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Changes to Make to Windows 10 Configuration

After installing Windows 10, there are a few things that I changed

  1. Yes, it is true. Windows will force updates on you when you least expect it. For some folks that may be OK. For others on limited bandwidth, that may be a problem. And that just plan sucks. However, I can control how updates are installed in my PC.
    Go To Settings > Update & recovery > Windows Update > Advanced options. Under Choose how updates are installed, pick Notify to schedule restart from the drop-down menu.
    Win10 Update 1
  2. I hate those instant notifications that show up on my phone. Fortunately, I can turn off ‘notifications’ from Windows 10.
    Go To Settings > System > Notifications & actions and turn off the various notifications — tips about Windows, app notifications, and lock screen notifications.
    Win10 Update 2
  3. Wi-Fi Sense This is a scary one (maybe). Why would I want to even use that. Let’s say I go to my daughter’s home and want to connect to her WiFi. Using WiFi Sense technology, I can now do that without asking for her WiFi password. That makes sense (I think). The problem is that I cannot choice individuals I want to allow to access my WiFi’s. I can choose which application can connect to my WiFi. This means all my Facebook friends or Outlook contacts, etc. No thank you, I think it would be safer to just give my password to family members as needed. This allows me to control the Wi-Fi sharing business individually.
    Go to Settings, Network and Internet, Wi-Fi, Advanced Manage Wi-Fi Settings.  Turn off everything.Win10 Update 3
    For more info on WiFi Sense, check out this article http://thehackernews.com/2015/07/windows-10-wi-fi-sense-explained-actual.html. Thew logic is simple. If you are not sure about using something, disable it.
  4. Privacy Stuff – Looks like Microsoft is getting a bit Facebook. Step through these 13 categories under Setting/Privacy and decide which ones you want to disable. After you disable stuff here, shut your PC off and restart. Go back and check to see if any of the items you turned off are back on. If you trust Microsoft, you can skip this step.
    For more info related to privacy, check out this article.
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/07/30/windows-10-privacy-settings/

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Windows 10

Since my Mac is awaiting its appointment with Dr. Mac, I’ve been using Carol’s PC. First order of business was to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and give it a test run. I promised an opinion statement so here goes. My goal is to give you some stuff to think about.

DISCLAIMER – While I am not anti-Microsoft, I am certainly not pro-Microsoft. Also, I am not an IT guru nor an expert versed on Microsoft (even though I taught MS products for over 10 years).

  1. The upgrade was the smoothest I’ve ever experienced. Seems like MS got it right.
  2. I am glad they brought back the Start menu. The animated live tiles sit along side the start menu and the integration between traditional PCs, tablets and smart phones sounds pretty cool.
  3. I’ve not experienced a problem with peripheral drivers.  My HP printer connected just as if it where always there.
  4. I like the Task View feature that is pinned to the taskbar. It allows you to easily see what applications are open. I don’t remember if was in Windows 8
  5. WiFi sense is a bit scary. I will post on this later after I’ve had a chance to look at it more closely.
  6. CORTANA has joined Windows. She is the virtual assistant that has been on Window’s Phone for about a year now. Cortana is the equivalent to Apple SIRI. Not sure of the usefulness of this because I prefer to type my search commands instead of speaking them. Supposedly, CORTANA will join Android and iOS phones later.
  7. Microsoft finally ditched Explorer and has introduced their new browser EDGE. I have used Firefox because of its enhanced web security. MS says EDGE has enhanced web security, whatever that means.
  8. The new Photo app is a step in the right direction for photo bugs who are not using Adobe Lightroom. This looks similar to my MAC’s  Photo (formerly called iPhoto) that has been in the MAC world for some time.

All in all, I would say Microsoft made a smart move in building Windows 10 from a blank template. Windows 10 is not a patch of the botched Windows 8.

For a more comprehensive review from a good industry resource, please take a look at these links. I trust them all.

http://www.cnet.com/products/microsoft-windows-10/

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/patience-will-be-the-key-to-a-successful-windows-10-upgrade/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2874400/windows/windows-10-the-10-coolest-features-you-should-check-out-first.html

There are a few gotcha’s. I will be working on a followup post that talks about them and a post that will suggest some changes to make to default Windows 10 settings.

Finally, to answer questions other folks have asked me –

Should I upgrade now? You don’t think I am going to tell you YES or NO, do you? I recommend you read this article from FORBES http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/07/28/microsoft-windows-10-should-you-upgrade/

Why did I upgrade? We both hate (no, despise) Windows 8.

Am I satisfied with the upgrade? YES, YES, YES.

What are you going to do?

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