Out the Window

Photograph: 20th Century Window by CHCollinsWell, that was quick.  One week ago, I downloaded Windows 10 for my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro laptop (late 2013 vintage) as a purported “upgrade” for my schizophrenic but functional Windows 8.1.  As of today, I have booted Windows 10 out the window and returned to 8.1.  Thank you, Microsoft, for giving me a thirty-day grace period to get out.  But that is all the appreciation I can muster for you.

Many people have encountered serious problems switching to Windows 10; others have had no issues.  In my case, the problem was the laptop display flashing or blanking out.  Other Yoga 2 Pro users had this same problem — the cause seems to be a “panel refresh” option in the display driver.  To get rid of the problem, you can roll back the display driver to a previous version and turn off panel refresh.  But this fix lasts only until Windows 10 scans your drivers, detects that your driver is out-of-date, and reinstalls newer drivers (without giving you a choice), which reintroduces the display problem.

I am not going to spend hours fighting Windows 10.  You win, Microsoft.  I retreat.

We have two laptops in our family.  Both had Windows 8.1 and I chose to upgrade both of them to Windows 10.  And both of our laptops had problems.  Although I decided to throw in the towel on mine, I was able to fix the touchpad functionality on my wife’s Asus laptop by installing a program called “Smart Gesture.”  Again, the only reason I knew about this is because other Asus owners had the same issue.

Microsoft, do me a favor: if you intend to uninstall Smart Gesture from my wife’s laptop, please tell Windows to do so in the next 23 days, so I can throw her copy of Windows 10 out the same window I threw mine.

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7 Responses to Out the Window

  1. Emily says:

    Just give me back 7! I don’t need this fancy-pants nonsense!

  2. Pete says:

    I’ll be dragged away from Windows 7 kicking and screaming when there is a piece of software or hardware that I can’t live without which requires Windows 10.

  3. Michael says:

    Simply solved, get a Mac!

  4. Rob says:

    What Michael said. This is the 21st century.

  5. Enrique says:

    While we’re on this subject, I would add just how horrible “outlook” is compared to gmail

    • Craig says:

      Thankfully, only had to deal with Outlook a short time. Much shorter a time than I had to endure the pain of Lotus Notes. (Does that still exist?)

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