It's not just this, Spyhop defends M$ in practically EVERY discussion about this topic. Jeez its a freakin' money-drunk capitalist corporation, there's no getting around that.i dont know how things are in Spy case but in mine i dont like unfair accusations
See aboveNo, I just feel people regard them unfairly because they're successful. They've made some mistakes, yeah, but nothing deserving of the sheer malevolence the general public regards them with. They can't do ANYTHING, good or bad, without people seeing some hidden agenda or conspiracy. I find the bandwagon M$ hate asinine.
:rotflmao:Welcome to America. Hi, I'm John Doe! I pay taxes and get ripped off on a daily basis.
This is my son, Jonathan Doe. He'll be something some day if "The Man" doesn't get to him.
Like hell he doesn't, we're important people, goddamnit!
Windows XP Pro: $150Charging for your product != robbery.
I update all my drivers regularly....I just avoid connecting M$'s servers as far as possible. No stupid IE7, WMP11 or WLM downloads that require WGA checks during installation (it might still pass as BigIg said, but there's no assurance, plus the benefit from the 3 is also very minimal IMO).Do you not update your drivers either?
Till you consider what the call charges are for the other side of the world........I update hardware often enough and the odd time I've had to call MS for an activation, it's been pretty painless.
Yeah........still easier to pull off an ISO in 3 hours from the net though.....You had a moron on the phone then. Just call again and get a new rep. They're supposed to let you transfer an OEM license if the hardware was replaced due to malfunction. Although it COULD make a difference if you have some proprietary HP license or something, I've never had to deal with that.
Mind you, I've been on the same license through multiple hardware revisions. Most MS reps know and just don't care.
If it's mission-critical for you to have a transferable license, you're supposed to get a retail copy, not OEM.
Security loopholes? Oh yeah I have something that deals with those, its called a third party firewall. As for security updates which have "critical" status, I've managed to find a reliable source from the net that packs them into an exe and then you can download and install them without even touching M$. And what if it tried to connect during installation? Well I physically disconnect my network cable whenever I install anything published by M$ :evil:
The LEAST of windows updates deal with things like IE or WMP.
The important ones patch security holes, improve performance, and fix bugs.
Windows updates are epic fail. The last thing I need on my already meager 300kbps connection is a stupid M$ updater downloading infinite TBs of updates that do nothing more then add a ****-load of blue-colored folder in my Windows folder and clog my already 80% full HDD even more.Can someone explain to gamefreak why not updating windows is foolish in terms he'll understand? I seem to be failing.
Did you read the bit about obtaining critical status security updates via another source? Even then I don't dl all of them, like if there's an update saying "Critical security loop-hole in Windows Live Messenger when connecting via port 80" or something then I'm just gonna ditch it. The only M$ apps I use are MS Office and WMP 9, that's it.If you go scuba diving, and you buy the most expensive equipment ever, with the best of everything humanly imaginable... but your air tank has a leak, are you any safer? Not really. By the time you'll need anything else you'd already be dead.
Same logic if you don't update. If you're not going to let Microsoft see your computer and fix it, than you're letting the rest of the world into it. Your choice - the professionals, or the hackers. Pretty obvious choice if you ask me...
You fool I don't keep my PC on when I'm in freakin' bed and put my MSN status to Away Electricity's damn expensive and the last thing I want while sleeping is the UPS making sharp loud beeps when the power goes out.Schedule updates for when you're in bed fool.
^ Epic fail. When I installed Windows 7 on a 11GB partition and installed some basic apps along with it, I only had 350MB of free space, but after a day or so it filled up almost 100% and only like 3.1MB of free space was lost. I think 297MB of data somehow magically entered my PC and filled it up.It's not "infinite TBs"....if you update regularly you might be looking at 20-50mb or so.
When did I say they add functionality??? oO Provide quotes please....You also need to get out of this mentality that updates add functionality, because that's rarely the case.
NopeUmm, swap file?
Yup, there is only one administrator account with which everything's accessible.did you actually unhide hidden files, add your account to the system restore folders permissions list and look inside the folder.