Microsoft Windows 10
Windows 10 is the ideal next step for Microsoft, bringing together the best elements of Windows 7 and 8. With new features like Cortana and Edge, extensive desktop interface refinements and Microsoft's free upgrade offer, it's a must-have for anyone who uses Windows.
- Brings together Microsoft's best desktop and touchscreen interfaces
- Easy upgrade process
- Cortana and Edge alone are worth upgrading
- Changes to modern Windows apps finally makes them useful
- No major changes beyond the traditional Windows desktop
- Xbox One game streaming requires a robust network
- Still not many worthwhile modern Windows apps yet
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- 83AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsRecode70Windows 10 Review: Microsoft Takes a Step Back toI regard Windows 10 as a solid, evolutionary operating system that’s likely to be a good bet for people who like Windows. But don’t upgrade until more of the bugs have been worked out.CNET80Microsoft Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it rigWindows 10 delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing with an operating system that's equally at home on tablets and traditional PCs -- and it's a free upgrade for most users.Engadget90Windows 10 review: the best of Windows 7 and 8Windows 10 is the ideal next step for Microsoft, bringing together the best elements of Windows 7 and 8. With new features like Cortana and Edge, extensive desktop interface refinements and Microsoft's free upgrade offer, it's a must-have for anyone who uses Windows.Wired80Review: Windows 10It’s about to be a really great time to make Windows devices. Because a billion-plus Windows users finally have a good reason to upgrade.The Wall Street Journal70Windows 10 Review: A Welcome Upgrade, Perhaps TooThe new Microsoft operating system reverses the sins of Windows 8 and improves on Windows 7, yet misses chances for the PC to reclaim relevance.Mashable90Windows 10 The ReviewWindows devotees should be pleased with this update that represents a return to form for Microsoft.TechRadar90Windows 10 reviewFeature-wise, Windows 10 is the new Windows 7. It's robust, pleasant to use and free.Yahoo90Windows 10 Reviewed: Microsoft Returns to SanityThere’s clearly a new crew in charge, and it has a humbler, simpler, more coherent mindset. It’s impossible to overstate how much more sense Windows makes now. You really are going to love Windows 10. You’ll almost certainly want to upgrade your computers to it, especially since it’s free.The Verge90Windows 10 reviewWindows 10 is hugely exciting. ... I like the direction Microsoft is taking with Windows 10, accepting feedback and ideas from its customers along the way. It feels like the best way to shape Windows into something people enjoy using, rather than something they have to use.USA Today80Microsoft (mostly) nails Windows 10 upgradeI'm buying in, though I could do without something else familiar from Windows' past, too many bugs that I encountered.
- 76AVERAGE USER SCORE69 ReviewsBenjamin30September 12, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Worst OS of all time. Glitchy, randomly force updates, and has ruined two of my PC’s. Horribly inferior to 7 and 8.Engadget Reader60November 3, 2017Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!All is acceptable except one thing that bugs the hell out of my temper. When you say "update and shut down" why does it "shut down and update" instead? It takes more time after I turn my pc on than updating before shutting down. I already have had lifetime issues with time and my biggest phobia is losing time because of others' idiocracy or irresponsibilty. Being psychologically prepared to handle tons of work then being blocked by a blue screen stating "working on updates Dont turn off your pc" can literally affect my whole day mood. If you are obsessed with updates, try updating to the fixature of this useless issue that can really delay people's schedules and lives around the globe.On the other hand, there are some new features that made windows faster and easier, but was it a must to fix some things in exchange for ruining other ones?People can't excuse your blue screens for their ruined work schedules no matter how hard it took you to improve features.Thank you.Engadget Reader40October 17, 2017Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Personally, I do not like Windows 10. I feel that I have far less control over it than I did with Win 7. It may be easy to use, but for the less able user it is hard to know how to configure the software not to share data you may not want to share as most of the programs are set to sharing by default. I have a brand new laptop but the 4GB RAM is no match for Win 10, so the device is rather slow. I also keep having all kinds of small issues with the internet not working and programs crashing that are clearly not hardware problems, so I keep having to reboot. What I dislike most though, is that all kinds of processes run in the background at all times, even ones of programs I have explicitly forbidding from starting up on their own, such as Outlook, which I have even uninstalled from my device. The other major issue I have is that I am no longer in control of when to update my device. Once there is a Microsoft update the device automatically downloads it and leaves me no choice but to install it when shutting down the computer next. I used to be able to chose what updates to download and install and when to do it on Win 7. Really not happy with that one as it choses the most inopportune times to do updates.Engadget Reader10March 21, 2017Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The previous setup of having all open applets listed along the tab is no longer available, instead users are required to go to a window that lists the open windows. In addition to this, a bug exists where you cannot pull off a tab off of your browser to create new window.Engadget Reader70November 12, 2016Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There is no doubt that Windows 10 is the best operating system of this present era. It has an amazing Edge Browser and much more. It has a bunch of valuable features such as Cortana integration and apps, and a lots more. One of my friends has a Surface tablet with a Surface Pen. And, she is truly able to do more and extra with it. In short, this is the most qualitative innovation by Microsft. At present, I am having a problem in selecting the best windows 10 promo code. Could you please help me? Thanks...Engadget Reader100November 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My first cheap cell phone was a Nokia, and despite some brief forays with Samsung and LG, my smarter, better, phones have all been Nokia. (and Symbian Belle is a great os). But when a larger screen became necessary, Nokia had gone to Windows phone. Thus, I soon had- and have- a 928. It is an excellent phone. My first computing class, in 1985, was on a PC, and I have never had reason to change. Flirted with Ubuntu, like the idea of linux,, but PC with Windows remained the workhorse. With Windows 10, Microsoft has linked phone and PC into a seamless ecosystem. In addition, the smaller footprint of Windows 10 compared to 7 seems to have given an anemic little Toshiba netbook I had regretted buying a new lease on life. The little machine now loads in a flash, and other machines load more quickly, if less dramatically improved. With Windows 10, Microsoft has provided phone buyers something they have not had- a reason to pick up a Windows phone. Now the tiles on a Windows phone screen will perfectly mirror the Windows 10 screen that appears when they turn on their pc, and the devices communicate seamlessly.Engadget Reader90October 10, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90September 25, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetCasey100August 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I honestly have to give this 10/10. I haven't been this impressed by an OS update since Android ICSEngadget Reader100August 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 20, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 20, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've already installed it on over 5 computers and I can say that it's probably the best Windows so far, works good on old or new hardware except for some driver issues, and it's fastEngadget Reader100August 20, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader10August 18, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I waited even after notification inviting me to download Windows 10. However, some friends were raving about it so I took the plunge. What followed was a maddening 72 hours of chaos and frustration. I should not have to insert code to get things to work!!! First, it started downloading for 12 hours straight. I later found out that it was in fact using my bandwidth to upload copies of Windows to other computers. Then hardware began to cease to function. It thrashed my logitech mouse driver 3 times forcing me to reinstall each time. My monitor went down and only by doing a safe boot was I able to get it back. I have an HP laptop with an Intel I-7 chipset less than 4 months old so I seriously don't think age of hardware was the issue. Windows mail program erased my mail accounts and flat out refused to allow me to open a "hotmail" account through it. When I went online with another device, I discovered it wen into all 3 email accounts and placed all my emails from "trash" back into the "inbox". Cortana kept trying to schedule things whenever I tried to use a search while troubleshooting. What reminder it was trying to schedule, I have no idea. It took liberties with every corner of my PC...files deleted, drivers changed, selections reverted. After 3 days I had enough and recovered back to 8.1. In my humble opinion having an intrusive worthless "assistant", 15 minute web page downloads, forced updates, bloated adware filled programs, and ugly oversized dumbed down icons is NOT an upgrade! Everything was fixed within 30 minutes automatically by windows 8.1 after i reverted...makes you wonder what the heck they were so intensively product testing before releasing this monstrosity. I'd give it a zero but I never got the blue screen of death like Windows Me so it gets a 1.Engadget Reader10August 13, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!this has been one of THE worst tech problems ive ever had. close to 30 yrs of using technology.spent 10 hours either sitting on hold or having a tech try to fix the driver (to the interent) problems. promissed a hi level tech would call me the next day...IM STILL WAITING. can right this cos i took myself back to 8.1 now NO problems. took kess than five minutes to do this. DO NOT CHANGE TO TEN!Engadget Reader80August 13, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Best Windows experience ever~!!!Fast & responsive OS with excellent compatibility with legacy programs. Best upgrade experience ever which kept all my programs/apps and personal files intact. The Start menu and notification is one big crucial step for the best user experience and Cortana seems to have huge potential. Best digital assistance I had ever used. Edge is snappy but still takes up a huge resources in flash or Java intensive sites. Windowed apps demonstrated the future of desktop apps and the experience had never been better. Not a big fan of multiple virtual desktop, but hey, no harms done!Sadly, the latest Windows update policy ruined the almost perfect OS experience with forced update and users are unable to select which KB to update. Bring back Win8.1 styled updated please Microsoft. Also, the new NT kernel seems a bit more CPU intensive and battery life seems reduced on my Surface Pro 3. Still waiting for firmware to fix this like before.Overall, a big leap of Windows evolution by Microsoft by merging the old and new.Engadget Reader100August 12, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have used windows 7 on my mac bootcamp partition for many years. I did not use windows 8 or 8.1 so jumping to windows 10 was a big leap. I am most struck by the speed of the apps I have used (mail, news, weather, Aljazeera, Edge). The window pops right open and everything is responsive (I am running a mid-2009 MacBook Pro w/8g RAM and 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, w/after market SSD upgrade). The designs are simple and uncluttered. Edge is responsive. I have found a few sites that seem to have some issues with Edge but overall, the experience has been fast and usable. Some of the settings are more subtle than in Windows 7 (for example, updates and backups happen in the background and are less of a task that I felt like I had to take care of). Overall, I think they have a winner. I actually boot into this partition more often following the upgrade.Engadget Reader90August 12, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So far every computer I have upgraded on has worked flawless.All devices, printers, cards, everything worksEngadget Reader40August 12, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80August 11, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70August 10, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Windows 10 is not 10/10 but rather 7. It's got a nice driver compatibility so far, but can't give 5/5 due to some Windows 8.1 problems that didn't get fixed for a very nice ease of use.When playing music, who would want the music to stop when minimizing the window? Thats -1 for the ease of use.If you need to configure the OS. It's fine, but you don't get many details as in the past(W7) where reconfigurability was great and it's understandable as MS is moving on to simpler user for an "easy" to configure OS. I blame Microsoft for making the difference with PRO version not biggerOpenness is quite poor as you can't choose what to update and what not to update(part of ecosystem) or how you want windows to behave when updating13xforever90August 7, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Windows 10 is the best Windows version yet. It is fast and comfortable to use, with lots of quality-of-life enhancements.Most of the newer features, such as Cortana, are only available in a very limited markets, so YMMV.The UI inconsistencies will be polished out in future updates, as well as other kinks.Now to the boring part.The overblown privacy issues and other minor controversies over Win10 release, are just that: controversies. Much of the privacy concessions are directly related to use of Cortana, to provide the kind of service you would expect from a personal assistant. Most of the remaining points relate to the telemetry (which was always a part of Windows), and to make the life easier (such as WiFi password sharing; which Windows will ask you for permission anyway). All in all, if you're paranoid about your privacy, everything could be tweaked, and turned off.Dave90August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!SO i was confused at first as to how i was going to get my windows 10 key so i could reinstall later and most articles did not explain it very well. the jist of it is that there are none. What Microsoft is doing is using 'Hardware Hashtags' meaning it looks at your hardware and creates a unique identifier from that. so once i figured this out i could continue. for the free upgrade you have to upgrade from a qualifying version of windows at least once and verify that it is activated to get the hardware hashtag created on the activation server. once you have verified your windows 10 copy is activated you can now reboot to your media disk and run a clean install.So like i said up above the upgrade went well except for my nvidia drivers which would not work. they would fail during installation (there are many articles about what is wrong and how t fix) i didn't care really as i was just going to clean install anyways.booted to my install media and wiped my drive and started a clean fresh install.25 minutes later it was booted and i was logged in with my my new PIN code instead of passwordwas quite surprised that my nvidia drivers were installed and correctly working. also my Razer keyboard software was also installed (prompted to walk through Razer installer during windows install but not a separate manual install. i was hoping but it did not install Logitech mouse softwarenote to gamers:if you install and run your games on a seperate drive you may need to install additional software to get them to run correctly. i needed to install C++ X86 and X64 to get Elder Scroll Online launcher to work and then i needed to install Direct X runtime to get rid of DX3D errors. after that. Overall quite pleased with the install process.i was not a fan of windows 8 but im warming to modern apps the 2 i use the most are MLB.tv and Netflix. i like that they run in there own windows instead of my browser. the modern apps seem to have better controls and interfaces than the web versions also.well tht all i have for nowEngadget Reader100August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Microsoft continues the trend of 'every other OS' is the good one. Finally, Windows 8/8.1 haters can breathe a sigh of relief; myself included. Windows 10 has back-peddled on the abomination of what Windows 8 was, although remnants of the OS's existence remain. Metro UI and the 'Start Screen' are all but gone. Instead Microsoft has re-introduced the Start Menu, modernized and retaining the live tiles from the previous version. It works elegantly and provides a dead simple interface to the OS that even the most primitive windows users will find easy to understand. Its flat interface provides easy access between recently used apps, the file explorer, settings, power controls, and of course a full alphabetical list of all programs and apps installed.The Taskbar is a similar story. You can still pin programs to it as you could before and on the left it has a your standard system icons albeit with an updated look. One in particular which is quite handy is the Notification icon, which looks like a comic book dialog box. Click on it and it brings up the action center, a tinted pane protruding from the right hand side of the screen. Here, you can select a number of interactive tiles to do anything from enable/disable a VPN to connect or disconnect from a network to access the full settings dialog for the computer.The rest is pretty much the same, although there are a few things worth mentioning. 1) Microsoft is leaning hard on cloud sign-in's, meaning linking you Microsoft MSA (Managed Service Account) to your local windows profile. It can also be your main profile. The thinking here is the cloud connectivity of having signed in with your MSA will allow you access to all your files [using OneDrive] anywhere in the world, on any PC/Tablet/Mobile device you sign in to. NOTE: You Do NOT Have To Do This2) Along those same lines, the Microsoft App Store, a carry over from Windows 8, still exists. You can still buy/download apps from it although this is going to require you to sign-in to your Microsoft MSA. Honestly, this is the future. Never having to keep track of disc's or keys, always being able to re-download a program/app on the fly. Personally, I'm not ready, but a I think a good majority of the world is, and that's why its still here.3) Overall system performance, seems to be improved. All the optimizations from Windows 8, made it to Windows 10. Processor handling is smoother, RAM usage is down. Windows 10 will be a great improvement on any older aging machine.In the end though, this really comes down to price. For now (and up to a year from release), its a free upgrade for anyone running Windows 7. FEAR NOT! People on the fence, this is the change you are looking for; minimal. However, in the future when you're feeling adventurous, it will open you up to a whole new world of computing, connectivity, and everything the cloud has to offer. This is an OS for the 21st century, this is Windows 10.Engadget Reader20August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's a shame that the first public release if all full of bugs. It has so many that I'm afraid to get home and find my laptop somewhere else.Not even the "new" start menu works, come on....Engadget Reader70August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!As a fresh install in a Hyper-V virtual machine Windows 10 is great. The problems come from doing an in-place upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10 on a live PC. After upgrading my Asus RoG G73JH-A1 from a rock solid Windows 7 install to Windows 10 I ran into problems. I couldn't use the start button other than what was on the right click menu, left click did nothing at all. The cortana search bar wouldn't allow me to type into it. Right clicking on pinned or even running programs in the task bar was impossible. Left clicking on any of the Microsoft notification icons next to the clock did nothing, right click still worked there though. I couldn't open the Action Center at all, even from the right click menu on the notification icon. And none of the metro apps would run, which meant that Edge and even the Store would open and bring up a window with the title bar with a white area below and then they would close without errors.I was able to track down that the problems are tied to shellexperiencehost.exe and searchui.exe crashing. Booting to safe mode allowed them to work fine. MS tech support was stumped and after letting them remote in to poke around for 30 minutes, they just told me to rollback to Windows 7 or do a fresh install. Why do a fresh install when the laptop runs fine under Windows 7? I did the rollback.Engadget Reader40August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My computer: Yoga 2 Pro coming from Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center256GB SSD, Core i5 1.6ghz, 8GB RAM Convertible UltrabookMy update to Windows 10 was very easy and painless which was very pleasant. I did not do a clean install since I use this computer for work and home. Problems happened immediately after signing into windows 10 for the first time and the laptop was almost unusable. Onedrive was using 100% of my disk downloading all of my online files and pictures (~54GB) as soon as I signed in. My HDD only had 20GB free so how when in the hell was it going to figure out that this wasn't going to fit. I had no idea that Onedrive doesn't work like Windows 8.1with having the ability to see online and offline files in the explorer and that now you have to choose folders to sync and do not have the ability to sync individual files (as far as I know right now). So what the hell is the point of using onedrive now??? I am now looking into Dropbox.Drivers which came with the update did not work very well for my laptop and I had to go to the lenovo website and download my Yoga 2 Pro windows 10 drivers myself. thankfully they were available. TABLET MODETablet mode is completely broken in Windows 10 on my laptop. When I go to tablet mode the computer becomes unusable by becoming slow and when I open Edge the computer freezes and i have to perform a hard reset. i have not done this since I bought the laptop with Windows 8. Windows 8.1 never froze or crashed on me and Windows 10 has now done this multiple times in a few days. OPINIONWindows 10 is not ready for the public. This is beta software still and I think will ruin their name if more of the general non-tech savvy public gets this. My mother's ASUS laptop upgraded through windows update and she was calling me because all of her games quit working and the laptop was extremely slow. She has now gone back to Windows 8.1. I try to keep up with news so I am not completely in the dark when big changes are coming but I work for a living which most people do. I think they should have notified me on the Onedrive issue like they did with Media Center before installing because my first experience with Windows 10 has been awful.Engadget Reader80August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The biggest issue is the MS privacy invasion but can be cured with a program called DoNotSpy10 which makes it easy or go through everything and disable and the stupid way MS goes about activation it should have just sent everyone their product key for their free upgrade or just tweaked the product key system slightly so they made it harder to hack. I have been running the OS for months now and it does still have some bugs like but they will go away and then windows 10 will actually be rated a 10 for me. I am glad to not be on windows 8.1 anymore.Engadget Reader20August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Please note: experiences vary exponentially from one user to another. This is my experience downloading and living with windows 10 for a week.I'm a Microsoft fanboy. I troll the Internet mocking Mac users all the time. I grew up with Microsoft and I believed in the company for years. I didn't totally hate vista I loved the elevation of the UI. I stood in line to buy the surface RT and still believed in Microsoft after it turned out to be a horrible decision. I stood in line again for the surface pro 3 while everyone else stood in line to buy an iPad and even though I wasn't a 100% sure it was the best decision it turned out to elevate my workflow in areas I didn't know needed elevation. Then came windows 10 and I'm no longer amused.Download and installation: for some reason it took 9 hours do download windows 10. It was on launch day but I'll give them a pass on that. Installation was quick and painless even though I've heard other complaining about it.First impression: That's where it gets tricky. First impression is a mixture of frustration, confusion, and admiration. The UI looks beautiful (even though that smoky wallpaper is horrible) the UI made my device look even more beautiful. Confusion: even though I watched tutorials and keynotes it took a while to know where things are. Some where easier to reach, others (like sharing) is unusually hard to reach or find.Gestures: that's where I got iffy. Touch gestures on 8.1 where perfectly in harmony for the surface. It was windows first attempt to create "intuitive" hardware and software which, in my opinion, is apple's strongest selling point. Sadly 10 is not at all that. It sorta ignored touch devices need for quick gestures all together which turned my impressive surface pro 3 into some sort of bad-boring netbook. Continuum: you'd think the touch UI would solve the above problems. You're wrong. It isn't as advanced, easy to use, or offers accessibility like win8 start did. Overall I felt clostraphobic in it.The pen. I'm an artist. The pen was my biggest selling point for the surface pro 3. That was doomed worst than just useless on windows 10. Pressing the bottom and starting one note was extremely helpful. Sadly in 10 when clicking it I was asked to download one note again. When I did the bottom stopped working all together and in the next few days the device stopped sending the pen all together but not before giving me the horrible experience of having to handwritten text every time it was close to the device and that just didn't work at all even though it worked perfectly on windows 8.1Cortana: cortana was useless and laggy. She didn't understand what I was saying or didn't respond when I called her. She was however very good at opening and closing options like wifi and Bluetooth and lunching apps. But who really needs that?Living with the device:I mainly own the surface so I can do quick photo and video edits on set while I'm filming or correcting scrips with the pen. Windows 10 isn't useful for that. You spend longer dealing with the device that using it. Technology is best when its seamless in making our tasks easier. My sense is Microsoft was aiming for that but they sadly failed.Overall the device was slower. Much much slower. Apps crashing became a regular expected part of the experience. And any sense of familiarity was gone. I felt like being forced to use something that would eventually not make my life that much better. And yeah the surface keyboard case stopped working on day 3.The device heated up for no reason regularly and wouldn't respond when being shut down as well. Overall it was an embarrassing experience taking it to work.Edge: even though it's a brand new browser, seeing that "e" felt ominous to me. And I was right. The browser is so bad it made internet explorer look good. The store: it looks good but those apps are very old and very close to being useless. Microsoft failing to drow in devs will keep pushing new consumers away.Credit Where credit is due:After such a horrible experience I decided to go back to 8.1. Microsoft offers you a simple way to do that. Literally a click of a button. It took 3 minuets to go back to 8.1. It was a depleted impressive feature since I felt it's going to take me another day to figure out. I have however met people who didn't have the same seamless experience.Final word. Microsoft is aiming to turn it billion dollar loses into gains with windows 10. I don't see that happening. We would of all been fine waiting a year for them to build a bug-free os but they didn't. I've tested the new OSX on a Mac and it had significantly less bugs than the final version of windows 10. That says something. It doesn't say anyone is better than anyone. It says that apple has a better team and cares more about the customer experience and windows does not. For a company that is in desperately needs for customers to like them they don't do a good job appealing to them. My guess is Microsoft will enhance windows 10 over the coming year but I'm just not getting on board with that. And I know others that won't. And I don't see enterprise doing that either.It hit me last year watching Microsoft keynote. They simply don't know how to excite people. Not because they don't have good ideas, they do, but they just don't know how to turn them into good products. I wish Microsoft luck because I'm planning on buying an iPad and abandoning windows all together. Hell if I do need windows I'll just install it on my Mac. But it'll be windows 8.1Engadget Reader90August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The revival of the original start menu is a nice and familiar feature. Not only has Microsoft brought it back, but they have also made some improvements to it. I personally quite enjoy the style Microsoft has chosen for this OS. It is very clean and, for the most part, nice and easy to use. The one complaint I have about Windows 10 as of today, is the fact that Microsoft failed to consolidate the settings interfaces of the OS. As of right now, there are some options which may be changed in both the settings menu, as well as the control panel. However, there are other options which may only be accessed and altered in one or the other. This odd mix of redundancies seems and feels so unnecessary, as both interfaces are also stylistically diverse. The control panel has a very "Windows 7" feel to it, while the settings menu possesses the new "Windows 10" style. I would have liked to see Microsoft go with one interface or the other.I can't comment on Cortana, aside from the fact that I opted out of her use for no other reason than having no interest in her uses. I get all the information she offers through Google Now on my phone, and even that has only been of limited use to me.Make no mistake, it is my personal opinion that this is Microsoft's best version of their OS to date.Engadget Reader90August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's all about UNIVERSAL apps and it's a BIG thingLets me put this straight. Windows 10 is all about apps and it's a big leap. Already, we can see an increase in number of apps as compared to Win 8.1 and with iOS and Android apps about to come to Windows store, things will further improve. The advantage of this is that we will no longer have to visit 3rd party websites that offer malwares and spywares in addition to apps. This will also stop software piracy and help developers. Users get a number of PREMIUM apps for FREE like FIFA 15, Asphalt and Adobe photoshop.The SECOND highlight of Windows 10 is the manner in which it INTEGRATES these modern apps on the start screen without compromising the ease of desktop users. This gives the OS the capability to be used on various types of devices and convertibles.Engadget Reader90August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Windows 10 is much awaited for me. I enjoyed Windows 8 but looked for a few basic enhancements. Windows 10 brought those plus others to me. I am overall pleased with the upgrade and I am glad that I went early. I had a few drivers issues, as did some people that I know. Despite those, I am running Win10 with great effect. Great job, Microsoft!Engadget Reader60August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - EngadgetEngadget Reader50August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The first install borked my network, apparently because I use Cisco VPNs. Surely the installer should warn of this rather than just not work. After reverting back to Win 8.1 (which is something I never thought I would do) I removed the VPNs, installed again and still nothing. Eventually I found some guidance on a random website which described a reg hack which fixed the issue.The overall OS is marginally better than Win 8.1, I prefer the new notifications, but I still can't live with the Start menu because it is too long winded to find anything. And I have had to turn Cortana off because you could change the seaach engine it always refers to. I don't want to be forced to use Bing.Engadget Reader80August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetDalibor70August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!EDIT: avoid Windows 10 if you're not willing or skilled enough to reinstall Windows after update damages it. I'm stuck in weird bootloop after last update. There are many reviews raving about how awesome Win10 is, but don't forget that at the end of the day, you're the one facing consequences after Win10 blows up in your face. Not the overly-enthusiastic reviewers.Before edit:I have updated my ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 from Win7 Home to Win10 through Update Utility of Win7. It's home PC mainly for the kids - mainly for surfing the net. The update alone was without any problems. Later I've found out that many people experienced problems during update because of Anti-Virus software installed on the machine. Luckily that's not my case. So far Win10 is running as good as Win7 did without any major improvements or issues.There are few minor things that need polishing though:- not all texts are translated to slovak language - but it's just a question of time- there still are some windows taken over from previous versions of Windows - for example properties of disk drive hasn't changed maybe since WinXP. I'm expecting that entire user interface with all the windows will be unified with no exceptions, until then Win10 simply isn't finished product.- Google Chrome is utterly slow on Win10, Inbox by Google is nearly useless. Google Inbox isn't supporting MS Edge at all, so you have to use other browser than Edge.- on Win7 after shutting down computer and switching it on, Win stopped on logon screen. Win 10 logs in last user (if there's no password for this user required). If you want to use other user you have to log out and then log in again with different user. Not good)- the new MIcrosoft Edge browser - while it's faster than Chrome, you can't import bookmarks from any other browser. Seriously MS? Why should I start using this when I can't even import my bookmarks?And there's one major thing that could and is stopping me from installing Win10 on any notebook pr PC used for work or containing important data - and it's pricing of Win10. So far many articles were published and MS has made many turns and twists. Until this topic will be 100% clear, I would wait.Also, after using utility to clean the C-Drive from useless system files, I have chosen to erase files where comment was saying that those files are safe to erase without serious consequences. Not the 25GB backup of previous system, the ca. 3,5GB of some temporary files. At the end of erasing suddenly window shows informing me that I'm erasing files important for future rollback to previous system version. What the hell?Anyway considering all the issues, it's too soon to call Win10 the "most refined desktop experience ever from Microsoft." or to recommend it "without any hesitation,". I would give MS 6 more months and we'll see. For now, Win10 is still work in progress.Farshad100August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader40August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I upgraded from 8.1 Pro to Win10 Pro on my Surface Pro 3 i5 128GB. I botched the first install attempt because I got impatient and thought the installer had hung up. The next day the upgrade package was downloaded again and this time, with patience, the install went flawlessly. On my Surface Pro 3, Windows 10 works really well. I think it looks good, icons and menus look modern and fresh. And the full screen apps are much, much better than they were on Win 8.1. I love how simply removing my keyboard will put the device in tablet mode, and re-attaching it will put it back into desktop mode. The News reader app, Mail, Calendar, and the Edge browser are all examples off apps that work great in either mode.If I had to pick my three favorite features, they would be the new notifications panel, the new battery saver/battery management features, and the Edge browser. I've been using Edge exclusively since the upgrade, mainly to give it a fair shake and see if any of the websites I regularly visit bring it to a grinding halt. I'm happy to say that Edge has worked extremely well so far. It uses far less resources than Chrome or Firefox, has a clean interface, and works really well in tablet mode in both landscape and portrait views.I've seen very few bugs to complain about. The notifications icon in the lower right will show a new notification when sometimes there isn't one, and if you open Mail and read your messages it won't necessarily clear out the notifications. Minor bug, not a deal breaker by any means. I've also noticed a little hesitation when opening MS Office documents with my Office 365 programs. Again, not a deal breaker. Lastly, I had to find the setting for my microphone input volume and boost that to 100% in order for Cortana to hear me. Cortana is still kind of a work in progress, but still can be pretty handy from a productivity standpoint. I believe these things will be improved with updates in short order.So, for Surface Pro owners I think Win 10 is a fantastic upgrade. I know there's been a lot of concerns about privacy settings and such, however, most of the big tech companies are collecting your data in one way or another. If your privacy is a huge concern, perhaps Linux would be a better choice. But chances are most of the people screaming about privacy concerns are doing so on Facebook, Google+, or even sites like Engadget who collect your data as much as they can in order to fine tune their advertising business. If you do a Google search though, you will find how to disable many of the data collection items that people are so concerned about.I think Windows 10 is a huge leap forward for Microsoft. I'm still astonished that it was free, and that's something the critics should consider. Better features, more polished appearance, more consistent performance, better performance in tablet mode, better tablet-capable apps. I recommend it to all Surface Pro 3 owners.Engadget Reader100August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!God its quick. I shoved it on my Macbook 12" after reading the review of someone else who had done it. It increased the battery life, and doesn't stutter on animations like OSX does. Its so much nicer to use.GregglesInSpace100August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Windows 8 was an ambitious experiment at modernising the OS to cater for all devices, this didn't work but the learnings were invaluable. Windows 10 is the OS of the future that delivers on what Windows 8 set out to achieve and it just works. The stripped back design allow for all your apps and content to hero your experience, not the chrome.On the web browsing side if you're not a dev then Edge is a must, it is lightning fast without any of the bloat that 'dev tools' bring with it.XBox to PC streaming... I can now play while the family watches TV!Engadget Reader100August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The second I started using Windows 7 after using Windows XP for something like 6 years, I went "WOW". Because Windows 7 was the first system that made me feel I was living in the 21st century. Windows 8, however, wasn't a bad OS for me. I knew lots of folks out there resented Windows 8. But I didn't have too much problems with it, especially how it boots up in just 15 to 20 secs (I never used a Solid State). Windows 8's start screen was never a big deal for me, I adjusted my style a little bit and everything works great. However, I was really satisfied with Windows 8.1. Windows 10 keeps the best parts of both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The return of the start menu is definitely amazing, the new Edge browser, well, I can say bye-bye to third party browser now. Edge definitely has the performance Chrome does, in some departments, it's even better, especially the smoothness when you scroll a webpage, and YouTube video playback. Web Note feature in the Edge browser is super useful. And Cortana, tho I don't use her very often, but it's always better to have personal assistant like her handy when you need it. Windowed Modern Apps, for the first time, make me actually want to start using the Windows store introduced in Windows 8. Those Windowed Apps co-exist and coordinate with desktop apps really well, and they are essentially useful, you have to try some Windowed Modern Apps if you use Windows 10. Overall, Windows 10 is the best Windows I have ever used, and I believe it's also true for you.Engadget Reader90August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadgetboe_d60August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Task Manage shows no significant improvement. I still despise the fact that network utilization is a moving scale. EVERY IT person I know wants a fixed percentage of your maximum bandwidth - e.g. 1% of a 1Gibabit connection. Furthermore don't make us click 5 things just to find out what the connection speed is.I wouldn't actively compaign against it like I did Vista, however I also see no reason to recommend it. About the ONLY app that was slightly useful that I found was a very very stripped down version of something similar to tree size pro.The most redeeming feature is that it let me install classic shell. I waited 2 days but frankly if you use a lot of applications - (not apps but real software) you'll still find classic shell far more efficient. Also you'll find it more efficient if you like to tweak network settings, check folder settings, hop into a program, etc.It has made syncing with other systems more in your face if that is an important feature for you.Its windows 8 with more Apps integration. I consider Apps about as useful as a bicycle with no motor but a large gas tank.I didn't notice any real speed improvement but fortunately I didn't notice any degradation either. I did a clean install on some very powerful equipment so it might be more noticeable if I installed it on a best buy "deal" laptop.JCornel7100August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The biggest letdown has unfortunately been the long overdue return of the Start menu. I really like the addition of the live tiles, but the start menu itself is lacking. "Recent Items" is no longer available and the ability to right-click on parts the menu for meaningful options is also gone (pin and unpin is the most you'll be able to do for the majority of the new start menu items). I'll probably be trying an add-on for a more "Windows 7" style start menu like Classic Shell did for Windows 8.A Good Beginning...Needs Work.I've been excited about Windows10 for some time and was thrilled to be part of the preview. Having two different versions (Pro and Home) on three different computers (one business desktop, one touchscreen ultrabook and one home desktop) I've had a chance to play with a lot of the features. Overall it's been an enjoyable experience but not without lingering frustrations. Overall it seems to be a solid OS and I'm glad to have a more modern and secure version of Windows. Hopefully Microsoft will consider user input to adjust and refine this "last" version of Windows.Engadget Reader90August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!In what may possibly be an industry first, Microsoft did the unthinkable. It started listening to its customers and building an OS they all want. Sure it isn't perfect, but MS has adopted the Google ideology of release first, fix later. It's a model that has kept Google at the forefront of technology and constantly considered an innovator. MS does a bit of that while keeping it changeaphobic user base pleased with the return of classic 20th century start menu tech. But what really shines about Windows 10 is the promise of a better OS. One driven by YOU. Tablet mode or no. Live Tiles or no. Start Menu or Start Screen. You decide. It's one Windows to rule them all. And this thoughtful approach is spilling over into every facet of Microsoft's products. With Microsoft, it's all about you. Cortana is all about helping you. Edge is all about letting you do more with webpages. Live Tiles are all about helping you at a glance. The list goes on and on.The upgrade process for me was smooth as butter. No problems. But that should be expected from driving Windows 10 on Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 hardware. Not without its flaws, Windows 10 has some problems. The biggest for me (and apparently for thousands of others) was the loss of Windows 8.1's deep OneDrive integration. The plaecholder files are now gone and your only choice is to sync files directly on your machine eating up precious space or to almost forget they are there with no real way to browse the files without opening your internet browser of choice. It's a change so backwards that it could only be driven by base end users. Cloud computing pushes the idea of storing data in the cloud and accessing it when needed. OneDrive as it is now is even more useless than DropBox. It's the real world equivalent of getting a storage unit for your files and having to get in your car and drive across town to go get them when you want to look at them. Then taking the file all the way home only to realize that you need other files too. It's THAT useless.Overall, Windows 10 is a huge leap forward for Microsoft and the promise of what's to come is that much more exciting. Microsoft is the tech company to watch this next year.Engadget Reader30August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Windows 10... You Get What You Pay ForWindows 10 was supposed to fix all the problems of Windows 8.1 - namely, removing the start menu and forcing the "metro" (tablet) interface on desktop and non-touch laptop computers. Despite all the hype from reviewers, Win10 doesn't come anywhere near meeting that objective. The new start menu is really just a short list of most-used programs with a large, advertisement/app-based mini-metro tile jumble next to it. It can be customized, but it is nothing like the start menu from Win7. The rest of the interface is far worse. Someone at Microsoft bought into Apple's "flat" design. It was merely aggravating on Office 2013, but now that itâ€™s spread to the entire operating system, it makes Win10 extremely frustrating to use because it's difficult to see anything. There is no color variation or depth, just a bunch of white windows with thin, gray borders. An application window sitting on top of other windows is difficult to see. The icons are worse. Is it really progress in computer interfaces to go back to monochrome?! Who thought that was a good idea?As for the tablet vs. desktop issues, they're still prevalent. A lot of the new features are definitely set up for phone/tablet use, with lots of flip switches and big buttons. If you dig far enough, you'll eventually end up with an old-fashioned dialog window. I'd prefer to get to the old, full-featured windows faster and not mess with the dumbed-down interface. An example of the touch interface: clicking on "Settings" from the start menu opens a window that takes up half the screen and only has 9 buttons on it (System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & Language, Ease of Access, Privacy, Update & Security). I much prefer the old control panel, even the simplified version. The simplified touch-based interface also lacks basic functionality like a back or cancel button; once you select something, it's done. (That was very frustrating when I lost my desktop background image. Win10 imported it from Win8, but did so as a temp file and removed the original file I put in the Windows\Web\Wallpaper folder in Win8.)Features that worked flawlessly in WinXP and Win7 (like folders remembering where they were last placed on the screen) have been removed. Instead, we get invasive "apps" that want to run everything, like "Movies & TVâ€, which instantly scanned my files without asking. (At least the old Media Player gave you the option the first time you opened it.)Below is a quick rundown of the good and bad I found in my first day of use. It's amazing that reviewers who've been using Win10 for weeks didn't mention any of this. I guess they were too busy quoting Microsoft press releases and bragging about Win10 being the best Windows ever.Good Things:- Same quick boot and wake as Win8- It's free... maybe. You can activate Win10 from Win7 or Win8 for free, but I doubt Microsoft will stand by that for the long term. I don't see how Microsoft will monetize Win10, especially since I suspect corporate customers will hesitate to switch because of the privacy issues. I suspect Microsoft will be charging for "service releases" (i.e., upgrades) in the future. I wouldn't be surprised if they require the SRs for Win10 to continue to operate.- A fixed icon in the system tray opens up the Action Center, providing quick access to functions like WiFi connection and airplane mode. This is a big improvement over the way Win8 worked if you didn't have a touch screen.- Using Win+Arrow (left or right) to move a program window to one side of the screen (a feature that started with Win7), automatically puts smaller versions of all remaining windows on the opposite side so you can select one to fill the other half of the screen.- There's better management of "apps" (versus programs?). In Win8, if you ran the metro apps from the desktop, you had to run Task Manager to fully close the apps. Win10 shuts down the apps when you close them.- More? I hope I'm missing stuff, but I donâ€™t really see anything else different from Win8. I don't use any of the native apps (mail, calendar, maps, translate, etc.). They might be good, but I don't see the point when I can do all of that from a web browser.Bad Things:- The flat, monochrome interface is horrible. With no option to go to a Windows Classic theme, the interface alone is reason for me to dump Win10.- The entire operating system is Google on steroids; it's â€œbig brotherâ€ tracking everything you do and everywhere you go to pester you with Microsoft add-ins and advertisements all over the place.- Cortana search requires access to everything: "Microsoft collects and uses information including your location and location history, contacts, voice input, searching history, calendar details, content and communication history from messages and apps, and other information on our device." It's probably no different than Siri, but Siri doesn't have access to my computer and I like it that way.- There are redundant (and invasive) apps and programs (e.g., old Windows Media Player and the new "Movies & TV" app; Internet Explorer and the new Edge browser; old Photo Viewer and new Photos app). The new apps all scan your entire computer to build libraries, collections and/or albums... without asking, of course.- The new "File Explorer" is a disaster waiting to happen for those ruined by iPads (i.e., don't understand basic file structures). The default shows a list of frequent folders and recent files (regardless of location). The file list at least shows the path on the side, but I bet some people will get lost with duplicate file names (e.g., Downloads folder vs Documents folder). I know I'm old school, but I prefer to manage my own files and folders.- The Edge browser is half-baked and can't do most of the things that IE can do (e.g., can't drag attachments into an e-mail in the browser or set a custom default download folder). Changing the default homepage and search engine is like pulling teeth... and don't bother changing the default download folder; you'll need to edit the registry to do that! Some of that is supposed to be fixed in the October service release. About the only new feature is the ability to scribble and add typed notes to a webpage and then clip a portion to the clipboard or save the full page to OneNote, but I don't see the appeal since you could easily do that before with a screen capture and MS Paint. (BTW, I also hate OneNote.)- As with Win8, there's no native support for DVD or Blu-ray playback. You'll need third party software. It seems silly to me that Microsoft offers apps to do just about everything that better (and free!) third party apps can do, but they expect you to use a third party media player for DVDs and Blu-ray.Conclusion:You get what you pay for. At least Win7 will be supported until 2020, and there won't be any substantial changes that will impact the way it works. That can't be said for future Win10 service releases. I worry some of those will be like iOS updates, where all your apps stop working. Maybe the "flat" interface fad will end and Microsoft will come up with something usable before 2020.rydad90August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I was skeptical about Microsoft's strategy to develop one OS across all devices. I use a multi-screen desktop, and carry a laptop, tablet and phone, and I was worried that Microsoft was being insensitive to the different use cases for each device. Now that I see it in action, I get it. The "windowed" apps work seamlessly next to traditional desktop apps.There is still work to do to get the control panel and other such items converted to the Modern UI, but I am optimistic they will get there. The new start menu is nowhere near as jarring a change from Windows 7 as the jump to Windows 8 was.Overall, I am bullish on the future of Windows and look forward to future enhancements.Engadget Reader90August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Update process was great, being free made it even better.. So much cleaner than 8.1 and easier to use.. still a few minor teething problems with drivers and programs - specifically my gigabyte motherboard software - but am glad the Fury X drivers were updated so quickly.Engadget Reader10August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have tried it for a week or so and i find it awful. I reverted back to windows 7. The start button seems to be a lame attempt at a start button. The live tiles don't really add to it. The whole UI is really basic and not worth the update. Its a Dud for me, heres hoping they lay off the metro more in the next version of windows, its not working.Engadget Reader60August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Nice smooth interface. I like the new settings panel, but it takes some getting use to. Most of my drivers and spot-checked programs appear to be working fine. However, there are some annoying and unusual bugs. Signing in takes forever* and most Microsoft services take forever to respond - if they ever do. Microsoft says you aren't connected to the internet, but everything else is working fine. How do you fix it? connect your ethernet cable (instead of Wi-Fi). Then Microsoft will behave itself, and will let you sign in to your computer, start OneDrive, change account settings, etc. Why the computer has to always connect to Microsoft before it lets you sign in to your Local computer is beyond me. Why the Ethernet has to be connected when wifi is working for everything else I don't understand either. Windows 10 also has some major security concerns - by design (WiFi Sense, I'm talking about you), but if you Pay Attention when you are setting things up, it's not too bad. The mandatory installation of updates can be manually prevented, I hear, but should hopefully keep things more secure in the long run. I don't think it is really ready, but if you are worried about getting it at all, I'd get it. Maybe not this month, but definitely while it is free.MrMoeJay100August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - Engadgetrgeldr190August 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100August 4, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I use my PC mainly for work. I took the free upgrade offer to upgrade to Windows 10. The first thing that I saw was the login screen; it felt more snappy and the graphics were improved. I setup the new Cortana digital assistant and I must admit that I am impressed. I use it to remind me of important meetings and events and it's convenient to have it write emails for me while I multi-task with my work. The start menu looks fancy, but sometimes it lags. It seems to have added a whole bunch of tiles that I do not want under "Play and Explore" and it took me a while to get rid of it. Anyway, Windows 10 has this new "Notes" panel and I love it. I can access some quick settings and jot down notes while I'm on the phone. It has a "Tasks" button so I can swap between multiple open programs and multiple desktops, which helped with some clutter I had on my computer. The settings menu has been simplified. Overall the new Windows 10 interface helps me stay focused and get my work done. I am very concerned with the privacy in the new OS though. There were a whole lot of "send so and so data to Microsoft" options, and while a lot of it was harmless (like search prediction), some of it like the new Wifi Sense feature would allow my friends to use my Wifi without my permission so I disabled that setting. The other new features like the Smile login is pretty cool. Overall, I suggest upgrade, but disable the cloud features you don't want (like Wifi Sense).Engadget Reader90August 3, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Awesome!asteenbuck90August 3, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!As a fan of Windows Xp/7, I feel like this is the best possible outcome after Windows 8. A few years ago, I wrote a fairly negative revie of Win 8 As of this writing I have Windows 10 installed on my scratch build desktop, my Surface Pro 3, and my HTC One m8. Installation was fairly painless once I installed Windows 8 on a blank SSD (since it's an upgrade you had to have a starting OS). I estimate that I was using Windows 10 within 10 minutes of pressing install (keep in mind this is on a custom built PC with 48GB of DDR3, 512GB Samsung 850Pro SSD, 2x GeForce GTX 760, 3.2GHz i7, and an ASUS Sabertooth, so your mileage may vary). Installed quick, restarted, and recognized all of my devices. The only hardware issue I'm having is some of the function buttons on my keyboard don't work.While I lament the loss of Aero, the new flat design scheme is pretty appealing. The start menu, while not quite as familiar as 7 is leaps and bounds better than the start screen in 8. It provides a good mix of customization and easy access to your recently used apps and files. System wide search here is also a ton better than any previous version, and actually rivals Spotlight on my Mac. I really like the notification/action center. It puts common settings items front and center, and provides an easy way to see recent notifications from apps. Speaking of settings, the settings app here is much better than in Windows 8. You can actually accomplish what you need to rather than having to launch the control panel in the desktop.There are a few weird UI things. Number one, in (pretty much) every window, there is a large white area at top, which has a row where the close/min/max buttons, and typically another row with the buttons for the app. Invariably, there is a large section of white space on this second 'row', and you can't click to drag the window, even though it looks the same and is not separated from the top buttons. This means that you have to click near the very top of the window to drag, even if it is a continuous UI element, kind of weird. Then, I've having some issues with icons rendering partially or very blurry. Seems to go in and out if you hover over them.Since I was installing from a fresh Windows 8 instance, I didn't have any apps to transfer over. But, I was able to reinstall all of my Windows Store apps with relative ease. A few of them (Dropbox to name one) wouldn't download though, it kept giving a hex error code. Not sure if that is a store issue or what. I was also able to install several other apps like Steam, Office and 1Password with little fanfare. Though I am having a problem in Office, Outlook won't connect to any of my email accounts (outlook.com, or Office 365 for work). I've tried the automatic an manual config, and neither work. That issue exists on both my desktop and Surface, so I'm not sure if it is Windows 10, or the Office version I have (2013). The built-in mail app works just fine though.Ironically, some apps in the Store were just released/updated for Windows 8, and now don't really work under Windows 10. For example 1Password won't let me access any of my remote password vaults.The Edge browser is a monolithic step forward from IE. The browser loads quickly, pages load and render quickly as well. With a few changes, it could be my go to browser. The biggest issue for me is lack of add-in support. I have to have Ad Block and 1Password in my browser for it to be really useful for me. The annotation functionality is kind of interesting to use on my Surface, but I don't know if it really has many practically purposes for me.Speaking of my Surface, the new OS works really well there. When you have a surface or other variable form-factor PC, Windows 'knows' how you're using it and can adjust the experience. For example when I have the keyboard plugged in, Windows is in the normal desktop mode. If I disconnect the keyboard, it switches the 'tablet mode', which gives you a Windows 8-like full screen start menu. Overall this was my biggest issue with Windows 8; the full screen start menu only makes sense if you're on a 100% touch device. It is miserable with a KB/mouse. I'm glad to see that they made this change. Side note, you can enable tablet mode at any time by using one of the options in the action center.So far, Windows 10 is shaping up to be a great upgrade if they can work out some of the kinks. I'll update this as I use the new OS more.Engadget Reader90August 2, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!its the best windows version I use, speed good and look more pro then the other versionsEngadget Reader80July 30, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Having used Windows 8 for most of last year, I've always looked at it as an OS developed from the Windows Mobile OS. Some interesting new features, the app screen and the new login screen but altogether not all that agreeable. Windows 10 completes the evolution of Windows OS incorporating Windows apps, the new login screen from Windows 8, the One Drive incorporation with the Start Menu from older Windows versions along with the replacement of the slow and vulnerable Internet explorer with the Edge browser (at least its fast, whether it crashes like IE did remains to be seen). Also you have Cortana (first of a kind for desktop OSs), though unfortunately it's not available in my region (India). Windows update is gone from its usual place in the Control Panel (I think) and I find updates to be more seamless than in earlier Windows versions. If this is the last version of Windows, I can completely get behind that as I was able to install it on my 3 year old PC without any hardware spec issues at all (which shows that personal computing hardware requirements haven't evolved much during this time and if you can take that as indicator of future trend).Engadget Reader90July 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!NOTE: THIS IS FROM THE INSIDER PREVIEW! Microsoft has done a really good job with Windows 10. It was sort of the "magical fix" for Windows 8, as 7 was for Vista. They really did it very well by including a virtual assistant, which is an awesome addition. It got 9 because of me nitpicking really.Really plan to upgrade to Windows 10 and leave Win. 8 behind.Engadget Reader100July 11, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90July 6, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Windows 10 â€“ Happiness in a Start Menu!July 29th was to be the big day â€“ you know, the day that everyone could download Windows 10, if we had reserved our copy. Well, things have changed a bit because Microsoft wants to â€œstaggerâ€ the roll out. Now, â€œInsider Membersâ€ only can download on the 29th. And just who are these â€œInsiders?â€ Well, they donâ€™t make up some exclusive club. They are simply Windows users who downloaded the preview edition and have had some experience using it prior to the launch. If you want to be an â€œinsider,â€ download the preview version now, and you can get the real thing on the 29th.But I digress. If you are wondering whether you want to upgrade to Windows 10, you might want a little information on upgrades and new features first.Best Technical UpdateFor those of us who have devices that can alternate between touch screen and mouse/keyboard, there are definitely updates that really integrate the switch over back and forth and make it so much easier. While this is a nice improvement, there are other new features that are far more exciting.Best New Features1. The Old Start Menu is Back!For Windows 7 users, this is not big deal, but for Windows 8 users, itâ€™s huge! The biggest complaint from 8 users has been the change from the traditional start menu, so if this is really important you, youâ€™ll definitely want to upgrade.There are also some new icons on the start menu which are pretty cool. You can now get weather, message notifications, etc. just by clicking the related icon in the start menu. This is a nice feature because you donâ€™t have to go elsewhere to get this stuff.2. CortanaCortana is the new personal assistant which allows voice search, like Siri. She will give you alerts of calendar events coming up, the top news stories of the day, and local traffic conditions. The voice recognition software is really good, so Cortana really functions well.Iâ€™m not sure how comfortable I will be talking to my computer hardware, and others may think me a bit strange if they have not met Cortana, but itâ€™s something we can probably get used to pretty quickly.3. Multiple DesktopsNow, here is a feature I will come to love! You can actually create multiple desktops â€“ one for work, one for personal use, and one for anyone else with whom you are sharing hardware. And, if you are working on one desktop and want to pull an app from another one (like your music, for example), there is a keyboard shortcut for that!4. NotificationsThere is a new notification feature that will really be convenient too. Instead of having to receive update notifications from each app in a separate place, as well as notifications that you have new emails, there will be one icon on the bottom right of the toolbar for everything. It slides up a small screen and displays all of your notifications.5. A New BrowserOriginally name Spartan, it is now going to be called Microsoft Edge. A couple of great new features of Edge: you can reformat a screen for â€œreading mode,â€ which enlarges the text for easier reading; and the new screen grabber tools lets you write on a picture before you send it.Note: Microsoft has decided not to do away with IE, because there are software tools and websites that were built with Explorer in mind. My guess is Explorer will stay around for a while until re-designs are made, and then it will quietly go away. Users will get used to Edge and resent have to go through Explorer for certain other things.Final Note: A big Kudos to Microsoft for listening to users, especially regarding the Start Menu. And it has added some really nice features that weâ€™ll all enjoy once we are acclimated.Engadget Reader90June 23, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I am currently working with Windows 10 Build 10130, but I also have Windows 7 and 8.1 on virtual hard drives for comparisons. The build is a bit slower in booting up and the start menu can look daunting at first glance.That being said, Windows 10 looks to be the perfect marriage between Windows 7 & 8. The tiles can be easily arranged into any group you wish to make, and it also has the old Windows 7 programs list. The Snap screen for working with multiple screens on the desktop takes a bit of working with, but does work fine. Windows 10 looks to be a keeper!Engadget Reader100March 3, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetChristopher80February 10, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70February 9, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Let's get right too it, I am an avid fan of windows / android. I found Windows 8 and 8.1 fine OS's. But was expecting that, like vista and windows 7, that Windows 10 would be the fix, I wasn't expecting that the new Operating System from Windows to fail in a few more areas with this deployment. Once I made the change to completely remove the User Account Control ( http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1120770-windows-8-run-everything-as-administrator/ ). The Start Menu, and Cortana both stopped working. Along with all the Apps, including the App Store. This would not be able to be deployed to a work environment. This will greatly inhibit everything. Not what I was expecting.Engadget Reader100January 27, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I was a skeptic at first. I used windows 8, gave it the trial it deserved, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.The user experience when first booting up in to windows after the very fast installation had completed definitely made this OS feel more personable. It really feels like they had Windows 7 and Windows 8 get together and the outcome is a super intelligent, clean, user friendly OS that has all the right stuff in all the right places. Windows 10 definitely has shaped up to be, in my opinion, the best OS that Microsoft has engineered. Big props go to them for this OS, it's tops in my book.If I were to take one thing from my experience that I really enjoyed it would have to be the apps and how well it actually integrates in to the system and the start menu. However, I can't just pic one because there are so many other great features that I am extremely happy to finally see, like 4k resolution support with better rendering of font and UI size, thank you MS for that! Lastly, would I recommend this OS? Absolutely! I feel this OS will be easy to use for all aspects of society, even the non technical or PC illiterate users.
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