We have now had Windows 10 Professional full versions installed for two weeks and two of us at the CMX Colchester Centre decided to use it full time, one of us was on the Microsoft preview testing panel since the beginng of last year.
Overall its pretty good and stable but we have had some headaches on the way, some have been curable and we have found work rounds for the other. Unless you are happy to submit to Microsoft’s will then you would be recommended to talk to us about installing it.
Although its a good product it is not for everyone, we would liken it to a Microsoft’s attempt to have an Apple OS but they have assumed that every user is a home user and probably a “numpty” with zero help from the shop where it was purchased If after reading this you want to go down the high street and buy it we wish you luck, remember www.cmx.co.uk because we will see you in a few months time when its really annoyed you too far.
Here is a list of the annoyances;
Sells your soul to the world
One of the things that sneaks in is that if you agree then all your worldly knowledge will become known by Microsoft and probably just a few billion other people over time. Do not sign up for the “tell us all” option. There is an easy way round this when you know.
The built in anti-virus and malware protector, in a recent test it scored 0.5 out of 6. Says it all and in the home version you can’t turn it off. It will turn itself on again assuming you are either forgetful or an idiot. We have a solution for this. We have managed to stop it and install our favourite AV software ESET.
It hates business domains.
All businesses with a server run with domains, it was Active Directory was designed to work with, well it doesn’t. It will let you connect to a network resource provided you have the username and password, no change there but there it stops, it forgets so you use a drive or network resource you have to type it in again. We have a cure for this.
Windows 10 doesn’t give users a choice when it comes to system updates. It automatically accepts them. On one hand this helps the computer go about its business of updating accordingly. It also ensures that the computer is up to date on security patches, but automatic updating enables Microsoft to force-feed virtually whatever it wants onto a user’s device. The other problem is that it will re-boot when it likes, even in sleep and you loose what was open and unsaved. It also might decide to do an update as you turn it off to board a plane. The only fix is in the professional version where we have to do something like blindfold brain surgery.
Forced update causes crashes
Another problem caused by the forced updates is that they can crash your computer. Rebooting your computer should fix that or you can uninstall the driver that’s causing problems.
Forced update causes software clashes
The forced updates are by far the worst aspect of Windows 10. Yet another problem that can occur is when a Windows update coincides with a third party driver management software update. This can cause a crash. The third party software can be halted, but the Windows update cannot. Your best bet is uninstall third party driver management and letting Windows take care of all the system updates, which gives Microsoft power over another company’s products, which isn’t good.
Wi-Fi password sharing
Windows 10 comes with a system called Wi-Fi Sense, originally found in Windows Phone 8.1. It enables users to share your Wi-Fi network access with your contacts on Facebook, Skype, and Outlook. Sharing is good, but this is going too far, as the feature automatically shares your password (encrypted) to everyone you’re connected to including spammers and malware suppliers. We have a cure for this.
Printer not responding
After upgrading, you find that your printer isn’t working, you may have to start the whole installation process over. In order to ensure seamless connectivity, everything, even the drivers of accompanying hardware, should be updated in advance of upgrading. Make sure you’re using a printer that’s compatible with Windows.
Windows 10 comes with a new web browser called Microsoft Edge, which is the new default internet browser across all Microsoft devices. The browser includes a “home” button that you add or take off the toolbar. Click on that button and you’ll be routed to the site of your choosing
Microsoft edge – Finding favourites
The trouble with an all-new browser is that it won’t transfer pages you have favourited on IE. You can, however, transfer all your bookmarks over by opening Microsoft Edge, checking off Internet Explorer and clicking on “import favourites.” Your favourites should now be loaded onto the Edge Favourites tab.
Microsoft edge – Pop ups
Microsoft Edge loves its pop-up ads. You’ll need to go into Internet Options, and under Privacy select “Turn On Pop-Up Blocker” in Settings. That sounds obvious, but it doesn’t end there. You’ll also want to click (just below that in the InPrivate section) on “Disable Toolbars and extensions when InPrivate browsing starts.”
Microsoft edge – Music
Because Edge is a universal app, its actions are suspended when it’s minimized. This is really annoying when you’re streaming music on it. There is no fix for this, so you simply have to stream your music from another source if you plan to listen to it while using your device for other activities.
Microsoft edge – AMD
Edge is probably going to have to undergo a couple overhauls before it’s a competent browser. If you’re using AMD GPU with it, expect “frequent crashes” according to Microsoft. To avoid this, go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > Advanced and change to Slow Ring.
Many who’ve previewed Windows 10 say that Windows Mail available on version 8.1 was superior. This is because you could create folders and subfolders, which you can’t do with the Mail app in Windows 10 (at least as of now). People who want to do more email customizing are using Thunderbird instead, which works well with Windows 10.
The Chrome browser, a complicated ecosystem unto itself, is extra finicky on Windows 10. Perhaps this is Microsoft’s subversive way of getting more people to use Edge? You may find it particularly buggy while running YouTube. If you must use this browser, be mindful of extensions. Run as few as possible.
Some users have found that Chrome crashes without warning and simply does not wake back up when reopened. The solution? Unfortunately, you’ll have to uninstall and reinstall Chrome.
Mind your settings
When you upgrade to Windows 10, a Setting Screen will pop up asking if you want to use the new Photos, Movies, TV, and the Microsoft Edge browser. It seems instinctual to check yes, since you want access to these features. Consider though that if you do check yes, all your default applications will be Microsoft. Best to not select this setting and instead choose to use specific Microsoft apps going forward.
Blue Screen of Death
Hopefully you won’t face this, but some previewers have complained of their system crashing, showing only the infamous blue screen of death. If you find yourself facing this very not good situation, you should reset your PC. To do so, find the Recovery section inside the PC settings. To go to the Recovery section, search for “reinstall” in the search tool inside the Start menu then click on “Remove everything and reinstall Windows.”
Tricky Touch Screen
Some users previewing Windows 10 on their mobile devices say that the touchscreen abilities are not as intuitively functional as they should be. For instance, it’s easy to miss the edge of a window when trying to drag it, and some of the icons are too small to grasp with your finger pad. Unfortunately, this is just the nature of the beast. There’s really not much other than practice that will help you overcome this finicky problem.
Free for now
This isn’t so much a problem as it is a gentle warning. Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade but only for one year. After that it retails for £120. A year feels like a long time, but in the world of technology it’s a blink of an eye, so don’t put this upgrade off for too long … just long enough to let the initial kinks get ironed out.
Bearing in mind it’s free so we don’t make money out of your choice whatever you choose, If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 then go for it, but only with our advice or help. One day you will be running it so why not go for it now? If you hang on and install it yourself then many of the above “features” will still be there.