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Windows / Windows 10 keeps trying to install without being asked ... Help!
« Last post by Rupert on March 16, 2016, 11:47:53 AM »
Having used Windows Vista perfectly satisfactorily for a number of years, when I bought a new PC in 2014 it came with Windows 8.1 installed.  I quickly got used to it and I like it very much indeed.

Microsoft has installed Windows 10 installation files in readiness for the time that I 'choose to upgrade'.  I don't want to upgrade, so I continually ignore the pop-ups that accompany their coercions to do so.

This week, in common with hundreds of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users (if social media and numerous other forums are to be believed) I have been plagued with Windows 10 trying to install itself without being asked.  Not only that, but the installation can start at any time without warning, cutting across whatever you might be doing at the time (this happened to me twice).  There are no screen minimising options, no options to cancel it or delete it, so the only way to stop it continuing to install Windows 10 was to turn the PC off at the mains.

I've since been into the Windows Updates page and unchecked the 'Automatically Install Updates' box in favour of the 'Give me recommended updates in the same way I receive important updates'.  I have left unchecked the box which says 'Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows' assuming that will stop Windows 10 stuff arriving.

No updates of any description have actually been installed since 12.3.16 but obviously I want all the regular Windows 8.1 updates without all the Windows 10 stuff.

My Updates status page now says:

Most recent check for updates:  Today at 11:01
Updates were installed:  14/3/16 at 18:11 (failed)
You receive updates:  For Windows only

Updates to install:

Important (1) - upgrade to Windows 10 Home, version 1511, 10586 (2.68MB) .. the box appeared to be checked, so I unchecked it
Optional (35) - Windows 8.1 Drivers (5), Windows 8.1 (29), Windows 8.1 and later drivers (1)

All the above remain unchecked, so should I check them all and click 'Install' having first reassured myself that there is no Windows 10 stuff lurking in there?

How can I rid my computer of all this Windows 10 material ... indeed, is it actually possible to achieve this?
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Windows / Re: Photo gallery
« Last post by Willabong on December 30, 2015, 09:55:37 PM »
I don't use it myself, and I don't think it is really a Windows 10 compatible program (though it should run?).
Have you tried loading it in compatibility mode?
Install the correct version for your system (32bit or 64bit).

PS: Windows 10 often sticks when you click an install exe file, and can seem to have frozen. I have often waited a couple of minutes for the installer to run?

If it still doesn't load, I'm afraid I can't help further?
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Windows / Photo gallery
« Last post by william on December 23, 2015, 09:45:18 AM »
Could someone please show mehow to put photo gallery from windows essentials onto my computer with windows 10 because when I have downloaded it  before it just sits there frozen and I am unable to do anything with it.The only way I can remove it from the desktop is to close the computer down.
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Windows / Re: PC wakes up from 'Sleep' without being asked! Why?
« Last post by Willabong on December 22, 2015, 07:55:56 PM »
Sleep is explained above, Hibernate puts everything too sleep except the BIOS wake up call, so when you click your mouse, sleep will wake your PC almost immediately. Hibernate will take longer to wake the PC, it is more like starting your PC for the first time, only a little quicker!

PS:  I would lean toward a background task or program causing the wake up problem!
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Windows / Re: PC wakes up from 'Sleep' without being asked! Why?
« Last post by Rupert on December 21, 2015, 11:46:04 AM »
Thanks again Willabong ...

My PC is still waking up without my bidding!  I must try accessing the command line and find out why (new territory for me, but I don't suppose I can do any harm).

Although my PC doesn't appear to have a 'hibernate' option, can you tell me the difference between that and 'sleep', please?
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Windows / Re: PC wakes up from 'Sleep' without being asked! Why?
« Last post by Willabong on December 19, 2015, 09:34:02 AM »
Today, most computers have network cards. Network cards enable a computer to exchange data with other PC'z that are connected to the network. so as an example, if you have two or more computers in your home, a network card will enable you to open a folder on the PC you are using,which is actually on another PC in your home, and then transfer any files you put in that folder to the other PC. That is the simple answer!
It is possible (but not probable) that if say both PC,s are up and running, that activity on one can cause activity such as a wake up call on the other PC, but it is unlikely!

All sleep mode does to a PC, is close or limit activity on parts of your system, eg: Hard drive/monitors. The hard drive is not completely disabled, it is just stopped from receiving access signals, so it slows down and seems to stop. The wake up call re-activates the drive. The actual savings in electricity while in sleep mode are minimal, because neither the monitor nor the hard drive is completely switched off, and are still receiving electricity (sort of ticking over like a car in neutral)!
As I stated above, I never use sleep mode on a desktop PC, though I do use a form of it on a laptop by simply closing the lid. 
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Windows / Re: PC wakes up from 'Sleep' without being asked! Why?
« Last post by Rupert on December 15, 2015, 07:22:13 PM »
Thanks Willabong ..

Since first posting I've Googled 'PC wakes up from Sleep mode' and loads of links have come up.  So far I've disabled my mouse from being a wake up tool, although I usually just tap any key to wake it up .. I don't really suspect the mouse of anything, especially since I bought a brand new wireless model with an On/Off switch!

One PC know-it-all site suggested a number of things, including how to stop a network card from waking up the PC. I didn't know what a network card was, but following the instructions to find a list of 'Network Adapters' revealed 12 items, 8 of which are variations on the theme of 'WAN Miniport (*****)'. 2 others are called 'Bluetooth Device (*****) and the remaining 2 are 'Intel (R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260' and 'Realtek PCle GBE Family Controller'. Naturally I haven't a clue what any of these are!

The instruction continues: 'In the dialog that opens, click the tab "Power Management", remove the check by "Allow this device to wake the computer", click "OK" and close up Device Manager'. Trouble is, although I can see the network adapters as a list, clicking on any of them does nothing, so I can't seem to progress to the 'Power Management' stage!

Any ideas?
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Windows / Re: PC wakes up from 'Sleep' without being asked! Why?
« Last post by Willabong on December 15, 2015, 11:12:55 AM »
Power settings on computer are often unreliable to say the least. The reason your computer is waking up could be one of many things:

A faulty keyboard key (sticking or to sensitive) can wake up your PC at inconvenient times, or an over sensitive mouse. Incorrect settings are less likely to cause problems, but it is worth checking your power settings.
Another cause of a PC waking up, and this is the most likely, is a program starting up in the background that is updating itself, or the Windows system may be updating itself.

A computer waking from sleep is more of an inconvenience than a problem. I personally never use the sleep function on my PC's, all I do is switch my monitor and mouse off when I leave the room for any extended time.
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Windows / PC wakes up from 'Sleep' without being asked! Why?
« Last post by Rupert on December 12, 2015, 04:15:22 PM »
Not a huge problem in the scheme of life itself, but every now and then when my PC has been in 'Sleep' mode it decides to wake up without me telling it to.

I've sometimes returned to my office room to find the desktop staring at me, even though I know for a fact that nobody has been in there since I was last using the computer.  Today, while it was supposed to be asleep, I was working at an adjacent desk and I heard it waking up all by itself.  I popped it back to sleep, only to find a few minutes later that it had woken up again.

The OS is 8.1 and there are no other computer related devices in use in this house, so presumably there's nothing happening here that's triggering it's wake-up call.

Any ideas what's going on?
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General Discussion / Re: Will I always be able to open my Windows files?
« Last post by Willabong on September 13, 2015, 09:54:43 AM »
No Rupert, there are no guarantees! Just look at Windows programs, many of the older programs that ran on Windows 98/XP/2000 will not run on the more modern Operating Systems, there always comes a point when the latest version will not be backwards compatible. 
The safest thing to do, is to load your archive material into the latest programs you have, and save them again in the latest format you can!
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