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Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« on: August 24, 2018, 02:53:23 PM »
Because, my Linux laptop locked me out suddenly and went command line.  Support and I are sudo-ing trying to get it back running.  My Macbook has become a prima donna about charging.  I suspect it is the magnetic coupling on the charger which will be way overpriced to replace. 

In the meantime I need a reliable laptop.  I can no longer ignore the fact that I can buy two Windows laptops for the price of one Macbook or built for Linux machine, so I'm trying WIndows 10.

The last time I seriously used Windows was WinME (which turned me into a Mac user) so any advise or tips for a Win10 newbie would be welcome.

I'm already planning on uninstalling bloatware as much as I can.

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2018, 09:11:11 PM »
I'm not having any problems with Windows. I use win 7 and 10.

Just get as much RAM as the device can use and you're good to go.

Oh and get a Targus replacement cord. They come extra long. I buy one for every laptop in the house. Really useful for when the plug is far away or in the next café table over.

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2018, 10:46:30 PM »
Thanks MB.

I'm hoping 8 GB is enough RAM.

Heh, Rooftop told me to "kill Cortana as quickly as you can"   ;D


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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2018, 11:19:21 PM »
I'm not having any trouble with W10, either. But I spent time killing everything "MS warm & fuzzy" --particularly Cortana.

One minor nuisance, though, is how Win updates hog bandwidth.  You can change the allocation in settings.  Most of my other tweaks were just finding old stand-bys like Control Panel and putting tiles for them on the Start Page.

Oh yeah, kill all those cute 'active' tiles.  Also, you don't have to boot to the start page, you can change that to boot to desktop.   Finally, right click the Win Icon in the tray and get familiar with that --almost everything you need.

>ram

I'm running 4gb on the Lenovo U310. It's OK. 8gb should be fine.
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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2018, 12:09:28 AM »
Thanks RC.

My plan:

1. Kill Cortana.
2. Unistall whatever anti virus trial they have.
3. Install my own anti virus. Install free anti-ransomware.
4. Uninstall all the "MS warm & fuzzy" stuff  plus Chrome if there.
5. Install my browsers.
6. Figure out what works for email.
7. Rest of RC's list

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2018, 03:02:18 AM »
In the mean time you could just install a new version of Linux on your current laptop.  I've liked Lubuntu, it runs well on Laptops and is easy on ram.

https://lubuntu.net/

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2018, 11:41:58 AM »
MAX OUT your RAM

>>Figure out what works for email.
I'm using MailBird after many issues with Outlook
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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2018, 12:27:46 PM »
>>new version

Thanks LM.  Yeah that is my backup plan.  And that may happen even if support and I get it running again.  I'm not real happy with System 76's Pop OS.

>>Mailbird

Thank you Mr. Mackin!  You saved me time this morning, since I was going to research free email programs for Win.  I had caught wind that people were having issues with Outlook.

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2018, 08:02:17 PM »
I'm seeing daylight.

Got rid of most bloatware.  Trying to decide what to do with MS Office.
CHrome gone.
Tiles gone.
Cortana shut up.

AVG free installed.
Cyberreason (anti ransomware free) installed.
Mailbird installed.
Vivaldi installed. (Can't uninstall Edge and it didn't like not being the default browser.)

SO far Win10 isn't half bad.  Laptop is okay too.  Nice screen.



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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2018, 10:47:46 PM »
MAX OUT your RAM

My laptop is now maybe seven years old, running Windows 8.4. I was about to get a new one, because it was bogging down a lot and getting frustrating to use. Then bumped from 8GB of RAM to 16GB and now sunbeams and flowers and stars and unicorns dance around my computer. Well, it's fast anyway. I like to have a lot of apps open and a lot of browser tabs. Right now, I'm using 53% of memory - so more than the 8GB I used to have. It looks like Chrome is responsible for almost 2GB of that all by itself. Firefox is closed right now, but it's not better.  Add in Photoshop, Slack (currently sucking up half a GB and doing nothing) and other memory hogs and that 8GB is gone fast and Windows virtual memory seems crazy slow. Everything grinds to a halt.

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2018, 12:21:25 AM »
Got it.  Good advice.  I'm sure I'll need more memory at some point.  Vivaldi uses Chromium so it will be a hog.  Since I can't uninstall Edge I'll use it as my backup browser for now, should I need it. My experience has been that both Norton and McAfee were resource hogs so uninstalling McAfee trial was good.  Hopefully AVG free is leaner. 

My day to day use is generally browser and email so I'm hoping to get by.

It's probably good that I have a Win computer.  There are some small specialized programs I could use that only come in Win so now I can get them.

Thanks!

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2018, 12:56:43 AM »
Turn on Widows Defender if it didn't come on as default. It's very good.

>Office

I'm using LibreOffice.

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2018, 11:07:46 AM »
>Defender

I like the way they set up Defender: It gets out of the way if you have a third party AV, but it automatically activates if your AV is disabled or removed.  Slick.

I installed AVG free anti-virus.  Also installed Cyberreason Anti Ransomware.  I know nothing about it except PC Mag recommended it and it's free.  It was their second choice on antiransomware but the #1 has switched from free to pay so I went with #2.

>Office
I found out the MS Office was a trial so uninstalled.  WPS office free also came installed, which I think I have on my phone so I'll try that. 

This morning I discovered Candy Crush was being reinstalled after I nuked it yesterday.  The sneaks.  What's the point of uninstalling something and then have them slip it back on?  I turned off automatic updates from the MS Store.  The rats.

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2018, 06:37:29 PM »
Turn on Widows Defender

Yes, the widows and orphans need defenders. Couldn't resist.

More seriously, yes, AV software was a major pain point for me. I switched to Windows Defender many years ago. I don't surf porn and gambling sites and am (usually) smart enough to not open attachments I'm not expecting, but I'm otherwise a pretty careless web user (sorry Bill). And in all the years of using Windows Defender, nothing has gotten through and my machine runs well.

It may be that the others have solved some of the resource issues, but they have lost me forever.

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Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2018, 10:32:59 PM »
>Turn on Widows Defender if it didn't come on as default. It's very good.

I cannot stand something that just runs when it wants to. Any time I am in dire need of CPU cycles, right now, and it ain't happening, that #(%^&(*#&$ing thing is hogging everything and there is no stopping it.

I get along with win10 as long as I remember to turn that and auto updates off, plus ofc cortana.

For a nice, new and inexpensive linux book, check out a chromebook pro which has intel cpu so you can load linux. I just recently bought the plus which is basically the same except for cpu and love it for general usage though the keyboard is a bit cramped.