By Sandra Schloen, August 2017

It is best to be intentional about setting certain options on your field computers so as to minimize disruption when running or syncing up offline OCHRE sessions in the context of an active excavation season, especially if you are dealing with slow or metered Internet connections.

Windows Updates

Particularly with Windows 10 and following, we strongly recommend disabling Windows updates altogether on your field computers running offline OCHRE. Otherwise, the offline session creation and restoring will be regularly competing with background updates since Windows tends to push updates and run background processes frequently.
  • From the Start Menu, search for Services. From the list that is generated, scroll down to the bottom and select Windows Updates.

    Find Windows Update Services

    Choose Disabled from the list. If the process is already running Stop it. At the end of the season you can set this back to the Manual or Automatic setting, but in the meantime you will not be inconvenienced by the regular updating that is likely to happen by default.

    Disabling Windows Updates

Store Updates of Apps

We also strongly recommend that you turn off the option to update Apps automatically. There is no need for Candy Crush and Minesweeper to be updating invisibly over an Internet hotspot onsite while you are trying to upload your OCHRE work for the day. To do this, go to the Store and click the Person-icon to the left of the Search bar for the menu which includes Settings. Turn Off the setting to Update apps automatically. This defaults ON. We cannot emphasize strongly enough how problematic this might be otherwise, unless you have unrestricted, high-speed Internet.

Disabling App Updates

OCHRE Updates

Check to make sure that you have installed the most optimal OCHRE configuration appropriate to your hardware. Ideally you have a 64-bit operating environment, the latest version of a 64-bit Java, and at least 4 GB of RAM. Check the Project, About OCHRE dialog to confirm your installation.

If you are running a non-64-bit version of Java, or have less than 4 GB of memory installed, you will need to use the low-memory startup link from the OCHRE website. This might be appropriate when using cheap, low-end, tablet computers in the field during an active excavation.

About OCHRE, 32-bit Low-memory startup link