You have probably heard that Microsoft released an “Update” for all versions of Windows beyond 7, which amounts to a new operating system, and it was free. It started about 5 months ago in earnest, and in the last 3 months has been gaining pace. They introduced a couple new ways to get this “Upgrade” some of which involved downloading Beta versions of the new Operating System. If you signed up for this option they expected you to evaluate the software and give them some feedback.
I, of course, didn’t opt for this approach. I turned my “Update” notification to “OFF” and tried to stay away from all the hype. But it was coming through every available media, including print. So, eventually I decided I’d download a copy of the software and install it on a Virtual Machine, just so I could get to experience what it was going to be like. The version I managed to get wasn’t the “Final” version, and as such I had to agree to allow “Update” to be “ON” permanently, because that way when the Final release was available, my machine would just automatically install it.
Setting up a Virtual Machine was relatively simple. The only thing I needed to do was go to Programs and Features in Control Panel, and click on the Windows Features button, and select “Hyper V”. Then a re-boot was in order and once that was done, I was able to open up a Microsoft app with which I could create a Virtual Machine and set all its parameters. What you do is set it up so that it will automatically install an operating system from an ISO file, which should be of the OS. Fortunately, Microsoft had allowed me to download Windows 10 as a 3.5G ISO file and so in less than 5 minutes my Virtual Machine was up and running with Win 10 as the operating system.
First reactions were that it appeared to be more “User friendly” than Win 8 /8.1, which is what I was using.
Second, it seemed to be slightly faster and more streamlined, and had some features that were quite innovative, like “virtual desktops”. It took me a few days to grasp even the basics of this new system, and I gave it a Thumbs Up in my Feed-back.
Then about 6 weeks after all of that, there was an “announcement” saying the Update was ready to download, did I want to do it NOW?
I said, YES, and the computer started to download it. It only took about 25 minutes, it was more than 4G, and after that all I needed do was burn it to a DVD so I could boot from it. I rebooted, pressed DEL, & chose to boot from my Optical Drive D:, and in ten minutes or so, was starting the procedure to upgrade the entire Operating System, even though I already had a version of Win 10 Pro running on the machine. What I didn’t like was the way it started to create a folder “Windows.old” where it just shoved everything. This took up over 20G of space, and I already had a similarly named folder from when I first Upgraded to the Beta version of Win 10 from Win 8 Pro.
Unlike last time, this Update took over 1 hour to reach the point where you are setting up your user account specifications. I chose to customize each setting and by the time it was ready to boot into 10 for the first time I was already fed-up with it all.
I had good reason too.
Once it re-booted, it took over 2 minutes to get to the log-in screen and then another 90 to 120 seconds to reach the desktop screen.
Everything seemed to be OK, and I just went on with my work until I came to a snag and then tried to resolve each issue as it appeared, and there were many. Almost all programs I had installed from 3rd parties would no longer work correctly and even the Compatibility Trouble-shooter couldn’t always solve the issue. Which meant quite a few large programs for audio and/or video editing were re-installed. I had to dig up serial numbers and keys, sometimes from my email account from 5 or 6 years previously.
And even then, some didn’t work correctly and had to have compatibility settings. Mainly they had to be recognized as Win 8 or 7 type programs, and once that was done, most seemed to function quite well.
However, Windows itself seemed to crash quite often. I was over-clocking my CPU by about 28% & it got very hot a lot of the time and the ASUS support program I used to control fans had real issues with Win 10. It had barely worked satisfactorily under 8.1, and now I was trying to get it to work under 10 and it just wouldn’t do it 100% of the time. So what would happen is a Blue Screen.
I tried to reduce the over-clocking and it helped make things more stable but in the meantime some essential Win 10 features wouldn’t work at all. And even though I consulted the Microsoft troubleshooting forum, none of its solutions would fix the problem.
I mean, I would get Blue Screened at least 3 or 4 times every week, if not more. Sometimes it would happen 2 times in one day and when it did, I’d have to use a System Image to “restore” the entire computer back to a time when it did seem to be working; and again this process required a lot of time wasting.
I was almost at the end of my tether and then just a week or so ago, came another “Update” of major proportions requiring a download of more than 3G. I allowed my machine to undertake it and set it on the job a little after 1 am (as that’s when my broadband becomes unlimited) and by 3 am everything had completed and it had re-booted successfully.
I now had access to CORTANA, and several other “features” of Win 10 I hadn’t had with the previous “Upgrade.” Not that I use the Voice activated features of Cortana; in fact I rarely use Cortana at all, finding it too clumsy and slow.
Microsoft seems to be using up the extra speed modern CPUs have in all these extra functions, and they seem to be aimed at pleasing a very young audience. School kids it seems to me. Windows is now too visual. You don’t seem to have to know very much about actual computing to make your machine work and work very well. It’s just that you’re quite limited as to what it can now do. All the built-in apps use the extra functionality of high-speed CPUs and hi-speed internet access. Plus, it seems to be the sort of set-up that would work nicely with school homework type of “work.”