Thursday, January 14, 2016
Windows 10 – My Thoughts…
As I have stated before, I am a Windows user since the mid-80’s…have used every version, trouble shot every version, except Windows 8, and that includes Windows NT, which Microsoft seems to want to forget about. So my upgrade to Windows 10 has been slow due to lessons learned…let others work out the bugs and install it after the bugs are worked out. So far, I like Windows 10 and look forward to using it on my computer too. However….
One of my biggest concerns, which is why only Marcia’s computer is on “10” right now and not both of ours, is the automatic update. “IF” you have the pro version, you can easily set your windows 10 to NOT update while on your aircard. But if you are on the home version, which is what you will be upgraded to if you have Windows 7 home or Windows 8 home, then you don’t have this option. As you can see above, we are into our last day of our billing cycle with Verizon, and we have less than a half of a gig left to use. No doubt we will be buying an extra gig or two due to what happened Thursday morning when Marcia turned on her computer.
Marcia turned her computer on this morning around 8:45…and there it was, and automatic update. An automatic update which blew through 3 gigs of our 40 gigs of monthly aircard, although we were lucky in that Verizon gave us a Thanksgiving and a Christmas gift of an extra gig each month, so we did have 41 gigs for this billing cycle. Near the start of the billing cycle we had an update which blew through around 2 gigs…so I figure 5 of our 40 gigs were just for WINDOWS! Thanks Uncle Bill…great gift from you.
Well, there is a fix, even for Windows 10 Home users. Windows has processes and services. The update is a service. So I just went into the services and disabled the windows updates. Now, just as we have done with Windows 7, once a month or so we will take our computers to a restaurant which has WiFi, and turn the update service back on, update our computers, and then turn it off again. For those interested, here is a good read on Windows Updates (LINK) and anyone using Windows 10 should read the last section in this article titled: “Use peer-to-peer networking to install updates”. Windows 10 automatically comes with a setting which allows your computer to be used to help update another computer on the Internet. I strongly suggest you set this setting to “PCs on my local network”. If you are using weak WiFi in a RV park, you sure don’t want some of your bandwidth to be used to help update another computer somewhere. And if you are on your aircard, you sure don’t want to eat up your data doing this, that is for sure.
Note: I did not show “HOW” to turn off services on purpose. This is something, if you are interested in and have never done before, that you need to research. A simple google search on “services.msc” is a good start.
The good news on the Doctor front is that we have found a replacement for Marcia’s Neurologist who retired on us while we were gone over the summer. It happens to be a doctor Marcia had used many years ago, so that is good. We also finally have an appointment with her “Family” Doctor. It took four phone calls, but we finally got in before our March departure date. From now on, we will have to make these appointments four month out to be sure we don’t have problems getting in to see her.