Thoughts on Windows 10

Patricia has some wise words about transitioning to Windows 10:

Not a question, just a comment:

I transitioned from Win 7 to Win 10, I guess a couple years ago. I wanted to stay on Win 7, but I had a new computer that came with Win 10. My guru who helped with out of box set up told me this computer was “purpose-built” for Win 10, and running Win 7 on it (as a dual boot) wouldn’t work out all that well. I don’t know whether he was right or wrong on that point, but finally, I just took his advice and went with Win 10.

I didn’t find it all that difficult to learn. After you’ve been through however many OS, you get to adapting pretty quickly. (I started with computers long before Win, but my first Win computer was 3.1 for Workgroups. Then came all the rest.)

So, as you mourn, if you are, don’t worry about the learning curve. The big downside to “Windows as a Service” is update issues. I have Pro, so I now have a little more control than the people on Home. But I’ve been through a lot of problems, with many incidents of needing to reinstall destroyed peripheral drivers, apps being deleted or reconfigured beyond recognition, and so on. If you haven’t been faithful about your backups, start now. The most recent update for me installed a new version of the scan and fax app. I lost all my accounts, settings, contacts, and my saved inbox docs. Although I had to reconstruct the configuration and lost my contacts, I was able to recover my inbox from my backup. Also, the crapware burden is nigh unto overwhelming. I have no idea what some of the apps being loaded are even supposed to do, no time to look up what all of them are, and some of them cannot be uninstalled.

So, ya’ll have fun out there!

I agree with most of what you say, though I don’t tend to call Microsoft’s apps crapware. That’s usually a term I reserve for trial programs loaded on my third-party companies to cut the cost of your initial device purchase. Most of Microsoft’s built-in apps actually function fairly well and have some sort of purpose. (Groove Music excluded). The good news is that with this latest version of Windows 10 (version 1903) more built-in apps than ever can be uninstalled. I’ll get to that list later in the week.

I agree about the updates, Microsoft has brought it more into line with the Apple model by making sure everyone is running the same version of the software, much like a Mac. I’m unsure if that’s a bad thing, though you do see the driver issues, since Windows devices, unlike Macs are not all identical products made by the same manufacturer.

Anyone else care to comment on their Windows 10 experiences good or bad? Let us know in the comments.


4 thoughts on “Thoughts on Windows 10

  1. I’m not a computer whiz, geek or even a savvy one, but the little bit I had learned seems to be in another language on Windows 10! I’m lost and it’s a shame that this version has to be so complicated! Re updates I read install this, uninstall that from the last update…all without any help available in the software itself! Now I have to go online to find help? I can’t even do that anymore!
    No, I’m not a fan of this product and at 80 won’t live long enough to learn just the basics.

    1. Keep the faith and don’t get discouraged. Maybe find a more savvy friend. I help out a few friends and folk around the neighborhood. There are reliable programs (such as TeamViewer) that will allow someone else to operate your computer from anywhere. (I once had tech support for one of my apps repairing my situation remotely, from Switzerland.) I am not stuck very often, but if I am, I have a couple really expert friends to whom I give remote access if they can’t just tell me what to do. You are older than I, but not by much ….

  2. Just FYI: In my circle, and they are all different, the “free trials” and what all that are loaded on a new computer are referred to as “foistware.” Unrequested apps from other sources are “crapware.” Just to round out my dictionary, programs that are no longer supported but still widely in use are “abandonware.” And stuff that’s always about to be developed is “vaporware.”

  3. I’m sorry for Barbara. I am 80 in a couple of weeks and I find Win 10 the best operating system yet. While I am no longer a teenager and looking for games to play to pass the time and interfere with my studying, I find the inovations in Win 10 very helpful. Whether we are young or old, we need to embrace change and look for the good things in the change.

    There are so many new things that Win 10 offers that are helpful in doing projects, writing or playing our “solitaires” that if we take the time to explore them and use our computers as a tool and not just an email and Facebook machine we will find our expenditure worthwhile.

    Explore and be positive!


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