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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:18 am 
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…or is it that I am able to tolerate the lame things about it? A damn sight better than Windoze 10, that is for sure. Once you figure out where everything is, and turn off the annoyances, Windoze 8.1 is sorta snappy. I’m not saying I like it (I prefer the simplicity of Windoze 7), but I am accepting of it.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:25 am 
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After Win8's problems I never tried Win8.1, Win 7 will be my last Windows®.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:31 pm 
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8.1 is tolerable if you use the Shell start menu addon. Once installed and you learn to set it to default to desktop mode, it's just fine. Windows 10 on the other hand with its forced updates that break systems all the time....no thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:54 pm 
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Squishy Tia wrote:
8.1 is tolerable if you use the Shell start menu addon. Once installed and you learn to set it to default to desktop mode, it's just fine.


Ooooh, I need this. Please do tell.

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Windows 10 on the other hand with its forced updates that break systems all the time....no thanks.


I managed to figure out how to disable the annoyance on my latest dual-booting Hackintosh build of the “Upgrade to Windoze 10” suggestion spam popups. It’s really nice to not wake up in the middle of the night because a monitor came back on with these not-so-persuading reminders. It’s one of the early on stages of many pages of options to select/deselect during the Windoze 8.1 installation process. Glad I have been doing these builds after a proper night of sleep rather than after having been awake for 16 hours beforehand.

I would not wish Windoze 10 on anyone, friend or foe. It was rushed out. It was not properly end user tested. It was a hack job. It was released hastily in attempt to “match” Apple with their 10.10 release’s timeliness. Surely they ought to have just released it as Windoze 9 instead.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:43 pm 
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The whole reason it wasn't 9 is because so much of their code only looked for "9" & couldn't tell if it was 95, 98 or what... LOL! :fishsmack:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:09 pm 
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Actually it was third party code, mostly custom programs written for Fortune 500 companies, that amazingly is still in use today despite needing kluge after kluge to keep working. That software is why Microsoft still ships 32-bit versions of Windows, because Win64 can't thunk down to Win16.

If you need to disable the constant complaints to upgrade to Windows 10, just install the GWX control panel:
http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

You may have to run it periodically to re-enable the blocks since Microsoft is getting pissy about nobody upgrading to 10. Its gotten so bad they're resorting to malware tactics to get people to install it. As a result of their boorish (and borderline illegal) behavior they periodically flip WGX back on, because, y'know, people are "accidentally" disabling it.

Personally while I managed to hack in Windows 10 onto my MacBook, my actual PC will bluescreen during 10's installation. As a result if I let it get into its endless upgrade cycle I end up wasting hours waiting for it to upgrade me to 10, bluescreening during install, then rolling back my windows 7 installation... only to start all over again a few days later. :roll:


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Here's where you can download the Classic Shell Start Menu/Explorer.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:07 pm 
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Squishy Tia wrote:
Here's where you can download the Classic Shell Start Menu/Explorer.


YESSSS!!!! Thank you sir!!! 8-)

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