I guess @CCDMan you did not see my post early on in the other thread about the Win 10 update ASCOM issue. My GeminI 2 ASCOM driver controlling my Titan 50 also got trashed with this update. This issue does not just affect the SB product line.
Here is what it did to my Gemini 2: came up with totally different settings than what it has been using for the past couple of years, ie. set it to a G11 mount, changed the time zone by 1 hr, put in new values for RA limits. Also caused my Digital Domeworks ASCOM driver to crash so I could do nothing with the dome, thereby totally dead in the water, even if everything else worked perfectly.
Just my humble opinion on this, but it seems premature to consider abandoning any major, established product line, just because of this serious problem with Microsoft’s latest update. Seems to me there are 4 paths here:
- Microsoft will truly fix it
- The various drivers will get fixed
- The patch presented in the other thread will fix it
- You can roll back the offending MS update, and prevent new MS updates from being installed
Option 4 is what I have done for now, and everything is working fine now. The easiest way to prevent new MS updates from being installed is to change your network connection to a “metered” connection. MS never downloads updates on a “metered” connection because it is assumed to be either very slow, or very costly, such as a cell phone. This change would be permanent, so long as you keep it a “metered” connection. Detail here:
Obviously permanently disabling MS updates is normally a bad idea. However on a pc that is dedicated to running your astro gear, it probably won’t make any difference. You are not surfing the web and doing email on that pc. I would not have a problem with that. However, I am fairly sure that either 1) or 2) will happen, and this will no long be an issue.
I use AstroPlanner for my planetarium program. Works really well for planning.