memoQ on Linux via Windows 10

There’s still no version of memoQ that will run directly on Linux, so I’m still stuck with Windows. Now that Microsoft decided to switch completely to Windows 10, I was forced to do something.

I don’t like to be forced to do something, especially when it comes to software. You’re the one who’s supposed to have control over your software, not the other way around.

Remote Desktop

Well, apparently nothing is new when it comes to Windows, which is also why I’m perfectly fine with running the two operating systems side by side. I have been running Linux on my main desktop as the only OS for 18 years now, and now that I have seen the new Windows 10, nothing is going to change for now.

I have tested memoQ on the new Windows 10, and so far it runs perfectly well. It’s the usual inherited Windows BS that will still make me appreciate that I can just connect to Windows via remote desktop, and leave it at that.

When I’m on my Linux Mint desktop and using memoQ via remote desktop, I won’t notice that I’m not on a monitor connected directly to the Windows PC. It’s not like I’m running 3D games this way, which would definitely be a disaster.

It’s very limited how much data throughput you need when translating in memoQ, and this works well through remote desktop, so that I can isolate Windows on its own machine, and run Linux peacefully on my main desktop. It would be nice to have every imaginable function in the open-source CAT tool OmegaT on Linux, but memoQ is just so far ahead, that I don’t think I’ll ever switch back to using it professionally.

Of course it depends on how much you translate or what you use it for, but for me memoQ is just much more efficient because it has all the bells and whistles I can imagine, and even more. I really like working with a tool, where you can feel that you’re constantly growing because there’s so much to learn in terms of functionality.

Installing Windows 10

If you want to “run” memoQ on Linux you still have to throw the Windows ingredient into the mix, and the disturbance this time was, that there was a fixed deadline for upgrading to Windows 10. I was running Windows 7, but the automatic upgrade from within Windows 7 didn’t work.

I downloaded the Windows 10 .iso directly from Microsoft, so that I could do a clean install instead. And that actually worked great.

Network settings

Then Windows 10 proceeded to take over my local network completely. It even blocked my girlfriends iPhone from reaching the Internet. WTF?

Okay, maybe I could be better at setting up my local network infrastructure, but this is just something you notice because it happens because of a Windows upgrade. “Sorry, honey – I just upgraded my Windows PC…” WTFx2? It turns out that Microsoft decided to download upgrades Torrent style, connecting to every Windows PC in the neighbourhood, which is something my network apparently can’t handle.

Finally I found out how to disable it, which is a bit hard to find out, when you can’t access the Internet to do research. I even applied a fix to tell Windows to treat the Ethernet connection as a metered WiFi connection, just to make it chill and let other operating systems use the line already. What is this, Kindergarten?

Random Reboots

I did that just in time to be ready for the next challenge – random, out of control reboots. Which is a really bad thing when you’re on a remote desktop.

Windows decided to restart at a time when I had the memoQ Web Search window open, and it actually broke this memoQ function beyond repair. After an hour of searching for a solution I just decided to completely remove memoQ and all its folder and reinstall it, and that solved the problem.

But before reinstalling I had to take back the control of the restarts, a tricky but doable fix. I’m watching closely what Windows does now, because random restarts are just not acceptable, period.

I know that a lot of people agree with me on this, so it should be easy to find a solution to this “feature”. I’m watching closely what messages come up in the upgrade menu.

Resources

All in all Windows 10 runs very smoothly and I managed to extract my new key for future clean installs of Windows 10. Here’s a list of all the resources that helped me through this circus:

Download Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO File)

Meter your Ethernet connection in Windows 10

How to permanently stop Windows 10 reboots after installing updates

How to find Windows 10 product key

How to Add Programs, Files, and Folders to System Startup in Windows

How to Turn On or Off the Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

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