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Windows 7: U.S. Department of Defense to upgrade 4 million devices to Windows 10

18 Feb 2016   #1
Golden
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U.S. Department of Defense to upgrade 4 million devices to Windows 10

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The U.S. Department of Defense is committing to upgrade roughly four million devices and systems running legacy versions of Windows to Windows 10 by February 2017.
U.S. Department of Defense to upgrade 4 million devices to Windows 10 by February 2017 | ZDNet


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18 Feb 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Maybe then some of the problems get the MS attention.
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18 Feb 2016   #3
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

It would be interesting to see what sort of results the keyloggers manage to collect when they phone home...
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19 Feb 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Their is a good chance the the DoD is not going to get the same W-10 that we can buy.
DoD is not going to allow all that calling home B/S.
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19 Feb 2016   #5
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Maybe then some of the problems get the MS attention.
Which problems? Windows 10 is for me, and judging by the most positive feedback on Ten Forums and other sites around the Interwebs for majority of users a stable, well functioning OS.

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It would be interesting to see what sort of results the keyloggers manage to collect when they phone home...
Could you please tell what kind of keyloggers are by default installed in Windows 10? Some links to prove their existence would also be nice.

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DoD is not going to allow all that calling home B/S.
That really is outrageous how Microsoft collects anonymous data about my computer usage and its functionality to better my Windows Experience, how this data helps Windows to adapt to my needs. How stupid idea is it that Cortana adapts to my search patterns, learns my hobbies, favorite places, helps me track my deliveries, keeps track of my calendar and all this other BS.

Why can't MS make an OS that just installs and then severs all contact with "home"? We users do not want any bugfixes and updates based on the anonymous data collected by MS, we do not need help in remembering our meetings and keeping us updated about the weather, not as long as we have pen & paper and can open a window to check the weather.

Thinking of it, we users do not want an OS that can go to Internet because all those sites are collecting anonymous user data for statistical purposes.

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19 Feb 2016   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I'd be curious to know how W10 performs:
1) Physically isolated from the internet
2) In a VM with no internet connectivity
3) behind a firewall

I suspect W10 in some form or other is what many people will be using in the future. At this stage I'm not going to pay the money to try it.
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19 Feb 2016   #7
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I'd be curious to know how W10 performs:
My experience, after quite extensive testing:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
1) Physically isolated from the internet
Absolutely fabulously! Running a test machine with network but no Internet connection, everything works well. It even gets updates because of this feature:
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2) In a VM with no internet connectivity
Running two test Hyper-V virtual machines to test this, one with an internal private virtual switch¹, the other with a private virtual switch¹. Both working, and updating without an issue.

¹ = As explained in Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager at our sister site the Eight Forums:

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A Virtual Switch can be external, internal or private.
  • External Virtual Switch: will connect a vm to host NIC. If host NIC is connected to Internet through router, the vm is also connected to Internet. If host NIC (LAN) is not connected to router or if the router has no Internet access, the internal network will still work allowing computers (physical and vm) belonging to the same subnet and workgroup or domain to communicate with each other (file and media sharing etc.). When connecting external switch to host WLAN NIC, the vm loses all connectivity when WLAN is disabled or not connected on host.
  • Internal Virtual Switch: When a virtual NIC is connected to Internal VS it can communicate with other computers and vms on the same subnet but has no Internet access.
  • Private Virtual Switch: When a virtual NIC is connected to Private VS it can communicate with other vms on same Hyper-V server but cannot communicate with host PC nor has it Internet access. A Private vs is often needed when installing a legacy Linux or pre-XP Windows vm. After installation you need then to disable Private Switch and use Internal or External to connect to the network.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
3) behind a firewall
None whatsoever issues.


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19 Feb 2016   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Well that answers my questions.
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19 Feb 2016   #9
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Well that answers my questions.
Please notice the answer was based on my personal experience. Other users mileage may vary!
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19 Feb 2016   #10
BorisTheAnimal

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Ba dum tss
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