Solved Any thoughts on the use of f.lux?

June 20, 2019 at 10:49:32
Specs: Windows 10
Before I download anything I would appreciate any feedback good/bad on the use of f.lux. Since the Windows update to 1903 the Night light is well known for malfunctioning (I have 2 laptops to prove it!).

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#1
June 20, 2019 at 11:33:47
Works like a treat on Mac systems....

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#2
June 20, 2019 at 12:47:14
Sound good, but I do not have a MAC. No issues? There are some unfavorable reviews. But, I suppose nothing is going to be perfect all the time.

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#3
June 20, 2019 at 15:04:47
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MS are aware of the issue and intend fixing it - sometime.

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#4
June 20, 2019 at 15:12:14
Thank you. After much research today on the Night light issue, I found that MS is aware. Let's hope the fix will be in this decade!

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#5
June 20, 2019 at 16:58:22
@geekiamnot

Yes, indeed, or even this year..

Apparently the workaround is to manually toggle the setting then restart the computer.

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#6
June 21, 2019 at 00:15:16
Works just fine on Windows 7

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#7
June 21, 2019 at 05:19:44
Windoze 10 is so vunderbar... works so well creating all manner of issues for other software...

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#8
June 21, 2019 at 06:05:30
That was my exact concern. I think I'll pass on f.lux and stay with what I have as I am familiar with its faults and how to work around them. I have also read that it is a nightmare to uninstall. As the saying goes, "Better The Devil You Know Than The Devil You Don't" ... Lets hope that MS is feverishly working on a fix.
Thank you everyone and good luck with Windows 10 "wonderful" (?) feature called Night Light!

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#9
June 21, 2019 at 06:06:44
Thanks for the feedback. Good to know.

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#10
June 21, 2019 at 06:33:54
Re #7

Yes, but it's a lot easier for the likes of Apple because they apply major updates to hardware that is produced for them and therefore known and with far less variations. In general Win 10 is pretty good these days but I do feel that we could probably do without risking reliability with so many glitzy features updates.

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#11
June 23, 2019 at 17:38:27
A bit more - re my #5. Just to emphasise that you have to use the Restart to toggle the setting. Shutting down then starting up again is insufficient.

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#12
June 24, 2019 at 11:16:38
I appreciate the follow up. Just by luck I discovered that a restart does the trick and that has been my solution each and every time the feature malfuntions; I was unaware that a shut down would not perform in the same manner. Good to know.

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#13
June 24, 2019 at 12:09:18
The reason the shut down is less effective "on Windows 10" (for various issues) is that it retains information in order to perform a fast startup. Restart does not, so it is a more effective clear.

When anything strange happens on Win 10 a Restart is always worth a try.

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#14
June 24, 2019 at 12:41:59
Thank you for the explanation. I actually thought it was the reverse, the at shut down was a deeper level of shutting things down (not remembering anything). Yet, when I do a restart, I find it does remember things since all of my tabs open back up...(?) pls clarify

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#15
June 24, 2019 at 14:31:31
I think this tabs thing is just another quirk of Win 10. It is inclined to keep multiple appearances of browsers in Task Manager. Prior to Win 10 shut down and start up again cleared at a deeper level than Restart. The opposite is true of Win 10 unless the fast start has been disabled,

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#16
July 1, 2019 at 13:30:06
A bit more info. It seems that update KB4501375 is what you need to fix the night light (but not all computers are affected). This update is supposed to be imminent so there is a chance you already have it. If not it should come along on July 9th because the 2nd Tuesday of every month is when bulk updates usually get pushed out.

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#17
July 10, 2019 at 13:28:52
@geekiamnot
My night light now works since cumulative Win 10 update yesterday (9th July). Does yours?

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#18
July 13, 2019 at 12:49:14
I had to wipe out my laptop recently prior to sending to ASUS (I have an ultra-thin and the cable was pinching---we known problem for these types). When I did the re-install of windows, I do not believe that I have the 1903 since when I hit "check for updates" it reads that I am up-to-date with the following message beneath it: "The Windows 10 May 2019 Update is on its way. We're offering this update to compatible devices, but your device isn't quite ready for it. Once your device is ready, you'll see the update available on this page. There's nothing you need to do at this time." So, for now, I am not experiencing issues with the nightlight since I no longer have the 1903 version. I now have version 1809. Thanks for checking back in!

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#19
July 13, 2019 at 13:15:21
Yours might well be an exception where they need a little more time for the final fix. Hopefully when they get around to the update it will work this time. Good luck.

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#20
July 13, 2019 at 14:29:04
erm... you mean there are windows 10 versions dating back to 1903 and even 1809...?

Are/were these installed on Babbage built devices...?


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#21
July 13, 2019 at 15:30:17
Not "quite" close enough trvlr. 1903 is March 2019 and 1809 is Sept 2018. However both missed their target date by some months because of bugs. They seem to have learnt in more recent times and are giving extra margin for issues. I wish they'd not mess Win 10 around so much but then I have little use for most of the progressive (?) gimmicks.

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#22
July 14, 2019 at 04:50:59
I have a 2nd laptop where I am running windows 1903. This one had a feature update on 6/6. Would this be the same update that you received a couple of days ago? I'm even wondering about how I got 1903 since my other laptop tells me that "you're not ready yet". I consistently do a manual check-for-update even though I know I don't have to since I do shut down my laptop each night. I probably say that there was an update pending and I downloaded it. They shouldn't have released it if there were so many issues.

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#23
July 14, 2019 at 13:25:55
There seems to be some variation with update numbers depending on your computer.. If you type winver and hit OK in the Run box (which you can get to by pressing the Windows key and R) it will show your precise windows build number. Mine is now "Version 1903 (OS Build 18362.239)" based on the latest cumulative update. I did read previously that MS was hanging back updates to some computers because of that night light issue.

It's not much consolation but they have had some updates in the past that caused far worse issues. They are getting better and also you are now able to delay features updates even if you only have Windows Home. It's best not to rush into those.

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#24
July 14, 2019 at 13:38:36
How do you delay a downloading a feature and where does it sit until you want to get it? Also, how long should one wait before getting feature updates, since they do seem to cause annoying problems.

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#25
July 14, 2019 at 15:20:53
See this for delaying features updates:
https://www.pcmag.com/article/36228...

If an update is delayed it does not download it onto your computer until you say so.

I usually wait about a month before downloading new features updates but the wait time is a personal choice. If you are keen, another way is to use Google to keep an eye on when these updates are due to arrive and how many folk are having issues with them. When there haven't been too many moans for a while it is a good time to download them.

Things are getting better so let's hope they keep improving but bugs will always slip through.

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