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So… Windows 10

Taking the leap to 10

Taking the leap to 10

I’ve been looking forward to Windows 10 for a while. Since Microsoft is offering the upgrade for free… I thought why not. I even waiting until midnight last night to see if it would upgrade. It was a curious time. My gaming PC refused to upgrade. I had to force the upgrade today. My laptop however did upgrade… well eventually. The first attempt to upgrade failed during the install. I rebooted and tried it again. It installed! So eventually I got Windows 10 running on my systems.
So? How is it?
The good:
-I like the UI and the live tiles built into Start
-Cortana – when it works – is really cool!
-IE is dead. Thank god. Machine Edge seems better but, really I use Chrome so… *shrug*
-Notifications – about time
-I’ve always loved manipulating the screen background. In W10 there is an option for a slideshow. Not new. But now you can have the system pick a colour from your image to set as the UI colour. It is a simple but really impactful little detail. Browse doesn’t seem to work however. You are stuck dropping the images in the default photo directory. Another really lazy bug.

The bad:
-Cortana integration is rather disappointing. I’ve linked my music collection to the new app Groove but Cortana can’t access the music
-Sound issues on all three computer I’ve installed Windows 10 on. Clearly the B team did the coding here
-Networking. Seriously. Still? Windows 10 Computers can see each other but can’t access for each other for file transfer. Troubleshooting ran and found no issues. *eyeroll* >> That said, once I did the whole Homegroup process everything worked fine.
-Microsoft is sneaky. And not a good sneaky. By default they use every computer running W10 as a torrent share for patches etc. To disable: Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Choose how updates are delivered > OFF! Seriously. It reads: “When this is turned on, your PC may also send parts of previously downloaded Windows updates and apps to PCs on either your local network or the Internet….” Wha!?

I’ll update these as I use Windows 10 more…

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