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Windows 10? Technical Preview

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Well what do we have here? A Windows OS that promises the fusion of Windows 7 with Windows 8 I was shouting about a couple blog entries ago? I found this link to try Windows 10? Technical Preview some time after the initial announcements. It's got both an ISO option and a direct windows update option.

I'm about to see if Windows 10 can pass the Mojave test. Back when it was Windows XP VS. Windows Vista, I tried the Windows 7 technical preview and it was love at first sight. It also really did feel like the fusion of Windows XP with Windows Vista. The big sell on Windows 10 is that, adding to the one-OS-all-devices idea, that the OS can morph to fit the device properly (it can detect if its on a phone, tablet, desktop, laptop, etc.) and that it lets you configure to any sort of state in between. Basically something they should have done in the beginning.

If this operating system can deliver "the same feels" as Windows 7 did, I might stay on the Windows platform in the future after all. Of course, Microsoft can pull a fast one and take the start menu back out, so I've got my eyes on you... Only one way to find out!

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andrewsw Icon

05 October 2014 - 04:49 PM
I wish I had stuck with Windows 7 and skipped Windows 8. Maybe MS will offer a free upgrade from 8 to 10? Probably not..
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WolfCoder Icon

05 October 2014 - 05:15 PM
The design and interface is flat and ugly, but it's actually usable so far. The start menu is back and it works mostly as before. I've never seen the annoying Metro interface pop up and I don't even know how to go there even if I wanted to. There's no annoying corner mouse hits or random stuff popping up either. Still too early for me to pass judgement, but we get several months.

I got Windows 7 Pro for 20 or something bucks preorder because I was a student. They might do something similar to try and get more people to migrate. Check back in January or so closer to the February technical preview ending deadline.
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AdamSpeight2008 Icon

06 October 2014 - 10:48 AM
I was surprised how quick it seemed, considering I'm running it in a VM.
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WolfCoder Icon

06 October 2014 - 02:22 PM
It runs fine until I type anything in a text box, and then the whole OS freezes for a moment sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. It's really annoying, but that's probably a bug in Windows Search. Also, the start menu takes a good minute to actually load and appear. The boot time is also slightly slower. I'm running Windows 10 on my high end desktop that I only really use for games.

They'll probably fix it, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's uploading this performance telemetry to Microsoft off my desktop (they tell you three times this option is forced ON since it's a technical preview).

I'll have to convert my desktop into a development environment to test that part of it. See if it can get my work done. I'll post updates, but I've gotta use this for a few months before rendering a fair verdict.
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BetaWar Icon

06 October 2014 - 03:05 PM
I downloaded it and played with it. Outside of a few bugs (not being able to log in with the xbox music app) and a couple of annoyances (not having the capability for dynamically created/ destroyed workspaces a la Gnome 3) it is a vast improvement over 8.

I'd love to be able to test out the live tile functionality of the xbox music app, and was a little annoyed that all the apps start initially (read the first time) in fullscreen mode, but that's easy enough to fix (click on the fullscreen icon in the top corner...).

At the moment I am hoping for some additional improvements, like the ability to hide the "workspaces" icon from the bottom left (same with the search icon) and disabling store/ web search from my desktop search (it should only show me what I have currently on my computer -- installed apps, programs, and documents -- not what the internet has to offer).

I haven't noticed much problem with input yet. Though I am running it with relatively high specs (2 dual-core processors and 4GB RAM in a VM), so that may have something to do with it (it is on my main desktop which I use for development and gaming).

So far I'd say it is a step in the right direction. Not 7 by any means, but better than 8 at least.
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WolfCoder Icon

06 October 2014 - 05:40 PM

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I haven't noticed much problem with input yet. Though I am running it with relatively high specs (2 dual-core processors and 4GB RAM in a VM), so that may have something to do with it (it is on my main desktop which I use for development and gaming).


Mine's a 4-core 3.6Ghz with 16GB of 1600Mhz RAM with two video cards, one running display nVidia GTX 650 Ti and one doing PhysX and/or CUDA with a nVidia GTX 550 Ti. As I've said, I suspect it's Windows Search kicking in and freezing the editable text box as I type. I would shut it off completely if I actually knew where all the familiar tools were (Administrative Controls, etc.) and I really don't want to remember EXE names... I might have to in Windows 10- but I didn't have to in 7.

Also, Windows 10 keeps randomly shutting my WiFi card on and off, it's getting annoying.


A non-performance complaint I have is how despite what you do with your multiple workspace windows, all programs are in the same task bar. I'd like the taskbar to only show the programs open in only the currently focused virtual desktop workspace.
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WolfCoder Icon

06 October 2014 - 06:09 PM
Ah here's a big dealbreaker: OneDrive (renamed SkyDrive here)

Even if you tell it no it runs anyway and Microsoft removed many of the methods of disabling it from the registry that worked in Windows 8.1, so this is one way that Windows 10 is actually worse than 8.


If Microsoft does not let me absolutely disable any network "cloud" feature, I will not use Windows 10.
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