Why I Upgraded to My Lovely Windows 10
1. Iíve seen many complaints about Windows 10, such as, ďYou cannot create an OS that is useful and optimized for touch screens and also is useful and optimized for mice and keyboards. You just simply can't. You focus on mice and keyboards, or you focus on touch screens and tablets.Ē Actually, you can, and Microsoft has pulled it off quite nicely. I have one Desktop, three Laptops and two Android tablets.
Letís take the Ďdroid first. Everyone knows tablets are touch, right? They were never built for mice or keyboards, right? Of course they are; guess what! My first act was to purchase a Bluetooth mouse and a Bluetooth keyboard for my tablets. Works just as well with the mouse and keyboard as with touch. Screen stays nicer too; no smudges or smears.
I was leery about Windows 10 (and Windows 8 for that matter) being built for either touch or keyboard and mouse. No worries at all. This desktop is a non-touch device, yet I have no problems using my mouse and keyboard with it. Whatever I want to do, it can be done with this computer. The same holds true for my three non-touch laptops.
Itís even been said that, ďevery single mouse user wanted the classic start menu back, optimized for mice and keyboards.Ē Ummm, well, I admit I wouldnít mind seeing the Windows 7 interface back, but well, I really donít have a problem using my mouse on Windows 10 (or Windows 8 for that matter). Using my mouse in Windows 10 is just as intuitive as it was in Windows 7. And no, I donít use Start 8 or Classic Shell. Donít need Ďem.
2. Icons: Itís been said, ďOversimplify comes with distortion, misunder-standing, errors, less information per menu, confusion, loss of features, more clicks of course, slower workflow and headacheĒ. O . . . K, what about those of us who actually like simplicity? Is this what we have to look forward to? I think not.
Itís also been said, ďWe need icons that are ďfull of details, shadows, brightness, contrast, and colors, don't create for an advanced 2015 machine a bunch of 20-years-old icons. Create crispier, more beautiful and graphically better icons and interfacesĒ. Waitjustaminnittharpodnah! Sure, some icons lack a certain pizazz, but letís not get so carried away that Windows 10 is full of bloat. BTW, you can change icons.
3. WiFi Itís been said, ďAnd now, you can only, and I mean it, you can ONLY left-click a WiFi in the list and connect to it. That's it. No properties from that menu, no nothing. Just a connect button and that's it. I beg to differ, in that you can go to Settings>Network and Internet and there are all the settings one needs to set up whatever is necessary. Methinks an hour just isnít enough time to get to know all the really cool features in Windows 10.
4. Control Panel Itís been said, ďThe new Control Panel is ugly, a waste of space, is sad, very sad, no colors, atomic blinding white everywhere (more Lollipop stuff, surprise), you feel like you're actually using a Windows Store app instead of Window's Control Panel.Ē I guess you canít please all of the people all of the time. Oh, well.
ďAnd the very best of all, if you try to change an "advanced option", the Metro Control Panel closes itself and BOOM!, the classic Control Panel appears. Yeah, pathetic, so pathetic.Ē Actually, I think this is by design, since those of us who have been testing the Windows 10 Technical Preview all know and understand, the Control Panel will eventually be deprecated and Settings will take its place. There has been and will continue to be a small learning curve (maybe thatís why MS left the Control Panel for a while longer), but the more I use Settings, the more I learn about it.
5. Windows Update Itís been said, ďYou, user, have no control over Updates. Even drivers, yeah, Windows Update will download them and install them, it doesn't matter if you want them or not. It will happen.Ē Well, yes, we do. Microsoft has capitulated and will offer an app to allow us to choose what will be installed. Methinks some folks are so against Windows 10 that they have no incentive to check whether theyíre right or not.
6. File Explorer Itís been called Windows Explorer, but itís File Explorer. Yet more complaints, mostly about File Explorer being ďwhiteĒ. As weíve discussed early on, there are other ways to view Windows 10; some just havenít figured it out yet. J
7. Bigger Contextual Menus Itís been said, ďAgain, tablets. Now you right-click an icon, and the items in the menu are noticeably more separated, which means bigger contextual menus that doesn't fit at all a PC with a mouse. The separation of the items in all the previous Windows is the same, and it is perfect for mice, it's clearly a separation that has been studied to be comfortable. Now we have illogically bigger menus that are objectively worse than all the previous Windows because of the space, and if you mix that with a PC that has a lot of programs with its own entries in the context menu, you will end up with a total waste of space and less efficiency.Ē Again itís obvious that those who are complaining about the menus in Windows 10 havenít taken the time to learn whatís what. The ďtilesĒ can be pinned to or unpinned from Start. The ďtilesĒ can be resized to small, medium or large. When I resized mine to small, they can be butted up so close as to be almost touching. So, there doesnít seem to be a real problem with the tiles unless one just wants to complain for the sake of complaining.
8. Drivers Itís been said, ďI don't know how Microsoft have the guts to release a new Windows OS that is not fully compatible with drivers that are from 2014 and are released specifically for its latest Windows 8.1 OS, which is almost the same, but better than 10.Ē Itís not up to Microsoft to build drivers for third party hardware and peripherals. Itís up to the manufacturer to build said drivers and hand them off to Microsoft for inclusion in its OS. When new hardware is built by a manufacturer, itís their responsibility to create drivers that will make said hardware run on Windows.
9. Slower Boot Itís been said, ďI don't know if it's because my cache SSD software now is not compatible with Windows 10, but my lenovo took in Windows 8.1 18 second from shut down state to Chrome opened and showing Google fully loaded. I installed Windows 10, and after rebooting and updating everything, and rebooting several times, I achieved 33 seconds in the same boot up sequence. And I'm not the only one, I've read plenty, plenty of users complaining about their PC's being slower when using Windows 10, some SSD's not working well, issues with Samsung Magician...Ē Again, itís not up to Microsoft to build drivers for SSD drives any more than it is for regular hard drives or any other hardware included in Windows machines. Itís up to the SSD manufacturer to supply Microsoft with drivers for said drives. Not all SSD drives are up to the job any more, simply because the manufacturers havenít seen fit to build new drivers for older technology.
Well, thatís all I have for now, and Iím probably going to be told I donít know anything about what Iíve written, and that may be so. Still, Iím getting along quite nicely with My Lovely Windows 10.