Ed's Blogue

The good, the bad and the whatever in Windows 10


There were 75 million upgrades and/or installations in the first month of Windows 10’s release and the majority were upgrades. This is a significant increase over the first month of release for either Windows 8 or Windows 7 [the latter actually started very slow when released]. A major update is expected probably within the next 6 weeks. I am hoping that one big update will be released instead of the huge mess when Windows 8.1 came out and you needed to install this 2.5+ GB update through the Microsoft Store. Expect 2 major updates that are expected in the summer and fall of next year as well.

One issue that came up is the upgrade issue. By now you know that the free upgrade is within the first month of release [ending around July 28, 2016]. If you are in a smaller organization, this could be painful to deploy on a bunch of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 systems but removing the “junk” that comes in Windows 10.

Privacy has been another issue in Windows 10. When windows 8 [and 8.1] were released, there were concerns with some information that was included. In windows 10 there seems to be even more questions regarding privacy. The Windows 10 privacy is overblown, but Microsoft was caught flat-footed by the first wave of criticism and still hasn’t figured out a reassuring explanation for what is, at its core, a perfectly reasonable design. There has been some inovative people that have released scripts and applications to try and block some or most of the issues. Try googling “Windows 10 Privacy”.

Problem is that recently Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 also received some of these privacy related updates.

Microsoft Edge kills out a lot of the crud that internet Explorer has but at least initially there are no options like extensions. So Edge does have some limitations.

Mandatory updates are issues because it forces consumers to get updated right away. Businesses [and “Pro”] users have the option to delay updates. Problem is that Microsoft hasn’t had the greatest track record of late. There have been multiple re-releases and out-of-band updates to fix problem updates. One problem is that Microsoft is now releasing most updates through a “cumulative update” which weighs in at 300+ MB [64-bit edition]. So if there is an issue, either they release a small fix or fix the 300+ MB update again.

There was also an issue with how Windows 10 became available. There was no warning when after installing the required updates needed to check if Windows 10 was compatible with your system, your system started to download the installation plus a bunch of updates plus the latest cumulative update plus other updates. Someone with a slow Internet connection or a data quota may have received a nice surprise.

The different interfaces – some are unique to Windows 10 [example Settings] and others remind us of Windows 7 [example Control Panel] can be a bit confusing.

The menu system that includes the tiles from Windows 8.x is better although the way you have to scroll through the Start menu is a bit painful.

The notification setup is a nice touch.

Finally creating a PDF is possible from within Windows. It should have been in there 5 years ago.