The woes of Windows 10
Many PC users have found using Windows 10 has not been easy and often trying to adapt to using it has been difficult because many of the features of the earlier operating systems with which they had grown so familiar are not readily available. For many PC users they had become very familiar with both the screen layouts and functions of Windows 7 or XP, often so much so they had become convenient and simple reflexes.

An article on the Economist magazine's website at the end of January 2017 provided a very interesting review of the situation with Windows 10 and the poor take up by both private and business or corporate PC users. Technical changes with sophisticated systems like PC operating systems, and indeed software too, where functionality changes are involved can be particularly difficult - not least for older users who have become familiar with existing systems. Many fellow V8 enthusiasts may have found this so they will find the Economist article both interesting and in some ways reassuring that they are not alone in finding Windows 10 an unattractive replacement for the operating system they know well and their consequent reluctance to upgrade.
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Why so many PC users refuse to upgrade to Microsoft's latest operating system was reviewed in an article on the Economist magazine website in January 2017. The article said "despite its having been available for 18 months, three out of four PC owners have not bothered to upgrade their computers to the latest version of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 10. More than 700m of the World's 1.5bn or so computers continue to run on Windows 7, a piece of software three generations old. A
further 300m users have stuck with other versions - half of them stubbornly (and rashly) clinging to 16-year-old Windows XP that Microsoft pensioned off three years ago. The business world has been even more recalcitrant. In a recent study by Softchoice, an info-tech consultancy, corporate computers were found to be running a whole gamut of legacy versions of Windows. Fewer than 1% of them had been upgraded to Windows 10".

A key section in the article says "there is no question that Windows 10 is an impressive piece of software, and quite the most secure operating system ever devised. But it is still very much a work in progress - even the program’s troubleshooter needs a troubleshooter. In its current form, Windows 10 demands serious expertise when it comes to knocking it into shape so ordinary users can work they way they prefer. It is also guilty of trampling far too much on people's privacy, by keeping tabs of all their comings and goings. Given the tales of woe doing the rounds, a number of Windows 7 holdouts who have the choice could jump ship to the user-friendliness of a Macintosh or Chromebook - and no one would blame them for doing so".

The article ends with "it used to be that only free software came with advertising; users paid a fee if they chose to get the software free of advertising. Microsoft charges top dollar for Windows 10 (US$120 or 200 depending on the edition) and now wants to bombard users with sales pitches to boot - without so much as by your leave, let alone the option to turn the nuisance off.

Despite their idiosyncrasies, Macintosh and Linux have never looked so attractive".

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