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Old 22 September 2018, 02:37   #41
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Blah de blah blah.

One massive improvement is the speed. Games run quicker in 10 than anything else.

Yeah ads, boo hoo, have you not used any other os in the last 10 years?

If you know how to config Windows 10 you can pretty much disable everything you've moaned about through lgpo.
Well, I have an I7 system and a GTX 1070, I've never had much trouble running any of the games I play. I mean, I usually play Fallout New Vegas or Civilization III, it would be kind of weird if they didn't run well on this kind of hardware. So if that's the only pro in using Windows 10, I don't see the benefit.

Yes, I have used all kinds of OS's, I regularly run Android, Windows 10, Windows 7, OS X. Ubuntu and AmigaOS. Only Android and Windows 10 have the ad problem, though. And I tend to use them only as a hobby (Win10 mostly) to find out how they work, or if I absolutely have to (Android). I've never needed a piece of software that requires Windows 10.

If you have found a way to stop Windows 10 from calling home, I'd be more than happy to learn it. I mean, I'm going to have upgrade my OS eventually, and I'm really not looking forward to using a Linux-based OS as a desktop, and I'm not a great fan of OS X either.
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Well, I have an I7 system and a GTX 1070, I've never had much trouble running any of the games I play. I mean, I usually play Fallout New Vegas or Civilization III, it would be kind of weird if they didn't run well on this kind of hardware. So if that's the only pro in using Windows 10, I don't see the benefit.

Yes, I have used all kinds of OS's, I regularly run Android, Windows 10, Windows 7, OS X. Ubuntu and AmigaOS. Only Android and Windows 10 have the ad problem, though. And I tend to use them only as a hobby (Win10 mostly) to find out how they work, or if I absolutely have to (Android). I've never needed a piece of software that requires Windows 10.

If you have found a way to stop Windows 10 from calling home, I'd be more than happy to learn it. I mean, I'm going to have upgrade my OS eventually, and I'm really not looking forward to using a Linux-based OS as a desktop, and I'm not a great fan of OS X either.
One of the first apps I install and run is from the folks that put put Spybot Search and Destroy, it's named Spybot Anti-Beacon.

https://www.safer-networking.org/pro...t-anti-beacon/

I also use the reg hack to stop the Windows Updates and manually check once a week when I have time to run them.
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A fine piece of software, I agree. Google the free 1.5 version, it went shareware after that. Oh OK, since
I am well inclined towards you bunch, here is a valid link to grab it from. nVidia telemetry can also get
the good whack treatment, while we're at it (doing so shouldn't break anything, but plz don't hold me
responsible in case it does).

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Winaero Tweaker is the one tool needed and a must for a Windows 10 install!
With it you can turn off and disable almost anything, including Windows store, Cortana and everything else that spies on you.
It actually makes Windows 10 useable after stripping all the crap!
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Is there a registry hack that can remove the shadows under the windows, forever? Whenever I remove the shadows through the Advanced System Settings dialog they come back when I reboot the computer!
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Winaero Tweaker is the one tool needed and a must for a Windows 10 install!
With it you can turn off and disable almost anything, including Windows store, Cortana and everything else that spies on you.
It actually makes Windows 10 useable after stripping all the crap!
Thanks, trying it out now
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Winaero Tweaker is the one tool needed and a must for a Windows 10 install!
With it you can turn off and disable almost anything, including Windows store, Cortana and everything else that spies on you.
It actually makes Windows 10 useable after stripping all the crap!
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I installed both and my system worked a charm. Thanks for the suggestion.

Thank you also for the Spybot Anti-Beacon suggestions.

EDIT: Hmm, for some reason the app Microsoft News and other universal apps stopped to work! I think it was after the BlackBird installation. Argh...

EDIT2: No problem, I fixed it.

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I personally think you'd have to be nuts to run an OS that requires software such as "Spybot Anti-Beacon".

With some of the practices that M$ operating systems follow they should have gone out of business a long time ago. Yet people keep coming back to get f**ked again and again.

Do yourself a favour. Upgrade to macOS.
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LOL, MacOS where every new release has a major issue that stops stuff working, more so than Windows ever does?

Or should we specifically stay on a version that was around when Jobs was still alive and made them vigorously check shit before it was released, unlike now when any old shite gets release, hardware and software.
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Seriously, only reason you object to Win10 is because some of your p0rn watching habit data might end up @ Microsoft?! And then you go and use cell phone, some video service, google etc... Even freaking watch collects data today, and let's not go into cars, tv, any home smart device... (see where we are going with this)

Now back to original question, there is all set of services that you can disable when playing game to get more juice out of box, but as many have already pointed, SSD + decent size RAM would be a good start.

GameBooster (https://www.techspot.com/downloads/4...e-booster.html) will stop all processes that you don't need by simple push of a button, and another push on the same button will restart them all.

I found some games that don't have good memory management (Something like Runes of Magic) works much better with CleanMem (http://www.pcwintech.com/cleanmem), little program that would free up memory on the programs.

BTW, some data pr0n... my current working (and gaming) comp...
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Does everyone find these useful?
And want more?


Firstly:
Disable Cortana (Also disables windows search) https://winaero.com/download.php?view.1832

Much better than Windows Search:
Everything (Search) http://www.voidtools.com/downloads/
Use that to replace Cortana. Actually, use that alongside windows shitty search, whatever version of windows you use.

Clean temp etc files. Superb. Has some options in the community downloaded file, that can be annoying, if you don't realise what they do. (aka don't tick: Cached File Extensions)
BleachBit https://www.bleachbit.org/download/windows

Install, edit, and update a HOSTS file. (To block websites by DNS entries)
HOSTSMan http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman or http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network...Portable.shtml

I usually install the MVPS Hosts file, and then, create a text file on my PC, and add the following: (And install this as a source too, obviously)

# Microsoft
0.0.0.0 vortex.data.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 oca.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 watson.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 watson.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 choice.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 choice.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 services.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 sqm.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 watson.ppe.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 telemetry.appex.bing.net
0.0.0.0 telemetry.urs.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 telemetry.appex.bing.net:443
0.0.0.0 settings-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 survey.watson.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 watson.live.com
0.0.0.0 watson.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 statsfe2.ws.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 corpext.msitadfs.glbdns2.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 compatexchange.cloudapp.net
0.0.0.0 a-0001.a-msedge.net
0.0.0.0 statsfe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
0.0.0.0 sls.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
0.0.0.0 fe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
0.0.0.0 diagnostics.support.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 corp.sts.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 statsfe1.ws.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 feedback.windows.com
0.0.0.0 feedback.microsoft-hohm.com
0.0.0.0 feedback.search.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 rad.msn.com
0.0.0.0 preview.msn.com
0.0.0.0 ad.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 ads.msn.com
0.0.0.0 ads1.msads.net
0.0.0.0 ads1.msn.com
0.0.0.0 a.ads1.msn.com
0.0.0.0 a.ads2.msn.com
0.0.0.0 adnexus.net
0.0.0.0 adnxs.com
0.0.0.0 az361816.vo.msecnd.net
0.0.0.0 az512334.vo.msecnd.net
0.0.0.0 ssw.live.com
0.0.0.0 ca.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 i1.services.social.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 i1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 df.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net
0.0.0.0 vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 pre.footprintpredict.com
0.0.0.0 spynet2.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 spynetalt.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 fe3.delivery.dsp.mp.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

These disable most of the MS telemetry reporting it does.

I wrote a small batch file to remove Windows Explorer's ability to treat .zip files like folders. It annoys me. Copy exe to system32 and run batch as admin.
Delete ZIP Folders https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7...UpEX2RGVDE1blU

If you want decent file compression/decompression programs, install one or both.
WinRAR isn't free obviously.
Install WinRAR http://rarlab.com/download.htm
7-Zip http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

Install Adobe Reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/
Goto: Edit > Preferences (Ctrl+K) and under “Documents” section, uncheck “Open tools pane for each document”.

Install K-Lite Mega http://codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
Guide (slightly out of date) for highest quality video playback http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-hom...tup-guide.html

Some people prefer VLC. (It's fast, and handy. I install both, but use the above to watch actual TV and movies, but VLC has it's place too!)
VLC https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

Photo viewer and organiser. Similar to ACDSee, but free!
XnViewMP http://download.xnview.com/XnViewMP-win-x64.exe or for x86 machines http://download.xnview.com/XnViewMP-win.exe

Notepad++ (x86 version is best) https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download
My own personal preferences: Style: vim Dark Blue, Global Font, Courier New, Global Size, 12 | Settings> Preferences > Backup - untick 'Remember Session'
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A few more essentials
Media Player Classic, no need to install dubious codec packs, it plays everything.
It's fast and lightweight, unlike VLC.
https://github.com/clsid2/mpc-hc/releases/
Grab videos from a plethora of sites, can be used in conjunction with MPC-HC.
https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/

Total Commander (shareware)
https://www.ghisler.com/

Ninite installers, install multiple applications without worrying about toolbars and other bloatware.
https://ninite.com/

Open Shell Menu, Classic Shell reborn.
https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu
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Seriously, only reason you object to Win10 is because some of your p0rn watching habit data might end up @ Microsoft?! And then you go and use cell phone, some video service, google etc... Even freaking watch collects data today, and let's not go into cars, tv, any home smart device... (see where we are going with this
I know you are trolling, but this is actually an interesting point. So many people have been saying the same thing seriously. The "I don't have anything to hide, so who cares if they get my data" attitude is, well, in lack of a better word, idiotic (in the old Greek meaning). When you're participating in society and picking out things without any of the responsibilities, you're being taken along for the ride. Corporations don't exactly have your interests in mind, when they spy on you.

You probably know this already, it's not about doing something shameful with your computer, it's about the principle. Why should they be entitled to have any of your personal information? I've heard claims that an individual user's data is "almost worthless", because of course they don't want to pay for it. They just want the profits. It's being done, because the lawmakers are too old and are unable to react quickly enough to put laws in place to control it. And corporations have lobbyists who grease the wheels even further. Now, forgetting Windows 10 for a minute, is that really a society you are proud to be a part of? Is that what you want the world to be?

They take everything they can, because they can. It's gone so far so quickly, people have just accepted it. It's like being overweight and claiming there's nothing you can do, because you just want your yum-yums and can't be bothered to do anything about it.

Unfortunately people who think like that make all this possible. People used to be able to think for themselves, but so many of us have fallen into apathy. "Why should I care, because there's nothing I can do about it?"

You can study things, find out how things work, find out who benefits of all this and why. And best of all, educate others! Of course it's easier just to give up and keep inhaling Hot pockets and corn syrup, than to fix a salad and eat it. But I don't think that's what life is about, even though corporations would like you to think that.

Computers are the last bastion of data privacy, where you actually have a choice or some control. Still many people choose to use an OS-like service, that tries to take the control from the hands of the users. Just because you get a few more fps in CS:GO. Yay?

My watch or car doesn't gather data, my TV doesn't have an Internet connection, I don't have any 'smart devices' (I assume you mean devices like the Amazon echo -- who in their right mind would bring an eavesdropping device in their home?). I don't 'upgrade' stuff just to have the latest gadgets.

You have given up. Gordon Ramsay would be disappointed in you.

Luckily that doesn't mean other people should give up.



Oh, nobody still hasn't given me a reason why Windows 10 is better than earlier versions. Kinda weird. With all the pro-Win10 people you'd think there would be at least SOMETHING they could come up with.
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Seriously?? Glad to see there are people who don't give up, but if any of your computers has internet connection, little speech above is just crap load, as your ISP can monitor anything going in or out, and your data is essentially exposed, with or without your consent. Sure, there are VPN available, but turns out in many cases they collect data as well.

What I find hilarious is when people protect themselves like this, then go to Facebook and post every little detail about their life.

As for Windows 10, much more stable, uses less resources and utilizes better even older hardware. Most of those things were possible with so many folks from unix/linux working today for M$, and that is why Windows Server 2016 is first one it can run without even GUI being installed?!

Couple personal questions:
* do you have Steam and did you ever purchase any games online?
* what OS are you using and what is the reason?
* what do you use for personal email?
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Seriously?? Glad to see there are people who don't give up, but if any of your computers has internet connection, little speech above is just crap load, as your ISP can monitor anything going in or out, and your data is essentially exposed, with or without your consent. Sure, there are VPN available, but turns out in many cases they collect data as well.
I don't know about your country, but in my country there are laws to keep one's private communications secret. So if you're not suspected being involved in serious enough criminal activity, there's really no reason for ISPs to give out the users' data.

In fact, thanks to citizen activism, copyright trolls were recently banned from getting information about the users behind IP addresses.

I actually trust my country's ISPs more than most VPN companies.

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What I find hilarious is when people protect themselves like this, then go to Facebook and post every little detail about their life.
Using Facebook is pretty hilarious, I agree. Never done it myself, though.

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As for Windows 10, much more stable, uses less resources and utilizes better even older hardware.
More stable as in less crashes? If you have properly working hardware and properly made software (drivers etc.), Windows has been pretty stable since Windows 2000 or XP. I know, because I've been using computers to work with audio, and recording is one thing where random crashes are a no-no.

About the resources I can't really say. I got a free laptop with Windows 10 and it takes a pretty long time for it to be usable after waking up. Then it works decently for random surfing, I suppose. Can't really tell the difference to Windows 7.

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Couple personal questions:
* do you have Steam and did you ever purchase any games online?
* what OS are you using and what is the reason?
* what do you use for personal email?
* Nope
* For desktop I use Win7 because Win8 has a stupid UI, and most special (mostly audio) hardware and software works with it. I also have a Ubuntu server that acts as a firewall, router, adblocker for Android devices, NAS, DHCP and DNS server, etc.
* I use the email provided by my ISP, that is, once again, protected by law (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secrecy_of_correspondence)

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Media Player Classic, no need to install dubious codec packs, it plays everything.
It's fast and lightweight, unlike VLC.
Hi Retroplay!

I think that's the opposite of how Media Player Classic works.

It's bundled along with the K-Lite codec pack from my link, because it can't play anything itself, it relies on windows codec decoders to work.
(Unlike VLC, which has the codecs built in)

If you download it by itself, it comes with the LAV splitter, audio and video codec decoders. So, at the very least, it uses LAV to play back video. It also comes with an Enhanced EVR renderer, but if you take a look at the video guide I linked, it'll show you how to, if you video card is up to it, switch to madVR, and get the highest quality video playback possible. You may need to reclock the audio, if your monitor can't display common video playback rates.

(And Custom Resolution Utility can help with that)
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Not sure what country you are in, but here in USA ... let's not go into that directions. This picture kind a covers it...



I am sure that most of world is the same way... apart from what laws and politics tell...

As for Win10, yes, crashes are close to non-existent, even if you push all crap of games on your system as I do. And yes, to play latest game on latest hardware you do need latest DirectX to get best results.

Nothing to worry, once most of programs drop support for Win7 you will move to 10... Just like people had to move from Win 95/98, then Win2K, followed by XP...
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Hi Retroplay!

I think that's the opposite of how Media Player Classic works.

It's bundled along with the K-Lite codec pack from my link, because it can't play anything itself, it relies on windows codec decoders to work.
(Unlike VLC, which has the codecs built in)

If you download it by itself, it comes with the LAV splitter, audio and video codec decoders. So, at the very least, it uses LAV to play back video. It also comes with an Enhanced EVR renderer, but if you take a look at the video guide I linked, it'll show you how to, if you video card is up to it, switch to madVR, and get the highest quality video playback possible. You may need to reclock the audio, if your monitor can't display common video playback rates.

(And Custom Resolution Utility can help with that)
To each their own, I still prefer VLC, I use it on all my computers and even on my Samsung tablet.
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