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Windows 7: Microsoft silently preparing your PC for Win 10

02 May 2015   #291
Iforgot

Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
True, but many of them are widows who inherited the PC from their husband. Until last year we were still teaching "Learning the PC with XP". Some of them I had to show how to move the mouse - literally moving their hand. We try to help, but it is not easy. But these folks are great at grill night.

I had one a few months ago...
"what's a mouse"


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02 May 2015   #292
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iforgot View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
True, but many of them are widows who inherited the PC from their husband. Until last year we were still teaching "Learning the PC with XP". Some of them I had to show how to move the mouse - literally moving their hand. We try to help, but it is not easy. But these folks are great at grill night.

I had one a few months ago...
"what's a mouse"
That reminds me when my former employer first made PCs available to the rank and file in our department (up to then, all we had had were main frame dumb terminals and my only other computer experience was on my Commodore C64c). We were sent in groups to a training class; I was in the first group. I was lost from the very beginning since I had no clue how to use a mouse. It turned out that neither did most of the class. When the instructor demanded to know why we were in that class, one of us responded that our bosses sent us there and to ask them. We all had to start somewhere.
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02 May 2015   #293
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 
When I wuz a Noob!

Lady, that reminds me of my first encounter with a computer. After an industrial injury in a former career as a workshop foreman, I became disabled. I retrained via a College for Disabled and entered a 13 month course in Business and Administration. I was given a workstation and had no clue how to begin, so I spent the first 2 weeks just familiarising myself with this strange machine, under instruction from a severely-disabled resident Tutor who worked from a specially-designed wheelchair. I am the kind of guy who goes at a problem head on, so I also enrolled at a local Technical college for Saturday IT classes.

I changed horses after a couple of weeks and qualified as an Accountant in 11 months. I worked for a time at that profession, still carrying on with the Saturday courses, but my heart was not in the Accounting business, although I was promoted within the Motor Sales Group where I worked, after discovering and exposing a large Fraud case in one chain of 3 garages. When I eventually obtained IT qualifications, I took another position in Local Government. I left that as my condition deteriorated, took a small pay off and set up as a printer of business stationery, brochure packs for entertainers and Prospectus packs for independent schools. That was my last career before retirement.

From the age of 52, after having been employed in purely technical/manual engineering work, I found myself confronting computers and using them to work. It was a totally foreign working environment to me and I clearly recall the complete bafflement of those first weeks, until I realised that computers are tools, just as the contents of my old toolboxes had been. Being surrounded by some severely disabled young people, all with great senses of humour at the College, helped.

I am long retired now from full time work, but I still build and maintain PC's for family and friends and I still enjoy doing that. I have just bought my first Android device (a Hudl2) and am having fun syncing it to my desktop and my wife's laptop, and making it do several things it was not designed to do. Learning is not just for the young!
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02 May 2015   #294
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

It really is not just for the young. These companies are trying to make it easier for everyone to use the computers, tablets, any electrical devices. Problem is, some of us gets difficulties in getting used to a new thing (OS for example)
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02 May 2015   #295
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Just hope Microsoft doesn't blow it with subscription based operating system. I am not going to pay a monthly subscription fee ever for an operating system. That would also hurt the U.S. FCC plans to provide low income high speed internet service. The fcc is still working on how to do that.
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02 May 2015   #296
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
Just hope Microsoft doesn't blow it with subscription based operating system.
I don't see how they could blow it unless the pricing structure doesn't make sense. I said myself not too long ago that I wouldn't go to a subscription based OS, but if it worked out at the right price I really don't see the problem.

It's all speculation anyway, nothing to get your pants in a twist about. Yet.
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02 May 2015   #297
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

I wonder what the demise of Windows Media Center for W10 will do to those "non-geek" users?
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02 May 2015   #298
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jamis View Post
I wonder what the demise of Windows Media Center for W10 will do to those "non-geek" users?
It's going to keep us from upgrading to W10.

I guess MS thinks everyone will watch TV off their 4G connected notepad.

I might reconsider if they replaced it with a full fledged BD player.
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02 May 2015   #299
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Of course I'm speculating but I'm thinking the more things they leave out of Windows 10 the less time it will take to upgrade from Windows 7 downloading from the internet.
It already takes for ever to get the download from updated version to updated version of Windows 10. If it takes a long time for a 100,000 or so of us testers what time will it take if a billion or so start downloading.
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05 May 2015   #300
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Another update which looks like garbage:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3022345

2 words I don't like "Diagnostics" and "Tracking".

And at 28mb? No thanks!!
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