Windows 10 Anniversary update July 2016 (build 14393) Review, After Install Problems, Blu Ray Drive not Detected, D Link Modem software, etc. Make Windows 10 look like Windows 7.

For Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit July 2016 Anniversary Update (build 14393).

It was like this –

Windows-10-RTM-Wallpaper

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After default installation The Biggest Problems and their solutions are as follows.

While installing and after installation select no in settings which have your data sent to Microsoft, allow automatic downloads, Windows defender, Autorun etc.

Download Fixes and Windows 10 Customization software (verified working) –
http://www.mediafire.com/download/eo447deatxri3w5/win10fix.zip

1.) BRD or DVD drive not detected

run cmd as administrator –
start menu -right click -Command Prompt (Admin)
or
All apps -Windows System -Command Prompt -right click -Run as administrator
copy paste below lines
For BRD/DVD no 1
reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0” /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001
For BRD/DVD no 2
reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0” /f /v EnumDevice2 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000002
Add similarly for For BRD/DVD no 3 if you have 3 drives.
Or you can got to above path in Registry Editor (run -type “regedit”) and Manually create the required keys.

If above method does not work then –
Device Manager -View -Show Hidden Devices.
DVD will be shown, uninstall it.
Start uninstalling all IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers one by one like – ATA Channel 0, ATA Channel 1, Intel (R)…. Serial ATA Storage Controller)
When it asks for reboot, reboot the computer.
After reboot the BRD/DVD drive will be recognized and installed.

2.) Disable UAC completely

Control Panel -Security and Maintenance -Change User Account Control settings -Never notify

This will not disable the UAC completely in Windows 10. Do the following registry edit also. But after this metro apps and some windows settings dialogs will stop working. So make a choice.
right click Start menu -Run -type “regedit”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
If you do not have such a Registry key, then create it.
modify “EnableLUA” DWORD value and set it to 0
If you do not have this DWORD value, then create it.

3.) D Link Connection Manager

Use Netgear AC329U Data Card. It works with  Windows 10 without trouble and its interface is like D-Link. When Netgear Mobile Broadband Geneie software is running, dragging windows will show only borders while dragging instead of content. This setting is automatically done in windows by Netgear software. It will become normal afer Netgear software is closed. You may not even notice this. Otherwise Netgear dongle works very good.
Huawei Power-Fi E8231 Hot Spot Enabled Data Card also works and has hard wi fi also, but it drops to 2G some times when signal is weak. You can also use Asus N150 USB N10 Nano Wireless USB Nano Adapter for receiving wi fi in desktop, so that internet connection of mobile phone can also be used.

Download D Link firmware update for windows 10 from D Link site of your country on the product page. Hardware revision and version will be printed on your dongle. Download correct file.

Search cmd in start menu -right click -run as administrator (or right click on windows 10 start menu -Command Prompt(Admin))
for dwp-157
L:\autorun.exe
for dwp-156
L:\Windows\setup.exe

If you cannot install it then make another bat file and type in it
for dwp-157
L:\autorun.exe
for dwp-156
L:\Windows\setup.exe
then Right click on bat file and select “Run as administrator”

Start D-Link Connection Manager.
Close D-Link Connection Manager.
Run downloaded firmware update setup file.
After firmware update uninstall D-Link Connection Manager.
Restart Computer.
Install D Link Connection Manager from modem shown as cd drive in My Computer (run file autorun.exe).
Now D-Link Connection Manager will work correctly without any error or blocked messages in Windows 10.

4.) DotNet 3.5  offline install

Open an elevated command prompt by right clicking on start menu and select “Command Prompt(Admin)” and type the following command:
Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess
Replace D: with your drive letter for Windows 10 installation media.
or run from bat file with Run as administrator.
for x86
Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\x86\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

5.) Enable or Disable hidden Administrator account with elevated privileges

Open an elevated command prompt and type the following command:
net user administrator /active:yes
net user administrator /active:no

6.) Windows 7 Start Menu, Bottom Details Pane, old right click menu in taskbar

Install ClassicShell.
Get Classic or Windows 7 Start Menu back.
http://www.classicshell.net/

Download taskbar textures for ClassicShell
http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=6089&start=0
http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=6089&start=50#p28612

Install OldNewExplorer. Get Toolbar instead of Ribbon and bottom Details Pane.
http://windows.wonderhowto.com/how-to/get-back-classic-look-feel-explorer-windows-10-0163557/
http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/170375-oldnewexplorer-118/
http://tihiy.net/files/OldNewExplorer.rar

 

Install 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. Mainly for taskbar right click menu.

7.) Start menu items location

Paste in address bar
Administrator Level start menu items –
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
User Level start menu items –
C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
or
%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

8.) Windows 10 clock keeps resetting after dual boot in Linux

Open Registry Editor. Right click Start menu -Run -type “regedit”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation
Create new DWORD 32-bit value named “RealTimeIsUniversal” -modify -set value “1”

9.) Display Driver has stopped working [Not a problem in Windows 10]

TdrDelay registry fix
– Run -regedit -HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers
Create new DWORD 32-bit value named “TdrDelay” -modify -set value “8”

 

Make Windows 10 look like Windows 7

win10_custom

“This PC” rename to “Computer” –
Microsoft has changed the name of “My Computer” to “Computer” and then to “This PC” and for those people that prefer it one way or another — or something completely different — you can easily rename it.
Open “This PC” on left pane right-click on “Ths PC” and rename it to whatever you like
There are a couple of places (like the Start Screen) where it won’t be updated with the new name.

Disable Inactive Window Scrolling –
Start menu – Settings -Devices -Mouse & touchpad -Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them -off
Restart PC.
If this does not work then, open Registry Editor. Right click Start menu -Run -type “regedit”
HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\
modify MouseWheel Routing to 0. Restart PC.

Active Tile Bar Color –
Settings -Personalization -Colors -Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar -on

Inactive Tile Bar Color –
run – regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM
Create a new DWORD (32-bit Value) named “AccentColorInactive”
Right click – modify
Good inactive title bar color
#C5BFE0 (Hexadecimal value)
(197,191,224) (RGB)
should be entered as e0bfc5 (from right to left (BGR) in group of 2, each 2 letters signifying a color value)
For more colors and values –
http://www.color-hex.com/

Open File Explorer to This PC (Win Key + E) –
Folder Options – General -Open File Explorer to – This PC

WinaeroTweaker –
Contains –
Search Google and Download it.
Disable UAC completely
Enable or Disable hidden Administrator account with elevated privileges
Scroll bar width
Analogue clock and smaller calendar design
Old Volume Control

Scroll bar width (Sign Out required) –
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics
ScrollHeight (-120 to -1500)
ScrollWidth (2 Scroll buttons, same value as ScrollHeight)

Analogue clock and smaller calendar design –
Open Registry Editor. Right click Start menu -Run -type “regedit”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell
Edit > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it UseWin32TrayClockExperience. Double-click the DWORD, set the Value Data to 1, and then click OK.

Old Volume Control (Sign Out required) –
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
create a new sub-key -MTCUVC
Create a new DWORD (32 bit) Value – EnableMtcUvc
Set the value to 0

Old Calculator for Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8 –
Search Google and Download it.

Personalize-classic right click context menu –
Search google for “Personalize-classic menu”
Contains –
Themes shortcut
Windows 7 style Theme Color picker

Windows 7 style Theme Color picker –
Right click on desktop, make a new shortcut, type in location.
%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced
or
type in run box – control color

Themes shortcut –
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,2

Remove all Modern apps –
Start Menu -Search “Power Shell” -right click -Run as administrator
1. Type or copy paste the following command to remove all Modern apps from the system account
Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online
2. Remove Metro apps for all user accounts
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

Check windows version –
Settings -System -About
type in run box – winver

Change Default Windows 10 Theme, Aero Glass Effects.

Note: Does not work without Aero for Windows paid application.

You may like bright colorful themes. Red, Green, Blue, Yellow primary color combinations are found in nature and thus appeal to lot of people. I am still wondering who started the Black and White  flat themes fashion in Windows and Linux. If you are looking at your computer for many hours in a day than it better look soothing to eyes.

Note: Windows 10 default theme is good itself with good theme colors.

Install “UxStyle” for Windows 10. After installation and restart copy your custom themes to

“C:\Windows\Resources\Themes”

Then the new themes will be shown in “Installed Themes” in Personalize settings.

Your own User saved themes are stored in
“C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes”

Win 7 Aero Glass, Win XP Luna, Win Vista, Win 8 Metro Aero themes can be downloaded from deviantart from the user “sagorpirbd” profile. He also has themes for Win 8.1 and Win 7 also. You can try lot of other themes also as you like.

For example here is my own Windows 7 Desktop with LunaAero Theme. (Firefox is using “eco” theme in screenshot)

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Be very careful to copy only “.theme” files and folders inside the theme folders. Do not copy and replace any other file anywhere else like replacing shell.dll. Let tested applications handle this.

 

 

Windows 10 review –

Windows 10 since November update i.e. Nov 2015 version 1511 (build 10586) is very good. It performs similar to Windows 7 on same hardware, with 30% faster boot times.

Windows 7 is fastest for usability. But Windows 10 is far more stable, has great performance, is continuously improved and will be supported for longer time. All the fixes given here make it almost equivalent to Windows 7 in usability while using a very stable OS Windows 10. Windows 10 has minor annoyances which can be fixed but it solves major problems of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Goodbye to Windows explorer has stopped working (hanged the computer and system restore was needed frequently) and Display driver has stopped working (TdrDelay registry fix works).

You also get DirectX 12 (DirectX 11.2 will be shown if you have older graphics card meaning DirectX 12 will be supported at feature level 11.2 on your card) with Windows 10. DirectX 12 uses a completely new model by giving programmers lower level assess to graphics hardware for using the massive multicore GPU with multicore processors of today in parallel. Earlier Multicore data input to GPU could not be done in parallel due to DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.5 api design (or you could use OpenGL AZDO). It shold be noted that Khronos has released Vulkan (based on AMD’s Mantle) which is another low level high performance graphics api which is cross platform (available on Win xp to Win 10, Linux, Android and lot more) whereas DirectX 12 is XBox, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 only. Note: DirectX 12.1 can be programmed right now, whereas Vulkan is still not widely available.

Windows 7 sp1 (updated) is currently the best OS for all purpose and it is difficult to make significantly better OS than that, like it was the case with Windows XP. Every available hardware or software is compatible with Windows 7. But Windows 10 is 2nd best OS right now and almost as good as Windows 7. Windows 10 is now better compatible with new graphics drivers (no more Display Driver has stopped working) and Windows explorer has stopped working errors.

Now is right time to upgrade to Windows 10. Though Extended support for Windows 7 is till 2020.

Enjoying windows 10 now.

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