Windows 10 – the nightmare continues…

angry-wet-catI’ve been doing this game for some time now. Cut my teeth on Windows 3.0, then progressed through all the versions, 3.1, 95, 98, 98SE, XP, Vista (cough..), Windows 7, Windows 8 (choke…), Windows 8.1 and now we have this – Windows 10, or as Microsoft like to call it, the last version of Windows.

And we’ll keep updating it and adding features, because – hey, we know you don’t mind it when things go wrong or your working day loses 4-5 hours while we ‘update’ your previously working PC so that it looks different than yesterday. Oh and you know those programs you used to use? Well we decided you don’t need them anymore so we uninstalled them for you and put a link on the desktop of all the ones we removed for you. Aren’t we caring? No, don’t thank us, it’s all part of the Microsoft service…

Hmm. We thought Vista and 8 was bad – well 10 has become the nightmare for many that means it may well be the last Windows for them.

Some of us are luckier – we have a fast internet connection, the time to go outside and mow the lawn while you muck about with our computer that we need for work but can work flexible hours. In my case, first the webcam stopped working altogether. Then it came back again after an update – but, wait – the webcam video image is upside down… Oh, after yet another update, it’s back to working again – joy.

Many others aren’t so lucky. Maybe they use a Telstra WiFi modem and a ridiculously expensive data plan that ‘only’ gives them 8Gb a month, which should be plenty – but isn’t because the Windows updates can be gigabytes in size. Or they have hardware that simply refuses to start again after an update and they have to pay someone like me to try to sort out the mess for them – and often I tell them that it may well happen again because I can’t turn the updates off… sigh.

Ok, so Windows 7 and 8.1 will be supported for some time, so if you decided against taking Microsoft up on their free upgrade to 10 offer – you may have dodged a bullet. Just be thankful that your current machine will happily plod along until the support runs out. That will be 2020 for Win 7 and 2023 for 8.1 – both versions are fine in my opinion. Sure 8.1 still has the silly, childish tiles, but at least you can ignore them and stay on the desktop and create shortcuts for the programs you use.

If this is beginning to sound like a winge session – well maybe it is and I just needed to vent.

But – here’s the thing. The vast majority of things we need to do now can be done online for free – editing and storing photos (use pixlr.com) and Google Photos), creating and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations (ditch Microsoft Office and use Google Docs) – even managing your finances using something like Rounded. The point is this, as soon as you find you can do everything you need to do online, you can ditch Windows altogether and use something like Linux or even a Chromebook and not worry about the endless update drama again. This is where I’m heading. I just need to keep Windows going so I can help the customers!

Andy

Edit June 2017: Ok, maybe I was a little harsh. You know how it is when Microsoft software just makes you want to throw the PC out the window don’t you? The frustration with the updates is still there (but this can be helped a lot which I’ll talk about in another post) but this Windows version has reached the stage that version 8.1 finally got to – stable and performing as we expect Windows to do. There are many annoyances for sure – the two control panels for a start. Why not put all the settings into the Control Panel we all are familiar with instead of putting some into silly ‘Settings’ place that treats us as idiots… There’s more, but at least it has finally settled down and we can (hopefully) trust that our computers will look the same as they did yesterday when we turn them on!

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