Windows 10: Here’s what happens after the July 29th free Windows 10 offer ends

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    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16241
       27 Jun 2016 #71

    larc919 said: View Post
    I've always built my own systems since my first that came with Windows 3.0 and have never installed a Windows OEM version on any of them. I didn't think I could live with the restrictions since I updated my primary system every couple of years and passed removed parts sequentially down the line to 3 other desktops. I'd advise anybody building their own system not to put Windows OEM on it as there are strong chances they will come to regret the day.
    Yeah, I only installed the OEM version once, and that was seemingly wrong advice given to me by the salesman.

    Microsoft gave us Beta Testers a free copy of Vista, and somehow I earned two free copies of Windows 7 Ultimate, bought Windows 8 cheap when that came out. Now I get Windows 10 as a free upgrade. Been pretty lucky all in all.
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16241
       27 Jun 2016 #72

    Cbarnhorst said: View Post
    The simple answer when hesitating to leave Windows 7 or 8 is to do the upgrade (to secure the permanent license for Windows 10) and then roll-back. That removes the deadline because the device becomes a registered Windows 10 device on the first installation of Windows 10 and that is good for the life of the device.
    Yep, and for those who don't build their own systems, all new computers come with Windows 10 installed. That is, unless you can get the OEM to sell you one with Windows 7 or 8.1.
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    Windows 10 Home Version 1703 Build 15063.540
       28 Jun 2016 #73

    I gave it a third try and still found Windows 10 to be so buggy. Reformatted my main laptop back to factory install Win 8.1, spent the hours updating and installing and configuring and now the OS is perfect and the laptop works great.
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16241
       28 Jun 2016 #74

    tomseys said: View Post
    I gave it a third try and still found Windows 10 to be so buggy. Reformatted my main laptop back to factory install Win 8.1, spent the hours updating and installing and configuring and now the OS is perfect and the laptop works great.
    I don't know where you're finding your bugs. Windows 10 is and has been perfectly stable except for the occasional glitch.
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  5.    28 Jun 2016 #75

    Same here, two desktop computers, one of them on my home entertainment system and a laptop running the insider preview.
    No real problems
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  6.    28 Jun 2016 #76

    tomseys said: View Post
    I gave it a third try and still found Windows 10 to be so buggy. Reformatted my main laptop back to factory install Win 8.1, spent the hours updating and installing and configuring and now the OS is perfect and the laptop works great.
    Next time you try it, make an image of your present system. If you decide to go back, it is so much easier.
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       28 Jun 2016 #77

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    The Windows Store won't work, and some (maybe all) Apps won't work. Sync won't work either.
    This is absolutely NOT true. I have machines where I run a local account and can access the Windows Store without issue, however, I will need to enter my MS Account info to install any apps from there. The machine itself maintains a local login.

    There are other things that don't work unless you login with a MS Account, the most obvious is Cortana. If you attempt to access Cortana while logged in with a local account, Win 10 will prompt you to convert the machine to a MS Account login. At one time, OneDrive required you to login to the machine with a MS Account as well, not sure if that's still true. Syncing between machines also requires you to login with a MS Account.
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  8.    28 Jun 2016 #78

    strollin said: View Post
    This is absolutely NOT true. I have machines where I run a local account and can access the Windows Store without issue, however, I will need to enter my MS Account info to install any apps from there. The machine itself maintains a local login.

    There are other things that don't work unless you login with a MS Account, the most obvious is Cortana. If you attempt to access Cortana while logged in with a local account, Win 10 will prompt you to convert the machine to a MS Account login. At one time, OneDrive required you to login to the machine with a MS Account as well, not sure if that's still true. Syncing between machines also requires you to login with a MS Account.
    The Store will launch but like you say, you still need a Microsoft ID to install and use Apps. I could have worded it better. its still pretty close to what happens.
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    Windows 10 Home Version 1703 Build 15063.540
       28 Jun 2016 #79

    Wynona said: View Post
    I don't know where you're finding your bugs. Windows 10 is and has been perfectly stable except for the occasional glitch.
    For you.

    For me the email notifications don't work right - totally inconsistent. No fixes work for long. That has always been the case. Things I set mysteriously unset themselves. My laptop freezes when I wake it from sleep. The usual fixes improve it but still it persists. Little circles appear on the notification icon and have to be removed by turning on and off quiet hours. All of these things can be worked around - turn off email notifications and use something else, don't use sleep and just turn off display and not be such a perfectionist about settings but then you have the system itself which gives you little control over updates or over direction of the OS since it will be a service that develops. I also was never a fan of how it looks. But I could have dealt with it if the bugs where not there.
    My guess is its an interaction between my HP laptop and win 10, though I've read of many with various brands that have similar issues.
    Windows 8.1 otoh, works perfectly on my laptop.

    I will look into taking an image so I don't have to do all that work and sounds like a good way to make backups in general - thank you.
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  10.    28 Jun 2016 #80

    tomseys said: View Post
    For you.

    For me the email notifications don't work right - totally inconsistent. No fixes work for long. That has always been the case. Things I set mysteriously unset themselves. My laptop freezes when I wake it from sleep. The usual fixes improve it but still it persists. Little circles appear on the notification icon and have to be removed by turning on and off quiet hours. All of these things can be worked around - turn off email notifications and use something else, don't use sleep and just turn off display and not be such a perfectionist about settings but then you have the system itself which gives you little control over updates or over direction of the OS since it will be a service that develops. I also was never a fan of how it looks. But I could have dealt with it if the bugs where not there.
    My guess is its an interaction between my HP laptop and win 10, though I've read of many with various brands that have similar issues.
    Windows 8.1 otoh, works perfectly on my laptop.

    I will look into taking an image so I don't have to do all that work and sounds like a good way to make backups in general - thank you.
    Some of your problems may be driver related. You may need to upgrade or downgrade a driver or more to solve some of your problems. On my Insider build Windows update updated my wireless network card and it caused me a big headache. I had to go to HP and download and install a older driver to fix my network card.
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