PC Workshop would like to share its thoughts on the “new” Windows 10 with you, we hope you find it helpful as we did when reading most of the article from The Inquirer which in our humble opinion are correct.
If we can offer one piece of advice about the Technical Preview, though, it’s listen to the Windows 10 converges desktop and mobile warnings – do not attempt to install it on a machine that you value. It’s stable, and so far it seems safe enough, but it is not an easy ride.
Between download errors, corrupted downloads, BIOS settings, UEFI settings, making USB sticks bootable, crashing installations, CD drives that “burn too fast” – Microsoft’s words – and finally installing successfully by doing a fresh install on a completely separate hard drive, the installation process took nine hours.
And we do this for a living and we have been for 14 years. This is not something that Aunty Maude can do between knitting, baking cakes and turning on the TV for that nice Alexander Armstrong.
This is for a spare computer, on a spare hard drive when you have a spare Sunday. If you do it on your main machine, you will waste days, time and probably lose customers, or even your job. There are people reading this and thinking: “They don’t know what they’re talking about. I am the king of computers. I’ll do it in 45 minutes and make smug comments at the bottom of the article.” Don’t. Pride cometh before a fall.
And is it worth it? Well, no, not really?
We’re not saying that we don’t like it, but we’re just not sure what all the fuss is about.
What’s interesting is that, having heard others talk about their first experiences with Windows 10, they’ve been struck by how ‘Sevenish’ it is. We’re the other way. We’ve been delighted, but equally underwhelmed, by how ‘Eightpointoneish’ it is.
There’s just not enough change here to warrant my excitement let alone nine hours of installation.
One last thing. In the 90 minutes that we used it, the feedback app, used to make it easy to make suggestions and report bugs, crashed on us twice. How do we feed that bit back?