Failed hard drive


jeallen01

Link Posted 31/05/2017 - 08:46
Andy

AFAIK, the Windows 10 upgrade was (still is for the Pro versions if you know the "backdoor" method!) free from W7 & W8.1 but not free from XP because you need a full W10 installation package (and then use the Custom installation approach to preserve existing data on the C: drive!)
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

andy_bell

Link Posted 31/05/2017 - 12:31
Well 2 weeks ago i upgraded my W7 pro to W10 with no issues whatsoever....as i had downloaded the upgrade within the time range but just didnt implement it then....it all still works OK...if you like that front end...personally i think its pants!!!

Andy
A few bits & Bobs

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jeallen01

Link Posted 31/05/2017 - 13:01
Andy

That's an upgrade from Win 7 Pro to Win 10 Pro, which worked - as I found out over the last few months when I upgraded several W7 Pro machines - because the Win 7 Pro Product Key had already been activated before/during the "free upgrade" period offered by MS, and because the Support Life of Win 7 Pro has been extended to, I think, 2020 as many companies still use it.

A similar attempt to upgrade Win 7 Home will fail because the Win 7 Home support life has not been extended in the same way, and because you can't upgrade a Home installation to a Pro installation without acquiring a new licence (and "almost certainly" paying for it!)

Also, there was never any free upgrade path from XP to Win 10 - only from Win 7 and Win 8.1.
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

RayB

Link Posted 01/06/2017 - 08:56
With a little bit of tweaking, W10 can be made to look just like XP/7 and as others have said, it's very stable.

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Algernon

Link Posted 01/06/2017 - 12:29
Wow! That would be just like XP with all the added spyware

XP is also very stable, fast and light.

I'm using mostly W7 and was most annoyed yesterday when it crashed doing a Hard Drive image. After about 25 years of regularly doing image backups that's the very first time I've had a crash. I blame MS Bloatware. I'll have to start using Clonezilla which runs under Linux from a DVD.

Drive Image running under DOS from a Floppy used to be brilliant and fast sadly killed off by a Bloatware specialist buying it out.

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Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

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Last Edited by Algernon on 01/06/2017 - 12:57

JAK

Link Posted 01/06/2017 - 14:33
Algernon wrote:
Drive Image running under DOS from a Floppy used to be brilliant and fast sadly killed off by a Bloatware specialist buying it out.

Yep, Go Back went too.
John K

McBrian

Link Posted 01/06/2017 - 20:13
Windows 10 (I'm using the Home version) is the most stable Windows operating system I have used, you soon get used too the differences as they really aren't all that different from Win7 when you take some time to configure the Start menu.
Regarding update from previous windows, IIRC only upgrading some OEM Pro versions are still free, other versions are still upgradable for free but you can't activate the installation so you can't personalise it.

Here's my Start screen:


The "Settings" screen is the place to go to configure your Start screen and Taskbar and other personal stuff, you can also right click an the Start Screen panel and up-pin or uninstall apps.



Two things you should do, one before and one after installation.
Before: Check all your hardware is compatible with Win 10 especially if you are going for the 64bit install.
After: go to the Settings > Privacy screen and turn 99% of the setting off.
Cheers
Brian.
LBA is good for you, a Lens a day helps you work, rest and play.
Last Edited by McBrian on 01/06/2017 - 20:17

jeallen01

Link Posted 01/06/2017 - 20:37
McBrian

There is an activation workaround for 10 Pro (and possibly for Home but I don't know for sure!) during installation which is (at some stage I can't remember and so you would have to search) is to look for and request to use "Assistive Technologies".

This is intended to help people with poor eyesight/hearing and similar conditions which makes it difficult for them to read a normal screen and/or possibly the standard keyboard and so on. Might be considered to be cheating but most of us "mature" users have some of those conditions, and so it might just be considered as "stretching a point"!

Bizarrely, MS don't seem, AFAIK, to have yet closed this backdoor loophole, but maybe they have or will.
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)
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