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#1 4 years ago

What is it ? It is Microsofts next operating system. It is a beta or tech preview where they hope as many people as possible test and hopefully find bugs before the final version goes on sale.

How much is it ? It is free but be warned it is tech preview so it will not be as polished as a final release.

Where can I get it ? https://insider.windows.com/ Do not download or even attempt to use this if you have no experience of installing a operating system. Also remember that this is a preview and will expire so you will have to go back to your old operating system so make sure you know how to.

Is it any good ? Hell yeah and it is much better than Windows 8.

Is the start button back ? Yes it is and they have added a small tile system to it so you can see certain info at a glance.

For all intensive purposes it has a feel of how Windows 8 should have been. It is a fully fledged version of Windows without making your PC feel like a tablet or phone. There are some very nice customizations that you are able to perform depending on how you use your PC. I think some of these are in Windows 8 but I never really spent much time on that as it was just awful.

Here are a couple of Screen shots

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Another thing that struck me as nice was that now MS can and does use windows updates to change to actual build. I know they did this for Win 8 to 8.1 but as previous beta tester it was a real pain having to download a new disc image for every build then formatting and installing it. There has been talk of MS using this system from now on and that future builds of Windows will just be newer versions of Win 10.

Here is a random picture of the Start Menu

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There is a direct link to the control panel and task manager in the start menu under windows settings which is brilliant to see.

Omg omg omg it has actually installed AMD catalyst control center so I will be testing triple wide gaming once a adapter I ordered has arrived. For those that do not know I usually use 3 monitors but my graphics card blew so I am now using a old 5890 but the display adapter on this one is the big one, any how I digress. I am seriously impressed with this thing now. If it had only installed MS C++ redistributable then I would not have had to do a thing.

I have tested Steam and Origin and they work as normal. Portal 2, L4D 2 BF3, Quake live steam edition and Lord of the rings online all work perfectly and so does the best game ever Soldier of Fortune 2.




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#2 4 years ago

A small update (sorry there is going to be a lot of these as i discover things) Multiple desktops are pretty bloody brilliant on Win 10. It has a small icon on the task bar that looks like 2 pieces of paper laid over one another. Clicking that allows you to add a new desktop that you can customize. Basically it means if for example you are using a laptop then you could have all your gaming shortcuts on one and all your work stuff on another and switching between them is a breeze. Ctrl + the windows key Plus either the left or right arrow key. Brilliant :)




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#3 4 years ago

Since you seem to be familiar with multi monitor setups and stuff like that maybe you can help me with an issue I am having with Windows 7/8.

I have a Dell 15'' Laptop with 4k screen resolution plus a 1080p 24'' external monitor. I like to use both at the same time but it doesn't seem possible to configure this particular setup in a way that yields readable font sizes on both monitors at the same time. Basically I'd need an OS that could scale up symbols on the high resolution screen while scaling down symbols on the low resolution screen. Otherwise I'm stuck with an ugly compromise or one unreadable screen. They don't happen to have a solution in Win 10 for that, do they?




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#4 4 years ago

The only thing I can think of is UltraMon. I do not know if it changes font size over different monitors but there are lots of scripts for it. https://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/scripts/




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#5 4 years ago

MrFancypants;5746767Since you seem to be familiar with multi monitor setups and stuff like that maybe you can help me with an issue I am having with Windows 7/8.

I have a Dell 15'' Laptop with 4k screen resolution plus a 1080p 24'' external monitor. I like to use both at the same time but it doesn't seem possible to configure this particular setup in a way that yields readable font sizes on both monitors at the same time. Basically I'd need an OS that could scale up symbols on the high resolution screen while scaling down symbols on the low resolution screen. Otherwise I'm stuck with an ugly compromise or one unreadable screen. They don't happen to have a solution in Win 10 for that, do they?

Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 does monitor specific scaling. windows 8 scailing.png Untick this box and you can choose an independent scaling level for each monitor. You'll only need Ultramon in Windows 7 or if, for some reason, you're on Windows 8.0 and not 8.1 or above.


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#6 4 years ago
FileTrekker;5746782Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 does monitor specific scaling. windows 8 scailing.png Untick this box and you can choose an independent scaling level for each monitor. You'll only need Ultramon in Windows 7 or if, for some reason, you're on Windows 8.0 and not 8.1 or above.

Wow, thanks a lot! Didn't notice that they sneaked that in with the 8.1 update. I just tried it, apparently Windows calculates the optimal scaling for you, so there is still a difference in font/symbol size between the displays, but it is much much better than the setting I used so far.




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#7 4 years ago

Nice. I take it your playing with Win 10 as well ? Fancy so far I have had no issues with Win 10 at all. Yes it is a beta but for now I am more than confident in it to use it as my main OS.




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#8 4 years ago

Well I got curious and tried downloading the preview for my old laptop. 3.8GB at 70kB/s? Are they kidding me? Sorry, but a company dumb enough to scare potential beta testers away with a 15 hour download doesn't really deserve my beta testing expertise.

I'll update that old Ubuntu install instead and try to make it feel more like Win 7. It puts the start button on the desktop or it gets the format C again!




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#9 4 years ago

I just tried the download again and I was hitting 4.5 mb/sec with download time of 12 mins. Not sure what happened to your download m8 but it might be time to reset the old router.




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#10 4 years ago
Goody.;5746823I just tried the download again and I was hitting 4.5 mb/sec with download time of 12 mins. Not sure what happened to your download m8 but it might be time to reset the old router.

I keep getting around 60 kB/s. Maybe it is a problem with the ISP, although I can download stuff from other websites normally.




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