OUR NEXT MEETING
All meetings are free and open to the public
The next meeting is Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 PM in Multi-Use Room 3 at the Fort Collins Senior Center.
The Holiday season is here already! Our December meeting will be the annual holiday party. Bring your family, friends and neighbors for an an enjoyable evening of conversation, food and (non-alcoholic) drinks.
December is also the month we elect officers, so please do plan to attend.
Odds and Ends of Computer and Technology News—December 2015
This month Odds and Ends is dedicated to Windows 10.
Windows 10 Upgrade Problems
How to Stop Windows 7 or 8 from Downloading Windows 10 Automatically
"To be clear, they aren't automatically installing Windows 10 . . ."
That is, unless "Install updates automatically" is enabled. You choose another alternative (see the graphic below), PROVIDED, you remember to check for updates.
Beware, latest Windows 10 Update may remove programs automatically
"Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system may uninstall programs . . . ."
Windows 10 upgrade installing automatically on some Windows 7, 8 systems
"Microsoft says that the optional update was enabled by mistake."
Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Broken Windows Theory
"By default, Windows 10 gives itself the right to pass loads of your data to Microsoft's servers, use your bandwidth for Microsoft's own purposes, and profile your Windows usage."
". . . select the "custom install" option . . . ."
Windows 10 violates your privacy by default, here's how you can protect yourself
"Upon installation, Windows 10 defaults to some pretty serious privacy invasions. Here are some steps you can take to keep your personal data private."
What Windows 10's "Privacy Nightmare" Settings Actually Do
"Let's take a closer look at what each of these settings actually do—and which ones are actually a privacy problem."
Windows 10 Boot Failure
If your Windows 10 computer fails to start, and you get an error message (and worse), connect to this link (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-update/not-loaded-windows-10-ntldr-is-missing/3e1bfc3d-b78b-428a-ae9a-6d5af980e5bd) (with another computer, of course); scroll down until you see the Forum Moderator's response. You will need to download the ISO file ("installation media") from the link provided.
Windows 10 Reviews
10 reasons you shouldn't upgrade to Windows 10
"You may be better off sticking with Win7 or Win8.1, given a wide range of Win10 trade-offs and shortcomings"
10 reasons you should upgrade to Windows 10
"Windows diehards take note: Win10 is more than a misguided mash-up of Win7 and Win8"
"Windows 10 is the ideal next step for Microsoft, bringing together the best elements of Windows 7 and 8."
The Windows 10 Review: The Old & New Face of Windows
"Windows 10 brings about as much change as Windows 8 did, but in almost all cases it is going to be appreciated by users rather than avoided."
ASK YOUR QUESTION
Our Monthly Meetings provide an open forum for questions on PC hardware and software; or anything digital, from your mobile phone to your music player. We welcome all questions, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
PAST MEETING PRESENTATIONS
Presentation material from selected past meetings is available on the Meeting Presentations page.
You will find information on such topics as eReaders, backup techniques, burning CDs and DVDs—and much more.
PAST MEETING TOPICS
You really are invited to our meetings. The meeting topics are prepared for the general public. They are NOT just for the PhD computer scientist. Would you like to know what kinds of topics are presented at our meetings? Check out this list of Past Meeting Topics.