Any Other Windows 10 Horror Stories Out There?
Two weeks ago, I “upgraded” from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, drawn by the promise of…
a) talking to a computer like Jean-Luc Picard, and
b) relief from the slow, pointless Start screen.
For two weeks, I tried to make Windows 10 work. I enjoyed calling out “Hey, Cortana” for about fifteen minutes, and a return to the Start menu was very nice. I noticed right away that my typing, pointing and clicking around the screen suffered from lag, even though my drivers were up to date and I had a computer (Intel i7, 8 Gigs RAM) that should be able to handle the new operating system. I hoped that updates to Windows 10 would fix these problems, but my computer just got slower and slower. Checks of the Task Manager showed that as time passed, Windows 10 system processes kept taking up more and more and more of my computer’s memory and CPU cycles. By this morning, even when my computer was fully updated and freshly restarted and I had no programs running, Windows 10 was churning through … what? I still have no idea. The processes gobbling up CPU cycles under the heading have utterly nondescript names. But by the end, my computer was so strained under Windows 10 that I could barely open a word processor. I was burning my fingers when I typed on the keyboard, my laptop innards were so darned hot.
Moving to Windows 10 wasn’t an upgrade for me. It was a downgrade.
After an hour with Windows tech support (ending with the phrase “we aren’t really tech support”), I clicked the magic “Go Back to Windows 8.1” button (under Start -> Settings -> Update & Security). After about 45 minutes, I had my old computer back. My old, capable, fast, multitasking, non-laggy, non-burning, working computer. What a relief.
Have you “upgraded” to Windows 10? If so, what kind of experience have you had?