Notes on Windows 10

Microsoft has offered all windows 7 and 8 users a free upgrade to windows 10 – if accepted within one year. Windows 10 official release was available July 29, 2015. I have two windows 7 machines. I have reserved copies of Windows 7 before the release date – as Microsoft suggested. And I’m much better off having installed it. But things were not always smooth.

And you need to follow the layman tech articles coming out. Not all are favorable. For example, in Windows 10 is for Suckers it talked about buggy releases. But I haven’t experienced this. But while my Dell desk top installed in two hours, the HP desktop kept pushing out a failed release. So I found this article entitled Windows 10: How to skip the line and claim your free upgrade right now. For a few dollars you can purchase a UBS flash drive at Walmart or Target. I got one with 16 gig and put the executable on the UBS flash drive. It still took me five hours to complete.

Next I ran into the problem of security. I had Norton Security Suite from Comcast. But Comcast didn’t have an update for Windows 10.

The default windows defender has given less than stellar results. Just look at Microsoft sinks in antivirus tests, as Avira, Bitdefender hit top scores. You can review free antivirus tests in articles. I have all the CM Security products on my Android devices and their Clean Master on my PC. Since I am familiar with 360 Total Security, I installed it on my PC machines.

Then a week later, Comcast got Norton Security Suite available for Windows 10. The trouble is I could install it on my desktop. But my laptop couldn’t connect to the Norton registration server. Since I didn’t want to spend hours talking to Comcast and Norton tech reps who may not be technically knowledgeable – I kept 360 Total Security and downloaded its optional Glass Wire firewall (under tool box) on my laptop. While Norton Security Suite is operational on my desktop.

The article 15 best security software of 2015 UK: best antivirus, best antispyware – how to secure your PC | How to get rid of virus rates both well. And I operate both behind a router and hardware firewall. If you run a weekly scan with the free Malwarebytes software, it helps keep things clean.  I just can’t figure out why Norton would install Apache.  It’s running in my task manager.

Folks get a break by installing Windows 10, via end of life cycle support. This is found at Windows 10 Vs Windows 8 Vs Windows 7: What’s The Difference?. You can find guides at Windows 10: The smart person’s guide. There are also some privacy concerns that are covered in articles at:

Not all default Windows applications are good. I recommend the free or open source recommendations at Microsoft Windows 10: Five free apps you should download. In addition to what they recommend, I would add the email client Thunderbird and a zip utility like Pea Zip.  Keep apps up to date.  That’s why I use File Hippo for freeware and open source software.

Backup is now an automatic function. This means I turn on my terabyte external drives when I boot up the computer.

So far, so good. I am still taking a break. But will write if I have something to say. In the meantime, enjoy The Worst Bugs in Windows 10 and How to Fix Them

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