Do you have Microsoft Windows 8 on a computer? If so, you need to consider upgrading to Windows 10.  Even though I am still a big fan of Windows 7, I didn’t have an option but to have Windows 10 on my computer I bought recently. However, my previous computer had Windows 8, and I upgraded to Windows 10 as soon as it was available.

Why? Because Windows 8 was completely different from the Windows 7 version, and it wasn’t intuitive or user friendly. The opening screen, formerly known as Metro, was geared toward mobile devices, using touchscreen, mobile friendly apps. It didn’t go over well with PC users, though, and so Microsoft quickly developed a hybrid of versions 7 & 8.

Windows 10 was launched in July of 2015 and many were hesitant to give it a try…including me. After more than a year, what are users saying about Windows 10? It’s somewhat mixed, but mostly favorable.

This review on The Verge explains why:

Windows 10 review | The Verge


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If you’re upgrading to Windows 10 on a desktop or laptop PC, then prepare to be delightfully surprised: the Start menu you know and love is back. It feels slightly odd to celebrate its return, as it should never have gone away. It’s probably the biggest change, aside from the dark theme, that you’ll notice after Windows 8. But Microsoft hasn’t simply just reinstated the old version from Windows 7. Instead, it’s completely redesigned it in a way that combines the best aspects of the last two versions of Windows.

Read the full report here:  Windows 10 review | The Verge

One of the biggest complaints from Windows 10 users is the forced updates. You can’t choose to update on your own terms. The operating system does the updates and then gives you the option of when to schedule the reboot.

The time period to schedule the updates can be set up during offline hours, but it was only available in 12 hour increments.  Because we own a digital marketing agency in Denver and are on our computers from around 7 am until 11 pm, this didn’t work so well. This frustrated me, and after doing some research, it frustrated other users. as well.

A work around has been created for those who don’t want Microsoft to decide when to update your computer, and this video shows how:

Updates are a necessary evil for any operating system for the sake of security vulnerabilities and bug fixes. In fact, Microsoft started the trend of ‘Patch Tuesday’ around 10 years ago as a way to roll out scheduled security updates on the second Tuesday of each month. Cyber security is a huge issue in today’s tech environment, so you definitely need to protect your computer.

However, as I mentioned, there are quite a few others that don’t like the way updates work, and the following post by Ian Morris from Forbes reiterates why:

Microsoft Will Fix Windows 10’s Most Annoying Feature, Sort Of

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I do find the way Windows 10 handles updates enormously frustrating, and while this change is welcome I don’t think it goes far enough. I’m quite happy for Windows to apply security updates for Defender on its own, but if an update will auto-trigger a reboot then I feel like I should be consulted.

Now, there is a way to stop Windows 10 from rebooting itself after an update. You need to tinker with some settings, but open the Task Scheduler and open “library” then navigate to MicrosoftWindowsUpdateOrchestrator and find “reboot”. From here you can right click, and disable that feature. This is obviously a risk, and many of us would just prefer that Microsoft made it easy in the update window to tweak how our computer works.

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I was really glad to learn about this fix for Windows 10 forced updates. With features like Cortana, the digital assistant built into Window 10, the Xbox app,  and the Edge browser, Microsoft might be earning my trust back.


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