The Windows 10 Thread

Since we don’t have one yet I thought I’d make it.

Has anyone upgraded yet? If yes, how is it? What do you like? Any gripes? Etc.

I plan to eventually with my laptop since it’s on 8.1 and anything 8 is pretty bad in my opinion. Although I just found/read this and making me hold off for now…

I’d like to hear your thoughts on 10.

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I’ve been using it for the past few weeks, it’s great.

I’ve been using it since January. It’s fine. I have a few issues with some UI choices (there really isn’t enough distinction between the window which currently has focus and those that don’t, and I wish the colour picker had more options/returned to allowing you to choose from the full colour pallet), but for the most part it’s pretty great.

I really like Cortana, and can’t wait until it’s properly supported here in Canada.

I’ve upgraded my desktop and the windows partition of my macbook pro. Only problem so far is my macbook randomly froze once and when I first upgraded on my desktop the GPU drivers didn’t kick in until I restarted my computer. Aside from that so far so good. It seems to boot up much faster than Win8.1, works much better with my macbook’s high DPI display, and I like the new look and feel.

Edge is very pleasant to use however I’m on board with most of the reviewers and I still think they need to polish it up a bit more before it can replace Chrome. Specifically I need it to sync bookmarks across my desktop, iPhone, and OS X laptop like Chrome and Safari do.

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I installed it on my touchscreen all-in-one. I turned off all the “send data to Microsoft” options, which means no Cortana for me. My biggest gripe is that when I set focus to a text box, the software keyboard doesn’t pop up automatically. I have to tap the screen in the task bar to get it - which is ludicrous. It was that way in 8.1 and they haven’t changed it. If anyone knows if I can change that behavior, I’d appreciate being told how. I couldn’t find anything online.

What I want most from an operating system is that it be good at listening to my instructions and doing the right thing in response. Unfortunately the new developments in operating systems seem to focus on trying to anticipate my needs and to ‘help’ me - which means that it wants me to behave like a 20-something. Particularly the social media stuff, and turning over lots of data to corporations. “Ludicrous” seems to cover that one too.

I’ll be keeping Windows 7 on my desktop until I see how things play out on the all-in-one.

I am using it for quite some time. And the only issue I found until now is, that the chrome-browser problems when moving tabs to another screen that is driven by a different graphics-card. Even these issues only occur randomly and not all the time.
I think another issue is, that the W10 UI freezes or is not rendered at all on an overprovisioned ESX.

Oh and there is one big issue they introduced in w8 and which got worse now:
When entering the password in the login, my windows always expects the wrong keyboard-language. In w8 it was mostly (not always) possible to change the language in the login-screen. In windows10 they removed the option to adjust the keyboard language before typing the password.

I guess I’m not directly targeted in this thread since my main driver is and will remain Arch Linux, but I do still have a Windows 7 partition for gaming (which I boot so seldom that it updates every time – last time it took 8 minutes for me to reach my desktop! :open_mouth: My Arch boots in 20 seconds at most. ).

All of those reasons are reasons that I will NOT be updating until they are all fixed. I am a 20-something ( :wink: ) but I am not installing a spyware OS, period. Unlike the mainstream I actively try to keep my privacy private.

If Microsoft fails to patch Windows 10 to a sane default I guess I will stick with Windows 7 until all my important games run on Linux (which is actually the majority already, currently pending only The Witcher 3). That or I start configuring my home network to block all unwanted Windows communication, maybe even sandbox it.

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Make sure you disable the option to turn your computer into a windows update upload server, especially if your on a data cap. Pretty sure we all declared pando media booster malware when it did this, now it’s being included in an OS, sigh.

I wont be upgrading until they sort a few things in the same vein out and some third party utilities are in for dealing with other nonsense like no control over updates if you arent on the professional version, and no control over telemetry unless you are on the enterprise version.

That image in the OP does a half decent job summing a lot of the concerning bits up.

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I’m keen to install in a few weeks just to give them time to sort out the inevitable backlash over a few of those unnerving features.

I’m pretty much planning on blocking as much as I can in Windows itself, then using the firewall for anything else

Just installed it, not much to go on for now, it looks pretty. :sunrise:

I’m enjoying Windows 10! Had some issues setting it up, as the install temporarily killed my wifi driver and I have no Ethernet port on this laptop! However, it then mysteriously started working after a trip to see the tech support at my local store. He opened it and… “Erm, it’s working!”

Windows 10 feels slick to use so far, I like how it interacts with my touchscreen, but still functions as a normal desktop. I hope Cortana improves so she doesn’t Bing things quite as much, but overall I’m impressed, Microsoft! You have restored my faith. :smile:

As far as I can tell from my experimentation (I have a 2in1 latop/tablet hybrid), the keyboard only pops up automatically if you are in “Tablet mode”.

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Sadly, it only does that if the application is one of the new modern ones. Setting focus to the Chrome address/search bar doesn’t trigger any reaction. If that interaction works for you, let me know.

I just got around to downloading and installing the latest version of Chrome and tested this. If I fold my screen back (which automatically makes my Windows switch to tablet mode - and uses the machine’s transition drivers) and open Chrome, the keyboard automatically comes up whenever typing is needed, including search bars on websites and the address bar.

HOWEVER, if I keep the laptop in… er… laptop configuration and activate Tablet Mode manually from the Action Centre, the keyboard doesn’t automatically come up. Instead, touching the screen highlights text in the address bar.

That’s my experience anyway! Hope it helps.

It helps by letting me know that the functionality is there, but I’m just going to have to wait for them to sort things out. In fact, my AOI will no longer let me interact with Chrome, while other non-Microsoft apps are just fine. I’m glad I didn’t try this on my desktop machine.

Upgraded one of the laptops. So far it looks nice, I really like that they finally added virtual desktops, although I don’t like how sluggish it is to change between those. I must be missing a key combo somewhere…

Also I agree with the op in that regard, that some of the stuff that microsoft just gathers triggers a lot of red flags, especially the wifi sense thing. Although regarding that … who shares his personal wifi access anyway?

Well, I do, whenever friends come to my place and occasionally want to see something on the net from their smartphone. Though once given, most smartphones save the password anyway.

This functionnality comes I think from a good intent, but it might indeed escalate into something not nice data and tracking wise.

Well, presumably doing it this way means that A: your friends don’t learn your password, and B: the phone doesn’t save it, and you can easily switch it off if you don’t want them leeching like the parasites they are.

Yes, data is a problem for us 2nd world and emerging markets people, I hear there is unlimited 4G in the civilized world for around $30 and 100Mbps FTTH for around the same price.

I personally share my password protected wifi with guests as it is uncapped data and have a MAC white-list for sharing the cellular data, which is rarely enabled. I know this is not 100% secure, but there is nobody around that knows how to hack that.

I guess that’s the difference… Can’t remember the last time, anyone used their phone during a visit, for other reasons than calling someone of course.