The preinstallation warning advised “don’t worry, all of your data and personal files will be saved. However, … all your apps will be wiped out.” Apps is Windows 10 speak for your programs.
Do you know what programs you have installed on your computer? I knew the major ones but had to try to remember some of the less important ones. Perhaps I didn’t need them in the first place?
I subscribe to Microsoft Office 365, which allowed me to go online and reupload my office suite. Doing so provided me access to my Outlook program, which in turn provided access to my e-mail receipts for programs I had purchased and links to reupload the programs. Good thing I save almost every e-mail I ever received.
Systematically, I reinstalled my previous programs from the download links found in my e-mails.
I think Windows 10 has a sense of humour and a sick one at that.
My laptop, also running Windows 10, sitting on my left-hand side of my desk, decides not to reboot. Is Windows 10 out to get me or are there really computer gremlins?
It fires up, like it is supposed to do, then chokes after hitting the login link. Something new… a brown screen of death. I guess laptops don’t rate a blue screen.
Back to the desktop PC to research how to overcome a Windows PC brown screen of death.
Once again, lots of instructions. A start-up disk was mentioned again. I’m going to have to check that out someday. Another 12-step process was offered. I decided to stay away from the big hammer i.e. reinstalling Windows 10. I fell for that once.
Articles from Microsoft Tech Support were useless. ‘Did you find this information useful?” “No! Not in the least!”
Back to Mr. Google, research term ‘Windows 10 crashes after login with pointer.’ A video on YouTube presented itself. Some kind soul had provided a step-by-step solution to my very problem. Fixed!
Now, why was I firing up the laptop in the first place? Oh yeah, I was checking out my Filezilla program on the laptop as the new one installed on my PC had no resemblance to what I was used to. I still haven’t figured out to access the new version.
Two days later, I mean labour … and I’m back up and running.
So … what did I learn from this adventure?
Well … besides reinforcing that Windows 10 sucks, I asked Mr. Google and found that other people agree. An article at https://itvision.altervista.org/why-windows-10-sucks.html Why Windows 10 Sucks or Everything Wrong with Microsoft Windows was a real eyeopener and has got me paranoid about my personal security.
Yes, Big Brother is watching and his name is Microsoft!
This article provides a long list of complaints about the operating system, some of which I can even understand!
Here are some excerpts:
- Starting October 2016 telemetry (spying) became impossible to disable in Windows 7 and 8.1 because Microsoft changed the way it distributes updates for those two operating systems.
- Microsoft's EULA grants Microsoft the rights to use any of your content related to the services like Bing, Cortana (a built-in file indexer and search in Windows 10), OneDrive or Skype: "you grant to Microsoft a worldwide and royalty-free intellectual property license to use Your Content".
- August 2016 anniversary update broke millions of web cameras.
- September 2016 security update broke print functionality for certain users.
- December 2016 update broke the DHCP service (read Internet connection) for many users.
- Windows 10 will have no service packs which means it will always be a work in progress and you are a perpetual beta tester.
- Forced updates you cannot opt out of (and Microsoft have borked quite a lot of them recently so prepare to see your Windows die after installing a new batch of updates
- Windows 10 sucks terribly if you are an unlucky user of a metered Internet connection.
- It features huge mandatory system and apps updates (you cannot disable them, you can only postpone the system reboot after their installation). A note for smug commentators: certain home users/companies use a 3G uplink connection (for instance via a router which supports USB 3G modems), which means Windows 10 doesn't and cannot know how it's connected to the Internet.
Perhaps, as is often said, ignorance is bliss. I think I was better off not knowing that I’m being watched by Big Brother Microsoft. I wonder if they are monitoring me writing this post?
Here are some ideas that might be helpful in averting future computer crash crises.
- Creating a start-up disk or thumb-drive seems to be a good idea. I’ll have to research how to do so. You’ll need a separate one for each computer.
- If you haven’t already, back up your personal files to the cloud. There are several options to provide you peace of mind.
- For even more back up protection, backup important files to an external hard drive.
- Create a master file of the download links and passwords to all of your apps [programs]. Store them in easily accessible locations i.e. not on your computer. If your computer crashes, you won’t have access to them.
- And ‘no’ I don’t plan on switching to a Mac, if that’s what you are thinking!
So … does Windows 10 really suck? Well, I know it is certainly better than Vista was. I’ll just have to keep an eye on them, or is it them that are keeping an eye on me? Scary thought…