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Windwos 10 / 1?

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8 Pro

    Windwos 10 / 1?


    Hello.

    For starters I have 6 computers on Windows 10 and 2 that are not. WHY? First Windows 10 or more like Windows 1 does not support some things that businesses may need. For example, do you have an old plotter, scanner, laser engraver that uses a parallel port? If so kiss it good bye with Windows 1 because the omnipotent wonderful professional programmers and designers of Windows 1 left out support for USB -> LPT1 cables and what about serial port items. Now folks, realize that I am talking about a $40,000.00 SCANNER! That simply will not be recycled because it is a wonderful piece of equipment. I also talked to Belkin and they said Windows 1 is new and it isn't a high priority for them and they may not provide a driver. Well, good news. And Windows 10 reverts back to a real operating system, Windows 7 easily. Don't forget to back up key things as it deletes some things you might be surprised about. And it simply says your update is ready and waiting. So that is that until they learn how to do their job. Really!

    Now another computer, a Windows x32 bit 8 meg machine simply stopped running the Win 1 update at the Hello There, welcome back panel. You can enter your password to signon and it just sits there. If you keep clicking next, it abends (blows up) and after going through dry heaves takes you back to the same panel. Now to help, Windows 10 / 1 has locked the computer (in my case) so there is no going back. You have several options, you can boot with the x64 edition and repair your computer and reboot and that may take you a little further, but in my case, it still locked up. The win 10 / 1 x32 bit install disk did nothing - tried that first. You can restore an image. You can delete everything on the C: drive and reload Windows 7. Have fun with this one because even Win 10 / 1 Tech Support which I have logged over ten hours on the phone with can't help you. Now, I did have one x64 bit machine where after repairing my computer ( fixing startup) five times finally got the install to complete. Remember. since Windows display a circle going around they really mean it!

    Lastly, I had to buy a completely different Wireless USB and install it in Windows because Windows was saying that it couldn't install the driver which it had installed in five other computers. And one of them has to have the Netgear A6210 pulled out and reinserted in order to work after booting up. I just love smart wiz kids who are programmers in name only!

    So just out of curiosity, anyone like Windows 1? Be careful. It bites if you are not prepared!

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  2. #2


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Windows 10 is just like XP & 7 were like. Hardware manufacturers did not write the proper drivers for their equipment.

    Now if the equipment can be ran off of a computer wth say Windows 7, set up for just that equipment.

    Windows 10 will not be seen in the Enterprise environment for a very long time.

    Have you tried to see if the equipment will work with a Linux distro?
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  3. #3


    The main problem you've encountered is that the Win10 compatibility checker does a poor job of detecting incompatible hardware. So, folks leap into the upgrade expecting everything to work just fine -- which is what they SHOULD suspect when the compatibility tool tells them there are no problems with their hardware or software -- only to discover some things no longer work, or in even worse cases (as in mine), end up with a PC that is unusable.

    The compatibility checker scans your hardware and software, and it should be a simple matter for it to search MS's driver repository for your hardware and tell you if no Win10 driver exists for something -- like a parallel port. But, it appears NOT to do that.

    The OEM forums are chock full of folks complaining that their Win7 machines don't work anymore after the Win10 upgrade -- so, you're not alone experiencing problems.

    My suggestion is to return your machines to the OS that worked well for them. I have four machines running Win7 and, after having the Upgrade fail on two of them, leaving one in a corrupted and unusable state, I'm NOT planning on upgrading the other two. An old OS that works fine is vastly preferable to a new OS that works poorly, or not at all.
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  4. #4


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Tell me about it Mark. Box.com's Box Sync will not even work properly in Compatibility for 7 or 8. Box is going to be one of the last ones to update their sync software to 10.

    I am also like you on at least only having one machine running 10. The other Laptop like mine is running 8.1, because the wife put her foot down on upgrading, since she does work stuff on her's and wants me to be the guinea pig.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8 Pro

    CROW tastes funny


    Okay CROW tastes funny sometimes. With a new printer driver you can get Windows 10 to work with a USB-> LPT1 cable BUT HERE IS THE TRICK! You have to plug it in, check and see if Windows found it, if it didn't unplug it and PLUG THE CABLE INTO A DIFFERENT USB PORT. This can take several attempts but I got it to work finally. I humbly suggest a Belkin cable from what I was told but really why not any that worked in Windows 7? I don't know. Remember, you must plug into a different USB Socket if it doesn't find it. When you go into assigned ports for the device, it will show the USB assigned port once it finds it. Serial cable, I don't know, sorry.
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