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Just got finished streaming my Xbox One to my laptop and browsing a couple of sites with the Edge browser and I said to myself, "You know, this is pretty sweet."  But I am but a humble d21lewis.  What do you guys think about it?  Does Cortana turn you on or off?  Got any cool WIndows 10 tricks you want to share?



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First thing to do is this :

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2955491/windows/how-to-stop-windows-10-from-using-your-pcs-bandwidth-to-update-strangers-systems.html

Overall I like it. I don't care about Edge browser (I support a law firm as IT director, and there are a number of critical business and cloud services sites that don't function with it) or Cortana as it currently sits, but that doesn't mean that Windows 10 doesn't work just fine.

I even had no problem with Windows 8/8.1 once about 30 seconds of tweaks were done (Classic Shell + set default PDF to Foxit or Acrobat, etc).

It's brave of MS to give away W10 for a year and I think that will help DX12 take off much better than if they used their old business model.



My last experience with Window has been Windows 7 for the past several years. I'm loving it! I'll check that link, though.



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I like the design and there are some nice new features, but customisation seems to have taken a hit in favour of windows doing things for you.

And there are some weird quirks that I don't understand. Just a few examples:
- If I open the start menu and hover the mouse over it, I can't scroll until I click somewhere on it (which means you have to leave some kind of gap in the live tiles to tap on or accidentally open an app)
- The accent colour only changes for some apps, I have set up most of my live tile space now but solitaire & weather remain blue when all other tiles change colour... speaking of which if you want a consistant scheme you can only choose from 48 colours.
- I have a fingerprint sensor so I set-up hello with it, so now I can log in with a fingerprint... which is nice, but to set it up I have to create a pin, which then has to be a log in option. Why add an extra security layer such as a fingerprint only to be able to bypass it with a pin, which is less secure and less easy to remember than a password.
- Navigating the start menu with the arrow keys is a mess: You have to press enter to access jump lists in the most used programs/file explorer despite the right key not doing anything (it would have made sense if it moved focus to the live tile section)
- In the all apps list you can navigate up & down with keys, but get to the bottom and you have an extra three mysterious presses of the down key before it takes you up to the top except now it cycles through the letters (a feature I might like if you could type a letter to go to that section, but nope) until it gets to Windows accessories folder. Oh and while you can keep going down and cycling through, if you go up it never cycles back to the bottom.
- If you pin a program it won't appear in most used (which admitedly is good but only because most used is limited to 6 for no reason) and also pinned programs don't have jump lists
- I don't and will never use OneDrive, yet it is now a permanent feature of my file explorer unless I edit registry keys

There are many others, the vast majority of I admit are very minor niggles that I can work around, but at the same time they don't make any sense. It's like the designers were halfway through implementing keyboard navigation when they gave up.



Last thing I remember hearing about Windows 10 is some friends having problems with this or that game (for what it's worth, MMOs mostly) after installing it, info from maybe 2-3 months ago.

No idea whether this is fixed, but it dried my last drops of desire to convert.



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I used it for a few days, yet had to revert due to the laptop crashing in games (randomly turning black as in off). Alt-tab was also very slow when running games. Windows 7 never felt snappier afterwards.

Here's my experience http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=210055

The best feature was the quick revert back to Windows 7. The laptop has been running a lot quieter again as well.



Arkaign said:
First thing to do is this :

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2955491/windows/how-to-stop-windows-10-from-using-your-pcs-bandwidth-to-update-strangers-systems.html

Wow, that's on by default? Damn, I had to limit my internet activity last month and ended with less than 2GB to spare in my data cap.
Definitely not touching Windows 10 again.



SvennoJ said:
Arkaign said:
First thing to do is this :

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2955491/windows/how-to-stop-windows-10-from-using-your-pcs-bandwidth-to-update-strangers-systems.html

Wow, that's on by default? Damn, I had to limit my internet activity last month and ended with less than 2GB to spare in my data cap.
Definitely not touching Windows 10 again.

Hahah yeah it's like torrenting for the OS (peer to peer update sharing). It's a way for MS to cheap out on as much data fees as possible I guess.

Anyway, if you don't game on PC, skipping W10 isn't the end of the world. Windows on the back end really hasn't changed since Vista in any gigantic way.

That said, I would still recommend learning how to tweak W10 to work like you want it to and getting it before too long (before the free entry year is up). The reasons are how Microsoft supports it's OSes, especially in regards to forced obsolescence and security.

For example, although there is nothing fundamentally wrong with a fully updated Windows Vista or 7, Microsoft has already locked them out from even DirectX 11.1, and Windows 8/8.1 is locked out from DirectX 12. Also, security updates and support for things like .net, activeX, etc are going to drop out much sooner on the older OSes.

http://www.techspot.com/news/50779-microsoft-has-no-plan-to-release-directx-111-for-windows-7-updated.html

http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/198964-dx12-confirmed-as-windows-10-exclusive-amd-and-nvidia-go-head-to-head

And some intro tips on fixing up Win10 :

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-tweak-windows-10-and-fix-its-minor-annoyances-1720989970

In addition to that, I'd recommend getting CCleaner and tweaking your startup settings to reduce clutter/overhead. I would recommend Classic Shell over Start8 though. I have W10 on my HTPC, Gaming PC, Work Laptop, and Ultrabook, and they all work flawlessly.



Long story short: I like it.



Well my SSD had 4 gigs space left when i was on Win7, upgraded to win10 now i have 40gig so ya im pretty happy

dont give a shit about the spy stuff too