I've made 2 posts on Windows in the last couple of weeks and people seem to think that I'm a Windows hater. I'm not. All of my computers are Windows machines. Every computer in the Fstoppers office is a Windows machine. But I'm not some fan boy who is going to lie about my experience either and Windows 10 so far has not been a good experience.
Yesterday I wrote a post about how to upgrade to Windows 10. I followed my own instructions and my fairly new and very expensive Alienware 13 laptop and Windows 10 didn't get along. The first attempt to upgrade to Windows 10 gave me this error.
Every attempt after that gave me the error: "Something happened"
Nothing infuriates me more than a computer that won't work and I decided to quit before I threw my laptop against a wall. Later that night I decided to try again on my personal laptop at home, a fairly cheap HP Folio 13. Windows 10 installed fine but actually using Windows 10 hasn't been so smooth.
Initial problems with Windows 10
At first my laptop's resolution was way out of whack. After 30 minutes of looking for a display driver my screen snapped back into its correct resolution. I don't know how this happened but I like to believe that Windows 10 was smart enough to find a fix behind the scenes.
Next, I realized that 2 finger scrolling on my touchpad was working in Google Chrome but wasn't working anywhere else in Windows including Microsoft's new Edge browser. To my surprise, when I woke up this morning 2 finger scrolling began to work. Once again I have no clue what happened but Windows appeared to be healing itself.
The start menu went crazy
Today I decided to spend a bit of time navigating around the operating system. I started with the new start menu which in theory is supposed to be better than the insane tile menu in Windows 8. Sadly the start menu wouldn't work. It's hard to explain what it was doing but I recorded a clip on my cell phone of it's tantrum. Basically as I moved my mouse around tiles and programs began to appear and flicker.
After a restart the start menu appeared to be working properly and I must admit, when it actually works, it's great. Way better than Windows 8.
Cortana doesn't work
One of the most praised features of Windows 10 is the search feature which can search your computer and the internet at once. It also includes Cortana, a personal voice assistant who is there to help you with a variety of tasks. To make Cortana work you have to log into your Microsoft account. I'm honestly not exactly sure what my Microsoft account is, what it does, or why I need it, but I had to set one up with Windows 8. This means that every single person in our office who uses a Windows 8 computer has to log in to their computer with MY email and MY password. I'm sure that there is a way for them to get their own Microsoft account but I don't want to deal with multiple user accounts on our office computers as we are always jumping from one machine to another.
So basically, I don't want to have a Microsoft account to turn on my computer but it seems like I have to now and Cortana was asking me to log in to my account before she could work. Surprisingly I was able to remember my MS account login info but it still didn't work. It kept telling me that I wasn't connected to the internet even though I was.
The error screen telling me I needed to be connected to the internet didn't even properly fit on my screen. Even error screens have errors. So although I would love to give you a glowing review of the new Cortana assistant feature, I can't even figure out how to make it work.
The computer won't "sleep"
I then closed my laptop in frustration and started writing this post on my desktop (Windows 7). As I was writing I noticed that my laptop never went to sleep. It wasn't plugged in and the lid was closed but I could still hear the fan. I opened it back up and checked the battery settings. Sure enough the computer was set to "sleep when lid is closed." When I closed it a second time the computer did go to sleep. I then tried it a third time and the computer stayed on once again. At this point I have no faith that my computer is actually off when I close it and the only way to know is the listen for the fan noise. I've now opened and closed the lid 5 times and the computer will not go to sleep.
I've always liked Windows because I basically never had to worry about it. It was simply there to load all of the important applications on a daily basis. Windows 7 never bothered me, it just disappeared into the background and allowed me to work. It never made me sign up for accounts, login to unwanted features, or force to "sync" anything. I can imagine a day where Windows 10 works perfectly and it gives me a few extra really powerful features to make my computer experience easier but so far, nothing has been easier. The UI of Windows 10 is beautiful and I've already found a few features that I'm really excited about but at this point I'm still dealing with broken basic functions.
We can't all use Windows XP and 7 forever. Eventually we'll all have to upgrade. You better believe I will be waiting a long time to upgrade my main office computers to Windows 10 though, it's simply not worth the risk.