Update: Now that it has been nearly one and a half years since the public release of Windows 10 I will say it is my opinion and from experience many bugs (including in the anniversary update) have been removed from or fixed in the operating system. At this time since using Windows 10 for nearly the same amount of time, I can finally recommend it to you. ______________________
Unfortunately, many people may remember an operating system they once had running on their computer called Windows Vista. This little nugget of fun of an operating system was great if you enjoyed trying to fix problems with a computer. Like most people, I enjoy using a computer to play games, browse the internet, use a graphics editor and for writing but tracking down the source of why audio doesn’t work or the computer won’t connect to the internet is not really what I call “fun”.
Not all peaches and cream
So now it’s 2015 and we’ve turned a corner and a new operating system from Microsoft has come into our lives in the hope of making life easier, simpler and more fun. At least I think that’s the intention. But for me and many others our experience with this new revolutionary operating system called Windows 10 hasn’t really turned out all peaches and cream.
In fact, today I pushed paused on a game I had been playing and then unpaused it to find the sound wasn’t working anymore. I exited the game, figuring maybe it’s a simple game malfunction (even though it’s been fine for months past). I then find myself on the Windows 10 desktop still without audio. This isn’t the only difficulty I have experienced with Windows 10.
Just last week whenever I would start my computer the internet connection would be gone. Windows 10 troubleshooting would report no network adapter could be found. Really? All of a sudden? After a computer restart the connection would almost mysteriously return like a magic trick I was involved in. That is, until the next computer restart when the connection would be gone again. The connection had been fine for months before without a hiccup and so I figured maybe it was the cable from the extender or perhaps even the extender itself was failing. I decided to hard-wire my connection with a new cat5e cable directly to the router. This time even a restart of the computer wouldn’t bring the internet connection back. My internet connection appeared lost forever, at least on this computer. The only change to the computer I had noticed a few days before the lost connection was a Windows 10 update that had occurred. Hmmm..
Troubleshooting isn’t peaches and cream
Eventually the audio and the WI-FI connection would return but not before a few hours and days of troubleshooting using a different computer running a Linux, a new cable and updated driver–which I had to find online. Apparently Windows 10 isn’t as smart as we are led to believe. Lately, I have noticed an inexplicable sluggishness when restarting the computer and opening folders and an overall sense of incompleteness with my copy of Windows 10 that has been giving me an old feeling of yesteryear, as if I were still running a version of Windows Vista underneath it all.
Now to be completely honest, I don’t believe Windows 10 is all bad news. In fact, I really like it’s appearance and potential. I saw Windows 10 during beta testing and had high hopes for Windows 10 and still do. Visually Windows 10 has it going on, with its fresh-looking skin, but underneath its clean-looking exterior I am beginning to wonder why Microsoft released it. It might be just my opinion, but I don’t think Windows 10 is really ready for prime-time. Yet, maybe Microsoft knew that already and left themselves a loophole by giving copies away for free. In the meantime, I do hope things get better under the hood of Windows 10, and whenever I turn the computer on I’ll try not to keep thinking I’m using a new copy of Windows Vista.
Image: personal computer screenshot