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  1. Funny you mention that. I haven't tried, not yet anyway, but here's the thing : I noticed this activation thing and tried to re-activate via the Store, but nothing happened. So I tried to get the anniversary update and got an error message saying I needed an activated copy of Windows to install that update. A week or so later, for fun, I tried the anniversary update again and it installed just fine, but I had a message I needed an activated copy of Windows to use it now, heh. I had looked at getting the newest Insider build, but again the requirements say you need an activated copy of Windows 10 to install it. Plus the fact I don't really want the latest Insider build, I was quite happy with RTM and had no intent on continuing with the Insider program. I've decided to wait for a little while, hoping a cure falls from the sky (right), and then eventually I may try to install the latest Insider. But seeing my current VM is no longer activated, it cannot technically be upgraded in any way, shape or form.
  2. Funny thing (not..) happened to me a few weeks ago. I've had this W10 Pro virtual machine for a long while. It saw life as an Insider Preview back in the fall of 2014, got updated with newer builds until it became "RTM" in 2015. MS had given the green light (if I read that correctly at the time) for those in the Insider program to be able to install the final version, have it activated, no need to be an upgrade. Fast forward to early August of this year : I get a popup saying Windows needs to be activated. Fantastic... So I call MS phone support and they tell me the Insider installs are different and have no product key per se so they can't help me and I need to go to the MS Answers forums for help. I go there and get absolutely no help, nobody seems to know what's going on. Great, my system is now functionally dead, basically, with no explanation and no way to fix it. Oh yeah, I do have the $249 offer to install a Genuine Windows 10 Pro. Great job, MS...
  3. These *people* fascinate me. No fear, or perhaps just a never ending quest for more adrenaline. Either way, very little margin for error. Saw next video a few months ago (it's from 2012 though) and shows a unique perspective on how you need to be well prepared. To live. Yikes...
  4. Thanks for the reminder FireFox, Just to recap quickly on the possible techniques to get the W10 licence yet keep the older system (for now at least) : - Install W10, then roll back via the built-in roll-back routine. - Install W10 on a separate HDD using a USB stick with W10 on it, then you'll have the two systems (old and W10) on two separate drives (it's in the article, if interested). - Make a full system image of older system (using True Image or Macrium Reflect for example), upgrade to W10 and then you have the option to re-image at any time. I'm lucky to have another option on my main machine : it's running W7 (keeping it 'till end of life), but it's a dual boot with W10 on another drive. I don't use W10 actively, it's just there as a backup system, for now. It's there thanks to the $15 W8 Pro offer from a few years ago, which I have now upgraded to W10 for free of course. I not only have a backup system on a separate drive should my SSD fail (been there), I also have W10 ready should I ever get an urge to use it. Pretty sure W7 will be main until Jan. 2020 though
  5. Kinda happy to have found this...
  6. Just stumbled onto this : An accolade (October 2015) from Petrucci, one of metal's all-time greatest guitar players, says a lot about Prince's presence in the business as a musician and highly skilled player. Warning : this is a metal guitarist/virtuoso version R.I.P.
  7. Almost spilled coffee after reading that.
  8. Actually that isn't so bad I'm at about 48° latitude, far away from big open water and our absolute low stands at -49,5C and we get quite a few -30Cs and below in the mornings (mid December to late Feb). The warm waters effect air masses for quite a distance, but there's nothing like warm water close by (coast) to keep you warm. The record low for Canada seems to have taken place in a little place called Snag, in the Yukon, sitting at *only* 62° latitude. haha, with a -63C (that's -81F folks). >>BRRRrrrrrr...
  9. One amazing fact about Northern Norway is the mild weather, considering the high latitude. Sea temperature/currents take care of it. Would love to visit one day.
  10. I did a manual update at 12:22 (Eastern) and I believe I got a very quick update installed (happened real quick..), and I am no longer getting gstatic blocking, or so it seems.
  11. Same detection on Office 2016 here this morning. Quarantine empty, Office (Pro) no longer working. Uninstalled MBARW, rebooted. Tried the online Office repair but it failed ; my guess is it failed because I had an Office 2010 component (SharePoint) still installed and the 2016 installer didn't like that. Tried to uninstall SharePoint but that erorred out as well. System Restore was of no help, the problems were there after a successful restore (W7). Finally re-imaged (had a fresh image from 30 minutes prior), disconnect the LAN cable before reboot, disabled and uninstalled MBARW, all is well. Beta testing is fun
  12. I wish I had taken notes, because I don't remember how it happened. I fired up the W10 laptop one day (?) and it needed to reboot to install updates ; got a few updates done and that seemed like all it was, a few updates. Then it acted funny, froze, and I had to force a shutdown. On restart, I had the window you get with major updates installing, and it was 1511. My other W10 is a VM, so a day or two later I decided to update it as well. WU said it was up to date, so I got it to do a new update search : same, nothing offered. I thought they decided my activated VM was no longer activated or something, so I went reading, found a few threads about the same problem and installing via MCT, got MCT (forget the date...) and it installed 1511 right up for me. A few days later, I heard they pulled 1511 from the MCT but it returned to WU quickly. Apparently not...
  13. This could be in the *what are you watching* thread. But anyway... just found it and thought I'd share, regardless : I got a big kick out of this.
  14. @daledoc1 ; she's at a very high level, for any age. She's been at it since a very young age, her dad is a musician I believe and her teacher is a very good guitarist. Technically, she's very mature and very efficient. Time will tell how/if she can grow into her own style and create her own tone. @Ron : I had heard (and seen...) the Iron Maidens before ; when you look for guitarists on YT, you can't miss 'em, haha. I was pleasantly surprised by Gabriella Quevedo ; I had not seen/heard her before. Just 18y/o, from Sweden (South American parents). I'm a big fan of finger style players. Here she is with the Mr. Tommy : Speaking of Tommy Emmanuel... I just can't get enough of him. Here's a long version of a Mark Knopfler classic he shares with two friends :
  15. No worries. Slacker here myself Some girls do alright too. I've posted a few from French sensation Tina S before. This is from last May, she was 15. *Warning*: it's fast, heavy and you'll be exhausted if you watch all of it... and no, no tricks, guitar track is all her.