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  1. IMO games, not bloat, have driven the need for more powerful hardware, For a long time bigger software came with actual benefits. We didn't need giga- or tera- sized disk drives at one time, but then we didn't keep thousands of music tracks or videos or digital camera images with tens of megapixels. Now as of e.g., 2010 we can store those and play them in high fidelity. Ask yourself: What MORE can we do in 2020? We were told things like Virtual/Augmented Reality would become commonplace. Newsflash: It didn't happen. I'm observing specifically this in the last 10 years: With
  2. Good data point, Jaclaz. And remember, when Win 7 came out people ranted about how bloated IT was compared to prior NT-based OSs, with the possible exception of Vista, which was essentially just stabilized for its first service pack then optimized to become Windows 7.
  3. Here I sit at the end of 2020 setting up a new high-end Dell workstation running Win 10 Pro for Workstations 20H2... The machine has double the processor speed, double the RAM bandwidth, 3x the GPU speed, and 6x the I/O throughput capacity of my prior workstation, and I'm thinking I've got it in pretty good shape with "only" 137 processes running to support an idle desktop... Seems snappy enough, though not knock-your-socks-off faster compared to my circa 2012 workstation running Win 8.1. Seems just about equally interactive, actually. It's not like Visual Studio starts up instantly.
  4. Some folks may be being a bit naïve here... Hypothetically speaking, what if an author of unsanctioned software became legally compelled not to reveal his algorithms (nor to reveal even a hint that he is so compelled)? It is clearly NOT allowed to reverse engineer any part of Windows. Microsoft's wealthy; their reach is long. Hate to say it, but the arrangement of the electrons in your SSD is not yours; ignore the rules at your peril, especially if you influence others. Everyone has to live in this world and no one can remain anonymous, especially not if there are financial trans
  5. Windows 10 v2004 has gone on my hardware as of a month or two ago, and has REQUIRED me to reboot it to resurrect functionality now about 3 or 4 times. That UNHEARD OF with a modern kernel. This is hardware that was running the prior version from month to month with no reboots except after updates. I had to install v2004 because of considerations for the company I work for (big Fall release and we needed people testing it on the latest Windows). Why the reboots? Let's see - my webcam stopped working; in a work-from-home scenario that doesn't work. USB problems? At another
  6. A small but dedicated group of die hard afficionados want to AT LEAST have visible window borders, ideally with rounded corners (though to each his/her own). Big Muscle (or anyone), is there any way to resurrect borders, even without transparency? -Noel
  7. I sure do miss my window borders. Don't get me wrong, I love translucency, but to me the biggest improvement I've felt from Big Muscle's software is to be able to create compositing resources that include a visible border. There is no substitute for visually finding the window border for resizing, etc. I can't tell you how many times I've been frustrated by trying to grab the corner, no, inside the corner, no just outside the corner, only to have a window underneath jump up unexpectedly or something. -Noel
  8. I'm lucky to have three powerful WIndows Workstations and one server at my disposal. I'm happy to be able to continue to run Windows 7 on one, Windows 8.1 on one, and Windows 10 on two of them, because I believe that gives me perspective. And finally I'm additionally fortunate to be able to make a number of virtual machines, because there's where risky testing can be done, with near zero consequences. In the past week I brought two of my hardware workstations up to Windows 10 v1909 build 18363.900 (June updates) and things are going pretty well I guess. It's still more a pleasure to us
  9. Microsoft bashing is... Sometimes warranted. Ignoring their own "desktop consistency guidelines" to what, try to make it look "different"? Just bad policy. Show me someone who honestly thinks desktop usability is "new and improved". I love the system Windows is based on. I've been a Windows afficionado since the time of NT. Second to none the kernel is. Dave Cutler's design was so many decades ahead of its time and is still better than any version of Unix, IMHO. But it is not open and it is starting to look like we have already seen the best it could become. Today Windows
  10. Months have gone by and I've had to do without Aero Glass for Win 8+ on several work machines. I thought that as long as I made the Title Bar size a bit smaller I could get used to it, and it IS usable but... Ugh, I can't tell you how many times I've clicked the wrong chrome to get to a window that's partly behind another one, just because I can't differentiate one window from the other. Microsoft has made Windows ugly and basic, and by outlasting people who want otherwise have forced it on us. Microsoft will get no love from me for turning something nice into something stupid. S
  11. Wow, I thought I could get used to not having Aero Glass in time but without it I just keep losing windows over the top of other windows. Not only that, but some window chrome looks different than others. We know that'll be the case with Apps vs. Applications, but I'm also seeing it e.g., with the Pale Moon browser vs., e.g., a CMD window. The former has a dimmer single line of blue pixels around it than the latter when the window is current. Why is it so much to ask just to be able to see where the window edges are? I hate mediocrity. -Noel
  12. To each his own, but why would you want inactive windows to carry the same coloration as active? Do you not often have multiple windows open on screen to choose from? Just curious. -Noel
  13. FWIW, I've built the same multi-monitor layout on 3 different desktop systems so that I don't have desktop reorganizational issues when I RDP from one system location into another. Still to this day sometimes Visual Studio will swap its panels from the left to the right side monitor. With Windows 10 usually the icons end up okay, though, on the central (larger) monitor. Honestly, I think Microsoft should have delayed or just canceled Win 10 2004 and kept working on stabilizing and tuning 1909. This all-too-often 6 month turnaround that breaks everything that's not vanilla Microsoft, li
  14. I have the distinct impression Microsoft breaks things in the UI on purpose just to keep control. They don't want us making it look better. They're trying to herd us into accepting less of their software. There is no other explanation for Windows being made actively worse and worse. Thanks for your work in bringing back a little elegance to the Win 10 UI, Big Muscle. -Noel
  15. Not saying I definitely want to do an update, because up to now I've had no problems after having stopped Win Updates at December 2017 on my Win 8.1 system, but I'm just pondering... If I should want to bring it up to date is there a relatively simple, direct way to use the updates you've curated here to do that? Or is this all just for 8.0? If you tell me to "read the whole thread" I'll go do so, though seeing that there are 26 pages is a bit daunting. Also, if it IS possible, are there trap doors? In other words, if I should discover performance has been wrecked or something goes wr
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