The Experience of Using Windows 10 for a Month

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There it was one day as I was using the computer, it was my turn to upgrade to Windows 10, That was about a month ago and I would have to say that the journey since has been an interesting one and I cover some of my experiences using the new operating system.

Windows 10 is Ready to be Installed

There it was, my turn to upgrade, the message saying that it was my turn to upgrade to Windows 10, on this occasion I was doing nothing of any great importance (I wasn't even moderating any Wikinut articles because there were none left to do), so I thought, "OK - I can do it now" and closed my browser and a couple of other applications.

Immediately when the upgrade started there was an immediate feeling this would be interesting. The thing about operating system upgrades is that you never know what you are in for and having used every version of Windows since version 1.3, sometime in the 1980s, I have seen the upgrade path for many of them, and indeed regretted having upgraded in some cases (like every other Windows user), both in terms of money spent and the quality of the new operating system.

This was a no-fuss installation, yes the computer was restarted several times, but once the new operating system was ready for use, my desktop opened up exactly as I had left it with my desktop being fully functioning, I have never been a fan of the Metro style interface, so I had added a Windows 7 style start menu back onto my Windows 8 system, now I have 2 "Start" menus, Start8 and the Windows 10 one, but everything else seemed at first glance to be the same.

The New Start Menu

The Windows 10 start menu is accessible by pushing the Windows button, you know that is the one on your keyboard, normally located between the "Fn" and "Alt" keys of the bottom row of your keyboard. This menu is highly configurable and can be a very powerful asset to your everyday work, icons can be four sizes:

  • Small - the small icons, like those used for word or excel on my menu, shown in the picture above. This shows the default icon only and is never active.
  • Medium - The default icon size (as used by the Calendar application in the picture), this and all other sizes are active icons showing recent activity in the application, pictures etc.
  • Wide - a double width icon. On my menu the Twitter and Facebook Icons are shown in this style - providing updates in the menu.
  • Large - A large square, four times the size of "Medium".

On the top left of the menu are some of the more recently used applications, but you should note that once you pin an item to the start menu it will not again appear in this part of the menu (unless subsequently unpinned).

The bottom left-hand side of the many gives access to file explorer, settings, all installed Apps, and the power button. Having a new operating system of course I have spent a reasonable amount of time looking through the settings,

Another feature of this Start menu is it's customisability, it allows me to start customising all segments of the menu, I have a section called "Life at a glance" which are that applications that I use most weeks, the applications of lesser importance can be included in other sections that you can scroll down to, this way the important things in your life are kept at the top of the list.

Updates Afterwards

Once the upgrade to Windows 10 has been completed and the system had been working satisfactorily for a few days the system forced me to complete an update before access the system. I am not sure whether this is always the case but I have had to complete regular updates every week since the installation of this new operating system, but this is likely to be because the operating system is just about a month old

Using Windows 10

I make no bones about my preferences, Windows 7 had the ideal desktop, but Windows 8 had great Apps that did not eat into system resources and it was my desire that Windows 10 would combine both those aspects into a single interface, without the need to access that stupid metro interface that Windows 8 brought with it. This is largely what Windows 10 has brought me, so I would have to say that I am pleased with what I have seen to date.

The new Apps that can be downloaded for Windows 10 tend not to use a lot of memory, but of course the old workhorses, like Microsoft Word or Excel still use as many resources as they used to, which I don't see changing until they change how they design those applications to minimise resource usage and only load the specialist functionality only as and when it is called into use by the user, most users will remain with core components and power users, like myself, will be the only ones using the extra functionality.

As I use Windows 10 more I may make some additional comments.

Pictures and Images

  • Windows 10 Logo
  • My Windows 10 Start Menu
  • Updating...
  • Windows 10 Screen by Microsoft.com

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Desktop, Experience, Operating System, Start Menu, Upgrade, Windows 10

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author avatar Retired
7th Sep 2015 (#)

Peter, Thank you very much for this article. I have been wondering about upgrading and was naturally fearful about making a terrible mistake by so doing. This review somewhat allays my fears!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Sep 2015 (#)

No problem John - it is important for people to share experiences.

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author avatar Ptrikha
7th Sep 2015 (#)

Great review- how much Internet did you need to use in terms of GB for this upgrade?

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Sep 2015 (#)

Ptrikha, That is a good question that I do not have the answer to because the connection I was using had unlimited internet so it never occurred to me to discover. The Microsoft site may have the answer.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Sep 2015 (#)

thanks for this Peter...i have a mac so would not use windows...besides not being a techie who knows what mess i would make...

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Sep 2015 (#)

Carolina, your comment made me chuckle for a number of reasons. Actually even a non-technical person would probably understand what is happening during the upgrade.

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author avatar satish007
7th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your content

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author avatar Retired
7th Sep 2015 (#)

Windows 10 start menu looks foreign to me. I would be dead in the water at the start of my computer day. No thanks on Windows 10. I'll be sticking with my old favorite, #7, until it dies in my lap(top).

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Sep 2015 (#)

LeRain, The Windows 10 menu is much less foreign than the Windows 8 one was, but I understand your sentiments.

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author avatar Retired
10th Sep 2015 (#)

Yes, I agree- Windows 10 is much user-friendly than Windows 8.

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author avatar kaylar
8th Sep 2015 (#)

I got this new Laptop fully bloated with 8 point whatever and I hate it. I did bring back the 7 desktop. I don't think I can stomach 10

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Sep 2015 (#)

Kaylar, Windows 10 gets rid of all the crap that Windows 8 has. It is a proper desktop based operating system which if the one you are familiar with I think you would be very surprised about what windows 10 brings - it could be described as Windows 7 working correctly with a nicer menu.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Sep 2015 (#)

I upgraded to 10 and find it to be superior to 8.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Sep 2015 (#)

It most certainly is.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Sep 2015 (#)

Peter, thank you for sharing this article. I love the way you present your facts when sharing with all of us. You are so clear and precise and I thank you for that.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you.

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author avatar Carol Roach
9th Sep 2015 (#)

I haven't tried it yet, my son has it but I don't do well with learning new things

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
9th Sep 2015 (#)

There is not much to learn Carol. If you have used Windows 7 of earlier then you are familiar with it the only other thing you may want to explore is the Store to download new Apps (many of which are free).

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author avatar Al Dixon
9th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks for your article, Peter. I too took the plunge, with my new laptop from Windows 8. I've found 10 to be very stable and predictable, even under load of some apps that would confound my old PC. The new 'virtual 10' multiple laptop feature is a much appreciated feature that I use often..

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
9th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Al.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2015 (#)

I had stability issues which Microsoft kept telling me they were in the process of fixing "next time" and finally everything seems to be hunky dory - touch wood!

I do have withdrawal symptoms letting go Windows 7 - not Windows 8 (good riddance!). I still get prompts in my laptop having Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10 (thanks but no thanks; some remain as it is) siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Oct 2015 (#)

Siva, Windows 8 had some good concepts, but the new Metro interface wasn't one of them, I used a Windows 7 start bar replacement instead of the stupid windows 8 start page and ran everything in the desktop.

That said Windows 10 has some great apps that are very memory efficient and I would say that the new operating system is a step up.

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author avatar Retired
6th Oct 2015 (#)

I have now upgraded, without too many problems.

It has taken some time to work out where everything has got to, but for the life of me I can't find my Kaspersky virus scanner - it looks as though Windows has deleted it.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Oct 2015 (#)

John, some virus scanners are incompatible. Check on the Kaspersky site to see if there is an upgrade that works. My personal advice is that you should consider switching to Avast Internet Security, it is one of the best available and is not greedy on resources - it also works with Windows 10.

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