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To be pedantic what's called "microsoft windows" is not an OS,
the package delivered as "microsoft windows" (3.1 .. 10) is an OS with: a built-in window manager and internet browser to name just a couple of non OS items. Which is OK, if you could choose to replace or use another similar item - but with windows you cant. (not easily).
One of the advantages of unix and it's offspring is that it is just an OS with implementation dependant hardware drivers (and the ability to add more necessary hardware drivers.)
Don't like the look of the windows: you can choose another (and most are independently very configurable to very different looks, even how the mouse works and when windowed apps become active...),
don't like a particular internet browser: you can choose another without having baggage of something you are never going to use built in and loaded into memory.
don't like the console (shell) ..., don't like the control panel ...
It would be really nice if ms gave us an os without the non-os items so tightly bolted in.
Instead they are in fact going the opposite direction: now they are forcing the choice of browser so that it's difficult (and they are hinting soon to be impossible) to choose another even if you can live with non used crap loaded up.
How long before they take away the old style windows mode and force it to be full time in that ugly metro (or whatever it's going to be called tomorrow) mode? (Don't doubt me, that will come.)
windows is a good os, the non-alterable crap bolted on that's the killer.
Nobody complains say linux is ugly (difficult yes, but not ugly) because the interface, the look, the way it acts is full configurable to how you want it.
All an OS is and should be is a callable software interface to the hardware.
I have had a few glitches since upgrading our home machines to 10, but in total I am very happy with it and will never go back to 7 or 8.1. I believe this is the opinion of the silent majority and "Microsoft Bashers" are just a noisy minority that doesn't have any real influence at all!
The same minority that did not like Vista, also the same that strangely left Win 7 alone and then rejected Win 8 again. See a pattern? For ten years Mickeysoft has treated us to one failure after another and, to answer your questions, don't want their stuff anymore even if it's 'free'. And, for my part, I'm sick and tired of investing time and money into yet another failure.
By the way, do you really think that that buggy memory hog is 'arguably the world's premier IDE'? Really? VS 2008 was the last I ever used and have been using a free alternative ever since. I'm missing one debugger feature, but that's all. No need to put up with Mickeysoft's bloatware, 'free' or not.
And you wanted to know why some people don't install the 'free' updates? Because you don't know these days what else they try to install without asking. You don't only get 'free' updates, you also get Mickeysoft's current agenda along with them. I'm sure they only want our best, which seems to be our money.
After 10 years of such desasters, I think they will not get it anymore. Mickysoft has jumped the shark and nuked the fridge years ago and will just get crazier every time they move on to their next failure. Just wait what happens when they finally drop Win 10 for the next 'it's the future!' grand idea they try to ram down our throats.
"I don't know, extraterrestrial?"
"You mean like from space?"
"No, from Canada."
If software development were a circus, we would all be the clowns.
Absolutely! I have been using Windows 10 and have no reason to revert back to Win7. Win10 together with Office365 offers some really unique features. I, for one, absolutely love it's Quick Access feature which shows recently modified files both locally and from OneDrive, sorted by last modified date. Now they will be packing this feature up to SharePoint sites as well. The OS is now complementing their products both locally and on the cloud. Which is a great feature. Users can now access files from local machine, OneDrive, and SharePoint sites from the explorer itself.
As a developer, VS will always remain my best product. Product might be a vague term. It can be a software. It can be a website. It can be a OS. For me, no matter what the category is, VS will remain the pick of all. That is one seamless stuff from MS!
My latest annoyance with windows 10 is I have killed the calculator. I had brought it up and it was in programmer mode. I did a couple of calculations and then needed a function that wasn't available so I wanted to switch it to scientific mode. I clicked the "Scientific" label and it crashed. Now every time I call it up I see a blank window for about two seconds and then it goes away. I can't get it back. It's all done.
I'm at work now so my dogs aren't around to get scared like last time and my co-workers are already convinced I have Tourette's syndrome.
That's life for me with windows 10. I despise the user interface and it keeps doing stupid things and on and on...
I did and it couldn't find anything beyond the class-type stuff. I didn't find configuration settings anywhere. I would think there are some somewhere because it does "remember" things but I couldn't find where they are kept.
This is likely a Win Core issue. I saw this once upon a time. To test the theory, open any UWP app (i.e. something from the Windows Store). In fact, Windows Store itself may fail to load for you. There is a simple reset command you can run on the Windows Store to correct it:
Analogy: So he has to blow up and rebuild Macy's to fix a wobbly leg on his table?
To reset the calculator to the default display because Win10 is so Improved and Robust he has to do something completely unrelated to the calculator when it breaks doing something incredibly simple that it is supposed to be able to do? Wow! Lucky this O/S is less than a decade old or it might be in danger of just working.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
You'll be thrilled with this video from Build 2017 then. They spent nearly an hour explaining all the visual effects that have gone into some upcoming version of calc.exe. I'm almost not kidding. That's almost an hour of my life I'll never get back.
You know you've dropped the ball somewhere along the way when you have to spend that much time explaining visual effects that are so subtle, people wouldn't have noticed them otherwise.
Back on the topic at hand: Just grab calc.exe from Windows 7. Or XP. Or 95.
Back, shortly after Windows 10 just came out, I had a similar issue with the weather icon. It just did not work, and nothing I did seemed to make any difference. In the end I re-imaged the systems drive with an image taken when the weather app did work. I always keep a fairly recent image around, just in case I need it in situations like these, and for other situations where you may want to re-mage.
Unfortunately I have installed so much stuff this past week an image wouldn't help me very much. I would have to spend about an entire day installing everything and that's not worth it for the calculator. I'll have to use the one on my phone until I can resurrect the other one.
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