As I mentioned last week, Windows 10 finally came out and I was (eventually) able to download it. That eventually is there for a reason. It was such a pain in the ass to get started. First of all, if you want it for free you have to reserve a copy, which I did months ago because as I spent an entire post talking about, I really, really hate Windows 8.
So there was this little icon in my taskbar that said “Reserve your copy of Windows 10!” months after I had already done so and then, when it finally came out…nothing happened. I got sick of waiting and went to Windows Update and sure enough, there was “One Important Update” waiting to be downloaded. But that wouldn’t do it on its own. Because of course not.
Whatever. I clicked download the update and…well, something happened this time, it started downloading, but then it told me that my antivirus software had to be uninstalled for 10 to download. Reluctantly, I did that. And it still wouldn’t frigging download.
I stopped the process and restarted it a bunch of times before it worked—and I have no idea why it started working, just that it did. The ordeal was over, I had Windows 10. The question was: would it be as much of an abomination as 8?
Answer: no, but only because that would be close to impossible. Still, it’s not terrible. It has an actual start menu instead of that horrible page of Apps, and while that’s better, I’m still a little ambivalent about it. It seems to work, but part of me thinks that I only like it because I hated the other one so much. And speaking of things that are hated, they finally got rid of Explorer. Instead they have “Edge”, which is basically Explorer with a new name, I don’t know why they bothered. Yes, it’s different, but it still sucks and I’m sticking with Chrome.
Despite how annoying it was to install, I have to say it’s a definite improvement. I have heard people report varying degrees of frustration and even computer breakage, but those seem to be a small minority. Even my complaints about the installation don’t seem to be common, and it seems it’s just the usual Microsoft “We tried really, really hard this time and it almost works!” stuff. If you have Windows 8, absolutely upgrade and enjoy a user interface that is something like user friendly. Anything else (especially Windows 7…sigh, remember that?) and you can wait until you get a new computer.
I HAVE SPOKEN.