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Windows 10 Password
 Microsoft was keen to make Windows 10 more secure, especially for people who leave their laptop on trains and in taxis !  So they inisted you enter a password at startup. To confuse you (as they do) they inisted that it was the password for your Microsoft e-mail (interpret that as the password for Outlook, Hotmail or one of their other failed e-mail programs). If you haven't got one, you had better get one; that is if you can find a usable computer!  But computers are slow enough to start up without having to watch it until you can enter you password. SO.. if you are happy to have a slightly less secure computer you will probably like to know how to start it without a password.  See the PCAdvior instructions HERE  It isn't very difficult.  But I have to admit that I had to go round the houses a couple of times before I got rid of the password. Get back to me if that happens to you.

Spring 2017
People have been objecting to the amount of information Microsoft is obtaining about users of Windows 10. A massive update (4gb!) is cheduled for some time in the Spring. This will include a screen like this
file:///C:/Users/Dell/Desktop/help16.htmWindows 10 Privacy settings

This will give you the opportunity opt out of various aspects of the OS.  Can't come soon enough.

April 2017 : A new update for Wondows 10
 See Bob Rankin's comments 

News March 2017
Due to people suffering from Windows 10 updates from time to time, Microsoft is to allow you to opt when and whether you download one, rather than force it on you regardless. But always get their security updates if you want your software to remain bug free.

This was the sort of problem people found:
September 2016
Microsoft have issued two updates in rapid succession.  Users found that the first stopped their web camera working.  The second stopped their PC working ! Mine went fine but there are many different machines out there.   https://www.digitalunite.com/guides/whats-new-windows-10  on the differences in Windows 10. However, one feature, "Windows Hello",  is unlikely to be available until you have very sophisticated equipment.  The idea is to be able to avoid yet another pesky password by allowing you to sign in by recognising your fingerprint, iris or face. The first require a fingerprint reader, the second and third require a 3-D depth webcam, such as the Intel Realsense camera. And I just want to avoid a password altogether.  
So, if you are sure no-one is likely to get at your computer, you CAN remove it from Startup.  Tap in the word Netplwiz at Start (bottom left of the first screen).  Click it  and press the Enter key to run this program.  Next you will see User Accounts. Click on the name you use (should say Administrator). and UNTICK the box which says "Users must enter a user name  and password to use this computer"  You will be asked to enter the password you have been using and repeat that below.  Click Apply and OK.
EXCEPT in my case the little box was already empty ! But I was still having to enter a password.  SO... I  clicked the empty box, restarted the PC and went through the same rigmarole all over again, this time  unticking the box and restarting the machine :((  At long last I was able to start the thing without a password.

June 2016
 I have now installed Windows 10 on a laptop.  My troubles have just begun.  See below.

May 2016
 Microsoft's latest technique to get you onto Windows 10.  If you click the X you are not preventing it.  You are agreeing to it !

Windows 10. Click X to AGREE !

So after more than half a year of teaching people that the only way to say “no thanks” to Windows 10 is to exit the GWX application—and refusing to allow users to disable the pop-up in any obvious manner, so they had to press that over and over again during those six months to the point that most people probably just click it without reading now. just made it so that very behavior accepts the Windows 10 upgrade instead, rather than canceling it. More on this theme from guru Leo Even more reason for people, who prefer to stick with Windows 7, to install GWXControl Panel.
 
August 2016
 Now the date for free update to Windows 10 has passed can you uninstall the GWX Control Panel which Leo (and I) recommended to stop the Microsoft's nagging?
Later Aug 2016 Leo seems to have it in for Windows 10.  He is suggesting ways of delaying Microsoft's Annual Update, which is due to hit the airways near you any time soon (Aug 2016), if in fact you have not already received it.  The massive update, with changes to Siri and bionic passwording, is being phased in. First Xbox, next the Entrepreneurial version, next high end PCs and lastly the older equipment. As we have come to expect there have been hundreds of moans from people about the effects...e.g. screen freezes and the disablement of Restore etc

In this video on Youtube Leo clearly expresses doubt about the wisdom of doing this in view of the tricks that Microsoft has pulled in the past
In fact I just set up a Windows 7 PC for someone.  It went like a dream (not a nightmare) instantly installing the drivers for their webcam, sound, Skype and scanner+printer. So I added GWX Control panel as a matter of course, so they wont be bothered by Microsoft.  They can always take it off if/when they want to 'upgrade' to 10. And you can still get a fast refurbished Windows 7 Pro desktop for around 50. See Ebay.

My latest frustration: Password mania !
Having installed Windows 10 on a laptop and having accessed it many times with a password (which I would prefer not to have to use) I have now been repeatedly refused access due to an incorrect password.  The screen says I can always change it by going to Account.live.com.password/reset. HOW ? if I cannot access the machine. I KNOW I am using the correct password. And I am NOT using capitals.  Argh! what a program.  I now have an inaccessible laptop.  Fortunately I have two other pieces of hardware with SANE software!  :{{{  
So, I then restarted the laptop. On restarting it announced that it was the wrong password before I touched it.  But this time the same password let me in ! The clue : "Account.Live.com", above, indicates that it is a Microsoft password that they are after.  To confuse us all this can be Live.com, Outlook.com or Hotmail.com (or co.uk!)  I happen to know that one ! Someone said "Never write down you passwords"  Who are they kidding ?!

Now and then, when I am trying to use Windows 10,  it says that my old e-mail program with NTLworld has the wrong password.  So, I went directly to My Account in Virgin and enter my password, which it accepts.  I amend it just in case someone has hacked it and return to where I was in Windows 10.  This time, on getting the message that I have the wrong password I click 'Forgotten Pasword ?'.  A message is sent to my NTL email suggesting how I change my VIRGIN CLOUD password (which I already know!!).  So the password error is nothing to do with my NTL e-mail account  But that was not clear. Ah! found it written small at the top of that section. Mia culpa.
 Meanwhile on the laptop I have been uninstalling Norton, which I don't like and didn't request.

Same day, yet another frustration.  Simple soul that I am I used to like playing Spider Solitaire. Perhaps I should install it on the laptop while I am waiting for the desktop to go through one of its lengthy downloads, like iTunes.  Fools that they are they dropped Spider Solitaire from Windows 8.  I search and see that they have regretted that move and have a version in Windows 10. I type in Cortana (simpler than speaking to it)  'Spider'. I am taken to numerous Spiderman Games.  So I type Spider Solitaire.  I am taken to the Microsoft Store. What appears is nothing like the old game and is described as a Poker Card Game Puzzle by Angry XSS gem. At the side there is also FreeCell, Spider Solitaire HD, New Spider Solitaire, Freecell Solitaire,Classic Spider Solitaire HD and Classic FreeCell Game HD. At least they are all free.  I click the Free word . It downloads something  There are two cards and two advertisements for games, which keep changing, with an invitation to play them.  I don't. I click the card pile and it plays cards.  It is absolutely nothing like the classic game and there are no instructions..  I go back to Cortana and am more specific :"Spider Solitaire for Windows 10".  This time I choose Spider Solitaire Collection Free.(Microsoft site).  I am back where I was.  I try Spider Solitaire X   It has a nasty 'pup' coloured background.  It seems to be just Spades. There are two Queens  It plays - in a basic fashion. There is an advert for Sparta blinking at me at the bottom. The game is sluggish and there is no sound.and the figures are too small to see clearly. Nul points. I get the impression that it is played on line from the Store.  They appear in  'My Stuff' under Apps and can be uninstalled from there.  But that disappeared before I could.  Pity

When I go to Microsoft Games the PC keeps telling me I should get a 'Gametag for Xbox Live. When I try to close that screen it tells me I haven't got a Microsoft Account.  All I want to do is play s*****g game.  Without an account it will deign to allow me to Play as a Guest..
I try Klondike. This is the basic solitaire..But it starters by saying I have to play a card Challenge.  I click Easy. All goes well until I win a reward. But I hadn't completed the game and when I click start an entirely new game appears.  Shortly after and advert for Peugeot appeared. It seems I have completed two challenges for the month and have 200 'coins'.  And it seems that all the games in the Microsoft collection are bogged down with the same challenges.  As I was playing as a guest my challenges were not recorded in the Cloud.  Thank heaven for small mercies.

My early reactions

When I went to install Windows 10 on my laptop I was concerned because it did not seem to be downloading anything. The percentage stayed resolutely  zero.  After 30 minutes I thought it had failed and  switched off.
On restarting the PC later that day, I went to click on a program and the laptop announced it was closing.  But then  it announced that it was installing Windows 10 and not to switch off. It then continued to install various things and announced the percentage it had completed. After that I just left it to its own devices and it continued to the end of the process, with various reboots and warnings not to switch off.  I returned to the laptop after several hours and after a few preliminary announcements my desktop looks almost the same as when it was running under Windows 7 except that some of the shortcut items had changed. Web page items now had the Internet Explorer icon instead of a Google version. Also everything is tiny and overflowing the much reduced screen space.  It took me a week to discover how to cure this (increase the resolution from the minimum to the maximum, as it had been before the 'upgrade'.

n.b. If this is a common problem, right click on the screen. Click Display settings. Ignore Change the size of text etc and go down to  'Advanced Display settings'.  This is hidden lower down the screen..  There you can change the resolution (back) to what is recommended, and click Apply. Back out by clicking X and your screen should be more to your liking

I was able to get a 'normal' desktop screen by clicking start but when I began to use it, the changes under the hood became apparent.....

Clicking the Start icon (now a 'window pane') revealed a Windows 8.1 style set of items in square boxes.
It is headed 'Life a glance' and has a Calendar; Mail (it strangely says 'We speak Yahoo'); Microsoft Edge; Phone companion; Twitter; Store (has social media and games)  Skype video; a colourful box which was initially suggesting Candy Crush but seems to be where one gets downloads;

Underneath 'Play and explore' (which wanted me to sign in with an email address I don't often use), were Groove Music; which immediately suggests you Go Premium (and give them your credit card), and Movies (3.49 each) No thanks..

I then hit a problem or two.  I use an Iobit program which reports a couple of missing files, which they kindly sent me.  All I needed to do was add them to the ASC folder. But it wouldn't let me because the program loads at startup.  Ah! Easy.  Just stop it in startup.  Msconfig ? Gone!. It suggests Task Manager, Startup programs.  I find and disable all the Iobit/Asc programs and restart the machine. It loads them anyway !  I know, I saw mention of the C:prompt.  I can surely add the errant programs by going to the folder and pasting them in... I find a way to go to the C: prompt, as of old.  Instead of C: an X: appears.  But it has no sub folders.  Try C:  C shows but it has no folders either.  Exit back to Windows 10.  I then uninstall all the ASC/Iobit programs and reinstall the whole thing.  What a pain!. Later I discover that typing Powershell at startup is a better way to get into the files of the computer..

I have not yet installed 10 on my desktop.  But, for now, I have downloaded the program from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 to a memory stick.  This is recommended for people who anticipate, or who have experienced, problems.   

Windows 10 was launched on the 29th July 2015. Most Windows 7 and 8 users are now able to update their current version.  If they wish to keep their current Operating System they can do so but, unless they do something about it, will be constantly reminded that they can upgrade (free) until July 2016, after which the upgrade would need to be bought (see prices on Amazon). Recently Microsoft has become far more 'pushy' with this upgrade and it is getting even more difficult to avoid it. See suggestions further down how you might wish to do this or, if you have upgraded and would like to return to your old operating system, how you can do this, providing you act fairly quickly. Most people who are eligible will find that the files for the installation have already been uploaded to their PC - but are hidden. Leo Notenboom and numerous other skilled advisors consider this to be 'taking a liberty'.  
By May 2016 there are even signs that Microsoft is scheduling the installation, whether you like it or not!  As Leo says, Microsoft has no business scheduling tasks without your consent. But you can prevent it happening if you are on the look-out for this happening.

For the Pro version it may be over 5Gb in size. If you use a basic Home Premium version of Windows 7 it will be over 3Gb in size. In fact there are several versions of Windows 10 and  the free version you get will be equivalent to the version of Windows 7 or 8 that you have.

After the unpopularity of Windows 8, which sought to make the OS more suitable for touch screen use, Windows 10 is expected to be more acceptable to those people who were more used to the older Windows XP style of  'desktop' screen. The appears to be true, although you may have to find it with a couple of clicks. 

What is new in Windows 10 ?

Microsoft is hoping to make the latest version of Windows the hub of many devices around the home and have been cooperating with many manufacturers to ensure that, whether they are directly  or tirelessly connected they will just work. There will be up to nine kinds of Windows 10, though some vary only slightly. Updaters will get the equivalent Windows 10 to their original Windows 7 or 8. The basic version (Home) contains support for Windows Universal Apps, the Edge browser (as well as the latest version of Internet Explorer), Windows Hello facial recognition, Fingerprint recognition software and the Voice recognition software (Cortana).  The Pro version gives you tools for linking into Cloud Services (big deal!) and managing Mobile devices. Windows 10 Enterprise is like Pro but for those buying volume licenses. It also has something called Device Guard so uncertified Apps can be locked out (by the boss). There is also a Windows 10 for Education (cheap academic volume licenses plus some extras).  Mobile users may get Windows Mobile or Mobile Enterprise (for small screens) plus a light Office suite and the ability to connect to a large screen and keyboard.  There will also be versions for ATMs, robotics and yet another for those little machines with small capacities.
 
Where did Safe Mode go ? Since Windows 7 Safe Mode has not been accessible by just holding down F8 at boot up. See HERE if you want to install an easier way to get to Safe Mode. Safe mode loads a basic version of Windows and can be useful if it fails to start - particularly because of some Malware interference. You can then run restore or anti malware software.

Bear in mind that in November 2015 Microsoft issued a big revision of Windows 10, called Threshold 2.  This fixed a lot of problems with Windows 10. Microsoft is streamlining activation, restoring colored window title bars, integrating Skype, and improving the Edge browser. But they’ve also added advertisements to the Start menu. It arrives through Windows Update, as will all new versions of Windows. It also introduced something called ‘connected user experiences and telemetry. It’s essentially a tracker of your activities. Microsoft has started to record your key presses and even dictation!  Some people object to this and found ways to stop this.

Windows 10 introduced ways in which the program can track your activities and report to Microsoft.
What to do if you object to this tracking of activities ?
 
Hold down the Windows key and press R (for Run). In the box that pops up type in 'services.msc' and press Enter. In the list that appears in the next window scroll down until you find Connected User Experiences and Telemetry and double-click it. Click Stop. Select 'Disabled' from the drop-down menu and click OK.

Alternatively, if you haven’t installed/been offered the Threshold 2 update yet, the process will be listed as 'Diagnostics Tracking Service'. The steps to remove it remain the same – simply find the process by that name instead. Your PC or laptop will have one or the other, so be sure to check. With that, you should’t have to worry about Microsoft leeching your private usage data. Until the next update, that is !

How to stop being pestered to install Windows 10
Some contacts have asked how to STOP Microsoft's pestering to upgrade every day. They don't intend to use it as Windows 7 will be supported until 2020 (by which time her PC will need replacing).  

What to do if you have reserved a copy (But see below.  Microsoft has ways to thwart you!)
1. Right click the Windows 10 icon on the bottom line (it is a four-pane Window)
2. Click Check your upgrade status. 
3. When the next screen appears you will see a three bar icon top left. Click this. 
4. Click View confirmation.
5. Click Cancel Reservation..

But if you have not registered to receive the update you are only left with the choice of Download it now and update later and Update now !

Note: This does NOT mean that you cannot change your mind at a later date

Guru Bob Rankin also suggests how to stop Microsoft's nagware:

Uninstalling update KB3035583 gets rid of the “Get Windows 10” utility on most systems. To uninstall the update on Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems: Go to Control Panel, then Programs, then Programs and Features. Click on “View Installed Updates" and you will see the list of installed updates in your Windows system. Search for KB3035583, select it with the mouse, and choose “Uninstall“. If a User Account Control (UAC) dialog asks for your confirmation, click on “Yes“.
Next, you need to make sure Windows Update doesn’t install KB3035583 again. Type “windows update” in the Start menu search box and click on that phrase at the top to open Windows Update. Click “change settings” in the left-hand sidebar. Uncheck “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.” 

There is an easier way
Bob also recommends a much simpler method - a program called GWX control Panel. This is a very well written program, which I have used on two Windows 7 PCs. On one PC  it worked perfectly, disabling the persistent Microsoft 'nagware'.  Unfortunately, on the other machine it disabled All Microsoft updates, so I had to do a restore to get back to a safe situation.  This shook my confidence in the program and I recommend strongly that you only use it if you are sure you can restore. THEN CHECK YOU CAN GET UPDATES. It is still vital that you get all other Microsoft updates appropriate to your PC,

Rolling back if you don't like Windows 10  (see under re the Windows Old Folder)

Bob Rankin also gives a brief guide to rolling back to Windows 7 or 8.  It goes :

1. Open the Start Menu and click Settings (or tap it on a touch display)
2. Click or tap "Update & Security
3. In the dialog window that opens, choose "Recovery" in the left column
4. Under the entry "Go back to Windows x" (Where x is Windows 7 or 8) and tap "Get started"

And here is Leo's guide if you decide to go back: https://askleo.com/four-ways-to-go-back-to-windows-7-from-windows-10/

If you decide to go back It is important to revert to the previous version within a month before Microsoft deletes the old Windows files

Is Windows 10 really free for qualifying users ? 

Leo says: Many people have inferred the “free upgrade for the first year” offer as meaning that they’ll have to start paying after that year is over, much like the Office 365 subscription, They’re concerned that they’re somehow being sneakily moved to an annual subscription where only the first year is free.  He says this is not so.

What do people find bad about Windows 10 ?

It seems that some people are not very fond of some of Windows 10 'features'  Bob Rankin suggests the following if you want to 'streamline' it:

A 'professional' game player (I know a few of those) complained that when he was playing a game against hundreds of others Windows 10 suddenly decided to install an update. He lost contact with all his opponents and was none too pleased.


Cortana
 is either a helpful voice-enabled artificial intelligence assistant or an annoying busybody that listens to everything you say. Here's how to disable Cortana, if you like. Click the Start button, type Cortana, and press Enter. Click the Notebook icon in its left-hand options pane (if it's not already selected), then select Settings from the list. Slide the slider control under “Cortana can give you suggestions…” all the way left to “Off.” Now Cortana is disabled, and all locally stored data she collected about your computing habits is deleted.

If you do want to use Cortana you cannot unless you enter a Microsoft email account.  This is either the ancient (and rather dodgy) Hotmail account or the modern equivalent, called Outlook (so confusing as it is nothing to do with Outlook Express OR the paid for app, - part of the Office suite - called Outlook) So, I tried my Hotmail address, which I rarely use.  It would not accept my password.  Unfortunately it did not offer me a way of getting a new one and kept saying "I can only help you if you sign in with a Microsoft account,  Do you want to go back and sign in ?"  After three attempts I got no further and gave up. Later I found that it accepted the same password !

The Edge browser is Microsoft’s alternative to Internet Explorer, and the default browser when you first run Windows 10. It cannot be uninstalled, but you can use another browser as your default. Just download Google Chrome or Firefox, open the browser, and find the “make default” button. In Chrome, it’s near the bottom of the Settings main page. In Firefox, it’s on the General tab of the Options page. Open either Settings or Options by clicking the “three bars” icon at the top of your browser’s main screen.

Windows Defender
 is Microsoft's built-in anti-virus protection for Windows 8 and 10. It's essentially the same as the Microsoft Security Essentials tool that was available for Windows XP, Vista and 7. Third-party lab tests have found that regardless of the name, it's inferior to almost every other Internet security software available. And with so many free alternatives that do a better job of protecting you, it makes sense to turn off Defender, and leave the defending to one of the free antivirus alternatives that I recommend. Doing so will disable Defender.

OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 to facilitate online file storage and collaboration. Storing your files in "the cloud" with Microsoft OneDrive can make life easier if you have more than one computer, if you travel, or if you want to share files with other people. But if you use a different cloud storage tool (such as Google Drive) or you have no interest in cloud storage, you can disable the OneDrive feature in Windows 10. See this guide from Microsoft to Turn off or uninstall OneDrive.

Some apps can be uninstalled easily; by “apps” I mean nagware like “Get Office,” “Get Skype,” and even the “Get Started” tutorial. “Phone Companion,” Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Money, News, and Sports are uninstallable apps, too. So are most bloatware apps installed by your computer’s maker. Just right-click on the app in the “All Apps” view of the Start menu, then select “uninstall” from the dropdown menu.

Turn it Off...

Some Microsoft apps cannot be uninstalled this way. Fortunately, these stubborn apps can be removed with Powershell (gets you to the basic machine, like CMD used to) a scripting utility built into Windows 10. Launch Powershell by typing “powershell” in the Start menu search box, right-click on the Powershell item that appears at the top of Start, and click “run as administrator” on the dropdown menu. Then copy and paste one or more of the following command lines (shown in bold below) into Powershell’s command-line window and press Enter.

When finished type Exit and press Enter

3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
Calculator: Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Camera: Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
Bing Weather: Get-AppxPackage *bing* | Remove-AppxPackage
Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Xbox: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

I managed to do this last one by typing it exactly, even to the upper and lower case and spacing.  Otherwise it was rejected.  However, as soon as I went to try something like Spider Solitaire, the XBOX thing presented ityself and, once again wanted an Outlook email password. So, Xbox is difficult to get rid of.  Whatever happens, all roads lead back to Microsoft.

Telemetry is one more thing in Windows 10 that many users would like to eliminate. In a nutshell, telemetry is the transmission of data about your uses of Windows 10 to Microsoft. A lot of misinformation and FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) surrounds telemetry, but suffice it to say that no personally identifiable information is being sent to Microsoft HQ. Overall, I prefer to leave it on and give Microsoft automatic feedback about what my computer is doing if it crashes (telemetry’s real purpose) so MS can fix bugs.

But if you want to turn off telemetry completely and permanently, here’s how: Type “services” in the Start menu search box. Click on the “Services” app when it appears at the top of the Start menu. Stop the “Diagnostic Tracking Service” in the list of services. Set the “Diagnostic Tracking Service” to “disabled.

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The first update  - called Threshold 2 (Win 10 itself was Threshold 1) - actually removed some of the favourite programs which people had added. This has caused many users to become incandescent with rage at their impertinence. Adding the programs back has not created problems., so it was not due to incompatibilities.

Windows 10, even Windows 8, lost Media Player - some sort of copyright spat. But you can get an even more versatile player if you install VLC from  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.en_GB.htm

One of the annoyances was the introduction of a 'Lock Screen' which greets you when you start the PC.  Just another thing you have to click before you get to use it. It can be removed but it is a rather 'techie' fix described in an article by Bob Rankin HERE but many people will go pale at the the thought of editing the register, which is what is required.

Many people ask 'What happened to the Windows 7 Photo Viewer program ? One common complaint I've heard from people who moved to Windows 10 is that they can't find their pictures. Your photo files have not moved, but the Photos app hides the “complexities” of folder names and trees by default. The app automatically catalogs every image file it finds in the C:\Users\\Pictures folder on your computer. 

If you store photos in other folders, you will have to add those folders to the Pictures folder before the Photos app will catalog them. Open the Photos app, go to Settings and under the Sources section, click Add a folder. Find the folder you want to add, select it, and click Add this folder to Pictures. The new folder will appear as a Source, complete with its original path name.

Note that if you have a Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage account, Photos will probably catalog its image contents too. If you don’t want OneDrive images to appear in Photos, go to Settings and turn off that option.

So, “Can I get Win 7’s Photo Viewer back?”
If you upgraded from Win 7 or 8.1 to Win 10, the familiar Photo Viewer is still there, hidden as an option. Here is how to make Photo Viewer your default app for viewing images instead of the Photos app:
Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder where your pictures are stored. Right-click on any image file. Move the pointer over “Open With.” Select “Choose Another App” from the dropdown menu. Click the “More apps” option. Select “Photo Viewer” from the list of apps. Click on the “Always use this app to open .___ files” checkbox to leave it checked. Then click OK.

From one of my many contacts, read on:  (A really bad result)
This is just to let you know about my very recent upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. To my surprise, the download and installation seemed to go well at the time.  The actual upgrade/installation takes some time, with the computer automatically switching itself on and off during the process, which is apparently normal.  The only downside (at the time) seemed to be that all dates in the machine had changed to the American format (including the dates on any existing and new spreadsheets. However, within a few hours, I had to use the (HP) printer, which Windows 10 began to uninstall without any instruction from me.  Minutes later, the computer would not work.  A black screen suddenly appeared which stated, 'Missing Operating System.'
Consequently, I took the computer to the company where I purchased the machine. The staff carried out tests and confirmed that the 'C' Drive was devoid of any Operating System. NO trace of either Windows 7 or 10!!  Even the small partition (where original components are stored) had been wiped from the drive.  Windows 7 had to be re-installed - and the engineer advised me to refrain from upgrading to Windows 10 until October, when any bugs should be ironed out.  He informed me that a number of customers had complained about Windows 10 carrying out unauthorised operations.  

Sequel :  The contact complained to Microsoft in the USA.  He got a groveling apology and even the possibility of compensation !

Leo Notenboom's answer to a similar problem (complete installation failure) was  : Instead of doing the download / upgrade path that seems clearly broken for you, I would instead download the Windows 10 DVD image, burn it to a DVD, and then use that to perform the upgrade. I’ve had much better luck with this. You may need to revert to your image backup to start the process – I hope you made one. You can get a copy of Windows 10 image in ISO format from Microsoft. ** see below

After hearing this, perhaps we should take note of Leo's warning and back up before taking this radical step. See: HERE

** As a safety measure I made a DVD of Windows 10 on DVD.  It was a very straightforward method on a Windows 7 desktop

Other Criticisms and problems
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Suggestion from the web : After I installed the automatic Windows update all of my personal documents/photos/files etc disappeared and I was unable to locate them. I tried several times to restart my laptop, use the "Recovery" feature. THEN I simply enabled the "Guest" User Account (Control Panel>Users) and restarted my laptop and everything was back to normal - all my files were exactly where I had left them.  30 people found this helpful

Some people were disappointed to be informed that, after all, their PC was not suitable because their PC did not have the right drivers e.g. Nvidia graphic card software.

Microsoft have followed the Google route of introducing advertising to a number of features. These adverts will be personalised to the user. In order to do this Microsoft will gather information about the user, including their age, sex, location and their computer use e.g. buying patterns. This has brought protests from those who value their privacy. It IS be possible to prevent Microsoft from gathering such information. But the conditions are buried in 45 pages of text, which most people will accept without reading.
Another complaint is that the company will automatically update versions of the OS. This is being done  partly for security reasons .It is well known that many people do not install the updates, some of which are created to correct security weaknesses. Users of the business versions of the OS will get the opportunity to decide when to update but others will not be able to choose the updates. If something untoward happens it would be as well to restore the PC to the time before the update..

The WHICH magazine had a look at Windows 10 on mobile phones, They called it a 'Marmite' operating system (some people hated it) and concluded that, apart from for diehard Windows users, the Apple and Google (Android) systems were better for phones

Guardian : Criticisms
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/31/windows-10-microsoft-faces-criticism-over-privacy-default-settings

The Windows.old folder 
When you upgrade to Windows 10, a folder on your complete system (called Windows.old) will be created. This folder is nothing new. It was always created if you upgraded from one version of Windows to another, starting with Windows Vista. Essentially, the Windows.old folder just contains the old Windows system. From the Windows system files to your installed programs and each user account’s settings and files, it’s all there.
The new version of Windows just keeps it around in case you’d like to go back to that older version of Windows or in case you need to dig in and find a file. But, don’t wait too long — Microsoft will automatically delete the Windows.old folder to free up space after a month.Within the month it will be easy to revert from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1. After installing Windows 10, you can open the Settings app, select Update & Security, and then select Recovery. You’ll see a “Get Started” button under Go back to Windows 7? or Go back to Windows 8.1?, depending on which version of Windows you had installed before you upgraded. Click this button and Windows will restore your old Windows operating system, using the Windows.old folder as the source. 
See more at  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features
and http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/10-great-new-features-in-windows-10-1267365

Other Useful Links

Initial Email from Microsoft
https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/windows-10-faq?OCID=reserve_r_PostReserve_header

How to Geek blog : Should you upgrade?
http://www.howtogeek.com/223634/should-you-upgrade-to-windows-10/

Specs required for Windows 10 :
http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/windows-10-specifications?ocid=reserve_r_PostReserve_mod1_specs#sysreqs


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