every time i boot up my windows vm i'm staggered by how much fuckin' crap there is in here.

why does the god damn settings app have a rewards link, what the hell is going on, how does anyone put up with this

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I seem to discover more, exciting, different crap each and every time!

there's crap in here that even their other crap says is crap

to top it all off, my PC usually runs silently but when the windows VM is open, even shunted off into another workspace, my CPU fan is constantly whirring up and being really loud for a bit

I just wanna download some drivers man.

capitalist computing is so fucking annoying

I do really like linux in and of itself, but also lets be real, if you don't wanna fork out for apple hardware it's the only good option there is

@hailey lollll what is going on. I boot into Windows so infrequently that I'm always discovering this stuff too, it's such a mess.

@hailey if you find a way to permanently remove onedrive let me know.

@hailey it sucks because parts of the msft stack are pretty impressive (hyper-v, backward compatibility, wsl, x86 to arm translation, powershell). i want to like it, but the hostility towards users looking to clean up the UI and unnecessary software (like nerfing group policy even on Pro??), is deeply off putting :/

@hailey working in the public sector means you almost always have to use windows, and on the literal worst hardware possible, I don't know how any of them stand it

@hailey can’t wait when “VM Stories” launches

@hailey software has a negative moral valence; that is why deleting code feels good and is virtuous 😝

@hailey Wait until you upgrade to 22H2 and it gets even worse. 😅

@elipriaulx oh no. I only hope I can continue to compile the stuff I need to compile on windows 10 and simply never upgrade

@hailey Move to server 2022 as a desktop if you have to - it's fine in VMs, but can be painful to find compatible drivers for with consumer hardware (apparently Win 11 drivers aren't good enough?). It will avoid a lot of bloat. I also have a bad script to set some post-install nag options that irk me; you're welcome to it if it helps.

@elipriaulx oh!!! this sounds like a good idea actually

@elipriaulx oh also I am very interested in not paying for server 2022, what are the best options for this

@hailey I get my work RnD licences through MSDN via work. For home stuff, I generally just pay for them via Brytesoft. I don't know how it's a thing, but for the price it is less trouble than dodgier means. If you are a student, DreamSpark might still be an option.

I use a single Datacenter Licence to cover all the machines on my dev host.

@elipriaulx oh those prices are not too bad actually. thanks!! :)


Powershell. I usually use PS 7 from Github, run with elevation.

You may want to fix your region settings or omit it from the script, and most people at work hate when I disable activity history in HKLM.

@hailey gotta love the two major commercial OS makers going all in on that sweet sweet services revenue

@hailey Reminds me of many jobs ago when we had to install some windows servers to add windows media streaming to a pan European streaming service. Me being an exclusively Unix admin I didn't want to touch them but the Windows admins were running behind schedule so I stepped in to help out racking and doing the initial setup of the machines. When it gleefully did a cute little animation to highlight the "Start" button and said "Click here to begin" after the first login as "Administrator" I just noped out and asked the Windows teams why do they accept this insulting crap? 😡

@hailey they're gonna put ads in the start menu in 11

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