Thursday, 19 May 2016

Windows 10 review

Windows 7 finally decided to force upgrade to 10. I could have stop the countdown to upgrade, but I thought what the hell, let's do it. Upgrade took about an hour to install and contrary to many experiences I did not have any problems.

The graphical look is more "blocky" and ascetic. Color settings are limited, there is no option to set user defined colors. I guess it will change some day. Another thing that has changed is the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. It's now black (always, I didn't find a way to change it) with white text. Active program has a dark grey tab with black text and non-active is even worse, it's completely black with only icon showing. I've been scratching my head for this, but I think it's simply a graphic design trick to "detach" the taskbar from everything else and not draw too much attention to it.

New features in task bar are notification/action center widget, search (which actually is quite nice) and task view (I don't know what it is). There is some kind of bug in notifications, because it's telling the same two things always when computer is started (Acer registration removed and MSE replaced with Windows Defender). People have had that same problem and for some it has disappeared after few days so I'm waiting rather than trying to do something about it.

The start menu is ok. I don't really care about tiles section, but as always you find actual programs from the list which is divided into alphabetical order. Settings (control panel) is also quite easy to use. Microsoft really went back from the horrible mistake of 8 tiles GUI to much more traditional OS.

Performace is kind of interesting in 10. It's eating memory way less than I expected, only 1,3Gb from 4Gb total. There are couple of more processes than what I had in 7, but the CPU use is quite conservative (seems to be 2% idle). New Task Manager and Resource Monitor are more advanced than they were in 7, showing all kinds of metrics of the system. Some programs are noticeably slower, especially Firefox for some reason. Other programs seem to be faster.

Windows 10 didn't remove any other programs than Acer registration and MSE (which is a part of the system now as Windows Defender). It's a mystery why Acer registration was removed, but luckily it wasn't anything important. Programs seem to work as always, even Visual Studio 2010 is working, and Kaduria of course. Maybe it's not a big surprise, because 10 seems to be built on 7 with some new GUI stuff and new programs.

People have had problems with 10 and updates of it, but at least this version in my computer is fine. I don't like the way it was forced, but I can understand it costs money to maintain several versions of an OS so Microsoft is using rather invasive ways to herd people to 10. I don't care really that much, I wasn't hurt when 7 was taken away from me. I don't miss that OS.