Friday, July 31, 2015

Windows 10 So Far...

John B. Marine | 7/31/2015 06:57:00 PM | | | | |
#Windows10 was released on July 29, 2015. People who had Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 could upgrade for free with Windows 10. I was one who took up on this offer. For this blog post, I'm going to offer my thoughts on this interface so far. I'd like to welcome my fellow Windows users to this blog and this blog post. These are all of my thoughts on Windows 10 so far as of the initial date of this post (July 31, 2015).

--- Windows 10 So Far... ---

Allow me to share my thoughts in my own unique way. But to identify this post, here is a picture I found online:

Microsoft Windows 10
^ from: - Windows 10 looks to right the wrongs of Windows 8 and 8.1. Find out if I think Microsoft succeeded at doing this by reading my blog post.


Before talking about Windows 10, let's look back. I have NO experience with Windows 7. I played around with Windows 8 once on a PC at a Sam's Club. My current Acer PC was shipped with Windows 8.1, and I have used it thoroughly. Windows 8.1 took some getting used to for me. The thing I was most pleased about Windows 8.1 was its speed. It ran very well on my PC and looked stylish. I used the old monitor from my previous PC before eventually stepping up to a 1080p-capable monitor. One fear I had was that this interface wouldn't look so sharp on a 1024x768 monitor. Worked just fine and looked just fine.

I initially had a positive outlook on Windows 8.1's Start Menu interface and the various apps for it. Over time, I basically missed the functionality the Start Button used to have. The Metro layout was met with lukewarm reception by certain Windows veterans. I even at one point installed something that brought back the Start Menu functionality seen with Windows 7 and most other interfaces before it. Sometimes, I even wondered by Windows 8.1 would struggle to load every file and folder when searching for something. Those were frustrating elements.

To me before getting Windows 10, I began to believe that Windows 8 and 8.1 were simply trying to make computing more beautifully than functionally. It is like building a beautiful car that lacks in the departments of functionality and practicality. I became curious as to what Windows 10 would provide. Previously, my thoughts on Windows 10 were reserved only to impressions from other people as well as YouTube videos. So imagine my curiosity when I decided to take up on the Windows 10 offer to upgrade for free.

Bracing for Windows 10.

I set my reservation back in June 2015 and awaited the chance to download Windows 10. Since I thought this reservation wasn't going to come in time or anything, I eventually decided to download Windows 10 manually. I took advice from CNET and followed the instructions to download that Media thing to download Windows 10. It comes in as a 3GB download. So what I did was download Windows 10 and then burn it onto a DVD (FUN FACT: I NEVER burned a DVD ever until this past Thursday. I had bought a DVD-RW pack years ago hoping to use it on my former PC. However, I never had any DVD-writing software or a DVD-writing drive to take advantage of those blank DVDs). I went ahead and did the installation on my computer for Windows 10. The whole process took about an hour and five minutes (1:05:00.000) to go from loading everything to installing all the needed files. One thing noted was that it said the PC would restart several times trying to install everything. At one point, I was spending a good bit of time staring at a blank screen and having no idea that everything installed. I was fearful that if I restarted my PC manually, I would lose all that installation data. And after one attempt, my PC reverted back to Windows 8.1, so I had to try it all again. On the second try, I was successfully able to get all the files back on my PC for Windows 10. The PC rebooted properly. Yet once again, I stared at a blank screen. After about two and a half hours after my second attempt at having Windows 10 work, I eventually restarted my PC manually. When I turned it back on, the blank screen was no more! I saw all of the fancy graphics for Windows 10. All of the settings and such that was saved from my Windows 8.1 experience were carried over almost seamlessly. I didn't have to reinstall anything or change any sort of settings.

That's all good. How did it all work for me?

Using Windows 10.

Now for some thoughts on Windows 10 as I've used it so far.

• Windows 10 does feel more like an upgrade than some revolutionary quantum leap from 8 and 8.1 Windows. For one thing, I loved being able to have a functional Start button again that is much better than what 8/8.1 offered for its Start menu. The various interfaces are cleaner and more functional than before. I even like there is a Search bar in the Taskbar to find items on your PC and online. The new Start Menu links to your most frequently used files and folders along with some of your more recent files. You have better access and accessibility to all the applications installed in your Start Menu than with 8 and 8.1 Windows.

• Having those Charms in 8.1 was a cute touch, but it could get annoying knowing you reach the edges of a screen and unintentionally pull up those Charms. What I like about Windows 10 is that you have the Action Center active all the time rather than use the Charms from the previous Windows.

• There is a little tab on the bottom-right that when you click on it, all windows are minimized so you easily can access the Desktop. This is a TREMENDOUS help because I hated having to minimize every window manually just to reach the Desktop.

• Windows 10 does a better job handling folders and files than on Windows 8.1. It also features a picture viewer that finally lets you see animated GIF files without needing some native GIF animation player (like IrfanView). Unfortunately, you can't zoom into animated GIFs like you could with non-animated images. Also, you will not get the same level of crispness with smaller images as you did with Windows 8.1.

• If one thing confuses me about Windows 10, it is the handling of different windows. The program atop the focus is usually the one with the colored window. All windows in Windows 10 have white headings. And unless you know what program you're using atop the focus, it is unusual to know what program is active and atop the focus.

• One thing I hated the most about Windows 8.1 was how right clicks would not register sometimes. I've had this problem a lot less frequently with Windows 10 so far.

Those are just a few things to note regarding Windows 10.

--- Windows 10 So Far: My Thoughts ---

Windows 10 is what Windows 8.1 could have been... only with more functionality than style. W10 is lovely, but it has much better functionality and performance than the former 8.1 interface. No past programs or anything have had to be altered in any such way to take advantage of Windows 10. All I mostly did was adjust some of the window heights and widths for a few programs. That's it. In some ways, you could say that Windows 10 makes you feel sorry sticking with Windows 8 and 8.1. At least from my experiences so far, Windows 10 is a much better and much more functional OS than 8 and 8.1. So if your computer can handle Windows 10, I would recommend you install Windows 10 on your PC. I was the fish that took the bait of getting Windows 10 (for all intents and purposes) as a free upgrade from 8.1, and taking this bait was wonderful as I feel much more comfortable with Windows 10 than I almost ever did with Windows 8.1.

When preparing this review, I didn't fully try things like the new Microsoft Edge browser or Cortana (Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri). Again- this is basically a first impressions blog post regarding Windows 10.

For More Information...

For more information on Windows 10, please visit

Or you may buy Windows 10 with this resource I have provided:
Windows 10 on Amazon

Search around there for the version of Windows 10 you wish to install on your system.

That concludes my first impressions look at Windows 10.

What do you think about Windows 10? Is it any better for you than Windows 8/8.1? Would you recommend Windows 10?

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