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[–] Draegur 5 points 42 points (+47|-5) ago  (edited ago)

OH YES. absolutely! I'll tell you, I love it. Why?

The GUI is drastically cleaned up, all the superfluous crap has been scoured away. If a visual element didn't fulfill a purpose, POOF, GONE. Now the only stuff that's there is stuff that does stuff. No more dumb shiny glowy translucent effects, either! It's clean, it's fast, and by virtue of it being less distracting it's also easier to use.

There's also all the lovely intuitive features of windows 7 as well as none of that dumb home screen crap from Windows 8. Windows 10 is like... honestly it's like what we wish windows 8 had been all along. "Like 7, But Better".

Microsoft has once again proven that the tick-tock pattern holds true:
98 was great
2000 was crap
XP rocked
Vista sucked
7 ruled
8 drooled
10, naturally, is going to be AWESOME.

Heck, it already is! I've been running it in open beta and, exuberant emphatic expletives is it SLICK AS ALL GET-OUT. Made my 6-year-old PC feel like it was almost new again with its efficiency and response.

But you know what really excites me? Hololens. I don't know if this is the case right now, but, Win10 was being developed with AR integration in mind. It's not going to do anything stupid on your screen though; suffice to say I want a hololens, though. Turn my "Desktop" into a "Workspace" :D


[–] C_IsForCookie 0 points 28 points (+28|-0) ago 

To me "easier to use" is another way of saying "we've removed options for manual configuration". I'm good with computers. I know how to use and fix them, but the new ones are made for people who can't troubleshoot. They've taken a lot of the manual configuration out in Windows 8. I don't know if they brought any back in Windows 10 but "easy to use" doesn't give me much hope.


[–] Draegur 2 points 6 points (+8|-2) ago  (edited ago)

See, that's what I was afraid of at first too--but this is the thing that makes me LOVE Windows 10:
>Sees stuff removed
>Looks for functionality
>All the removed shit didn't do anything!

The advanced settings are still easily accessed; what's missing from each window is only strictly decorative elements.

That's why I was trying to be careful when I mentioned "easier to use". It's not because they dumbed it down; it's because they've shed the waste.

Manual configuration options are still there, presumably because they actually do stuff. Ornamental bezels around window borders... not so much.


[–] dalek_caan [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

When I installed the preview it was mostly Next > Next > Next > Install. Like Win 8.


[–] Pawn ago 

if you can't find the manual configuration in wind8.1 then you aren't "good" with computer.


[–] SquarebobSpongebutt ago 

An example is the new Settings app. It is up front and kind of dumbed down, but you can easily put a shortcut to Control Panel in your Start if you want it. The Control Panel is still there.


[–] dalek_caan [S] 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

The UI is clean, I agree. I installed the Preview a while ago, but I reinstalled my Win 7 after I heard that the Insiders will not get the RTM version (it was a clean install, not upgraded from 7). The only strange thing with Win 10 is the activation, what they mean with "lifetime of the device"? If I change my GPU, it would detect it as a new PC and I have to buy another key? I will upgrade to Win 10 100%, but I will wait 2-3 months.


[–] TrayFly 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

IIRC the lifetime is based on the motherboard and if you've got an OEM license (as opposed to retail), you'll have to buy a new key if you replace your motherboard.


[–] Wise-Old-Man ago 

My experience with Windows activation is that it's mostly tied to the motherboard. Every single time I have to replace a motherboard Windows thinks it's on a new computer even with the same CPU and everything else. I have replaced CPUs and LOTS of hard drives without having to re-activate Windows. Replace a motherboard though and you WILL have to re-activate.

Usually doing a phone activation and answering the "How many computers has this copy of Windows been activated on" question as "One" resolves this problem.


[–] bedbath ago 

Can you elaborate on insiders not getting the rtm version?

My build number matches what many sites are stating will be the rtm build. Only thing I have read is that if you are an insider build you may be stuck participating in the program on that device.


[–] escape 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You missed Windows ME, also 2000 was the opposite of suck.

98 sucked. 98SE sucked less. Also XP wasn't great until SP2.


[–] Mongolera 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

2000 was amazing! It was the first consumer version with an NT kernel (that XP and onwards also use) instead of ME which still had the 9x kernel and was a train wreck. The only problem I can remember was that drivers were not readily available because of the different kernel. That said, I have used 2k for a long time, probably even until XP SP1 came out because XP without service packs was awful (again, mainly because drivers if I recall correctly)