[Athen] Is Windows 10 driving anyone else crazy?

Susan Kelmer Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu
Tue Dec 5 07:04:22 PST 2017

I have been using Windows 10 against my will for the last year on my personal laptop. After a year, I still hate it with the passion of a thousand burning suns. Maybe more than a thousand.

They broke what worked. The start menu is a freaking joke, it puts whatever it wants there instead of what I am actually using all the time. The only way for me to open programs now is to windows-button then type in the program I’m looking for. I used to be able to click the most used ones or at least select them with windows key and my up or down arrow keys, but no more. The preview feature that works so well on Windows 7, on Windows 10 is combined with the little “show all/hide all” spot in the lower left corner, and of course my mouse ends up down there all the time, hiding all my windows even if I’m actively typing. So I had to turn off the preview of the taskbar in order to fix that but now I don’t have the previews I used to count on to figure out which task bar button to open (I usually have the task bar pretty full of open programs. The personalized settings for screen savers is totally borked…they work randomly and seldom. I also can no longer schedule updates at my convenience, even with workarounds, and I will walk away from my laptop for a few hours and come back and find it either updating, or it just finished an update and rebooted. This despite telling it not to do updates except in the middle of the night. I spend twenty minutes trying to get everything back open again and of course it didn’t save anything it should have saved, so I’ve got all these random documents that now need to be saved, but can’t be saved over their original file name, but need a NEW file name. I have tried to once a week do an “install updates and reboot” or “install updates and shut down” with the start menu but it doesn’t actually install updates…when you boot it back up, THEN it does updates. I had one last week like that, told it to “install and shut down” as I left my house, came back many hours later to grab the laptop for a meeting, and turned it on, and it spent 90 minutes installing updates. I had to take paper notes for my meeting.-

Krista gave some good tips, these are most things I’ve already done. Edge is awful and Microsoft just needs to get out of the browser business now. Didn’t they learn anything by watching Netscape’s demise??

It amazes me how much Microsoft doesn’t listen to its main clients, BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS. None of their “improvements” are improvements at all, they are just more obstacles, more things to learn (sometimes a huge learning curve). So annoying!

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
University of Colorado Boulder

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Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 11:02 AM
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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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