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Windows 10 Fall Update Uninstalls Desktop Software Without Informing Users
ourlovecanlastforeve sends this report from Martin Brinkmann of gHacks: Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system may uninstall programs — desktop programs that is — from the computer after installation of the big Fall update that the company released earlier this month. I noticed the issue on one PC that I upgraded to Windows 10 Version 1511 but not on other machines. The affected PC had Speccy, a hardware information program, installed and Windows 10 notified me after the upgrade that the software had been removed from the system because of incompatibilities. There was no indication beforehand that something like this would happen, and what made this rather puzzling was the fact that a newly downloaded copy of Speccy would install and run fine on the upgraded system. An IT Director I know had this happen with ESET antivirus as well, on multiple computers. He says fixes have been rolled out for both TH2 and the antivirus software to prevent this from happening. Other reports mention CPU-Z, AMD's Catalyst Control Center, and CPUID as software that's being automatically uninstalled.



By mwvdlee • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

And they should.
You bought an MSI or ASUS or whatever brand graphics card with an AMD-branded Radeon chip... which of these words hint at "Catalyst"?
I know it sounds less "k3wl", but what's wrong with naming it "AMD graphics driver".
Marketeers should keep their dirty mittens off anything that affects actual users.


Re:When to stop?

By Cley Faye • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
</header> Kinda what I, and others, did. I'm still in Windows 7 because "it was there", but I already struggle to keep it "user experience enhancement" free from Windows Update. When someone asks me for help on a W10 system, I give it a quick glance, and if it can't be fixed in two mouseclicks (most of the time it can... some people just don't get computers) I just say "I don't know anything about W10."
I slowly started to install some Ubuntu (for ease of use) on my parents' computers, and that fits most of the requirements they have: internet, flash games, video, music.
Only "niches" left for Windows are some games and stubborn business. But as time pass, the game requirement become less and less relevant, and the business thing usually work in either a VM or a pro computer dedicated to this.


Re: Windows 7

By Anonymous Brave Guy • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

So they said, but if their share price is down 40% two years after Windows 10 launched and Nadella has been replaced, they might just state something else.


issue with ESET software has been resolved

By Aryeh Goretsky • Score: 3 • Thread


The problem with the Windows 10 Build 10586 (aka v1511, TH2) installer detecting versions of ESET's software that are compatible with Windows 10 as not being compatible has been fixed by Microsoft. Simply allow the installer to connect to the Internet for the latest updates and it will download an update that allows is to recognize all compatible versions of ESET's software.

Customers who were on the latest builds of ESET's software (v9.0.318 for consumer, v6.2.2033 for enterprise) were never affected by this, but customers who had older--but still Windows 10 compatible--builds did have there versions flagged when Build 10586 of Windows 10 was installed.

For more information, see the following E SET knowledgebase article: http://support.eset.com/kb3733...


Aryeh Goretsky


Re:Before you get your knickers in a bunch

By AmiMoJo • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

If you look at the list of affected programs it is obvious why they are being removed. They all install low level drivers. The hardware monitoring/inventory programs use drivers to query devices directly (normal apps can't read the EEPROM on my memory DIMMs, for example) and the anti-virus software uses them to hook in to the OS at a deep level. Those drivers might break when the kernel is updated, so they uninstall those apps.

It's not a bug, it's a feature to ensure that upgrades on machines with tricky anti-virus and nasty DRM/copy protection drivers don't result in an unbootable system. Overzealous perhaps, but it's obvious what the intent is.

Dark Matter Grows Hair Around Stars and Planets
StartsWithABang writes: Dark matter may make up 27% of the Universe's energy density, compared to just 5% of normal (atomic) matter, but in our Solar System, it's notoriously sparse. In particular, there's just a nanogram's worth per cubic kilometer, which makes the fact that we've never directly detected it seem inevitable. But recent work has demonstrated that Earth and all the planets leave a "wake" of dark matter where the density is enhanced by a billion times or more. Time to go put those dark matter detectors where they belong: in the path of these dark matter hairs.


Slashdot is not your personal blog

By thegarbz • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Please startswithabang, go away.

On iFixit and the Right To Repair
Jason Koebler writes: Motherboard sent a reporter to the Electronics Reuse Convention in New Orleans to investigate the important but threatened world of smartphone and electronics repair. As manufacturers start using proprietary screws, offer phone lease programs and use copyright law to threaten repair professionals, the right-to-repair is under more threat than ever. "That Apple and other electronics manufacturers don't sell repair parts to consumers or write service manuals for them isn't just annoying, it's an environmental disaster, [iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens] says. Recent shifts to proprietary screws, the ever-present threat of legal action under a trainwreck of a copyright law, and an antagonistic relationship with third-party repair shops shows that the anti-repair culture at major manufacturers isn't based on negligence or naiveté, it's malicious."


How to beat any weird screw

By Neo-Rio-101 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Weird screws are nasty, but not impossible to circumvent with this one weird scientific trick that you will never believe actually works...!

OK ok.... here's what it is:

All you need to do it get a bic biro pen, pull out head and shaft, and then melt the plastic case tip in a flame.
Then place the molten plastic bit over the "impossible to open" screw. Hold it there until the plastic becomes solid again.
Et voila.... you now have a screwdriver, moulded from the weird screw you need to open. Have fun.



By Michael Givan • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

If my Samsung falls out of my pocket and breaks and it cannot be fixed, the one thing I'm not going to do is buy another Samsung. Market forces will solve this problem if we let them.

Dumbass Americans only care about eating more food, getting more fat, going to doctors for their fatass lifestyle diseases, complaining about the cost of food, driving their SUVs while never driving off-road or hauling cargo or carrying lots of passengers and complaining about the price of gas, voting for one party that wants to fuck up the nation or the other party that wants to fuck up the nation when they could write-in sane candidates, drowing themselves in shallow moronic soul-less meaningless popular culture and pretending like it's deep and profound, buying shit they don't need with borrowed money they don't have (America has a NEGATIVE average savings index, not that most Americans know what a savings index is), and believing every lying word of propaganda and manipulation that comes from their bought-and-paid-for government and their bought-and-paid-for mass media and following stupid moronic trends while operating general-purpose machines they don't even try to understand or secure so they can post trivial minutia about their pathetic little lives to be read by fellow jackass Americans who don't care. The "market forces" only work when you have rational actors acting in their own best interests. Maybe *you* wouldn't buy another (example) Samsung in that case, but I assure you, the 350-pound assholes driving their big-ass SUVs they bought with five or six year car loans so they owe more than it's worth so they can tailgate in the slow lane, so they can work a job they hate, and vote for lying sociopathic sacks of shit while complaining that nothing ever changes, while being careful never to know anything about other people in other nations or other cultures because they're provincial douchebags, let alone ever thinking of other people ever as their lard asses congregate around narrow doorways and other shares public spaces because no one else matters, well ... these are not rational actors. They can't even manage their own waistline. You think they can understand a market? No way in hell. They've been fattened up and dumbed down and somehow they're proud of it. That's the amazing part.

Vitriolic hyperbole which does little but generalize and marginalize serious issues while painting with an amazingly broad and ignorant brush. /golfclap


Re:They protest too much...

By rtb61 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

So you are saying that repair companies do not like difficult to repair products because they make more money repairing them. Difficult to repair just means consumers can not readily repair it themselves and must take it to a repair company and pay them in order to carry out the repair.

So it just happens that iFixit https://www.ifixit.com/ is "iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything. Anyone can create a repair manual for a device, and anyone can also edit the existing set of manuals to improve them. Our site empowers individuals to share their technical knowledge with the rest of the world.", you claim in that light is really quite nasty and smells of corporate propaganda.

To make it clear, yes it is self serving to complain bitterly about being ripped off with unrepairable products which result in shitty resale values. What, I am meant to live my life to serve corporate profits instead, seriously WTF?


Re:How to beat any weird screw

By freeze128 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
</header> You're right, I *DON'T* believe that actually works. That custom Bic screwdriver of yours will break its tip the first time you try to turn it. It may be fine for screws that have already been loosened, but you need to apply enough torque to break the screws free, and that would just strip your pen.


Re:where has the author been

By Opportunist • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

But now we're not just talking about oddly shaped screws where it's hard to get a screwdriver for. We're talking about patented screws where it's pretty much impossible to get a screwdriver for, at least legally.

THAT is the difference in those screws.

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