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Windows 10 is arguably Microsoft’s most important Windows version Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Yet? Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Yet? Microsoft really wants to you upgrade to Windows 10. But should you? To help you make up your mind, we argue both the pro and the contra, and offer careful advice. How will you decide? Read More  since Windows XP. Windows 10 isn’t perfect, however. Cortana is intrusive, the way settings are controlled is confusing, mandatory updates can cause issues, and some things look half-baked, at best. Here are some of the most glaring annoyances in Windows 10.

1. Cortana Isn’t for Everyone, Yet

Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant, Cortana, offers plenty of features in Windows 10 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10 Cortana can help you go hands-free on Windows 10. You can let her search your files and the web, make calculations, or pull up the weather forecast. Here we cover some of her cooler skills. Read More . Unfortunately, it isn’t available everywhere. To date, it’s only available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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We hope in 2016 Cortana shows up in other locations, including more areas in Europe and in Africa.

For more on Cortana, see “How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 Cortana is Microsoft's greatest productivity tool since Office. We'll show you how to get started with Windows 10's digital assistant or how to turn Cortana off for improved privacy. Read More .”

2. Updates Are Forced on You

We get it Microsoft; software updates are necessary. Unfortunately, it isn’t always an ideal time to install these updates. With Windows 10, Microsoft makes it next to impossible not to update. Windows 10 Home users, in fact, have no choice but to accept and install all security and feature updates that Microsoft releases, per the Windows EULA. Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise users can delay the installation of updates, but not forever.

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The problem here isn’t the installation of software updates Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More , but rather the loss of flexibility. And remember how System Restore is turned off by default in Windows 10? That issue could play an enormous role the next time Microsoft sends out a mandatory update riddled with problems. With System Restore turned off, you may have to wait for another update before resolving problems.

As we have elaborated on previously, while you cannot prevent certain updates from being installed, you can still remove certain Windows 10 updates manually How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It's designed to operate in the background, automatically keeping your system safe and running smoothly. We show you how it works and what you can customize. Read More . Additionally, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Professional How to Upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Professional Edition How to Upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Professional Edition Windows 10 Home users are missing several subtle features. Pro users, for example, can temporarily defer Windows updates. We show you how you can upgrade to the Pro edition to regain some control over Windows... Read More , possibly with a free Windows 10 Pro key from Microsoft Microsoft Just Released a Free Key for Windows 10 Pro Microsoft Just Released a Free Key for Windows 10 Pro A free product key for Windows 10 Pro is floating around, but what does it mean and how can you take advantage of it? Read More , which gives you more flexibility on when to install updates.

3. Settings Are Confusing, at Best

In Windows 10, Microsoft tried to have it both ways on accessing settings. In the new Settings application, you’ll find a place to access and change many of the most used Windows settings. Unfortunately, you’ll still need to jump to the Control Panel to change certain settings.


More confusing: sometimes you’ll need to use both locations to make a change. For example, you can change your Wi-Fi connection in the Settings application. However, you’ll need to visit the Control Panel to manage your network adapter settings.

For more on this topic, see our guide to the Windows 10 Settings app How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide The Windows control panel is on its way out. Its replacement, the Settings app, has received a significant upgrade in Windows 10. We'll reveal all its secrets for you. Read More .

4. Driver Problems, as Usual

In Windows 10, Microsoft forces us to install the latest drivers the company thinks will work with your computer. In other words, Microsoft will continue to install its drivers over your custom ones when given the chance.


While there’s still a “Do you want Windows to download driver software” setting buried in Windows 10, many users have reported that it doesn’t work. Instead, users can download a tool from Microsoft’s website that will block individual driver updates.

Still confused? Don’t worry, we show you how to control driver updates in Windows 10 Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 A bad Windows driver can ruin your day. In Windows 10, Windows Update automatically updates hardware drivers. If you suffer the consequences, let us show you how to roll back your driver and block future... Read More .

5. Restore Point Confusion

Few things are more annoying than a computer when it isn’t acting correctly. A situation like this is where System Restore comes in. First introduced as part of Windows ME 15 years ago, System Restore tracks software installations, driver changes, and software updates. In doing so, it allows a user to revert their PC to a prior state, when necessary. Despite the importance of System Restore, the feature is turned off by default.

More troublesome: Microsoft has relegated the interface to enable and manage System Restore to the legacy Control Panel screen. All of this could prove frustrating to the people who may need System Restore the most; folks who aren’t computer savvy.

System Restore Properties

Tip: To find the System Restore confirmation window in Windows 10, simply do a search via the Start Menu and choose the result “create a restore point” to go directly to the respective window. Alternatively, right-click the Start button and go to Control Panel > Recovery (set view by: to Small icons) and select Configure System Restore. For more on this topic, see our article on how system restore & reset work in Windows 10 How System Restore & Factory Reset Work in Windows 10 How System Restore & Factory Reset Work in Windows 10 Space wasted to a recovery partition is a thing of the past. System Restore and Factory Reset have improved in Windows 10. We show you how it works. Read More .

6. Where Are These Applications?

In Windows 10, Windows Media Center has gone 5 Alternatives to Windows Media Center for Windows 10 5 Alternatives to Windows Media Center for Windows 10 Windows 10 will offer many new features, but some old favorites will be deprecated. The Windows Media Center will no longer be supported. Here are alternative media center application compatible with Windows 10 to take... Read More the way of the dodo bird, as has the ability to play DVDs How to Play DVDs & Blu-Rays on Windows 10, Even Without a DVD Drive How to Play DVDs & Blu-Rays on Windows 10, Even Without a DVD Drive With the removal of Windows Media Center, it has suddenly become more difficult to play DVD and Blu-ray discs on your computer. Fortunately, you have alternatives, including third-party tools or virtual drives. Read More , which doesn’t come as much of a surprise as development work on Windows Media Center ended in 2009. Nonetheless, this omission has probably upset quite a few users.

Solitaire Collection

The same goes for the exclusion of legacy versions of Hearts, Minesweeper, and Solitaire Celebrating 25 Years of Microsoft Solitaire: The History, Rules & a Tournament Celebrating 25 Years of Microsoft Solitaire: The History, Rules & a Tournament Solitaire - the preserve of procrastinating office workers and bored housewives - is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Microsoft is commemorating it with a group tournament. We re-visit the history and rules of the game. Read More in Windows 10. These exclusions aren’t new, as they each happened with Windows 8. Still, many continue to be annoyed about it. Versions of Hearts and Minesweeper are available in the Windows Store. To soothe Solitaire users, Microsoft has added a “Solitaire Collection” application in Windows 10. It’s not the same version many of us grew up with it, but it’s nice nonetheless.

7. Folders Look Dated

In recent years, software developers have moved away from skeuomorphic design and are instead focused on taking a more minimalistic approach. The folks responsible for the look of folders in Windows 10 apparently didn’t get the memo. Like in Windows 7 and Windows 8, folders in Windows 10 look 3-dimensional, which is old-school. And the yellow hue is dated too, don’t you think?


Hopefully, Windows folders will look flatter and crisper in a future version.

Other Things to Vent About

There are some additional Windows 10 annoyances, including the questionable Wi-Fi Sense Does Windows 10's WiFi Sense Feature Represent a Security Risk? Does Windows 10's WiFi Sense Feature Represent a Security Risk? Read More and the lack of OneDrive Smart Files How to Substitute OneDrive Smart Files in Windows 10 How to Substitute OneDrive Smart Files in Windows 10 Microsoft broke OneDrive on Windows 10 for power users. The removal of placeholders, also known as smart files, has disappointed many users who upgraded from Windows 8.1. We have compiled several workarounds. Read More . And, of course, the weirdness of skipping over the name “Windows 9” for Windows 10.

Now you tell us: what are your biggest Windows 10 annoyances? Share them in the comments below.

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  1. John
    October 5, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I'm neither a fan or a hater of Windows 10. I sort of indifferent because it basically only half way get's us back to Windows 7 a much loved Windows from a horrible Windows 8 experience. So while it moves in the right direction, it doesn't fully fix all the issues. In fact, while it fixed the dreadful duel desktop nightmare of Windows 8 it creates a new set of problems with privacy, a ugly user interface, and forced updates. For me these are worse problems then dealing with a apps vs traditional desktop mix in Windows 8. I certainly understand why upgrades have come to a standstill after the free upgrade period. Who in their right mind would pay $120 for Windows 10. I wouldn't pay $1.20 for it.

  2. chris
    September 20, 2016 at 10:40 am

    all these things annoy me. Nothing annoys me more than the ridiculous photo app, I would love to have control of my photos again.

  3. Spider Lockhart
    September 9, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Folder icons being skeuomorphic isn't worthy of comment. As a preference, what would you recommend that everyone wouldn't complain about. Every trend isn't "important"

  4. Hesperus
    September 7, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    New Gigabyte computer with Windows 10. I have no idea why this happening, but I find it damned annoying when a black and white cmd window pops up on the upper left corner, runs a string of data and drops back out, all in the space of about one second or less. This happens about every 15 to 30 minutes. It's annoying to see and triple annoying when it jolts a video I'm watching or -- worse! -- drops a spinning little blue wheel on my screen when I'm playing a game. I can partially clean that thing via Task Manager just by bringing it up. I HATE this crap, but I remain clueless as to what it is, why it's happening or how to kill it dead, dead, dead! These scripts do not appear to be the same string each time and they occur whether or not I have a program in use or a screen or browser running. Wut - The - Hell?

    • AnDyR
      September 10, 2016 at 1:13 am

      Have you gone through every Startup item in your Task Manager? I bet you have some applet running that causes your problem (it could even be a trusted Gigabyte applet). I would Google any questionable items and try to remove from Startup, re-boot your machine and make sure it is gone. Peace out.

  5. AJ Funky
    August 14, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Windows folder look will not meet my needs until I can choose per folder how I want them to look. Windows XP had a FULL FACE SQAURE appearance wich I want for my Music folders using the Folder.jpg And I dont want Mediaplayer to overwrite that information !

    This is one of the most important lessons to be learned by Microsoft.

    Even more important, refresh should ALWAYS work instantly as you copy remove files (or rename) them. All I can do is hope

  6. Rachel Rueff
    August 14, 2016 at 5:52 am

    I can't stand the task bar, it is supposed to auto-hide and I recently upgraded to win 7 then 10 from windows xp and the task bar forgets to hide in each system I have used. mine is stuck showing all the time right now and yes I know how to set it. I just doesn't go away.

  7. Anton
    August 14, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Each time after an update I have to struggle through Visual C++ Redistrubable .dlls. My software work on unregister basis or else I have to apply for new registration codes. I have no choice other than simply uninstalling, requesting new codes, work in peace until the next update. Microsoft of course is very helpful in this regard by offering a link to a small program that will fix this problem easily - at the price of $10 a month. It's sickening!

  8. jay
    July 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Just had work computer upgraded to 10. It is slow, and ill behaved. Microsoft should have gave us an OS without all the hooks into it's other products. Every time I load Firefox I have to select it as my default, and then the glorious minds of MS bring up the MS apps page and Edge is highlighted. Nothing like pre-sets that they give you no clue about. I do not like all the virtual effects and hand-holding. I have used PCs since the DOS days. The best Windows was 2000.

  9. Calochilus
    July 19, 2016 at 11:27 am


  10. Torbid Jorvon
    July 14, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Windows 10 is like a huge stinker swirling around in a toilet pan that won't actually flush. And when you examine the turd closely you see it is flecked with blood

  11. Bob
    June 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    7. Seriously? You're going to cry over folder design?

  12. Justin
    May 2, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Coming back to PC after 10+ years on Mac... OMG, what the heck have you mob at MS done to Windows?!?

    What a terrifying, ugly and disorganised POS. The machine I'm using is awesome (for gaming/software engineering) but getting to where I need to go is a mission every time.

    Still keep my Mac LTs lying around when I need that familiar comfort of a system that works without needing a damn degree to figure things out (Mac aint perfect either, but holy cow it outshines this crap by a country mile!). Very computer savvy, but constantly frustrated by the extra work that needs to go into W10 just to get simple things done. This will likely be the last Windows machine I buy.

    2/10 Microsoft. Grow the hell up.

  13. Tides
    April 19, 2016 at 1:33 am

    More flat minimalistic icon design... Are you serious? Windows 10 already looks flat boring and gradientless like the old Windows 3.1 & it lacks the great looking Aero effects that Windows 7 had... In short Win 10 Looks like an old OS from the 90's, and It's a complete dissapointment in terms of UI artistic design. Microsoft devs should take a look to sites like Devian Art before releasing poor quality UI's like this, at least let the user customize it more.

    No nice effects, all flat wow... its even annoying & tiring just to look at the interface, the same goes to Office 2013 which has many complaints related to the high contrast interface, no one likes it.

    So the only benefits from Win 10 that come to my mind are Direct X 12 & the Apps organized in blocks, that's about it folks everything else its a complete messed up Win 8.

  14. Phil
    April 2, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I hate it how programmes are now called apps just to sound cool. When I search I just want to search for a file on my computer but now I get a box "search the web and windows" WTF? I don't want to search the web for f...ks sake. That's why we have internet search engines.
    Then all the files that you need are messed about with and in different locations. Things are just changed for the sake of it. I just wonder how much gobal productivity is lost by hundreds of millions of people trying to fathom out where some plonker at Microsoft has hidden and changed things around just to say he/she has made a change. It really makes me so angry. I just want a simple and intuitive stable operating system that i can learn once and that's it. Any upgrades and improvements should be invisible to the user. There are better things to do in life that to be befuddled by Microsoft's latest OS. It is like having to keep learning to drive. Oh yeh and by the way i don't want "a sidekick called Cortana" - my life is not that sad.

  15. Harold D
    April 2, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Make it 8 things: How about windows 10 being forced on you and your hardware is not even compatible? There are just too many newer system missing 1 or more windows 10 compatible drivers. I would guess there are over 100 million more machines that could be upgraded. Unfortunately, there is no reason for manufacturers to write them as this would cut into their new pc/laptop sales.

  16. Kien
    March 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    1. My webcam HD-5000 (MicroSoft) stopped working.
    2. Cubase studio out of sync.
    3. Control panel very confusing.
    I reverted back and am trying to stay with Windows 7 which has been really stable and good.
    But will they force Windows 10 upon me again?

  17. Tim
    February 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    My main issue:
    I use a second monitor with my laptop to extend my desktop.
    Windows occasionally "re-orders" my desktop icons.
    PLEASE! Does anyone know how to prevent this?
    I just want to set desktop icons in place and never have to "hunt" for them again.
    Not too much to ask in my opinion.

  18. bobkoure
    February 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Re: "folders look dated" (the skeuomorphic issue) I think it's a matter of familiar metaphor. Note the 'familiar' - whether you like a folder to look like an oaktag folder is, IMO, generational.
    It *is* handy to be able to look at a folder icon and quickly tell what kind of files are in it - or if it's empty.

    Explorer UI issues to the side, my major issue with W8.x was that they were forcing a touchscreen metaphor on those of us who were using W7 on non-touchscreen PCs. W10 is something of a step back from that, but to get back to a real non-touchscreen UI, check out Start10 (a start menu replacement app)
    I'm an IT contractor, and this is IMO essential for anyone moving from W7 to W10. Yes, it costs money, but it's pretty cheap ($5).

    Re: privacy, Lifehacker has a decent article
    I generally turn Cortana off, limit searches to local-only, and only logon with a local (or domain) ID.

  19. Mike C
    January 31, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Finally! The latest Windows update fixed just about every problem I was having! Wooh!

  20. Barry
    January 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I don't knowwhaat you are talking about when you refer to folders in Win 10 to be like Win 7.

    The problem with all the visuals are they are flat flat flat.

    I want a 3 dimensional look to folders and files and icons.

    It looks terrible.

    I don't care what the folders look like I care about whether they have some realism to them

  21. TravellerInTime
    January 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

    " With Windows 10, Microsoft makes it next to impossible not to update."

    Total nonsense. Just tell your PC that you are on a metered connection and it will NOT automatically download updates. Sheesh, some people sure don't do their research now do they?

    • Read and Share
      January 22, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      I say your are technically correct -- except this 'either update everything or update nothing at all' isn't much of a solution either.

  22. abnormal
    January 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Ever since Win XP expired I was emotionally hurt by that move. I have since that point moved to Linux distros. I have migrated to Linux but was a challenge for me in the 4 years of transition. So far the Linux community is doing really well. Win 10 is ok, but not as "open" as the Linux distros.

  23. Danielle
    January 21, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Windows 10 is a mess and a headache, GUI is terrible like something from the early 90s, flat and gimmicky.... There are more steps to take to do settings and maintenance on the machine... removing the media centre is a big step back.. You could do more with the computer out of the box, than what you could do today...where you have to go on the internet to get third party programs... with Microsoft shoving its app store in your face.

  24. NotAFanboy
    January 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I've never had a single upgrade from 7 to 10 work 100% .. if it's not drivers, its an application not working properly or worse, its hardware (bluetooth) failure. I use multiple OS's (Linux, Windows, OSX, iOS and Android) and so far the only one that seems to have had next to zero problems is OSX.

    I'm no fanboy but if it works, don't break it!

    Perhaps Microsoft is in league with Apple to sell more Mac's .. just a theory :-)

  25. Marvin Von Renchler
    January 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Jeff must work for MS. MS has always used the public as beta testers at our expense. As Ive said for years, they are a monopoly and can do whatever they want. A much better system can be engineered but its getting all the apps/programs to be on board and getting systems switched that keeps it from happening. In the mean time we are sheep being led down a one way path. I hate 8. From what Ive seen of 10, I'll like Windows even less.

  26. Ron Zeller
    January 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Wow, I did not realize how many Win 10 haters are out there! I believe folks have the issues with Win 10 but my only biggest issue is the privacy.
    I have had excellent experience with upgrade to Windows 10 on the self-made desktops, old laptops, new laptops, and brand-name PCs. Basically, the upgrade was flawless! This is the first time in history of Windows OS. I am still very impressed.
    What I am not impressed with is the privacy issue. While presenting intrusion in privacy of Windows users as the necessity "to improve the product", the Microsoft's telemetry servers collect the information about what you are doing with your computer including even the keystrokes (as they concern about improvement of the auto-fill feature in Word for Windows, for instance). There is no easy way to block connections to their servers because the external URLs are hard-coded and use the VPN, so the firewall cannot block it completely.
    I don't use Cortana because it's not the phone where it could be useful not to mention, it collects your searches the same way as Google collects them. I don't use Edge or Explorer but Firefox as an Open Source browser that (I hope) does NOT collect your data and searches. I use the DuckDuckGo search engine for my searches.
    Still, overall, the Windows 10 OS is slightly faster and cleaner. I am not sure I like the way of customizing the OS. It should be done from one screen but not from multiple. It is a true headache for Power Users or Administrators.
    Edge is very plain and therefore boring with slow start.
    I also don't like the complete social media orientation. It is truly sickening. I DON'T WANT to share anything! I have more in my life to do but post the messages everywhere.

  27. pete kilgannon
    January 19, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    sorry jeff,

    i didn't understand your comments re NAS. i can contact the hard drives on it but not the additional 2 usb drives. i have entered every username and password i use but nothing works

  28. Bryan Wolfe
    January 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I appreciate all of the comments and discussion.

  29. Jeff Dvo
    January 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Why be negative? If there's something you don't like or a feature you would like, tell Microsoft directly! Very easy to do using Windows Feedback (find it on the start menu) or even better join the Insider program and become one of thousands testing all the updates and new features before they are released to the public. Microsoft ARE listening so hopefully no more ME, Vista and if you insist Win 8 bloomes. FWIW, i've been building, breaking, fixing, using and playing with computers for over 30 years, IMO 10 is the best thing that has ever come out of Redmond. We're all diferent and have different tastes, if you don't like something change it instead of whinging & moaning, just saying :-)
    You could of course use the many flavours of Linux and make use of the Open source, write your own code! If you want the "any colour as long as it's black" option, use IOS :-)

    • Tsorgatz
      January 20, 2016 at 1:01 am

      Jeff--And I quote the above: "Now you tell us: what are your biggest Windows 10 annoyances? Share them in the comments below." Nobody is whining. Don't assume that Microsoft feedback hasn't been submitted. We ALL want the bugs worked out of Win10 more than we want to complain about them. That doesn't mean we don't enjoy a little discussion about it. (PS. I, too, am a 30 year PC veteran.)

  30. Paul Loewenthal
    January 19, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Windows Edge is not intuitive as let's say Chrome. And nowhere to find a manual how to really personalize it. Booohooo!

  31. rini920
    January 19, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Mikie C WATCH WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT GRANDMAS! Some of us haveused computers a VERY LONG TIME>

  32. pete kilgannon
    January 19, 2016 at 10:23 am

    cortana is only bing search - i can do that myself


    i cannot connect to my usb drives on my NAS on my own local network. what the **** are network credentials. i have followed every solution on the various FAQs but nowhere does microsoft give the definitive answer. its my network and my NAS and my drives!!!

    • Jeff dvo
      January 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Pete, Cortana is much more if you have a Windows phone to compliment your W10 PC.

      Re NAS. If it uses NFS, you need Windows Enterise. 10 works superbly with Samba shares but SMB is MS!


    January 19, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I have a Dell Alienware that previously ran Win 7 professional. Since I upgraded to Win 10 it does not work properly. It keeps dipping every 5 minutes with the wallpaper background and screen icons seemingly wanting to reset. I cannot seem to resolve this problem. Can anyone who has experienced this before assist? ( On the other hand when I updated my Pavilion it works like a bomb. Its performance is simply astounding.

  34. Mike Shrout
    January 19, 2016 at 4:24 am

    In Windows 10, Micosoft Edge opens and then shuts down. I could fine no fix for this anywhere and it looks like others are having he problem too. Why has Microsoft not provided a fix for this problem.

  35. Dan Ilioiu
    January 19, 2016 at 3:44 am

    I have only one problem with Windows 10.
    My (cheap i5 3230M) laptop has a "Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet" network adapter. This worked as expected in Windows 7, 8, 8.1. After upgrading to Windows 10, I had to manually roll-back the driver after every update - otherwise, the network card was not working or working as a 100 MB link.

    I got used to this, but, since 1511 update, there is no roll back possible for this driver.

    By the way @makeuseof, the link http://http// is not working.


    • Tina Sieber
      February 20, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you for the heads-up, Dan! Seen late, but fixed now. :)

  36. Shari
    January 19, 2016 at 3:17 am

    I got a free download of Windows 10. I downloaded it as soon as it was available. When I first started it after the download I had no mouse. It was incredibly difficult for me to navigate around to find out how to get my windows 8 back. I finally did and now my computer keeps wanting to update to Windows 10 again and I can't figure out how to get rid of it.

  37. Dave Chisholm
    January 19, 2016 at 3:03 am

    I, along with what appears to be a lot of other people have had their screens either flicker on and off or go black or a combination of both. I spent over 5 hours with a technician today and still have a screen that goes black when it wakes up. Please let me have windows 7 back.

  38. David Atlas
    January 19, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Oh, where to begin. First, what they did to the OneNote app, desktop program and the Surface pen has no forgiveness, be it in the now or in the afterlife. Everything I found cool about the Surface, flushed down the toilet and replaced with something so horrendously atrocious that words do not exist for that level of heinousness. Now my Surface can barely keep a connection with the Surface pen for more than a week before having to re-pair it (pun intended).

    Windows Media Player can't play your groove songs, so you're stuck with an app so badly designed and so backwards in time, it can't even let you edit metadata or play a single track once. More than once I have skipped tracks without wanting because of the stupidly small buttons, and if you have a picture password, welcome to hell: you can't play/pause your song unless you put your password every time you put the computer to sleep.

    And worst of all, Groove internet relies on FLASH.

    The "phone companion" app is completely useless, meaning your Windows phones are the same as a jump-drive in terms of pc-device functionality. Not to mention that interoperability between desktop and tablet modes is still flaky, so you may have to enable the touch keyboard button in tablet mode just to get aloof.

    Also, the system restarts. And restarts. And restarts. And loads. And updates. And then restarts again. Seriously, I fear for the life of my device just from the sheer amount of restarts. Speaking of which, the "scheduled restart" feature sometimes goes haywire, and not too long ago it decided to do the scheduled restart for updates in the middle of a meeting. Needless to say, I went back to 8.1 after that.

    Playing the only game I bought on Steam resulted in millions of graphics driver crashes; more than once, the game went from slow to unplayable after Windows 10 did not recognize that the computer was being used, and simply turned the screen off without warning.

    There is so much more that I could go on, but the point is the same. Windows 10 will make you wish for Windows Me, Vista or 8 in terms of stability and functionality. It has absolutely nothing but bells and whistles. In every domain of computing that matters, it performs mediocrely at best.

  39. Mike Robe
    January 18, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Windows 10 sets back multitasking about 10 years. I see ads for 1 year old laptops/desktops for under $50.
    No takers. Reason: Windows 10. I wouldn't buy any computer with Windows 10, no matter how deeply discounted. Windows 10 will surely have a severely reduced life cycle by a min. 50%. Watch for discontinue around Q2 2017. Support will end Q1 2018.

    SJ Eng North Campus.

  40. TSorgatz
    January 18, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    1. Action notifications keep popping up over system tray notifications.
    2. The new Skype app completely ignors my existing Skype program. Now I have 2 Skype addresses.
    3. I miss the Recent folder.
    4. The "new" flat interface is confusing on a large high-res monitor.
    5. My drives are cranking all the time. My laptop gets hot.
    6. I have to run the Task Manager all the time because I can't tell what Win10 is doing in the background. My system stops responding and there's no notification as to why.
    7. I want to be able to schedule updates at night when I am not trying to make a deadline or deal with an emergency.
    8. I have turned Cortana and Live Tiles off so that they don't take bandwidth. Cortana was trying to interpret my dog's toenail tippity taps.
    9. Win10 corrupted my GeForce GTX drivers. I had to boot from a Startup disc and download/install new drivers.
    10. There's no way to move Windows Live Mail 2012 "local" store to the new mail app. I have years and years of client mail and receipts stored there. MS could have at least provided a transfer utility.

    • Tina Sieber
      February 20, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Regarding #10: Have you tried Mail Store?

      • TSorgatz
        February 20, 2016 at 9:03 pm

        Thanks, Tina, for the tip, but Win10 ended up in a re-boot loop and I finally threw my hands in the air and reinstalled Win7 (including WLM) from scratch. It's running fine again. The manufacturer of my laptop would only say that Win10 was incompatible with my unit and that there was nothing I could do, or hardware I could replace, that would make it work. Nice job, Microsoft, who SWORE that my laptop was OK to run Win10.

  41. GodSponge (EB)
    January 17, 2016 at 1:30 am

    I have turned off Cortana, but not because I don like what it does. I just can't stand Bing and there is just too much of Bing in Cortana. I tried using the Chrometana plugin or whatever it's called, but I couldn't make it work right.

    I'm so tired of everything going flat (and with MS, square). I hope the folders stay the way they are and someone fires the people who came up with the square icon idea. Next thing you know all icons will end up with square backgrounds like the start menu. /rant

    Thankfully I have found an app that allows me to make regular icons on the start menu. :)

  42. Bartleby
    January 17, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I would prefer not to. My two Windows 7 laptops are the last Microsoft products I will ever buy.
    After that, it'll be Linux and Macs.

  43. Reggie
    January 16, 2016 at 5:19 am

    I have not had a computer behave so badly since Vista! I have a Yoga 13 which I foolishly upgraded to Windows 10. With Windows 8/8.1 I could switch between laptop and tablet or stand mode seamlessly. With Windows 10 whenever I put my laptop to sleep and closed the lid when I opened the laptop back up I was in tablet mode. With 'Always ask before switching' set when I try to use my Yoga in stand or tablet the dialog box is positioned off screen.

    I have had too many BSD errors all to different causes.

    The latest problem which is driving me crazy is that video playing is stopping for no reason. I could watch something on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Youtube finish a show, do some other work, try to start watching another video and nothing plays. Even VLC stops working with videos on my computer. I removed Adobe Flash from my computer so that's not the problem.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      January 19, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      In all seriousness, it might be time to revert to 8.1 for you. At least until the new version matures some more.

  44. Wm Brown
    January 15, 2016 at 2:03 am

    If the available Windows 10 Display Properties Adjustments were a vacuum cleaner, the ISS would be sucked back to Earth. (I'm not sure about the Moon - Imagine that)

    There are many of us out here that would love to see FINE TUNING options available to gradually adjust the display settings. I, and many others out here, really have bad Contrast issues that I wish could more minutely be adjusted. If you don't understand this, wait 'till you start to age. :>(

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      January 19, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      "Hallelujah", he said, as he adjusted his glasses and got up to go to the bathroom for the third time in an hour (thank you, blood pressure meds)...not everybody is a 20-something anymore, but guess what? Everyone gets old. :)

      Great post.

  45. Anonymous
    January 13, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    It's not long until Windows 10 causes more headaches than what it suppose to fix. I feel it's Windows Vista with a new skin laid on top of it.

    Problems after problems, and I am majoring in Computers.

    I might as well revert to Windows 8.1 and wait until Windows 11 is released.

  46. mike
    January 13, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Instead of hoping for flatter folder icons, how about hoping the world realizes how stupid and ugly these things are, and goes back to making them actually look good?

  47. ringhalg
    January 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Forced Windows Updates isn't an issue for me, because Windows Update is literally broken. Every time I check for updates I get an error and none of the solutions have helped, from resetting Windows Update, to running SFC, to using the troubleshooter, it's still won't update. It's also a brand new laptop with a clean install of Windows 10 1511. Of course, I'd need to get it fixed eventually, and seeing as it is already a clean install, that may not work. Maybe rolling back to Windows 8.1 will solution?

  48. Mike C
    January 13, 2016 at 2:29 am

    My problems that I've ran into:

    -I bought Office 365 and when installing it, it gave me no options on where I wanted to install. After it installed, the apps wont even shop up in my start menu, and won't even show up in search (along with many other of my programs).

    -It's frustrating that you can only pin certain programs to the start menu and you can't even add a folder shortcut.

    -I turn off windows defender (I'm careful not to get viruses) and everytime I turn on my PC, it turns itself on.

    -Everytime I turn on my computer it takes about 30 seconds on a black screen with my mouse showing, before I can log in. It never took that long and it shouldn't. I have windows installed on an SSD.

    -The latest is I come back to my computer and it's stuck on the Windows screen for an absurdly long time.

    After the last, I'm extremely tempted to just go back to 7.

    • Doc
      January 16, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Windows Defender turns itself back on because running without an antivirus (even the totally inadequate Defender) is just plain stupid. "Being careful" isn't enough; network worms, infected websites, and other malware will get you any time you're connected to the Internet, or even off USB drives and other media you bring into your PC. Even CD-ROMs of commercial software have been mastered with viruses on them!
      If you don't protect yourself from viruses by running a well-regarded AV package, ***you're part of the problem***

      • Mike C
        January 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm

        Thanks, but don't talk to me like I'm a grandma trying to learn to use a computer. I am an advanced user. I know what types of files can and cannot give me viruses. Don't visit websites/download software from websites you don't trust. About getting viruses commercial software, no, that will just not happen from a reputable company. But please keep your virus protector, I can tell you'll need it.

        • Howard Blair
          January 16, 2016 at 11:51 pm

          Wow. Talk about *completely missing the point*.

          I once administered a Windows 2000 Server installation, and the manager told me we didn't have the funds for a server-grade antivirus. This was a machine I used only to administer the network, and for file and printer sharing. *Nobody* but me touched the keyboard. *Nobody* web surfed, *nobody* opened emails, *nobody* was allowed to do anything on it - the monitor stayed off unless somebody needed file permissions or a new user was added.
          Needless to say, fake user accounts appeared, MIRC chat bots were installed, and the system was infected FROM THE OUTSIDE, through the Internet connection, simply because there was no antivirus to protect the machine.
          Running a Windows computer (and, increasingly, Linux PCs and Macs) without an antivirus program to protect it is sheer foolishness. You're an "advanced user"? I'm a network administrator with 18 years' experience. Pick something like Avast or Avira's free editions, and *protect your PC*.

  49. Jo
    January 12, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    It would be really nice if they fix the high data usage problem. It is costing me money. I know a few other people that have this issue.

  50. Ron Reb
    January 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Where can I begin? Of course, Microsoft thinks Windows 10 should be available to touch screens but why make a start menu as clunky and annoying as Windows 8? I find touch screens expensive so why spend the money when I already was more productive in an office environment with Windows7? Who enjoys looking at a screen littered with fingerprints?

    What happened to the Recent files shortcut? Why did they ruin Windows Explorer, giving it so many ways to configure how to arrange everything and then have a "new" name called File Explorer with "Quick Access" taking the place of recent files? Did you think it was too difficult to clear the recent files folder if you didn't want someone seeing files you worked on? I've tried to get that feature back numerous ways but, no, it's Microsoft's new alternative that rules now?

    Microsoft pretends with every OS release that there are "new" features when all they did was hide old ones and say they "improved" it. Does Microsoft think that, by copying the trends of Apple, they'll get their market share back? It's shameful! Microsft, do me a favor! Don't give me another OS and call it a miraculous innovation and use the same tricks as Google by secretly spying on my activities so you can peddle my private info to someone? Microsoft was once the leading OS for an office environment. Now, they're making an OS for social media narcissists shopping for likes and new ways of not having to utilize what was taught in schools that provided all with a decent education and means of communicating with the written word..

    • Thelad
      April 2, 2016 at 1:51 am

      preach on brother! and whats wrong with those boring graphics? Boring is
      the pong like 2D they ALL (MS,GOOG,APPLE) use now. Im laughing, I looked
      at a real file folder and the boring older graphics is what it looks like.

  51. Sonic Jensen
    January 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I like nr 2. If only the pro users had more control. But for home users, that dont know anything about computers, aslways force update is not a bad idea

    However.. The new settings app, i dont like, i behaves to much like an app (duh) a simple forward button will be great

  52. James Hanson
    January 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I really liked Windows 7 because I had so many great 3rd party programs for things like security and backup. So with Windows 10 they were touting System Images. I thought how great! I tried it in a VM and it failed almost everytime. I have gone back to using Drive Cloner Rx and Rollback Rx for my backups but I hope not too many people rely on the System Image feature of Win 10.

  53. Chandan Jha
    January 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Still confused? Don’t worry, we show you "how to control driver updates in Windows 10."
    The link you used to define the text in quotes gives an error. You missed the colon after http in the link. Just wanted to bring it to your notice.
    Nice article. :-)

    • Tina Sieber
      February 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you Chandan! The problem was a double http:// in the code, which resulted in a http// link as you saw. Fixed now and glad to know people are using these links. :)

  54. crescentdave
    January 12, 2016 at 10:12 am

    One of the reasons I originally was drawn to windows was due to its customization options. These have become more and more limited as windows has progressed. It's a huge loss for me. Personally, I have a lot of experience with the "flat look" because I've worked with linux for a decade. It pioneered the look. Windows took it up with the tiles, OSX followed. Visually? On a big screen? With multiple windows open (and NOT needing to be full screen)? Less readable. That flat look works best on mobile devices with limited real estate, not 30" monitors set at 2560x1440 or higher.

    Drivers will always be problematic, d/t the vast ecosystem of hardware that runs windows. Now, if you just one one company to make windows hardware, then I guess you can tighten that one up.

    • Doc
      January 16, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      "You just one company to make windows hardware" will be just like the iOS/Mac monoculture: after a little while, the "one manufacturer" just stops giving a damn and fails to innovate. Windows' greatest feature - which allowed the IBM clones to proliferate and drive prices down - was its universal compatibility, including CPU vendors like Intel, AMD, and IBM/Via/Cyrix.
      Unless you'd like a $2,500 computer that still runs at 4.77MHz, I'd rather celebrate the huge variety of Windows hardware that exists.
      With Windows 8.1 and 10, you don't need to run "apps" fullscreen any more, IIRC.
      The one thing I hate about Windows 8.x and up is the unnecessary "app" ecosystem (we don't need the Modern framework, just like we didn't need .NET) and the flat view (thank God for UXTheme Patcher and the DeviantArt community!) We spent years working towards 24-bit TrueColor graphics, no need for flat, monotone, 2D graphics.

  55. Erc
    January 12, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Love Windows 10 pro x64 do not know what your all whinging about best operating systems to date very stable, less hassle to install, easy driver find, and does not disrupt internet connections, great on the eyes only annoying thing is dam third party apps that want to pop up to say install me in the app store. but solved that turned altogether and now running like a dream.

    Others like it have been Windows 95C, Windows Me, Windows xp 1 & 2, Windows 2000 Sp4, Windows server 2012, Windows 7 pro, Windows 8 Windows 8.1and Windows 2012 SP2 Server.

    Worst operating systems Linux, Unix, Apple mac, Windows 95 A& B, Windows 98 A & B Windows xp first version and Sp 3 Windows 2003, Red hat Linux 8 and 9 Windows 2010 Server, Windows 8 Sp1.

    And cant stand how easy Linux and Apple mac are hacked and completely riddled with computer viruses and once crashed can never be fixed with out a completed destruction of the hard disk setup.

    • Dean Guilberry
      January 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      "And cant stand how easy Linux and Apple mac are hacked and completely riddled with computer viruses and once crashed can never be fixed with out a completed destruction of the hard disk setup."

      Your an idiot!
      You have ZERO knowledge of Linux or Mac as what you spew is the farthest from the reality comment I have heard in YEARS!

      LMAO Linux and MAC ARE hacked and completely destroyed. ID10T alert!

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      January 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Eric, you my friend have figured out the perfect Linux user button-pushing storm barrage baaaaahahahahahahaha!!!!!

      It's easy to rile them up just by breathing, but you are a MASTER. If they only could understand how truly superior to Linux that Windows is...

      Sorry...couldn't resist...snick!...sorry...hee hee...

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      January 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Sorry...Erc, not Eric. :)

  56. Read and Share
    January 12, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I don't mind forced updates -- be they for security or features. What I dislike about recent Win 10 updates is Microsoft's insistence on disrespecting my options settings and reinstalling Windows "features" that I have previously turned off. In this regard, how are Microsoft updates different from malware??

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      January 19, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      I actually caught Windows 10 with its hand in the cookie jar the other day on one of my laptops...I clicked into the Windows Store and there were 9 or so apps I'd previously uninstalled, reinstalling themselves. Not a happy camper because it looks like this will be a life-long battle.

    • Thelad
      April 2, 2016 at 1:53 am

      Win10 = Malware... Good call

  57. anonym00se
    January 11, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    7. In recent years, software developers have moved away from skeuomorphic design and are instead focused on taking a more minimalistic approach.

    -you know what I like best about using a PC? When you can't tell where the desktop ends and your WINDOWS begin because everything is FLAT. 'Minimalistic' aka LAZY. Because borders, highlighting and shadowing to create pseudo-3d effects generated a perception that you were working with layers of applications and documents piled on a desk. But I guess that concept of real-world analogies was too hard for millenials to grasp.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      January 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      I've got to say that I don't understand the sudden rejection of everything that looks semi-realistic, in favor of something that in all honesty looks like Kindergarten "cut out shapes and paste on paper" methodology. I understand that clean and crisp is a worthy accomplishment, but to me this just seems like what I always call, "the Bellbottom Effect". What's old is new again.

      That is, when I was a kid in the '70's, I thought bellbottoms were brother and I always said that when someone back then was walking around, they were "ringing the bells", mainly because we were ridiculing people who actually wore them as posers just trying to be cool and follow the fashion trends. Reference, any episode of "The Brady Bunch" lol. All U.S. Navy personnel are inherently excluded from this analysis, and as a fellow veteran, I say God bless you for your service! :)

      But for some obscene reason, bellbottoms are once more back in style, and that is the Bellbottom Effect, albeit in a slightly slimmed down way nowadays. People are still "ringing the bells". In the long view though, that's just my opinion, my comment on the fickleness of society, which the current flat graphics rage is also.

      This phenomenon is just someone's opinion of what looks good, which is actually a going-back-to-the-beginnings reflection of my 13" 40 column monochromatic computer display back in 1982. I remember when people where happy to see some realism injected into their computing interfaces...because they had none before.

      As far as making the computing experience enjoyable though, the jury's out on that one. At least I can ignore the flat elements better than I can un-see bellbottoms lol.

      Happy day to all!

  58. likefun butnot
    January 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    My least favorite thing about Windows 10 as an end user (I'll reserve my IT admin complaints for someplace else) are the regularity with which I see Windows 10 machines that have non-funcitonal access to Modern (Metro- or fullscreen "Windows 8") style applications. This is particularly awful since both Search/Cortana and the entire Start Menu are functionally Modern Style applications. I have a couple hundred Windows 10 PCs to look after and I probably see one or two machines a week where I need to either break out Powershell and get Windows to reinstall the Modern UI applications or else run System Restore to bring them back into line. This should not be for a core part of the OS. I never saw that happen on Windows 8.x, either.

    As a separate issue, Windows Search/Cortana seems to lose its search index fairly often. At first I thought it was just an issue with my unique configuration of mapped or symbolically linked disks, but no, I also see that problem on Windows 10 client PCs that only have a one hard drive and don't store data anyplace else. I have the same options for fixing it (Restore or stupid long powershell), but it's a problem that's so half-baked and exasperating that I can't believe the matter made it through beta testing without being fix... and I know *I* reported it for at least two different Windows 10 builds myself. It's pretty bad when Windows 10 Search compares unfavorably to the Search services available in Windows Vista, but that's where we are right now.

  59. cmcollins001
    January 11, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Forced updates aren't an issue for me. I find that most people have issues because they have let updates stack up for ages without downloading them. Also, the Pro version gives you more control over the updates.

    The DVD player is available. I've had it automatically download and become available. I will admit, that it wasn't a feature/option when Win 10 first rolled out, but it has become available since then. VLC is an option as well, and while the "average" person doesn't know this, a little Google search or asking their "techy" friend and that problem is solved.

    Drivers haven't been an issue except for one, and it's been a big one in my personal experience. Synaptics drivers for trackpads on Win 10 suck. It's a chore and a half to find the right driver and even then, the trackpad is iffy at best. I was installing Win 10 on my sis-in-law's older HP and regardless of how much I tried, I couldn't get even a remotely smooth experience with the trackpad. I discussed it with her and we both agreed that for the time being it would be best to just go back to Win 7. Aside from that issue, I haven't had a problem with drivers.

    As with anything else, it takes a little bit of time and a little bit of research to discover how to set up Win 10 to keep the reporting to MS down to the bare bones, and find the settings that are important to you. I've set up Win 10 on no less than 20 physical computers for myself, friends, and family. I have set up the software for myself that many times or more due to my access to older computers and testing, swapping hard drives, and other various reasons. I'm able to install Win 10 through muscle memory at this point.

    As far as how the folders look? I'm not looking at the folder icons long enough to care. Is the design of an icon really that important that it will register as an annoyance? I can understand if you're staring at the icons day in and day out, but the majority of us are staring at a browser page 99% more than we are looking at the folder icons.

    For me personally, I think Win 10 is the best version of Windows to date. Win 7 comes in a real close second. I've been using Win 10 since preview days and I have enjoyed it more than it's caused me headaches. I will admit, as previously stated, the fact that some things like bandwidth sharing or how updates are installed being on by default is a bit much. It should be off and an option to turn on.

    It doesn't matter what OS you use on phones, computers, or tablets, someone is going to have a complaint about something. I say, find what you're the most comfortable with, something that you can use and benefit from and use that. Anything we use these days is better than the old DOS days and sliding in the Oregon Trail disk in my floppy disk drive on my desktop with a massive 20mb hard drive.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      January 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      "Anything we use these days is better than the old DOS days and sliding in the Oregon Trail disk in my floppy disk drive on my desktop with a massive 20mb hard drive."

      Hee hee Chris, I don't know...the cassette drive on my Timex/Sinclair 1000, which was later promoted to my Commodore C64...the analog "clunk" preceded the digital joy.

      Good to see you, by the way.

      • Thelad
        April 2, 2016 at 1:56 am

        I didn't rely so much back then on computers for my livelihood as
        its become now. I need them to work, not spend hours a day updating,
        fixing, babysitting computers, printers, phones as i do now. Im finding
        I'm actually less productive.

  60. Ingvar
    January 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    A spying piece of shit - that's what win 10 is. Sorry.

    • JD
      January 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Do use an Android phone? Apple phone? Do you use Google search?. They do absolutely nothing different that anyone else is doing. Actually they are a few years late to the party.

      Turn all the privacy stuff down in settings and you will be fine!!

      I felt the same way initially , but you know what, we're living in the 21st century and this way is just a fact of life

      • Ingvar
        January 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm

        It's off the point to compare uncomparable. Android phone? Apple phone? Do you use Google search? - Those are just gadgets or means. However - SERIOUS THINGS ARE NOT DONE WITH THAT CRAP! Whatever.

        • JD
          January 11, 2016 at 8:43 pm

          Tell me you are serious in that last comment!!! Yes they are gadgets, that's not the point, in order to use those "Gadgets" there is proprietary software that you need to use them. Read the EULA's behind Google and Apple. Compare them to MSFT. I wont even continue, Get an education!! Your obviously still in grade school!!

        • Ingvar
          January 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm

          Fix your grammar.

      • anonym00se
        January 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm

        >>but you know what, we’re living in the 21st century and this way is just a fact of life

        -thanks for being part of the problem.

        • Ingvar
          January 11, 2016 at 9:23 pm

          Yep. And such problems are to be solved somehow. With the help of .nix distros maybe sooner or later.

  61. Pedro
    January 11, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I don't think any of this reason are annoying!

  62. Bryan Wolfe
    January 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    We appreciate your comment, John

  63. John Berger
    January 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Sorry, but I couldn't care less about how folders look. The semi-forced updates are minor. (At least now you don't have to reboot with every other critical update!) I agree about Settings and the System Restore though. If anything should be turned ON by default, it's System Restore. I almost got burned by that a few weeks ago when an update made my start menu disappear!

    My biggest peeves.... BY DEFAULT, unless you click the very small "Customize" link during installation, Microsoft will share your bandwidth without explicit permission or opt-in for relaying their patches. This is a really bad thing for people with limited speeds or bandwidth caps. Let's face it: the vast majority of people will choose an express install. And on a few of my machines (not all), Microsoft quietly turned some of those functions back on without notification even though I manually shut them off after every installation.

    They also send information on everything that you do back to the corporate offices. Search for local files - they get told about it. Go to any web site in Edge - they get told about it. Open up a photo in their Photos app - they get told about it. And, no, this isn't paranoia. My firewall went off whenever I would do this to the point that I ended up turning off Cortana and blocking search and Photos in my firewall rules.

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