Turn off notification to speed up applications at start-up

If you ever get the notification message in Windows 8.1 or later to Disable apps to help improve performance and you don’t want to disable them then try the following:

Once you get the notification, go to Control Panel -> Security and Maintenance.

In the Maintenance section (middle of the right column) you will see the notification box. At the bottom there is blue text to turn off messages about being notified to turn off notifications. Click on it.



Some people really don’t like Windows 10…

…. And they probably never even looked at it.

Even after almost a year, it seems some computer “techies” will continue to find excuses in not to upgrade to Windows 10.

The latest is a “subscription” application found in the latest build of what will become the Anniversary Update for Windows 10. Microsoft has already stated that the application is for subscriptions but for the enterprise edition of Windows 10 – even though it is found in the non-enterprise edition installations.

And yet some people are already thinking that either a subscription service is coming soon or when Windows 10 support dies in 9+ years.

Well, there would be a huge backlash if Microsoft decided to start a subscription service for consumers.

As for support the service in 9+, what’s the difference? Do people expect their computer to be around in 9+ years? Especially if some upgraded from a previous OS? Give me a break.

Some are still whining about the telemetry issue – that is that Microsoft is “spying” on them. Again, there would be an actual backlash if Microsoft did that. Instead some anonymous information is sent to Microsoft to improve Windows [or applications].

But again, you can disable some or most of them by using the various tools that exist to stop the reporting such as The Next big Tweak and Spybot’s Anti-Beacon software.


Two new screens in Windows may show up…

With the Windows 10 free upgrade just a month away, Microsoft is giving you some reminders [or advertising].

In the first message, we have an upgrade reminder:


You will not receive the one above if any of below are true:

  • You have a recent version of the “Get Windows 10” app installed.
  • You have selected the Do not notify me again option.
  • Your computer is detected to be incompatible with Windows 10.
  • You have previously uninstalled Windows 10 after you upgrade.
  • Your Windows 10 installation failed and rolled back.
  • You have hidden the “Get Windows 10” app notifications.
  • You have disabled the Windows 10 upgrade or you have disabled the offer screen through registry key settings.

This message appears when you unlock Windows through the end of the upgrade offer, and reoccurs three days later if you select the Remind me later option.

This message applies if you have Windows 7 with service pack 1 or Windows 8.1.

The second screen below will appear if you have Windows 8 – not Windows 8.1. If so, you are not getting any further updates [from Microsoft at least]. To fix the issue, upgrade to Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store or upgrade to Windows 10 [more technical and messy!].



Microsoft finally [partially] fixes GWX

After taking quite a bit of heat this past couple of months or so for tricking people to upgrade to windows 10, Microsoft finally released another update [the infamous KB3035583] to change [again] the GWX setup.

As you can see from the image, the upgrade window now looks more like the they should of used instead of the previous one [at least] where if you clicked on the “X” in the upper right corner it should close the window. In the previous case, it started the upgrade!


Unsure if it is completely related or not but a travel agency owner had her computer at work upgraded… but she claims it was slow and crashed after the upgrade. She went to court and went after Microsoft for $10,000 for the loss of time and made her computer unstable.

I am wondering how stable her computer was to begin with. Considering an upgrade actually creates a new installation of Windows and them migrates applications and data over, unless there were some flakey drivers ort maybe one of her applications was not compatible with Windows 10, nothing would make her computer crawl. [I would assume that if GWX found something incompatible, it wouldn’t upgrade the system.]

Microsoft was first ready to take her on in court – them with their team of high priced lawyers versus her lawyer [maybe 2] but backed down. Sort of like taking a chain gun to a dual of pistols.

“I had never heard of Windows 10” was what she said. Was she vacationing in Mars for the last 11 months? She never saw any message on her computer or wondering what that icon [GWX] was? She never saw any TV ads? None of her friends or employees [assuming she isn’t the only employee] ever mentioned it?

Glad I don’t live in Sausalitio. She’d probably suggest I should take a vacation in Syria if I wanted a peaceful place to vacation.

Back to the real story, what took Microsoft so long in fixing the window. It should have been the window used 11 months ago.

Of course, the upgrades without approval are still happening. A few weeks ago someone I know claimed that 3 of her friends’ computers were upgraded but never approved.


Microsoft pushes “recommended update” for Windows 10

Microsoft, on Monday, switched Windows 10 from being an “optional update” in Windows Update to being a “recommended update,” according to a report.

The status change likely means that some Windows 7/Windows 8.1 users will experience this notice in the form of a surprise, namely an unexpected upgrade to Windows 10. Traditionally, Windows Update served as just a patching mechanism, rather than an operating system upgrade solution, but Microsoft switched things around with Windows 10.

This will affect workgroup computers as well as Professional SKU computers in a domain where they are relying on Windows Update and not WSUS or other updating software.

Read by blog here to see how to disable the upgrading of Windows 10.

Changes to Windows support lifecycle

OK. After this you may be scratching your head….. [If you are bad at logic or math, you probably will!]

  • Windows 7 will continue to be supported for security, reliability, and compatibility through January 14, 2020 on previous generation processor. For Windows 8.1, it will receive the same support through January 10, 2023. This would include the majority of the devices available for purchase today.
  • Newer CPUs coming out [such as Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake CPU, Qualcomm’s upcoming 8996 CPU, and AMD’s upcoming Bristol Ridge CPU] will only work with the current Windows version and later. For example, a Kaby Lake CPU will not be supported with Windows 8.1 or before.
  • Until July 17, 2017, Intel’s Skylake devices [the current 6th generation CPUs], support with Windows 7 and 8.1 will be available but during the 18-month support period, these systems should be upgraded to Windows 10 to continue receiving support after the period ends. But after July 2017, only the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be released for these devices as long as the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 platform on other devices. [Of course, you can probably install the updates for the older CPU generations on a Skylake device – except you are at your own risk.]

From Intel: “This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon.”

Enterprises with downgrade rights may have issues with this new set of policies from Microsoft.

Upgrading to Windows 10

If you are thinking of upgrading to Windows 10, but prefer a fresh and clean installation there is one or maybe two options for you so you can still be entitled to the free upgrade [until late July 2016, of course]:

  1. With Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 running, insert the Windows 10 media and run SETUP.EXE from the root of the DVD. Install normally but when asked, choose to save nothing. This worked for me in my only try so far with this procedure.
  2. Untested but some say with the original Microsoft media [not the Media Creation Tool created media], you can boot off the media, wipe the disk and enter a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 serial number and it will be considered an upgrade. Unsure why one would be different from another.

Reminder: The second option is untested especially off the original Windows 10 RTM build.

One of the changes in a major update coming late November [if on time] is that you will definitely be upgrade with a fresh installation using a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 serial number.

Reminder: Prior to doing this you should back up your data and take note of what applications you have installed as well as software needed for your hardware such as special/premium drivers for your GPU, printer, etc. Drivers from the manufacturer are generally better than what is included in the installation.

Note that the majority of drivers in a Windows installation did come from the manufacturer except some common hardware.

As usual, use at your own risk.