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Re: New Win10 desktop recommendations and advice please
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 20 January 18 16:55 GMT (UK) »
If you restored from the DVD you should now have a clean system which would explain the lack of update history. Sounds like the Hard Disk must be working.

Glad you recovered your files  :)

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Re: New Win10 desktop recommendations and advice please
« Reply #10 on: Saturday 20 January 18 19:37 GMT (UK) »
ran two different anti-virus scans

From this, do I understand that you are running two antivirus programs? If this is the case you should only be using one as one will conflict with the other and give you problems.

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Re: New Win10 desktop recommendations and advice please
« Reply #11 on: Saturday 20 January 18 19:52 GMT (UK) »
Mike, I follow your logic but restore attempt said it failed after hanging at just 1% for several hours.  The system that eventually presented itself this morning had all my programs etc exactly as before.  After a little while it ground to a halt again, I'm guessing something is overheating but at least it stayed running long enough for me to copy the stuff I wanted to usb.

Midase I'm not running multiple av packages, I know that can cause conflict, but I routinely launch mbam, spybot s&d and ccleaner to generally housekeep and hoover up anything that might have snuck past mse or whatever the ms offering is called at the moment.
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Re: New Win10 desktop recommendations and advice please
« Reply #12 on: Sunday 21 January 18 11:53 GMT (UK) »
I didn't mean to suggest you don't need to replace the PC, just observing the HDD must be working. As with old cars there comes a time when you have to bite the bullet.

I'm sure you'll soon adjust to Windows 10. If you turn off most of the new 'features' it's not so different underneath.

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Re: New Win10 desktop recommendations and advice please
« Reply #13 on: Sunday 21 January 18 12:17 GMT (UK) »
Mike, you're right, my initial thought (because I always expect the worst) that the hdd had failed has been proven wrong.  And very glad I am too.

Others have said to me that win10 is not so bad/different.  Hardly a ringing endorsement!  Is it another instance of change not always being for the better I wonder?

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Re: New Win10 desktop recommendations and advice please
« Reply #14 on: Sunday 21 January 18 17:57 GMT (UK) »
Jane,

I think much of the dislike of Windows 10 is a general dislike of change  ::) We get used to a system and find it inconvenient to re-learn things we had mastered. For my purposes all the frills of Windows 10 are completely pointless so I uninstall or switch off everything I can. This frees up a good deal of system resources from running things in the background that I don't need.

The underlying system seems very stable and has better security than the older versions, and I have found it will run all the third party software I had installed under XP or 7 with no problems. In fact I use almost all third-party programs, such as LibreOffice, Serif PagePlus, Thunderbird, Firefox, PaintShop Pro, RootsMagic, to name a few. I can't comment on Windows Defender because I was already using Norton but some people seem to think Defender is adequate security. I know many people have had difficulties upgrading old machines due to hardware, drivers, etc. but on a new PC this shouldn't be a problem.

My biggest complaint is the Windows Update which seems to have a mind of its own and hogs a lot of the system when it runs. If you pay a little extra for the 'Pro' version instead of 'Home' it gives you more control over such things, so it might be worth researching that  :-\ I had the Pro version of 7 so automatically got Pro when I upgraded to 10.

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