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Unread post by Boatrocker » Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:39 pm

Back to a tech note, is anyone else using Windows having trouble with this GWX.exe thing MS sneaked into a Win7 update? I think I killed it, but the damned thing was sucking resources like a GOP presidential candidate- 2-3 gigs of memory and 75% or more of my CPU.
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Re: GWX

Unread post by bannination » Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:10 pm

Boatrocker wrote:Back to a tech note, is anyone else using Windows having trouble with this GWX.exe thing MS sneaked into a Win7 update? I think I killed it, but the damned thing was sucking resources like a GOP presidential candidate- 2-3 gigs of memory and 75% or more of my CPU.
Yeah, that's the update notifier for your free update to Windows 10.

It shouldn't be using resources like that tho. Apparently it is removable... though painfully.
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Re: GWX

Unread post by Boatrocker » Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:03 am

Took me about an hour to get rid of it. I still use a 5 yr old laptop and I would never try to run a Win OS upgrade on a machine more than 6 months old.
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Unread post by O Really » Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:58 pm

Boatrocker wrote: I still use a 5 yr old laptop ...
Two words - "Back Up!"

Two more words - "Go shopping."

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Re: GWX

Unread post by Boatrocker » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:48 pm

O Really wrote:
Boatrocker wrote: I still use a 5 yr old laptop ...
Two words - "Back Up!"

Two more words - "Go shopping."
Four more: "Lend me some money?"
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Re: GWX

Unread post by O Really » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:35 pm

Boatrocker wrote:
O Really wrote:
Boatrocker wrote: I still use a 5 yr old laptop ...
Two words - "Back Up!"

Two more words - "Go shopping."
Four more: "Lend me some money?"
No, so go back to the first two words.

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Re: GWX

Unread post by JTA » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:10 pm

O Really wrote:
Boatrocker wrote: I still use a 5 yr old laptop ...
Two words - "Back Up!"

Two more words - "Go shopping."
Nooooooooooooo. Use it till it dies!

But if you need a new computer, get a refurbished one. I got mine for about 230 bucks with decent specs. Had it for over a year now with no complaint other than a windows 8.1 upgrade issue, but that's sometimes expected.
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Re: GWX

Unread post by O Really » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:49 pm

And we know computers always die gently at a time convenient to the user, right?

I'm not one who tosses out a perfectly good machine just because it's got a few years on it, but the older it gets, the less reliable it's likely to be. So it gets re-purposed for something that doesn't matter if it dies. Or gets used for online only.

I agree on the refurbished. I've had good luck with that, too.

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