What the MakeUseOf Team Thinks of Windows 10

Gavin Phillips 17-08-2015

Windows 10 arrived on July 29 and has received rave reviews across much of the tech-sphere. And it is understandably so because Microsoft did two basic things well: a serious period of soul searching following Windows 8, and an extended, inclusive testing period.


Oh, and they changed their management structure, and have a new(ish) company ethos based on universal productivity Microsoft Is Nurturing Cross-Platform Productivity Tools Microsoft's collection of productivity apps is ever growing. We have compiled an overview of the apps that keep you working smoothly. We also explore how new additions will enhance the current suite. Read More .

Windows 10

Windows 10 is a big deal. It is the latest and greatest in the long running Microsoft operating system line, and Redmond has actively touted this to be their last large OS release The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! Read More . It is a chance for Microsoft to regain some lost ground to some of its major competitors, and a chance to lure back some of the consumers lost in the period.

Instead of a single author listing off the bits they like and love about the new operating system, we thought our readers deserved a better, egalitarian approach, and gave our authors the opportunity to contribute with their own Windows 10 experience or perception.

So here we go: the MUO Windows 10 Opinion piece.


Tina Sieber: OneDrive Users Beware

I’ve been running Windows 10 since October last year, first the Technical Preview, then the Insider Preview, and now the release version Is Windows 10 Build 10240 the Most Unfinished RTM Version Ever? What's the proof for Build 10240 being the RTM version and is it ready for public release? We have investigated the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build and compiled the evidence. Read More . For me, Windows 10 was stable and usable from the very beginning. So much that I immediately made it my main operating system, something I never did for Windows 8. Every new build installed effortlessly and I never had to go back or start from scratch. While the preview builds did have bugs, none of them were devastating and the overall experience was smooth.


Over those past months, Windows 10 has been going through a steady evolution and we can expect this development to continue. Windows 10 will never be finished. The first big update — Threshold 2, expected this fall — will add new features and hopefully remove any bugs that are still hanging around.

One group that has expressed great disappointment in Windows 10 were OneDrive users who fully embraced the “smart files” feature in Windows 8. It allowed them to see and access hundreds of gigabytes of data in the cloud from their desktop, while not burdening their local drive with more than empty placeholders. This feature was removed, but is expected to return with a future update, hopefully with Threshold 2. Until then, passionate OneDrive users 5 Ways to Get Productive With Microsoft OneNote Do you feel the need for an offline organization tool that also exists on the web? Surprisingly, Microsoft has come up with the perfect solution - OneNote. Read More should look into alternatives for smart files or delay the upgrade.


Matthew Hughes: Golden Touch

So, I’ve been using Windows 10 in a pretty unusual way. Rather than on a standard laptop or desktop, I’ve been using it on a 7″ keyboard-less tablet How Well Does Windows 10 Work on a Tiny Tablet? Windows 10 is taking the devices of disgruntled Windows 8 and curious Windows 7 users by storm. The PC experience is great, but how does it perform on small screens? Matthew tested Windows 10 on... Read More . It’s been… surprisingly good.

First: Controversial opinion, Windows 8 was an abomination. It tried to compromise between being a tablet OS and a desktop OS, and failed at both. It was bad, and Microsoft should feel bad.

Windows 10 Tablet

Windows 10 feels extremely touch-oriented. The buttons are bigger, and can be pressed even with my grotesque, vienna sausage fingers. The keyboard is vastly improved, with better access to special characters and a more efficient use of space. Gestures and hotspots are better thought out, and Edge runs amazingly on the low specs of the majority < $100 Windows tablets.


By focusing on design and user experience, Microsoft has built an operating system that’s touch-oriented, but still feels amazingly natural on a desktop or laptop. That’s pretty damn amazing.

But it’s still Windows. Although the operating system is optimized, not all apps are. There’s no consistent experience across apps, as there are on Windows Phone and iOS. It’s a vast improvement, but there’s still a long way to go.

At least it’s got Candy Crush You Probably Won't Read This Article In Full, Because Smartphones [Tech News Digest] Smartphones are bad OK, Candy Crush comes to Windows 10, Reddit finally tackles harassment, Rdio Select lowers prices, and the trippiest 3D music video you're ever likely to see. Read More .

Guy McDowell: No Need to Rush

Windows 10 is a nice blend of accommodating the way long time Windows users work and making things easier for people completely new to Windows. There is new functionality Under the Hood: 6 Hidden Windows 10 Features You Can Unlock Windows 10 is full of secrets and surprises. Some new features are just not very well known, yet. Here are six tips for customizing your Windows 10 experience. Read More in it, and some things have disappeared or been significantly changed. The changes aren’t enough to negatively affect most people’s use of Windows, though.


When asked about Windows 10, and I get asked a lot, my standard answer is, “If you have a computer that’s working well and you’re happy with the version of Windows you have on it, no need to upgrade. If you’re going to buy a brand new Windows based computer, you might as well go with Windows 10. It won’t be as much of a shock as Windows 8.

Mihir Patkar: Curb Your Enthusiasm

I like Windows 10. As a free upgrade, I think everyone should install it. Hey, it’s free, right? Windows 10 Upgrade - Free Doesn't Mean It Won't Cost Anything There's a catch to the free Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft understands its audience all too well; they are more likely to pay for the freedom of control, rather than for extra features. Read More But there is nothing to get excited about here.

Windows 10 is a refinement of everything Windows has done in the past few years. To quote an oft-repeated phrase in technology today, it’s an evolutionary step, not a revolutionary step.

The base operating system itself is solid. The preview has crashed on me far less number of times than previous versions. It generally works well, and I’m glad to see the Start menu A Guide to the Windows 10 Start Menu Windows 10 fixes the Start Menu dilemma! Getting to grips with the new Start Menu will supercharge your Windows 10 experience. With this handy guide, you'll be an expert in no time. Read More  back. It feels like the Windows desktop environment we all know.

Windows 10 Start menu

And in many ways, Windows 10 is an evolution of the desktop. All those “Modern” apps from Windows 8 are now packaged as Universal apps which run within the desktop environment, and that’s nice to see.

The new Edge browser is a non-starter for me. It has nothing on Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Don’t bother with it. And I like the idea of Cortana 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 , but I don’t see myself using it much.

When you boil it all down, Windows 10 is an improved desktop environment, and that’s a good thing for someone who likes his PC to function how it has always been functioning. But nothing in Windows 10 is exciting, future-changing, or even present-changing in how you interact with your devices and technology, as a collective.

Christian Cawley: Why Not to Upgrade Yet

Having lived with Windows 8 for the past 4 years (from evaluating the previews through to using the latest Windows 8.1) and seen how much it’s evolved, I’m part excited, part dreading the arrival of Windows 10.

I’m excited because I think having Cortana on the desktop will be really useful for all kinds of users, but at the same time I’m reluctant to get too excited as I don’t feel the UI is right for the voice assistant on a desktop computer, which feels like a direct port from Windows Phone 8 Got A New Windows Phone? Get Up To Speed With These Tutorials Suddenly found that you're the owner of a new Windows Phone? Switching to a new mobile OS can be something of a culture shock. Fear not, we're here to introduce you. Read More , even occupying similar dimensions.


Similarly, I’m dreading Windows 10 because I’m not convinced that Microsoft has truly learned how to deal with the problems of Windows 8. Edge is a case in point: the browser looks clunky (and currently lacks extension support) and this is obviously to enhance its usability for touch users. But it still looks clunky. There’s also the problem with Windows Explorer, which is barely possible to use without a mouse.

I’m excited by Continuum, I’m thrilled by the idea of a more touch-friendly Office and I’m intrigued to see how games can be streamed from an Xbox One Here's How Gaming Will Work With Windows 10 With Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing PC gaming and the Xbox One together in a big way. Find out what to expect once Windows 10 arrives. Read More . But I’m not upgrading to Windows 10 just yet. Technical issues installing it on my six month old laptop aside, I’m playing it safe and leaving Windows 10 in a virtual machine until I’m satisfied that the various bugs and missing features have been resolved, or announcements made to this effect.

I would also urge anyone reading this to think carefully about the upgrade, and hang fire… for now.

Bruce Epper: Smooth Rollback

Despite taking about 30 minutes longer than expected, the upgrade of my Windows 7 Ultimate system to Windows 10 Pro went smoothly.  Post-upgrade, I needed to have Norton Security contact the subscription servers again to get it working properly.

Even though I didn’t use the Express Settings, I still went through all of the options that affect Microsoft’s data collection to shut off everything I didn’t absolutely need.

Then I went out and downloaded a few files of various sizes to see how well networking performed, which appears to be somewhat better than my original Windows 7 setup.


With everything seeming to work correctly, I started work on another article. While I was writing and pulling up a couple of Internet sources to verify what I was writing was correct, I suddenly lost Internet connectivity. I could still reach all of the machines on my network, but couldn’t do anything on the Internet. Running the Network Troubleshooter How to Fix Your Wireless Internet Connection in Windows Are you struggling to get a strong and stable wireless Internet connection? It could be the hardware or Windows itself causing the problem. Here are some troubleshooting tips. Read More resulted in the claim of a problem with my cable modem even though all other devices on my network had no problems accessing the Internet.

I verified that my network settings hadn’t changed. I disabled my security software. I rebooted the machine several times. I still couldn’t get to the Internet.

With no other options left for my most critical machine, I rolled back to Windows 7 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 Windows 10 is here and maybe it's not what you expected. If you already upgraded, you can perform a rollback. And if you haven't yet, create a system backup first. We show you how. Read More . About 45 minutes later, the system was back to my old operating system and everything working again.

The most surprising thing to me about the entire experience was how quickly the rollback happened and I haven’t found anything that was broken in the process. I figured I would end up reinstalling at least some software once the rollback completed, but all of my day-to-day programs have been working flawlessly.

Gavin Phillips: Opinions Roundup

Windows 10 is clearly a winner. But as with any new operating system, it has arrived with its fair share of errors and bugs. However, in comparison with Windows 8, it is a vastly cleaner, easier-to-access experience for consumers, focused on delivering immediately usable services. As well as this, Microsoft has time and experience on its side.

Windows 8 was released at a time when tablets, while popular, were not as widely used. Windows 8 landed as an operating system designed for devices consumers didn’t have, and certainly didn’t appreciate being pushed towards. Microsoft looks to have acknowledged the error of their ways, learning from the flaws.

Windows 10 comes with a new look, a new browser, new universal apps. It is a fast, modern operating system with excellent search features, a nice shiny new settings panel, and with the promise of an evolving Cortana. The Threshold 2 update arrives in October, bringing with it a slew of features, updates, optimizations, operating system stabilizations, and very importantly, extensions for the Edge browser How to Set Up Microsoft Edge, the Default Browser in Windows 10 Microsoft's new Internet browser Edge made its first appearance in Windows 10 Insider Preview. It's still rough around the edges, but sleek and fast. We show you how to migrate and set it up. Read More .

Windows 10 also comes with a somewhat hefty price attached if you’re not receiving a free upgrade, coming in at roughly $100 depending on your retailer. We are also waiting to see just how many developers are going to jump aboard the universal apps train, despite how useful they are to you and I. Microsoft is caught in a bind: they need more users to encourage app developers to the platform, while they need the apps to lure the users. Will the promise of a free upgrade keep the download counter ticking, or will the initial surge slowly die? Either way, it’s a numbers game for Microsoft.

Windows 7 was great. Windows 8 was terrible to begin with, but admittedly improved over time. Windows 10 isn’t quite the shining, glorious return Microsoft may have envisioned, but it is a jolly nice return to the bits of Windows we know and like best.

Your turn! What do you think? Have you upgraded or would you like to? If not, what’s your reason for holding back?

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  1. Anonymous
    September 22, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I was a fan of what MS started doing with improving system backup options, adding 'Refresh'
    and 'reset' and RecImg.EXE (which no one MS or tech writers bothered to mention). I am not a fan of the way MS changed the names of Refresh and Reset in Windows 10.

    My question is, do any of your authors know what has happened to RecImg.EXE I read a review of the RTM version in July. RecImg was not there. I have not seen any official MS documentation saying what is happening iwth RecImg. I have received a reply from one techwriter who said that it has been Deprecated.

    My questions to anyone are:
    1. what is the official word on RecImg?
    2. if it is gone, is it possible to copy RecImg.EXE from Win 8 into Win 10 and use it?
    3. if it is not gone, any timeline on when MS will be rolling it out in an update?

  2. Anonymous
    August 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    If your present system is working satisfactorily I would recommend you wait until Fall when the second major update occurs.

    I have a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit desktop and got hooked on all the hype about Windows 10 and set up the app to make the change. I got the notice that the download was complete and made the install. Everything went well and about 45 minutes later had Windows 10.

    The first problem ... No audio. It took many attempts Googling to find the problem was due to 10 changing the Bitrate and Hz settings. After correcting the problem, the desktop started changing from the desktop with icons to one that was empty. It kept cycling from one to the other every two seconds, not allowing me to do anything. After rebooting three times a pause occurred that allowed me to access security and restore Windows 7.

    Now I can't delete me emails in Windows Live Mail. I deleted Windows Live Essentials and reinstalled and the problem continues. I've tried Googling and can't find a solution. the latest problem... My folders have been changed to Read Only. I can't save photos to my Pictures folder. I am at my wits end.

    Can anyone tell me if reinstalling 10 will eliminate the email problem and remove the Read Only setting?

  3. Anonymous
    August 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    After I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 I also had problems with connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi on my local network.The connection speed was terrible. I subsequently discovered that printing to an HP printer on my network was also giving trouble.Connecting my Samsung Galaxy S6 also proved to be a challenge. I eventually discovered that a number of the drivers on my Dell laptop needed to be changed/updated and in one case rolled back to an earlier version. I think it might take some time for the other players in the game to update drivers to function harmoniously with Windows 10. I hope this is of assistance to someone as it took me a while to figure this out.

  4. Anonymous
    August 19, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    You didn't mention direct x ? what's in it for gamers?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Unfortunately, none of our gaming experts spoke up. However, we've previously covered how gaming works in Windows 10. Hope this helps.

      If you're interested, be sure the look for more recent coverage. Apparently, some people have had issues with games slowing down in Windows 10. Unfortunately, I can't tell you why or whether this has been resolved.

  5. Anonymous
    August 19, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Well, you have to weight things carefully with Microsoft. When I worked there, the programmers and program managers were always whining about the good old mainframe days. They wanted to keep all the code on their servers and manage everything from their server rooms and charge of course.

    Well, low and behold the Internet has gotten robust enough for them to get what they want and over the last few versions they have been creeping up on Microsoft as a service for a fee. I don't see anything "good" or really different in this new version. No "killer" apps so to speak. So I have been dual booting Linux so that I can make the leap to another operating system. I am not about a "scratch and sniff" GUI; if it doesn't have a keyboard it isn't a computer. I can't for the life of me conceive of doing 8 hours worth of spreadsheet work on a glorified mobile phone. I can't imagine pawing a device for hours on end.

    With Linux I get it for free, no store, (I heard some nonsense about charging user for the card games), I get any GUI I want, and now Open Office or whatever they are calling it today is compatible with MS products, what's not to like!

  6. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Two upgrades so far, both went well except the laptop suddenly thought its HDD was a SDD and refused to defrag it. Fixed that with a Google search. Also, laptop lost its right click. Fixed that with a driver roll back. Desktop thought its SSD was a HDD so I turned its defrag off.

    I was happy to use my old IE and Live Mail in those computers and did not fully realize what crap Win 10 MAIL and EDGE were until I got a new computer with factory fresh Win 10.

    As an operating system, Win 10 is nice but I consider mail and browsing to be key apps, and these are minimalist to the point of being worthless, dandy on a cell phone but not a desktop where I want features, features, and more features. I do wish that Microsoft would quit trying to turn my desktop into a cell phone.

    • Anonymous
      August 21, 2015 at 3:18 am

      Well crud !!!! Two days and one Microsoft update later, my right click is not working again. This is getting old.

  7. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I have two computers to upgrade: one is an Olidata brand laptop, with an Intel Dual Core processor and 2 GB RAM, with a 32 bit Windows 7 Pro. the other one is a Gateway laptop with a Core i5 processor and 4 GB RAM, and a 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium. I've reserved the upgradde for both computers. The first one is still waiting, while the second one is already upgraded to Windows 10 Home. It's been about three weeks since the upgrade, and I have to say, I've had a few issues with the Start button, the Store and the Photos app. The Start button, I fixed it myself applying a Restore point. But the apps, I had to call Microsoft support thru the chat system integrated in the Windows 10 Start menu, and they were very helpful. It took a long support session, with remote access and a couple restarts, but it worked! Bottom line, I'll wait until the first major update arrives to upgrade the Olidata system at home.

  8. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Feeling good now after upgrading windows 7 into windows 10. Hope so it works best on this 3 years old dell inspiron i3.

  9. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I am not normally an early adopter - it took me 8 years to buy an iPod and even longer to make the switch to smart phones. However I was entranced by the feature rich promises being ladled out daily through all the news feeds and... well it was free...

    My initial attempt to upgrade got hung up and wouldn't go past the machine test stage for about two hours so I cancelled and waited a while before trying again and everything went smoothly. About an hour into my first test phase (Far Cry 3 over Steam if you must know) I closed the ...ahem... test software and found that my start menu wouldn't open along with notifications, the app store, the search bar and Edge. My email (Outlook) was also dead.

    Eventually I managed to find System Restore and went back to the initial install which gave me back everything except Edge and the app store which will open but I can't buy anything.

    I still like Windows 10 but I am hoping that some improvements come down the pipeline before my 30 days deadline rolls around because if I am not fully operational on day 29 back to Windows 7 I go.

    Overall though it is nice and doesn't have that overly complex feel to it that previous Windows OSs have had. It just feels simpler and cleaner. If only it would lose some of these dirty little habits...

  10. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I have upgraded 3 machines to Windows-10 so far and completed installations on another 2. My own machine is 61/2 years old and went flawlessly and easily. Upgrades were from Windows 7 and from Windows 8.1. Only one machine (from Win-7) has had an issue and that was fixed by turning off the 'Fast Start' process though I must say that the start time seemed no slower afterwards.

    All machines are running speedily and smoothly with no crashes so far after over 2 weeks of daily running. In my opinion a good upgrade experience and certainly better than a lot of previous Microsoft developments. Looking forward to the next major upgrade tp Threshold-2 in October.

  11. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Yeah, it's still Windows no ?
    The eternal updates, the being prone to virus attacks, the problems with finding appropriate drivers between versions, WiFi issues and finally after giving 10 so called for free it seems users will be forced in paying yearly fees.
    I still follow Microsoft just to see where they are ending but using it, no rather not.
    I had more then enough it is time to say goodbye for ever.

  12. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 9:32 am

    My first thoughts were to download Windows 10 on my 7 year old laptop running Windows 7 home premium, as I had less to lose than on my desk top. The download and installation went reasonable smooth 1 hr 15 min, but it took a couple of restarts to get the sound working.

    I don't like the Wi-Fi being turned on automatically so your neighbours know what you're up to. That took me a few minutes to turn off, so the only thing it connects to is my router. Privacy is an issue!!!! It takes some time deciding what you want to allow and what you don't (descriptions of features are poor or non-existent, making it difficult for someone who isn't a programmer). I don't like having to log on to my computer through my Microsoft account, and it took my awhile to figure out how to bypass that. To me, that is an intrusion of my privacy in itself. So some features I can't use... Whoopee!!!

    My surprise was Lenovo had an update for the old clunker, and the combination of that and Windows 10 has improved the performance and speed.

    Microsoft still has the crappiest voice recognition. Try as I might with mic or headset it doesn't recognise my voice, yet I have no problem with Skype. Edge is clunky and slow Cortana doesn't recognise my voice, so I'll stay with my old browser.

    All my old programs seem to be working. One I had to re-register. An old XP program from 2002 "Microsoft Picture It" works better than ever.

    It takes some getting used to finding things, and they don't have any good tutorials that I can find. Overall, so far, I'm satisfied with Windows 10.

    If you've opted in for the free update, but don't feel ready and want to wait a month or two, old of on clicking the notification when you receive it. It says it gives the option to wait, but the start the update process even when you click postpone. Make sure you have an up-to-date back-up before you proceed, in case you want to restore to your old system.

  13. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Guess I'm just lucky - I've installed Windows 10 on 3 different computers - a 4-year old laptop running Windows 8.1 Pro (that previously had Windows 7 Home), a 4-year old desktop running Windows 7 Home and a new laptop running Windows 8.1 Home - all of them have been pretty easy to upgrade and I've no major hardware issues to complain about.

  14. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Perhaps if Microsoft had spent a little more time Beta testing Win 10 there wouldn't be as many complaints as we've seen so far with failed upgrades and bricked PC's. I tested it on brand new hardware with no legacy parts and installed Win 8, then 8.1 upgrade with no problem. The Win 10 upgrade not only got stuck in a restart loop but somehow screwed up my BIOS such that the SSD drive vanished. Needless to say I'm NOT upgrading our laptops or Win 7 PC's that are used for 'mission critical' use whilst Win 10 is still work in progress !

  15. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 1:30 am

    I have not been able to install Window 10. Each time I click the Window, it outlines what's going to happen and then tells me that the download is ready, HOWEVER, when I click on "Let's Get Started" nothing happens, NOTHING!! I had to clear up 5 gigs on my computer for this, and I still can't get Windows to install on my computer, WTH. In my opinion, it's a waste of my time.

    • Anonymous
      August 18, 2015 at 6:45 am

      J. Seals,

      I had the same problem but managed to sort it out. Open window update, then click on "search for updates", thereafter windows will guide you through the installation. Good lucky!

  16. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Led Squirrelabee

    Dear Abby, Dear Abby.....
    Windows 10 ? Um, big question! Really. Should I stay or should I roll back to Windows 8.1, That has been the Shakespearean question that has been plaguing me now for almost two weeks now. Driving me Nuts, no pun intended. Squirrels, hairless nuts,........ ah, forget it.

    I use a computer as mostly as a tool, for Photoshop, Music Making/ listening and surfing the net for Intelligent Signs of Life Out There (Info), Purchases and of course Email. Period Period Period. Google has been my surfboard for nearly 15 years. Love it. Tried the others. Thanks but. No Thank You!

    Know all the right settings, portals, Sarah Palin Porn blockers keep GOOGLE Number 1.on MY computer with all the other Windows projects.that have came and gone since Windows 97. Windows 10 though ?

    Excuse my French, pardon my bitterness, button my lip, but for me Windows 10 has been nothing but a Microsoft All Out War on Google. Get this...... 200 Favorites. Gone. Can I even remember half of the addresses. No. My Stupidity (probably) or ripped off? Right Click. Email with Windows Live ? Copy and paste from Images to Email. Gone Gone Gone!!! All Gone. So many search providers jump up when I know they should be blocked from doing so.Etc. Etc. What the F' is going on? Mr. Windows 10.

    The latest. Get this, Dear Abby, I used an up to date familiar Malware program to see if there was any Malware programs hidden on my computer somewhere interfering with Google. Well somewhere buried deep in the Windows 10 software, it now recognizes Google as an infestation. Yes an Infestation, Bedbugs Cuties or Crabs??? {:-@ (take your pick), Get rid of them!!! these programs attack Google!!! Bla Bla Bla. Bingo Bingo Bingo. Got you little "Excuse my Frenchers here". Delete Delete Gone. Whew. Back on track finally.

    Guess What ? Restarted my computer. GOOGLE GONE! {:-(((( Gone everywhere. Everywhere, even reloaded Google numerous times. For a week now if I want to use Google? That little F'n rectangle window beside that God almighty new re-virginised Start Button.Says (Search The Web and Windows) Got to go through Bing if I want to go to Heaven.Ha ! Ain't no Joke now. Now Mr.Big Windows 10. Can I get rid of that F'n Bing Search Engine now and replace it with Google in that little Rectangle Window Box? Uh ??????? Sorry, Can't hear ya.......

    Damm, Damm Damm. Dear Abby, Happy faces, Sad faces, You name it faces.... but how can a person give the Royal Finger Salute on the Keyboard.? Bewildered.

    Pssst. Hey, Mr.BIG Windows 10 ? Go to Google. Google Images to bee-xact. Search "Armed Squirrels" and you will see. How many of us out there are P_ _ _ _ d O_ f with Windows 10 and ready to Scamper on a moments notice.

    Ain't workin' for Pepsi. Ain't workin' for Coke. Just want my Google back {:-)


  17. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 12:26 am

    What a load of cr@p from the Microsoft evangelists! Windows 10 is a DISASTER when it comes to privacy! They steal - yes, steal! - information from you shamelessly and "opting out" is really not an option unless you have a major in microsoftology with a minor in windology! STAY AWAY IF YOU VALUE YOUR PRIVACY! Go ahead if you want to hand Microsoft your passwords, credit card information, etc., and have no control whatsoever over the system. Time to move to *nix people!

  18. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 12:13 am

    I love the look of 10 and some of the ways the functionality is enhanced and that is what it is all about really for the man in the street, functionality. Reliability, somewhat flakier than I hoped occasionally making me think my less adventurous "wait until they have ironed out the bugs" friends may well have been right. Having said that only 1 blue screen event and I repaired that by using a restore point.
    Biggest hassle, a number of my on line licences have been revoked as they think I have put the program on a new pc, OK they get turned back on but really, just an bummer. It is a bit of a shame the browser was only a work in progress item rather than a functioning item, no add ons???
    Still it is getting there.

  19. Anonymous
    August 17, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    What, no comments on the appalling changes to the privacy policy or the forced Windows Updates, whether you want them or not?

    How about the bitlocker decryption key being sent to Microsoft without your permission unless you own one of the Pro versions? I think anyone for whom privacy is important such as lawyers, doctors, people with high value information should think long and hard before committing to Windows 10.

    • Anonymous
      August 18, 2015 at 12:27 am


  20. Anonymous
    August 17, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Like Tina, I signed on to Windows 10 when the original Technical Preview came out. I watched it stumble along with a few rough releases, but I managed to work out most of the issues and watched the development into a pretty exciting operating system. My desktop computer (built in 2011) was running Windows 7 and my 4-year old ASUS laptop running Windows 7 (upgraded to Windows 8/8.1 Pro) managed to handle Windows 10 without any issue. I purchased a new Dell laptop, running Windows 8.1 Home and I've been able to upgrade ALL of my systems to Windows 10.

    Now as a old-timer (I started with an Atari 800 and then a Kaypro PC running MS-DOS on a dual-floppy drive machine) I've had no issue with the changes caused by Windows 10. I've upgraded various computers over the years (from Windows 1.0 to Windows 10) and most of them have been upgrades over an existing operating system. Most of the time, the upgrades have gone pretty well and I've had little reason to go back to an older OS. I'm sure that Microsoft will continue to improve the operating system as they receive more feedback from different users regarding installation and other issues (now if I could figure out how to create a desktop theme...) and even if you aren't sure about it, you have a year to decide on upgrading your old computer (or buying a new one...)

    One thing I will say though is make sure that you have a good backup of all of your data (including a disk image of your old system setup) - just in case...

  21. Anonymous
    August 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I generally like Windows 10 but, being on a metered connection and realizing it was using up my bandwidth at an unusual rate, I've had to cripple it. I've disabled the Windows Update service to stop the multiple forced updates in their tracks. I will turn it back on when I am ready to download updates.

    I've also completely killed Cortana. I don't want that spyware virus telling MS everything I do and sending private files to them. Disabling Cortana in settings doesn't really disable her. The process still runs in the background. To kill her completely, you have to rename the file, or the folder containing the file, that launches it. This also broke the useless new start menu. I just replaced it with Classic Shell.

  22. Anonymous
    August 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    In my Opinion Windows 8.1 is perfect for those two in one Tablet PC's that are out on the market right now. Window's 10 right now is suited for Desktops but I think people still prefer Windows 7 over Windows 10. I have an Asus 2 in 1 tablet PC latop and Windows 8.1 works great for that.