If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you already know I finally downloaded Windows 10, primarily to stop the nagging. The download took awhile, which messed with my internet service. I should’ve done it in the wee hours of the morning, during free time.
In case you’re wondering, I live out in the country, and my internet service is provided by Wild Blue/Exede. Its receiver is mounted on my roof right next to the one for Direct TV. Ordinarily, the basic service is enough for a month, but last year, I had to increase it–not that my use of the internet changed, but (I suspect) the amount of time I was getting for the amount of money decreased. Can’t prove it, but . . . well, there ya go.
But this download wrecked me, and kicked into the “overtime” service that I’ve been paying for since last year. This service allows me to continue functioning as I always do, but at a slower rate.
Add that slower pace to the glacially slow performance I was experiencing when I first downloaded W10, and you can see my frustration. First thing I tried to figure out (after struggling to get used to that monstrosity of a menu they forced on me) was how to shut down some of the things on the start menu. Most computer wizards know better than I what is safe to shut down and what isn’t, what to uninstall and what will send your computer into paralyzing spasms if you do uninstall it. But, based on what little knowledge I have, I forged onward, unpinning things from the start menu, from the short-cut screen, from the task bar (they put the Trivago icon on my task bar–like I travel on a regular basis, and must have that button handy. Uh . . . no).
That much helped. My computer is starting up a bit faster now and running better.
During set-up, I was asked to let Microsoft and whoever their buddies are receive information about the sites I visit, my surfing habits–all that stuff that allows them to personalize their ads to me. Wait. Who said I wanted ads? Who said I wanted them that involved in my life? It freaks me out enough when something I’ve shopped for on the internet shows up on the sidebar on Facebook. What makes them think I want them to advertise to me at all?
That one burned my biscuits. My answer? “Oh, hell no!” And trust me, you don’t want to mess with a Texas woman when her rejection is worded that forcefully.
Besides, I’m an author. I search for a wide variety of things. Right now, I’m working on a short story in which my main character tries sky diving–not something I’ll ever get to do, but I’ve been researching parachutes and jumping schools, etc. I can imagine the pop-ups, or whatever, advertising cute little jumpsuits, pretty parachute canopies, and accidental death-and-dismemberment insurance.
Can you imagine the pop-ups if I were a mystery/suspense author?
Anyway, Microsoft decided I didn’t need ccleaner anymore–they’re wrong, but that doesn’t matter. They took it off my computer, I’ll put it back on. I had to update Avast to the W10 compatible version, which is fine, I guess. Microsoft wants me to use McAfee, which came with my new HP notebook (which had W10 already installed), but frankly, I like the combination of Avast and ccleaner. Even the free versions do their jobs, and I’m happy with them.
Microsoft wants me to use dropbox. That’s fine, I guess. I have to use it for some of my business, but my preference is “My PC Backup.” I like it, I’m used to it, so I’m keeping it. So there.
Otherwise, so far as I can tell, everything else is fine–except they stole Hearts from me. I don’t know why they stole it from this computer when another version of it is on my new notebook, but they stole it. The dirty birds.
I’ve gotten into the habit of playing a game of solitaire or Hearts between jobs to clear my mind and make the transition easier. Sometimes I play when I can’t come up with an effective word or phrase while I’m writing. And sometimes I play because I’d rather not work at all.
Actually, I mentioned that to God recently. I needed to take Hearts off my computer because I spent too much time playing it. Well, sure enough–it’s gone. Is that Microsoft overstepping their bounds, or God agreeing that I spend too much time on Hearts?
I do have the other solitaire games I like, but their format is different. No biggie, I’ll get used to it.
One of the really cool things about it is that I was having a private conversation on Twitter with Susan Brannock yesterday, and whenever she wrote to me, her avatar and note popped up on the screen. I imagine if I were more active on Twitter, that would make me crazy, but it was fun for the time.
Another thing that keeps popping up is a note from Microsoft begging me to pat them on the back. Don’t you love W10? Won’t you rate it for us? Would you recommend it to your friends?
Are they insane? Not fifteen minutes after I had it fully installed, they started wanting me to fill in a satisfaction questionnaire, and that’s just plain nuts. It’s different from what I’m used to. It adds things I don’t know diddly about and takes away things I’m accustomed to. Of course, I hate it!
But that was then.
Right now, I can’t complain–I’m not going to answer their questionnaire, but I can’t complain. I’ve read others’ comments about how W10 crashed their systems, or about how they had to pay to return to an earlier version like W7 or W8. By now, I’m kinda used to this thing, and it hasn’t given me any real problems.
But my advice to you? Don’t upgrade, or if you’re going to, do it when you have plenty of time to devote to it. But really? Don’t upgrade.