Rocky, am happy that you enjoy my posts, good to hear for those who appreciates my effort. Some folks are good at making a point with fewer words, I'm not & never have been.
Also, thanks for making me aware of what the Canonical UUP downloads are for, have seen these, although didn't bother, because of where hosted. After a quick Google search (my personal digital assistant) AskVG led me to these 2-3 days ago, although not the latest ISO. This is where Cortana falls on her face, still cannot direct me to the nearest dentist that's within eyesight of my PC room & can reach their guest network when using wireless, although locked. Instead, she guides me to one almost three miles away.
Now about that watermark you were saying on the last Build (I presume 16294 as shown below), while I had it (probably 16296) on my Optiplex 740 (OS very unstable & reverted to W7, as the last CU was likely the last upgrade it was going to run), it's not showing on this one, the PC that went through three upgrades in two days. Check out the desktop picture below & make note of the date of the shown Microsoft EULA. If you see a watermark, feel free to point it out.
Also check this out, the data can be generated using Powershell (or cmd) as Administrator & typing this simple command: slmgr /dlv . Note that due to sensitive information regarding my computer, had to cover up a couple of lines, the Install & Activation ID's. Otherwise, shows a Retail install of W10 Pro & note that the date and time of the command ran is too close to this posting to find a random image on Google to post here.
I remember a pop-up in regards to something about the lead lady (Dona) over the Windows Insider Program asking select members to participate & would be rewarded accordingly, I clicked to agree, this leads me back to 2015. Early Insiders (the ones who were participating before spring of that year) received early activations, mine came 12 days before other machines I later joined, and one is a standalone VM that never had an underlying OS. Meaning that I could had built a PC, and just ran the early Previews & become activated, what's the difference? Unless the OS cannot be reinstalled clean, of course I have backups of the VM, scattered across several externals. In that case, with a freshly built PC, can keep the system imaged and have never purchased a license. I need to fire up that VM, hasn't been done in 18 months or longer, at least it won't have to go through 3-4 major upgrades & a few minor ones. Will upgrade using the latest ISO for best results, once the Fall CU becomes available for everyone.
Uh-oh, a warning for a restart, hope all holds well!
BTW, I lost the bid for the Phenom x4 965 , didn't want to drop $40, maybe will be within my range ($25-30) come another year, noticed that the Intel Q9550/9650 CPU's have dropped sharply over the last 12-18 months, guess older tech isn't quite as much in demand, am surprised that a Phenom is holding it's value better than some of the FX line. Can get a brand new FX-4300 quad for $54.99 w/out a promo code (FX-4350 for $10 more), although I don't know how (truly) these stack against the Phenom x4 965, neither are true quads. One thing in the FX series favor are newer instruction sets, this is where W10 will eventually cut off customers, at some point, newer versions won't install or will run like crap, that's something I'll have to consider.
Here's the Passmark report on each, note that even at it's age, the Phenom x4 965 is only 4 cents less than it's closest competitor in a new CPU. Amazing, considering that many of these has changed hands several times & has been in use 4 years longer than a new in box FX-4350.
Considering all of this, am now a bit leery of the Phenom x4 965, although won't hesitate to pay the same for a true 6 core 1100 series. These were before the days of false marketing that began with the FX series, there are no 8,6 & 4 cores, rather 2,3 & 4 cores with the same number of virtual ones under that lineup. I'll take real cores over virtual most every time & have no idea why AMD went that route from the beginning, the Phenom quads were outperforming the Intel Core2Quad 9550/9650 & some early i7's of it's day & with some tweaking, can likely outperform the above competitors.
Edited by cat1092, 25 September 2017 - 05:37 AM.