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  • Ed Bott unloads on the horrendous state of Windows as a, uh, “service”

    Posted on November 9th, 2018 at 08:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you only read one article today, read this one from Ed Bott on ZDNet:

    If Microsoft wants to treat Windows 10 as a service, it has a responsibility to its customers to provide accurate information about problems with that service. Over the last month, the company has failed miserably in that regard.

    Of course, I’d argue that MS has failed miserably for much more than a month, but that’s just me.

    Read it.

  • Ed Bott weighs in on two years with Windows 10

    Posted on August 3rd, 2017 at 09:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A very interesting analysis from my old friend, Ed Bott at ZDNet. Caution: ZDNet has a stupid sound-tracked video that plays every time I go on the site, so turn your speakers down or off before clicking.

    Here’s one that caught my eye:

    And after more than two years under the microscope, there’s still no evidence from credible security researchers that that data is being used for anything other than its stated purpose of product improvement.

    Compare and contrast that to the new Creators Update option:

    Get more relevant tips and recommendations to tailor Microsoft products and services for your need. Let Microsoft use your diagnostic data to make this work.

    Of course, I’m a loyal member of the tinfoil hat club, but that setting certainly must give everyone pause. Doesn’t it?

    Other than that, I generally agree with Ed’s findings. I’d be interested in hearing your take on Ed’s comments….

  • Ed Bott’s Windows 7 Release Candidate FAQ

    Posted on April 27th, 2009 at 14:18 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Thinking about installing the Windows 7 Release Candidate?

    The official version will be widely available on May 5. I’ll post the download link here as soon as it’s available.

    The most important thing to remember about the RC: when you decide to switch to the “real” Windows 7 (or on March 1, 2010, whichever comes later), you should plan on wiping out your hard drive and starting all over. Yes, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to take your data off the hard drive before you upgrade. But, no, Windows Easy Transfer doesn’t transfer everything – most notably, you’ll have to re-install all of your programs.

    Before you consider downloading and installing the RC, take a look at Ed Bott’s extensive FAQ about the Release Candidate.