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Post by BJG145 »

The computer's been acting up this morning, audio cutting out, and I realise what's caused this when I find that Microsoft has added an icon to the taskbar to inform me that the sun is out, along with a load of celebrity gossip. Grrr. :madas::roll:

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/m ... st-update/
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Post by Eddy Deegan »

Yep, annoying indeed. Not obvious how to disable it either, as they've omitted the option from the normal taskbar settings. It's described in the linked article but for convenience here is the way to turn it off. Right-click the taskbar to invoke the context menu then select the following:

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I sent them some pretty negative feedback via the '...' menu within the widget before disabling it too.
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Post by James Perrett »

Oddly enough this really annoyed our lad this morning. Thanks for the instructions for turning it off.
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Post by blinddrew »

Another thank you from me. I'd noticed it but it wasn't bothering me. I don't really see the need for it when I have these things called, ironically, windows... ;)
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Post by Jorge »

Now that you mention it, the sun icon on my taskbar has disappeared. Could it have happened when I let Windows update itself a couple days ago? According to the article that should have turned the icon on by default, not off. The Turn Off setting for News was checked when I looked, and I didn't check it. The overarching annoyance is MS forcing too many things on us, including timing of updates. Has anyone noticed that little things start to go wrong or not work if you postpone the update installation too long?
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This lasted about 2 minutes before I disabled it following reboot from update of my work laptop at some point last week.
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Post by OneWorld »

It would be nice to know exactly how these updates improve Windows because I can never see anything apparent. I guess the anti-virus is kept up to date but apart from that what are they supposed to do?
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Post by Dynamic Mike »

wireman wrote:This lasted about 2 minutes before I disabled it following reboot from update of my work laptop at some point last week.

Same here. I hate the fact that it's not even mentioned in the details for the update on the microsoft page. It's annoying that Windows 10 thinks it owns your PC & 'knows' what you need, but I worry more about the changes they make that you can't see.
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Post by S.Crow »

I have been using the free Classic Shell as a start button and menu replacement since Windows 8 was released.
No problems that I can recall and none of the nonsense that MS shove at you.
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Post by OneWorld »

S.Crow wrote:I have been using the free Classic Shell as a start button and menu replacement since Windows 8 was released.
No problems that I can recall and none of the nonsense that MS shove at you.

Yes but is that the 'lipstick on the pig' same gal different dress? It might just be a different GUI but the slopware is still there in the background?
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Dynamic Mike wrote:
wireman wrote:This lasted about 2 minutes before I disabled it following reboot from update of my work laptop at some point last week.

Same here. I hate the fact that it's not even mentioned in the details for the update on the microsoft page. It's annoying that Windows 10 thinks it owns your PC & 'knows' what you need, but I worry more about the changes they make that you can't see.

Yep, that is the most irritating aspect of these updates. Microsoft is so arrogant as to dictate how our computers look and function, it is so dictatorial
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Post by Hugh Robjohns »

And Apple don't? :think::lol:
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Post by ef37a »

Hugh Robjohns wrote:And Apple don't? :think::lol:

Two wrongs Hugh, two wrongs!

I have just noticed an extra icon in my taskbar and it is telling me I need to do an update.

Hmm...Oi may B e bek.

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Post by MOF »

And Apple don't? :think::lol:

Apple allow you to set automatic updates or not. You receive notifications on boot up automatically but you’re not forced to update.
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Post by James Perrett »

MOF wrote:
And Apple don't? :think::lol:

Apple allow you to set automatic updates or not. You receive notifications on boot up automatically but you’re not forced to update.

And Windows is exactly the same here.
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