based start menu which the Win 10 one doesn't -& it doesn't allow you to manipulate the left side on the menu as you're used to.

    The search box in Classic shell is much more what you want.

    You can even get back the Win 7 Orb with Classic Shell for example- extract it from a Win 7 theme. That's what I use.

    The Cortana search box in the task bar is easy to hide. Explore rt clicking the taskbar.

    3. Other: Driver issues affect some with Win 10 - if you have no issues, count yourself lucky. But note Uncle MS manages drivers, and will replace anything that's an unexpected version. Windows Update is different- it does not appear now in Control Panel. If you dislike the icons, with a little work you can get many Win 7 icons back with Icon Changer (freeware)- some 77.

    4. Ensure you use disk imaging periodically - Win 10 is sensitive to some changes which can kill its start menu and Cortana. Disk imaging will help you get back to a working state quickly without technical assistance or panic attacks.

    5. System Restore is off by default - consider turning it on. Restore points are not now set before MS updates. Create a daily scheduled task to set one.
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  5. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 45
    win 10
       23 Mar 2016 #25

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi,
    1. It's normal (unfortunately) for associations to be set to Win 10's default. Note: whilst generally once set to what you want various issues have been found which in some cases and for some people cause some or all to be reset.

    Setting defaults MUST be done thru Settings or the Control Panel, not within desktop programs (true from Win 8 on).

    2. Cannot easily get rid of 'ask me anything' [Cortana]. also hate new start icon - gives a collection of Icons I'll never use.
    You will be much happier (I think) with Classic Shell (or similar) as your start menu - you can still use the Win 10 one as well. This properly represents the traditional categorised folder/sub-folder based start menu which the Win 10 one doesn't -& it doesn't allow you to manipulate the left side on the menu as you're used to.

    The search box in Classic shell is much more what you want.

    You can even get back the Win 7 Orb with Classic Shell for example- extract it from a Win 7 theme. That's what I use.

    The Cortana search box in the task bar is easy to hide. Explore rt clicking the taskbar.

    3. Other: Driver issues affect some with Win 10 - if you have no issues, count yourself lucky. But note Uncle MS manages drivers, and will replace anything that's an unexpected version. Windows Update is different- it does not appear now in Control Panel. If you dislike the icons, with a little work you can get many Win 7 icons back with Icon Changer (freeware)- some 77.

    4. Ensure you use disk imaging periodically - Win 10 is sensitive to some changes which can kill its start menu and Cortana. Disk imaging will help you get back to a working state quickly without technical assistance or panic attacks.

    5. System Restore is off by default - consider turning it on. Restore points are not now set before MS updates. Create a daily scheduled task to set one.

    Great advice; hope everyone with these concerns reads it. I had already made some of these fixes including
    modifying the start menu. Hope I haven't removed anything critical. I'll start on your other recommendations.
    Thank you so much.
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