Oculus Rift Release day and Windows Upgrades

Some people are having a lot of fun today as the people who Kickstarted Oculus are receiving their Rifts, sadly I wasn’t one of the kickstarters, it had ended shortly before I found out about it.  It also appears that I’m a bit farther back in the group than i thought I was, my rift is still in ‘Preorder’ status, and if some of the stuff that I’ve been reading is true, it’ll be a competition between the Oculus and Vive on which will arrive first.  April will be an interesting month for myself.

On another note, My laptop did upgrade to Windows 10 today, evidently using sleep mode can screw the upgrade up a bit.  On the 16th it did attempt to upgrade to Windows 10, but for some reason the installer failed to start.  After that, it stopped for ten days before prompting me again on the 26th.  It didn’t upgrade then either as I had put the laptop to sleep mode.  When I opened it this morning, the 28th, I used it for a couple of minutes before it restarted automatically.  when the screen lit up, I saw this…

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I’m not sure if I’ll keep it on 10, or if I may downgrade it back to 8.1.  If I had been running Windows 7, I think that I would have cancelled the upgrade long before it attempted to upgrade.  I highly prefer the appearance of 7 over 8, 8.1, or 10.

If anyone wants to know how to cancel the upgrade, follow these steps:W10 - 3-27-16 Thanks for letting me know...

First, on the screen above, click on ‘I need more time’

Need more time

Next click on ‘Reschedule’

Reschudle

And then you can click on ‘Cancel scheduled upgrade’.  I didn’t do that as I wanted to see if it really did what people have been complaining about on Reddit.  Yes it does just reboot the computer, weather you were using it or not, had any documents open or not…  it’s really not nice how they go about pushing the upgrade out.  On the other hand, you would *really* need to not be paying attention to not notice the screen that covers everything up for an hour before it upgrades, if you were using it.  If it upgraded during the night while you weren’t using it, then that would be a bit more difficult to notice and stop.

 

 

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Windows 7 machines reportedly upgrading to Windows 10

There have been several threads on Reddit over the last few days about Windows 7, and in some instances, Windows 8.1 upgrading to Windows 10 automatically.   From what people are saying, Windows will restart suddenly and the Windows 10 install will start almost immidatley.  I have taken a look at my Windows 8.1 laptop and it appears that the upgrade to Windows 10 is listed as an ‘Important’ Update, not an ‘Optional’, or ‘Recommended’ update.  Interestingly when I was checking that on my Laptop, I got this message at the bottom of my screen…

Windows 10 yet another

Once I clicked on it, here’s what I saw:

Windows 10 scheduled

So, evidently, my Laptop will be upgraded to Windows 10 on the 16th, weather I like it or not, well probably the 17th as the laptop should be in sleep mode at 11 at night…  I have nothing against Windows 10 itself, It’s better than Windows 8.1 and faster than Windows 7. (Though I still like the appearance of 7 far more than 8, 8.1, or 10)  I really don’t like how Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 out though, tons of nag prompts are not nice, and people don’t like having their machines change abruptly.

Also from what I’ve been reading, some businesses are seeing their machines upgrading as well, often breaking their POS machines, and machines that have software that doesn’t work properly on Windows 10.  The unexpected downtime can also cause issues as well.  At my workplace we’ve done the steps to make sure that this doesn’t happen to us, but I don’t hold much hope for our Windows 7 domain to stay on Windows 7 for much longer, weather we like it or not.

I can see why Microsoft wants Windows 10 pushed out, it’ll make it much easier for them when they only have to patch one OS, but they can’t stop patching Windows Vista, 7, and 8.1 until their End of Life dates come.  Vista will be at EOL soon, but 7 will still be around until 2020 and 8.1 will be around until 2022.  If they try to kill those OSes before the EOL dates, I’m sure that there will be some lawsuits.  Businesses and some people don’t like change, or can’t upgrade yet thanks to older programs which may not work on Windows 10.

Oh, and one sidenote, Daylight Saving time is starting tonight, we all have lost an hour of sleep.  Good thing I shouldn’t have to run much tomorrow/today.

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Minecrift Mod is coming to Vive

The Minecrift mod for Minecraft has allowed people to play the Java version of Minecraft on the Oculus Rift.  Playing Minecraft on the Rift is very fun, they recently released an update which made it compatible with the Oculus SDK 0.8, after a fairly long wait.  Now on top of that, they’re planning on supporting the HTC Vive as well.  from what I’ve been reading, it will only support head tracking at first, but they are planning on adding vive controller support in the future as well.

I’m also looking forward to seeing how Minecraft looks on the Oculus CV1 and Vive headsets, it looks very nice on the DK2, and is playable on the DK1.  Although the lack of positional tracking on the DK1 can be a bit … difficult at times.

If anyone wants to take a look at the Minecrift mod for Minecraft, you can find it here.  You can also view their openVR/Vive progress here.

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