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Windows 10 & Blender etc...
« on: August 11, 2015, 03:36:47 AM »
So... lets talk Windows 10. Blender works on it, as do most applications it appears (Max, Maya etc.). There are obviously some teething issues with driver compatibility ("Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation" in particular has issues causing higher CPU usage than might be expected) and older programs seemingly running slower (although the cause for this is difficult to track down). But aside from these minor issues is does indeed seem like those holding out, Windows 7 users especially, can now upgrade. With that said, it might be better to purchase a new PC with Windows 10 in mind/pre-installed rather than installing the operating system onto 5+ year old hardware.

There are two concerns to keep in mind though;

1) Don't 'upgrade', perform a 'full' install, use the Windows 10 ISO (burnt to disk) - link to download is provided after clicking the Windows 7 Taskbar icon to start the upgrade process (providing the appropriate update is installed - note this feature may no longer be available), just click "Install to other computers". Alternatively, materials to create media can be found on Microsoft's site here. Obviously back up all data and have program disks to hand or internet access available (used to log into a Microsoft account during install should the user want to 'sync' data - this can be skipped for 'local' access).

2) More importantly, users should be aware of the very real implications regarding Windows 10 being 'always on' in terms of pushing all activity to the Internet and Microsoft's services. In essence Windows 10 acts like an interface to the Internet rather than local hardware and data, as such a number of services run in the background and are difficult to shutdown or close without using Task Manager. In other words social media is always on, mail is always on, web search etc, is always on, Skype etc, is always on even when associated programs are 'closed'. For Consumers this may not be of concern, but for business it might (for example configuring POP instead of IMAP is hidden under more layers of interface than previous and depending on the application used to manage email, doesn't seem to download mail locally when POP is configured for use with Gmail, Outlook mail etc., with the result that all [business and private] communications are pushed to online services rather than being stored locally).

The take-away is that although a lot of the issues with Windows 8/8.1 are fixed, it may be better for business or those using computers for work, to install the OS to a spare (compatible) computer for testing rather than installing directly to primary hardware from the get-go.

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Re: Windows 10 & Blender etc...
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2015, 03:34:12 PM »
Re: Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation high CPU usage appears to be related to an issue with RealTek Audiodg.exe (AC 97) drivers where it will run high CPU rates when multiple audio devices are active, e.g. using Skype or other chat software whilst listening to music. There's no immediate fix other than temporarily shutting down these programs and allowing the system to 'rest' - programs can be restarted and used for a a while before the issue initialises again. Downloading the latest RealTek drivers is suggested but may not expressly fix the issue.

Re: Windows services always being on. Microsoft have stated that for Windows 10 HOME, and to a lesser extent PRO, users will have no (Home) or limited (Pro) options to disable or delay the installation of Updates*. Primarily this is so critical updates can be tested and proved in the marketplace, live, by consumers and Small Business & Enterprises (SME's) users before being installed by Corporate Enterprise users, who are on a different update system (which allows for different scheduling protocols). To this end both Home and Pro users are essentially forced to update Windows 10 so the OS has the broadest possible user-base against which the OS can be thoroughly tested for Enterprise users, Microsoft's primary market. Home and Pro users could be considered to be guinea-pigs in other words.
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To that end, we are introducing a new approach for business customers, which we are referring to as the Current branch for Business. By putting devices on the Current branch for Business, enterprises will be able to receive feature updates after their quality and application compatibility has been assessed in the consumer market, while continuing to receive security updates on a regular basis. (Windows 10 for Enterprise: More secure and up to date)

Additional Reading
- Even when told not to, Windows 10 just canít stop talking to Microsoft
- Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Updates Cannot Be Stopped


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*it may be possible to prevent automatic updates by hacking the system and deleting wuauserv.exe but doing so could cause additional issues.

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Windows 10 to disable pirated content...
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2015, 07:58:53 PM »
... sort of. According to slightly misleading reports about Windows 10 and Microsoft changing up the EULA for the OS to enable the finding and disabling of pirated games and content, it turns out this only relates (currently) to Microsoft services and products (X-Box, Store etc.). Which stands to reasons. Else Microsoft policing the Copyright and Property of others could cause more problems than it would be worth for the Corporation.

[EDIT to add]Having said the above, the terms of service do allow Microsoft to grant access to collected data by third parties so software companies/game publishers could be given access to scan for infringements - this could be purchased or partnered access.

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Windows 10 & Mail (email) Properties
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2015, 01:40:47 AM »
Windows 10 Mail, the included email client for the OS, changes the way the inner working of emails can be accessed; it's no longer possible to right-click an email to inspect it's 'properties' ("right-click Ľ Properties") and/or the text version of a message that reveals the raw data contained (at least where Windows 10 Home Edition is concerned).

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Installing Blender on Windows 10
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2015, 01:54:19 PM »

Some seem to be having trouble installing Blender to Windows 10... make sure to select the 64 bit *.msi version.

 

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