This week’s post is all about my experiences with the Windows 10 operating system.
After a friend told me that I could create a disc and install the operating system that way, I decided to take the plunge.
First let me say that I was using Windows 7 Home Edition and I was rather happy with it, but knew at some point soon that this would become yet another unsupported operating system joining my Windows XP machine.
First let me say that Win 10 is a work in progress. It is by no means perfect and does have bugs. Some more of an annoyance, some could probably be avoided.
I have yet to see any blue screen of death scenarios yet as this is a good sign that the OS is somewhat bulletproof. That pretty much ended a few operating systems ago and hopefully won’t come back again.
However, this OS does yearn back to another Windows version well hated and that was Windows ME. As that operating system seemed like a beta product, so does Windows 10 in some regards as I will explain in a bit.
When I first put in my newly created installation disc in the cd drive, it churned for a couple of minutes before it loaded and was given the option to install the new OS.
After I decided to continue with the installation, a little graphic kept spinning for about 20 minutes while checking my system for any potential problems that would happen with the upgrade.
When the churning was finished, the installer only saw that the only program that would be uninstalled would be the “Media Center” program. Now to many people, losing this program would be no big deal, but because I have a USB TV card that I use on occasion, I felt that losing this program may be a huge loss. However, I researched and found that there were plenty of alternative programs out there that are “better” than what the Media Center program was.
So I decided to continue and let the installation go on and uninstall this program.
Now the real fun began. The churning of the installation watching slowly as a circle slowly grew with each percentage completed and the computer rebooting a couple different times during the installation.
Time passed…and more time passed.
Minutes turned hours and the installation was still churning slowly for a total of a mind-blowing 4 ½ hours when the installation finally completed. I have never seen any installation take so long and was wondering why this seemed to take forever and then some.
However, I would soon find out what really happened behind the curtain.
The First Time
When this program started up for the first time, it asked me to input a 4 digit PIN. As far as Windows is concerned, this is your new password. While this seems better, it opens it up to being much easier hacked than a lengthy alphanumeric password. However, maybe simplicity is where they are heading to.
The desktop at startup looked pretty much the same as the same wallpaper and icons existed as before the update. However, the taskbar included new icons for a new desktop flipper, Microsoft Edge (the new slim browser – sorry no add-ons allowed with it), and an icon for the Microsoft store.
The most notable icon on the right side of the taskbar is the “Action Center” icon. When some notification is presented, this icon lights up and just gets annoying until the icon is pressed and cleared out.
I will say that the startup process was cut in half with this operating system. However, my security software was uninstalled during the installation. Apparently, it was not compatible with the new OS. I do feel that the installer should have warned me ahead of time if it was going to uninstall this vital software before continuing and give me the opportunity to not to install the OS.
It is no wonder why this upgrade took so long as it was uninstalling incompatible software, but I still think that warnings would still have been appreciated.
Overall, the experience with the new OS has been pretty smooth. Both Chrome and Firefox load faster and my internet connection seem a little perkier.
This doesn’t mean that all was completely flawless. When I went to install Microsoft Bingo, at one point of its installation it stated that it was at “Step 40 of 9”. Certainly while this laughable, bugs like this could have been avoided with a little better programming. This really makes the OS look more like a beta product than a finished product.
Sound familiar? To me this sounds like the way Windows ME performed as it acted more like a beta than a finished product.
This is why I am part of the Windows Insider group. This group allows me to get sent to my computer the latest builds of the OS as they become available. However, this process is not without its problems. I see in my list of available updates, the latest build however it has yet to be installed for about the last 2 weeks. The way they deliver updates now is similar to how the file sharing services worked of years gone by. You got files delivered in pieces hoping that eventually you got the whole file. Hopefully, Microsoft will realize how dumb this idea was and change it back to how updates were previously delivered.
Finally, the start menu is back for those who had Windows 8. It sort of looks like the child of the old Win 7 start menu and the Win 8 start screen. I find it too busy constantly flipping tiles and for the most part I just ignore it.
I have also found a couple of my games don’t work anymore even though they were not uninstalled by the OS installation process. I expect that a future OS patch may make them work again.
If you have Windows 8/8.1, I recommend upgrading now. If you have Windows 7 like I did, the picture is a little cloudier, but I decided to take the plunge as I saw this as the future and that at some point it will be required no matter what. If you are hesitant on this update, you have roughly a little less than a year to get this update free. Since this is the “last update” according to Microsoft, this is basically a no-brainer. If you own any other older operating system and your computer is capable of running Win 10, then I would get this version from your local retailer as soon as possible. I don’t expect that this product will remain on shelves for a long time or go on sale because it is available online.
Overall, I am fairly happy with Windows 10. It does have bugs and quirks, but it certainly better than Windows ME was years ago.
Installation: 3 (Depending on what software you have installed, it could be faster than the 4 ½ hours it took on my computer. Just don’t expect to be forewarned of everything it decides to uninstall on its own.)
User Experience: 7 (Not perfect, but work in progress. I expect it to improve with time.)
Windows Update: 4 (Seriously, this is NOT Napster. Don’t make us get our updates like it is.)
Overall: 6 (Yes, it has its problems. However, so hasn’t all the Microsoft OSs? I expect frequent updates to fix problems, if you can get the updates.)
This OS may not be a 10, but when is Windows 11 coming out? Or will that be called 12?