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  1. Joined : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
    Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       18 Oct 2014 #41

    I wonder if writers would make such a fuss about installing Windows 8.1 update 2.

    The point about testing is well taken, plus Win10 locks a lot of normal operations (you must receive updates!)
    As the preview goes through the cycles, there will be disruption - things will be broken and fixed or disabled.

    When the RTM arrives, you will have to remove the Preview release anyway. So yeah, run Win10 on a test machine, as a dual boot, virtual HD native boot, or VM.
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  2. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       18 Oct 2014 #42

    Trust_No1 said: View Post
    I guess that is why I can't use it daily, we use Media Center extensively, and it isn't available for TP, so it is kind of useless to us otherwise.
    Wrong on Media Center. There is a thread on this here in the 10 forums. . . (please don't ask me where my head isn't working very well today. . .The reason I know this is I am running it now, and the reason is because I found out how to install from the 10's.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2014
    Australia, Adelaide
    Posts : 1,394
    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 18.1 MATE (64 bit), W10IP VM, W10 Home
       18 Oct 2014 #43

    rmonroe36 said: View Post
    Found this on their site:
    Basic searches are relatively easy. You choose all or part of a file name to search for, optional text within a file, and the drive or directory to search. Agent Ransack can dig into binary files, including .exe files, to pull out matching text, but can't search within .zip files or other archives (for that you'll need the paid version of the software, FileLocator Pro).

    If interested you might shoot them the question - I have not had the need to do that and as suggested by A Guy, I mount the image.
    Thanks for that info.

    I sometimes mount my Macrium images and then retrieve individual files.
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  4. Joined : Jan 2014
    Washington
    Posts : 302
    Windows 10 10586
       19 Oct 2014 #44

    I think I need to do that on my system, just install it as a dual boot with 8.1.1. For some reason, I can't get Windows 10 to activate in my VM, nor use my Microsoft account which means I can't tell them what they need to do and add.
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  5. Joined : Jan 2014
    Posts : 963
    Windows 8.1, 10
       19 Oct 2014 #45

    Lee said: View Post
    Wrong on Media Center. There is a thread on this here in the 10 forums. . . (please don't ask me where my head isn't working very well today. . .The reason I know this is I am running it now, and the reason is because I found out how to install from the 10's.
    Is this the thread you're thinking about?
    How to add Media Center to Tech Preview

    Edit: Note that it's apparently a bad idea to use your own specific, purchased Media Center key at this stage:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...3-d9eddc293d09
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  6. Joined : Feb 2014
    Posts : 372
    Windows 10
       19 Oct 2014 #46

    Worst case scenario, I have to reformat and reinstall. Oh boo hoo, whatever will I do.

    Hardly what I would call living dangerously.
    No, I don't really back up, but everything of importance in located on other drives, not my os one, so...
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  7.    19 Oct 2014 #47

    I'm using it as my main and have no worries about it. I have everything on external drives. Doubled up the backup and use Onedrive specifically for everything but video. The few desktop programs I use, can be reinstalled new again too. I've switched to IE for complete browsing duties so everything is synced up too including favorites across my pc, Surface Pro 3 and phone.

    Should the os fail, Onedrive has my settings backed up through my MS account and I still have my W8 key. I'd be back up and running in no time with the preview again because at this point, there's no reason to go back.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    Manchester CT
    Posts : 272
    Windows 10 Fast Ring
       20 Oct 2014 #48

    My boot drive could go belly up at any point and in less than 3 hours, I can have it back up and running without any worries and very little loss of data or backups.

    The trick is that I keep all of my truly important files and program installers on two 3TB hard drives. I now have 4 hard drives, 3 of which I clone once a month and for now my old Win8.1 SSD. On one is just movies and TV shows. Pictures, Music, Ebooks, Magazines, and Games are on another.

    My Utility folder is my MOST important folder. It has every single program that I have purchased over the years including .iso of all my windows OS back to Win7. it has every mobo downloads for the past 6 years. It has my password tracker programs. It has weekly backups of my FireFox profile, my documents folder, my password folders, my Quicken file, and the Settings to Directory Opus and True Launch bar, and a few game saves backups. This backup folder and my picture folder go onto a couple of cloud sites AND are occasionally burned to DVD. It has a setting sheet in a text file of things to remember to do when loading in a OS (turn off indexing on drive? Check. Check device manager for errors and what files to load to fix them? Check. Turn off UAC during install? Check).

    As long as these other hard drives remain intact, building ANY MS OS from a formatted (bare metal) SSD drive onto the drive is simply a matter of 3 hours or so, tops. I install games in a piecemeal basis. As for worrying about which OS, it does not really matter. I skip File Explorer with Directory Opus. I skip the Start menu with True Launch Bar. I skip Internet Explorer with FF. WinX runs almost the same as Win8.1 and control panel I skip by using a TLB folder with my most common Control panel shortcuts are enough that I can do what I need to do.

    Using WinX as my boot drive has simply no downside. Next week, I wipe my Win8.1 OS SSD and its cloned backup completely and stay with WinX unless I am forced to go back for some reason. 3 hours to rebuild from a clean install is not a huge problem.

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  9. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       20 Oct 2014 #49

    Rickkins said: View Post
    Worst case scenario, I have to reformat and reinstall. Oh boo hoo, whatever will I do.

    Hardly what I would call living dangerously.
    No, I don't really back up, but everything of importance in located on other drives, not my os one, so...
    Couldn't agree more. . .big deal so I have to reinstall. On an SSD that is really no problem, and all the applications that need to be reinstalled are on a SSD. . .
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  10.    20 Oct 2014 #50

    Rickkins said: View Post
    Worst case scenario, I have to reformat and reinstall. Oh boo hoo, whatever will I do.

    Hardly what I would call living dangerously.
    No, I don't really back up, but everything of importance in located on other drives, not my os one, so...
    Hi there

    I hope THOSE drives are backed up too in some way or another - HDD's do (fortunately less often than you think) fail and you can also accidentally wipe critical data too.

    User data doesn't have to be backed up as often as an OS for example - but I'd sure hate to have to re-rip 100's of CD's for example if I lost my music library or I'd really hate to lose some photos or work type documents.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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