[Athen] Is Windows 10 driving anyone else crazy?

Krista Greear greeark at uw.edu
Mon Dec 4 12:12:40 PST 2017

Some things I shared with my office after upgrading 40 computers to Windows 10 this summer.

· Stop folders from being added to Quick Access https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027032/windows-pin-remove-and-customize-in-quick-access

· I turned off animations when I was typing: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Turn-off-Office-animations-9EE5C4D2-D144-4FD2-B670-22CEF9FA025A

· Made the cursor bigger: https://www.isunshare.com/windows-10/3-ways-to-change-mouse-pointer-size-and-color-in-windows-10.html

· Turn off Outlook email desktop notifications: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Turn-new-message-alert-pop-up-on-or-off-9940c70e-b306-442e-a856-d94b20318481.

· Changed colors

o Right click on desktop

o Select Personalize

o Select Colors on left side

o Pick your color then turn on the “Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar” and “Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent” options at the bottom

· Making Adobe the Default Pdf Reader

o Hit the windows key and search “Default Programs”

o Scroll down and select “choose default apps by file type”

o Scroll down to .pdf, click the icon, and select Adobe Acrobat.

o Exit out, you’re done!

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Chagnon | PubCom
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 10:15 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Is Windows 10 driving anyone else crazy?

Not only is this a royal P I T A for everyone, but it’s also an ADA issue and the community should file a formal complaint with DOJ’s ADA office.

Adobe is not able to stop Microsoft from hijacking the PDF file format’s default software.

In theory, all users should be able to set their default preferences for any file format, and the OS (namely Apple and Microsoft) should respect the user’s choice. There was an anti-trust lawsuit in the 1990s with Microsoft about something very similar.

Since then, we now that we have Sec. 508 in place and I think a stronger case can be built on ADA violations. Edge is not fully accessible and provides an inferior user experience for those using A T.

Any accessibility lawyers out there who want to fight this?

--Bevi Chagnon

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Howard Kramer
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 1:02 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list at u.washington.edu>>
Subject: [Athen] Is Windows 10 driving anyone else crazy?

Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this. I also wonder if it's a combination of the age of my HP laptop or just Windows 10. Settings are continuously overwritten every time there's an update which can take up to a half-hour. Mouse driver for my touchpad works like crap with the newest driver version. I roll it back to a previous version which works better and then the Windows update reverses this at the next update and I have to start all over again.

Edge is repeatedly set as the default PDF viewing. I've tried editing the registry so this doesn't happen but with no luck. I have never been so frustrated with Windows and never considered changing to a different O/S until now. I feel like my productively (i.e. time) is undermined by about 5%. Ok, that's my rant for Monday.


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