Are You Happy With Windows 10?

By | January 24, 2017
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Are You Happy With Windows 10?

A Cloudeight Poll

Windows 10 has been available for about 18 months. By now, many of you have either upgraded to Windows 10 or have purchased a PC with Windows 10 pre-installed.

Most of you know that Windows 10 will be the last named / numbered version of Windows. From now on, updated versions of Windows will be distributed via Windows Update. So far in 18 months there’s been one major update, often referred to as the Anniversary Update. In years past the Anniversary Update would have been considered a major service pack.

Soon, Microsoft will announce its next major Windows (10) update, commonly referred to as the “Creators Edition”. It will bring with it many changes and new features to Windows 10 (which you can read about here ).

If you’re using Windows 10, please tell us what you think by taking our poll. Are you happy with it, are you so-so with it… or are you an unsatisfied Windows 10 user?

31 thoughts on “Are You Happy With Windows 10?

  1. Thelma Kok

    Wish it were like Outlook Express of years before. But, is ok for what I use it for.

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  2. Murray Waldron

    Why can’t they introduce an email program like the old Outlook Express. I’m sure lots of other people share this view.

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    1. infoave Post author

      The only mail program we’ve found that works anything like Windows Mail/Outlook Express that’s compatible with Windows 10 is Thunderbird. There are those (even a comment here) that you can use Outlook Express and Windows Mail with Windows 10. That’s true. You can fudge settings and make Windows Mail work with Windows 10 – but every time there’s a major update Windows Mail will stop working and will have be reset. We used to do the Windows 10 installation on Windows 10, but stopped offering the service when every time there was a significant Windows 10 upgrade, Windows 10 stopped working and had to be reset. There’s a company out there that offers Outlook Express for Windows 10, again, however, any significant upgrade will break it. We have reason to believe, that an upcoming major operating system update called the “Creators Edition” will break OE and Win Mail on Windows so that it cannot be repair. And it’s true you could always roll back to an earlier version of Windows 10 – but who’d want to continually put up with this?

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  3. Sandy Euglow

    I used to like windows 10 when it first came out, but these last few months updates have messed up my computer the way I had it all set and happy. So I say, no, I’m not happy with windows 10. If they would do the updates and leave my settings alone, I might like it.

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    1. Pam

      I’m with you on this, Sandy.
      The Anniversary update gave me problems.
      I rolled back to the earlier version, now I can’t update anything!
      I’m not happy.

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      1. infoave Post author

        You need to contact Microsoft; I’ve rolled back a number of PCs and never had a problem. You can contact Microsoft from within Windows 10.

        Press Windows Key + S and click on the people icon (bottom one) on the menu that appears. You can even send Microsoft a screen shot.

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  4. Joyce

    I like Windows 10 but after the update of the Anniversary one it messed my computer up really bad. I am fairly able to do things to my Computer myself. I do all the updating and installing of things. The Anniversary update I had trouble trying to get it downloaded it took hours. Then it restarted and had a black screen with a circle of dots that just kept spinning. I finally turned it off after a full day of that. Then when I turned it on I had a hard time getting it to come on. It just kept up with the circle of dots. I finally got it on and working but if I have to restart it I have the same trouble all over again. I called Microsoft she went in and tried to fix it but she couldn’t told me to take it to a Microsoft store to have it looked at and fixed. I got sick and so it will be a while before I can take it in. Not too happy about it.

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    1. infoave Post author

      After an update you can easily go back to the previous version of windows 10 by using System Reset. The option to go back to the earlier version of Windows 10 exists for 30 days after the update – after that you can’t easily roll back.

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      1. MaryK

        Auto update of Windows Creators (Win 10) this morning (1 July 2017) wiped out my Winmail. Did the WinMail fix that used to work for the mail restore when this happens, but it failed — folders and most messages seemed to be there but the text of all the messages is gone. Do you know if there’s any way to recover these emails?

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        1. infoave Post author

          We have long since stopped recommending people use Windows Mail on Windows 10. Unless you have your email set up as IMAP ( or a good backup) you’re eventually going to loose all your email. Every major update (November update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update) breaks Windows Mail – and the later updates have broken it worse. You cannot just re-activate it as you could before. It’s very time consuming. If you’re using Windows 10 and you’re still using Windows Mail, it will continue to break and eventually it won’t work at all. Best advice? Switch to a newer email program like Thunderbird or use Web Mail. And always set up your accounts as IMAP so all your mail is backed up at server level.

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          1. MaryK

            Thanks very much. This was the wake-up call I needed.

  5. Wendy

    I had to upgrade recently as I was working on a very old unreliable system. The final issue was a lightening strike which damaged the motherboard. My Computer Technician built me a new computer with Windows 10. It was formatted to suit me as he knows me well and what I would be comfortable with. I am delighted.

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  6. Barb

    Due to also using windows 7 at times, I can truthfully say that I can take or leave 10. Many of Windows 10’s functions are not necessary for me, such as using it on other devices. I don’t have any other devices, and we can’t get Cortana where I live. I do use 10 more than 7, but some things are easier the old way. If either of them were removed, I could manage with the other. I hope I never have to choose, as it would be a difficult decision to make. I am enjoying having two computers.

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  7. Franz

    With Windows 10 you can also use Windows Mail in Vista. I’ve tried and function.

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    1. infoave Post author

      True, but every time Windows 10 has a major update, Windows 7 will not function and it needs to be reset. One of the upcoming updates (not yet released publicly but release in to testers) completely wiped Windows Mail and all the mail messages, settings, and folders. Anyone trying to use Windows Mail on Windows 10 should be aware that it’s going to be broken by every major Windows 10 update and the potential for completely losing everything that isn’t backed up, exists.

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  8. Ellie

    My laptop is a decent spec but it constantly freezes maybe 2-3 times a day some days. Sometimes at start up, other times when in use and yet other times when unattended. Nothing works except a hard reset ie power off. Seems to be a known issue. None of the online suggested fixes work. Most frustrating! Had no such issues with w7.

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  9. Judy

    I just looked at the updates coming and was not impressed. I do not do gaming and that is what most of the updates look like to me.

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  10. Sue Young

    I don’t like windows 10 because there is so much that I don’t need or use. There are some things I do like but not much. Of course it is much better than 8 was. Then it is so hard to understand how to use all the stuff they have piled on to the new windows It would have been nice to keep 7 and then just did an update for it. I guess I am just to old to try and change with the new technology that is in style now.

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  11. Irene Vandersteen

    so so with windows 10, do NOT like them NOT supporting Windows Live, to me was the same as Outlook Express, not overly happy with Thunderbird.

    Irene

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  12. Carol

    I’ve been using eM Client email program for a couple years. It is the closest to Outlook Express I’ve used. Haven’t had any problems with it.

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    1. infoave Post author

      eM client is limited and it’s not free if you use more than 2 accounts.

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  13. Helga

    For all you folks out there having issues with W 10, you should listen to CloudEight and have your PC checked by them, one key doesn’t cost a fortune. And yes, I too liked Outlook Express, but had Thunderbird installed “just to be safe” and it works for me. Of course there are a few new features to learn and get used to, but isn’t that fun ?
    One thought though for Microsoft : Why not have one PC version and one mobil devices version ? That would declutter a lot of all devices.

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  14. DORIS

    I HAVE A FAVORITE EMAIL PROGRAM THAT I LOVE BUT CANNOT USE IT ON WINDOWS 10. IT FREEZES MY ‘PUTER UP EVERY FEW MINUTES. WISH I HAD NEVER UPDATED FROM WIND. 7

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  15. Jean Seiter

    I, too, am one that liked Windows 7and I thank Darcy for adding some of those features to Windows10 when she helped with the installation on my desktop. With my laptop I work with 10…it’s ok, just don’ t need all the features on it, so the new version appears to be way over my head. Have had a few minor tech issues after the updates, but was able to solve on my own. So, I guess I can not really complain too much.

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  16. Rhea Mieczkowski

    TC installed Classic Shell on my Windows 10 and that helped tremendously but I am not overly fond of Thunderbird. I have it on my lap top and it is extremely slow even tho I have 60 mps and the one on my desktop along with my laptop seems to freeze up invariably. The one on my desk top seems ok now altho I have windows live mail on there and love it. ( I know it is not supported any more but don’t care, I still use it!) Perhaps I am just spoiled for I have used WLM since it came upon the scene and maybe I am too old to like something new but that may not be true for I have gone from Commodore, Amiga 128, Windows 95, 98, and so on. Let’s put it this way, I guess I am ready for that dirt sandwich but I am not going to take my Windows 10 with me!!

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  17. sharon spann

    YES. I am happy with windows 10…takes getting use to,but overall it is great…my daughter seems to have trouble with her printer using windows 10,,,me no problem love your cloudelight articles on fridaye

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  18. D.

    “Soon, Microsoft will announce its next major Windows (10) update, commonly referred to as the “Creators Edition”. It will bring with it many changes and new features to Windows 10 “.

    I think like most people now Microsofts updates is concering at best. If we can get through this “Creators Edition” and my computer still comes up and still works I will be happy. I just don’t have alot of faith in Microsoft and big updates like this with out reason. I worry with the little updates anymore.

    I don’t know why I feel like I’m a beta tester for Microsoft but I do…

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  19. Sonjia

    I know lots of people didn’t like 8.1, but I had a 3rd party start button and I did like 8.1. In fact, I liked it better than I do Win. 10. I just get tired of all these changes, all the time. It seems I don’t really get to the point that I can find things on this computer, then here comes a new version and I’m trying to locate where things are again. It gets very frustrating, dealing with the change all the time. It seems the programs I like and I’m used to using Microsoft does away with them. I like to occasionally make my own stationary, but with Microsoft getting rid of WLM it upsets me. Microsoft has made it harder to make and use my own stationary, because now I can’t use IE 11 to send the stationary, Microsoft broke it, but It seems someone keeps finding a way around it, and I’m going to continue to use WLM, until Microsoft breaks it. Just wish Microsoft would slow down alittle instead of needing to keep making changes, so often. Guess I’m just getting old and don’t like dealing with so much change.

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  20. Harold

    I did read all the comments I am still with Vista we only use the desk to for mail and for some info I do use MSN i know I am due for a new desk top bur am really afraid to start having problems

    Please keep posting all your good ideas and I will learn some good things.

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  21. Margie Paregian

    Windows 10 is the absolute best operating system ever and I go back to the very first one!!! Yes, it occasionally messes up your system but those problems are normally easily corrected – you just have to try to figure out the problem. Most people are not willing to even try – they just complain. I am looking forward to the newest update as well – making this system even better!!! Yes, there will be problems – there always are – you just have to jump in and figure it out – come on people – start working at it and quit complaining!!!

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