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    Quote Originally Posted by stree View Post
    I built myself 3 ITX machines, one Intel, 2 x AMD, all running Win7 Pro 64 bit, Boot times are 28 seconds, 33 seconds and 34 seconds.........
    Microsoft support for W7 Pro until 2020, so plenty of life in it yet.
    Have no need for pawing at my screen, and Win 7 does everything I want. I had W10 right from developers build, just did not find it intuitive so gave away the machine with it installed.
    Win7 is the best desktop OS Microsoft made, Win 10 is a hybrid trying to be all things to be inclusive for tablets, phones etc and I find this hinders rather than helps.
    Are any of the CPU's intel 6 or 7th gen & AMD equivalent's ? If so you may need to take heed of this

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/318...backfires.html


    And the latest advice here: https://www.askwoody.com/

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    IMPORTANT- Update your Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 NOW.

    A major 'Zero Day' security flaw was found in Windows 8, 8.1, & 10 at the weekend.

    It is unlikely to affect you and as of the time of writing no malware is know to have tried to exploit it.

    Still, MS reacted quickly and rushed out a fix on Monday, which has now also been included as part of todays 'Patch Tuesday' cumulative update.

    So make sure that your Computers' operating system is up to date.

    Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 should do this auomatically - but you may want to check and do it manually.
    Windows 7 users may not have automatic updates turned on, so should do the manual check.
    It is not known to affect Windows XP or Vista, but may do if you have 'Microsoft Security Essentials' installed. (Always a good idea to check for updates anyway).

    To manually update Windows 8, 8.1, or 10-
    Go to the start menu and click on the settings icon (the little cogwheel).
    Click on 'Update & Security.
    Click on 'Check for Updates'.
    Let it do it's thing.
    If you are up to date it will say so.
    If you are not up to date it will download and install the latest updates. This could take some time, and will need at least one Restart of your computer.

    If you need help with updating XP, Vista, or Win7 then give a shout and I'll point you to advice, or you could google it yourself.

    If you want to read more about the exploit that was found:
    http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...42005331614361
    Last edited by nukecad; 05-10-2017 at 01:04 PM.
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    Even though some still have not got the spring 2017 Creators Update yet (They are being slow rolling it out to everyone)-

    We are now getting to see some of the new features that will (should be) included in the next major Win10 update.
    (The Fall Creators Update, due in September).

    One that may be of particular interest to members here-
    There is a new onscreen keyboard, which allows dictation in any programme:
    You can now use dictation to input text, too. Just tap the microphone button on the keyboard or press the new dictation hotkey, which is Windows+H, and start speaking to type. The dictaiton feature also supports voice commands like “press backspace”, “delete last three words”, and “go to the end of paragraph”.
    On the Ease of Access front-
    There will be a 'color filters' feature designed to allow people with color blindness to easily distinguish between colors.
    The magnifier and narator features also get improvements.

    They are still messing about with Edge and Cortana.
    There are changes to the 'handwriting' tool. (Although why you would want to use a PC/tablet for handwriting still baffles me a bit, what's wrong with a piece of paper?)

    You can read about these, and other changes, here:
    https://www.howtogeek.com/306610/wha...eators-update/
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