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MTDirector

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  1. MTDirector

    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year to everyone!
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    Question on Control Panel Task Pane theming

    It's possible with OldNewExplorer on 8.x and 10, it allows you to place all bitmap you want to change in your shellstyle.dll. Unfortunately, it's not for Windows 7.
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    Beta channel

    This is nice but it would be a great idea if we could disable them to use Windows 10 defaults's one. Also, does StartIsBack use the same part in msstyle than Windows 8.1 ? I have wreid blurred background on them. Another bug, when you open jumplist sometimes the icon keep it's selected frame even when the mouse doesn't hover it. Thanks for doing this for Windows 10, it's great !
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    Let the Re-Tweakage Begin

    I'm also trying to tweak and customize this version of Windows, good point, RS1 visual styles works as is. Compared to Windows 8.1, I don't see any improvements that could justify using it as my main system and having to retweak it every few months is really boring... But you can revert the svchost spliting for services to revert the old behaviour http://winaero.com/blog/set-split-threshold-svchost-windows-10/
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    Taskbar icons selected frames.

    No, on Windows 10 it's hardcoded, you can't change them with custom theme any more ! The only way I know to do that is to use the latest StartIsBack++ RC which reintroduce taskbar skinning with theme.
  6. When you enable Hyper-V vSwitch it will create virtual cards on your PC. You need to set your static IP on those virtual cards. To do it, open Network and sharing center (right click on network tray), open Adpaters settings and you will see some virtual Ethernet cards, set your static IP on them. You should have something like this (I have setup two vSwitch for the two cards on my server) so select one of the vEthernet and set it up lake any other physical card
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    This is expected behaviour, if you press WIN + 1 to 0 (1, 2....9, 0) key, it will open your 10 first programs on your taskbar (I have only tested with pinned programs but I think it should work same if you have 10 opened programs on taskbar), if you put Visual Studio as first position, WIN + 1 will open it (or acting like if you click on it if it's open).
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    Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    Here I have see one university which have switched to Windows 10 so I have asked the tech guy (which I know well) and he has said that it's slower than 7 on the network. 20 min to log in while it was two time faster with 7.... He told me that he has tried to disable all telemetry stuff but having to redo it every time an update reset it is just a pain...
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    For Kaby Lake and Zen, it's still x86 cpus so Windows 7 and 8 will work but will not support new features and we may have problem to find drivers but they will work. Time will tell for drivers PS : I can't imagine that hardware manufacturer will stop supporting more than a half of their customers, just OEM will follow MS statements so, if you built your own PC you will probaly find drivers. Like I said, we will see when Kaby Lake and Zen will be on the market.
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Yes, they work. I'm currently using a i7 6700K on Windows 8.1 without any issues, no crashs. Even USB 3.1 works great on Windows 8.1 so I don't see any problem here. For the support, they went back and now they say it's for Kaby Lake (ix-7xxx) but since I have chosen to not updating my systems if it's not really needed (who can trust the new ms ?) it's not really a problem.
  11. Oh no, some updates reappears... It seems that this Windows 10 upgrade non-sense can be back sooner or later.... For Windows 7 : https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2952664 For Windows 8.x : https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2976978
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    Windows 10 Regressions

    There is some things I don't like in Windows 10 and turn experience into a nightmare: - Taskbar's XAML parts and non-customization, we can't theme the taskbar with a custom theme, there is StartIsBack which partially restore it but not totally (you can't change some parts) and I can't use it since it just do some conflicts with Classic Shell (I prefer the later much more than the former in terms of features but Classic Shell taskbar customization options are just not usable). The second point (XAML parts) is just unacceptable for me: the stupid delay for opening jump list, it was instant on Windows 7 and 8.x but it's too much slower on 10. Since I reduce any delays I can I just don't like those hardcoded ones. - Second point, the stupid RAM compression introduced in 10. I don’t know if it's just me but on all my Windows 10 test systems or VM I have this problem: the System process just eat more and more RAM. If you have enough RAM it will not be so much problematic but on some systems with less RAM it can take nearly all the RAM and when you launch some software it will just slow down the whole system because it will not have enough RAM (just a reboot can clear the system process RAM usage). I have never found anything useful which can disable this non-sense or reduce the problem. I have test this on a Skylake PC (yes, those which were 10-only some months ago for ms) and I have this problem, on some older PCs also and I don't know what can cause this issues since it appears to not be hardware-related (even on a stock Windows 10 without any customizations/tweaks I have noticed this bug)…
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    Windows Defender Client Updates

    Hi, Now I'm running Windows Defender 4.8.207.0 on my Windows 8.1 systems. I think this is the latest version for Windows 8.x (but since I have disabled Windows Update more than a year ago I may be wrong). I also think that the 4.9 and 4.10 are Windows 10 only (I have only see them in Windows 10) and for Security Essentials.
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    How to get rid of Windows 10 boot information

    Boot into Windows 7, open msconfig, in the Boot tab, set Windows 7 as default and remove the Windows 10 entry
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    How to reserve windows 10

    OEM and Retail aren't the same, OEM = 1 motherboard, if you chage it you will have to buy a new license for the new motherboard. With Retail license, you can transfert your license to a new motherboard but you can't use the same license on multiple motherboard at the same time. VirtualBox (and other virtualization tools) emulate an entire computer for the virtual machine. If you activate your Windows 7 license on Windows 10 under the vm your activation will be for the vm only since its hardware id is different from your host computer. If you want to reserve 10, you will have to boot it at least one time on your physical computer and activate it with your Windows 7 license and if you change your motherboard you will loose your Windows 10 license (like an OEM license).
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    How to reserve windows 10

    You can but the Windows 10 license is like OEM so if they don't want to reactivate your Windows 10 you will have to buy a full license. It was like that since july 215 : when you upgrade to Windows 10 you receve a digital license for the life of your device so if you change your motherboard it's another pc for them and you have to buy a new key (an OEM or a full Retail box which you can reinstall to a new computer if you want). So you have to considere that the free upgarde = Windows 10 OEM license and not a full retail product !
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    How to reserve windows 10

    No, with Windows 10 the digital license is registred with your hardware, you need to activate Windows 10 on the computer you want to have the Windows 10 license ! If you have a Retail key, you will have a Windows 10 license like OEM wich is hardware dependent !
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    How to reserve windows 10

    How to get a Windows 10 license without upgrading your PC First, download Windows 10 iso from the Media Creation tool or find the build 14393 aka Windows 10 RS1. There is two solutions: use a physical drive (internal or external) -all parts with "a"- or use a virtual disk (VHD) -all parts with "b"-. You can't use just one partition of a physical hard disk for this since we will be using a virtual machine, it will not work but, since you can natively create VHD on Windows 7 and up it's not a problem. You need VMware Player (free) or VirtualBox for the virtual machine part. I'm personally using VMware but it should work the same in VirtualBox. 1a - Use a physical drive: Connect a new disk on your PC. Don’t initialize it or formatting it, we will let Windows doing that. Create a new virtual machine, select Windows 10 as os. VMware will asks you if you want a BIOS or UEFI, chose in function of your motherboard: if it has a BIOS, select BIOS or UEFI if it has a UEFI. When it asks for creating a virtual disk, select SATA as interface and select Use Physical drive and select your disk in the list (the disk number can be known through the disk management). 1b - Use a virtual disk: Open disk management (diskmgmt.msc) and click on Action, Create a new virtual disk. Choose VHD (on Windows 8 only because you can choose between VHD and VHDX, Windows 7 only support VHD), Fixed size and set it to 20 GB. Save it where you want on your computer. Do not forget to unmount the VHD from the disk management before installing it on virtual machine! Create a new virtual machine, select Windows 10 as OS. VMware will asks you if you want a BIOS or UEFI, chose in function of your motherboard: if it has a BIOS, select BIOS or UEFI if it has a UEFI. When it asks for creating a virtual disk, select SATA as interface and select Use an existing disk and then select your VHD. 2 - Installing Windows 10: Now, install Windows 10 in the virtual machine. When it asks for a key, don't put your Windows key, select I don't have a product key and chose the right edition of Windows: If you have Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium or Windows 8.x Core, select Windows 10 Home, if you have Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate or Windows 8.x Pro select Windows 10 Pro (Enterprise edition isn't eligible). Install Windows normally. When Windows is installed, don't install VMware Tools or VirtualBox Guest additions, shutdown the virtual machine. 3a - Boot from your physical drive: Now reboot your PC. Hit the right key to show the boot order of your BIOS/UEFI, it's often ESC, F9 or F11, refer to your motherboard manual to know which key you need to press to have it. In the list, select your Windows 10 disk and hit Enter. 3b - Boot from your VHD: Now we will add the Windows 10 VHD into the Windows Boot Manager. Open a command prompt as Administrator and type the following lines: Bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 10" bcdedit /set {guid} device vhd=[X:]\vhd_path\windows10.vhd bcdedit /set {guid} osdevice vhd=[X:]\vhd_path\windows10.vhd guid is the new guid that the first command will show. X is the letter of the drive or partition you have chosen to store your VHD. vhd_path is where it's stored in your disk. Now reboot your PC, at boot you will have the choice between your current os and Windows 10. 4 - Get a digital license on your computer: Now, let Windows 10 recognize your hardware and when you see the desktop, go into the Settings app, Update & Recovery, Activation. Here click on Change Product key and insert your Windows 7/8 key. Windows will activate itself. If you have the build 14393, I highly recommend to you to link the activation to your Microsoft Account, it will be your only solution if you have a problem with your activation and wanting to activate again without having to call MS support. If you have multiple computers, repeat steps 3 and 4 on every of your computers to get a Windows 10 license. - OPTIONAL If you have choose the VHD part and wanting to delete Windows 10, reboot your current os and delete the VHD entry with the following command: Bcdedit /delete {guid} Guid is the same guid you obtained in part 3b. Now, delete the vhd from your disk.
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    How to reserve windows 10

    I have described only the case when you have a physical drive. For the VHD, you need a VHD disk created by Windows, use it in the virtual machine and add it to the BCD, at boot you will have the choice between Windows 10 and your Windows If you want I will explaine with more details this tomorrow (it's night here). With VMware you can use only one partition of your disk, I haven't already tried this before but I can also try explain this. I will explain all of this with screenshot because I have tried and it works (I have do this on my laptop to see if it can works)
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    How to reserve windows 10

    You don't even need to format your Windows 7 installation to do that. You just need a drive (or external drive/usb key with 16GB or more space) or, if you don't have any drive, a VHD. First, you need to download Windows 10 iso which correspond to your Windows 7 edition (10 Home for 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium or 10 Pro for 7 Pro and Ultimate). You can get them with the Microsoft Media Creation tool. Download VMware Player or VirtualBox and install one of them on your Windows 7. Create a new virtual machine and, when it asks you to create a virtual disk, select physical drive and select your other drive which will contain Windows 10. Install the right Windows 10 edition on the virtual machine. Don't inser your Windows 7 key in the virtual machine, when it asks for the key, select I don't have a product key and continue. When Windows is installed in your vm, power it off and shutdown your pc. Now you have to boot on the Windows 10 drive, let it recognize your hardware. When you see the Windows 10 desktop, go to Settings, Update and Recovery, Activation and click on Change product key. Enter your Windows 7 product key and activate Windows. Now your pc have the digital entitlement (or digital licence). Now boot the same Windows 10 disk on all your computer which have the right edition of 7 and activate them with their Windows 7 keys and all your PCs will have a digital entitlement so you will be able to install 10 when you want in the futur. PS : You can download the build 14393 of Windows 10 which is the build that will be distribute Aug 2nd as the Anniversary Update. If you do all those steps with this build, you can, in addition, link the activation to your Microsoft account which will allow you to reactivate Windows 10 if you have a problem with it without having to call Microsoft for that
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    Donation

    It's ok but you can donate as much as you want.
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    Donation

    Yes, if you have a donation key, it will remove the watermark.
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    Why I find Windows 8.1 more suitable than Windows 7

    I have tested it with friend's SanDisk Extreme 900 480 GB USB 3.1 Gen 2 SSD (the only USB 3.1 drive I have found yesterday to test it) and I'm getting between 550 and 700 MB/s depending on file size. As far as I have understand, Windows 8 support USB 3.1 gen 2 natively but the controller will be flaged as USB 3.0, for me, it works. Maybe Windows 10 have better support for this but since I don't have myself a USB 3.1 gen 2 drive and as long as those USB C connectors work it's good
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    Why I find Windows 8.1 more suitable than Windows 7

    I'm using Windows 8.1 on my Skylake system with a lot of tweaks and third party apps to make it like I want. Windows 8.1 support USB 3.1, I have just tested with my Intel Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 Alpine Ridge controller and it just work as expected I'm using Aero Glass, OldNewExplorer, Classic Shell, UxStyle, custom theme, Rainmeter, T-Clock, Desktop Gadgets are back, a custom set of icons, Start Screen customize + OblyTile for games tiles on the start screen, no metro craps, no ms account, no automatic updates and more. Windows 8.1 works flawlessly on all my PCs without any bugs so I haven't any plans to downgrade to 10.
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    Are you going to upgrade to Windows 10 before July, 29?

    I will stay on my current OS (Windows 8.1), Windows 10 doesn't add anything for my needs (I don't use all metro craps).
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