Windows 10 - First Impressions

I decided to take the bait and accept the free upgrade offer from Microsoft on my wife's computer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had heard some good things about it. I have only run Windows 8 in a VM and did not enjoy it very much, but I can say my first impressions of Windows 10 are overall positive.

Within minutes of opting in, I was informed that my copy of Windows 10 had been reserved and was ready for download. The download was 3GB and didn't take very long with my internet connection. There was no progress bar and no way to pause the download. I waited a few days before actually running the upgrade.

The upgrade process went smoothly and took around an hour. Once finished, I was presented with some privacy settings and default programs. Here is a transcript of the default privacy settings:

Personalize your speech, typing, and inking input by sending contacts and calendar details, along with other associated input data to Microsoft.
Send typing and inking data to Microsoft to improve the recognition and suggestion platform.
Let Windows and apps request your location, including location history, and send Microsoft and trusted partners some location data to improve location services.
Use page prediction to improve reading, speed up browsing, and make your overall experience better in Windows browsers. Your browsing data will be sent to Microsoft.
Automatically connect to suggested open hotspots. Not all networks are secure.
Automatically connect to networks shared by your contacts.

Depending on how much you like your privacy or what kind of device you are using, I suggest you just uncheck all those boxes. Setting can easily be changed later, so don't worry if you skipped this step without reading. I found that all my default apps had been reset to IE for browsing and Media for video and audio playing. I set Google Chrome and VLC back as the defaults.

The Windows 10 desktop looks really good. In fact, I'd describe it as Windows 7 Plus. The start menu has been improved to contain some of the Metro features from WIndows 8, and the search bar has been moved to its own tab on the bar. There is now also a "settings" program that manages settings and it is very user friendly. Programs are also now referred to as apps, which is a change I will eventually get used to.

The command prompt also has some improvements, but most need to be enabled in the configuration menu. Powershell now comes installed by default and is far better than the command prompt anyway.

All bugs and crashes encountered so far have been in Microsoft software. I suspect these will be ironed out in the next year.

Finally, I'd recommend running a disk and registry cleanup using your favourite cleaning program. You do have one of those installed right? There is also a large (15GB) directory that contains your old Windows files so that you can roll back to Windows 7 if you don't like the upgrade. But why would you go back? Use the built in Disk Cleanup and it will give you an option to remove files left by the upgrade process.

 

UPDATE: Would I upgrade my own computer to Windows 10? No, because Ubuntu is still better.

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be aware of Cortana which shares data about you, your behaviour etc to Microsoft.

Best 

Jacob

What *is* your preferred cleaning program? I still use ccleaner but am interested if you use something else.

Dieuwe de Boer's picture

I do still use CCleaner as well. I have no reason to switch, but I do know that other people use other programs that are similar in functionality and effectiveness.