Ever the optimist, I decided to accept the free upgrade to Windows 10 on my desktop, hoping it would sort out a few irritations in Windows 7. Initially it was brilliant; new useful features, the computer seemed to boot up much faster than before and the whole thing appeared to be great.
Then the Start menu stopped working. A quick trawl on Google indicated that this was an endemic problem with many fixes suggested. I have tried most of them, so far with 100% lack of success. Other things started going wrong: it is impossible to set my browser, Firefox, as the default. One of the fixes suggested involves setting up a new user account: Windows 10 will not let me.
The final insult, my excellent backup to a ‘cloud’ server, allows inspection and individual downloads of backup files. Guess what? Try to do that in Windows 10 and I get the message ‘memory full, delete some files or close apps’. Needless to say the process works perfectly on my laptop still safely operating Windows 7.
So there you have it. I have Windows 10 that does not work, no way of fixing it, and of course it is more than 30 days since I installed it so there is no easy way back.
I will send a snotty message to Microsoft; after all, if one bought a car and the windscreen wipers stopped working after two months, with no way of getting them going again, there would be an outcry. But then the upgrade was free – where is my leverage? I’m not expecting a response from Microsoft anytime soon but I’ll tell you this, it’ll be a cold bloody day in Hell before I accept another free ‘upgrade’ from that company.
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