Windows 10

Microsoft launched Windows 10 a few months ago, little did the majority of Windows user have any inkling of what they were about to put themselves forward for.

I am, of course, talking about the horrors of having Windows 10 installed on your computer.

Windows 10 is laggy, cubersome, buggy, slow, unresponsive, resource intensive, reduces SSD throughput (throttles) & is generally completely unusable.

I have had quite a few experiences with installing Windows 10


Lets start with my Dell XPS 15

Windows 10 Pro x64 does noy play well on my XPS 15.

I have a second generation Intel Core i7 2640MQ quad core processor, 16 GB DDR3 1866 MHz of Corsair Vengence RAM, a Nvidia GeFroce GT 540M with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM & a Samsung 840 EVO 1 TB SSD.

Not basic specs by any means

The entire system for installing Windows 10 is broken. The Windows 8.1 Pro update from Windows 7 is broken, then Windows 10 from 8.1 is broken. Everything is broken.


Now for my Dad's Dell XPS 15Z

He can download Windows 10 onto his 15Z, get most of it installed and then the installer has the same critical error every time where it will cause the entire installer to crash.

Post crash, the system restarts and restores to a previous state prior to dowloading all of the Windows 10 files.

This has enraged my Dad, after at least 10 tries (10 for Windows 10).

He told me he will never buy a new Windows laptop.

I have converted him to Apple Mac / Macintosh - something I have been trying to do for the last five and a half years.


My Mum's problems with laptops involved an OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB SSD failure, four years old & within warranty

She was stable on Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on her Dell Inspiron 11Z upgraded netbook.

Mum will be going to Windows 10 when we get the replacement SSD & will be running OS X in the near future when she gets a MacBook.


Anna's HP laptop

Anna, my partner, has been experiencing a number of horrible issues with Windows 10.

She has running Windows 10 for a month, initially claimed it was working well.

A week ago things started to go wrong.

The entire laptop would lag, run up some huge tasks & gobble all of her CPU, RAM & HDD resources.

Lots of Microsoft .NET applications were taking up to 99% of the HDD bandwidth & 100% of the CPU. RAM utilisation was at 89%.

A serious drain on her resources meaning that when typing on Microsoft Office Word, she was typing & seeing a lag of three or more words.

Update as of 05/11/2015 @ 17:37:

Anna's laptop had a green desktop where she lost most of her taskbar & all of her desktop. It lagged out & she could not run any operation, such as Windows + R to get RUN to type in CMD + Enter to get Command Prompt to type in shutdown /s /t 0 to force the shutdown of her broken Windows 10 laptop.

Anna tried the Control + Alt + Delete function & was able to restart the computer.

There had been an Windows Update, which appeared to cause the problem in the first place.

The Windows Update has appeared to fix the Windows 10 startbar & taskbar failures; much to the releif of Anna.

Anna is now able to continue to user her Windows 10 laptop as intended & complete her Geography Degree course work.


My next door neighbor's Windows 10 desktop

John, has a second generation Intel i5 dual core tower from Novatech with decent enough office grade specs.

He had no problems with Windows 10, for three happy weeks.

Microsoft patched a few security vulnerabilities & everything went awry.

I received a call from John last Friday morning claiming that the entire taskbar was completely broken.

This was about an hour before lunch, which I needed early to get to University. I hurried over to take a look at what was going on as it seemed quite odd on the phone.

Widows 10 taskbar & startbar where visible in Microsoft Aero, but where complete unresponsive to any clicks.

The pinned apps were not responding, not showing they were open & not showing the tabs.

I was able to refresh this by right clicking and toggling the lock taskbar.

I was able to get access to quite a few Windows 10 command apps via right clicking the Windows button, which still did not respond to a left click.

I went into the control panel, in which I loaded up the update manager. From the update manager, I was able to access the full screen Windows 10 update manager. I could see a few updates, but nothing that would have caused this problem.

I looked at the rest of the updates & decided there was little I could do to get Windows 10 back.

I went to restore it to a previous point, but the warning message for wiping the chance to go back to Windows 7 - a big option for John & I at this point.

We decided working Windows 7 is better than completely useless Windows 10.

I rolled back John's computer from Windows 10 to Windows 7 & removed the 5.8 GB Windows 10 update folders & the annoying popup. I also enabled the rules denying the update that installs all of the Windows 10 files to install.

Windows 7 is running very well on John's computer, but he does want to upgrade his computer to enable the use of Windows 10 as a fast and stable operating system.


There have been no end of problems with Windows 10