Windows 10 has been released now, and on the whole, I have been enjoying it since its first public release; and I still do.

But there are still a few kinks to iron out:

  • On my Lenovo X1 ThinkPad, scrolling on the tiles inside Settings is sideways: namely you scroll left-right on the touch pad to scroll up-down. It took me a long time to figure this out. Normal apps scroll properly.
  • You cannot make slideshows for the desktop background with pictures on a network drive.
  • I HATE the fact that you really must use your Microsoft account to do anything. This screws up my samba networking because the user name is different.
  • Cortana refuses to work until you do the Microsoft account thing. And it has not yet worked successfully for me after doing this. For example, "launch Word" did nothing.
  • There seems to be no easy way to create a program icon on the desktop. You can do this by right-clicking on the file in File Explorer, but often I am unable to find the executable file because the app folder has many .exe files with obscure names. Instead, right-click the program in the Start Menu, and then click "Pin to Start." You can then drag the Start Manu tile icon to the desktop to make a shortcut, and if desired, unpin the tile from the Start Menu. Why did Microsoft remove the "send to" option from the items in the Start Menu? I suppose they do not want you to use desktop icons

There are some neat things I enjoy too:

  • The desktop color scheme can change to match the current background desktop picture.
  • They moved the power (reboot, stop, logout) button to the Start Menu. It used to be on the right-click start menu.
  • For me, Windows 10 does a good job with my high-resolution laptop screen.
  • Three upgrades went flawlessly, as did several for friends. Microsoft has finally made this process painless (although it takes over an hour). Having a widespread beta program is the ideal way to achieve this.

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jarome's picture

I am on the fast track for builds, but spend all my time trying (unsuccessfully) to install updates. Checking for updates should work quickly. The updates should download in a few minutes. The install process should not take forever and then roll back. Microsoft never addresses these issues despite many complaints.

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