Windows 10 has been a massive positive for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), yet the corporation is already being forced to field some complaints. Despite the popular inclusion of the Start menu, considerably more speed, flexibility and user-friendliness in the overall operating system, and a significantly improved front-end and aesthetic design, Windows 10 has still drawn its fair share of criticism in its short life.
The stability of a complicated and brand new piece of software such as Windows 10 is always likely to be changeable. And thus early adopters of Windows 10 have been forced to cope with a few problems, despite the overall positive vibe that Windows 10 has created. This is perhaps not a big surprise considering that Microsoft has already released its first large update to the software one day after it was released publicly. But there are still early frustrations for Windows 10 users.
Windows 10 – activation issues
Probably the most fundamental problem that users are reporting in the early days of Windows 10 is a difficulty in activating the software once it has been installed. It is hard to imagine a more fundamental issue than this, and naturally this has led to some rather testy responses on Internet forums over the last day or so.
However, frustrating though activation issues unquestionably are, in the case of Windows 10 it is possible to resolve them relatively painlessly. Indeed, Microsoft has publicly stated that any issues related to activation should in fact resolve themselves within a few minutes. This has generally been reported to be the case among the Windows 10 community, but some users have nonetheless experienced lasting difficulties. There will always be anomalies with a software release of this complexity, though, and unquestionably an advizable route for those experiencing this problem is simply to install and try again.
Many users are also reporting early problems with the Chrome browser. Although Microsoft has attempted to repackage its own Internet browsing efforts with the release of the Edge browser, this is still unquestionably bad news for the corporation. Chrome has gained a lot of popularity with hardcore Internet users, and these are precisely the sort of people who are naturally likely to have been early adopters of the Windows operating system.
Unfortunately, many Chrome browser users are experiencing a whole raft of problems, with bogging and slowdowns of the software considered particularly prevalent. It seems that for some downloaders of the Chrome browser, processor-intensive tasks such as streaming video are simply not operating as they should.
This will certainly be an issue that Microsoft works on over time, but an early workaround for any Chrome issues experienced is to kill all extensions related to the browser. As with all problems related to Windows 10, the suggestion of uninstalling and reinstalling Chrome has also been a prominent one, and a simple technique that can help alleviate any difficulties.
Internet Explorer has been one of the most reviled pieces of software in the world, and Microsoft was pretty much duty-bound to update it sooner rather than later. It is no surprise then that it has released a new Edge browser, and the early response to this program is that it is significantly improved over its Internet Explorer predecessor.
However, some users have experienced problems locating their list of favorites, which are supposed to be migrated over directly from existing Internet Explorer bookmarks. However, in most cases this is simply an identification issue. In order to locate favourites on Edge, it is simply necessary to open the menu and then click ‘Settings’. Scroll down to ‘Import favorites’ from another browser, choose the browser that was utilized previously, and finally click ‘Import’. This should solve the problem instantly.
Some early Windows 10 users have suggested that Windows 8 is superior to the new operating system in one regard. The email application that has been included in Windows 10 doesn’t currently allow users to create subfolders when organizing existing email. While this may be considered something of a trivial issue by many users, there is currently no solution to this complaint.
Some Windows 10 users are also complaining that Wi-Fi is cutting out on a regular basis. This is not uncommon with any operating system or machine, but in the case of the Windows 10 there have been problems with reconnection. This is actually not a particularly uncommon issue across multiple versions of Windows, and fixing it simply requires a simple reboot. This was previously an issue with Windows 7 and Windows 8, and is something that should be resolved in fairly straightforward fashion.
It has also been suggested by some early adopters of Windows 10 that disabling Wi-Fi sharing enables wireless connectivity to be significantly more stable. This workaround has not been officially verified by Microsoft, but if Wi-Fi appears to be an issue then disabling sharing in Windows 10 could be a short-term fix.
Finally, social media users have reported that when attempting to install Windows 10 that they are encountering a particularly irritating message. This pop-up window offers some of the least helpful advice that any software company has ever offered any of its users. The window in question simply states that “Something happened”, and then elaborates on this concept by stating that “Something Happened – Microsoft – Something happened.”
Naturally this has met with much mirth and meme-creation on social media, but despite the controversy and amusement that many people have derived from this error, in practice it isn’t really a massive problem. Circumnavigating this issue is simply a case of uninstalling and reinstalling the software, and in the overwhelming majority of cases there has been no repetition of this admittedly annoying message.
So Windows 10 is experiencing a few teething problems, but overall most users agree that it is a significant step forward over previous versions of the operating system.