Category Archive: windows 10

WINDOWS 10 FALL CREATORS UPDATE CHANGES

Microsoft is cleaning up some old baggage with Windows 10 at long last. The TPM management is being replaced. 3D Building is now moved to the Store. Mitigation Toolkit is being replaced by the Endpoint Protection in Windows Defender. Paint is moved to the Store in favor of Paint 3D. Outlook Express is gone. Improved …

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WINDOWS 10 ADDS GPU TO PERFORMANCE

The upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators update has an improved performance tab for viewing GPU load. This will be helpful for users who are experiencing thermal or other problems.Now 4 metrics are graphed including 3D load, copy performance, video decoding and video processing. GPU dedicated memory and shared memory is also present. Support for the …

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WINDOWS 10 ONEDRIVE DROPS FAT32

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OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud service for sharing photos and documents. Recently Microsoft dropped support for FAT32 and now requires NTFS for hosting OneDrive local copies. We noticed this with our HP Stream 7. We use a microSD card for supplemental storage and the default format for 32GB is FAT32. If you need to change to …

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AMD RYZEN & WINDOWS 10

We have seen several reports recently that Windows 10 does run well on some AMD Ryzen platforms. We believe it could be some driver issues for motherboards and the processor. WIndows 8.1 seems to work better with some motherboards. Windows 10 Creators Edition may work on some. It seems to be hit or miss with …

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CONTENT CREATION TOOLS & DX12

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Steam distributes Blender and Autodesk distributes 3D Studio, Maya and AutoCAD. These tools are the most widely used ones for creating 3D game worlds. Blender is open source and it has a large community of contributors. Many game studios have used Blender successfully. DX12 uses multiple GPU cards to manage rendering and this makes it …

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WINDOWS CUMULATIVE UPDATES

Microsoft has accelerated the update releases to about every 2 weeks as they work to fix all the issues remaining with the most recent Creators Update. Each of the updates contain hundreds of fixes. Older versions of Windows sometimes used update rollups. This makes it easier for fresh installs to be patched more quickly.. Microsoft …

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INTEL CLOVER TRAIL AND WINDOWS 10

Intel and Microsoft has indicated that machines using the Intel Atom processors code named Clover Trail will not be able to run Windows 10 creators update or above. The problem stems from the graphics chip used in the machines which shipped with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Clover Trail Atoms use GPU technology licensed from …

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WINDOWS 10 CREATORS EDITION

The Windows 10 Creator’s edition has many new features of interest for gaming. One of the big moves with Windows is better supporting 3820×2160 4K UHD. Higher resolution panels are available but they are still far too expensive for consumers. Microsoft extended the windows display driver model with the anniversary edition to be able to …

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WINDOWS UPDATE KB3216755

For some reason Microsoft did not deliver February 2017 updates for Windows 10. Speculation has been all over the dial. Contrary to other sources, this is not exclusively an update for insider test builds. http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB3216755 Is the last update in the catalog, and installing it will reboot your machine. This update is cumulative and it …

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WINDOWS IS BACK ON MOBILE

Microsoft has recently compiled Windows 10 to run on the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Microsoft has also developed an emulator so that Win32 programs can run on the ARM architecture. Apple’s iOS was developed from scratch over many years for mobile devices. Windows however came from much more powerful machines. Android came from Linux …

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EMULATORS & RETRO GAMING

The modern PC is incredibly powerful when considered to machines ca. 1980. Back in 1980 the Radio Shack TRS-80 was expensive and it was not very powerful. It also cost several thousand dollars. There is an open source C program to emulate CP/M which allows antique BASIC and even binary backwards compatibility. PC-DOS and MS-DOS …

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4K UHD BLU-RAY

The fall we expect to see the first crop of new 4K UHD Blu-ray movies to become available. We have long used the gaming box with a Blu-Ray drive to watch DVD and BD moves. The drive we use now is BDXL which is capable of 128GB disks maximum. The real change is with the …

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GAMES FEATURING DX12

When Windows 10 build 10240 was released on July 29, 2015 It introduced DirectX 12. Microsoft delivered shader model 6 a year later when their Anniversary Edition build 14393 which was released on August 2, 1016. With shader model 6, game developers can now finally start working with the full D3D12 API. Developing new shaders …

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WINDOWS 10 ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Windows 10 Anniversary edition (version 1607) build 14393 was released on August 2, 2015 .This article deals primarily with the changes Microsoft has made to Windows 10. The primary user features are largely completed. The first change is the removal of a registry key that allowed users to stop advertisements for things like Office upgrades …

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WINDOWS 10 & THE HP STREAM 7

Microsoft put Windows 10 on Windows update and started rolling it out for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Machines line our HP Stream 7 however have only got 32GB of storage and there are even some machines with only 16GB. Windows 10 made a mess of the HP Stream 7 so we ended up …

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WINDOWS 10

Windows 10 build 10240 was released to manufacturing and for consumer downloading on July 29, 2015. New machines with Windows 10 factory installed are already widely available. AMD and NVIDIA have drivers for Windows 10 are now available. The usual game issues with dual cards are the most common problem. Many games continue to perform …

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GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 10

This list originally was compiled for Windows 7, however Windows Vista, 7 all are based on the same code base (Longhorn) and the issues presented are consistent for all versions. We have another list of games with known issues from Windows 8. We have many old games. Unfortunately some games are not compatible with Windows …

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WINDOWS 10 AND DUAL NVIDIA VIDEO CARDS

Generally dual video cards are envisioned by most consumers as 2 identical cards for NVIDIA SLI or AMD CFX. Windows 10 and DX12 however have changed the way video cards can be used. For older games a high end card can handle games through DX11 easily at 1920×1080. Dual cards are only needed with 3820×2160 …

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THREADS VS CORES & DX12

Even now most games are design for a single CPU core. They are threaded but the are not true parallel programs. Super computers use processor cores by the thousands with parallel programming. Game engines however are more complex and it may take some time for developers to figure out what can be done. DX12 and …

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WINDOWS 10 & A NEW HARD DISK

We frequently see many forum posts with users of older machines that took advantage of the Windows 10 offer, The posts mostly focus on the need for a new hard disk as the OEM disk had failed and the OEM recovery is lost as well. Hard disks are reliable but they eventually fail as they …

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