What The Tech 330: New MacBook Pro and Surface Book

Posted on November 3, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, What The Tech with 5 Comments

In this episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss the new Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base and Apple MacBook Pro, Andrew’s love/hate relationship with Windows 10 and whether Microsoft should give users more control over updates, the upcoming Creators Update, and the Surface Studio.

Running time: 1:11:31

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5 responses to “What The Tech 330: New MacBook Pro and Surface Book”

  1. 1043

    Try the following if you have not already:

    1. Right-click Start Menu
    2. System
    3. Advanced System Settings
    4. Hardware (tab)
    5. Device Installation Settings
    6. Change setting for "Do you want to automatically download..." to No
    • 2233

      In reply to Patrick3D: That's a handy feature.  I have a Safenet dongle for one of the programs I use at work and the WU driver makes it not work.  I think it's a good idea to turn this feature off for anything that's being used in a mission critical environment. For instance, we use Digigram sound cards in our radio automation software and we just use the version our vendor certifies and turn of updates in this manner.  


    • 932

      In reply to Patrick3D:

      Hey Patrick. Those options were removed in 1607. Here is what I see ( non insider build obviously)  



      The following image is from the same menu but build 1511



  2. 5108

    I guess I'm the strange one. Gimme the updates! I've always been that way. Shrug.

    • 3216

      In reply to burog25c:

      I've always had mixed feelings about this and I don't think that there is any solution that is right for everyone.  For several years, I used NT and Win2K while my customers were on Win95 & Win98.  That gave me a somewhat more stable platform but it meant that I was developing on a different platform than my customers were using - that made support a bit tricky sometimes.  So, from that perspective, I get the idea that from an MS perspective, support is going to be easier if they can minimize the variation in configurations.

      Of course, the big hole in that is the issue of hardware/software - the sheer variation in installed software and drivers makes almost every PC out there unique.  That alone makes support of PC's a giant jig-saw puzzle.  And regular (forced) updates are bound to mess with a percentage of those PC's.  So, again I say that there's probably no one answer that's best for everyone.

      Where I draw the line with MS however is the idea that they don't seem to be interested in allowing me to choose when to get updates.  It has long been my practice to set aside some time at the end of the month to backup my computers then apply needed updates to the OS and software.  If something goes haywire, then at least I have a worst case ability to restore from an image which put's me back in business while I sort things out.  It's not a perfect solution but it's the best I have.  I can do this, currently in Win10Pro through a change in policy, but there's nothing guaranteeing that option will remain.