4.02.2016

Stop! Don't Upgrade To Windows 10!

Stop! Don't upgrade to Windows 10.  Here are 12 reasons why!

Have you been getting the offer for a "free" upgrade to Windows 10?  Stop!  Don't upgrade to Windows 10!  It won't be an upgrade!  It is a downgrade!  I know, it may even be too late.  Oh how, I wish I had this warning before I did it and more than 30 days have passed so that I can not go back to my old system.  (Sure, now I figure out I only had 30 days to decide...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr).  I  waited, I researched and I read all the reviews and they all seemed to be good overall for Windows 10 which now makes me wonder about the reviewers and their blogs.  Yes, it does seem to be a bit faster especially when first opened but I don't think it makes up for the obvious faults that seem to be skimmed past  or ignored in all the reviews.

I added Windows 10 to my old laptop, and it is on my new laptop and now, I don't know what I am going to do and I am really not happy with Microsoft right now.  I know, they are the big guy and I am just the Don Quixote tilting at windmills in this story but someone somewhere has to start being truthful. Microsoft's Windows 10 is absolutely substandard in my opinion.  Why do I call it substandard?  Here are my reasons:

  1. I can not connect my camera to my system and easily load my pictures up onto my computer now.  I had to spend hours finding a work around way that takes forever to get my photos off.  
  2. My Compact Disc reader wouldn't work either!  Come on Windows!  People want to use their computers for the things they have always used them for like pictures.  I ended up having to buy a new disc reader when the old one was not that old....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
  3.   I have a lot (and I mean a lot!) of CD's that I can not access the files on because Windows 10 rendered my system unable to open them .  Precious photos are on those CDs and my system and CD disc drive that worked perfectly before windows 10 is now rendered useless; so here I am spending hours online trying to figure out a way to access those so that I can get them uploaded to my cloud....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
  4. Windows 10 forces you to have a password to get into your own computer.  Come on!  I don't want to type a password every single time I get onto my own darn computer!  That is fine if I have secrets to keep from others but their should be a way to turn this off.  (I believe this is part of how Microsoft is monitoring our activities, by the way, along with the keylogger  they installed (it logs every key you strike) because you are actually having to sign into Microsoft every time you log onto your computer.) I found a work around for the so called "upgraded" laptop password to be turned off but so far nothing that actually works for the new laptop.
  5. Windows 10 gives Microsoft access to your computer even when you are not online with the keylogger software.  This means they are probably monitoring your activity on your computer all the time you are on it (and who knows, maybe when you aren't on it either!).  No, I am not doing anything wrong or even embarrassing on my computer but I don't like the fact that someone is looking over my shoulder all the time on my computer and even possibly accessing my camera.  How far will they go?  I don't think they have a line they won't cross.  What if they don't like what I write on my blog or decide they don't like my religion or race or whatever?
  6. Windows 10 forces you to update whether they are good updates or not.  There is no avoiding it.  If you don't accept when given reminders then guess what?  You wake up one morning and it has been done without your permission (yes, this happened to me).  What happened to living in America the land of the free?  Apparently Microsoft wants to end that. They also like to change your settings back to their own idea of what they think should be even when you had it like you wanted. (No warning is given either!)
  7. Mandatory driver updates that can break some systems.  No choices, no way to stop it...I am wondering if this is a way to sell more computers.  
  8. Cortana is just downright creepy!  It is supposed to be a takeoff version of Siri only on your desktop.  I'm sorry but I don't like it and I don't want it.  I am not driving when I am on my laptop and although I can think of maybe a few times it would be handy to have it search for me,..mostly, I just want it off my computer or at least a way to disengage it completely and trust that another update won't just turn it on again (yep, I tried checking the box that said I didn't want it)  It is at least silent now but still there.
  9. Windows has no tech support to speak of.  Have you ever gone to the Microsoft website seeking a way to fix something?  Guess what, you are left with a message board where people can make suggestions of how to fix your problem.  Some work and some are bust.  I wonder if this company believes they are too busy to help the little people who made them big with tech problems on their product.  Are they willing to fix these problems?  Will they?  Do they even need to?  They seem to have a monopoly on operating systems or at least on getting them installed into any well known computers.  Why is this?    
  10. Windows 10 adds a big square box full of their own advertising on your desktop (it is supposed to be a way to their store).  Sorry, but last time I checked I can get there very easily on my own without a huge box on my desktop reminding me all the time. So far, I haven't figured out how to get rid of this either.  
  11. It is not easy to navigate.  Everything is different.  I am pretty good with finding things on my computer,  I learn new things easily. I have taught myself how to code my blog and I love new tech so explain to me why it is so difficult for me to figure out where things are on the new Windows 10 even after several months of using it?  
  12. Some apps that were there in my system before are completely gone now.  I used some of those things. If you have more than a set number of items then you can't find them or even search them in your start menu...now you have to add a desktop app.  
I could probably go on and on and on with all the negative things about this operating system that does not operate very well but I think you have the picture now of just how frustrated I am with it.  I am even more frustrated by the fact that all the big tech blogs seemed to jump on board the Windows 10 train with positive reviews and now; I don't trust them anymore.  I am not usually a negative blog person but someone has to tell the truth and so, here I am!  Microsoft Windows 10, in my books you get a big fat Texas fail!

Understand that I believe in grace.  I believe in forgiveness.  I believe in second chances and even 150th chances.  Microsoft, I am willing to forgive you and allow you the chance to fix these things.  I am waiting and I am sure there are others out there waiting for you to fix these problems.  
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2 comments:

Rebekah said...

Hello, I'm sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with windows 10. They do have some bugs to work out, but if you were on a previous OS 8.0 and under you were not in a good place. Microsoft is forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10 because of security risks and stability being no longer supported. If you're having some trouble and need to hire someone to help you with these issues, I actually do tech troubleshooting in my growing business and would be glad to have a consultation with you about all this. :) If you're interested, please contact me at theladygadget@gmail.com. Again so sorry to hear you're dissatisfied! There may be ways to fix some of these issues and problems! :)

Blessings,
Rebekah (LadyGadget)

Debra Howard said...

Thank you Rebekah,
I have figured out some of my problems after many hours of stress and frustration. I will continue to trudge through each...(I tend to learn that way)...but I will definitely keep you in mind and publish your comment here for any who would like your help.
Blessings to you