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Hi everyone! Leo Notenboom here for askleo.com.
You know it’s interesting, Windows 10 has been out now for pretty close to a year and with the free offer now about to come to an end, it almost seems like Windows 10 is arriving now. It’s kind of strange, but with that comes more and more Windows 10 questions so as you might imagine, as you might expect, a lot of sites, Ask Leo! included, are going to be slowly switching more an more focus to Windows 10 related issues.
As you might imagine, I respond to the questions that I get and sure enough, the tide is turning; we are seeing more and more Windows 10 questions – not always problems, sometimes actual questions about how to do things in the operating system and I’ll get to that in a moment, but it’s interesting just that the tide is turning.
More and more people are using Windows 10 and like I said, with the imminent deadline approaching to snag that free upgrade, I think we’ll see more people making the last minute jump to Windows 10. I think Microsoft did an interesting thing by making the anniversary update available after the free update deadline. What that means is that in order to get the anniversary update in August, you need to have Windows 10 installed, obviously before then, but if you want it free, you’ll need to have the free version and you’ll need to have taken that update before the July 29 deadline. So, it’s an interesting strategy and I think that it is in some ways; I don’t want to say compelling, but at least encouraging people to make that upgrade to Windows 10.
So, with that in mind, I want to basically talk just briefly, a little bit about Windows 10 in the sense that I want to get a better understanding of what it means to you especially the people that are currently using Windows 10 and either happy or unhappy with it.
Now, Windows 10 to me is just another operating system; it’s another version of Windows. If we take a look at things like the Start menu, well, the Start menu, this is the anniversary edition, by the way, this is a preview of what’s coming up in the anniversary edition as I understand it so this isn’t what’s available today; this is one of the insider preview builds but as you can see, the Start menu they have changed a little bit. They have moved a couple of the controls that were otherwise hidden off to the right are a little bit more visible. Probably in response to what some of the Windows 10 users have been complaining about.
So, like I said, the Start menu to me is just another Start menu. The other thing that I think people have problems with from time to time is simply looking for thing, finding things, understanding where this used to be here in Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows XP. Where is it Windows 10?
In most cases, it’s still in Windows 10; it’s just not quite where you expect it to be. My favorite example is of course Control Panel. If you just with the Start menu up start typing “Control” you’ll see that the Control Panel desktop app is still around; it’s just not easily discoverable because of course, if you in fact click on the little gear icon, you end up with the Settings app which as I understand is something that’s going to eventually replace the full-blown Control Panel but right now, not everything you can use, you can control in Control Panel is actually in the Settings app so they have to do both.
My expectation is that over time, more and more things are going to be moved to the Windows Setting app and removed or depreciated at least in the Control Panel app.
While I’ve got this open, while I’ve got Windows 10 here in front of you, I’d like for anyone running Windows 10 to make what I consider to be one of the most important changes you can and that is here in Windows File Explorer.
What I want you to do is in the View menu, go to Options and change folder and search options and then in View, I want you to scroll down if necessary and turn off this “Hide extensions for known file types”. This is one of those settings that I believe is fundamentally set wrong by default.
It’s been wrong since the day it was introduced. They haven’t changed the default. It just boggles my mind that they haven’t because this one setting is one of those things that allows scammers to fool people way, way, way too easily. All it really does if you have a Word, for example, if you have a word.docx file, it hides the .docx which means you can’t tell that it’s a document whereas with this disabled, in other words if we’re not hiding extensions, you can see that it’s a .docx file and you know exactly what it is you’re clicking on. Like I said, scammers use that all the time to fool people into opening things that they think are one thing when in fact they’re something else.
So, that’s where we Windows 10 is right now. Like I said, it’s the anniversary update is coming out shortly after the free offer ends.
What I’m interested in understanding is exactly for those folks who are using Windows 10 right now, if you’ve been using it for any amount of time, I would love to understand from you, what’s missing? What’s missing in Windows? What’s confusing? What can’t you find? What are you used to seeing that you haven’t found, that you haven’t yet found? What’s working? What’s not working?
What’s cool? You know, there are people, I’m hearing from some people who actually really appreciate some of Windows 10’s improvements and I’d like to hear what some of those are. Obviously, with most bad news, the air is full of complaints but I’d love to hear some of the things that you really like about Windows 10 because I know that there are things like that out there.
What do you like? What do you enjoy about it? What makes it better for you than whatever it was you were using before? I think we would love to hear some balance because like I said, we hear a lot of complaints. A lot of the complaints are around the marketing and the push for Windows 10, but sidestep, Windows 10 itself and as I’ve said before, the marketing, in my opinion, was very, very messed up but Windows 10 itself is fundamentally a solid, good operating system.
So I’d love to hear what problems you’re having with it; what you can’t find, what’s missing; what’s not working for you; but I’d also love to hear what is working for you; what is cool about Windows 10; what is it that you like about using Windows 10.
Like I said, I’m not really looking for complaints per se; I’m looking for opportunities for me to be able to step in and say, ok, here’s what you are missing. Here’s where that thing is now that you couldn’t find before. Here’s you solve that problem; I mean that’s the kind of stuff that I’m looking to be able to bring to you.
So, as always, if you’re watching this anywhere but on askleo.com here’s a link to this page, which will have this video on it. This is where all the comments will be read, all the comments are moderated so the trolls are kept out. I’d love to hear what you think. Until next time, remember stay safe, have fun, and don’t forget to back up. Take care.
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