For those who did not read my previous message, a week ago I took the big step a lot of people have been doing recently, and upgraded my computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10. What a disaster that was! The new software did not work, because it could not access the Internet. While the computer ran somewhat smoother than it did on Windows 7 + umpteen clunky updates, I lost more than I gained. Some of my favorite programs no longer worked, Windows 10 doesn’t like my default browser (Opera), and every time I loaded a Microsoft Office 2010 program, Windows tried to reinstall it. Office 2010! You’d think that Windows would be compatible with another program from the same company that is less than ten years old, right?
So on Wednesday I tried to roll the computer back to Windows 7, like Windows 10 said I could do during the first thirty days. No such luck. After more hours on the phone with technical support, we decided to use my emergency backup DVDs and re-format the hard drive. For those of you not familiar with computer terminology, this means I erased all the files my computer has accumulated since I bought it, five years ago. Everything. Therefore when I got done, my computer was exactly the same as it was back in August 2010; if it could talk, it would probably be waking up now and saying, "What an awful dream!"
Of course a lot of the files cleared off were accumulated junk, so overall it is now running better. Almost as good as when it was new, in fact. Since Wednesday I have been re-configuring everything for my purposes, deciding what programs and files to put back on (all the documents, pictures, etc. that I considered important were saved to external hard drives). This morning, for example, I got the scanner to work again, so the main item left to fix is the Pogoplug device, which makes one of my hard drives part of the so-called Internet “Cloud.”
Overall, I’d say that someday Windows 10 will work right for users, but for now it is not ready for public consumption. And I’m not going to wait until Microsoft gets the bugs out of it; I already lost half a week of my life, dealing with it as is.