One of the nice things about Surface Book for me is how quickly it wakes from sleep. Pop it open, it's instant. Or, at least, it used to be.
For a while now Microsoft has been doing this thing where when you put a laptop to sleep, it'll stay that way for a while, and then hibernate if you don't touch it. Makes sense: you don't want it chewing up battery life for hours or days when hibernate is still pretty quick to start up. But a build or two ago they moved to a model where they would just try to decide what your use was, and then choose when to go from sleep to hibernate. I always found that was too aggressive, so I turned the option off, and manually set the "hibernate after" option in Advanced Power Settings to 360 minutes so I got a long sleep time and that quick start up.
The option now seems to be gone. I'm finding Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, are switching to hibernation from sleep for me after only 20 minutes or so. It's a little thing, but it's an annoyance. I still have the 360 minute setting, but Windows now seems to be ignorning it. Anyone have any idea how to get this option back?
We have a few systems we support that just will not update to Windows 10 1709 nomatter what we do. For a long time, that wasn't an issue, but Microsoft is silently pushing the upgrade assistant to all systems that aren't on 1709 now, even ones on the still supported 1703 (which these computers are). The assistant attempts the update, failes, and rolls back. Then it does it again. And again. And again. If you uninstall the assistant, it reinstalls. If you disable the tasks that invoke the assistant, they revert. And every morning or two these users come in to their systems unusable until they roll back.
So today, one of them asked "I can't keep working like this. Can you roll this back to Windows 8 to stop this from happening?"
Good job, Microsoft.
At the end of last year, my company bought me a new laptop. I looked at the memory usage for my previous system, saw that it hovered between 5GB and 6GB, and figured I could get away with a system with only 8GB RAM (I had had the option with the previous system to upgrade to 16GB, and never did, it just didn't seem worth it). Between then and now, of course, Meltdown and Spectre happened. Now I find myself pushing over 7GB of memory usage on this new system pretty much constantly, and yesterday it became almost unusable as my memory usage got too high. I never saw that in almost 3 years of use on my prior system.
Having done a little work from home, it seems like my memory use now is higher than it used to be on my home PC, too. It's possible something else changed, but the obvious culprit to me seems to be these recent patches. I've not read anything about increased memory usage related to Meltdown and Spectre, though. Anyone else seeing similar symptoms?
I've always thought it was a mistake for Microsoft to drop Windows 10 upgrades for free (although it seems you can still get a free upgrade with a clean install), but I understand them wanting to sunset that deal just to force people to upgrade early. But Spectre gives Microsoft the perfect excuse to bring the deal back. Your Windows 7 machine will get slower, but never fear, now you can upgrade for free to Windows 10! They can legitimately claim that the situation has changed, and so they're offering this to help out their customers, move more folks to Windows 10, which they want, and get some good PR from trying to mitigate this issue that Intel has handed to them.
I think this would be a great opportunity for them to take.
I'm currently looking at various laptop options, and Thunderbolt docks to go with them (sorry, Microsoft - I'd buy a Surface Pro if it had 8th gen processors and Thunderbolt, but you're out of the running for this purchase), and I'm bumping into an issue where disparate prices - or even nonexistant products - mean I might end up buying a Thunderbolt dock from one OEM (most likely Lenovo), and a laptop from another (HP or Dell). Has anyone had any experience seeing if docks from one manufacturer work well with laptops from another? Part of the benefit of everyone moving to Thunderbolt should be that you can mix and match. But I have no idea if that works in practice.
Well, that was unexpected.
Work PC, 2nd generation i5, HP Compaq 8200 SFF, for those who are wondering. It got the earlier creator's update only a few days after that was released, too.
We've been hearing about this from our users today, and thought some of the rest of you may see the same problem: the Mail app in iOS 11 cannot reply or send new email through Office 365 or Exchange 2016. This looks like it's an Apple problem, and one they're going to need to patch. I've been using the Outlook app which, of course, works just fine. This is the first major issue I've heard of with iOS 11 but IMO it's a biggie.
Never tempt fate, I guess.
Spent my lunchbreak working on my Surface Book. Uninstalled Visual Studio after having failed to find the time to complete the Xamarin Challenge, got back to the office, installed the latest Creator's Update update and drivers, rebooted and, because I was clearing space, ran Disk Cleanup. Rebooted.
The error: critical_service_failed. Couldn't get into Windows, couldn't get anywhere, really, the device was just stuck in a bootloop, tried to recover, and failed to do so, even with System Restore.
But it has at least given me a chance to test out Microsoft's "Recover from the cloud." 2 thumbs up on that: boot into recovery, give it the bitlocker unlock code and wifi credentials, and let it go. The down side is it wipes out Windows. So I get to be Paul's anecdote of one, I guess: Creator's Update seems to have blown up my Surface Book. The lack of other such reports suggests to me that I'm the outlier, this time. Probably payback for the problem free time I had with the Anniversary Update.
Just been seeing a moderate amount of spam recently. I know this is something of a hazard of being on the internet, but the "uprank," "downrank" buttons are, it seems, being used as agree/disagree proxies, and so a specific spam button, perhaps accessible to only Premium users, might be beneficial?
I was listening to Mary Jo and Paul talking about hardware, and I wondered what y'all's thoughts on this are? For myself, I can't see Microsoft coming out with a "pure" laptop. As MJ said, it's just not a new category enough. I do expect a "pop and drop" CPU update to the SP5 and Surface Book, keep the rest of the hardware but update the CPU and keep calling it the same thing. I think that's easy enough to justify and is probably enough of a lateral change to not affect the rollout of hardware to the rest of the world.
But what else? The thing that people have been asking for which I think they could surprise us with is a "Surface Studio Monitor." No new computer, but a standalone screen with the tilt and pen. I don't think Microsoft will release that without the digitizer, but I do think a monitor would be a logical extension of existing product lines, and we definitely know there's demand.
I've been trying to get the Media Creation Tool to download an ISO of 1607 all day today to no avail: it keeps looking like it's pulled down all the data (taking half an hour to do so), then fails verification and throws an unspecified error. I've tried on 3 different computers to no avail, and it turns out I don't have a copy of 1607 anywhere. Anyone else seeing the same issue?
Mammoth updates are go, of course. I installed to my desktop last night. After restarting, I saw the above message and the spinning circle of dots for fully 15 minutes before finally a percentage indicator kicked in. On my work desktop it was slightly faster (I presume because of the quicker SSD), and my Surface Book is currently sitting displaying the same message, and has been for the last few minutes.
I know it's perhaps a little ridiculous to complain about how long this takes, but Microsoft really needs to give some indicator that things haven't just hung, as they sometimes do. I work helpdesk, and after 5 minutes, I know users start calling. To have a static message, even with a spinning ring, for such a long period is unacceptable because people will understandably freak out. Hell, last night I almost hard booted my desktop myself, it seemed so improbable that something hadn't gone wrong. Is this just a symptom of the growing size of cumulative updates? Are Microsoft going to get a handle on this? Do they even realize it's a problem?
Both Paul and Brad have been talking about the hardware, software, and services they use for a while. It's great to see what professionals use in their day to day lives, and take that information to determine what might work for you. But we have a ton of other people on these forums who also use technology on a day to day basis who may have items they use that would be of interest to the rest of the community, so I thought I'd make a thread to see.
Consider this an open thread of sorts to talk about items you use that you think others might find of interest. I'd love to hear what everyone's working with, and why it's awesome.
I like 16:9 screens. There, I said it. It feels like an increasingly unpopular position, though. I like them, because I can window what I'm working with, and have a chat window, music controls, or other item off to the side. I feel like with a 4:3 or 16:10 screen I can only monotask, there's only one thing on the screen I can realistically work with, and so I'm continually going back and forth between apps. I can just glance over on a slightly wider screen without having to do so.
But it feels like I'm going against popular opinion here. Am I just wrong? Or are there other 16:9 aspect ratio lovers out there being drowned out by popular opinion?
It seems apparent, at this point, that Microsoft is interested not only in creating premium hardware, but creating specialist hardware at that: The Surface Studio is not only eye-wateringly expensive, but a device that can only justify its existence if you really need that pen input. If you're an artist, video editor, or have some other job where you're going to lay it flat and write on it, great, but it's hard for me to imagine anyone else stretching to that price.
To a slightly less extreme degree, Surface Pro and Surface Book are the same: they're devices that a prosumer might stretch to just because they wanted them, but for the most part they only really make sense if you have that specialized use case. Do you need the pen. Do you need that device type, or would you be better off with a traditional laptop?
But Microsoft doesn't make that. They don't make a cheaper, mainstream all in one. They don't make a mainstream laptop. The OEMs have that covered to a degree, but they're still loading them down with crapware for the most part, and Signature is still going nowhere, even though its wide adoption might obviate the need for Microsoft to make more mainstream computers. Should they bite the bullet and make a "normal" laptop? A "normal" desktop? Or just stick with the specialized items they've produced thusfar?