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  1. bittorrent is a program that sends and receives data to any and every pc that also has the software installed, so it uses both your upload and download parts of your internet connection. in fact it is a program that is frowned upon by a lot of the computer industry because it is used mostly to share pirated software like games, music and films. now seeing how a similar mechanism is now part of win 10 by default that means every win 10 pc will be doing exactly the same thing bittorrent does for the people who use it. personally i have nothing against these type of programs because they can be very useful and i've used them lots in the past to get my linux distributions quicker, but that was a choice i could make on how to get my software and what mechanisms it should use, win 10 takes that choice out of your hands by default, it really doesn't help anyone except m$ and will probably save them millions if not billions of dollars over time because they need to buy less bandwidth of their own to supply their customers. even though you say your 3 pc's are not linked, they are all on the same network so win 10 WILL share updates and stuff between the 3 unless you turn off the correct setting, same thing applies for m$ using your bandwidth when you install win 10. sharing updates between your pc's though doesn't use more of your bandwidth and will probably save you some because the update will only need to be downloaded once to a single pc and then shared with the other 2 instead of each pc needing to download the same update. hope that helps clear things up a bit.
  2. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/windows-update-delivery-optimization-faq it will still share updates with your 3 pc's on your local network though and there's nothing you can do about that unless someone decides to tweak the registry and stop automatic updates probably. oops joe beat me to it. here's an install guide to follow showing how to switch off most things like cortina when you decide to install win 10. :- http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/windows-10-doesnt-offer-much-privacy-by-default-heres-how-to-fix-it/
  3. ok, but if you have no joy then i'd consider using that guide, all you do more or less is just download the win 10 iso, mount it using winreducer then do the updates where it will download them for you, apply the updates and create a new iso with them all saved to it, then it's up to you if you want to burn that new iso to dvd or use it to create a bootable usb stick. here's another but older link from a different site showing the process using win 8 :- http://www.howtogeek.com/169522/customize-your-windows-8-installation-disc-and-slipstream-updates-with-winreducer/ here's a guide using whdownloader to download the updates first and then nlite to do the slipstream into the win 10 iso you downloaded. :- http://www.winbuzzer.com/2015/08/02/slipstreaming-windows-10-how-to-create-up-to-date-windows-10-iso-files-with-all-available-hotfixes-patches-and-security-updates-xcxwbb/
  4. http://forums.windowscentral.com/ask-question/370012-windows-10-home-upgrade-failed-error-80200053-a.html also if you do have pcmatic running on your machines then i think i'd stop it from running and then try doing the win 10 upgrade and see if it does make a difference. or try http://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/3f47a2/error_80200053_help_upgrade_installdownload_failed/ link to the Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool page :- http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install?ocid=ms_wol_win10
  5. i wondered why tomgl2's link went to a page 404 not found page, when he usually provides excellent advice, then i read further and am no longer surprised it didn't work after 4 1/2 years.
  6. this guide doesn't use ntlite and is for windows 8.1 but the process should be exactly the same for windows 10 as it is described for windows 8.1 :- http://lifehacker.com/how-to-slipstream-windows-updates-into-your-installatio-1562956432
  7. here's a link explaining your bios update options with links to guides explaining how to go about it. :- http://www.gigabyte.com/webpage/20/HowToReflashBIOS.html
  8. go check you have the latest bios for your motherboard. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2742#ov the latest is version F6 :- http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2742#bios that may fix your update problem. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-windows_install/cannot-update-win-8-64-bit-to-win-81-64-bit/47f34921-87ec-407c-9de8-d51d90598287?page=2&auth=1 also from my understanding people have been able to install windows 8.1 and windows 10 clean but they are just unable to install it by going the update route when they have received that error message, so if the bios update doesn't fix things that may be something to try anyway. remember ALWAYS make a backup image of your hard drive before doing any upgrades etc. just in case the upgrade or clean install fails for any reason, that way you can always use the image to get back to where you started from and have a working os installed.
  9. terry1966

    Windows 10

    why would i need to do that? simple solution is to not use windows and use any other os i like, which by the way are all better than windows in my opinion, so that is exactly what i do. just so happens my os of choice is linux and opensuse, so why would i want to write my own os, which by the way i am more than capable of doing, if i lived long enough that is. one program i wrote was a program so a user could input data into a data base and then display it in any graphical format they required, pie chart, bar graph, line graph, etc that was in 1982 long before windows office was even born, which is what you'd probably use today to do the same thing, incidentally that was the year i built my first pc too and then unlike today you did actually need to use a soldering iron to do so.. probably the thing i'm most proud of is that me and a mate built and programmed a device so a handicapped person could turn on and off up to 4 devices by use of a mercury switch attached to their head seeing how that was all they could move. Oh if i only i knew then what i know now, i could probably have been very wealthy. you want to use windows then that's fine, lots of people do. personally i don't. i'm just the person anyone who knows me comes to, to fix the problems those people who do use it get. actually windows has gotten a lot better over the years and windows 10 is probably the best and safest made yet, if only m$ didn't think they owned my hardware and any software on it then i'd probably have at least 1 windows pc up and running.
  10. terry1966

    Windows 10

    microsoft os is the "serious virus" welcome to the pit realbigswede, and glad to know your happy with the new windows 10 os even though i don't agree with your point of view of microsoft producing the best os. personally i haven't even seen windows 10 os which is unusual because i like to test them out even if i won't actually use them full time on my pc's, but this os version just took to many liberties with my hardware and privacy for me to even consider installing and testing it out even in a vm and so i will only ever get to see/use it when i fix someone else's pc.
  11. wouldn't let that malware m$ likes to call windows 10 anywhere near my machines, even in a vm.. just in case you didn't already know here's another "feature" you might like to check into and disable on your windows 10 os. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/31/windows_10_torrent_updates/ seems m$ now thinks it can use every windows 10 pc as a torrent seeder by default to spread it's updates.
  12. lets hope it's viral then, that seems to be the one to get if your unlucky enough to get meningitis at all. best wishes to you and your wife tomk. and caintry if you don't start taking better care i'll send guns back down to you so he can box your ears.
  13. is there any real difference? then yes mate is a lighter gui so is better/faster on older systems. aside from that then no not really your still running mint, even tho things look different, they both can do exactly the same things but maybe have different default apps installed to do those things. http://www.itworld.com/article/2854352/linux-mint-17-1-cinnamon-and-mate-a-hands-on-review.html
  14. there is a way to disable and enable protected mode in firefox that may have worked for you too. http://kb.mozillazine.org/Flash#Flash_Protected_Mode_issues_on_Windows_Vista_and_above
  15. trying to think of the program i always used to install on windows pc's that had a dog bark at you when anything was trying to change system files, but memory is failing me at the moment. winpatrol that was it, :- https://www.winpatrol.com/ was an excellent program to use alongside an av is that still recommended juliet?
  16. well you can always try restoring the pc to an earlier time before you started getting this mysterious popup.
  17. seeing how it's always there when you start your pc, i'd think looking in your start up items to see what's listed there should point you to what it is. this link explains how to disable startup items but will show you how to find your startup list. :- http://www.howtogeek.com/74523/how-to-disable-startup-programs-in-windows/
  18. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/326487-microsoft-goes-from-cellar-to-stellar-in-new-antivirus-test top 6. http://www.av-comparatives.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/avc_prevalence_201403_en.pdf bolded by me. like i said in my opinion if you get malware using defender then you'd get it using anything. like juliet says layered protection is what windows users need and not to rely on any anti virus software, also use chrome or firefox as your browser and not ie.
  19. stick with windows defender is my recommendation, if you're unlucky enough to get malware using that then in my opinion you'd have gotten the malware anyway using any of the other free anti virus software. here's another link tho. that completely disagrees with my opinion and says avira is the best :- http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-antivirus,review-2588-5.html
  20. must admit i'm another who thinks you don't need any other real time av solution than microsofts built in one too. a second on demand scanner like malwarebytes is also recommended also regardless of what real time av you use too.
  21. in my opinion that video is bogus and you really didn't need that registry recycler program, and to be honest i wouldn't recommend anyone download and use it either, stay away from any registry fixing programs is my advice because they can cause a lot more problems than they are supposed to fix. windows doesn't need it's registry cleaning out because there are no performance gains to be made by doing so in the first place. what i believe fixed your problem is running the sfc /scannow command shown at the end of the video which checks windows files and repairs them. http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833 and that was really all you needed in the first place to fix your problem. personally i'd pop into the malware forum and get your pc checked over, from what i understand that error code used to usually mean you had been infected by malware so even tho things may seem to be working ok now it may not last.
  22. i'd guess a lot of the free anti keylogger programs are malware anyway and actually install a keylogger onto your pc in the first place so personally i wouldn't bother with one but if you do, make sure you do your research on it first before trying it out. like tomk never used one so no recommendations either.
  23. just had a similar problem for some unknown reason so changed my dns server in the router and that seems to have speeded things back up for me. now using opendns instead of the isp's dns server. here's a list of dns servers you can try :- http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/a/free-public-dns-servers.htm
  24. this? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ICY1S4/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1/180-8056539-8521741?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_r=1RGJ19R0B8EK94DT0D0S&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=1944687502&pf_rd_i=B004PEIFZO
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