The love? affair is over

I recently wrote this on the Microsoft ‘Tech Support’ site in frustration at Windows 10 again causing me to say rude words. This time I was just trying to open the downloads folder and had to wait for 10 minutes before I was granted access. Then I was copying some video files from the hard drive to a USB stick. Yes, it was a USB 3.0 one – again, the lonnnggg wait while the copying speed bounced up and down between zero and 8Mb/s. So as usual I am forced to put up with this nonsense every day when I just have a ‘quick’ 5 minute job to do.

Hence this.

Ok, to prevent my blood pressure rising again I thought I’d pen this. I expect the thread to be locked after a few replies anyway but at least it (should) stay up for a while. Before I continue – if you search for MS Community forum questions after the start of 2019 – good luck! Seems they are closing down discussion before it starts to get too on the nose…

Ok, so here’s the thing (as Linda from Becker would say) – I equate WIindows 10 to the old British car my Dad had in the sixties. It had to be nursed along, all the grease nipples had to regularly greased. When it refused to start, which was every second day, Dad had to get the crank handle out and wrench the poor thing into life again. It was slow as a wet week, could take days to stop with the terrible brakes and was a shocking piece of engineering.

Then he bought a Japanese car, Toyota from memory, and the thing started first pop, ran quietly and economically and lasted over 220,000kms without a major problem.

I have been using Windows since Win 3.1 so you can guess my age.

I resisted as my collegues insisted this was the future, so I gave up DOS and XTree Pro (remember that?) to manipulate large text files we had to create to load software into the Telco exchanges we were responsible for. It was ok. Win 95 came along and it was ok. XP, Windows 7 were ok, in fact pretty good with far fewer crashes than earlier incarnations.

Now we have 10. Or at least whichever version of 10 we have. I, though retired, still wrestle with local’s Windows boxes and laptops and have an assortment of notebooks and desktops myself ranging from older Core i3’s to recent HP Core i7’s with plenty of RAM and SSDs. I had one, the Core i7 with ‘plenty’ of eveything that performed ok. Not anymore – even it has finally succumbed to the nonsense that is Win 10.

Painfully slow to start – yeah right start. Just because you get the desktop doesn’t mean its anywhere near ready for work. Usually I get 20-30 minutes of disk thrashing first before I even bother trying to type a word. No idea why, the AV software is a good one, a light memory user and it isn’t running a scan.

It’s just Windows. Doing stuff. It’s own thing happily working away to make our lives more secure and easy to use. Get the irony?

Well I’ve had it now. No more. I’ve even stopped assisting regularly at our local seniors computer club as I get the same thing every week there too and frankly, I’m just sick of it.

I just use the ChromeBook now. It works, first time every time. I turn it on or wake it up (yes a notebook that actually sleeps and wakes – I know, amazing right?). Sure I can’t run ‘apps’ (programs) but I could use Android apps. But why bother? Everything I need to do, I do online now. Emails, internet browsing, manage bank accounts, write and save on Google Docs (forget OneDrive – what a ridiculous waste of time that is), even edit photos.

I’ve put others onto Neverware’s ChromeOS for older – read 2015-17 – small notebooks that they had tried to use Windows 10 on and given up. They are delighted as am I.

Sorry Microsoft but it’s over for me and I suspect many, many others. I’ll try to assist those when I feel strong enough to tap that Windows key to find ‘updates’ – another joke. Enter ‘check’ or ‘updates’ in the search field after tapping that key and it’s complete luck as to what you’ll get. I do it the first time, get some inane suggestions about geting Checkers in the Store.  Try the same search again and I then get the Check for updates link as I wanted in the first place. Give me strength…

Ok. That’s my rant. Feel a lot better now. Off to my little ChromeBook I go. Oh look, theres a ChromeOS update. Hold on, give me 20 seconds to install it then 30 seconds to restart – yep up again before the kettle even finishes boiling.

Love. a previous ‘user’ of a Microsoft product.

Comments are closed.

The love? affair is over
The love? affair is over

I recently wrote this on the Microsoft ‘Tech Support’ site in frustration at Windows 10 again causing me to say rude words. This time I was just trying to open

... read more

 
Want a ChromeBook for under $200?
Want a ChromeBook for under $200?

Ok, so what’s a ChromeBook and why are they taking the computing world by storm? There are different reasons, but in my humble opinion, two words – Not Microsoft. I’ve

... read more

 
Want to make your home smarter?
Want to make your home smarter?

Setting up a smarthome is becoming easier every month with new, cheaper devices coming into the market regularly. At our place, I have installed a Google Home (3 in fact

... read more

 
How to take control of Windows 10 Updates
How to take control of Windows 10 Updates

One of the problems that Windows 10 users face is the update process. Updates are important but, as we have seen in the past, they can go terribly wrong. Experienced

... read more

 

Subscribe to my Blog

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
** Your email address will not be sold or used to send you spam **

Tag Cloud