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    The new version of Windows 10 is due to start rolling out on automatic updates next week. (Starts 17/10/2017).

    As with the last big one in spring you might not get it straight away, they are rolling it out slowly again.

    (TBH I think they already downloaded some files to my laptop yesterday in preparation).

    The usual advice with any big upgrade, make you file backups just in case.

    Here's an article about what is changing:
    https://windowscentral.com/fall-creators-update

    One of the interesting things that is only briefly mentioned there:
    "There is a new option for linking an Android or iPhone device to your Windows 10 PC."

    You may have heard that Microsoft are dropping Windows Mobile 10 phones, so they are bringing out apps that will link Android phones and iPhones with your Windows 10 PC.
    They are not fully finished yet, but you can install and use them.
    Here's a write up on the Android Launcher:
    https://www.windowscentral.com/micro...be-even-better
    And Edge for Android and iPhone: (baffles me why anybody would want Edge on their phone but apparently 10,000 iPhone users have already downloaded it from testflight).
    http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/...S-Android-Beta
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    Apple have just launched a new system software for iPhones ad iPads - OS11 to coincide with the launch of the Apple iPhone8 and iPhone X out in early November.
    https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/ios-11/

    I'm without a smartphone at the moment but will be ordering the 'X' in two weeks - all exciting stuff!

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    On the accessibility front the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will come with eyetracking software, so you can control the computer using just your eye movements.
    (Not sure if it starts working before or after you have logged on though? I expect you will have to get to the desktop first).

    You'll need to buy an eye tracking device, to start with this will only be the 'Tobii Eye Tracker 4C' at about $150 (about £110).
    https://www.amazon.com/Tobii-Eye-Tra...UUwpUdUnU49633

    I'll bet it's not too long before someone works out how to use a standard webcam for eye tracking rather than having to buy the extra kit.
    (The eye tracker kit uses infra red to track your eyes).
    There are already some rudimentary attempts at this with a standard webcam; I expect the Win10 upgrade may give them a push.
    Some companies out there are already using your webcam to see roughly where you are looking on a webpage.

    Here's an interesting video showing an almost finished version of it in use,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mBlgcnqttg
    and an article about how to set it up.
    https://www.windowscentral.com/how-s...reators-update
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    It must be the season for system software upgrades. Apple has released Mac OS High Sierra and my 5 year old iMac is still able to use this software that comes with brand new iMacs.

    https://www.apple.com/macos/high-sierra/

    Want to move from a PC to a Mac
    https://www.apple.com/macos/compatibility/

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    My Win 10 laptop just updated itself to the Fall Creators Edition. (Throught Automatic Updates this time, they must have put me higher up the distribution list).

    It's a big update, 5-1/2 hours to download and install, another 1/2 hour on the restart.
    (That's at 4 to 9 Mbps wifi download speed).

    Bit of a funny one after logging in, it showed the message "HI, We have some updates for your PC" and then went to blank screen for a long time.
    I was just getting ready to knock the power off/on when it decided to start playing again, flashed up 3 or 4 messages too fast to read and then went to the desktop.
    I'm guessing those messages should have been showing one by one when it was blank?

    All my files and installed programmes seem to have come through unscathed.

    Not had time for a good look around yet but OneDrive is already being a PITA, it keeps flashing up a window asking me to login/create an account.
    I know that they have made changes to how it works and syncs with other devices, but personally I don't want anything to to with OneDrive (or Cortana).

    First things first, time to remember how to completely disable OneDrive, again.
    Then check what privacy settings they have turned on, again.
    Then check what else has changed.
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    I also turned off the password nag at the opening screen...I am the only user

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    Quote Originally Posted by stree View Post
    I also turned off the password nag at the opening screen...I am the only user
    Yes it's simple enough to do, when I'm sorting out/cleaning up someone elses laptop I always ask them if they want it on or off.

    It's surprising how many people think that you have to have no choice but to have the login password on since Windows 8 came out.
    Of course with Win 10 you can use a PIN number instead, or even facial recognition to log in.

    For those who just want to turn off the password step altogether here's how to do it:
    https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/skip-wi...-login-screen/

    If you do this then make sure you make a note of your password somewhere.
    If for any reason the setting gets changed back (during an upgrade say) then you will be presented with the password entry again.

    I'm not sure but I think you may also need to enter your password if you want to use the Windows Store, or use Outlook or Hotmail.

    I know you have to login to those if you have your computer set to use a local account rather than a Microsoft Account, but that's a different 'tweak' and is not for everyone.

    I went totaly 'local' and deleted my Microsoft Account altogether.
    That was a whole story in itself, they do everything they can to discourage you including a 60 day wait before they actually close it.
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    Let me know how you go about getting rid of one drive...............sounds like another good target

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    Quote Originally Posted by stree View Post
    Let me know how you go about getting rid of one drive...............sounds like another good target
    You can't get rid of OneDrive completely, like Cortana it's built in to Windows.
    For example Notepad will always try to save to it by default.

    As mentioned above I don't even have a Microsoft account anymore so I don't need to disable the OneDrive cloud storage, it's not there for me.
    It might seem odd but even then notepad will save to OneDrive by default.
    It will still do this even if you are not connected to the internet, it's saving on the computer somewhere.
    Note to self - I'll have to look into that and find where it's actually putting it on the computer.

    If you still have a MS account then have a google for disabling OneDrive (at least the cloud storage bit of it).
    Be aware that there are different ways of doing this depending on what version of Windows 10 you have.

    What most users seem to want is just to remove the OneDrive icon from file explorer. It should then dissapear from 'save', 'save as', and 'open' in most other programmes as well.
    Once that's gone you tend to forget OneDrive is there anyway.

    Doing this is quite simple, but it does involves changing a registry entry.
    If you don't know what you are doing in the registry editor you can completely screw up your computer and could even make it unworkable.
    This is known as 'bricking' your computer, because it's then as much use as a brick until the operating system is reinstalled from scratch, losing all your files.
    So don't do it unless you are confident.

    https://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-ri...ile-1722592615
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    Fine, got that, thanks.

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