I just bought a new PC on Thursday and it came with Windows 10 Home preinstalled. Having used versions 2.0 (yes I am ancient ), carefully avoiding Vista, ME and 8.x, and on via XP to 7, I felt it couldn't get much better now and had decided I would resist upgrading as long as at all possible.
I had also been convinced by friends that Windows 10 wasn't so bad, really, and anyway would soon be 'the only way to fly' if I wanted to continue using Microsoft OS's, so I finally relented the other day to the tune of
For a day and half things went better than expected, and I felt like a convert. Then I started noticing peculiarities like e.g. laboriously configuring a piece of software to my preferences in one session, rebooting, and finding that it had reverted to it's pristine state; the configuring hadn't 'taken'.
How very odd for such a fine OS I thought, but plodded on nevertheless trying to ignore this curious behavior. As time wore on I noticed other oddities that I had not expected from an OS with such a long pedigree. I haven't kept a log of these lapses as I tried my best to keep ignoring them and hoping for the best.
Today I was greeted with a desktop with black rectangles on top of most, though not all, icons:
The Chrome bookmark bar was, curiously, not affected:
I could ignore this foolishness no longer and started Googling for 'my Windows 10 desktop icons suddenly have black squares over them', and got 467 000 results, some even boldly claiming to have solved the issue, (Solved) - LITTLE BLACK SQUARES « How-To Geek Forums being but one.
Well, not one of the 5 to 10 'solutions' I tried helped. Not a one. Still I thought I'd post here anyway before turning from convert to revert. And of course there is always Ubuntu and other Unix/Linux flavors, stable and reliable according to the
proponents, but it is harder - though not undoable - to change a 29-year habit at age 59.
Pardon me for being so long-winded, but; there it is - please don't Tl;dr me because this means a lot to me
and any answers may be of use to some of the other 467 000 unfortunates.
What are some of your thoughts on the above?