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At the first moment the user remains completely confused by the various versions of the Windows 10 operating system; understands nothing and wondered who is crazy here? However, it is quite normal that different group of users have different view of maintenance of the operating system. In the same way do not understand it home user and system-engineer of sizeable company. For first in the forefront of new features especially regarding multimedia, and for other system stability applied through the system policy to enabled the desired result. Depending on the type of user depends on the manner of maintaining the operating system, which is quite understandable if we consider versions described in the introductory page.

At pages of Microsoft for different versions (builds) of 'Windows 10' writes approximately as follows:

Windows 10 release information

Microsoft has updated its servicing model. The Semi-Annual Channel is a twice-per-year feature update release targeting March and September, and 18-month servicing timelines for each release. The Semi-Annual Channel replaces the Current Branch (CB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB) concepts starting July 2017 with Windows 10, version 1703. 'Windows Update for Business' deferral policies based on broad deployment readiness should be calculated from that date.

With each Semi-Annual Channel release, we recommend beginning deployment right away to 'targeted' devices and ramp up to full deployment at your discretion. This will enable you to gain access to new features, experiences, and integrated security as soon as possible. For more information, see the blog post and Quick guide to Windows as a service.

There are plenty of Windows 10 versions and service options that you can follow on this link. History issuing version of Windows 10 operatig system is shown further.

Source: Microsoft WEB page, at date 08/31/2020. The fact that the compatibility for older software is very poor, single versions are mutually incompatible, servicing of individual versions is too short, the oldest version too quickly abolishes, very bad self-maintenance, and a number of other failures suggest that the essential 'Windows 10' is unstable operating system (opinion of the author of this site). For car get five (5) year warranty and at least as many years for spare parts after the end of its production. The following are specified software and settings of the operating system that the author uses to 'Windows 10' works as he want.

RTM* - Release To Manufacturing - Abbreviation for the version of a software product that is given to manufacturers as the initial total package (bundle) of program support for their future versions of hardware products. It is not very clear why the basic version of the operating system changes over time. Does it mean new hardware, new drivers, and new software?

The Windows 10 operating system introduces a new way to build, deploy, and service Windows: Windows as a service. Microsoft has reimagined each part of the process, to simplify the lives of IT professionals and maintain a consistent Windows 10 experience for its customers. Overview of Windows as a service is:

For Windows as a service, maintenance is ongoing and iterative. Deploying previous versions of Windows required organizations to build sets of users to roll out the changes in phases. Typically, these users ranged (in order) from the most adaptable and least risky to the least adaptable or riskiest. With Windows 10, a similar methodology exists, but construction of the groups is a little different. Deployment rings in Windows 10 are similar to the deployment groups most organizations constructed for previous major revision upgrades. Defining deployment rings is generally a one-time event (or at least infrequent), but IT should revisit these groups to ensure that the sequencing is still correct. Also, there are times in which client computers could move between different deployment rings when necessary. Example of the deployment rings you might use is shown in next table.

Deployment ring Servicing
Total weeks after Current Branch (CB) or
Current Branch for Business (CBB) release
Preview Windows
Ring 1 Pilot IT CB CB + 0 weeks
Ring 2 Pilot business users CB CB + 4 weeks
Ring 3 Broad IT CB CB + 6 weeks
Ring 4 Broad business users CBB CBB + 0 weeks
Ring 5 Broad business users
CBB CBB + 2 weeks
as required by capacity or other constraints

In this example, there are no rings made up of the Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB). The LTSB servicing branch does not receive feature updates. Deployment rings will likely rarely change for an organization, but they should be periodically assessed to ensure that the deployment cadence still makes sense. It should be a normal sequence of events.

The pages that follow apply to mere mortals, and describe how to maintain the health of the Windows 10 operating system. So, it is a branch of CB service and selection ring of wishes chooses. Which one of these users approve it there is the will, which can be adjusted in the settings of the OS. Of course, it is a licensed version of Windows 10. How are achieved license rights is not the topic of this page.

Every second Tuesday of the month, and sometimes in other days if necessary, Microsoft releases updates for the operating system. According to my, updates should improve the general state of the OS (x86 and x64 versions), any correction of errors (bugs) or adding new features, particularly with regard to new types of hardware. Even more so are publicly stated that this is the last version of OS in a variety of 'Windows' products. Upgrading is done directly from the operating system, if it is enabled for automatic update, or by downloading the .ISO file using the software 'MediaCreationTool.exe', whose icon is displayed at the beginning of this paragraph. The software is free and can be downloaded from Microsoft's sites, or a license for the installation must be purchased. The following instructions can be in other language, depending on the locality.

To make a long story short, in the 'Google' or 'Bing' search engine type in the full name of the file specified. It will probably be the first choice of sites that can be downloaded by the specified file. As shown in the following animated Figure, process is very simple.

 Download MediaCreationTool.exe
Figure* 4.6.61 Download the installation file for the 'Windows 10'.

The file can be stored anywhere and does not require any special rights for its launch. When the file is run following a series of actions shown in the following animation.

 Work of Rad MediaCreationTool.exe
Figure* 4.6.62 Work of program for downloading the desired content.

After accepting the license rights following query whether we want a direct upgrade to your computer or via removable media. They lazier or more casual will choose the first, and as a rule of computer users who do not know a lot and bought almost the installed computer. This author prefers the second option, although clumsily written that it is from another computer. Basically it's about creating media for 'clean install' to existing computer, in order to reduce the fragmentation of the OS (the accumulation of a series of courses supplement and corrections). After connecting the program with Microsoft servers, the program performs a brief analysis of the account balance and then 'ask' on the media wants to make installations. I personally prefer the creation of installation media (DVD), as they can add to it the necessary drivers or something else. A supplement to the content of media and 'clean install' can be made at will.

When the program analyzes the computer and consult the database on a Microsoft server, asks the user to choose where to save the file.

 Location for download
Figure 4.6.63 Choosing a location for download.  

Then he took over, recording and verification of written content and on-request if he wants to immediately create a medium that can be ignored, as shown in the following animated images.

 Download and verification
Figure* 4.6.64 Download and verification.

That the program for download exercised some analysis of the state of computers, shown in Figure 4.6.54a, which can be seen from the created temporary directory [$WINDOWS.-BT] and [$Windows.-WS]. If no action is about the installation, these directories automatically disappear after cleaning the system partition.

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Figure* 4.6.65 Temporary directories / Composition of .ISO file.  

From the editor .ISO file (Figure 4.6.54b) shows that in the basis of the file install.esd contains everything you need to install the operating system, is less than RTM .ISO file, and can be added to the desired drivers. Since the content is less than the full version to install Windows 10 it is expected that the size of the system partition will be smaller, and the computer will work faster. This is followed by the installation of software and a little 'makeover' service. However, you should also use the full version of 'en_windows_10-multiple_editions-version_1607-updated_jul_2016_x86-dvd_9053863.iso' when prefered 'clean' installing, since the PC-DVD is made as described above does not content of the DISK:\sources\sxs directory (.NET Framework). It is good to have a quality 'TO-DO' list, because with it all can be done in one day.

Although already basically know it does not seem once again mentioning, before any installation create a backup of the system partition and the partition of the software (if you use two drives to the already described table for Windows 7. By the way, for imaging partition is still regularly helps me software GHOST. I'm not saying that there is no better, but this satisfies me.

Up to now described is not reason to ignore the huge previous software, which should work effectively using 'Compatibility Mode', which is for example via 'eBay' service is still selling the remaining stock of various suppliers. 'Compatibility Mode' has a range of adjustment of users program support from 'Windows 95' to 'Windows 8' operating systems. Why then do not work properly 'Dreamweaver 8', 'Ulead PhotoImpact', 'Ulead GIF Animator' and other older program support? Once 'back' compatibility was not much of a problem, for example, listed program support which neatly worked on 'Windows XP' operating system, but now I can not not avoid the impression that this peculiarity is pretty much ignored, particularly with regard to older hardware. In addition to effectively increase facilities with high-resolution monitors are not well shown. There is the impression that the show 'smudged'. It is better to 'manage' some games when operating at higher resolutions compared to the operating system.

 MainConcept So called 'Custom scaling level' is bad and does not recommended. The author of this text had only enhance individual fonts, which sometimes results in ridiculous results, for example, the form of program support to disrupt, drop-down menus are the way with bold, font, and menus according to Figure 4.6.16 still have tiny fonts unlike 'MSOffice' program support where they are higher. So what to do? On this issue, it is my opinion, Microsoft has much more to improve this operating system. But does not with the conclusion that every corrected BUG brings two new. For example, weather report for some time did not want to show in increased tile of menu. And even quite new TV card will not work properly with any 'codec pack'. Do must buy a new TV card? Click on the image at the beginning of this paragraph leads to the site where are the multimedia coders which do their job correctly, so I was not quite right, but it should be well paid. Folk saying says: 'How much money - as much music!'.

As time goes everything is better and better. With the upgrade in November 2016 operating system no longer recognizes external USB storage devices (Windows divers). In fact, it is the driver USBSTOR.SYS which upgraded 'Windows 10' is not recognized. Probably this will solve?

After another 'Cumulative update' everything works. Or the self-repair? Now I am already somewhat catches anger. The take from their server the new version for the PC to make a 'clean install'. New hardware, all new, but after installing the computer crashes. Maybe something's wrong with hardware? Test, analyze, try ... Luckily I saved the 'image' of the previous installation and it works OK continuously for four days without a shutdown. Upgrade new drivers and everything is still OK over next days. Update (build) this, than update that. Each different. As if there are five teams each doing his own version. Like hell. It is so sad!

In addition, definitely catch me anger when I see at System partition of Windows OS two folders, [Program Files] and [Program Files (x86)]. Do ordinary user must take care of it? Confusing!

To end this irritating page here is an extract from the file of monitoring events on a system that appears every few seconds:

- <Event xmlns="">
  - <System>
      <Provider Name="ESENT" />
      <EventID Qualifiers="0">488</EventID>
      <TimeCreated SystemTime="2017-03-09T14:54:10.006119400Z" />
      <Security />
  - <EventData>
    <Data>-1032 (0xfffffbf8)</Data>
    <Data>5 (0x00000005)</Data>
    <Data>Access is denied.</Data>

These directory do not appear after the 'clean' installation, even after working on the computer. The pearl of pearls! Adding directory 'on hands' and related his rights does not lead to any difference. The apparent solution is to use command (CMD prompt - RUN) 'Services.msc' and deactivate service 'Diagnostic Policy Service' and wait until at Microsoft come up with to solve this problem present at previous versions of the OS.

With program support embedded in 'System' and 'gpedit.msc', as described on the previous page, several activities are prohibited or allowed during system setup.

Why is the 'restore' option prohibited? Therefore, do not pushing everything on system disks automatically. For partitions [C:] and [D:] the partition image is captured with the 'GHOST' software, and partition data at [E:] and [F:] are simply copied to the external drive. And 'Cloud' or NAS can also be used.

All of these are primarily made for the series 'Crimson' and 'ReLive' drivers for 'AMD' graphics cards of the 'R7 370' series, which are related to the 'Catalyst Control Center - CCC', in my opinion, disaster. Better to say the user interface is customized to 'big touch surfaces', and the preformance of 'new' drivers is 20% worse on testing (Figure 4.6.55). And all that's said in the system policy is that the 'old' drivers are not overwhelming 'new', which is going on continuously. In addition, there are problems with older drivers for older devices because there are no new ones. Is 'AMD' for Microsoft an untouchable sacred cow? How many more untouchable sacred cows will still be?

And when this is done, you can not install a cumulative upgrade and follow the messages to the next Figures. If system policies are canceled, the installation succeeds but can not restore the graphics card drivers to the old one.

 Upgrade messages
Figure* 4.6.66 Upgrading Windows 10 OS v1607 and v1703. ( + / - )

This means that while the above is not resolved, everything remains old and there is no upgrade. Not very comforting. But even when the upgrade succeeds in following the 'old' program support messages for the next Figure.

 Messages of UAC
Figure* 4.6.67 UAC - compatibility.  

Is old software a problem? What about that thoughts famous 'Compatibility Mode'? Perhaps Microsoft thinks their Software are bought through their store, better than a reputable Software for the same purpose, although it is possible some older version and therefore an older date?

NOTE: When installing version 1703 to the virtual machine (VirtualBox), and then on the new physical computer (Gigabyte; components of the old one year, and are still being produced) described on the previous page, has different results. The first is went fine, and the other immediately after the start of the installation 'fires' quite a lot BSOD's. The differences in this issue do not exist when installing from media made by downloaded 'en_windows_10-multiple_editions-version_1703-updated_march_2017-x86_dvd_10188977.iso' file or PC-DVD of the media as described above. Probably generic drivers are not good. Therefore, the installation of OS and drivers for v1703 has not been done, will wait, although I doubt Microsoft will do something about it.

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 Pampers 10 Microsoft updates do not stain with glory since a while - especially those bigger Windows 10 updates. Almost no multi media application on 'DirectShow' base runs without any problems anymore. Subsequently I found that no webcam is not working properly, as well as the TWAIN scanner. Well gentlemen from Microsoft, for what you serve 'Compatibility Mode'? For make-up? Or to fuck 'poor people' to buy new hardware and software? And all started with advertising such as 'Everything what is working on 'Windows 8' will work on 'Windows 10'. I would add; 'If it worked on version 'Win10_1507' does not mean it will work on version of 'Win10_1607' or on version of 'Win10_1703' or some newer one. And everything is started so beautiful and idyllic, 'Windows 10' and older software worked flawlessly at PC old almost 10 years (Figure 3.5.70e) with configuration described in the 'Example I'. What happened? I have to be a little naughty. Bill Gates had right when he said something like this; 'It does not matter how good you are, but how much you sell'. And even if they join with manufacturers of hardware situation for 'poor people' is more than poor. How is possible Google does not behaving like that? According to Microsoft's announcement, Win10_1507 will get the latest upgrade on May 9, 2017, during a regular update. After that date, security and other upgrades will only get computers with Win10_1607 and Win10_1703. It seems to me that oversees new product like 'Windows 11', which will have to buy. A 'Windows 10' will be something like 'Captain Ahab' (Moby-Dick).

So when we all complain about forcing Windows 10 operating system by Microsoft and make jokes on account of its quality and usability, and here's my converted contributions of works that I've seen on the Internet.

 Windows series of OS

It is clear that the Windows OS and its software will never be as 'Maya', an application used to generate 3D assets for use in film, television, game development and architecture. The software was initially released for the IRIX operating system (Unix). Microsoft Windows 10 by its particularities, as it is now, it is not even close to its knees. Or maybe the whole development of Windows 10 is still in diapers (pampers), so take time to stop to pee?

Still hint of for the end. When applying all available restrictions, moving folders, 'cleaning' and the like, it is possible that cumulative update can not be installed. The only thing left is 'clean install' and re-adjustment system. It is possible to upgrade can not be done because most of 'offer' Software by Microsoft is uninstalled including the super-browser 'Edge'.


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