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Doesn't allow for what seems like common events like shutting down on the plane, in a hurry for whatever reason, etc
Yes. When they first added the deferral 'feature' it wouldn't allow less than 12 hours of inactive time per day. It really pisses me off when they reboot during a backup, or worse while I'm actually using the machine, with no warning.
They know it and they don't care. Mint (or your favorite **ix) won't give you that problem, but they all will give you some other problems - which I find less annoying. My next computer installation will not be Windows, despite the fact that I've been using Windows since the 3.0 days.
We have p7zip-desktop already. All we need now is a Notepad++ port, and Windows will become some kind of dormant VM somewhere far and deep inside a dusty and rusty cabinet.
I will grant my @home computing needs are very vanilla. I don't play games (other than Solitaire), so I'm not subject to the vagaries of high-end graphics adapter drivers. I don't use my machine as a media server or anything like that, so my networking is simple.
More pointedly with these types of discussions, my personality is not one that requires I "mark my territory" on my computer by customizing it out the wazoo. I'm sure you recognize what I'm talking about. It's a world-ending tragedy and a flagrant conspiracy against humanity when Microsoft doesn't let you arrange the icons your desktop on 3.176 pixel boundaries in a hexagonal matrix like you prefer.
The people who scream the loudest about Windows Update problems always seem to be the ones who configure their machines either < -3σ or > 3σ from the norm for that make/model.
One of my many roles as the DSJB (Departmental Shit-Job Boy) is that I create the images used to load Windows on the industrial PC's in our products. All images are (obviously) not the same. I'm guessing that your old ISO was missing some critical piece of processor-specific stuff. At one time Windows had a HAL (hardware abstraction layer), part of the kernel, that tended to be customized for new processors. Since that time they've switched to a micro-kernel approach to things, but I imagine the need for processor-specific bits still exists. For future reference, it's conceivable that AMD has downloadable kernel bits that can be applied during a WinPE (Windows Pre-Installation Environment) session.
honey the codewitch wrote:
the ISO that shipped with my machine wasn't working with the product key
That is no surprise at all. Microsoft goes through activation schemes like other people go through toilet paper. It is incredibly easy to create a perfect Windows install image that will absolutely refuse to install with the product key hard-coded into the image. The end solution for us was to switch to deferred activation which in essence lets you use the machine unhindered until the first time it connects to the Internet. Since ours are never connected to the Internet, problem solved.
Yes! I feel better now, someone else has the same experience. I now have one of these macro thingies on my desktop which goes through the process of setting .html back to Chrome and .pdf back to Acrobat. As soon as I did that, of course, it stopped being hijacked. But I am ready.
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Sheet, you just can't weave it alone can you! Is there any thread of hope or are we all loomed?
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Same here. R#er makes VS even more of a pig than normal, but adds enough useful to me stuff to be worth it.
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