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Old 31-01-2020, 06:11   #2861
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IIRC from the release of Windows 8, the lack of transparency was for power efficiency when Metro was invented in the hopeless effort to get MS into the mobile market.

And the nice taskbar is just a handy side effect of the software. The real advantage is the proper start menu. Though you can also get that free from 'Open Shell' which is what I run at work.

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Old 31-01-2020, 08:08   #2862
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The start menu is crap, I'll give you that. I don't have any issues with the task bar though.
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Old 31-01-2020, 12:31   #2863
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The main advantage with taskbar transparency would be in preventing image persistence (the lcd equivalent of monitor burn)

The monitor before my last one was replaced due to that.
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Old 17-04-2020, 08:39   #2864
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I am going to take advantage of "lockdown" and more time for to have a proper full spring clean of my PC

Plan on opening up, dusting, cleaning and sorting everything out including new and full installation of Windows 10 and all my programs

I have a new SSD drive which leaves me with an older 120GB one and just wandered, can this be utilised as a Ram drive / Swap file drive ? and if so is it worth it ?

Also, are there any clear and essential "first things to do after fresh install" guides to ensure all is running clean and tidy

Finally, what would be your top 5 essential programs to install, such as virus etc.

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Old 17-04-2020, 08:47   #2865
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Although an SSD is faster, it wouldn't give you much, if any, benefit in that use.
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Old 17-04-2020, 09:06   #2866
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Has anyone noticed/experienced more issues since the last update? My computer tends to freeze up more.
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Old 17-04-2020, 09:06   #2867
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If you do anything with VM's they hugely benefit from SSD and a little 120gb would probably be perfect. Otherwise stick a few games on it maybe?

The windows page file does sequential writing and random reading. Which an SSD is ideal for. But assuming you have a enough RAM, I'm not sure how useful it'd be. I have 32GB of RAM and only run the minimum swap file required to handle an out of memory scenario (if you try to set it to 0 - it'll tell you what this value is)
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Old 17-04-2020, 09:08   #2868
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I would use that spare SSD for storing photo and video files for editing. Although if you don't have a mechanical HDD, I doubt it would be any faster than your system ssd.

Or you could use it for downloads/torrents ?
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Cheers guys

Current allocated size is said to be 2432MB with recommended as 2939

I do quite like the idea of making it the photo drive / one drive physical storage
I run 16gb Ram

Also any suggestions on post install tweaks and essential programs ?
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Old 17-04-2020, 10:56   #2870
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Also, are there any clear and essential "first things to do after fresh install" guides to ensure all is running clean and tidy
I'd download Macrium Reflect to take an image just after installing the OS and before other gumph goes on. Sometimes, you can install (for example) .NET install, and it'll bork everything up. A baseline to go back to has advantages. Its free.

www.ninite.com is worth a visit to download the 'essentials'. I still prefer Chrome over Firefox (but that's a personal preference), then Paint.Net, Grammarly app, VLC, Greenshot (for screenshots/uploading to Imgur), MalwareBytes and of course 7zip. I do a lot of programming, so other programs I use are related to that, so may not suit you - Visual Studio, DB Browser for SQLite, Notepad++, etc.
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Old 17-04-2020, 11:17   #2871
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I don't see a point in taking an image backup these days. I reinstalled Windows a couple of weeks ago and it took less than an hour to get all myself back how I like it.

We don't even image Windows 10 PC's for business purposes anymore. Windows 10 updates so often, it's just going to get out of date by the time you captured it. Makes more sense to have fresh reset and then have deployment packages for apps. For home use, you are better off making sure your browsers and individual apps all cloud sync. I have all my documents in OneDrive and then I just change the Windows default folder for Pictures and Documents to point to those OneDrive folders. Job done. If the OneDrive folders are on a secondary drive it takes seconds to connect it back up.

As for apps.

Affinity Photo, a brilliant full Photoshop replacement. On the Windows Store for Ł25, perpetual licence.
VLC
VNC connect for remote desktop
Password Manager KeePass
Steam
Discord
New Edge (Chrome based) for web browsing. This is now a lighter version of Chrome, works well and is fast.
Spotify app
Sophos Home for antivirus
Office Applications auto install
Da Vinci Resolve, free pro grade video editor.
Handbreak
MSI Afterburner for GPU overclocking
Notepad ++
PyCharm Python
Virtual Box for a Ubuntu and a Windows 10 VM for work.

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I have affinity on iPad. It’s way way way way beyond me lol
I’m guessing it’s not a multi platform licence ? I will check

Can you have multiple one drive locations ?

Definitely think photos and documents on my 512gb ssd would be a good idea and possibly faster overall than using one for a swap file

Not heard of Sophos anti virus.
Will try edge. Have been using brave of late
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Old 17-04-2020, 12:00   #2873
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No worries with Brave. I've not moved to that yet, but might do, letting it bed in a bit longer. Edge is really solid, I like it's profile management. I can switch between work and personal profiles easy.

Sophos is very good at detecting and cleaning. Paid for one mind you... but you get what you pay for.

Video test here..



.. compare it to the same test on current Windows 10 defender. Stark contrast.

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Old 17-04-2020, 12:05   #2874
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Will try edge. Have been using brave of late
Brave is better.

I tried a bunch of AV's for their month trial each over the last year. I'd say Kaspersky if your primary goal is to not find your AV more annoying than an actual virus

I'm not going to recommend other apps because I think it's very personal thing. As are your choice of web browser and AV for that matter.

But once you have apps, Sumo is no contest the best app updater. https://www.kcsoftwares.com/?sumo

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Cheers. Again
I’m not sure if I could warrant 30+ quid for anti virus as pc is very much a second machine and not really used for a huge amount these days. 95 percent of more of my use is via iPad. And I don’t scrape surface of that to be honest

Pc is mainly web browsing on bigger screen and photos viewing (I’d love to learn editing and manipulation but just don’t understand how)
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Old 17-04-2020, 12:13   #2876
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Most AV's can be brought FAR less than RRP if you shop around. But yeah the only reason my secondary computer has anything other than free is its generally inexpensive to upgrade to a multi machine licence. Otherwise it'd be using a free one
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Most AV's can be brought FAR less than RRP if you shop around. But yeah the only reason my secondary computer has anything other than free is its generally inexpensive to upgrade to a multi machine licence. Otherwise it'd be using a free one
Which free one would you use ?
I just want something that sits there quiet and doesn’t send countless prompts and message
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In my testing, all of them send countless prompts and messages. Even paid ones. Except Kaspersky. Which is why I use it. No idea how good it is at actual AV-ing!
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kaspersky is not what it used it be. It's firewall is crap plays havok with many applications. Sophos is completely silent. One of it's underlying detection engines is 'hitman pro'.. which many AV experts use as a second opinion scanner.

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Sophos is horrifically slow though*. You wouldn't want it on low end hardware.


*opinion based on running it on an i5 laptop. Didn't try it on my high end desktop.

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