Windows 10 -Pooey
Pet Peeve # 2
July, 2016, I got this notice.
“Windows 10's free upgrade ends July 29, 2016. We've known that for a long time,
but now the deadline is looming.”
I wanted with all my heart to stay with Windows 7. At my age, I don’t advance easily. It takes me so long to learn the last upgrade. But I was told I would eventually have to bow to the new version anyway. What my advisors did not tell me was that my four year PC wasn’t the best vehicle for the new technology.
Microsoft demanded, commanded, and bugged me every day until I picked a date to upgrade. Then they upgraded me Windows 10 the day before my chosen upgrade date – just when I had decided I should wait on the upgrade. So my whole system was commandeered early as I sat and watched helplessly.
Then the trouble began:
Problem #1: My computer slowed to a walk. It took half a minute to load a photo. Twenty seconds to open Word or Excel. At the time I was on a tight deadline to produce documents for a conference I was planning. A Reddit commenter says:
"Yep this happened to me this morning. Working and all of a sudden Windows closed all my programs, logged me out and started the upgrade. I quickly shut down my computer and was able to stop it but my son wasn't so lucky. Same thing happened to him today. It is very concerning that they have this kind of access to push these updates without our consent. What else is being pushed through our computers or being pulled off in the background without us knowing?"
I’d like to say that knowing others were losing their free will out there made me feel better about my loss of freedoms. It didn’t.
Problem #2: Windows 10 tells me I am out of memory when I am using 1/64th of my computer’s capacity. This caused me flurry of anxiety until I checked complaints online. I found abundant rants by irate users. But my heart was set at ease to find others were ignoring the message and I have done so ever since.
"After you open many application windows in Windows, you may be unable
to open any additional windows. Sometimes, a window may open. However, it will not
contain the expected components. Additionally, you may receive an error message that
resembles the following: Out of Memory This problem occurs because of the desktop heap limitation. If you close some windows, and then you try to open other windows, these windows may open. However, this method does not affect the desktop heap limitation."
What the heck is a desktop heap limitation?
As I sat and stared at the message, I felt the loneliness of being without an IT husband or a nerdy daughter or son to help me. Since I am too cheap to pay anyone to help, I decided to ignore the problem. That has worked so far.
Problem #3: I experienced sudden blank screen with accompanying data loss. My computer would simply shut down. I would reboot and find data gone. Since I wasn’t anticipating shut downs out of nowhere, I didn’t save as often as usual. I do now. Under Microsoft.com, Unexpected Shutdowns, TwistedDiana beseeches Microsoft to tell her why:
"After Windows 10 update, I've had 4 "unexpected" shutdowns (I suspected they were
thermal shutdowns, but can't be sure, last time it happened I wasn't doing anything
resource consuming). Had this laptop for 1.5 years and never had these shutdowns
before. My daily routine hasn't changed, I didn't install new software or new hardware."
Others have had the same problem I had. Here is what Microsoft came up with as a solution:
"Try the following methods and check if it helps:
Method 1: Run the Power Troubleshooter and check:
Follow the below steps:
Type troubleshooting in the search bar
Select View all on the left hand side.
Select Power Troubleshooter.
Click next and follow the onscreen instructions.
If the issue persists then follow the below method.
Method 2: Perform a Clean Boot and find out which application/service is causing this issue.
A clean boot helps to eliminate software conflicts and to determine what is causing the problem. Perform a clean boot on the computer by following the steps given in the link:
Note: The steps for Windows 8.1 applies to Windows 10 Insider Preview.
Disclaimer: Please go through the section: How to reset the computer to start as usual after troubleshooting with clean boot of the Kb article to boot the computer in normal startup after fixing the issue.
If you need any further assistance with Windows then let us know. We would be glad to help you."
Sure. I can do all that. In my next life as an IT genius on Mars.
For the first time in twenty years, I am considering a MAC with its handy OS X.