Windows 10, Who's In?

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  1. Jenn Windey

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    I have been down this road so many times. So much so that I am usually very careful on what I upgrade to. First of all I do not like having to upgrade every single software I have. It never seems to fail that something wieners whenever there is an upgrade. The other thing is surviving all the service packs that come (inevitably) to solve the issues that people experience from the upgrades. Nothing like having to do something real fast and getting that screens that says installing 952 updates please do not shut off your system UGH! I hate that :confused:

    I hope it is a solid upgrade. I do not mind keeping up with the latest, but I will wait a bit so that all the unexpected issues can be resolved
     
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    I am upstairs, slumming it on our PC right now, because I want to upgrade the firmware on one of my wildlife cameras and, for some reason, the automated upgrade is only available for Windows. I hate using this computer, not because there is anything particularly wrong with Windows 10, but because I've been using a Mac since 2008 and things seem so unnecessarily complicated and clumsy in Windows, probably because I'm not used to Windows. Other than that, Windows 10 seems to be working okay. I will say that, since I have been using a Mac, even on my 2008 MacBook, I have never had a problem with an upgrade. They are either free or nearly so, and they either improve the performance of the Mac, or the performance stays the same. That was almost never the case when I used Windows, and I used Windows exclusively from Windows 1.0 to Windows XP.
     
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    Add to the nuisance of installing updates, the fact that Windows now make the decision for you, and use to make them in the wrong moment of the day, precisely when you need to go through faster rather than waiting for them.

    Well, I told the why I shouldn't upgrade to Windows 10, but at very end I did it, but let me tell you why.

    Whey my new laptop came with Windows 8, the installation disc came in a hidden partition (like has been happening since Vista) but I was scared to use the option to delete everything and make a fresh reinstall of the OS because I don't have the license key; I suppose it come embedded into the software itself, but I was afraid to try until dared to do it over 3-4 week ago.

    Yes, Windows 8 installed again and no license issue popped up, so I said to myself, "well, why not update to Windows 8.1 and see if its worth, after all, I can step back to Windows 8."

    Then you got me updating to Windows 8.1, but Microsoft said "Yeah, we understood your request to update, we will do it when we want to, not now you are asking for..." or something close to this.

    After waiting until Microsoft decided to send the updates required for the installation (in the worst moment, of course) I got Window 8.1 installed.... Nothing really great to see there, in fact with the start button re-added, I felt like stepping back rather than progress.

    So again, confident that I could reinstall Windows 8 at any given time, I thought to test Windows 10, and again the update was made when Microsoft wanted and not when I wanted, but finally I got it running.

    Nice looking, like most Microsoft OS upgrade, more candy-eye than real benefits, but is not that bad.

    Even though, it is continuously communicating with Microsoft, with OneDrive, with Social Network, with its Granny, and I don't know with whom else, what slows terribly the surfing time despite I have a speedy connection.

    No problem, I said, let's go back to Windows 8 but... as I should have supposed, the upgrades ruined the installation disc and I could hardly get back to 8.1, which giving some error issues forced me to reinstall Windows 10 again.

    And here I am, on Windows 10... it's nice (I already said this) but I swear I will find the way to tweak it may way and convenience, or regain access to my dear 8 version otherwise.
     
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  4. Sandy Wood

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    I am holding out and using Windows 7. I like it and don't want to risk messing up my computer. Also makes me wonder why truly why Bill Gates, is giving it away for free. Is the spyware better for keeping a eye or ear on us. Or is it going to end up costing more in the end. I think sticking with what I have for now is my best choice.
     
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    True, nothing is free. Not in the world of computers!
     
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  6. Terry Page

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    I prefer 10 to 8 which I did briefly try, you can add classic shell to 8 or 10 to create the old 7 style menu. see here

    The other day I inherited a used 4 year old laptop with Windows 7 starter in Russian on it, which you can't change to English.

    I spent all day yesterday with Lisa's help translating the Cyrillic and managed to partition the hard drive and put two copies of Windows 7 on it.

    I then upgraded one to 10 and kept the other as 7 because I have some old software that will not work on 10 and is obsolete.
    When I boot I get a choice of either 7 or 10 which works well for me.

    The free upgrade to 10 is only the basic one, to get the full edition with more control over updates and other features it's $120 see here
     
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    This is my menu on 10 using classic shell




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  8. Neville Telen

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    Not for me. I'll stick with XP Pro, and fool with MX Linux on the side. Every M$ version since Win2000 has been worst than the one before it, more bloated, more packed with corporate spyware/malware, and ever more anti-enduser. XP Pro is my line in the sand!
     
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    Good for you, Neville, but that sounds like you don't do online banking, do you? It's not possible to use XP for that since there's no support and it's not compatible with a number of banking apps, peripheral hardware and things. So I'm forced to upgrade and am using 8 at the moment, which is fine.
     
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    I had Windows 8 on my laptop and hated it, so I upgraded to 10 and it seems better for my use. I still have 7 on my desktop, and it is my favorite and is still (so far) supported.
     
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    I also used Vista and W7 and have also heard a number of techies complain about W8. But I, personally, haven't noticed anything disturbing. So I'll stick to it in accordance with the old dictum "Never change a running system." But I'm open to new things and will be using them as soon as I need them.
     
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    I don't often use our PC but I did upgrade to Windows 10 and see no problems with it. Then again, I use it only on the rare occasion that I need something not available in Mac OS.
     
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    I only have a PC, and am pretty clueless about these things, but I like Windows 10 just fine. The last version I got along well with was Win 7, and you can make Win 10 pretty much mimic Win 7 if you want to. There are a few things I don't particularly care for:

    It is tied too much to the Microsoft website. Don't know how to explain it in the proper words. Simplest example, the password for your PC has to be the same as the password on some website. Microsoft? As a result the rules for choosing one are more complicated. I wonder if you could even log in to your PC if internet access were down.

    It's very difficult to control updates. Just for fun I tried to see how long I could put off the last update. I was able to go for 3 months by being vigilant, but it finally outsmarted me. :D

    Having said that, the last update seemed to speed up the file storage and access significantly. Or maybe it was a coincidence. lol
     
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  14. Don Alaska

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    I can log into my laptop with no internet access just fine and, although I think I have a Microsoft account, I haven't used it in years and have no idea what the password might be. One of the reasons I got the laptop I did was to watch movies and such while travelling on trains and planes without a web connection. I use it for other things as well, but those were the determining factors in the choice of what to buy.
     
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  15. Neville Telen

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    Sure do! I use MX Linux for onlne shopping/banking, even though I am very very skeptical (if not downright cynical!) of all the blather about XP Pro being vulnerable. I don't see no reason to take any chances, since I am fairly comfortable with Linux now. I recently installed a browser called 'Mypal', a PaleMoon derivative, which has given new life to XP.....no more CA nazis blockading me from half the sites on the internet, it plays movies/TV shows out of the box, and so on.
     
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    Very interesting. I didn't know that. :) Sorry for jumping to conclusions. I didn't mean to.
     
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    Give me back my windows 98.........especially the defrag mode!
     
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    Sooooo.....I guess that means that Windows 3.1 is totally out of the realm of possibilities............
     
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    Why shouldn't it be possible especially as long as you work offline or if you happen to like fixing things. DIY'ers like that. If you are not a tinkerer like myself, then other people often tell you what you need to have.
     
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    Windows Ten...the O.S. You Love To Hate!

    I tried W10 when it came out, and returned it 2 days later.

    After reconsidering for a few months, I tried it again, and this time I REALLY returned it!

    It was the most user unfriendly system I ever tried..you almost had to learn how to read and write all over again!

    Windows Seven forever!

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    If you’re nostalgic I still have the installation CDs for Win XP, 95, 98, and at one time I had all the discs from win 3 and up.
     
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    @Hal Pollner, I, too, like Windows 7 best, but that is in part due to the fact that I don't use many of the things that Windows 10 offers. W7 is more like the old Windows operating systems, so feels more familiar as well.
     
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    I knew there had to be something else that I like about you!
     
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    Yeah, I suppose I could do that but I think if I bring any more stuff in the house that needs “fixing” my wife is going to start looking at me a little strange.

    That said, I do like the concept of having Winfiles to goof around with and the thought of sitting and watching the defrag mode whilst playing a sonata by Clemente gets me exited thinking about it.
     
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