Windows 10 Anniversary update - PC Upgrade

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As is the default, after a year, Microsoft has decided to release supplemented version of the operating system (Anniversary update), so that for the English-speaking version is released files 'Win10_1607_English_x32.iso' and 'Win10_1607_English_x64.iso', one of which is made with regard to the installation DVD to upgrade the existing operating system or reinstallation of the 'clean' OS. Of course, the new version of OS has many new features and integrated previous upgrades.

At about that time, the author of these lines decided to upgrade their existing computer (Example I), nearly 10 years old, but did not respect the basic principle when installing new components - COMPUTER TOTTALY EXCLUDED from AC city power grid (110 / 220 V). After installing the used newer model of motherboard (PCE-e v2.0) the computer is off only at the electronic switch, which means that some parts remain under voltage. When inserting the newer (used) graphics card result was the current 'smell'; motherboard, graphics card and power supply 'canceled obedience' and the computer has turned into unusable 'trash'. Well, the monitor, the existing built-in PCI-e cards and peripherals are not canceled, considerable expense less. State; available is an upgraded OS but can not be installed on the computer.

Described was the reason for the decision to purchase new components. Anyway, it was time for it. In doing so, are carefully examined all the details regarding the set criteria of buying new components to upgrade the computer of user (me) who is not a 'player', but sometimes likes to play with an older games and watch movies. These newer games in my opinion have a lot of blood and various monsters. Only the female characters were brought to perfection and as a rule are almost no clothes (to the satisfaction of the male population).

According to my thinking, and the cash balances of the new computer components have to meet the following criteria:

Sticking to these criteria drawn up the computer to the following example.

Example II

The existing desktop chassis, is inserted a new motherboard, processor, memory, graphics card and power supply, resulting in the configuration of computer and SOHO network as follows:

With bold green color are components that have in the meantime been replaced (Core i3 6100, ATI R7 370) or some are added. By default, for all components must be updated drivers for the 'Windows 10' operating system. According to this in the 'new' computer incorporated the following main components:

 Gigabyte z170 Motherboard
Figure*** 4.6.48 Motherboard / Graphic Card / Other components. ( + / - )

Figures do not have the animated inscriptions. This is already done in the descriptions of particular motherboards in the chapter about PC, so can not be repeated. The peculiarities of each component is easy to find using 'Google', and thus in this sense the content of this page will not expand. Of course, before the installation be conceivable to read instructions. So in the instructions for the motherboard at the first page in almost the first item writes: 'Always remove the AC power by unplugging the power cord from the power outlet before installing or removing the motherboard or other hardware components.'. I already know that before, but ...

Follows a few basic characteristics of shown motherboard and graphics card.

External connections of motherboard are shown in the figure below, with additional bracket-connectors on the interface, have been extended for another four USB v2.0 ports and two USB v3.0 ports using connectors integrated on the motherboard.

 Interface of motherboard
Figure 4.6.49 The interface of motherboard 'Gigabyte GA-z170-Gaming K3'.

 Firecuda The old heatsink for the processor, 'Zalman', was a minor problem. The spacing of holes for heatsink at LGA 775 socket is 72.15 mm, and in LGA 1151 is 75 mm. With the help of small drill and small drill bit, holes in the carrier of heatsink became elongated and heatsink further serves. Small dilemma was present in the election of disk system. Instead of the Solid-State Drive (SSD) with a classic HDD was selected two recent products - two SSHD disk drives by 'Seagate' company. Hybrid discs with classical DRAM cache memory of 64 MB with 8 MB of MLC (Multi-Level Cell) NAND Flash memory. According to the specification have fairly large data throughput. When installing the OS used is already established organization of partitions under the previous Table for the 'Windows 7' operating system. The purpose of individual partitions is described on the previous page.

Assuming better compatibility with older program support (software) is chosen version of the operating system 'Win10_1607_English_x32.iso'. The process of installing the operating system is virtually indistinguishable from the description of the version '1507'. It is only for this area localization of keyboard labeled differently.

 Installing OS
Figure* 4.6.50 Installing the OS on virtual and physical computer. ( + / - )

Installing the virtual machine does not show any anomalies, but when installing on a physical computer appears the message shown in Figure 4.6.50b. 32 GB of free space for the the system partition? Does that mean that at the expense of the new features OS in size increases, and program code is accumulated in all the endless bunch of that is not optimized? When the disk space is larger, no problem, but message is associated me with a small lion who grew and limps on one leg. According to the inventory has mighty improvement, but all essentially comes down to the effort that the interface of the window which has a larger contact surface, to mobile devices, and on account of this 'growing' content of the group 'Windows Settings', and reduces the content of the group 'Control Panel'. Older games and programs on the 'x64' system not wanting to work, and the 'x32' will, and with the specified built-in 'Compatibility Mode' that goes back to the 'Windows 95' operating system? So when is already available why his job is not done properly? It seems to me that he has not received sufficient attention, especially with regard to the installation of older programs and devices.

If it must be used 32-bit system, which will put such a small address space? Especially with a new generation of hardware? If the 4 GB address space of RAM subtracting 2 GB of the address space will occupy memory graphics cards regardless of addressing, for the needs of the operating system does not remain almost anything. What if the graphics card provides 4 GB of memory? Each 32-bit Windows server had a larger address space, because it is used to address with 36-bit. Why the same is not done with the core of this operating system? Company policies? Pathetic! Still, the problem can be solved as described here. Of course, it is the PAE (Physical Address Extension) mode. The result is as shown in the following Figure.

 Available and usable working memory of computer
Figure 4.6.51 Windows 32-bit OS and available working memory.

It can be seen from the Figure that the OS does not recognize the PAE features because the available working memory is below the limit of 4 GB. Despite this, the computer's test results are not bad because the HDD disks were replaced by SSHD disks. HDD disks have become a bottleneck in the PC system and the intention is to use SSD devices.

 Testing results of computer
Figure** 4.6.52 The performance of the computer system / Objects for testing. ( + / - )

As the existing monitor began to show 'spots' in the upper, left corner, caused by moisture that condenses in the monitor after stopping work due to the sudden arrival of cold air (the building had not yet been energetically renovated, so the rooms were cold), it had to be replaced, so a new one was bought.

This created a new problem: The letters on the screen in the software were too small. There are two ways to change the display resolution (working resolution). Setting the working resolution through the graphics card drivers or through the software support of the operating system. However, depending on the version of the operating system, the adjustment can be made in two ways, as shown in the following images.

 Change the font size individually
Figure** 4.6.53 Font adjustment for 'Windows 1607 / 1703' operating systems. ( + / - )

The method of changing the working resolution and size of the working font 'Windows 10' is done in one way up to the version of the operating system 'Windows 10 v1607', and completely another way from the operating system version 'Windows 10 v1703' onwards.

Microsoft recommends not to scale the working resolution through the operating system in both cases, but separate font settings are for versions from 'Windows 10 v1703' so furthermore, he 'forgot'.

That's where Microsoft was right, in both cases scaling through the OS settings results in a terrible display. The problem was solved in the following way:

There still remained the problem of using the PAE feature of the operating system, which was solved by 'patch', because Microsoft did not allow it.

 Available working memory
Figure***** 4.6.54 PAE patch / Control Panel of other OS versions. ( + / - )

The patch is applied at the end of the installation process when the operating system, all user software and all updates and adjustments have been made. And it is not true that there are no more 'Control Panel' windows in newer versions. When you enter 'control.exe' in the command line or in the 'RUN' form, you get a window like in the screenshots 4.6.54c and 4.6.54d, but there is no ability to adjust the font size. By the way, the author of these lines does not at all like the new way of adjusting the system via the 'Settings' interface as at Figures 4.6.53b and 4.6.53c, it's ugly, and in the end the fine adjustments still end up on small 'windows' that were used on older versions of the OS. Everything is mixed up, like dual citizenship. If that's how they mean to enable the 'Windows 10' operating system to be used on mobile devices, I'm not really convinced that's the best way to go.


Lovers of 'Windows' operating systems does not remain more options except the installation 'Windows 10' operating system, and therefore reasonably expected to be fast and stable, and not just cosmetic repairs, to enable complete customer satisfaction. The long period of time passed during the development of this operating system (from 'XP' system onwards). With 'Windows' systems network administrators were very satisfied because with system policies could do a lot with regard to monitoring the functioning of the internal network (Intranet). The new operating system supports a variety of platforms possibilities of various and effective use only grow.


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