More notes about Windows 10

Microsoft will continue to release news bout Windows 10. Here are some more news accumulated regarding Windows 10.  There are a number of changes coming to Windows 10, among them:

  • Windows 10 Home edition users may not get the choice of what gets installed or not. Updates will be installed during maintenance window if the computer is on then or shortly after the next boot up. Windows 10 Pro edition users [not on a domain] can pick and choose updates.
  • Windows Media Center is gone. A DVD player app will be available later.
  • Desktop Gadgets are gone. Microsoft actually warned about this a while back because of a security issue. They decided not to fix the problem and advised users [if you knew about it!] that it wouldn’t be fixed. In addition, it would disappear in Windows 8 anyways.
  • Windows 10 will not directly support USB floppy drives. You will need drivers from the manufacturer or Windows Update. Could be an issue on the server side if need special disk or controller drivers.
  • Live Essentials is gone. Applications inside are included in Windows 10 or a free app to download.

“Gone” as in uninstalled/removed during upgrading.

If your system qualifies for the Windows 10 free upgrade and hasn’t seen the Windows upgrade icon in the system tray, it is because:

  • Enterprise edition is used.
  • On a domain.
  • Using a non-activated copy of Windows [or is illegal].
  • Not using Windows 7 with SP1 or Windows 8.1 with the April 2014 update [note: Windows 7 without SP1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 without the April 2014 update can upgrade with ISO/DVD].
  • There may be issues with the system even though none of the above may apply – usually because a major hardware component isn’t compatible at this time. After July 29th, the icon should appear but will give warnings prior to upgrading.

Customers with Windows 10 Enterprise edition won’t get Edge on any machines that are on the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB), according to Microsoft. The LTSB is an option available only to Windows 10 Enterprise customers. Machines on the LTSB will receive only security and hot fixes, and no new features, for ten years. LTSB is an option for customers running mission-critical or otherwise locked-down applications who cannot risk having new features and feature updates pushed to them.

If you are holding back on reserving your copy of Windows 10 or maybe you have reserved your copy but you are tired of seeing the upgrade icon in the system, you can uninstall KB3035583 but that will just show up the next time there are updates [you can hide it though]. The alternative is to keep it installed but disable it from running by doing the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]
“DisableGwx”=dword:00000001

To bring back the icon, change the 1 to a 0.

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