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    posted a message on My first impressions of Windows 10 (So far) - Share yours!
    Quote from BC_Programming»

    The lock screen is pretty much the login screen. It looks the same for me when I first turn it on as if I lock it with WinKey+L.



    Unless, that is, you mean the background on the screen where you actually type the password (rather than the display that slides away).



    From what I can tell that image is part of some system file (Windows.UI.Logon.pri). Yet another instance of stuff not being customizable that really should be. There are already tools to change it, such as the cleverly named "Windows 10 Login Image Changer".


    Yeah, I mean where you actually put in the password. I have seen those tools but I don't have a lot of trust for them to be honest and would rather find a way to do it manually like the registry tweak I mentioned before. I have heard reports of it crashing systems and such as well so it doesn't bode well against my existing experiences with graphic tweaking programs.

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    posted a message on Windows 10: Should you update?
    Quote from BC_Programming»

    Regarding the upgrade itself: I'm not upgrading either my desktop or my laptop. I've run the previews for a while on my older desktop and nothing about Windows 10 makes it worth the effort of upgrading either of my systems. Furthermore, it has a large number of annoyances that put it in "negative points' territory when it comes to actually replacing the systems I am using.


    - Start Button STILL doesn't sometimes stops working. This is a problem they have "fixed" pretty much every update for the past few weeks. When I press the windows key on Windows 8.1 I always get the start screen. With Windows 10 sometimes the Start Menu simply won't appear at all and I need to reboot the system one or more times until it works- which requires me to start task manager with Control+Shift+Escape because, again, no way to open the start menu. even Winkey+R didn't do anything.


    - Cortana is pointless. Though I have to say the "You're system administrator has disabled me :(" message makes me happy after fiddling with gpedit. At least it can be disabled, unlike desktop web search...


    - Still haven't found a way to disable the web search. It takes far too long to show relevant results. When I search for "word" I want to start word. The first result should not be the dictionary definition of "word" as found via bing, and I should not have to wait nearly a full minute for the search tool to reach out across the web. I want to start a local program.


    - Non-customizable window borders. This is oddly a deal-breaker for me. The borders on windows are completely gone pretty much, for consistency with the window style used by the windowed Modern UI applications. Every time I need to resize a window on Windows 10 I am reminded of this, and it infuriates me because it makes a very basic feature (resizing windows) a pain in the ass simply to be consistent with the compatibility shim they put into their latest and greatest app platform to make it work like their existing desktop programs.


    Ideally they would address these before release, but hopefully now that release day approaches it is something they will address later via their "rolling release" approach.


    Windows 8.1 will continue to work for the foreseeable future anyway. Having the latest and greatest version of an OS only guarantees that you also get the latest and greatest problems.


    I think that the local search is tied into the Cortana package because you can't remove it with Powershell (Error saying it's part of Windows and can't be removed.) and manually removing it breaks the search bar along with Cortana. However in Cortana's settings you can go and set it to only search locally, don't know if that's what you are looking for or not. I don't use the search outside of Explorer which still works and it hasn't seemed to have broken anything else. I figure after some more testing and figuring out how to remove it from the all apps menu I am going to do that on my main system. IIRC that's the only modern app I have had trouble removing so far.

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    posted a message on My first impressions of Windows 10 (So far) - Share yours!
    Quote from BC_Programming»

    Mine is a background image. I didn't change anything, though. It is using the same login image that I have set on Windows 8.1, likely synced. Seems to be set in Settings->Personalization and Themes->Lock Screen


    Not the lock screen, login screen. Or did the login image change with the lock screen for you? It's really hard to find any information on it because of that mix up.

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    posted a message on My first impressions of Windows 10 (So far) - Share yours!
    Quote from Tuaam»

    It is possible? I'll look to it in the future.


    A lot of things like this are possible, it's just a matter of how much you want to dig around in the system.


    Like I finally figured out the key to get the solid colored login screen back from the stupid Hero background.


    Here's the key for anyone interested:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
    "DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=dword:00000001[/p]
    [p]


    If someone happens to know how to make it a background image let me know.


    We shouldn't have to be doing all of this digging around and I am very quickly becoming more disgruntled with the amount of configuring that I am having to do to get everything the way I like it.

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    posted a message on My first impressions of Windows 10 (So far) - Share yours!
    Quote from danthonywalker»

    I'm using Cortana is to do everything.

    "Open Minecraft Forums"

    "Open Reddit"

    "Open Twitch dot TV"

    "Start Steam"

    "Start Teamspeak"

    "Open Mail"

    "Remind me in 3 hours to go to sleep"

    etc etc


    Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper useful.

    While I very much dislike not having extensions, I'm content with how Edge is right now until they add that functionality in (October?). It's just super sleek, fast, and feels responsive. Haven't even downloaded Chrome yet because I don't think I will.


    Those two are basically the big things for me. Other things include: non-full screen apps, minimal border on applications, and open privacy options (people are complaining about this, imo, at least they're not trying to hide any of it, and really, it's no different then how Apple works with Siri or how Google works with Android and on those platforms you can't really shut off those privacy options).


    Other than that the OS is taking up less space and memory then both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and it's a nice mix of the two. I'm very happy with it.


    Cortana is nice in that it is basically just a glorified run dialog box for the casual user.

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    posted a message on My first impressions of Windows 10 (So far) - Share yours!
    Quote from Gregrs»

    From my experience with it, keeping in mind I used it about a month ago for about a week before reverting back to windows 7, I don't think that the features implemented into Windows 10 are all that important or useful. To be honest with, Windows 10 is an amazing operating system. It's insanely fast, even for older system, and is fairly simple to use even for new users. I just feel that most of the features aren't really useful. Such as Cortana, kind of disappointing how you have to manually click if you want to search your computer and not the internet.


    I may change my mind at some point in time, but for now I'll stick with my trusty Windows 7.


    You can change it so that search default to searching your computer so that whenever you click Cortana it always just searches the internet from what I understand. There's even more settings to configure the search in group policy for enterprises too but I have only glanced over them.


    You have to keep in mind that a lot of these features are still in their infancy and like anything will take time to mature and have the kinks worked out.

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    posted a message on My first impressions of Windows 10 (So far) - Share yours!
    Quote from Xaanos»

    Thankfully we can kind of swap back to a Windows 8.1 style startmenu, though they moved a lot of stuff for no reason other then to appease the people who refuse to move beyond the yeolde startmenu. The lack of windows borders and shadow highlighting is beyond irritating its a minor usability thing but even all of the Linux DE that ditched window borders kept the shadow highlighting. The ability to actually sure gestures on multi monitor is really the only possible reason i could see upgrading on my work desktop.


    Things that would be nice and could be in there would be on domain attached Win10 machines not to have every new user do that were getting things ready for you dialog it makes Win8.1 as a lab machine operating system kinda irritating.


    Other minor things that would be nice as features to have but Microsoft refuses to give to us. SFTP and SSH support, I mean come on from an enterprise level the fact I can't do the bulk of my job without installing putty or cygwin when just about every other operating system supports this by default.


    The white interface flat theme i get a lot of OS are doing but i can't stop thinking it reminds me of Gnome3 in Fedora.


    Hopefully Win10 is a bit more usable on tablets, if so then I would prefer it as Win8.1 can still be pretty irritating on the surface tablets.


    Still dislike that Microsoft ditched what is easily a better interface Win8.1 start screen (yes even for desktops if you would actually use it you would get why) just because people complained. I get wanting to make changes to the interface but it seems like every single change in Win10 that replaced a gesture or something I was used to in Win8.1 takes extra clicks.


    Going to use it because the multi monitor features drive me up a wall that windows has lacked that so many Linux DE have had forever.


    Something I will have to test at work is supposedly by default Remote Desktop Services can support OpenGL meaning we can finally install the CAD applications remotely because they do a stupid check for OpenGL support when installed and because when you RDP in it swaps to a software render without support it freaks out. Very small use case but something that would be nice at work.


    I prefer my Win8.1 user interface on my desktop but some other advantages might prompt me to swap at work. At home the new driver model for AMD drivers has a lot less CPU overhead and other things meaning Dx11 runs quite a bit faster I have been running modified drivers to get it but now i can run official drivers so that's why I am upgrading at home.


    Poking around trying to figure out how to get rid of the Hero login background I seem to remember some keys in the registry having to do with shadow highlighting and a few other graphical tweaks, I don't care that much about that particular issue but I could try and find them again if you are interested.


    If I remember correctly there's a way to disable the "We're getting things ready for you" thing with group policy, not sure how it plays with fresh installs or first time logins however. Maybe something to investigate? I am sure there's a way to disable it further but it might take some looking around.


    I would be so happy to have SSH. SO. HAPPY.


    I honestly didn't really like the Win8 layout, it's a great idea for tablets and casual users but I just work better with yeoled startmenu. You can still enable the windows 8 menu too, it's found in Settings > Personalization > Start > Use Start Full Screen. I think you can enable it with group policy with the Start Menu XML entry but I don't see a way to force it to use that otherwise.

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    posted a message on Best mechanical keyboard for the money?

    If you are looking for really cheap you might go thrift/crazy jims electronics store shopping and try and find a Apple Extended I or II or an IBM Model M. The Model M was my first Mechanical Keyboard and I got it for like 10 bucks, don't remember what happened to it but it was very nice. The Apple Extended II was what I used for the longest time and it had just recently died. I found it at a thrift store for like 20, you'll need a converter though which you might have to look around for. If you can find one for cheap it's still way below others on the market.

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    posted a message on Will you be updating to Windows 10?

    I foresee forced updates in a business/enterprise environment causing a lot of headaches. I wonder how this will play with WSUS/SUS?

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    posted a message on Raspberry Pi doesn't connect to WiFi

    Have you tried sniffing while it's trying the four-way handshake? Might give you a better idea of where to look, I haven't messed with Pi much but it seems like the right place to look for more information if that's the source of the problem.

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    posted a message on Two computers won't communicate
    Quote from Strahan202»

    I doubt that'll do any good. Sounds more like a firewall problem. Add exceptions to the firewall for Minecraft. It uses port 25565. Don't recall if it's TCP or UDP, you can just allow both to pass and should be fine.


    Thinking about it this seems like the most likely problem. You could try testing connectivity with another application/protocol to isolate the issue if those exceptions don't work.


    I believe it uses TCP almost exclusively but IIRC there's a few functions that it uses UDP for, so open both.

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    posted a message on Desperate for help, PC choices?
    Quote from Edya39»

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1S90356 + that wireless adapter you said = perfect

    Also is capable of light gaming if she wants

    *windows 7*

    use classic shell for windows 7 start menu if thats what she want


    Doesn't need an adapter, has an on board WLAN NIC. I don't really think that she needs a PC with that strong of GPU as he listed things that could be done with a much weaker one. It would also lower the price and give you room to toss in something down the line if needed. No need to spend more money than you need or spend it where it counts as it's harder to future proof a prebuilt.

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    posted a message on Hamachi won't to load

    Go into the Task Manager and make sure the service "LogMeIn Hamachi Tunneling Engine" is running. If it's running and not working try restarting the service.

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    posted a message on No Signal to Monitor
    Have you tested the monitor? Cables?



    May seem a bit obvious but considering you had no signal when switching between GPU, on board, and with another MB, it seems like a viable option.
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    posted a message on First batch file mind testing?
    Did a once over on it and here's some of what I see; haven't messed with batch in a long time so take it with a grain of salt.




     
    echo off
    title Minecraft Installer
    :menu
    color A
    cls
    REM I don't see why you have the echo's here? This set-up give the same results. 
    REM Ahhh, figured it out, put a pause before the filecheck goto menu for the same effect, looks less clunky that way too.
    echo Minecraft
    echo .......................................................
    echo Task Menu
    echo .......................................................
    echo 1 - Downloads Minecraft
    echo 2 - Launches Minecraft
    echo 3 - Both 1 and 2
    echo 4 - Mod Installer Website 
    echo 5 - Go to .Minecraft directory 
    echo 6 - Exit
    echo.
    echo.
    REM Might say which site in particular ahead of time?
    REM Bit pedantic, but .Minecraft is a directory not a file.
    Set /P M=Type a number 1-6 to select a task:
    IF %M%==1 GOTO Download
    IF %M%==2 GOTO Launch
    IF %M%==3 GOTO Both
    IF %M%==4 GOTO Mods
    IF %M%==5 GOTO Filecheck
    IF %M%==6 EXIT REM Why have it goto when you can just set it to do what you want it to do? 
    :Download
    cls
    echo Checking if Downloaded 
    REM Might say something to the effect of "A download will start if Minecraft is not found and insert a pause, not too fond of it just jumping to the download.
    REM Might figure out a way to account for Minecraft not being installed in that directory. Seem to remember there being a command set for searching for files, could be wrong though. 
    if exist "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Minecraft.exe" (echo Minecraft is already installed)
    if not exist "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Minecraft.exe" (goto Downloadscheck)
    :Downloadscheck
    if exist %USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Minecraft.exe (GoTo check)
    if not exist %USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Minecraft.exe (goto downloadstart)
    :Downloadstart
    REM Doing so will also give you something more to break these two up. I also added in some spaces anyway. 
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo "Starting Download"
    start "" https://launcher.mojang.com/download/Minecraft.exe
    REM Not going to change these, but as BC said you can use the localhost. 
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 5000 > nul
    GOTO Check
    :Check
    if exist %USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Minecraft.exe (goto Move)
    if not exist %USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Minecraft.exe (goto Check)
    :Move
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 2000 > nul
    CD C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Downloads
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 10 > nul
    copy Minecraft.exe %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    cls
    Echo Download Complete
    GOTO menu
    :Launch
    cd C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Desktop
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 10 > nul
    start Minecraft.exe
    exit
    :Both
    cls
    echo Checking if Downloaded
    if exist "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Minecraft.exe" (
    if exist "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Minecraft.exe" (
    echo You already have Minecraft installed 
    cd %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Minecraft.exe
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 10 > nul
    start Minecraft.exe
    GoTo menu
    )
    if not exist "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Minecraft.exe" (goto moveboth)
    )
    if exist "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Minecraft.exe" (goto downloadstartboth)
    :Downloadstartboth
    echo "Starting Download"
    start "" https://launcher.mojang.com/download/Minecraft.exe
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 5000 > nul
    GOTO Checkboth
    :CheckBoth
    if exist %USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Minecraft.exe (goto MoveBoth)
    if not exist %USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Minecraft.exe (goto Checkboth)
    :MoveBoth
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 2000 > nul
    CD C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Downloads
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 10 > nul
    copy Minecraft.exe %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    Echo "Download complete"
    GOTO Launch
    :Mods
    cls
    Echo Skydaz is a website with Mod Installers
    Echo The Website will open in 5 seconds 
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 5000 > nul
    start "" http://www.skydaz.com
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 10 > nul
    GOTO Menu
    :filecheck
    REM Looks like you got tired here and used the path on your computer. BC also pointed this one out.
    echo checking for file
    IF exist %AppData%\Roaming\.minecraft (goto file) 
    IF not exist %AppData%\Roaming\.minecraft\.minecraft ( 
    cls
    echo I'm sorry but you haven't launched or played minecraft.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo.
    pause
    goto menu
    )
    :file
    start "File Explorer" %APPDATA%\.minecraft REM This has the same effect.
    ping 192.0.2.2 -n 1 -w 1 > nul
    pause
    goto menu
    
     
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