Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Windows OS thread. We talk the Windows OS in mobile, tablet, desktop, and even IoT form if you so desire.
is the new windows. The most current release version is Windows 10 1607, meaning it came out in July of 2016 (except that it actually started rolling out on August 2nd. because reasons). This was an update from the 1511 version, which itself was an update to the original release, 1507. This is the new norm. You can expect 2 incremental OS updates to Windows 10 per year now. This will bring changes to Windows 10 over time. Version 1607 might not seem super different but if you could find a pc on 1507 you'd see a lot of changes. Also, unless you're an enterprise business you're getting the new versions anyway. Technically Microsoft supports 1507 and 1511, however almost everyone will be on 1607 within a couple weeks of release, so those older versions are largely lost into the ether. Windows 10 largely fixes a lot of the issues that Windows 8.x had, especially on desktop/traditional computers. There are conflicting beliefs on whether it is better on a tablet. I think a majority will say yes, but it definitely is not unanimous. -1607 makes further changes to the tablet interface which brings it closer to the Windows 8.1 look.
There are also fears about the telemetry gathering in Windows 10. Microsoft has been collecting telemetry for 10 years now, since Vista, and while it is true they are doing more in Windows 10, almost everything is anonymized, especially if you turn off the advertising ID telemetry. There is nothing that links how many Joe User actually clicks the start button or goes to that website he doesn’t want his wife to know about. You really have nothing to worry about.
That being said, some people do not want Microsoft to collect any data on them. If you ware one of those people here is a link with instructions on how to block the telemetry. https://fix10.isleaked.com/
. It works as of the time the OP was posted.
Windows 10 is also being pushed down everyone’s throats by Microsoft. While I don’t think anyone can dispute that Microsoft has many legitimate reasons to want as many people on Windows 10 as soon as possible, how they have gone about it with the free upgrade and it now starting to install on PC’s without consent is not cool. If you are one of the many who simply does not want to go to windows 10, the GWX Control Panel is what you need. http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/
is a complicated flower. The initial 8.0 release is no longer supported in any way. If you are somehow still on that, get at least to 8.1, which is a free update. 8.1 will be supported until January 10, 2023. 8.1 was good to great on touchscreens, and largely terrible on anything else. It’ll be remembered like Windows ME was. Some great ideas executed in the poorest way possible.
. Oh Windows 7. The rock of Microsoft, and the new XP. Until Windows 10 this was unquestionably the best Windows ever made. Some people still think it is. Windows 7 is supported until January 14th, 2020.
is actually still a supported OS by Microsoft until April 11, 2017. Vista is poorly remembered, but Vista is about 90% of what Windows 7 became.
has been out of support since 2014. You should not be running it. It was a great OS in 2001, but it isn’t 2001 anymore.
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