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Submitted for the clear instructions to legally get windows 10 LTSC/LTSB

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    I was an avid Linux user. Then I tried Windows 10, ran it for over a year, then I bugged out again, because my partner lost all her files due to a stupid bug and malfunctioning backup-functionality. I’m not making the mistake of running Microsoft-software as a primary or daily driver OS again.

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      Windows isn’t quite ready for desktop, but is getting there. I now get printers working out of the box, although I have to delete/add my wireless Brother every few weeks.

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        Windows isn’t quite ready for desktop, but is getting there. I now get printers working out of the box, although I have to delete/add my wireless Brother every few weeks.

        I still blame Microsoft for the five no-fun days I spent with disk-recovery software, trying to recover as much of the 800+ GB of data she had stored on that machine as possible.

        The thing is: This is consistent with the user experience I’ve had with them for the last 20 years. Apple could learn some things from them in terms of delivering a consistent UX. ;-)

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          jokes apart, I have the same issue with Linux. the printer drops off the network and reconnects with a different up address

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            jokes apart, I have the same issue with Linux. the printer drops off the network and reconnects with a different up address

            You can probably solve this with avahi/mdns/zeroconf or by assigning a static IP to your printer. Or just set your dhcp-server up to always hand out the same IP to your printer.

            All three options will probably solve your problem, but the last is the most robust one.

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        When I must run Windows 10, I use https://github.com/t-richards/chemo by @t-richards

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          Nice pile of snark. The only thing about Windows 10 that I really find annoying is the unexpected forced reboots. Everything else in there seems pretty insignificant to me.

          Meanwhile, the last time I ran Linux on the desktop - it was something like 5 years ago, but I ran it for at least a year or two - it seemed like an endless pile of quirks. Lots of stuff like audio and video playback in various apps was finicky, package updates would often leave things in weird broken states etc.

          Windows has some issues, but it’s never ended up in a weird broken state requiring googling around on a working system and following instructions from obscure web forums or lost data.

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            Yeah there’s a severe lack of empathy for people who’ve done support on windows and how much better win 10 is in every way on shit like that.

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            no semiannual feature upgrades

            Full disclosure: I work for Microsoft, on Windows. But as a developer on the accessibility team, I have no responsibility for anything mentioned in the OP or this thread. However, my team has added many features to Narrator, Magnifier, and other components of Windows, particularly in the past few years, as you can read in the release announcements on the Windows Experience blog. I find some of these features quite useful myself, and I would be sad if more of our users were running a version of Windows that didn’t get the semi-annual upgrades. Indeed, I hope we can eventually release features faster.

            True, at work I get to run Windows 10 Enterprise (not LTSC, so it does have UWP apps). But at home, I run an ordinary Windows 10 Pro license, and honestly, it just doesn’t bother me. So, this is just my personal opinion, and I’m truly not saying this at the request of my employer or to earn points with them, but I think some of the problems discussed here are being blown out of proportion.

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              It’s a great idea but it can be frustrating if you have dependencies on the Windows Store.

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                I’d say if you can’t run LTSC, and you must use Windows 10, then you should be aware that Enterprise is much less frustrating than Professional. I don’t know what the licensing and pricing hassles might be with it, though.

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                  Or Education. This is basically enterprise for students, free.

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                    A better reason to use diploma mills. Maybe…

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                  It’s actually possible to get the Windows Store on LTSC. I needed it for something, so I have it on my desktop running LTSC 17763.

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                    How hard was that to do? Is there a list of steps somewhere? I gave up after realizing that’s what the problem was thinking Microsoft would actively try to prevent people from doing that.

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                      Look up “LTSC Add Microsoft Store” or something along those lines.

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                    Picking a flavor of Windows that doesn’t have access to sandboxed apps from the Microsoft Store, all in the name of dealing with less bloat, strikes me as a weird choice.

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                    Is Microsoft providing Windows 10 LTSC ISO downloads somewhere? I would love to give it a try in a VirtualBox.