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||SmithPM||Microsoft||Windows||6 months ago||
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I am one of the .78 % of active users still running Vista. It came with my aged HP desktop, which still runs quite well, so why upgrade? As my first PC experience was with the very first IBM PC, with dual floppy disks, I know what slow really means.
However as Vista will soon stop getting updates, I installed Windows 7 in a dual-boot configuration, so I could migrate from Vista to W7 at my leisure. Many things are better, a few worse.
One problem I have is that W7 actually goes to sleep after an hour or so of not being used, which Vista does not (perhaps my Vista setup is wrongly configured?).
For the first several weeks of use, I got a BSOD when waking up W7 about once a week. WinDbg gave various reasons, usually blaming it on a driver, but never the same one.
By accident, however, I noticed that after triggering a wakeup with the shift key, if I wait until the system is completely "awake" - i.e. when my Yahoo clock widget (yes I know) jumps to the correct time, then the BSOD crashes no longer occur.
Has anyone else noticed similar behaviour or am I also the last to run W7?
And if solitaire is so popular, why was it removed from Windows 10 (I added it back in - twice, as both the upgrade from Windows 7 and the Anniversary Update deleted it. Curiously the upgrade from Windows 7 deleted all the games, but left the statistics of games played, high score, etc.)?
I keep a laptop with Windows 10 (upgraded from Windows 7) out in the country at my mother-in-law's house, and only had a chance in the evening of Sunday Nov. 13 to run Windows Update (when much of the load on Microsoft's servers should have been over). It found several updates, among them, the "Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 (KB3200970)."
It started to download this large (476 MB) update and got to the 50% mark when it basically got stuck. (Internet downloads there can sometimes be rather slow). After waiting for an hour for it to complete, I rebooted the PC and tried again. This time it got to 71% before getting stuck again. It appeared that the Windows Update server had twice timed-out on me.
Looking for problems with this update in the Internet, I found a link to it in the Microsoft Update Calalog, downloaded the update from there (it took 10 minutes), and successfully applied it using the standalone version of Windows Update.
This experience in my opinion supports my belief that having large (service-pack size) updates to Windows 10, e.g. the Autumn Update, which require equally large fixes to correct, is the wrong way to go, and that it would be better to chop such a large upgrade into smaller, and more digestible, e.g. monthly, updates.
I live in Europe, so Patch Tuesday updates are (unless I stay up late) available the following day.
I have Windows 7 installed in a dual-boot configuration with Windows Vista. As both of them have been experiencing delays on Patch Tuesday, I was expecting it would take a long time to get both updated, and with Vista the expected happened: I started searching at 5:00 today (Wednesday) and (temporarily) gave up 6 hours later with no updates found.
Starting up Windows 7, when I checked for updates it almost immediately gave me the (unknown) error code 80244019. (typical Microsoft, they can't give a sensible error message)
A quick look with Google came up with a simple fix - turn off looking for updates for Microsoft Products (I have both Office XP and Office 2007 installed).
When I then searched for updates it found, much to my surprise, within two minutes, the two new monthly updates and the usual monthly Software Removal tool.
After making the above updates, I wanted to try turning back on the search for MS Products switch to see if it would continue, but to my surprise there was no longer such an option! After several further adventures I finally go it to search for Office updates and it found three of them, with no error message.