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Bloggers sound off on Windows 10 problems

Windows 10 has the same migration issues as any OS, but adds privacy problems and might not deliver the type of value IT shops are looking for.

The consumer version of Windows 10 has been available for a few months, and by now, you've probably heard what Microsoft has to say about the OS and read overviews of its features. But what do real users think?

Based on the early adoption rates, you might guess everything is hunky-dory, but Windows 10 problems do exist.

First of all, Windows 10 cannot break free from all the familiar headaches that come with migrating to a new OS. Then there are privacy concerns and a new Web browser that doesn't play nicely with Internet Explorer's application program interfaces (APIs), including Silverlight. Buckle up and find out about the Windows 10 problems some bloggers have experienced.

Migration is hard

Migrating desktops to a new OS is never easy. There are four key considerations to keep in mind when you mull the decision over according to Massimo Mazza on DataBlog.

First, the OS must be compatible with all the hardware that employees use -- laptops, desktops, printers, external drives and more. Next, the software and apps must also be compatible. If users cannot access their apps or developers have to build new ones, you could have significant downtime in your future.  Third, remember security. You must know when support for your old OS runs out because your migration should be complete before then. Finally, keep costs in mind. A new OS comes with new licenses, but you may need to buy different hardware or turn to third-party support to get everything up and running, all of which costs money.

If you want to reduce your risk during migration, Mazza wrote, you must test your production environments on the new OS before making any decisions, and back everything up. You can also take a slow-and-steady approach to adoption to wait out any early bugs or other issues.  

Where is the value of Windows 10?

With all those migration hassles, Windows 10 needs to deliver some serious value. But because today's employees do a lot of work on mobile devices rather than desktops, Windows 10 might not offer enough compelling reasons to move back to their desktops. It doesn't, according to Brian Glick of Computer Weekly. Even with Windows 10, he believes users will continue to turn to their desktops only when they need a physical keyboard or a larger screen.

In addition, Microsoft's licensing deals are antiquated, Glick wrote. The company bases its licensing deals on three-to-five year models that IT departments simply do not follow anymore. Instead IT administrators must see a return on their investment within a year or two.

Privacy a top Windows 10 problem

If the questionable value proposition wasn't enough to make you hesitate to move to Windows 10, the very real privacy concerns might stop you in your tracks.

By default, Windows 10 communicates with Microsoft's servers, which includes sending private information. To make matters worse, changing settings won't help, Shaikh Rafia said in her WCCF Tech blog post. Windows 10 stores keyboard inputs in temporary files and transfers them through encrypted files every 30 minutes to three different servers. This means user passwords are not safe. And even if users don't log in to a Microsoft account, the OS still sends the data.

And the Windows 10 problems get worse. The OS sends data from the camera as well as voice data even if users turn off Cortana. Anything users type into the Start menu gets sent back to Microsoft. And don't even think about trying to use proxy servers  to prevent the flow of information; Windows 10 sends requests to a content delivery network that can bypass them.

App compatibility gets in the way on Edge

With Windows 10 Microsoft also rolled out a new Web browser, Microsoft Edge. It offers a host of features, including Reading View, which delivers webpages in a reader-friendly format and Web Notes, which gives users the power to write directly on a webpage.

Edge cuts ties with common Internet Explorer APIs such ActiveX and Silverlight, according to John Bristowe in a blog post on the Telerik Developer Network. This means if you choose to migrate to Windows 10 and run Silverlight apps, for example, your users will not be able to work with them on Edge. Windows 10 does come with Internet Explorer; however Microsoft will suspend support for its old browser in October 2021. You must figure out if your developers can get apps ready for Edge by then.

If you do decide to move over to Windows 10, Bristowe suggested you give your users a detailed error message in Microsoft Edge telling them why certain apps do not work in the browser and how they can get their apps to work.

It's not all bad

On the bright side, Windows 10 signifies a major shift in Microsoft's approach. The company seems to be moving past the idea that all it has to do is push out a product under the Microsoft name and people will buy it because they need it, Benjamin Robbins said on Remotely Mobile. Instead, Microsoft is trying to create products people want.

As an example, Microsoft is making Windows apps available on iOS and Android. It is also trying to deliver a seamless user experience with Continuum -- which allows users to easily switch between a keyboard and touch screen on 2-in-1 devices -- and Universal Apps, which lets developers build one app to work across a host of devices.

If Windows 10 is really the final OS in the Windows family it clearly has some kinks to work out, but signs indicate Microsoft is willing to change.

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What Windows 10 problems have you encountered?
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It's not a personal experience of mine but my father told me that when he did a Windows 10 update, his drivers were forced to update. That led to his laptop almost being destroyed. But thankfully, he was able to recover.
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No due to Win 10 the UI is wrong for NON Touch systems we will be staying with WIN7 PRO.
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My biggest headache is driver compatibility. Wifi behaved erratically from sleep mode up to a point a restart is required to bring back to normal. Imagine the hassle of needing to wait another 5-10 minutes reboot before I can do a quick email check (no such problem with Windows 7). My 4 yr old Samsung laser printer ML2010 need the use of Samsung universal printer driver. The one that works with Windows 7 doesn't work with Windows 10.  
Until Microsoft sort out the driver issues, I'm reverting back to Windows 7.
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I have to reboot every time the laptop goes to sleep. Very slow rebooting and not always successful the first time. What a pain!

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It seems the power management for some drivers are not working properly in Windows 10 that's why always encounter problem waking from sleep. Keep hitting "driver power state failure" message.
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Drivers. Don't see any fixes for that from MS. Took hours to get my laptop touchpad to work at all. Now it's as jumpy as a pig at a barbecue. I've gone through so many fixes, so many patches, that I'm about to return to 7 where everything worked just fine.
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Sorry Microsoft but we DONT want a touch, boxy TOY Ui on our desktops.

If Microsoft cannot allow us the OPTION of the WIN7 Start/Menu UI then it will be a failure. "Right click Start> Properties>Customize> then select the radio button Display as a Menu" then you have the UI we want.
Linux flavours and give us on setting this UI skin WHY cannot Microsoft.
Forced feedack to Mucrosoft NO WAY.
Cortana VOICE NO we are a business house NOT a playground
Existing applications will NOT work and the developers will NOT Update them, these are creitical acounting, graphic, machine control, we have asked they have said NO. 
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A successful OS is as good as the application and drivers that runs on it.
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We found that TreeView does not work in a 32 bit application.  After quite some searching we determined that disabling the HID- Compliant Touch Screen option in Control Panel / Device Manager / Human Interface Devices once again displays the list of word processing templates controlled by TreeView.  But this eliminates “touch” for all apps creating a new problem.  We have heard of other "touch" problems since Windows 8.1.  I hope there is a fix on the way for this.

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Driver compatibility been biggest issue. We have over 100 staff and ive been upgrading systems from Win 7 and 8 to 10 for months. Most go really well and have no issues with usb devices/drives etc as most are "newer" but some local usb printers especially stopped working and some windows upgrades changed/updated drivers and/or ports for our main Xerox on many systems to the WSD port/driver which caused secure print and many other Xerox features to stop working. Now that i know whats causing it, i look out for it but wow was it a pain at first.  
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OMG, the sky is falling, the sky is falling! Been using Windows products since 3.1. Win 10 was the easiest migration ever. As for calling home, there are all kinds of ways around it, besides, Google, Facebook, the US govt. and dozens of other products and services all disseminate the info one places in their hands voluntarily. The real question would be what do you use to replace it that's not just as much trouble or expence.
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Nah youre so wrong.....

WIN10 is #rap.........

We use WIN7 PRO all on NON TOUCH systems and have found we need to upgrade/update our two year old accounting application (mainsteam for mechanics and workshops) also other applications graphics, and CAM, printers 1 year old, so sorry Microsoft is NOT a good choice.

As for their telementary back to Microsoft NO No no FAIL.

Voice NOT wanted FAIL.

UI sorry does NOT give us the UI (WIN7 Classic Start/Menu) as an option,also a FAIL.
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Some valid questions raised here, but it all ends with a 'pro Microsoft' slant. Windows 10 has lots of problems, security being one major issue. Any Enterprise should be very wary about upgrading, because I really don't know what it offers the coporate market over Win7. It's the old 'if it aint broke' analogy. Win7 still does everything you need it to do, it's only Microsoft's support terms that will force companies off it - but where do they go, Win10 I guess (Microsoft hopes).

Microsoft have had to make a strategic shift too. They had no choice. It's adapt or die. They're dead in the mobile space, desktop use will continue to decline, and their web services are being trodden all over by Google, Amazon etc. Times are tough in Redmond, and hard decisions are being made.
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