Since I have a notebook in the living room I decided to “Try” Windows 10. The free upgrade became available this week and I I’ve heard good things about it, so let’s explore!
In the Beginning.
Big download, long download time. Set it and go out; visit the Mom at the home, do a little grocery shopping, stop for a beer. Get home and hit “Continue”. Go outside and water the plants, pick some tomatoes and the last of the blueberries, come inside eat lunch then take a nap. Hit Enter. Wait some more. Free, and worth every penny.
Setup is mostly saying no; use default Microsoft settings (No), allow Microsoft to track you and sell to you or report on you (No, No, No!). Why does Microsoft think you should commit to using and trusting all these new programs? Oops! Sorry the new word is Apps. There are no programs. All is Apps. Free, and worth every penny.
(This is probably going to be an ongoing post that I’ll add to as I see and find different stuff of interest, LiveBlogging in other words.)
First Problem, (and it’s a doozy!)
Windows 10 lost my Wifi adapter. Didn’t see the device so couldn’t connect to a network, also flushed my Homegroup settings but that I expected. Easy fix, I don’t need to dial an toll-free number to know to power off and restart. Adapter popped up, lost the access code of course. First wasted ten minutes. Free, and worth every penny.
Few hours later came back and restarted the Notebook. Took F O R E V E R to start. Then it “forgot” the home network. Appears to have a problem with the hidden SSID of my network even though it had already connected previously. Free, and worth every penny.
Another minor problem, another half hour lost.
The WiFi printer connection was disabled and contradictory information was displayed. Again, not surprising. But the printer and device box looked the same but didn’t work the same. In this case I didn’t actually “fix” it, it seems as if it this just started working. Oh, and the WiFi connection to the notebook was gone again. I suspect that problem isn’t going to go away until I give up my practice of hiding the SSID of the home network. It’s a minor security benefit but I like to leave no stone unturned. What annoys me is that the connection dropped in the middle, not when starting.
Can’t say that I’ve seen any improvement in performance with Windows 10 yet, Free and worth every penny.
Week later. The Blue Screen of Death. Happened after I flipped up the screen on the hibernating notebook and found that it had forgotten my WiFi access, Again. Went to connections and had to re-enter everything (definitely doesn’t like hidden SSID router names) instead of making the connection it went to the blue screen and hint that this was a kernal error in very, small font ( I actually know what that is, more or less).
OK, it automatically rebooted. I started the stopwatch on my wristwatch. Windows 10 decided to download updates, which is against the “notify me first” setting I thought was active. After seven minutes and forty-nine seconds I got a screen. I stopped the clock. But then I realized that it had gone back to not seeing my Wireless Adapter at all. I rebooted the notebook, Again. I re-started the stopwatch.
When the notebook became active again I had the adapter but it (again) didn’t connect to the router. I manually connected, Again. I got an Ad for MS-Office 365 that popped up and blocked everything until I figured out how to clear it. I started Mozilla and stopped the clock again. At twelve minutes and fifty seconds. During that time I had found the information I was looking for using the Android tablet.
Window 10, Free and worth every penny. No.
Windows 10, too expensive even when free. To whom do I send the bill for the use of my notebook as a test site for a unready piece of software?
So…The very next day. Opened my notebook (which should have been hibernating) and it’s completely locked up…Tight! Held the power button down until the notebook shut down. Waited a little (cursed to pass the time) and restarted. Four minutes later it’s back up and yes it forgot the WiFi router again. I hate to be forced to change the hidden SSID setting. But I may get tired of this.
I read an article in the WSJ on Firefox, a new version is out just to work with Windows 10. Also the queer loving geeks at Mozilla are miffed that Windows 10 defaults to using the MS browser at install/upgrade. Really? What else did you expect?
Right now I’m trying to find out what effect enabling/disabling the checkbox for MS Network Adapter Multiplexor Protocol would be. At least I’m keeping my brain active with something that doesn’t involve titties.
Mozilla’s Firefox on the fritz…
OK, does losing the printing function rate a mention? As I attempted to print something from the Notebook on the way out the door, I discovered that Mozillas Firefox couldn’t print to the network printer anymore. Anymore, Anymore!
Now understand that I have installed the new Firefox for Windows 10 and there is another regret. But while Chrome and Edge could print, Firefox was Nyet!. Meaning I couldn’t print from Firefox. When I got home and tired to fix the problem I then discovered that Mozilla was on the bandwagon with simplifying (dumbing down) and moving control functions off the menu bar. [Print has no sub-field in Firefox version 40] I had to delve into the troubleshooting files on Mozillas site to discover the solution.
(Go to the location bar, input about config; ignore the warning that the warrantry will be broken [Really!?] ;then go the search bar and type print_printer; on the line that appears then [in my case] change the name of the printer to the name of the printer that you found in the Devices:printer.
EPSON696F8F (Epson Stylus NX620) is what Windows 10 renamed the network printer to, that is from Upstairs Printer is Epson. Simple! No? (The question is, whose fault is this? Microsoft or Mozilla?)
There goes another 40 minutes. (Don’t forget to restart Firefox)
These functions used to be located in the File:Print tab on the Firefox menu, until they improved it.
But it’s FREE!
First Major Windows 10 Update.
Five days later, Windows rather politely requested my acquiescence in downloading and installing an Complete Win10 update. (The politeness came from my unchecking “Download whenever it bloody well wanted to!” Not quite the exact wording but that’s how I read it.) Figuring that it would take a while I clicked Download and picked up my book, an hour later it was ready to restart.
More time passed, when finally I was able to log back in I wasn’t surprised to see that the WiFi was down and again the presence of the adapter was transparent to Windows 10. But this time a restart didn’t restore the device. Neither a power off reboot. I had to drill down into the Device Manager (Basement Level Three, last stop!) which thought that the Broadcom adapter was in service, disabled & re-enabled. The adapter popped back up on the task bar and immediately connected to the router. No need to re-enter the site ID and passcode since I turned SSID on within the WiFi Router. But I don’t like being forced to do so.
I’m still finding where all the new locations for everything is, and I can’t say that I’ve noticed any improvement in performance or function. I won’t be doing this on the big machine, no thank you.
September. If I turn the SSID off on my WiFi router this damn machine has to be manually logged back in every time. Windows 10 definitely does not work as well with SSID as did Windows 7. Otherwise I’ve got everything working, but I can’t find a single area in which Windows 10 is superior or adds much of anything. I’d just as soon not have installed it and will not be installing it on any other machines I have.
Final verdict, to expensive at Free.
Microsoft does not want to give you a choice on upgrading to Windows 10. This is what I’ve found.
A Windows process GWX (stands for Get Windows 10, cute isn’t it?) is labeled as an important update while in Win7 and is loaded onto your machine (…of course MS doesn’t really believe that it’s your machine, at least that is the way they behave. )
This process does several things; it can download (without asking permission, no matter what your update permissions are set to) the 6Gig Windows Ten upgrade onto a hidden folder on your hard drive, it downloads update KB3035583 onto your computer (which is the process that places a Windows 10 icon on your taskbar and splashes a Nag Window on top of whatever you are doing to nag you into upgrading.), and if you uninstall the KB3035583 process (as some sites suggest) to remove the annoying nagging then the GWX.exe process immediately downloads it again and it pops up the next time you reboot.
I finally got rid of all of it (I think.) but it took me over two hours of my time. One little thing that made it difficult was a program called Trusted Installer. This process ‘owned’ the folder C:\windows\System32\GWX and stopped me from deleting it. Even though I have Administrator Access on my machine and network. On the bright side, I’ve learned a lot more about windows security features and operation than I ever knew before.
Since the notebook with Win10 on it is still experiencing issues, mostly a continuing failure to connect to the WiFi network in the house (even with SSID turned off), I’m even less interested in ‘upgrading’ to Windows 10 anytime soon (or in my lifetime, the way I’m feeling this morning.) (November 2016: the non-connect to WiFi issue seems to have gone away on it’s own on the Win10 Notebook, go figure?)
New final comment, hey Microsoft! You pay ME!