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Windows 10 has arrived Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know The final version of Windows will be released on July 29th, but a lot of things remain nebulous. We have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions around Windows 10 and its release. Read More , with Microsoft releasing its new operating system on July 29th, 2015. Microsoft needs Windows 10 to do well, and couldn’t afford another mess up like Windows 8 or Vista, especially as Windows 10 is likely to be the last version of Windows ever Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More .

So, on a scale of 1 to 5, how do you rate Windows 10? While we cannot guarantee your feedback will find its way to anyone at Microsoft HQ, we certainly want to know what you think of Windows 10. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Doomed to Succeed

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Will Windows 10 Succeed or Fail?

Out of a total of 749 votes, 49.3% chose “Windows 10 will be a huge success,38.1% chose “Windows 10 will do OK, nothing more, nothing less,6.9% chose “Windows 10 will be a huge failure,5.3% chose “I don’t care either way,” and 0.4% chose “What is Windows 10?

The vast majority of people think Windows 10 will do at least OK, with a majority of those thinking it will do phenomenally well. Only a small minority think Windows 10 will fail, while a similar number of Apple fanboys Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Recent headlines make us wonder: is Apple finally losing its sheen? Are the fanboys disappearing? Read More sneaked in to register their complete lack of interest in the subject being discussed. Microsoft will surely be heartened by this assessment of the state of play.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Richard Cranium, Mike Myers, and Ali Khan. Comment Of The Week goes to Keefe Kingston, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Will Windows 10 Succeed or Fail? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will Windows 10 Succeed or Fail? [MakeUseOf Poll] Crunch time has arrived, with Microsoft releasing Windows 10 to the world on July 29th, 2015. The question is, will Windows 10 succeed or fail? Read More :

I think Windows 10 will be successful not because of the new stuff it brings or the improvements, but rather the the switch from Windows as a product to a service. We have to remember that mostly every operating system from Microsoft (if not all) always faced problems that early adopters had to deal with such as poor performance and features. While this was apparent in some some versions of Windows then others, many were a lot stabler and had their performance increased by the first service pack. Because Windows 10 is now going to be offered as a service, Microsoft will now be focused solely on improving the operating system instead of just supporting it while also building the next latest and greatest Windows. I am lead to believe they will continue to come up with new features and fixes and add them into Windows 10 instead of holding them out so that they can drive the newer OS Microsoft just happens to want you to buy or get.

So that’s why I believe Windows 10 will have success. It may not be the best thing now, depending on what you want from an operating system but I’m sure that they’ll improve it over time just as they have any of their operating systems (like Windows XP [may it rest in peace] and Windows 7.)

We chose this comment because it offers an extremely good reason why Windows 10 will succeed. Switching from merely supporting an existing operating system in order to keep it safe and secure, to actively improving it with new features added over many years, is a huge step in the right direction.

Rate Windows 10!

With Windows 10 now alive Windows 10 Reviews, Hide Unwanted Updates... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Reviews, Hide Unwanted Updates... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 has landed, Windows Updates begone, LinkedIn stops spamming, Twitch tackles trolling, Metal Captcha battles bots, and drone racing takes off. Read More and running free in the wild, we want to know what you think of this latest (and possibly last) version of Microsoft’s famous operating system. We’re keeping things as simple as possible, asking you to rate Windows 10 on a scale of 1 to 5.

If you need to spend more time with Windows 10 before voting, choose that option and we’ll make a note to run this poll again at some point in the future. Possibly just before Microsoft announces Windows 10 is a bust, and Windows 11 is happening after all. What? It could happen!

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. For how many days/weeks/months did you use Windows 10 before voting in the poll? How would you improve Windows 10? Do you plan on switching back to an older version of Windows? If so, why?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. Bill
    December 4, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Windows 10 is just another gimmicky waste of my time devised by a crowd of nerds who sat around in a circle jerk for 2 maybe 3 years figuring out how to hide stuff that I've grown accustomed to having at my finger tips for the past ten years. Useful additions . . . none that's improved my productivity in the slightest. If anything, it's been a huge drag on my work time while I screw away the workday trying to figure out how to use it and where to find stuff. MS just can't recognize when it's plateaued. If you have a spouse who's the household chef and that person is away for a day or two, plunge in and rearrange their kitchen. If you happen to survive, you'll be extremely lucky. If the relationship survives, you'll have experienced a miracle. But if MS does the same thing to you every two or three years and you wet your pants telling everyone how great it is. There's a ton of people in the computer world who can't see the forest for the trees.

  2. Kate
    October 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    For months I avoided downloading Windows 10 and one day it began on its own. I have had nothing but problems and have lost a lot of my apps.

    I have been trying to restore them but to no avail. How I wish I could go back to windows 7.

  3. B Sparkes
    September 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I had upgraded twice to 10 or at least I thought I was upgrading but uninstalled it both times because I found it was so much harder to use than my Windows 7. First off, it is sooooo difficult to find a file or program unlike before. almost everything searched for wants to take me onto the internet when all most people want is to find stuff on their computer. If I want to search the net I would use a search engine such as Google.
    I do believe that Microsoft designed it so that they can receive residuals from many web sites that you are lead to.
    I do understand that many people want their computer to be a source of entertainment and Windows 10 will do that but many of us just want the computer to gain info and keep personal records and files.
    The persons at MS forgot the "KISS PRINCIPLE"

  4. Matthew
    August 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    So, You crash, then you've done something wrong, I'd expect. If I overclock a Windows 10 Computer, Well, Nothing really changes. but, If you mess up overclocking, You get a MASS BLUESCREEN OF DEATH SPREE. So my advice is, Don't do stuff if you don't know what You're doing. Simple. (btw turn off the windows 10 creeping you doing internet thingy well thats kinda concerning tho ok)

  5. kt.teraji
    August 3, 2016 at 2:45 am

    so far, terrible. Old, paid for software i have were automatically removed. must not be compatible so win10 removed them. i paid for those software, really upset i can't use them anymore. passwords, i have to keep entering passwords for 365, particularly for Onenote, Ughh. after 2 weeks of win10 use, my pc has crashed 6x. i rarely had a crash with win7. Cortana, so annoying. anyone say "big brother?" i have it turned off and it uses a large amount of my bandwidth and a fairly large amount of disk space. not good. what's this program doing ? i'm a little disappointed some programs i can't remove. i feel like my PC is now a giant phone app.

  6. john
    August 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I use my laptop to surf the Internet and for Microsoft Office applications. I have no interest whatsoever in apps, the store, the start page, games, videos, having my pics "all in one place" the task view or anything else that Windows 10 is offering. I'm just glad that my screen looks like it did with Windows 8. I have deleted virtually all the crap that appears when you click on the start icon. What's the point?

    • B Sparkes
      September 24, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      I agree totally with you. What was the point for a change? The only logic I can find is that Microsoft are trying to connect with the sites that they maybe getting residuals from. Why they would go from an easy system to one that is harder to use makes no sense.

  7. Dennis Knobla
    July 30, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    just one of many, one- in file explore, you open up picture, then you scroll down your list of file so page go down, then you stop scrolling down, but befor you can read names of file or just to decide which file to open ( 2 to 4 sec. ) the page jumps back to the top of page. i use to do this alot, now i heat to do this. window 10 is a pierce of sh_t. now i'm looking at $70 for support to halp go back to 8.1.

  8. MJS
    July 30, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Windows 10 like Windows 8 are terrible. The last best OS Microsoft came out with was Windows 7. Maybe they will do better with the next one.

  9. Carranbieri
    June 25, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I really dislike it.

    Not only was Microsoft overly aggressive about it, they literally force you to uograde, with many new soft- and hardwares being (or will be soon) in need of Windows 10, like the new diretx 12 for example.
    So they all but pressure you into "upgrading" to Win10, and they don't even give you anything in return.

    The shop, which you can't delete, and the exclusivity of some games being bound to it, is a drag. Not to mention the exclusivity for some games they already announced.
    It also constantly spams you with adds, which you can disable (provided you google for hours how to do it), or are willing to buy a premium membership, like it's some lowely MMO.

    Also, it's collecting way to much data.
    Cortana is annoying. Which is almost an insult to everyone who loved the Halo games.

    The interface is ugly.
    It is clearly meant for smartphones and tablets - and my PC is NOT a tablet. And I'm proud of it. I have no need for a standartized interface. It doesn't make anything easier!

    But most importantly overall it's just a means for Microsoft to built a monopoly.
    Despicable.

    I am utterly disappointed!

  10. Brian Schmelzle
    June 11, 2016 at 3:40 am

    I haven't downloaded it yet, but for a company to be this aggressive in getting you to DL it, it can't be good

    • B Sparkes
      September 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Your right, it is not good. Don't change if you can avoid it however they will force you into it at some point in time. I downloaded the free upgrade twice and uninstalled it both times because I was so frustrated in trying to find my own files and then not having Windows 10 recognize programs that I had paid for.

  11. Lev
    June 4, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Horrible. I like windows 8. Windows 10 now does'nt let me play minecraft. I have to buy a new version.Windows 10 is the worst thing ever.

  12. Pecan
    April 5, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Windows 10 is not an operating system for desktop computers or people who know how to use them. The best thing about it is that it's convinced me it's time to go to Linux. The most interesting thing about it is that nearly all reviewers say how great it is while nearly all comments say how bad it is.

    Of its features:
    Virtual desktops and fast boot are nice (start by saying something nice)
    Edge might be an ok browser alternative when its finished.
    Most of the "apps" are called that because they aren't useful enough to be utilities, let alone "applications". Cortana, search, every 'universal' app are less than toys.
    The other apps and features are actively offensive; start menu, xbox, onedrive, etc.

    If you replace, delete or disable everything that comes with the OS you can get back to something nearly as good as Windows 7.

  13. Bernie
    March 30, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I too am not impressed with Windows 10. Every time I went to search for something on my computer I was taken to the Internet. I could not find the control panel in the first 10 minutes and several of the programs I want are not compatible with 10. The only good thing that Microsoft did was enable me to revert back to 7 which I have done and I like it so much better. "New is not necessarily better"

  14. Jim Beaumont
    March 26, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Windows 10 is absolute Crap! I now have to search for everything, it's to complicated for the average computer user which I guess are about 95% of computer users. No toolbars, I've spent literally hours trying to find what I'm looking for when all I use to have to do is click on a toolbar app and it appeared. I've gone back to Windows 7 and when that finishes in 2020 I'll be buy a new Apple Laptop.

  15. pjfreedom
    March 25, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I am an IT student that was looking for a new laptop to replace my aging 8 year old one. The new one I bought had Windows 10 installed. From the first sight I hated it. My main reasons,

    1. Tracking and Cloud - I don't use or like the idea of a cloud system. And just because google tracks the sites you visit and the things you look at doesn't mean I want windows to track the work I do.
    2. The start menu - I HATE the start menu. Its uncustomizable. Its flashy. Its unorganized. Coming from Win 7, I love being able to click the start menu and search. If I delete what I had searched and wanted to search again, I have to reopen the start menu to search again. Stupid design. Also, who organizes programs in abc order? Its always been Folders, then files in abc order. Its cluttered nonsense. And I use my computer to do work. Not get distracted by advertising tiles. I won't get thing done if I have things constantly telling me what it thinks is interesting.
    3. Cortana/Edge - Cortana relates back to #1. I won't use it. Edge is an underdeveloped web browser that doesn't live up to standards that Firefox and chrome do. Pass.
    4. Control Panel/Settings - Who in their right mind thought it would be a good idea to have some settings in the control panel and some in the Settings menu? I can't customize an OS if I have to go between two different menus to change what I want.
    5. Driver crashes - Constant Graphics crashing in windows 10
    6. Automatic Updates - I cannot use my pc if I have critical work to be done and I am waiting on updates. And you can't even change it unless you do some hacks, which are only available in pro or higher versions.
    7. Software compatibility - I don't use "apps". I don't and will not call them "apps". If I can't even use spotify or some specific program that I very much need, (including VMWare which I heard doesn't work well in 10) I will not even bother.

    Windows 7 is what I love and I will stick with it until EOL. For my new laptop, because it uses the new Skylake Processor, I cannot run Win 7 on it. I am considering 8.1 and just installing an start menu program, but for now I will stick with Linux.

    The decision is up to you whether or not you would like to upgrade. But I personally say stick with 7.

  16. kj
    February 22, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I hate WINDOWS 10! It made me use Edge for browsing and email. I don't get all of my email. It screens too much email, and deletes. I can't get to any of my save sites on Internet Explorer. My credit card payments have been late because Internet explorer can't load. I had to download firefox/moxzilla to get to my REAL email and credit card page to pay, but I didn't know this until my payments were late.

    Edge makes you do BING for search, and we already know BING sucks for searching anything. Will not direct you to Google.

    With Windows 10, you lose your home page for email, your desk top is a mess with stuff you don't need. It looks like WTF is this???? There is no explaination of how to fix what you just downloaded and no way to find out how to undo it.

    Control panel is buried, to find ADD/Remove programs. Internet options...good luck finding it in Windows 10. Even if you do find it, it doesn't matter what you put in as your home page. It is not going to come up anywhere! Good luck............

  17. Paul Glanville
    February 11, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Many of things touted as new were in IE. Over a year and they can fix the location issue. Keep asking people it they are using the latest upgrade. Apparently stuck with a POS

  18. Xiomara
    February 11, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Honestly, I'm a bit surprised at how many are satisfied with Windows 10. Ever since I got this supposedly "polished and innovative" (not to mention free) update about a month or two ago, my laptop has developed an irreverent habit of randomly crashing, finding new ways to malfunction every day (talk about innovative..). I've been trying to put up with it and I've learned to find temporary solutions for each trial it throws at me, though it's gotten to the point at which it's just ridiculous. I was merely listening to music about 40 minutes ago when it just decided to shut itself off out of the blue. It hadn't run out of battery because I'd had it charging, and when I tried to restart it (by holding down the power button for a long time, which usually works during this) nothing happened. Ergo, here I am at my last straw, writing a thesis about this malevolent update, at the end of a day filled with three other crashes in addition to this one, all differently played out. Now, although Windows 10 may feel more organized than the other updates, I personally don't care for how it's organized (I loved the Start menu from Windows 8). That may just be my unpopular opinion, though, and that's not really based on pure fact, only preference. All in all, Windows 10 seems to have all the features that Windows 8 had (except Cortana, but I turned her off because it got creepy how she was tracking my internet history), only worse and more faulty. While listening to music with my headphones and with the laptop closed, I am not able to change the volume without opening the laptop. Sometimes, it feels the need to pretend my songs don't exist, and say something like "this content cannot be played", causing me to restart it up to four times. Some people are content with Windows 10, maybe even satisfied, but in conclusion, I plan on trying to convert back to Windows 8.. When my laptop turns back on.

  19. Ed
    February 8, 2016 at 4:45 am

    I to was suckered into this so-called free Windows 10. Everything on this system is ad driven. Every freaking time I turn my pc's on, it's ad after ad. And the games they offer for free, is not free. It's ad driven till you pay something. I'm going back to seven on all of my systems and when support is done, it's either Apple or Linux. I am fed with the damn ads ever since I suckered into upgrading. No wonder they are pushing this system for free. Scam and ads.

  20. Bernie
    January 31, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I have loaded Windows 10 on 2 different occasions and both times I reinstalled Windows 7 because there were too many programs that don't work with the 10 program. One program and a very important one for me was the Live Mail program. The unappealing e-mail program that comes with 10 is not as good or as appealing to use as Windows Live Mail.
    I had a horrible time trying to open up my files or programs on my computer and almost every time I used the search it put me on the Internet which was very frustrating. Overall Windows 7 is still a better operating system and more functional for the average user.

  21. Drew
    January 19, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I was an early adopter. I've never had a single issue. The OS is fast. The command prompt and powershell are greatly improved, finally worthy of use. Cortana is useful. The new PATH editor is a God-send. The interface is intuitive and with the newest update, the Windows menu bar optimizes file and application results. That WAS my only gripe, and on the day that I sent in feedback about it, I noticed shortly afterward that an update was available that addressed this very issue. No more gripes from me. Best OS experience I've ever had, and a great improvement and mashup of the features that made XP, 7, and 8 great in their own ways. I have a fully equipped iMac, Mac Pro, Macbook Pro, Ubuntu 15.10 x64 server, my gaming rig dual boots Windows 10 & Ubuntu 15.10 x64. I have tried every OS I can get my hands on. Windows 10 is my favorite, and since the most recent update I have not used any of my other machines. Great job, Microsoft.

  22. Alex Johansson
    January 8, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    From one side W10 is a step up from W8 back to W7 which is good. Unfortunately in the process Microsoft did not succeeded to to make it reliable... I personally had problems with touchpad driver (Microsoft driver lacks multitouch functions and installs over OEM driver), with Nvidia Gforce GTX support (W10 disabled my GTX graphics card!!), with HP scanner driver. What is especially annoing is automated driver update by windows update which screws up fixed driver problems...

  23. MAD
    January 2, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I switched to 10 from Windows 8. Early doors I found the operating system to be a disaster - any of the so-called service added value softwares either do not work or are the poorer cousin of anything freely available. If you have installed Windows 10 you have probably heard from your IT guy that it is rampantly invasive. It accesses all of your files, your preferences, location, internet browsing, your EMAILs (WTF???), your social media, cloud files, your spending habits.... in order to enhance your experience or whatever BS they dish out to justify this - translation - get free advertising statistics by completely compromising your privacy. There is a convoluted way to opt out on all of this stuff (of course this option is only availble after you have installed the OS and your privacy has been used as a Big house Bubba plaything).

    Luckily they offer a switchback option - you can go back to your old operating system, apparently, as long as you do so within a month of installation. I am not sure about the timeframe because by the time I realized what a piece of crap Windows 10 was, the ability to switch back had expired. Here's a thought Microsoft- prove me wrong about Windows 10. Show me that people actually like this operating system and re-open the switchback option for a single day, say March 15th (et tu Windows 10) - let's see how many people switch back. My prediction: all of them. There is nothing good to be gained from Windows 10. Moreover, it is a right to use something you paid good money for without the consequence of some company invading every aspect of your privacy for profit. This operating system does not his basic right, nor does it offer any improvement on readily available software.

    Summary: Don't!

  24. Squee
    December 31, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Can't even write this review without waiting five minutes for that stupid, infuriating blue circle to stop spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning. Windows 8 loaded instantly, 10 takes 15 minutes until I can even look at a web page, let alone get into my email. Takes forever to find my files, can't find the settings, stupid "change for the sake of change" time wasters.... it's as if I've completely lost control of my own computer and handed it over to some evil wizard that is determined to screw up everything I need to do.

    I got the free "upgrade" -- not worth it.

  25. Sharon
    December 19, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I did the upgrade 3 days ago and it took forever to go from 8 to 10. I hate 10! my screen zooms size on it's own now which it never did with 8 and my games take longer time to load and they are always freezing up! Windows 10 is a nightmare and if you haven't done the upgrade DON'T do it!

  26. paul
    December 10, 2015 at 10:49 am

    during the update, the screen kindly advised me that 'your files will be exactly where you left them'...

    well, they are not.

    it has deleted all my files. all of them.

    you, windows 10, are a c**t.

    p.s. yes i should've had a backup.

  27. Hunter Lee
    November 29, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Very user friendly. Many great features.

  28. vijay
    November 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

    i like it windows 10

  29. Sorrowful Angel
    October 27, 2015 at 8:50 am

    The worst Operating system EVER made after MAC , i cant describe how much ugly it looks .... Its just a disaster for all people .... Also am sure those people who voted "good,nice" are idiots and fools .

  30. Cassandra Guess
    October 19, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Windows 10 is terrible. I cant access my mail, nothing is organized like I used to have it. In order to find and app or anything on my computer I basically have to search for it and it takes too long. My computer moves very slow and all of my bookmarks in chrome are gone. I know it's said a lot that people don't really like change, this is one time I have to agree because this change is bad. I want to uninstall it and go back to the old windows.

  31. Lawrence Smith
    October 13, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Windows 10 is terrible.
    My computer runs much slower.
    It takes 5 tries to even get my user ID's or password's entered.
    I have lost all of my bookmarks.
    It has taken over 5 minutes to even write this much of a comment as a search cursor keeps coming on.
    It takes me to pages I do not want to see.
    I am overloaded with advertisements.
    I am overloaded with offers for APPS I do not want.
    THIS F*&%KING THING DOES NOT WORK!
    How do I get my computer back to normal?

  32. Corey Alix
    September 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I've been using Windows 10 for a few weeks now. I love the new docking functionality, otherwise I don't really notice a difference from Windows 7. The upgrade was automatic and flawless. I woke up to a new PC with the option of reverting to the old OS within 30 days. No complaints.

  33. RetiredTV Bear
    September 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    At the moment I'm HUGELY disappointed in Windows 10. Microsoft turned what could have been a good OS into one big piece of spyware. Even though you can turn some of it off, there's a lot you can't shut off.
    2. With all of the spyware in place, Microsoft has made the hackers jobs even easier.
    3. Security is non-existent.
    4. I no longer have any choice of how, when and which Microsoft updates I receive. The only choice given is to schedule a time for installation. Which doesn't work by the way. Even if you select that one an only option, the updates are installed automatically. I've even found that my computer has magically turned itself on sometime in the night and installed updates. i wake up the next morning to find my computer powered on at a login screen. God knows what else Microsoft is doing! I suppose I'll have to turn off my internet router at night to prevent Microsoft from accessing my computer.
    5. Many more Mic.rosoft Apps that I don't want, are filled with spyware, and I can't remove. Cortina bites. Edge also sucks

    So far the only good thing I can say about Win 10 is that they gave us back some semblance of the Start Menu. I still don't like Metro or the Metro apps.

    I plan on reloading the 1 PC I updated with Windows 8.1. I wish I could load Win 7 on it, but don't have a license. Microsoft has convinced me to switch everything to Linux once Windows 7 is fully end of life.

    Shame on you Microsoft.

  34. Bernie Sparkes
    August 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I was very disappointed in Windows 10 after hearing all the "hype" that Microsoft was laying on us. Here is a list why this so called improvement was not for me any improvement but a step in reverse.
    1. The sound was either non existent or too loud.
    2. Windows would not install Bitdefender and after all I had paid for it.
    3. Finding files in my computer was way, way more difficult than in my Windows 7. The search feature kept going to the internet instead of my files.
    4. Windows Edge browser would not install many of the add-ons that I was used to and so I reverted back to Firefox.
    5. The e-mail program is awful and has no extra features ie stationery, emoticons, etc. It is a Plain Jane and lacks interest.
    6. Cortana is useful in only a few countries and not in Canada where I am from.

    So after trying 10 I reverted back to Windows 7 (and that took 1/2 hour of searching as to how to do it). All in all, this so called upgrade is not an upgrade for most users and nothing more than an useless change.

  35. dum boy
    August 23, 2015 at 6:37 am

    So, I"ve been using M$ Windows 10 for almost a year now (Windows insider), and I can tell a few things. In M$ tech prewiew, terms of use were ridiculously outrageous.
    M$ came up with a keylogger (programm that saves what you type on your keyboard), and with 10 official, I thought that it would come bundled with few indiscrete parameters.
    However, when I installed it on my second PC, I was very disapointed in Microsoft. Basically, If you are not careful, you agree to send all history, data, use of apps and softwares, and so on. Microsoft Cortana is great as well, but needs not a separate folder, but the whole microsoft centralisation system.
    Keeping your data safe is a permanent riddle, with microsoft now beiing able to (for exemple) scan your PC to find irregular games or pirated versions, why not pirated music and phoos you downloaded from the net !
    I am a Windows 10 enthusiast, but I don't want it to be all secure like Apple is or to be an advertisement company like facebook.
    If so, I shall go back to linux mint :)

  36. Zark Muckerberg
    August 18, 2015 at 2:41 am

    First install wouldn't let me set monitor resolutions and killed my sound. Next try on another machine showed the horrible mess of a Start Menu and all the "buy from us" bloatware that MS made difficult to uninstall (need PowerShell to get rid of it). If I don't have an XBOX, why do I want this useless "feature"? If I want Cortana gone, why does getting rid of it entirely also kill my basic Windows search function? Even stuff like Solitaire has been screwed up.

    Oh, and the privacy aspects are awful.

  37. Billy Delony
    August 17, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I do not like certain things about windows 10 for example I play an online browser game called darkorbit which is best played in full screen but with windows 10 the full screen automaticlly returns itself to normal windows causing me problems also on the bottom left of the tool bar there is a search bar that keeps popping itself up on my screen automaticly if my mouse gets anywhere close to the left side of the tool bar covering part of my window

  38. Howard Jordan
    August 9, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I actually used it for a week coming from 7. There was some good and pretty bad things in my experience after retreating back. First off, a caveat is my machine was older and heavily worked with lots of geeky changes over the 4 years I've had the laptop. It's an HP G7 Pavilion with a below average AMD processor, but sufficient ram and harddrive. I downloaded and installed 10 on top of a messy working machine, and it looked great. Edge was cool but still not enough to steer me away from PaleMoon (Firefox lookalike 64 Bit). You can't ad block yet, or do much with adding on. It's still IE to a great extend with a prettier interface. I did like the 8.1 touches with the store, start button menu, and menus with more utility in general. My machine was slower, and utilized more CPU and ram. It bogged down quite a bit with standard tasks like opening apps which shouldn't be that much of a drain. Photoshop and the ilk would be a nightmare. The media center is gone, and file codecs in the media player rendered that mostly useless. Not a big deal since I use other players, but it did come in handy for 1080 movie files. DVD's through the player are no more along with anyone that needed the center as a hub for tv etc. Now came the deal breaker for me. My sound for youtube and movies starting popping and crackling. I thought it was a driver, but couldn't find a way to fix it through numerous swap outs. Then I thought it was my hardware failing which would have given 10 a reprieve. The popping sounds weren't the end of it. It eventually killed my fun. BSOD. A more pleasant BSOD, but you get the idea. I let that go for two days. I eventually thought, this isn't nice enough to keep, so I ventured back through the loophole of 30 days to like it. My machine couldn't deal with, and a clean install or purchase with it on new was how I feel it could work for me in the future. OHh, btw, you can't turn off updates without geeky moves. They're forced to be automatic whether you like it or not. Now the real bad part. I used the roll back function to get back to 7, and it failed. I was able to get to safe mode at first, tried a few things, then that failed. I then tried eventually to go back to a factory clean machine since that was the only option left through a HP feature. I would lose my files (which I back up mostly), and I did have back up disks I did about a year ago in a storage shed box. I opted for factory clean because it was late and a ride in the dark to get those. Then real bad went to worse. The factory restore failed and left my machine empty and unable to boot. So, my adventure with Win 10 ended with a heavy paper weight. I did save it the next day though. I have 7 back, clean and fast. I did like Cortana. She needs some work however always using the internet and bing to answer questions. For me boot was slower, and overall not as responsive as 7. I could talk or leave the flatish upscaled Win 2000 looks. Gamers will love the better directx. Didn't matter for me. Now you have a real LONG opinion and share of my experience. lol. Good luck. If you have a less traveled good processor and ram machine I'm sure you'll be fine. Don't use any reg cleaners or make crazy changes like adding and using other new machine utilities before you know you'll keep it.

  39. Lottie Miller
    August 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I did a lot of research before actually installing, after downloading Windows 10, and saw that there might be issues with Photoshop CC 2015. After seeing that I might be ok, I went ahead and installed it....or had Geek Squad do it and asked the agent to hang on to see if there was a Photoshop glitch. None. But, there was one with ProShow Producer out of Photodex...this after I called them and asked if they had seen any problems. They answered none as of that day. I kept getting windows that were too big to see all of the slide contents and went to ProShow who helped me through it and explained what to do if it happened again. It happened again and the fix didn't work. But, I will get that rectified. I can still work with the show. THEN, I see that my wifi can be used by others!!! So, I went in and removed those wifi folks that I didn't want to have access to my wifi...which was everybody!!! I know wifi sense can be handy, but I didn't want others to have my wifi. I hate that 10 made that accessible. Wished I had done more research to find that was going to happen. Now, I am getting popups every time I want to respond to a some email calendar reminders or open a document...asking me what program I want to open them with! What a nuisance! Didn't have to do that with the other Windows installations. So far, I haven't found anything that makes it stand out as terrific for me. So far...just these negatives, but I've worked through them and hope that there aren't any more "surprises!"

  40. Ken Marshall
    August 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I believe, that people with less savvy, should wait 6 months to let Microsoft get some of the bugs out and more updates. You can get Windows 10 free for 1 year from July 29, 2015 to July 29, 2016

    Ken -- The Computer Hobbyist

    PS Last week, on my stand alone Windows 10 Preview, I selected activate and it activated to Windows 10 Pro, now I have Windows 7 Pro, 8.1 Pro and 10 Pro , that I can select on my desktop. I help people with there computers and clean them out or do complete recoveries. I use Windows 8.1 Pro, most of the time, I working to learn how to manage and setup Windows 10.

  41. Bill McNair
    August 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    The switch from Win 8.1 to 10 64-bit fixed a lot of security issues for me. Specifically, almost all of the metro apps would start their splash screen then stop working (for my installs of Win 8.1). This has been fixed with the 10 update. I also like the new menu. I have been able to remove all of the little menu icons from my background screen in favor of an organized menu listing of the icons. nice. I am sure that there are a lot of great hooks that have been built into WIn 10 op system that have yet to be used effectively by application programmers.

    I am disappointed at the quality of the existing metro apps created so far. They seem like poorly designed knock-offs of iPhone and Android apps. I am particularly disappointed in the music player metro apps which can't organize and play music from my NAS servers when I am connected to my home LAN, nor can the metro music apps connect through the internet back to my home NAS servers. I still have to use regular Windows music apps to get this functionality.... this is ok for the time being but I would prefer to see more elegantly designed and functionally sensitive "metro" apps.

    Microsoft app programs (Office) have done a pretty good job of adapting to monitor screen resolutions (4K and above) but IE is still performs below par at high resolution and many of the Adobe programs are not quite there. I was hoping that Win 10 intro would facilitate solution of those monitor problems but I see no evidence as of yet.

    I would like to see some USB port add-ins that add certain functionality missing from the current crop of laptops and ultrabooks... for example a GPS locator. Maybe Logitech could figure out how to add this functionality to their unifying receiver (and make it available to the WIN 10 programming interface).

  42. ralph lambert
    August 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Poor video support for my nVidia, had to really look for a way to update the driver, finally was successful. I have ordered a new video card, hopefully that will clear up my GUI issues.

    Tried to use Edge, other than basic browsing most sites were ill equipped to handle it, kept referring me to either Explorer or Chrome. Notice how even the ads on this page don't even mention supporting 10, drivers)

    Keyboard has suddenly developed lag issues.

    Don't get me started on having to sign up with OneDrive, was finally able log in local. Can't wait to see what happens on a domain controller (security anyone)

    Still, it is pretty, I like the combination of both Win 7 and Win 8 GUIs being integrated.

  43. Zoran
    August 4, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I don't like flat UI of Win8/10, so I don't plan to upgrade from my Win7.

    I guess that I will have to upgrade (or switch to Linux) in future, but not willingly.

  44. Andy Roberts
    August 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I've been using Windows 10 since it's release in October (?) and have watched it get better and better as the bugs were fixed and features added. I felt, as the final release date approached that it still wasn't 100% and there was going to be a big new build with everything ironed out, but no, it's still at the same stage as the last insider preview, with perhaps a few extra features for show.
    Having said that, I still think it's a better system than Windows 7 and despite Cortana not working well and a few other things, I think I'm going to enjoy watching it get better still.

    • ptownsen
      August 4, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Agree with you 100%!. These are exactly the comments I was going to make. I've also been a Windows Insider since last fall, also saw the improvements, but was VERY disappointed to NOT see a final release build after 240. I still have trivial issues here and there, but the app closures I saw just a few months ago are gone. I love this OS overall, and I too am looking forward to continuous patching and gradual feature addition. I'm excited!!

  45. Rick Sluder
    August 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I have been using Windows since the very first version. Consider myself a confident user of Windows, Linux and Chrome and like all of them. Down loaded Win 10 and researched all the information available on line about functioning in 10. If you have advanced to 8.1 and used it from the introduction, with time spent researching 10, you should be functional at the start up of the new update. You much spend the reading time to recognize the use of the changes and try all of the new one's. We don't know what Microsoft has in store for continuing the updates after one year, but if you are into Windows, what choice do we have if we wish to continue the venture. I like the new version as it offers more than ever before and it is very fast. Using Google Chrome, we can facilitate easy access to our favorite programs and continue to have the productivity we have become accustomed. I like it very much and will be waiting the updates that are sure to be received. This is a very professional tool and if you haven't used the Windows 8 versions, you have some catching up to do. Get it!

  46. lee65
    August 4, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Well lets see,Windowa 10 just released and already has a security problem. Forced updates for windows 10 Home version. that should be loads of fun and lead to BSOD for millions of users. Free updates for 2 or 4 years (M$ hasn't said which time period yet before they start chargring
    for support)...Did I miss anything? Most likely I did. I think I'll wait for 10 months or so and see just how bad things get and also see how M$ is planning to make their $$$$ on this "free" OS. Should be great fun!

  47. one9712745
    August 4, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Good - Public testing before release, with almost complete system when released. Even during the beta system the OS itself was relatively stable. Far better then win 8, 8.1, although testing on self-installed win 10 pre-released atom-based version was a headache. Continuum is an exciting prospect, as well as Dx12. I've installed win 10 on lumia 1520, worked flawlessly.

    The Bad - still very regional - app store, xbox related are almost useless in my region (at least here in malaysia). OneDrive, OneNote sync are still terribly slow - I've been using this since skydrive, while it is the cheapest, the slow sync really prohibits me from doing anything serious. & due to the slow sync ON almost always had inter-device issues especially password protected pages, rendering it useless.

    The Ugly - havent found yet.

    There are things that I've yet to try, esp disability function (for children).
    Previously I've switched to linux mint when they introduced win 8, used osx for my children. Would like to consider as primary OS once I think everything has settled.

  48. David Weinschrott
    August 4, 2015 at 2:55 am

    I upgraded a laptop from win7 via windows update and a win8.1 desktop using a DVD from a downloaded iso. Both upgrades were smooth. The desktop couldn't get a clean win update file, but I had no trouble getting the iso. Main issue after installation is permissions for various directories. Been going in to set permissions or using the "take ownership" tool. Cortana is a bit of a joke, works intermittently. Was not fully impressed with the start menu, immediately downloaded Start10. No problems with any software except the permissions issue.

  49. Jesse Eron Shinn
    August 4, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Thus far I'm impressed!!! I haven't had a single crash, though I did back up all my files to a TB Drive and do a full "Reset" to give Windows 10 a fresh start. Admittedly I did have to delete the Windows 10 driver for my "Synaptics" touch pad and re-install the Windows 7 Driver from HP, which I could only get as a manually download from "SoftPedia.com". At which point I decided to install "AVG PC Tune Up" and tweak a few things in advance.

    Anyways, it's been running smoother and faster than my old copy of 64-bit Windows 7!!!
    I also love the ability to give advice and feedback along with screen captures!!! ^_^

  50. Mike Godfrey
    August 4, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Reading others comments here that's confirmed it, I am NOT risking an upgrade to break my Win 7 PCs and I'll live with the annoying but relatively minor issues on my Win 8 notebooks as I can work around them. I am NOT wasting hours doing an upgrade and then ending up with a slower PC or worse a broken one !

  51. Mike Godfrey
    August 4, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Lets face it, if a car manufacturer made a car where a wheel was constantly falling off and then came out with the newer model where it didn't, of course it would be a huge success !

  52. Alan Trinder
    August 4, 2015 at 1:42 am

    For such a major upgrade / change it went remarkably smoothly. Only 1 crash post upgrade. Many many things just so much better, the simple stuff like visibility. Very good.

  53. Guy Flaneur
    August 4, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I found that a cold boot is better than a soft boot or reboot after installation. As soon as I did that all errors present after the reboot disappeared. And please read the instructions. I think any anti-virus software should be stopped prior to installation.

  54. Todd Clay
    August 4, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Converted my desktop, which is the backbone of my network, without problem. Initially it was dreadfully slow. It seems faster now but I wasn't going to convert my workhorse laptop until I was comfortable with the desktop. Then I found out that I was having security problems between the desktop and the laptop related to UAC I wasn't able to access file on the network shares at least not able to delete, rename or add new files. This was troublesome as I keep most of my files on the network.

    I finally decided that I would deal with the Win 10 issues on my laptop as I wasn't able to function right with the security problems. After 16 hours I thought my laptop was converted it was moving incredible slow and I was unable to access the start button. I didn't see a whole lot of disk activity and assumed it was done and finally ctrl-alt-deleted to restart the system. I walked out of the room while it rebooted only to be greeted with it was reverting to Win7x64.

    After it finally got done I was back to Win7 which was somewhat of a relief but I don't see ever converting it to Win10 again unless they fix something. Since there's no log or any one to contact or any error other than a failed during data migration popup there's not much hope of fixing it anytime soon. This is typical MS, no decent error message that gives an exact line number or distinct message. In other words they still don't know how to program a computer.

  55. Amy Flores
    August 4, 2015 at 1:04 am

    It is slowing down my system. Most of my programs don't work, even updated.

  56. John E Reese
    August 4, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I been using Windows 10 since release as beta back in Oct., over all it's nice OS with few minor bugs or not the way you want the option to work. Believe me there is more under the 10 skin to learn and get know the in's and out's of it's many settings. One thing I like is re-naming of IE to Edge. When working help desk, you tell your caller to open File Explorer and they open IE. Yes, Edge needs more more work and add extensions to stop ads, popups, and other time killers. Yes, I know ads are part of my life, but if you keep popping in my face. WELL, I will purchase other brand. The Cortana is other dog and pony show, since other OS have it then Windows 10 needs it too. One item missing is tab option in File Explorer, many third party file managers have tabs. I wish there was a way to change login screen, that ugly window just turns me off. The new additions to CMD are nice, like copy and paste. Sometimes when you try to fix a bug and you find cmd prompt over 50 characters long on web page, the cut and paste is life saver. Again over all Windows 10 will be a hit, but still needs few new tricks. If you have legal copy of Windows 7 or 8, the price is great >>> Like FREE <<<

  57. James Van Damme
    August 3, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I'm quite happy running Linux Mint, for several years now. Or, Lubuntu, Zorin, openSUSE. There are too many better choices to bother with Windows any more, and Linux does everything I need to do. Plus, there's the whole freedom thing. Have you read your Windows EULA?

  58. Gene Fozard
    August 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Took me 4 1/2 hours to install. Not a happy camper.

  59. Rich
    August 3, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Can't say till permission from Citrix for stability is received.

  60. Alana Morales
    August 3, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    It would've been a 5, but they turned off the feature that allowed offline OneDrive sync, instead requiring you to download the files you want to sync, which defeats the entire purpose of cloud storage. I'm going to have to either roll back to 8.1 or stop using OneDrive entirely. Very dumb move on their part.

  61. Dick Morris
    August 3, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I'm like Mike Dunn. I'll wait a while--probably several months--before downloading and installing it. Yes, I'm a bit of a Luddite, in that I switched from XP to 7 only six months ago and then because my XP machine gave up the ghost.

    I'm not saying I won't switch to 10--the free upgrade is a great incentive--but I do want to let the innovators and early adopters be the ones to work any bugs out of the OS before I take the plunge.

  62. Xing Zhang
    August 3, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Windows 10 gave me more troubles than convenience: The remote desktop does not work right from the bat, the Edge cannot block pop-up ads or adware from the website, and Cortana is useless. Needs to spend 2 hours online looking for answers how to resolve this remote desktop issue that I had without success. Gave up and got back to 8.1. Much happier!

  63. Mike Dunn
    August 3, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I'll wait.I'm quite happy with Win7,and besides,I don't like the fact that I have to accept every update.

  64. Suzanne Grundy
    August 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I've reserved my copy, but will wait awhile before upgrading... I'm glad they said I could decide when to actually install 10, as this way I can wait until any major bugs are dealt with (call me a "fraidy cat").

  65. Darrin Keith Long
    August 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    since i upgraded to windows 10 i have had problems with my graphics hardware. for some reason i get a green screen some of the videos site or cam site all i hear is sound. my windows media player dose not play anymore my fire fox and edge browsers are the ones im have problems with far as watching videos but only hearing the sound. i downloaded and installed google chrome slow again and the video or webcam site the require flash player worked fine.

  66. Leah C
    August 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I'm still waiting for its arrival. I put in a reservation so I'll probably get it next month or something.

  67. Cora Denise Rogers
    August 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I really like how easy it was to install on my 8.1 systems (not having that same success on my windows 7 laptop).
    I will not be using Cortana feature because I am not comfortable with having to logon to a Microsoft account to access MY computer. Nor do I feel comfortable having to allow access to all my apps, my bandwidth, my network, and my location for Cortana to work. I am also not using Edge Browser (not til they have more of my much relied upon extensions)
    I really love Task View and Multiple Virtual Desktop feature. This is something I have wanted for years to come standard instead of having to use a special app for it. I am still not happy with the 10 start menu even though it beats the "metro start screen" of Windows 8. So I installed a third party app, IObit Start Menu 10 (formerly Start Menu 8) that gives you the regular old windows 7 style start menu. I dont think I like Windows pushing updates without letting us decide not to update...I just see many driver conflicts and hassles due to it in the future. I hope they change this.
    All that being said...I think 10 will be much better than its 8 disaster.

  68. jshaw
    August 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Less than two hours to install - that's impressive. Ease of use by combining the best of 7 & 8 - that's impressive. Ability to continue using the apps I do with no hiccups (so far) - impressive. Some of the apps that came with 10 (continued from 8?) are not so impressive. And, the ones Microsoft deems most important mean nothing to me or my business.

  69. Steve J. McWilliam
    August 3, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I was impressed with smoothness and simplicity of the install. Since installation it has been running smoothly and reasonably quickly (Advent QC6003 Quad Core 64bit, Windows 10 , 6 Gb RAM). Only problems encountered so far are a Midi issue which it seems was reported in December 2014 and has not been fixed, and an inability to run Cortana (which it says is not available in my country/region yet the website says that it is available in the UK (which is where I am - again it seems I am not the only one with this problem).

    Other than the above - for a 1st installation of a new OS I think it has gone very well indeed and I look forward to the above issues being fixed and perhaps them squeezing a little more speed out of it (I'm always greedy for faster !!!).

  70. Lehlohonolo Ramphalile
    August 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

    The fact that Microsoft Microsoft South Africa won't allow a user to move up a property by holding onto move up button sucks. Now I have to keep pressing move up up up up until where I'd like it.
    There's so much excluded in comparison with XP developments that I can lament over, but Microsoft doesn't listen to consumers. They do how they wish.

  71. Andrew Kelley
    August 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    While I have not actually installed a post-release version (I am still actually running the tech preview) I will have to say that although it looks and feels much like Windows 8 (8.1) I do believe it runs a bit smoother and has some features that most people will find very useful and well thought out. To say it is leaps and bounds better than any of the other Windows versions is not true. Personally I still use Windows 7 on one of my boxes and I truly prefer that over Windows 10 so far. Perhaps in time Windows 10 will achieve a well polished finish that Microsoft is looking for, it certainly has more of a chance of doing so than Windows 8 ever had (IMO). I often get the feeling that Microsoft developers need to hold back on every other release ... they seem to rush forward to release a version that is never really quite right, only to "glaze the finish" correctly on the subsequent release. I would much rather see them release fewer versions and "get it right" the first time than to keep releasing things like Vista and Windows 8.

  72. Byron Knight
    August 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I really like the fact that all the "Metro" stuff is pushed way into the background on desktops and laptops. I have had nothing but trouble with store apps crashing for no apparent reason since the first version of Windows 8 and on multiple devices. I may just be the blind man who touched the elephant, but my experiences tell me that the entire "Metro" platform is faulty. I would never use such an app for critical data or pay money for one.

  73. Alex “KingOGreen2.0” Downs
    August 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    The return of the Start Menu as well as an option to go the Windows 8/8.1 title screen is refreshing. It's not flawless, not expecting it to be, but Windows 10 has a lot more stable I feel than 8/8.1. I loved 7 and 8 so it's nice to see a pseudo hybrid of the two. Bringing together 8's key features with a 7 feel to it. It runs smoothly, and Microsoft Edge is surprisingly not horrible. Definitely room to grow, but this was the OS we've been waiting for.

  74. Phil Nolan
    August 2, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    The Start menu returning is a disappointment but otherwise it's a very nice update.

  75. Nicky K.D Chaleunphone
    August 2, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Windows 10 is okay but it's missing some of the features like Tablet Keyboard and some of the Firewalls like comodo firewall do not work at all.

    • Phil Nolan
      August 2, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      The on screen keyboard works here but for some reason it's rather small. The button to make it bigger works but the keys all stay the same size in the middle.

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