I spent New Years Eve Uploading Windows 10. I got a new laptop about a year ago, for personal use and blogging on the road which had Windows 8. To say I hated Windows 8 was an understatement. Using it as I did to capture and sort photos for the blog was about as user friendly as the U.S. Tax Code.
The intent I guess, was to meld together the desktop and mobile platforms to try for a single operating system that would work on the desktop, notebooks and tablets. What I got was a system that just screamed for flaming torches and pitchforks. The tutorial was no help at all, simply telling me to move my mouse to any corner. . and then. . WHAT? What is it supposed to do. to be? And all I could think of was.
It just leaves off right there and apparently I was supposed to just cognitively know that although most scroll wheels go up and down, Windows 8 wants you to scroll sideways.
Look - I'm not high tech out side of professionally related things. I have a Victrola in the living room and the first Windows wallpaper was tweaked to add a historical battle
So I muddled through, scrolling though screen after screen of run on photos, only to find the one I wanted to add to the blog, only to have something go "zap" like Samantha of Bewitched was in the room and the next thing you knew my picture was missing and there was a pony in the room.
Then there were the error codes:
Windows 8 Error: Multitasking attempted. System is confused.
Windows 8 Error: Unexplained error. Please explain what you did wrong.
Windows 8 Error: This will end your Windows Session. You are now locked out.
Windows 8 Error: Erroneous Error. Just seeing if you are paying attention.
Windows 8 Error: System Pricing Error. Inadequate money spent on hardware.
Windows 8 Error: Wrong Information Specified. Where did you learn to type?
Windows 8 Error: Invalid property assignment. Promotional literature overflow. Deleted stored documents to maintain recycle bin contents.
Windows 8 Error: Invalid Entry. Try that again and see what happens.
Windows 8 Error: Mouse Not Found - A mouse driver has not been installed. Please left click your mouse to continue.
So fortunately, Microsoft realized they (quote) Put a cognitive burden on the user (unquote) and gave us a new one. That's like saying your first marriage from hell was a "cognitive burden". You are NOT just going to kiss and make up from that, you are going to view any future relationship with a Microsoft system as something that wants to take every dollar from your wallet as it steals your soul, before it dumps you, taking most of the stuff you've kept as important.
But Miocrosoft 10 is now installed - it took a little while, so long that there were actually teaser screens telling me how much I'd like it, so I wouldn't run screaming, followed by a screen that tells me not to turn off my computer (because I'm having SO much fun staring at the blue screen when I'd rather be swilling beer and dropping launching a glitter bomb at one of the New Years guests.) But overall, it was very easy to do and I wish I'd upgraded weeks ago.
So, it's working, and for now, at least until the next click of a mouse, my pictures are easy to find and sort, nothing went missing and all is well in the world.
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