Monday 4 April 2016

Windows 10 - The Not-So Scary Bits...

Now I've been able to add a few programs to my new desktop I'm feeling much more in control.

After advice from writer friends who are familiar with Windows 10, I downloaded Office 2007 from the disc I bought for my previous computer- it still had a use available. So I've not had to move to Office 365 with it's subscription system (monthly or annual).

I'm not keen on the new browser, Edge (the IE replacement), so I quickly downloaded Chrome, and added a few programs that make life easier.

Having used Windows 10 for a few days now, I'm getting used to how it's set out. Plus having to look to find out what updates have been added in the background.

My main gripe is that they've hidden so many useful items. I've found it's actually quicker to get to what I want by using the search bar on the bottom toolbar next to the Windows symbol that opens a cross between a start bar (like Windows 7) and a block of tiles (as in Windows 8).

Yes, it gives a tidy appearance, but I don't want or need to waste time looking for the program/app I need.

Maybe my amplified annoyance is another left-handed (and the way my mind works) thing...

If something isn't working as it should, then most means of resolution will be found somewhere in the settings; just choose the relevant category and look through the options.

Apparently, if you have anti-virus protection and it runs out, Windows Defender automatically takes over, so you're not open to nasties getting onto your machine.

It hasn't been as difficult to adjust to the move from Windows 7 to 10;but I could have happily lived with version 7 forever.

The major downside is that you need a Microsoft account, so if you want to add a family member so they can use the computer with their own password, you need to add their Hotmail, Outlook, X-Box or other Microsoft related email address, and they then receive an invitation in their inbox; once they accept their account will appear on the opening page screen.

If a family member doesn't have a relevant account they have to create one, then follow the process for an invite.

There's a wide selection of apps in the store, some are pre-installed, Microsoft People- it utilises your email address book. :(

Personally, if my old computer hadn't bust irretrievably I would have carried on with Windows 7.

If you've thought about the free upgrade to Windows 10, but are still happy with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, then don't rush. Friends who have upgraded seem split between those who have been trouble-free, and those who have had a number of issues.

The most important thing now is that I can get on with my writing without further delays...

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Susan A Eames said...

We are creatures of habit and it's always discombobulating when you are forced to make a change. I jumped from Vista to Windows 10 last year when my laptop died and fortunately I didn't have any real issues.

Teresa Ashby said...

I'm glad you're getting used to 10, Carol and it's good to hear about your experience of it. I really like 7 and will stick with it as long as possible I think. I'm glad to hear you're now able to get on with your writing - it's always frustrating when things like this get in the way xx

Carolb said...

I think some makes of computer/laptop seem to cope with upgrades better than others.

Glad you didn't experience any issues, Susan.:-)

Carolb said...

Thanks, Teresa.

I was wary of doing anything major because the computer could suddenly freeze without warning and I could only get out by cutting the power, and I didn't want to end up with a corrupted file.

Yes, I think staying with Windows 7 until you have to change over is better.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Good to hear of your experience, Carol - thanks. I use and like Windows 7 on my laptop so I won't be changing any time soon. No doubt I'll need to get used to W 10 if I needed a new computer but I'll wait until then.

Carolb said...

That's the best way to go; continue with what you're happy with and change only when you have to, Rosemary.

I don't see any point in changing unless it's necessary. :-)

Patsy said...

I hate having to upgrade stuff when the version I have already does everything I need.

Carolb said...

I've had quite a few updates for Office 2007 and an upgrade of Windows 10 today, Patsy, and the latter took all afternoon and early evening just to download; thankfully the installation stage was much quicker.

By the time you get everything installed it's already out of date, and needs bits adding.

I should be okay now, and can catch up on what I should have been doing. :)