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Windows 7: What don't you like about Windows 7?

01 Jul 2010   #1741
jp2code

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Another thing I don't like about Win7 is its updating feature. Before, I could just go to the website and check for updates. Now, I have to go through Control Panel.

Unfortunately, our company uses a Proxy (Microsoft ISA), and the Windows Update tool always fails to connect to the Windows server through the Control Panel application.

Obviously, I can get online by the fact that I'm writing this on here from work!


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03 Jul 2010   #1742
chrysalis

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jp2code View Post
Another thing I don't like about Win7 is its updating feature. Before, I could just go to the website and check for updates. Now, I have to go through Control Panel.

Unfortunately, our company uses a Proxy (Microsoft ISA), and the Windows Update tool always fails to connect to the Windows server through the Control Panel application.

Obviously, I can get online by the fact that I'm writing this on here from work!
The control panel app is way better than using IE, it seems what you need is a way for the update applet to use proxy servers?
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03 Jul 2010   #1743
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jp2code View Post
Another thing I don't like about Win7 is its updating feature. Before, I could just go to the website and check for updates. Now, I have to go through Control Panel.

Unfortunately, our company uses a Proxy (Microsoft ISA), and the Windows Update tool always fails to connect to the Windows server through the Control Panel application.

Obviously, I can get online by the fact that I'm writing this on here from work!
Er, a lot of companies use WSUS to push updates. You shouldn't be wasting your time with them.

Windows Server Update Services Home
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04 Jul 2010   #1744
HellionDarklord

Window 7 Home Premium Dual Boot Ubuntu Linux
 
 
Update Fail!!!

I do not like that the Windows Update will fail because of simple things like the computer clock being wrong after clearing CMOS.
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04 Jul 2010   #1745
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HellionDarklord View Post
I do not like that the Windows Update will fail because of simple things like the computer clock being wrong after clearing CMOS.
That shouldn't have anything to do with anything. I set Windows to sync with a NTP server for the time. It could be completely different than the time in the BIOS.
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04 Jul 2010   #1746
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HellionDarklord View Post
I do not like that the Windows Update will fail because of simple things like the computer clock being wrong after clearing CMOS.
That shouldn't have anything to do with anything. I set Windows to sync with a NTP server for the time. It could be completely different than the time in the BIOS.
Yes but if you do updates before the time server sets your clock you CANNOT get updates. This is by design.

Please also note that if the clock is off by a large amount Windows will not update the time using the time server. Resetting BIOS will cause this. If your clock resets to 01-01-2006 that is way too much difference in time for Windows to set it correctly.
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04 Jul 2010   #1747
jp2code

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chrysalis
The control panel app is way better than using IE, it seems what you need is a way for the update applet to use proxy servers?
YES! How do I configure that?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Er, a lot of companies use WSUS to push updates. You shouldn't be wasting your time with them.

Windows Server Update Services Home
Our Network Administrator is on a power trip, I think. Isn't that typical of Network Administrators, though? They feel they must control everything, right?
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04 Jul 2010   #1748
madtownidiot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jp2code View Post
Our Network Administrator is on a power trip, I think. Isn't that typical of Network Administrators, though? They feel they must control everything, right?
Of course your network admin is on a power trip.. if he let everyone do whatever they wanted to their computers, he'd be working 95 hours a week trying to keep it all running. Nearly every change someone makes will slow it down a little, so from an admin's perspective, the less changes the better, with no change at all being ideal.

My current gripe is that every windows 7 installation requires 2 of the 3 available primary partitions, making it very difficult to set up triple boot option with xp, 7, linux and a shared media partition for all 3 OS's on a single HDD
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04 Jul 2010   #1749
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
My current gripe is that every windows 7 installation requires 2 of the 3 available primary partitions, making it very difficult to set up triple boot option with xp, 7, linux and a shared media partition for all 3 OS's on a single HDD
It doesn't have to be that way.
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04 Jul 2010   #1750
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Yes but if you do updates before the time server sets your clock you CANNOT get updates. This is by design.

Please also note that if the clock is off by a large amount Windows will not update the time using the time server. Resetting BIOS will cause this. If your clock resets to 01-01-2006 that is way too much difference in time for Windows to set it correctly.
How often does someone reset their BIOS? Rarely, if ever. Heck, 99.99% of home owners with Dells, HP, Acer, etc have no clue how to get into their BIOS.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jp2code View Post
Our Network Administrator is on a power trip, I think. Isn't that typical of Network Administrators, though? They feel they must control everything, right?
No, there is a very good reason for this. Some updates are capable of causing problems. I recall one Office update that once broke a feature in Access that an entire department used. Once I removed that update the issue went away. I had to go to the system admin responsible for WSUS to have him stop that particular update.

If you have a large company you can use WSUS to roll out updates in small groups as well, that way not everyone is trying to update at the same time. It helps conserve network bandwidth too. This is more important on a WAN where some locations use a T1 or even DSL.
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