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Windows 8.1 Nag Banner

stoolpigeon (454276) writes | about 10 months ago

User Journal 5

As I mentioned previously - trying to install Windows 8.1 makes my new Samsung turn into an expensive paperweight.

No problem - I just wont install it.

As I mentioned previously - trying to install Windows 8.1 makes my new Samsung turn into an expensive paperweight.

No problem - I just wont install it.

This is apparently unacceptable. Now a blue banner will pop up across whatever I am doing (not sure of the interval yet) and has a button to take me to the store to upgrade to 8.1. The only way I've figured to get rid of it is to click the button and then let the store load, and then go back to the desktop and resume what I was doing. It stays on top of all windows and wont go away until I do that.

Unbelievable. Seriously. In what world are there people who think this is acceptable behavior?

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Moo (1)

Chacham (981) | about 10 months ago | (#45329677)

If you can name the process that shows the banner, just kill it. That's what i did under XP when there was an annoying process running. A friend kindly wrote the script for me.

Option Explicit

Dim objWMIService, objProcess, colProcess
Dim strComputer, strProcessKill
strComputer = "."
strProcessKill = "'***filkename***.exe'"

while (true)
        Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
                & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" _
                & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")

        Set colProcess = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
                ("Select * from Win32_Process Where Name = " & strProcessKill )

        For Each objProcess in colProcess
                objProcess.Terminate()
        Next

        WScript.sleep 20000
wend

They really, really want you to upgrade (1)

MonTemplar (174120) | about 10 months ago | (#45330183)

I suspect they want to move people away from Windows 8 to 8.1 even faster than they wanted to get people away past Vista and onto 7.

Why the nag banner? Because they're Microsoft, that's why.

I'm currently running OSX 10.8.5 Mountain Lion on my iMac. Even thought the upgrade to Mavericks (10.9) is free, I'm holding back until I'm certain that the various reported problems with Mavericks and various Adobe Creative Cloud applications have been ironed out. Thankfully, the only banner I see regarding Mavericks appears in the Updates area of the Mac App Store.

Why do you keep bothering with them? (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 10 months ago | (#45343655)

... Subject says it all...

Re:Why do you keep bothering with them? (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | about 10 months ago | (#45344385)

There are a few programs that she needs to run that require windows or mac. I thought about going with apple but I wasn't sure about making that switch when everything else in my house is windows or linux. Going forward I may just make the jump.

But even if I moved towards mac/linux I'd still have at least one windows machine for games. So I was aiming to keep things simpler.

Anyway -- if Linux could do everything I needed, that would be it. But unfortunately that's not the case. And I've never been a fan of Apple products or their approach but it feels like Microsoft is pushing me in that direction with one bad decision after another.

Re:Why do you keep bothering with them? (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 10 months ago | (#45345169)

Well I made a few concessions, but it was totally worth it, Windows? Never again.

One of the things I gave up was games, and I never missed them.

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