Broken Windows

Well today was the day— the big, massive roll-out for Microsoft’s latest version, Windows 10. A month or two ago I got a notification in my task bar that I was eligible for a free upgrade on July 29th. I was initially excited and surprised to see the Washington state PC giant be so kind. So I just chalked it up to rare kindness on their part.

So this morning rolled around and I saw I could install Windows 10 and made a few points and clicks and ninety minutes later— there it was. It rebooted a few times during the install, but once it let me log in I was rather impressed. My previous desktop wallpaper was still intact, but everything else looked mostly different.

Immediately I took note of the new Start Menu there at the lower-left hand corner. Clicked it and right away I was turned off. It looked like I flipped to the back of an old 80s Archie’s comic— where they sold cheap magic tricks and sea monkeys— and there were all these animated “tiles” of all kinds of crap and garbage I didn’t particularly care for.

Navigating to common items (control panel, calculator, games, accessories, etc) was rather cumbersome. I see that Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri; pretty much useless. There’s a search bar there in the Start Menu that is multi-use between Cortana “answering” something, finding a file you need on your drive and searching the web. The problem there? The results are all lumped together. As for me— I only care on finding files. If I wanna search the web I’ll open up Firefox > Google. I don’t need to interact with computer code.

For kicks I wanted to pull up Solitaire— just to see how different it would look. Searched for the usual Games on Windows and surprise, surprise— obsolete. In it’s place was Xbox. Yes, the actual Xbox interface— chock full of apps, games, movies, etc., that reminded me of the Google Play Store. I found Solitaire amongst all the crap, and even that was a headache. There’s several kinds of Solitaire in one and as of this afternoon I couldn’t get the classic version to load. Spider was there. Freecell was too. Even something called Pyramid. But guess what? They all have ads in the games now. Wanna be rid? You have to pay.

Yes, pay. Red Flag #1.

So after I farted around for a little while, and being rather disappointed, I returned to other things online only to find that my internet connection kept crapping out. Like clockwork. Started out every half hour, then hour and then three— and then I went through all sorts of troubleshooting and came to a conclusion: Windows 10 was screwing with my internet settings on my router. Incompatible for uninterrupted connectivity. I checked drivers and all were up to date, and I’m finding out tonight that there’s many companies out there— for software and hardware— that are scrambling right now to get patched updates and drivers put through to make their equipment and programs compatible with 10. So we’ll call that Red Flag #2.

So I rebooted a few times on my own and discovered that to use functions of Windows 10— you needed a login via Hotmail/Outlook/Live, etc. Luckily I have one from my very first email address ever, from 1998. When you use password protection now, like I’ve done on previous Windows versions with my own password, you have to log in with your Hotmail/Outlook/Live credentials. Red Flag #3.

After anguishing around dinner time I came and sat down and tried to do some workaround for the internet and it ran good— for 30 minutes— and then I said the hell with it. Had enough of Red Flag #2. I did some digging around and found the Windows Update portion of 10 and there, embedded amongst other settings, was the best thing I saw all day: Restore back to your previous version of Windows.

I thought about it for, oh, five seconds and clicked. 16 minutes later— I was back to being fat ‘n happy.

And yes, I understand 10 is better than 8, but guess what? I’ve long had Windows 7 these past few years. And I’m happy with it.

Windows 10 can get no love from me today— and neither Wikipedia. That article’s been locked down due to vandalism. Gee, I wonder why.

FYI: If you want to restore to your previous version of Windows— you will only have THIRTY DAYS (30) to do so from the date you upgrade to Windows 10. After that— it’s S.O.L. City, sadly.

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