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15. 08. 24
posted by: O. Sinclair
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Apart from having serious privacy issues (there is a bunch of settings to switch off unless you want Microsoft to listen in on what you are doing, check this site) the whole "free upgrade" is not as straightforward as you might think.

For starters you will not be invited to upgrade if your computer is part of an Active Domain (AD) and that means most business/corporate computers. And I am yet to find out how Volume License Keys will be dealt with as MS only talks about those "partners" who pay an annual license but not whose who once bought and were fine with it.

So in plain language: a lot of users who have read about this wonderful new free upgrade are not getting any invitation to upgrade.

Solution, at least for Windows 8.1 (have not yet tried Windows 7 but here is a link to a software doing that) is to download the full disk image (iso) at Microsoft. Mount it as a virtual drive (basically right-click on the file and choose that option). Open the new "CD" and follow instructions. You will be upgraded with a few reboots and no complaints.

This is also "cheaper" for those who have many computers compared to downloading the upgrade over and over again. Copy the image (iso) to the computer you want to upgrade and go ahead.

You, or someone else, will soon find out that playing certain media like movie DVD does not work in Windows 10 for some reason that only MS can explain. VLC Media Player is your friend, download and install from VLC.

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15. 01. 20
posted by: Super User
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Orion Consulting provides expert services for all aspects of Information & Communication Technology (ICT), ranging from configuration of software, end-user support and networking (both LAN and WAN) to project management, policy studies, system design, problem solving, programming, network design setup, ICT environment studies, streamlining, etc .

I also take part in development projects as well as in project design, implementation and evaluations.

Orion Consulting is primarily a one-man business, but additional resources are contracted as required. Since 1996 the company’s operations have focused on projects in southern and eastern Africa, working extensively with project management and ICT consultancy services while helping developing countries to computerize their government services. Other assignments have been carried out on behalf of non-governmental organisations and private companies.

My name is Orjan Sinclair and I have more than 25 years of experience working in the private and public sectors, gained mainly in Sweden and Africa. After completing studies in computer science in 1984 I worked for various private companies before starting at the Swedish National Taxboard in 1989. From 1996 to 2000 I was the project manager for a SIDA-funded project assisting the government of Zimbabwe in computerizing its taxation system. After completion of the project I have worked in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa as well as Zimbabwe. The assignments have included everything from working with governmental Integrated Financial Management Systems to providing IT support for NGOs and companies.

Over the years I have also taken part in or implemented and evaluated various development projects in Europe and Africa.

I am a supporter and user of Free Open Source Software, FOSS, both as a superior method of developing software as well as an excellent tool to cut costs in utilising ICT in developing countries.

On my computers you will mainly find Kubuntu but I have long experience of using and supporting Windows versions (both desktop and server) since 1996. For more information and a copy of my CV, please use the contact form.

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