How Much Time Have You Lost By Choosing Windows 10?
Like so many people, I have used Microsoft products an awful lot since the mid 1990’s. In fact I have worked with implementing, supporting and fixing Microsoft based networks for well over 20 years. I think Bill Gates did a reasonable job of presenting good quality products for personal computer users, and business users; his products worked.
Back in 1995 I cut my IT teeth on Windows for Workgroups 3.1, with its DOS based network suite. It was a bit of a nightmare at times, trying to fix some of the strange problems we encountered when all kinds of other software was being installed on top of good old ‘3.1’. I did my fair share of Autoexec.bat editing, and rebooting endlessly, it became a cliche among the technical staff that most issues could be resolved by simply restarting Windows, or installing more RAM in the new Pentium range of computers.
And then Windows NT.40 came out, and of course Windows ’95! The game began to change.
The level of sophistication for personal computing and corporate networks increased exponentially. But it all generally worked OK if you followed the instructions and invested in decent hardware.
I was genuinely impressed with Windows XP, this was a sweet operating system, stable, able to accommodate a wide range of proprietary software and worked well with the emerging World Wide Web; in the corporate context it offered users a mostly trouble-free ride.
Windows 7 Pro came out, and this also was a genuine improvement, I like this OS enormously, it offers us a very stable, useful computing experience and it works seamlessly with all of the various systems, applications and the many different demands placed on it by the ever-increasingly complex WWW tools and software. In fact I use Windows 7 Pro to this day, I went back to it gratefully after my fairly decent desktop PC ground to a disappointing halt when I tried to use Windows 10!
I know that I am not a typical computer user, I am a technical person, and if I experienced problems with Windows 10 then I think an awful lot of ‘standard users’ would have suffered terribly.
Indeed, I know this to be the case.
As a part of my technical life I have always offered support, and education, and made my living by being able to assist people with their technical problems. The scope of my IT Support work has been very broad, from resolving esoteric problems with very complex networked environments, to visiting domestic users experiencing problems with cheap laptops, and everything in between.
So, I am in a position to evaluate just how people are doing with a wide range of hardware and software.
Working in the ‘trenches’ of IT offers me the opportunity to build a macro view.
I can tell you that Windows 10 is not a good operating system.
Win10 as a project is a complete disaster. To enable Windows 10 to operate successfully you have to invest in very high-end hardware.
Solid State hard drives, 64 bit processors, and as much RAM as you can lay your hands on.
Microsoft claimed that windows 10 would work ‘even better’ with legacy hardware!
Then there are the eternal ‘updates’, and entire versioning with each round of updates.
I think I can see what happened with Windows 10, it is a classic example of a project which is mismanaged from the outset.
Scope Creep, this is the nightmare of all project managers.
Possibly someone gained too much political leverage there at Microsoft.
Maybe someone’s girlfriend, or a person who held something over the chief manager; whatever the original political conditions, Windows 10 was a mistake.
But the commercial life of a major tech company depends on them coming out with new products and versions, people’s careers are on the table here.
For the ordinary, innocent, normal computer user Windows 10 has been a significant source of major anxiety.
The implications are just mind blowing.
Consider how many work groups, and project teams have experienced downtime, and holdups because the IT department are having to try and resolve technical issues that stemmed from their IT manager’s choice to go with windows 10.
How many individuals, consultants, writers, developers have lost their work, or been forced to purchase new devices as a direct result of Windows 10?
There is potential here for a legal class action.
Windows 10 is not just a bad operating system, it is pernicious, it kills legacy hardware off.
It is almost as if this is deliberate.
Forcing people to move to ‘solid state’ drives, because the tech-nerds all say they are better.
The HDD is a little slower than a solid state drive, but that is all.
Solid state drives are much smaller, so people fill them up quickly. 128 GB is easy to use up.
Give me a 1TB drive, and a little slower read speed any day!
Plus a user can maintain their HDD with free tools, and optimisation routines; you cannot do anything with a SSD.
This Windows 10/SSD combination is a complete scam.
There are legions of good, honest people out there who have been betrayed by Microsoft and the technical enthusiasts, damn them to hell.
It has been my experience that Windows 10 and this solid state drive development is a retrograde step. Don’t do it, if you value your time, sanity and money.
Down with windows 10, down with the solid state drive advocates, we want to be able to work with our IT, to be productive, to not have to deal with this shit storm of update hell!
I can see a class action looming through the mists of the IT/User interface.
Windows 7 Pro was the last decent operating system Microsoft produced, and HDD’s rule.