The computers have all been upgraded to Windows 10 and I like it! I tried to prep the computers before even beginning any downloads or installations which I believe may have helped the transition. With ‘Malware” removed and disks cleaned — one laptop was ‘scrubbed’ — Windows 10 could come in to ‘clean sheets’ and not have to blend with any problems that could be fixed.
I’m sad that some have reported a poor result with Windows 10 and occasionally, they seem to have had an ‘automatic’ upgrade without being aware of a specific decision to do so. I’m not sure how that happened, but WordPress Whisperer found a post from October 2015 that offered some explanation. You can get that information at the WordPress Whisperer post, Whispering Windows 10. I had personal connection with social media contacts and one client who were caught in the auto-upgrade just a few days ago. My client, an author, said she was delaying upgrade while she met other deadlines. On last Sunday, her computer was upgraded anyway…she compared her experience as being ‘like a goose being force-fed for Christmas pate.’ After the initial discomfort, Windows 10 worked fine for her and she’s back at work spinning high quality mysteries.
I had one older computer that I was upgrading from Windows 7 where I stated a specific time for the upgrade to begin — the next day after the original download (of which I had knowledge). I found I could begin earlier and the upgrade was easy to begin manually. I know some of the people who had the ‘ghost’ auto-installs and don’t think they would make up a story.
Windows 10 brings some change under the best of circumstances.
Their sadness cannot rain on my parade! The few ‘cons’ that applied to my house specifically were set in action by Windows 8. This time, I have an older printer and a labelwriter that were obsolete with Windows 8….no more driver maintenance or updating. That wasn’t a new experience…I had to retire a scanner when Windows XP became history. The labelwriter was the biggest disappointment. I knew the drivers for the inkjet printer weren’t going to be available and had planned there would be no new ink for it. I found a new download for another printer driver that is ‘recommended for my version of Windows 10 — that printer works smoother than I expected which kind of cancels the disappointment of losing some of my ‘gear.’
Cosmetic things i really like:
- speedy start-up,
- sensible management for signing in (it could be skipped, but isn’t difficult to control),
- attractive presentation when the computer comes on.
Personalization has been another renewed adventure that I didn’t do much with on either Windows 7 or Windows 8. It ‘feels’ easier to find the places where I can make choices about what I see and/or automatic things that occur. Screen savers are back! The start panel is a nice cross between the ‘old’ way and the new buttons from Windows 8…users aren’t just dropped into an uncomfortable area trying to find their ‘apps’. Programs would have been the applicable term before Windows 8.
Windows 10 changes that I am ‘avoiding’.
I’m delaying the use of Edge as a browser because I’m more comfortable with Chrome and Firefox. The few times it has popped up, it worked. I don’t have a touchscreen or much need for Cortana.
I sympathize with resistance to change. There are some things that I don’t like to change. I never move furniture around to different places in the room. I set my table a ‘certain way.’ But, when change offers me pleasant benefits, I am happy to go along. Until something turns up that changes my mind, upgrading to Windows 10 for my computers has been a good CHANGE experience. I’m not looking back.