Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2015 23:18 UTC
Windows This hit the news yesterday.

Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago today, and now the company is providing a fresh update on its upgrade figures. 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the operating system release last month, and that figure has now risen to more than 75 million in just four weeks.

As somebody who uses Windows every day, and who upgraded to Windows 10 a few weeks before it was released, let me make a statement about all the positive Windows 10 reviews that not everyone is going to like. There are only two reasons Windows 10 is getting positive reviews. First, because it's free. This one's a given. Second, and more importantly: Windows 10 is getting positive reviews because none of the reviewers have forced themselves to use nothing but Metro applications.

Here's the cold and harsh truth as I see it: despite all the promises, Metro applications are still complete and utter garbage. Let me explain why.

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Metro/Modern apps
by SonicMetalMan on Fri 28th Aug 2015 14:20 UTC
SonicMetalMan
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2009-05-25

I updated to Windows 10 knowing full well I didn't give a rat's ass about Modern apps. In fact it is possible to remove the modern apps and get something very much like Win 7 in return. Unfortunately one Modern app is required for functionality - Settings. You can still access some of the old Control Panel functions through a few desktop apps that still remain embedded, but the old Control Panel itself is long gone. Not really a deal-breaker but I really do not understand why some legacy parts were left behind while others were stripped out.

Change is inevitable but as humans we still fight it every step of the way, clinging to some familiar element so that we don't feel completely out of touch.

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RE: Metro/Modern apps
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 28th Aug 2015 14:32 in reply to "Metro/Modern apps"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

but the old Control Panel itself is long gone


It's still there in all its glory. Just search for "Control Panel".

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RE[2]: Metro/Modern apps
by Morgan on Fri 28th Aug 2015 15:56 in reply to "RE: Metro/Modern apps"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It's still there in all its glory. Just search for "Control Panel".


And that's part of the problem with Windows 10. Two control panels, and the old one has to be searched for. There are niche, hobby OSes in perpetual alpha stage that are more consistent.

I really want to like Windows 10, and in many areas I do like it, but it's all the little things (not to mention the same privacy issues that make me hate Windows 8/8.1) that add up to an unpolished, early release mess. Windows is no longer stable for daily use as far as I'm concerned. And that's a shame, because during the beta period I was really excited to see the final product. Now I have a feeling we won't ever really see that, just little fixes here and there.

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RE[2]: Metro/Modern apps
by avgalen on Fri 28th Aug 2015 16:01 in reply to "RE: Metro/Modern apps"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Actually, it is there in MOST of its glory. Some items actually got removed, like Windows Update which is now only configurable from the Modern System Settings. As far as I can tell this is the first time that something got removed from Control Panel.
(small tip: Winkey+X, p starts the control panel)

Since Windows 8, through 8.1 and several inbetween and after updates until Windows 10 now the System Settings have been expanding. I have no idea why it took Microsoft this long to make a decent "settings editor" but the only thing I have used from Control Panel so far is the "mail (32 bit)" to fix an Exchange configuration problem for Outlook.

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