Goodbye, Yahoo

Yahoo Becoming Internet History

Goodbye, Yahoo. I only ever had one email address (candyass2you@yahoo.com) with you, but your contributions to the internets were great.

Tale of Two Computers

ASUS X205TA 11.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Atom, 2 GB, 32GB SSD)

Versus

HP Stream 11.6-Inch Laptop (Intel Celeron, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD)


I’ve wanted a smaller laptop that ran Windows OS for a long time. I currently own a Samsung Chromebook, but after using it for a year, the glitter has worn off.

Whenever I took the Chromebook somewhere where Internet wasn’t readily available, the functionality of the Chromebook suffers. As well, there were everyday software that I needed to use (like Skype) that I couldn’t install on a Chromebook. Some of these programs offer web versions, which can be run of a Chromebook, but it’s certainly not ideal.

So I started the search into a very portable and very cheap machine that will still run Windows OS. These 2 small notebook laptops were what I found in terms of portability and price.

Let’s do a general comparison:

In terms of portability…

While these were both lightweights, the ASUS computer is at least 1 pound lighter than the HP.

In terms of cost…

ASUS cost me about $250 USD. HP cost $199 USD. Both are about the price of a Nexus tablet.

In terms of Windows OS usability…

The ASUS came with windows 8.1. That’s its first downfall. The second? When I tried to upgrade directly (it was advertised with free Windows 10 upgrade) to Windows 10, it turns out there wasn’t enough SSD space to upgrade.

Both the HP and the ASUS have 32 GB SSD space… but what I found with the ASUS was that a good 10 GB of that 32 was already partitioned into a recovery disk apart from C Drive, this completely changed how easy it is to upgrade to Windows 10. HP doesn’t have the same nonsense.

Not to mention, the HP actually came with Windows 10 loaded already.

Another point in favor of the HP: Intel Celeron is faster than Intel Atom.

Web Browsing…

The ASUS was much faster for web browsing than the HP. Although this could be due to me not using the ASUS for very long (I returned it pretty much as soon as upgrade to Windows 10 wasn’t feasible).

Edit from Starbucks down the street:

Turns out the slow web experience could have to do with our home internet. Web browsing on the HP loaded at normal speed in Starbucks WiFi.

General Experience…

Overall, the HP is more preferable for me than the ASUS. It is:

  • Cheaper
  • Runs Windows 10 smoothly
  • Has most of its SSD space allotted to C Drive
  • Faster USB ports (ASUS only has USB 2.0 ports)
    • 2 USB 3.0 ports, one of these is SuperSpeed

One huge problem about the ASUS:

As soon as Windows 10 upgrade was complete, the wireless network adaptor broke. Broke as in no matter what kind of fixes (upgrade drivers, uninstall and then reinstall drivers, etc) I applied, it simply wouldn’t work.

For the HP computer—I set up the machine straight out of the box. I’ve been using it for writing offline and just about anything else I do for work, and so far it’s running fine. Web browsing is a bit slow; but only on my Chrome browser. This is most likely due to the fact that I have so many extensions built into my Chrome browser that it’s taking a toll on this small laptop with 2 GB ram.

Final thoughts…

I’m very happy with the HP. I purchased this mostly for offline writing, and it’s doing that very well.

Windows…. Why You Be Like This?

So I finally have some time to write about the horrid experience I had with Microsoft and Lenovo.

How It Started…

I have Nvidia Geforce graphics card built into my laptop. Whenever Nvidia has a new driver update, it usually messes up my monitor display. I’ve learned to ignore it.

At 10 am on Tuesday morning, my Lenovo Y5010P machine booted up with a black screen. The mouse icon was there, and moves around, but that’s about it. I try all the fixes suggested by Google-sphere, but to no avail.

I go on Microsoft Chat. First guy I talk to goes through a bunch of steps with me, nothing worked. Final suggestion was to re-install Windows. Fine

Reinstalling Windows

What the guy failed to tell me was that because I got a free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1, I would most likely lose validity of my OS upon reinstall; he had me download the OS from their website.

Essentially, I was reinstalling a new retail version of Windows 10.

The Shit Storm 

Four hours later, my machine is back up and running. I needed to catch up with my work day. I go to reinstall all my work software. Turns out my Windows OS is no longer activated. I couldn’t use certain administrative functions. Um. What?

I call Microsoft, I’m told that I now have a new retail copy of Windows 10 installed on my machine.

….

I explain my situation to the guy, he says no problem; just give him the product key of my original Windows 8.1 and he can generate a Windows 10 product key for me.

I don’t have my original product key.

Guy tells me it’s on a sticker on the bottom of my laptop. Yah. Not there.

I’m told to call Lenovo.

Lenovo customer service can’t help me, passes me to tech support. Tech Support guy told me he’ll send me a recovery disk (who still uses these?) of Windows 8.1 and I can generate a product key from that–for a cost of $70 USD.

Why am I paying any money for something I already owned?

I yelled at the Tech Support guy. I’m extremely pissed at this point. I have never yelled at a random person on the phone before, but now I’m yelling. I told the guy why I would possibly pay money for something I already had.

He just went on to tell me I should choose one of the 4 options of payment.

I told him I’m going to call Microsoft back to get them to do something for me. He actually laughed at me and says they won’t do a thing for me. I hung up on him.

I called Microsoft back, 2 different times.

Long Story Short

I got my Windows activated, but it was 3 calls later. It was the most frustrated I’ve ever been for a while. I go through to reinstall my work software on the newly activated Windows 10; only to find that the first guy who advised me to install had given me a Windows 10 Home version…. meaning I could not use SQL Server (you need Pro).

I had been using SQL Server on my machine before Windows crapped out… and now I’m looking at paying either $100 for Windows Pro or go through another 8 hour phone fiasco with Windows.

I’m ashamed to say that I paid. $100 dollars is worth avoiding 8 hours of tearing out my hair, yelling at people over the phone.

OS Monopoly

Thanks for reading the bitch fest. I hear many people tell me to just switch to Linux or Mac… but the reality is, Microsoft has a monopoly over enterprise software. If this was a computer for personal use, I’d switch in a second (I had Linux for 3 years on my old laptop), but this laptop is for work, where I need to run certain software that’s only available in Windows.

And yah, why not dual boot, why not get a Mac and use bootcamp or parallels; because in the end, doing all that is still a hassle.

It’s amazing that in this day and age (is this a common phrase for old 30 year old ladies to use now??), we’re still putting up with so much shitty user experience with technology.

Or maybe, our expectations were too high in the first place.

 

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WINDOWS 10 MUST DO FOR USERS WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE DISPLAY DRIVER

HAPPY DAY

So the problem I had last week that I gave up on…. I was able to find a fix for it… on Reddit.

Here’s the link to the comment that saved the day: Set hardware settings as Never download from windows update.

(Turns out there was a PSA sticked in /r/NVIDIA that included the same instructions noted above for upgrading to Windows 10…)

Here’s a screenshot of my NVIDIA Control Panel back in action:

NVIDIA Control Panel

(Yes, I played Sims 4).

Sure, I don’t play enough games for this to have really affect daily use of my laptop… but not having the Geforce icon in my notification area (bottom right on task bar) was really bothering me. Also not being able to change the default graphics for individual games really bothered me.

I’m glad I got this to work.

TubHub Says: You spent way too much time obsessing over something you don’t use anyway.

Windows 10: End of Week 1

User Experience

I noticed the boot time for Windows 10 is now a lot faster. Before it would take around 2-3 minutes to boot from a clean shut down. Both today and yesterday, it booted at less than 2 minutes. Granted, most of my essential apps are still set to “Automatic Delay” on start up.

Interface

The new interface was easy to get used to for me. The layout from Windows 7 (and older versions of Windows) with the imagery of Windows 8 makes it pretty easy to get used to.

I’m extremely happy that the full screen Start menu is gone. (For those of  you who preferred it, you can still enable it on Start >> Settings >> Personalization >> Start >> “Use Start Full screen)

Start Full Screen

Issues

Still haven’t found a fix for NVIDIA Control Panel being unable to launch. At this point I’m willing to wait for the next Intel driver update to reinstall.

That’s all for now!

Windows 10: Day 3

Day 3 on Windows 10: Some Issues

As expected, I did come across some issues after I started using Windows 10.

TubHub SaysI told you so. You should have waited the 2 weeks.

ISSUE 1 (UNSOLVED):

I could no longer launch NVIDIA control panel:

NVIDIA

As far as I could tell, the programs (games) that are set to launch with GeForce graphfics driver still seems to be set that way, however, I can no longer use NVIDIA’s control panel to toggle which programs are to switch over to GeForce.

I spent about 4 hours online trying to find a fix for this issue. I tried all the known fixes (uninstall both Intel & GeForce drivers, reinstall them) I even chatted with NVIDIA Online Support. They took a look at my system and noted that the GeForce driver was reinstalled properly, and that my only option is to reinstall the Intel graphics driver. (Which I tried… but every time I uninstalled it from device manager and did a reboot, it would automatically appear in device manager again).

I gave up on trying to find a fix for now and I’m hoping if I wait a while for other laptop users to have the same problem, there will be more answers online.

ISSUE 2 (SOLVED):

When I first updated, the start menu was opening properly when I hit the windows key on my keyboard, or when I clicked the windows icon from my task bar.

Sometime on July 31st, the start menu and the search menu stopped displaying. I would click the windows key (from keyboard or from task bar), and it would seem to process (round blue circle going), but then nothing would happen.

I thought it was just a glitch that would go away after a reboot, so I ignored it for a couple of days until this morning.

This fix was easier to find, but I actually had to try a few before it actually worked.

This is the first fix I tried.

Method 1 didn’t work for me because right clicking on the PowerShell icon (to use the run as administrator option) from taskbar did nothing. So I used Method 2:

  1. Method 2:
    1. Right click Start button
    2. Choose Command prompt (Admin)
    3. Key in Powershell in the black window and hit Enter.
  2. Paste the following command in the Administrator: Windows PowerShell window and press Enter key:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  3. Wait for PowerShell to execute and complete the command. Ignore the few errors (in red color) that may pop up.
  4. When it finishes, try hitting Start and hopefully it’ll start working. If not, this solution won’t apply to you, unfortunately.

The command did run and it seemed to be processing. Unfortunately after I rebooted my system, it did not solve the problem.

The 2nd fix I tried also had 2 options.

I tried the 1st option, but the command (ren %windir%\System32\AppLocker\Plugin*.* *.bak)  it told me to run in command prompt returned a directory did not exist message.

So on to option 2:

Another fix for the The Start Menu Does Not Work problem is:

  1. Right-click at Start and click RUN
  2. type SERVICES.MSC and press the enter key
  3. right click on APPLICATION IDENTITY and select START
  4. Be happy… a reboot is not required

This fix actually worked for me. Note how it says a reboot is not required? Nah, I had to reboot to get my windows key functional again.

To celebrate, here’s a screenshot of my functional start menu:

startmenu working

(Yes, that is a photo of my niece in between Microsoft Edge and Cortana)

Windows 10 First Impression

Booting

It’s a bit slow; but I’ve only rebooted a couple of times so far, so it could just be my PC.

For the curious (my PC stats):

PC Stats

Even just logging in takes a long time. Hopefully this gets better as I reboot more.

Devices

So far ALL of my external USB devices work and I didn’t have to update any drivers. I use a USB hub connector. I had a bit of a scare because my external monitor wasn’t displaying at all at first. Upon 2nd reboot, it’s displaying just fine.

My USB Devices

Apps

All of my apps work. I use quite a few different apps for my work, and I was really surprised that I could still use all of them without having to reinstall anything or tweak anything.

Some of my Apps:

  • GoToMeeting
  • TeamViewer
  • Skype
  • QQ

Overall First Impression

Really liking it so far. I’m used to having to get used to a different interface or different settings whenever I update to the latest Windows OS. I think with Windows 10, they’ve really made it as user friendly as possible.

Windows 10… FINALLY!

Windows 10 Update Failed

currently have Windows 8.1. I attempted to “skip the line” last night to force update for Windows 10. This was the result:

Windwos 10 Update Failed

I was pretty annoyed, but not annoyed enough to spend hours searching for a fix. I read about 3 different online articles with “fixes”. The general consensus in comments were people reporting that the fixes didn’t always work.

So I gave in and told myself to wait.


Ready to Upgrade!

This morning I ran an upgrade check to find that Windows 10 was now ready to upgrade to my computer. AWESOME!!!

This was at 7:45 am.


Preparing for the Upgrade

Preparing for upgrade

It’s now 8:12 am. Still “preparing for the upgrade”….. I’m a bit anxious at this time since I have a work meeting at 9 am. I suppose I’ll just have to use my husband’s Desktop for work. I really did not plan ahead. I got way too excited about Windows 10.


Still Preparing…?

8:50 A.M: Still preparing for upgrade….

Preparing for upgrade2


Three Hours Later

11:30 am

I finally catch a break from work and check on the update… still “preparing for installation. Weird. Progress bar got nowhere.

Preparing for upgrade2

So I decide to restart the computer. Computer boots back up and Windows 10 Update restarts. Right away I’m prompted to begin the install. I guess it actually finished downloading but Windows Update got stuck.

I start the install (sorry for the shitty phone cam shot), and right away this happens:

IMG_1185

About 2 minutes later, I get this screen:

IMG_1186

Looks like we’re finally getting somewhere, right?

One concern: I didn’t get the screen that asks me if I wanted to keep all files. I, stupidly, did not make a backup of my current files before I attempted this. …. We’ll see how well this turns out for me.


System Installed @ 12:30 pm

Skipping the Line & Installing Windows 10

The Wait

Apparently even if you’ve reserved Windows 10 from however long ago, you still have to wait your turn.

Skipping the Line

I never much liked waiting in line for things. so naturally I googled myself a few tricks to skip the line and install Windows 10 now. It really helps to know how to google. It also help to have a computer programmer as a house mate.

Installing Windows 10

With some work arounds in cmd prompt, I got Windows 10 to start installing:

WINDOWS 10 DOWLOAD

I’ll be playing around with Windows 10 for the next couple of days; check back for updates!