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Everything posted by greenhillmaniac

  1. Jesus , this reminds me of computers I used to fix, that had 3 Anti-Virus softwares installed (like McAfee, AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials), and 3 browsers aswell (IE, Firefox and Chrome), of which the person only used IE. These usually came with a ton of malware aswell. Just looking at this screenshot gives me nightmares...
  2. Couldn't you make a similar, if not equal theme atlas for your current Windows 8.1 workstation? Is it restricted to Windows 10?
  3. Yes, I think it's using Tablet Mode, though I may be wrong... Go to the Settings App and see if Tablet Mode is enabled.
  4. The main point of my post wasn't to display the news. More to display the vagueness of the update's changelog, and take a jab at the forced updates thingy Windows 10 has going on for it. Besides, I don't know if anybody would want to discuss this in there... This seemed like the appropiate place to post this
  5. All I did was download the latest Windows 8.1 driver from AMD, extracted it from the .exe it comes in, went to Packages\Drivers\Display\WB6A_INF, and in the .inf file in there, went to the line that said: [ATI.Mfg.NTamd64.6.3] and changed it to: [ATI.Mfg.NTamd64.6.2] So I Shift Rebooted, disabled Driver Enforcement, and installed through Device Manager. I think the main advantage of installing drivers made for Win 8.x, compared to 7 is that you recieve all the advantages of Win8's WDDM and DirectX version. Hope this helps
  6. New Windows 10 Cumulative Update! This bumps up the build number to 10586.218. Time to restart those PCs http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/update-history-windows-10 As expected, another vague changelog. Wasn't NoelC trying to test the max ammount of uptime he could achieve on his Windows 10 VM? How was that going? This is the longest gap we had between cumulative updates (over a month)...
  7. That's awesome I've actually been doing some testing of Windows 8 of my own, and was able to install AMD's drivers that were meant for 8.1, with a mere tweak of the .ini file. Basically, 8.1 drivers work on 8.0 This thread interests me, because I'm considering moving to Windows 8.0... Seems lighter than 8.1, from the testing I've made. Also, I'm always interested in preserving older OSs... the more variety we have, the better (especially if such variety isn't affected by Windows 10 nagware ).
  8. It's that time of the month again Were you able to install the latest Server 2012 updates on 8.0?
  9. Unless somebody decides to make a KernelEx for Vista, or something of the sorts, Windows 7 is the oldest OS people can go to, and even that is not guaranteed, with M$ saying that they will stop supporting Skylake on Win7+8.1 in 2018 (though I'm still not sure how that will work... seems like breach of EULA or something. Will they release updates that don't install if they detect a Skylake CPU?)
  10. Well... AMD stopped supporting Vista in 2013 and XP in 2014, Intel doesn't have proper support for Vista since Ivy Bridge, and I do believe recent chipsets don't even have XP drivers (although I'm not 100% sure). Now its Windows 7 and up (atleast for me... It's modern HW vs older OSs now).
  11. Right, I completely forgot about XP while writing the comment! It still has a sizable chunk of the market, and XP+7+8+8.1 account for a not too shabby 74.8% of the market. I wasn't implying that Windows 10 has a huge market share. I'm just saying that IF the Windows 8.x market share declines, and everybody in that line of OSs started upgrading to Windows 10, it wouldn't increase it's market share by too much (a gain of ~10%). The big fat cow that M$ is trying to attack is Windows 7, where most of its users are. I'm sorry if I conveyed the wrong info. It was never my intent.
  12. I hope you are right... M$ is pushing hard for that platform. I doubt they will get rid completly of Win32, but they might make it harder to install non UWP apps. Think about it, with the way Windows 10 is designed, with tons of telemetry, always on services, like Windows Defender, and the OS outright uninstalling programs it deems as "unsafe", I could see M$ restricting program use to the ones they got paid the most to keep approve. Unfortunatly, Windows 8.x accounts for a small share of the market. The only thing keeping M$ from having complete control over our computers is Linux Windows 7. Can't wait for the fear campaign they will start to push people into Windows 10 when 7 is near EOL...
  13. I explain why in the post if you keep reading.
  14. But on a more serious note, it would be nice to convert Modern Apps into Win32 programs (notice the distinction I made beetwen apps and programs). It would be especially useful for UWP games, the only apps that might interest anybody (I'm talking Gears of War and the upcoming Quantum Break and Forza Apex, not mobile crap). Converting them to Win32 binaries would allow modding and other PC Gaming related tweaks. It would also allow the preservation of such games, either through tweaks to make them work on future hardware, or backing up the game files, because we all know what happens to online distributed games when companies decide to pull the plug...
  15. The only anouncement from Build 2016 I'm looking forward. Finally, I can program on one OS!!!
  16. I think they should develop tools to convert Windows Store Apps to Win32 apps
  17. There's the thing... From what I've seen of Build 2016, M$ thinks people use computers as phones, and like to always be connected with Facebook, Twitter, ... Heck, their major focus on stage was Cortana, and the bot network they are trying to build, based off Cortana, along with some other AI related APIs. The only mention of Windows 10 was porting the Linux Bash and the Anniversary Update (which, BTW, doesn't seem to have any improvements overall, in terms of UI or usability). I think at this point in time, I do believe Windows is only a small portion of M$, a part of their business that they really don't care/don't want to care. They only see Windows as a platform to leverage their other platforms. That's why we are seeing all these bul***** apps and services bundled with Nagware 10. That's why we aren't seeing any Kernel or performance improvements. What we will see in the future is... more of Cortana, more of the Windows Store, more of Edge, more apps... Productivity? What's that?
  18. I know that Vista has the same problem as 7, regarding the long wait times for Windows Update, but on a fresh install of Vista, it will search for updates for atleast an hour and a half, and then report an error, even after updating the Windows Update Agent. You have to apply an update from 2014 that resolves this issue, and reboot (I think it's the one I gave in the second link, but I'm not sure. Haven't used Vista in a while). Also, Vista's Windows Update isn't nearly as bad as 7's. For starters, it doesn't fill the RAM and CPU, when searching for updates. In my VM of 7 with 2GB of RAM, it filled all of the RAM, and made the VM unusable. On Vista I don't have that issue.
  19. Try downloading the file from this article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/946928 It basically updates the Windows Update Agent to the latest version. There's also this: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=1540 Hope it helps!
  20. Tried adding my GPU's device ID to the INF of these drivers and installing on XP, didn't work... Oh well, guess it was too good to be true
  21. Wait, you got it working on a Fury with a simple INF mod? I must try it on my GPU aswell, if that is the case!!!
  22. Dangit, no R9 380 drivers Regardless, this is an amazing discovery! New cards (that are on the list) can now use Windows XP (and maybe even Windows 2000 with KernelEx...) I wonder if there's something for Vista...
  23. http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop/legacy?product=legacy3&os=Windows+7+-+64 A simple Google search would suffice all your needs If you need a Microsoft Update driver go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website on IE, and search for your card series. https://catalog.update.microsoft.com/ EDIT: Here's a more precise link to the drivers you're looking for in the Microsoft Update Catalog: https://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=radeon+5700
  24. Hello,

    Sorry to bother you, I'm sure you have a busy schedule, but I would like to ask you a few things, if that's OK.

    I'm a big Windows Vista fan, and it's painful for me to see such a good OS suffer a quick death, as programs and drivers that are supported in Windows 7 drop support for Vista, in tandem with XP, even though 7 and Vista share most of the code base. I would like to do something about this. That's why I'm writing this message.

    I know you are the person behind the excelent KernelEx for Windows 2000, who suffers of much of the same problems Vista suffers in terms of support, being left behind in favour of the more successeful brothers, XP and 7. I would like to ask to you guidelines in how to develop my own KernelEx for Vista. I have some coding background, and am not afraid to touch the guts of an OS.

    Are there any specific programs you use to develop KernelEx? What should I be aware, wanting to start such a project? What do I need to know for such a task?

    Thanks for the attention, and, again, sorry for the trouble :)

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