Windows 10 is weird

Start Menu ToolbarWindows 10 has issues. Last weekend I got the blue screen of pending catastrophic doom, my computer shut down and rebooted with Windows updates and magically I had no start menu, no notifications, no real taskbar functionality and a lot of hidden things I have been having to rediscover in other ways. Good job I know my keyboard, am happy to right click or whatever to find out. Windows key X, Windows key E and Windows key R are my new BFFs.There is nothing I have not been able to do. I am even finding things that I would not be able to know on Windows if I just had access to the start menu. Change can bring insight. Probably my fault for blogging about the putrid start menu colours and the tacky Bing news. Microsoft has spoken. Love it or do without. The dysfunctional start menu was a problem for some with Windows 8 and #Windows10Fail on Twitter will give insight into the situation now. People are rolling back or just becoming a tad unsettled. Why not? Windows 10 was so cool when it came onto our computers so it is nice and frustrating to find out it has become so lumpy so soon…at all, in fact. I have had to go into the C drive to get programmes or run them from Windows R if it can find them. Often not. It’s amazing what Windows 10 now can’t find that I can. I have to use the image preview to access my paint programme which I love and suits me. That is just plain weird.There are lots of things I like about Windows 10 and ,discovering so much because the start menu is crippled, is the up side of such a ridiculous occurrence. This afternoon my computer gave me another sudden blue screen of pending catastrophic doom and Windows put through some more updates. I thought it was bringing my start menu back. No. No, it wasn’t. So with a bit of help from the aptly named site Computer Hope I made myself a start menu toolbar which suits me very well, thank you. Now I don’t have to keep running the .exe file to get the snipping tool. Half way down the page I have linked on Computer Hope are instructions to Create a Windows Start Menu Toolbar. Worked like a charm and has lightened my load.

Windows Day 2

windows 10 All good , really. I have had to reload nothing which was not the case with Windows 8. Windows 10 is smooth and has a good interface. I can use the panoramic themes across my two monitors and that is just lovely. The screenshot is putting black sections onto my image which do not exist in real life. On each screen the taskbar is at the bottom and the picture fills the screen. You use the SPAN option in the setting to get the picture to go across both screens. The start menu is good. Hate the colours and wish Windows would use something less putrid. I love having my app tiles back with the different images and it is there my missing photos are to be found. I still have not found them on the actual computer but they are being displayed as Photos from a Collection in one of the tiles. The start menu has also brought MineCraft and my favourite Flipboard app. I had to sign in with my Microsoft account to download the app. It is good to see it there. The start menu has also been suggesting things in a gentle way and offering some good options. Bottom left on the taskbar is the search web and Windows box which is the same as Apple Spotlight but brings Bing news when you click on it. I do not want random, tasteless images and tacky news. If that is to be compulsory it needs to be more sedate and mindful this is my life, my home and my headspace. If I want random lowbrow news I’ll go and find it. Actually, I won’t. The search works well though and I can find everything I need on my computer and the web options are there if I need them. Default Browser if you want to change the default browser then use the Windows image bottom left, click on the settings to the left towards the bottom of the start menu when it is open and type default in the search box. Then select default app settings. Click on change default by app, go up to the web browser option and then click on that to change it. I have changed mine to Chrome because I am set up there. Microsoft Edge , though , is nothing like Explorer and quite nice to use which I could never say about Explorer. The Edge handles well and does not slow everything down and then mess it all up before you actually get it going. It just goes and is very efficient. Windows 10 is nice. It is clearly an upgrade and it is making my computing life better so far. Early days, but it is nowhere near as clunky as Windows 8. It is smooth and easy.

Finally up and running with Windows 10

Windows 10 I got sick of the screen which kept telling me that Windows 10 was working on it. Until today I was too busy to do anything other than try to get the upgrade going. It doesn’t seem to be installing consistently onto computers. Daughter got the notice like I did to upgrade, clicked on it and had it installed in no time. 3 days later and I was still watching the white dots go round. So, I thought about it. I went to the Windows Updates area after I’d watched the white dots of death for 20 minutes. My upgrade  was sitting there waiting for me to click on the install. If your installation isn’t automatic I can now suggest you go to the Windows Update on your computer. Just type Windows Update in the run menu (Win R on Windows 8). Windows 10An hour later and I am now happily on Windows 10 and  have a chance to explore it. I like the interface and the fact it acknowledges dual monitors. All I have noticed so far is that it has lost all my loose photos which I hadn’t filed into my folders in my photos library. No real problem. I have back ups. I have the message already I had better be very tidy minded on Windows 10. Currently it wants Edge to be the default browser and I use Chrome. There was no obvious way to change that but I’ll find it as I shall probably find the photos I had not filed. The taskbar on the auxiliary monitor has settled down at the bottom of the screen now as it should  and it’s really handy to have the taskbar on both screens. The picture shows a black section on the bottom of the left screen, that has all been sorted. There is no black at the top of the main monitor either. All good, so I’ll get back to work!

Quick look at Windows 10

Joe Belfiore gives you a straightforward look at the new Windows 10 which will be released on July 29th. The video will help familiarise you with what is there, how it works and some of the features of Windows 10. The official Microsoft site is here. I put myself on the list for the free Windows 10 update. I had Windows 7 on this computer originally , then upgraded it to Windows 8 and then had to downgrade it back to 7 because Windows 8 StoreIcon nonsense kept using up my system resources and Windows 8 used to fail to boot. It  all started well and I loved it , then it became too unreliable. It was odd it had settled in and then destabilised. I used to like Windows 8 and had no particular need for the start menu. I could do everything I did on Windows 7 and I used to love watching the metro screen change and move around. It was different and interesting. PCadvisor UK is regularly updating what is going on with Windows 10. If you want some tips for Windows 10, then go over to the post on InfoWorld. I am looking forward to the Windows 10 download. This will be the first time I have ever had a download of an OS like this on Windows. My MacBook does it well but, since it is a work computer, I can only download an operating system when I am permitted. That does not worry me. I am not the one who has to maintain and care for 100s of laptops. It was interesting to do a system upgrade like that and it will be interesting to compare the Windows 10 one against it. I suspect the organisation of my changeover has been going on for a couple of weeks now in the background and my hope is that it will be smooth for that reason – the prior preparation and planning stuff.

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