Windows issues

Windows issues

25 posts
19 Dec 2015
xtiggerx
Photographer
xtiggerx
Hi,
This is for techno's or  pc friendly guys..

I had my HP laptop updated years ago.....the guy was straight out off uni and downloaded  windows 7 pro software to update my ordinary 7.....Updates from then on have been added from microsoft,no issues come up...Now ive a msg saying i have a invalid copy.......i dont really want windows 10,but am i now gonna get it with no choices..
Can contact repairer as was abot 5/6 years ago & he now doesnt fix pc's....

Any none photographic replies just help avioding windows 10...if possible...
Posted 19 Dec 2015
Edited by xtiggerx 19 Dec 2015
xtiggerx
Photographer
xtiggerx
Oh and apologies if late replying,no internet at home.......will answer as soon as i can.

Posted 19 Dec 2015
frankpht
Photographer
frankpht
You've got a number of choices you could get a valid copy of W7. Go for W8 but I wouldn't or why not go W10. I bought a second hand PC with W7. I asked the guy if it was a valid copy he told me it does updates without any problems. In the end I bought the parts to build my own PC and used the HD from the previous PC. To my amazement the PC fired up with the W7 that was on the HD. Did not expect it to happen and I'm not sure it should have.

I think like yourself I one day received a similar message to yours from MS. I ended up buying legit copy of W8 from a computer fair. It was cheaper than W7 and I thought what could be so wrong with it as an OS. Wrong then 8.1 was released and this sorted some of the problems but not all.

Forgot to say but the W8 copy I bought was I think an upgrade version and it somehow managed to upgrade from the hooky W7 but I think this was the problem with my PC. You may have to think about how you upgrade from your dodgy W7.

You obviously have a problem with W10 but I upgraded to it as soon as I could after release and have had no problems with it. If I could have earlier I should have bought a legit W7 and stuck with it. This is mainly down to some of my hardware not working with W8 and W10. I think your only option is to buy a copy of W7 as you may not be able to upgrade from W7 you've got but I was able to. Don't ask me how maybe MS were happy to see I was upgrading to a legit Windows.

Posted 19 Dec 2015
xtiggerx
Photographer
xtiggerx
Yep, Thanks for that.My only negative about W10 is all the negative mail written in computer active mag,about software disappearing etc etc, my CS3 is a copy so dont want to lose that....
Think its the hard handed way MS has gone about wanting everyone to upgrade to W10.I have always been happy with XP and W7 pro,never needed to upgrade to other versions.....

Posted 20 Dec 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Windows 7 is superb (I've got two machines running it) and would love to know if there's a way to stop them pestering me to 'upgrade' (I use that term lightly) with that naff icon that keeps appearing.

Posted 20 Dec 2015
frankpht
Photographer
frankpht
xtiggerx

Yep, Thanks for that.My only negative about W10 is all the negative mail written in computer active mag,about software disappearing etc etc, my CS3 is a copy so dont want to lose that.... Think its the hard handed way MS has gone about wanting everyone to upgrade to W10.I have always been happy with XP and W7 pro,never needed to upgrade to other versions.....



I didn't lose any software but I didn't do a fresh install. You can keep all your original files.  It's said the best thing to do is a fresh install which wipes everything but if you want to save your existing stuff.  Choose the save option don't ask me how it's done but it is simple from what I remember. The change is very straight forward but it's not an absolute guarantee you won't lose anything. 
I crossed my fingers, whatever way you choose to put a legit copy of Windows onto your PC.  You're going to have the problem of keeping your existing software I think W10 gives you the best option in saving all your old software.  I'm no expert 
Posted 20 Dec 2015
AegeanSoft
Photographer
AegeanSoft
I used to use Windows 7 because my Premiere CS3 would not work on Windows 8. I updated from 7 to 10 and it works fine! Windows 8 is rubbish but I now have all my PCs (3+laptop) running Windows 10 and it is stable and seems to run all my software OK.

Posted 24 Dec 2015
profilepictures
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profilepictu..
As I understand it, W10 is the last of its type, and no decisions will follow. I was happy enough with W7 and got issued a work laptop with 10, and subsequently specced up and had built a desktop for editing, also running 10. Some things have moved a bit or changed name a bit, but it seems pretty intuitive and I'd think a upgrade to your pc and OS could be very cost effective right now.

Posted 24 Dec 2015
AegeanSoft
Photographer
AegeanSoft
I may be being a little paranoid but I suspect that when Windows 10 reaches a certain level of usage and you cannot go back to earlier versions that Microsoft will suddenly announce that Windows will no longer be free but will be only usable by a monthly subscription the same way Adobe now costs me for Adobe CC.

Posted 24 Dec 2015
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
AegeanSoft

I may be being a little paranoid but I suspect that when Windows 10 reaches a certain level of usage and you cannot go back to earlier versions that Microsoft will suddenly announce that Windows will no longer be free but will be only usable by a monthly subscription the same way Adobe now costs me for Adobe CC.


No. But be very clear of one thing. When you get something free you are no longer the client. You are the product.

Microsoft have made a very careful calculation that the information you are providing them about yourself by using Windows 10 is worth far more than what they get by selling you an update every few years. Take a look at the default privacy settings. Virtually everything you do on your computer is monitored and recorded so Microsoft and anyone they pass your data to can give a 'enhanced customer service' At the moment if you are smart you can turn pretty much everything off but that won't last. At some stage in the future they will demand you are logged into a microsoft account online all the time. Rather than just make life awkward if you decline as they do at the moment.

Cortana, or whatever they call it is really quite horrifying. Everything you type. Every search you do. Every word said in front of this updated Microsoft paperclip is forwarded to Microsoft in the guise of being able to offer a better service. For those using it Microsoft will  quickly know more about them than their own partners. More than even a good PA would be trusted with.
Posted 24 Dec 2015
xtiggerx
Photographer
xtiggerx
Just signed back in after nearly a week off line,Still getting suggestions i update my unapproved W7pro which i decline and then laptop operates as before apart from a black screen instaed of windows screen...Ive heard that if a user fails to use windows your more open to viruses/malware etc etc....not sure if correct...Im in process of moving so when settled ill upgrade,no point at min, thanks for all input....

Posted 26 Dec 2015
FosterPhoto
Photographer
FosterPhoto
Firstly W7 will eventually become unsupported which means if there is a problem with your pic or laptop you would not get Microsoft support. I had a laptop with W7 installed from a genuine disk, I gave my old tower to my mother in law which had the same w7 disk. The laptop came up with the genuine error message because I had used the same disk on two machines.

When I tried to buy another w7 disk from Microsoft my laptop wanted to update to w10. As w10 is free software I was able to do the upgrade without any cost. I have to say I am an IT professional and the thought of w10 horrified me! However I am pls entry surprised with it. You would need to run a w10 compatibility test to make sure your machine can take w10.

If you do not like the sound of this my advice is to purchase the w7 disk from the Microsoft site, I have purchase slightly cheaper disks in the past to then get the fatal error several months later.

Happyntombuoldmyou a new pc if you need one.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

Glen

Posted 26 Dec 2015
xtiggerx
Photographer
xtiggerx
Thanks for your input glen.....much apreciated
Posted 26 Dec 2015
Mr_Catz
Photographer
Mr_Catz
RedChecker

Windows 7 is superb (I've got two machines running it) and would love to know if there's a way to stop them pestering me to 'upgrade' (I use that term lightly) with that naff icon that keeps appearing.


Yes the pestering is very annoying. And the fact that Windows 7 has not been properly updated for at least 6 weeks is very concerning.
 
Are we being given an option or are we being forced into downloading Windows 10?
 
Having said that, I have taken the plunge and downloaded Windows 10. So far everything seems ok. laugh
Posted 27 Dec 2015
PHP_Photography
Photographer
PHP_Photogra..
redbaron

Cortana, or whatever they call it is really quite horrifying. Everything you type. Every search you do. Every word said in front of this updated Microsoft paperclip is forwarded to Microsoft in the guise of being able to offer a better service. For those using it Microsoft will  quickly know more about them than their own partners. More than even a good PA would be trusted with.


It's not different than Google or Apple Siri. Just pick your poison.
Posted 27 Dec 2015
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