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I received a new laptop for Christmas.It has Windows 10 installed & I hate it.(Windows 10 that is.) Don't get me wrong,I'm most grateful to my kids for buying it for me but I'd only just got used to windows7. Why cant some things stay the same??
 

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If you can't get used to it, try installing Classic Shell. It will give you a more Windows 7 or XP-style start menu and a few other older Windows features. Some things it can't fix though, like the new replacement for the Control Panel or the lack of colour and font customisation.

Does your laptop have a touch screen? Some do now. If it does, try to get in the habit of using it. I think Windows 10 seems really badly designed on a conventional desktop machine, but on a tablet or laptop with a touch screen it starts to make sense.
 

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I'd look into dumping 10 and goig to W8 or W7...
 

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James imo it's an abomination . They basically took everything and mixed it up in new locations to confuse the operator and called it new :bad:
 

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I was forced to buy a 10 machine to test a revision of some software with an application we supply to clients. Everything else is 7 and a couple of XP desktops. I intensely dislike 10, although I like the new, lightweight laptop. It would be terrific with 7 in it, so after the testing is done, I'll take it to a great local shop and have it upgraded to 7. Support will end for 7 in 2020, but it will still be usable til 2022-23, just keep a good antivirus suite up to date.

One of the things that shows what low-lifes Micro$oft marketeers are, is that most retail stores only sell the home version, and to get the pro version, you must pay $99. I also noticed that when I disabled the touchpad, that when I restarted the machine, the touchpad was activated again! What is that about? Seems as if Bill knows best and you will do what Bill says, you dumb jerk user!

My wife has a MacBook, I think Micro$oft is still an Apple wannabe. But Apple is very rigid in how you use it.

Certification and manufacturer support of the operating system is the tool Micro$oft uses to force its inferior new products on a public that was very happy with prior versions.

But what we ordinary users think is of no importance to the buccaneers in Redmond.
 

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I'm getting used to Win10 on my laptop. The spying is the most annoying part. On the web there's several sites showing what to turn off to make it a little more private. The update system wants to use your network to feed others updates from your computer = not too great if you have limited bandwidth. M$ seems to be jealous of Google... first Bing web search and now the tracking (advertising) stuff.
 

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I've been using Win 10 for quite a while and it isn't any harder to use than any previous version. Mind you, I spent 15 years as a Network Administrator, so computers (specifically servers and networks) was my business. I've also got an iMac, but use the Windows based laptop 99% of the time, 'cause I like to use my computer while sitting in the den in front of the TV.

Tom - I disabled the touch pad on my laptop and have never had it "come to life" on its own. Is yours still acting up?
 

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Tom - I disabled the touch pad on my laptop and have never had it "come to life" on its own. Is yours still acting up?
I haven't rebooted since resetting it. But I don't recall hitting the apply button last night. Just rebooted and after waiting for the updates to install, found the pad reactivated. Guess I'll have to google it. I have heard complaints about this very issue, that 10 undoes all your customization when it boots. PITA I think XP was their last, great OS.
 

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James........I've had pretty good luck installing Classic Shell (as Andy said) on the computers of friends and family who don't like Win 10. When you run it, it will ask you to choose what older OS you want it to look and act like. Read the choices thoroughly, and you will be able to get pretty close to what you want.

One thing. Sometimes when Win 10 does updates, it resets your system to look like the Win 10 you're seeing now. So you would have to rerun Classic Shell. It's only happened once to my Mom's computer, but it's an easy fix.

For those of us trying to bite the bullet and learn Win 10, one thing that helps a lot is that you can RIGHT click on the start button, and a menu will appear from which you can run Control Panel, Device Manager, Command Prompt, Network Connections, and a few other things.

As far as why things can't stay the same, I ask myself that question every time I accidentally look in the mirror. But doing so has broken almost all of mine, so relief is in sight.
 

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I've been using Win 10 for quite a while and it isn't any harder to use than any previous version. Mind you, I spent 15 years as a Network Administrator, so computers (specifically servers and networks) was my business. I've also got an iMac, but use the Windows based laptop 99% of the time, 'cause I like to use my computer while sitting in the den in front of the TV.

Tom - I disabled the touch pad on my laptop and have never had it "come to life" on its own. Is yours still acting up?
Vince I just found that Microsoft keeps rehashing the same old crap , but making it much harder to navigate so they can confuse us all and relocate everything we're used to and call it new .
At the very least , have a classic view that mimics XP . I changed mine to classic , but it still leaves a ton to be desired . I can navigate it a bit better now , but the first day I couldn't shut the thing off :(
 

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@vchiarelli Disable touchpad when mouse is attached. I found this setting on the mouse and touchpad settings in Win 10. I guess this is to allow you to control the computer if you forget your mouse. Will test to see if this setting holds on reboot. Will get back to you....

UPDATE The setting to disable the touchpad if a mouse is installed worked on reboot.
 

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@DesertRatTom @vchiarelli

Just followed Tom's advice on the mouse pad and the setting holds on reboot. Thank you Tom.

I am no fan of W10 but was forced to it as my old W7 based notebook died an ugly death over the holidays. Definitely an uphill battle and the biggest struggle was privacy. I plan to follow up with stick on that issue.

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