Eddy Deegan wrote:
hobbyist wrote:Win10 is a problem. Worse than win8. Far worse than XP.
That's a bold statement and one I strongly believe to be incorrect. Windows 10 has improvements on everything from memory management to device prioritisation and in many ways is a much superior operating system under the hood when compared with earlier versions (with the single exception of privacy issues, which is another conversation entirely).
I had them both. win 10 may be better now but early on it was a disaster. it is still a social media box that needs fixing for solid audio use.
- Why do you think Windows 10 audio is a problem specifically?
- Why do you think it's worse than Win8 or XP?
I had them both. The results speak for themselves. They are both bad. Win 10 was worse. Cant say if they improved win10 or not as I dont use that box. It now being reserved to install a linux version.
But at least make sure win 10 is fixed and then turn off updates!
Leave them off. Forever.
This is very bad advice unless there is a specific need to preserve a snapshot of a system intact forever. This may be necessary in some professional environments to support clients with legacy needs but even that can cause problems with some licensing as there is a need to periodically contact servers to ensure that licenses are still valid.
That is very good advice unless you want problems. If you get it working then leave it alone. If it aint broke dont fix it. For audio you do not need all the crappy updates microslop will force into the box.
Disabling updates on any system (Windows or otherwise) that has to periodically connect to the Internet is irresponsible and dangerous for security reasons. 15 years ago tests were done that found unpatched PCs could be compromised within 20 minutes
when connected to the Internet, a time which wasn't even long enough to patch them with the latest updates in some cases.
do'H! What part about not attaching to the internet dont you get.
AIR GAP! problem solved for audio use.
Furthermore, most software these days is updated frequently. Not only with bugfixes but also for feature and stability improvements. Projects and other saved data created by earlier versions of an application are only going to be supported for so long. This means that work done on a system that has not been updated for an extended period of time is increasingly unlikely to be readable by whatever the latest version of the software is.
Boy, microcrap has really brainwashed you. You have no need for frequent updates. If your box is running right you have no need for updates. period.
Anybody disabling updates on a system without fully understanding the implications of that is asking for trouble at best, and being downright irresponsible at worst.
I know the implications. That is why I disable all updates. Been screwed too many times with updates that were fixing a non problem and made things worse.
Some bloatware is a concern, but certainly not all of it. Most of it is simply a waste of storage and harmless in any other sense. Disabling start-up agents is a good idea in many cases and usually quite sufficient.
I regard antivirus software as largely unnecessary these days if one is careful about the sites one visits or email attachments one opens and takes sensible precautions such as ad-blockers in browsers and keeps the built in Windows protection up to date. Backups are essential, however.
You are a sucker if you believe that about virus protection. If you are on the internet then do not use that pc for audio. And install MBAM which is far better for protection.
Never click on an attachment as that is more dangerous than visiting bad web sites.
You did get it right about backups.
I was a security consultant in a previous job. I stand by what I said.
YMMV so do whatever you want on your PC but I will protect mine the way I recommended.