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posted by martyb on Sunday January 10 2016, @01:10AM   Printer-friendly
from the PSA dept.

If you're using a PC running Windows 7 or 8, you may be getting a little sick of endless popup screens telling you to upgrade to version 10. And you may be worried about inadvertently installing the upgrade as part of a security update.

Microsoft will start pushing out a Windows 10 upgrade as a recommended, virtually mandatory, update very soon (it's right now only an optional download). Some people are tempted to turn off Windows Update completely to avoid getting the new operating system – don't. It'll leave your computer vulnerable to attack as you'll no longer get security patches.

It's actually rather easy to turn off the Windows 10 upgrade function without losing vital regular software updates. Microsoft even has an official document [*] explaining how to do it.

[...] Make sure you follow all the steps, but essentially you have to:

        1. Open the Registry Editor (search for regedit in the Start Menu and run it).
        2. Set [DWORD value] DisableOSUpgrade to 1 in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
        3. Set [DWORD value] ReservationsAllowed to 0 in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade

Or, the obligatory recommendation to run FOSS instead.

[*] Javascript required.

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  • (Score: 2) by Common Joe on Sunday January 10 2016, @11:46AM

    by Common Joe (33) <{common.joe.0101} {at} {}> on Sunday January 10 2016, @11:46AM (#287569) Journal

    2) About every 2 weeks, when I open my laptop it's done a reboot. Not cool Microsoft. You should Never ever reboot without my explicit permission.

    You may be bumping into a settings problem. Windows 10 defaults to automatically rebooting after an update. (At least, mine did.) Go to your start menu, click on Settings --> Update and Security --> Advanced Options. Under "Choose how updates are installed" (at the top), look at the drop down that says "Automatic (recommended)" and change it to "Notify to scheduled restart".

    You're definitely right that it's not cool. That should not be a default setting.

    3) It has this nasty habit of detecting my mouse is somewhere it isn't.

    I got a different problem with my touchpad. My touchpad is so sensitive since the Windows 10 update that my mouse "moves on its own" to a completely different part of the screen and then it clicks. Apparently, the bottom of my thumbs happen to catch the touchpad on my laptop. I'd turn it off when I'm typing something longer except Windows 10 made that not possible too.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @02:23PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @02:23PM (#287611)

    Does the mouse cursor automatically move to and click on ads?

    • (Score: 2) by Common Joe on Sunday January 10 2016, @08:57PM

      by Common Joe (33) <{common.joe.0101} {at} {}> on Sunday January 10 2016, @08:57PM (#287772) Journal


      I wasn't sure a few weeks ago, but now I am. It is definitely my palm brushing the touchpad on the laptop. But it was definitively the upgrade that made the touchpad more sensitive. I have the most trouble when using Writer in LibreOffice.