I may be getting old and crotchety and maybe I don't like change... so WHAT!!!!! Or maybe I just don't have or want the time to have to re-learn an entire new OS. Maybe part of me just says "leave well-enough alone"..... I'm not sure.
I started with 98 and although it was boxy and had some flaws, it was ok.
I then had Millennium and although it was prettier, it was loaded with flaws.
Next I had XP and it took me all of 15 minutes to know I loved it and I'd stick with it.
Vista came out and I liked its looks, but hated the consistent errors and other BS, so I went back to XP.
Vista did a LOT of ironing on their OS and when Service Pack 1 came out, I went and tried it again and it was MUCH better, but it was too late. It had already tarnished it's own rep.
Windows 7 came out and it took me a while to redo all it's setting to how I wanted it too look. I HATED the pinned Taskbar BS and finally figured out there was indeed a Quick Launch HIDDEN within the OS. I've had Windows 7 ever since.
Windows 8 and 8.1 don't even deserve a mention, but I just wrecked that, huh?
Now Windows 10 is upon me. I tried the Beta and although I liked it better than the ones I won't mention, I still wasn't SOLD on it. I did keep it on a side machine and tinkered with it off and on, and it took forever to grow on me. It still isn't there. I did the "Upgrade" to my daughters computer and with her not having any pre-existing hesitation due to previous Microsoft blunders, she said she likes her new computer.
So... When I decided to rebuild my machine with the new Skylake stuff, I toyed with the idea of going FULL Windows 10. I actually got right down to the end and went to Windows 7 again. 2 weeks later, I got a hair up my ____ and decided to get a Samsung 950 Pro M2 SSD, and I found out about their Driver to make Windows 7 use the SSD and their easy Data Migration tool, so I did that. The Master Boot Record was effed up, but I could always just hit F12 and make it go to the M2 Drive and it worked fine. That took me all of 30 min to piss me off....
SO....... I decided to forego my crotchety disposition and was "going to" do the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and I remembered how much I hate "upgrades". So after looking on the Microsoft Upgrade To Windows 10 site, I actually found out (after "expanding" every friggin thing) that there was an option I hadn't seen before where I could make an ISO or USB install to do the FRESH install. This is much more gooder for me. The plus side was that I still have my regular Windows 7 SSD that I used before, so if anything went wonky, I could return to that,
I took the Corsair SSD out and unplugged the 2 storage drives just in case. Yes, I had a Windows XP install MANY years ago decide it wanted to format EVERY drive it could see. Luckily I had Externals that are backups to my Internals.
I did the USB FULL Install and it went without a hitch for the most part, right up until the new install starts and wants to "SET UP". This is where the crotchety disposition came back. What the HELL is with all this intuitive crap where the OS wants to be a part of EVERYTHING and share EVERYTHING?!?!? Holy Smokes the damn computer wants to be my "friend". It literally took me 2 hours to go through and find and CHANGE all these settings that seem to jump out of the screen and bombard you. I found the Quick Launch first. Then after messing with the new Microsoft "EDGE" browser, it took me all of 20 minutes to not like it and I went about looking how to get Internet Explorer back. I do use Google Chrome as a back up. For some odd reason, IE was kind of "hidden", but I finally found it. Then on to changing the folders views and pictures views, etc... Drivers for all my extras were actually really easy and haven't been an issue.
I'm happy to have the "Start Button" back, but still not fond of the layout once it's opened. I don't need that Tile Layout with 21389 things going on everywhere, so I had to delete all those. I'm still plugging away at getting settings where I'd like them, so it brings me to this... Why are these extras all enabled by default? It's the exact opposite, but just as bad, as the Bloatware that used to come on prebuilt PC's that the user would have to spend an hour deleting. Now you just have to go and UNDO everything that THEY thought you'd like.
So this crotchety 41 year old has the opinion that Windows 10 itself actually runs pretty smooth so far, but I hated having to go through all the BS to get it back to the BASICS. Believe it or not, MANY users are BASIC users and don't need all that extra stuff that bombards and intrudes on their lives. I don't want it to SYNC to my phone or TV, or need it to do my hair or cook me dinner. Somewhere in the Windows 10 SetUp, it should ask what kind of user you are and then have a few "Levels" (Basic, Entertainment, etc...) to choose from along with descriptions of what each entails and then the rest of the install can go accordingly from there.
I have it finally set back as close to the Windows 7 settings as I could get as of now. In time I'm sure I'll explore the new options available, but I didn't need them bombarding me all at once.