The definitive Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is Microsoft's latest feature update for Windows 10! Here's our full written review detailing all the new improvements and features.

Starting today, Microsoft is beginning to roll out a brand new update for Windows 10, packing a whole new set of features and enhancements for users. Microsoft is calling this update the "Fall Creators Update," as a continuation of its efforts that started with the Creators Update earlier this year. Although its name implies this update is aimed at creatives; this update is actually for everyone, as it features new changes and enhancements that everyone will appreciate.

The Fall Creators Update is the fourth major update to Windows 10 since its original launch in July 2015 and is the final update scheduled for release in 2017. Microsoft likes to release two major updates to Windows per year, and that trend will continue into 2018 and beyond. For now, however, the Fall Creators Update is Microsoft's latest version of Windows 10, and this is our full review.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Walkthrough

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Windows 10 Fluent Design System

Starting with the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is introducing a brand new design language called "Fluent Design System." This is the design language that Microsoft will be bringing to all its products and services over the next few years, and it starts with the Fall Creators Update. Admittedly, the Fluent Design elements in this update are minor, meaning you likely won't notice them unless they're pointed out to you.

In this update, the two major new design elements to keep an eye out for are "Acrylic" elements and "Reveal" effects. These new design elements are sprinkled throughout the Fall Creators Update in such a way that the OS may feel a little more inconsistent when it comes to design. This will be rectified over time, of course, as more areas of the system get the Fluent Design treatment.

The Acrylic element is an updated blur/translucency effect found in apps and throughout the system. It's similar to the original Windows Vista and Windows 7 Aero effect, but more updated to 2017 standards and far more subtle. Reveal is a new highlight effect that you'll notice when moving your cursor over certain app menus and elements. We'll point out where these new effects are in use throughout our review.

There are other Fluent Design elements at play within the Fall Creators Update too, such as parallax effects and fluid animations. Parallax effects can be found in a few built-in apps, but fluid animations are a little rarer at this time.

Overall, the new Fluent Design System is an exciting and beautiful prospect that starts with the Fall Creators Update. Right now, however, the changes that Fluent Design brings are small and subtle, and slightly inconsistent when mixed with the older design languages. Microsoft says the implementation of Fluent Design in Windows is a journey and will be implemented in more areas over the next few updates.

Windows 10 Start menu and Action Center

Continuing an apparent trend with new Windows 10 updates, Microsoft has done some more fiddling around with the Start menu and Action Center. With the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has focused on smaller tweaks and changes over any major new features with the Start menu. This is appreciated, as I feel the Start menu as-is is already pretty feature filled, and a focus on smaller improvements is necessary at this point.

For example, the Start menu can now be resized diagonally, and the resize function itself has been improved with fewer frame drops. Resizing the Start menu horizontally will see the menu begin moving instantly instead of snapping to predefined widths. This makes for a far more smoother experience when resizing Start vertically, horizontally and now diagonally too.

Also new to the Start menu is the addition of the "Acrylic" blur effect. This is a change you likely won't notice unless compared side-by-side with the older Start menu, but the Start menu in the Fall Creators Update now has a slightly improved blur effect when transparency is enabled. Context menus in Start now have more icons too, a nice addition for those who notice that kind of thing.

The Action Center has seen more noteworthy changes with the Fall Creators Update, mainly being with its design and layout. Microsoft has changed how the Action Center displays notifications, putting new notifications into boxes that are grouped under app headers. This is supposed to provide a clearer view of all your notifications, but in reality, it means you see fewer notifications on screen at one time.

This is because the separation between headers and the notification boxes themselves are now larger. This, in theory, should allow for more text in a single notification, but it instead spreads out all the notifications and takes up more space within the Action Center. If you're someone who receives lots of notifications, you'll notice that less of them will be displayed on screen in the Action Center at one time. This likely won't be much of an issue for most, however.

Fluent Design elements can also be found in the Action Center too. Acrylic is present, as is the Reveal effect. Unfortunately, the Reveal effect is only present around the Quick Action buttons and doesn't appear to affect notification boxes themselves. This is just one example of the inconsistent design choices that are spread throughout the Fall Creators Update.

Notification popups have also received some design treatments. Acrylic is now present within notifications, and the notifications themselves are no longer attached to the bottom right of the display. Instead, they float just above the taskbar in the same location. I much prefer this design choice. Also, the X to dismiss notifications is now an arrow that points to the Action Center, which tells the user that you're putting the notification away instead of deleting it.

I like the improvements Microsoft has made to the Start menu. It's still missing some much-needed functions such as being able to select multiple tiles at once, but the improvements made to the Start menu in the Fall Creators Update are welcome. In regards to the Action Center, I don't mind the new design. Those with small screens may find it feels a little more cramped, but as someone who uses Windows on a big display, I like the spaced-out feel.

Windows 10 My People

Starting with the Fall Creators Update, You can now pin up to three of your favorite or most frequently contacted contacts directly to your taskbar. There's also a new People Hub that gives you quick access to your contacts list and apps that take advantage of the new My People feature.

This feature is accessible directly from the People Hub button found just to the left of the system tray. You can drop files directly onto a contacts pinned icon to send it to them, which makes for sharing content much quicker than manually going through a file picker to send something. You can also send and receive "My People notifications," which as of right now only work with Skype.

When using the Skype function in My People, you can send and receive animated emoji directly on your desktop. These emoji play a quick animation just above the taskbar and then disappear. Don't worry; you can turn this feature off. In fact, you can turn the entirety of the My People function off if it's something you're not going to use.

The appearance of the People Hub is pretty bad. It looks unfinished at best, even with some of the new Fluent Design elements in play. The People Hub features the Reveal effect in most of its menus, including the contacts list and apps list. It looks nice, and when you select a contact or app, gives you a quick circular-pulse animation.

The People Hub relies heavily on third-party app support if it's going to be useful, and as of right now there just aren't many apps that support it. Out of box, we have People, Mail, and Skype, and the only third-party app I've found with support is an app called Unigram.

If you're someone who uses Skype or the Mail app a lot, then this feature will be somewhat useful to you. But if you don't, then you will likely find no real use for it, at least not yet. If app developers, and that's a big if, decide to start supporting My People, then I can see infinitely more use in this feature. For now, though, you'll likely forget about it.

One area where the people integration in Windows does make sense is the Share UI. You can now see your most contacted contacts in the Share UI, right above the selection of apps to share too. This gives you quick access to sending a contact a web page, image, document or something else directly from the Share function built into Windows 10 without needing to select the app, and then the contact.

Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft is continuing its journey into the world of AR and VR in the Fall Creators Update with a new platform called "Windows Mixed Reality." This is Microsoft's version of SteamVR or Apple's ARKit. The difference between what Microsoft is doing and what the others are doing, however, revolves around what Windows Mixed Reality covers. Instead of being AR or VR, it's both. It's HoloLens, the company's new dedicated head-mounted displays, and it's through the cameras on your Windows 10 PC or tablet.

With the Fall Creators Update specifically, Microsoft is focusing more on the VR side of things. Starting with this release, you can now go out and buy dedicated VR headsets built for Windows Mixed Reality, connect it to a compatible PC and then run Windows 10 apps in VR. Some apps will be standard 2D apps, and others will be fully immersive 3D experiences. Microsoft and Steam are even working together to bring SteamVR titles to the Windows Mixed Reality platform, which is great news for gamers.

Mixed Reality is easily this updates biggest new feature.

Windows Mixed Reality is an entirely new experience and way of using your PC. It gives you a fully immersive 3D environment where you can use your PC to watch movies and TV, play games, browse the web, and even be productive with dedicated Mixed Reality controllers or a keyboard and mouse. Of course, being able to type on a physical keyboard in VR will depend on how good you are at typing without looking at the keyboard.

If you don't have the money to get yourself a new Windows Mixed Reality headset, fear not; you too can experience the Windows Mixed Reality platform in a less immersive way. Microsoft is bundling an app called Mixed Reality Viewer, which uses your device's webcam and maps the environment, allowing you to place 3D objects in the real world through your camera.

This is pretty much identical to Apple's ARKit platform on the iPhone, except built with Windows Mixed Reality in mind. You can create your own 3D models via the Paint 3D app, and place them into the real world. It's a neat feature, but as of right now it doesn't have much of a point. Once developers start utilizing the Mixed Reality platform, it will become a lot more useful.

You can even implement 3D models into other apps such as PowerPoint and Word, giving you the ability to spice up your documents or presentations with ease.

Microsoft thinks the future of computing is VR and AR, and that's incredibly exciting. The Windows Mixed Reality platform is a bold step into that future, and we're hoping Microsoft will continue venturing down this path in years to come. Microsoft says it envisions a future where head-mounted displays can do both VR and AR, which is the perfect blend of immersive experiences.

Windows 10 OneDrive Files On-Demand

One of Windows 10's biggest criticisms was the removal of OneDrive's file placeholder features, which gave the user the ability to see their entire OneDrive library without actually having that library downloaded on their PC. However, with the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has brought this functionality back under a new name: "On-Demand Sync."

Microsoft says it has reworked the entire syncing system with the Fall Creators Update, making On-Demand Sync easier and more straightforward to use. Now in the Fall Creators Update, if you set up OneDrive, the app won't immediately start downloading your entire OneDrive collection for offline use. Instead, it'll show all your files, whether they're local or in the cloud, without you needing to download anything.

If you need to open a file, you just double-click it like normal. That file will then quickly download and launch like you'd expect. Then, once you're done with the file, it'll resync to your OneDrive and remove itself from your local disk, freeing up the space it took up when you double clicked it. You can see which files are in the cloud and which are available offline with new OneDrive icons that show up next to files in File Explorer.

The cloud icon means that file is not on your hard drive, which means you cannot access that file when offline. You can double-click that file to download it and open it when connected to the internet, or right click and select "Always keep on this device" to permanently store it locally. You should do this with files you know you'll need to access when away from an internet connection.

On-Demand Sync is a feature that will be most useful on devices with a low storage capacity, or those who have multiple Windows 10 devices and want files to sync between them instantly. I'm very excited to see the return of OneDrive cloud-files in Windows 10, and I encourage everyone to try it out when you upgrade to the Fall Creators Update. OneDrive will prompt you to switch it on automatically.

Windows 10 Microsoft Edge

As with every new Windows 10 release, Microsoft Edge is now a bit better than it was before. I've been a Microsoft Edge user since Edge was first introduced in beta back in early 2015, and I can say first-hand that Edge has improved so much since it was first introduced back in 2015. Lots of people prefer Chrome, and I understand that, but I think Edge is now good enough for users to make the switch.

The favorites system has been overhauled, allowing you to see all of your favorites in a directory UI when adding a new one. You can organize bookmarks into folders, rename and update links all from the new bookmark UI, making for a far more seamless bookmarking experience. You can now also pin websites directly to the taskbar like you could with Internet Explorer 11 and Google Chrome. Clicking on a pinned website in the taskbar will open that website up in a standard Edge window.

Microsoft Edge with the Fall Creators Update is also now a much better PDF and eBook reader. Improving on its efforts that started with the Creators Update, you can now annotate and virtually ink directly onto PDFs and eBooks in the Fall Creators Update. This means you can now sign PDFs, highlight books that you're reading, add comments, virtual sticky notes and more. There's also a new virtual narrator feature called read-aloud that works in PDFs, eBooks, and even web pages.

A lot of the improvements made to Edge in the Fall Creators Update are under the hood, meaning most users likely won't notice those changes. For example, Edge now supports many new protocols and standards, including things such as WebVR. There's also a pretty healthy library of extensions too, with big ones such as Grammarly and 1Password now available.

Windows 10 Pen, touch and other input methods

With the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has put a lot of effort into improving the many input methods people use when using a PC. Some of us prefer using a traditional keyboard and mouse; others prefer the more modern approach of touch and pen. No matter what input method you use, there are improvements for everyone in the Fall Creators Update.

Let's start with pen and touch, which has seen some much-needed improvements with this release. There's a new "Find my pen" option in Settings that logs the last location you used your digital pen on your device. Using Bing maps and your Microsoft account, you can check online where your pen was last used, hopefully giving you a rough idea where your pen is if you've lost it.

If you're someone who is often presenting PowerPoints, you can now use your pen as a remote clicker to switch back and forth between slides when presenting on a stage or in a conference room as well, which is excellent for those who may not already have a dedicated clicker on hand.

Pen users can now also scroll web pages and lists within Windows without needing to grab the scrollbar first. In previous versions of Windows 10, scrolling with a pen was only possible with scrollbars as Windows itself treated a pen touching the screen as a click and hold. This has changed with the Fall Creators Update, as Windows now treats the pen making contact with the screen as a touch and drag instead, just like if you were using your finger on a touchscreen to scroll.

For those who use Windows with touch, there are improvements worthy of note here too. The biggest improvement for touch users is the introduction of Microsoft's "Shape Writing" keyboard on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. Users can now swipe between letters on the virtual keyboard and have that keyboard create words without you lifting a finger. It works just like SwiftKey on Android and iOS but updated for Windows 10.

If you're a keyboard and mouse user who also happens to love emoji, Microsoft has finally added a new emoji panel to Windows 10 that gives you quick and easy access to the entire emoji library on Windows 10. When in a text field, hitting the Windows key and period button (.) will pop up a dedicated panel where you can select emojis. There's even a search function for when you're looking for a specific emoji to insert into a sentence.

This is a small change, but one I'm certain will be appreciated once people learn to use it. macOS has had a feature similar to this for a while, and in a world where emoji use is on the rise; more and more people are going to find the inclusion of a dedicated emoji panel important. If you're not someone who cares for emojis, then don't worry, this panel won't ever show up unless you specifically insert the Windows key and period shortcut on your keyboard.

While Microsoft has been working hard to improve existing input methods in Windows, the Redmond-giant has also been working on adding native support for some new input methods too. Most notably, the Fall Creators Update features something called "Eye Control," which as of right now is an input method mainly for those who may be less capable of moving their hands or arms.

Eye Control in Windows 10 is truly fascinating. The feature requires dedicated hardware from Tobii, but once it's all setup you can control your PC with just your eyes. You can look around, select things on screen, and even type with a dedicated "eye keyboard" that also supports Shape Writing too. It's an incredible bit of tech that I'm sure ease-of-access users are going to appreciate.

Windows 10 Cortana

As with all Windows 10 updates, Cortana is now smarter and more capable in the Fall Creators Update. For example, Cortana can now intelligently suggest reminders for you when taking a photo of something. We've all taken a photo of a poster or document to remember specific dates, locations and times, and now Cortana will be able to add reminders to its notebook based on the photos you take.

If you're on a device without a camera, yet still want to save details from an image or web page, you can use your pen to circle the information you want, and Cortana will also be able to add that to its notebook too. These features are only going to be useful to you if you use Cortana reminders, and it's only available for users in the United States at this time.

The more interesting changes to Cortana are happening under the hood in the Fall Creators Update. Cortana Skills, a platform that allows developers to make apps and services that hook into Cortana is finally here, allowing you to control things such as Spotify or your internet connected lights via the Cortana app on your phone or PC.

Cortana Skills tie in heavily with dedicated Cortana speakers, which will start becoming available in the coming weeks. In the United States, the Fall Creators Update supports dedicated Cortana speakers that you can setup from your PC and use around the house. Just like the Amazon Alexa or Google Home, Cortana now has a platform for always-on speakers too.

This is arguably the most exciting new addition to Cortana in the Fall Creators Update and one that I can't wait to get behind. Since this is going to be U.S.-only at first, I haven't had a chance to try this out just yet. Hopefully, it will begin rolling out in other countries over the next few months.

Windows 10 Story Remix

Story Remix is one of the reasons why this update is a continuation of the "Creators" moniker introduced earlier this year. Microsoft has built a brand new video editor directly into the Photos app; something Windows 10 has arguably needed for some time. This video editor is only really good for short videos and isn't something you're going to be replacing professional video editing software with.

And that's okay because that's not what Story Remix is supposed to be. Instead, Story Remix is for sharing family videos and collages with friends and relatives. It's called Story Remix because it allows you to remix a story, whether that be video clips or photos that you've taken, with music and effects that come bundled with the Fall Creators Update.

There are a few different options to choose from, including a fully automated mode that will throw your clips and photos together for you, time it with some music and render it all out in just a few clicks. Then there's the manual mode, which gives you full control over the video project you're creating. You can add text, music, video transitions and effects. It's a neat little video editor that I'm sure will get some use, but I have no real need for it.

Windows 10 phone linking

The Fall Creators Update is the first version of Windows 10 that embraces iOS and Android devices. There's now a dedicated "Phone" area in the Settings app that allows you to link your phone with your PC, making it easy to share web pages between your phone and Windows device without missing a beat. No longer do you have to email yourself a link or image when you want to switch devices, just link your phone to your PC and use the dedicated "Continue on PC" function.

On iOS, this is done with a dedicated "Continue on PC," Microsoft Edge (coming soon) and Cortana apps on your phone. With Android, you can use Microsoft's new dedicated Launcher, along with Cortana and Microsoft Edge too. If you're an iOS or Android user who uses Windows 10, then I highly recommend you link your phone to your PC.

Android users will get additional benefits too, including the ability to sync notifications from your phone directly to the Action Center on your PC, and new with the Fall Creators Update; decline calls directly from your desktop.

Phone linking will only improve with newer Windows 10 updates over time. With the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is just getting started with what it can do for the user when linking their phone to their Windows device.

Windows 10 other improvements

As with all updates, the Fall Creators Update comes with a bunch of smaller and uncategorizable improvements under the hood and on the surface. There are plenty of new security improvements for consumers and enterprises, with Windows Device Application Guard, Exploit Protection and more. Windows 10 is now safer from threats such as WannaCry, which is excellent. You can now also recover your Microsoft account directly from the lock screen, too.

Microsoft has also made several improvements to how Windows Update behaves. For example, no longer will Windows Update use all of your bandwidth when downloading updates by default. Instead, it'll dynamically adjust the amount of bandwidth it uses depending on how much bandwidth you need to do what you're doing.

This is helpful to those who have slow or limited internet connections. If you're trying to watch a YouTube video or play an online game and Windows has updates to download, Windows Update will respect that you're currently using the internet and will take up less bandwidth. You can configure this manually too, giving Windows Update a fixed percentage of bandwidth no matter what you're doing.

Other improvements include better performance, new video playback settings, and battery life enhancements. Devices with a battery can now click on the battery icon and find a new performance slider that favors battery life or PC performance. Sliding all the way to the left will favor battery, whereas sliding all the way to the right will favor performance at the expense of battery life.

A lot of built-in apps have been updated with the Fall Creators Update too. There's plenty of new Fluent Designs featured throughout all the apps, most notably Photos, the Microsoft Store, Calculator, and plenty more.

Windows 10 closing thoughts

The Fall Creators Update isn't what I would call a major update for most people; it's a minor one, with plenty of smaller improvements and tweaks that make for a well-rounded release. I will always recommend updating to the latest version of Windows 10 no matter what it includes, for security if anything else.

However, this update doesn't really include much in regards to "major" new features unless you're interested in Windows Mixed Reality, and that's a real shame. This is the nature of Windows as a Service, and it's something enthusiasts are going to have to get used to. For the most part, normal consumers actually prefer it when an update doesn't really add or change much, because people don't like change.

While not a major update, the Fall Creators Update brings some nice improvements to the table.

So yes, the Fall Creators Update is a good, albeit smaller update. That's fine for most, but for those who follow Microsoft and Windows closely, this update won't have the same level of significance as previous updates such as the Creators Update or Anniversary Update did.

Windows Mixed Reality is my favorite and most exciting part of the Fall Creators Update. I'd argue it's the biggest new part of Windows since Windows 10 began. Problem is, it's just getting started, and not many people know about it yet. So whether or not it'll be successful or used remains to be seen.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is rolling out in waves starting today for free. If your Windows 10 device isn't seeing the update yet, don't worry. This can take several months to reach you, as Microsoft likes to make sure the update won't cause any issues for your device. If you don't have the update yet, there's likely good reason for it.


  • Nice tweaks to Start menu.
  • My People has potential.
  • Microsoft Edge is ready for prime-time.
  • Mixed Reality!
  • Ease of access improvements!


  • Still missing obvious options and functions.
  • Inconsistent design language used throughout.
  • Somewhat buggy at launch.
  • Not as major as previous updates.

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  • A worthy update, hope people enjoy it like I do. Kudos to Microsoft.
  • I feel like this update is bigger than macOS updates since El Capitan, but the lack of attention to design really gives Windows 10 an extremely unpolished look. I feel like the OS works well, but I’d rather use a Mac because the UI/UX on that OS is so well designed and consistent.  After er a few years of using a Mac I feel more adept there than on Windows, and the consistency has a lot to do with it. Mac developers also seem to put more work into this, as well, so I’ve bought more software on the Mac in the past 3 years than in the previous 15 years on Windows. The quality seems higher, so I don’t feel like I think much about the expense when I pay for it. It feels more worth it.  I notice this a ton more now that I’ve switched virtually all of my gaming to a console. I barely ever use my Windows laptop. 90% of the time I will get out of bed and sit at the iMac before I sit there and use my Dell Notebook.  I think this all comes down to the unfinished feeling I get when using Windows. It doesn’t feel like a production system to me.  Has Microsoft ever had a stable design ethos for Windows 10? I feel like usability is a complete crapshoot in the company. When they design for Android and iOS, and even macOS the apps are tending towards really good to fabulous, but the experience on Windows is much less so for me. To use an entire operating system suffering from this kind of technological cancer takes more patience then I’m willing to lend them, at this point. 
  • But at the end of the day everyone has to make that turn onto Windows just when something isn't capable on OSX. plus updates are free on windows. An example of Windows features , Windows 8 split screen feature was released back in 2012, 3 years later El Capitan as you were refering to, comes up with the "split screen" similar feature , which was still 3 years late to that game and by then windows 10 was already released, every platform has its late comings and this was just one example out of many. Windows 10 is like an experimental production(programming production wise its a truely following the :RAD - Rapid Application Development) it has its test builds and its GA builds the difference is millions test the software and updates/fixes are made before many more access it when it becomes public then more improvements happen over time, still more than 20 years of Windows old systemfiles/clutter is being ditched so you cant expect it to be removed under one night, there is alot of under the hood stuff to deal with and change over its not simply as drag and drop or click to port over to a new UI. i don't wanna say that OSX is lackluster in comparison to Windows in certain factors but lets face reality cause people tend to be somewhat narcissistic on that side of the road but here critics are welcome because it becomes valuable feedback, cause when you know you have a flaw you can least do something about it. 
  • @WandowsTan If you're going to play that game one can argue that an overview of all windows (”Task View” in Windows 10) was introduced in OS X 10.3 ”Panther”, released in 2003 and called Exposé (now ”Mission Control”). That being said – the ”split screen” feature you mentioned that has been added to macOS (it's not called OS X anymore) is really badly implemented and clumsy to use. It's one of the few things that Windows does much better in my humble opinion. :)
  • I agree totally! The non-consisten user interface design between apps (espeicially third party apps) is my biggest gripe with Windows (I think). Much more coherent on macOS (OS X). Just the fact that settings for an app is more or less always found in the app menu (shortcut ”cmd ,").
  • I don't really notice the inconsistent UI unless I specifically look for it. It's a non-issue for me, but I'm all about substance over image, which is a reason I don't really like macOS.  I don't understand this nitpicking about the inconsistent design.  Does that really mess people up and they can't do the things they need to do on a computer?
  • winNoge: Yes. UWP apps have no menu bar, which makes most of their functionalities and capabilities opaque, non-obvious, or hidden by default. The toolbars use non-obvious iconography in many places. It’s also impossible to learn the keyboard shortcuts without a reference sheet (which Microsoft produced for some apps, because of this obvious reason), and MS uses different shortcuts for some of the apps (relative to Win32 software they had previously) for no reason other than they can. This means 10-20 years of muscle memory goes out the Window. Learning to use these apps proficiently with a keyboard (and they’re heavily biased to touch) is not much easier than just switching to macOS and learning it’s keyboard shortcuts in its base applications - which are more powerful and complete than Windows 10’s, BTW... This is exacerbated by the fact that the OS is still majority Win32, so the UWP apps aren’t even ubiquitous on the platform. While UWP is the future (God help us), users are still conditioned largely with Win32 app usage. There is a reason why Apple does its redesigns in a fairly complete fashion... the inconsistency creates bad usability, and confuses users. Barring a few exceptions, built in software should look and be operated in a consistent fashion. Microsoft shouldn’t allow apps that don’t meet Windows Logo requirements and abide by the UI guidelines into the Windows Store, either. Microsoft is so lazy, they haven’t even made Notepad a UWP app; and that’s probably a 1 hour job for an intern... They simply don’t care that their platform is a hot mess. They have fallen into the trap Android OEMs fall into - features > * because it looks good to mention them on marketing material; even if usability suffers as a result.
  • Yeah, Windows 10 is defiantly less polished than previous Windows OSs. Software as a whole for Windows doesn't have the same focus on UI as other OSs do. I don't really mind too much, but I do miss buying Windows and having a complete product which I know will not change for at least 4 to 5 years.
  • This is transition from the old to the new. Does anyone remember the trasition from DOS to Windows? Does anyone remember how long it took to work the roughness out of Windows? I'm sure many of us do. I'm also sure many know the difficulty and complexity of supporting multiple changing worlds. We all adjust to the new and emerging technology in our lives: cars, TVs, phones, refrigerators. We are constantly developing new muscle memory. There is no reason we can't in the newer interface of Win10. A project I've personally taken on is teaching productive use to older people who have never used a computer before. I've done this, or tried to do this with earlier versions of Windows as well as Win10.  The differences are interesting and real. These people pick up Win10 far more readily than Win7 and earlier.  I start only with Tablet Mode and don't even show them the Desktop. They have all they need on the Start Screen. There is no need to confuse them with a "second interface" to do the same thing. A recent 72yo, never prior PC user, picked it up quickly and is working productively Skyping, emailing, creating documents, requireing little support, far less than those I've taught in the past on Desktop. This says a lot about the Win10 paradygm. After resisting the change and after watching how people learn Start Screen from scratch, I, myself, have switched to exclusive use of Start Screen on all my devices. There is no longer any need to use Desktop. I use it only to create links I can't create on Start Screen, then copy them to the Start Screen folder. There is no longer any value in Desktop for me, an decades long experienced IT Pro, who has used it all. Looking back at the histroy of these things, I have long learned not to expect perfection and know things always improve. It is also true Windows 10 has become far more productive, far more polished, far faster than Desktop Windows. Microsoft's approach to involving users in development and testing has been the right way to go and the results are much better for it. BTW, "buying" Windows is coming. I have my doubts you will be any happier.
  • I have to agree here. At launch, I thought the design of Windows 10 was adequate, but as time has gone on, the design roughness and small glitches everywhere have made me increasingly fed up with the OS. It's also exacerbated by these updates doing almost nothing to improve overall polish (and in the case of the Fall Creator's Update, actually introducing more UI roughness).
  • That’s because we all buy into the “give it time” mantra at first. Also, the fact that they “gave it away” was a brilliant move as it helped their fans to disarm complaints about the quality of the OS. Because we didn’t pay for it, people would tell us we didn’t really have the right to complain, and should just downgrade and wait if we didn’t like it. Unfortunately, downgrading is mostly a non option when you’re in the market for a new PC, and with them charging $99 for a Pro upgrade, it’s not very free on a new PC (vast majority of which ship with Home, which I will never use due to the insufficient control over updates).
  • Very good update! Can't wait to upgrade.
    My Lumia 930 is dying, so I had to buy an android phone.
    Very nice feature the Windows integration with phones!
    Nice job Microsoft!
  • That my people, I agree with Zac, seems like has been picked from Windows Phone 8.1 and put into Windows 10; with both hamburger and ellipsis, its not part of one design language either. Doesn't blend in easily with rest of OS.
  • I will stay as i am I think, at least until there is enough people out there using it  so i know if there are any problems.  There is nothing on there that I will use, so i am in no rush to update, in fact some things like story remix I will get rid off as soon as.    
  • I'm a french user i'd love to test the emoji keyb feature but it seems that it's not available with a french keyboard or maybe control keys are not the same ? I don't know and I can't find the information... Could you help me?
  • Yeah it's not opening on UK keyboard either... I don't think it's the keyboard, more likely another signature buggy release by Microsoft.
  • This happens for Greek too, and I assume for every other language except US English. I submitted feedback for that, please vote if you agree.
  • I like windows 10 a lot but still half-baked and MS is still at a loss where windows go to.
  • I'll say. Just finished installing 16299.19 on a production touchscreen laptop. The Action Center doesn't even scroll with touch. Something that half-baked and prominent should not have made it to production!
  • Works good with my Surface Pro 4.
  • Okay, so Windows 10 Fail Creators Update is here. Time to stop inventing new features and damn emojies for at least half year and just keep fixing bugs and optimizing. Feedback Hub is full of them. Windows 10 on non SSD disk is horrible, also Visual Studio 2017. VS 2013 is faster and smoother in virtualized W8.1 via VMware running on W7 than VS 2017 running on W10. W10 is always doing something in background, but you with SSD will not notice it. But on hard drive it is rapidly slowing performance. Damn antimalware scan during loging into desktop -> very great invention...
  • That's what I wish the team would focus ALL of their energy on: bug fixes. Just bug fixes. Just get it polished first, then add the gimmicks. I don't care what the fanboys say, They can keep lying to themselves all they want. Windows 10 is STILL buggy after almost three years.
  • No SSD in 2017 and complaining. Sorry for you.
  • a lot of laptops are still being sold with traditional hard drives.
  • Huh?
  • Some people have things like gaming laptops. A 1-2TB hybrid drive is kind of superior with games weighing in at 20-50GB routinely. Some are even heavier.  You gonna buy that 1-2 TB+ SSD for them? everyone loves to tell others to buy SSDs, but they forget that they are still quite expensive at the higher capacities, and every form factor doesn’t have the luxury of multiple drive bays.  I don’t tend to find I/O much of a bottleneck when I use laptops with 5400 RPM drives, anyways, even for gaming. The boot times are slower, but that’s what Suspend is for.  The fact that Windows Update is so laggard on platter drives is a Windows Update issue. I’ve never really felt performance impacted the same when doing “apt-get update” on Linux and it pulls down 30 packages to install/update. I can use the system while that’s going on and almost not feel it  the fans barely run  Windows Update sends your PC into madness, and you often do feel a heavy performance impact. Even on my system, with a fast SSD, Windows upgrades take quite a long time. Getting more hardware to cover the problem up doesn’t fix the problem. It just masks it.  It is still a problem for the other people who don’t want to spend $300 on a decent SSD for a gaming laptop, that doesn’t require them to delete games just to install others (and we know how low free space destroys SSD performance). SSDs are great for people with money to burn or machines with low storage prerequisites. They are awful for others due to storage requirements or expense. In 2017, most computer users still use mechanical hard drives.  Welcome to the future. 
  • I would love to get more 3rd party support for the my people function. If I could link in messenger and maybe mysms for my Android, or maybe... I dunno... GET SKYPE SMS SYNC ON ANDROID????? Either way, add those and I'll actually find a use for the my people function.
  • I would use my people if I can link Hangouts. But knowing Google...
  • "Still missing obvious options and functions" - so true. They have now shipped two updates targeted at "creators", and Explorer can't even display thumbnails or previews for SVG files.
  • They should have stuck with Windows 8 and not tried to take old Windows and make it modern. It's a mishmash and slow.
  • They should have stuck with Windows 7 and focused on integrating the mobile with the desktop, as Apple has done. Apple isn’t talking about touchscreens and pens on happy ops, and they still sell a ton of them because it works amazingly with an iPhone.    Microsoft needed to go that rought. Windows Phone failed because they copied the wrong parts of Apples strategy and were too slow the implement the good parts.    If Microsoft had Continuity and handoff features, people like me would have taken the app gap as a necessary evil because the convenience in using the phone’s linchpin functions would have been so high.  As long as they had apps for some of the most important social services and a decent UI for playing web video (the iOS web player is really good now - I’ve uninstalled the YouTube app!) it would have been fine.  Buying a Windows Pc would have made Windows Phone a sort of no brained, and the probably wouldn’t have needed to port Office to Android or iOS at all, as they’d have been able to sell it much easier to businesses- particularly if these things worked for managed devices. 
  • It is MUCH easier to teach new users from 3 to 72 using Win10 Tablet Mode on all hardware forms than it is on Desktop. For the adults, Live Tiles are much more interesting, useful, therefore engaging, than Icons.  Win10 gets far too much criticism from the long-time users. I've been at this since CPM and have seen it all. With some reluctance, after watching new users use Start Screen exclusively, I have also made the switch. There is no need for Desktop.
  • They should have stuck with MS-DOS, where the command line is your friend.
  • I know you’re trying to be facetious (look ma, look what I did), but you’re coming across as a bit of an idiot. 
  • Nice social media sludge reaction there n8ter#AC! Ahy is right
  • Idiot?  That's a bit harsh, don't you think?  Yes, of course I was being sarcastic.  But frankly, the "they should have stuck with Win7" crowd, of which you're clearly a member, is getting old.  It's not helpful.  Rather than proffering a useless pro-Win7/anti-Win10 rant, I suggest you instead provide your thoughts on how Win10 could best move forward.
  • To bad the update DOESN"T install on the computer.  It appears nothing is being done for it to install correctly. Thank goodness for my Windows 8.1 on my main computer.  I was starting to use the Windows 10 PC more often, but do to the Featured update for Enterprise 1703 is taking more then 4 weeks to try to install and takes so many hours out of my time trying to install, then FAILs. I use the BEST WIndows 8.1 more often now.  
  • Some functions are missing with many bugs and issues are still found in windows 10. Microsoft need to give updates to fix these issues, But free user will face problems from these types of continue updates So user must have to activate its OS to get necessary updates only, For which free user can be bought cheap windows 10 license from ODosta Store.
  • The Win+. Emoji panel does not work/open...
  • Not working for me also.
  • I can't recommend to upgrade if you are using Tablet Mode regularly. The new software keyboard is very slow and sometimes doesn't even show up.
  • Works fine for me.
  • Just like the NEW Microsoft... They add features  THEY WANT not what the consumer asks for. Nice minor UI upgrades but, that is really it for 95% of consumers. The bigger question for me is what did they break ? With Major updates, evey one so far, an application or piece of hardware stoppped working (driver not compatable sometimes, or just applications stop working). I guess time will tell... Bugs are still preseting with Windows 10.... A new install of Windows 7 x64, is STILL more stable and solid than a new fully upgraded Windows 10 machine (this i not direct to you fanboys, this is REAL WORLD).
  • I can sense the frustration in whiners like David here.  They're struggling more with each update to find anything significant about which to complain.  
  • I wont know anyway, the dam update wont istall. Tried all the tricks in the book, nothing works... 0x80004005 Tried at my office and got it to install...YEP it broke an app that wont even run now... Great job Microsoft, fix 3 things break 2... I guess we will be blocking this update at our office..
  • Absolutely wrong about Win10. It's the most stable OS I and my dozens of clients have ever used and I support.
  • LOL spoken like a real FANBOY.... Get over it, just because it works for you, it does not work for everyone else.  I've worked in IT for over 20 years, I know what I am talking about and I can speak for many clients that have more problems with 10 than they ever did with 7 but, the big issues are application compatabilty (mostly older apps that cant be upgraded for under $5 million+)  and the clients CANT upgrade the apps. Sure in the PERFECT world, you run all Microsoft products and ONLY install applications from the Store, it should be stable and very stable....but, this is not the real world in MOST companies...
  • That's IT for you, it's in a constant state of change.
    And expecting something to keep working, even when an application is over 10 years old, on a more modern OS is just sticking your head in the sand.
    Plus nowadays with virtual pc's etc. it's easy to keep things going for that handful of apps that some of the people can't live without. I did stuff like this mutliple times.
    And if it's really that costly to move on, they should have a long and sturdy talk to the company who delivered the software. On the one hand we demand constant change and more features, on the other hand we gripe when some backwards compatibility is sacrifised to do so...
  • Well said.
  • Just updated to FCU but I have no On-Demand sync option nor Onedrive asked me to enable it automatically.
    Plus there's still no differential sync feature in Onedrive engine. If you modify a big file the client upload the whole file!
    I hoped it was fixed because I've read on the web this feature would have come in Q2 2017.
    The rest of the update is very nice.
    I appreciated a lot the battery power management slider. It was absurd to use third party software or going into power scheme window to switch the power plan!
    Still testing the rest of changes ;)
  • My Surface Book got updated in 20 minutes, no issues at all, PC is quite fast as before.
    Users who still rely on HDD for main OS drive and complain about W10 being slower than CU should consider upgrading to SSD, it the actual bottleneck of every modern computer.
  • Thanks to Zac Bowden and Windows Central for this detailed and exhaustive article :)
  • I like the update! Lots of new features! Digging it on my SP3!
  • I'm getting it through Windows Update, but it does nothing but fail to upgrade... over and over again. So, now I'm afraid to use my PC off the charger, because it does a full download/prepare/install everytime, and I don't want it destroying my battery with this when I'm trying to use it to get stuff done untethered... Still takes forever and a day to download and install from Windows Update.  Not really noticing anything different than any other time. I think I'm just going to click the option to delay and set it to maximum time frame, as I consider the update to be broken at this point...  Don't want to risk anything, at least not before the Holiday season when I get my new MacBook. After that, I won't care :-P
  • How can you use that MacBook. My company MacBook Pro is heavy, full of fan noise and easy to scratch. 
  • macOS.  It's fabulous. And I can't really take that seriously...  Someone always has a "company" MacBook/iMac/iPhone/iPad that "sucks" when you tell them you're replacing a Windows/Android device with a[nother] Apple device. For people that care about weight, there is the MacBook Air and MacBook.  The MacBook Pro is more like an iMac in Notebook form.  It is not an "Ultrabook" and therefore is not designed to be the lighest maching on the market.  That would defeat the purpose, wouldn't it?  Sort of like how the Surface Laptop and Surface Book aren't designed with the same goals in mind... I use Apple devices because of their platforms.  They're polished.  They feel more like commercial products. Windows 10 feels not much different than a Linux Desktop Environment (e.g. KDE) these days.  When I use it, I don't really get the feeling that I want to trust my files and data to such a device, becasue it doesn't look or feel reliable.  Not saying it isn't.  I just don't get the impression that it is.  This makes it hard to enjoy using the platform, and to feel good about investing in it (i.e. buying a $2,000 machine built to run it).
  • I am getting Error 0x80242006, does anyone know how to fix this? 
  • Got similar error, not same though...  0x80d02002 Tried installing through Windows update 3x.  Same error.  Takes about an hour to download and install each time, so I'm just flipping the switch to delay it for 365 days and moving on with my life.  I won't even use the PC that much longer, and I don't want it trying to download and install stuff when I'm off the charger on WiFi (killing my battery in the process).
  • Oooooooooh, a blur effect.  Be still my beating heart. 
  • yes, that is the only feature they added. Don't like it? Design your own Operating system or get a job at MS on the Windows Design team.   oh, you don't know anything about OS coding/design? .... well, then by all means, keep criticizing others work while on break at McDonalds.
  • Asus laptops for example, have an app called ASUS Battery Health Charging which allows users to choose whether they want maximum life span for batteries or full charge or balanced scheme. Will this app be in conflict with windows 1709's battery life enhancements feature?  
  • The BIG update I'm waiting for is for Mail/People to be able to do group emails (again). Frustrating to read of fancy new features when basic features are still missing.
  • Patience, they bring all the features from Windows 8.x back slowly.
  • It’s been two years. Asking for patience is becoming unreasonable at this point. Other platforms don’t have this issue. The basics are much more polished. 
  • Totally agree. !!
  • It's a big mess!!!! Programs are not opening. Takes an eternity to boot. Onedrive is asking for settings every time. Google drive doesn't sync. I'm returning asap to previous version. So far,a big failure
  • Uninstalled/hide most of this new stuff. Still no brightness slider?
  • I don't see any of it being mentioned but apparently you can now remap buttons for Xbox One controller in the Xbox Accessories app. AFAIK, oinly the Elite controller could do this before but now, the Configure button is clickable even for my Xbox One S controller. Sweet!
  • phone linking snt wrking for me. just keeps sending me a link to download cortana, which is already installed. if i hi the icon to send to pc on my phone from within cortana, it tries to find my device (pc)  but can't
  • I just got the update all finished up. been playing around with it for a while, including letting it read a lot of this article to me. It is running smooth as silk. Not one hiccup installing. Fast as ever. Love it.  Fantastic update. Good job MS. Of course there is always room for improvement, but over all, this is a superb update.  Yes, MacOS have a little more consistency here and there, but MS really is trying hard with Windows 10 and it shows. I wouldn't mind them stealing a little a few features from a Mac, but as it is now. I am impressed. 
  • Well a few things of note: 1.  You can voice search with Cortana without turning it on fully. 2.  OneNote UWP app can not be uninstalled via right click on the Start Menu.  It's literally unusable without a Microsoft Account, so no point in having it installed and be a Share Target, etc. (and if I had one, I'd be using our Office 365 Home subscription, where OneNote 2016 is far more usable than that UWP app).  I might create a burner account to back up my Music Library to OneDrive. Makes it easier to move new track/album purchases over from my Mac (since I don't have to copy files from PC to PC physically or over BT (slow)). 3.  You can now create contacts on device with the People App (no need to connect an account to it, though it will display as "Microsoft Account" - so they're probably simulating one for the purpose of Data Storage. 4.  The above seem to apply to the Calendar App, as well. 5.  People thing seems completely broken.  Won't let me connect Mail App to it (just opens the Mail App).  Maybe it's cause I'm using an IMAP account and not Exchange/ 6.  "Get Help App" with a bot to use the Windows 10 install base as a free way to train their bot technology?  Hillarious. 7.  A Spotify Link in the Groove App...  Weird, and the icon is quite jarringly pink on my screen... 8.  The new "Info Pane" for Cortana is a big improvement over what it was before...  I wish they would just pop her up smilar to Spotlight and Siri on macOS, though... 9.  They fixed Windows Search.  I can now search for and find an app in my start menu... again. 10.  Performance seems good, but I've only just installed it (though I don't really expect that to change, frankly).
  • Photos - Photos. How often do I have to reorganise/create my albums? With this latest update, my albums have been wiped again, and I can start from scratch again. And still no "return to previous screen" button in tablet mode when sharing your holiday pics with people/friends who are not familiair with Windows 10! After all those years this photo app is still an embarrassment, unfit as a photo viewer.
  • I do hope you guys do some more articles showing the much less obvious things.  I Highly recommend ( unless you need previous versions ) to go to Storage sense and put a Check in the box that says Remove Previous Version of Windows. Cleaning files + deleting previous versions saved me 19GB!!!!! Also if you click File Explorer, then View, Click on Options on the right side of nav. bar you can select Open File Explorer To: This PC instead of Quick access. There are a millions of little things that people would likely Love to know. Please do some articles on those types of 'features'.
  • The OS already deleted those files automatically after some time, and you could always delete them instead of Disk Cleanup.  The real + is automatically deleting Recycling Bin and Temporary Files, which I think was in the Creator's update.  I think this update added "Delete Downloads that haven't changed in 30 days," which I personally find a bad option (since I tend to leave downloads that don't change, but I repeatedly access in that folder - too many apps clutter up "Documents" with <AppName> folders, etc.). You could open File Explorer to This PC instead of Quick Access pretty much since Windows 10 was released.
  • if it already deleted those files it wouldn't have gained 19GB... duhhhh.  after you DL something. put it where it goes.  and again, not everyone knows about being able to change those things. jus stfu already. go back to iMore 
  • So they bring a bunch of functions from Windows 8.x back and thats reason to celebrate?
  • Just completed the update on my 5 year old 3rd gen laptop. The touchpad that went bonkers after creators update is normal again (finally rid of usb mouse again). RAM utilization has dipped for now, would have to wait to see if its just due to the refreshed OS or the update really has such charm.
  • Ouch. I've found a quite annoying bug in Edge.
    If I try to download a file from WeTransfer and choose save or save as the download doesn't start and keep in standby state.
    Furthermore, when this happens, other opened tabs stop working, other websites doesn't load and Edge become sluggish.
    To fix this I've to close and reopen Edge. But the download doesn't work correctly anyway.
    Now I have one cumulative update pending, I'll update and check if the issue is solved.
    It's very annoying, Edge seems not working very good in every build, I had various issues in the past and recently.
  • Concerning the phone linking - Can you connect your phone to multiple PCs or is it a one-to-one scenario?
  • They missed fluent design on taskbar.
  • Can't install. Got error on 45% :(
  • I agree I wish Windows 10 was more polished design wise. The win32 icons look like win xp days. Oh and the blurrrrr found in the fonts of old apps like device manager at high dpi screens puh lease. They should get great ideas from the independent creators I watched in youtube and they have cool ideas.
  • You could start using the start screen exclusively. In fact, there is no need to use the desktop from now on, even for old apps. You can pin or save desktop apps and links to the start screen.
  • Yeah I get your point you can do that but for some maintenance issues like buggy drivers for printers you have to access control panel and device manager for unrecognized devices.. and for some mods like regedit. I wish they focused on this before and not let it become an eye sore.
  • You can do all that running in tablet mode. Right click on the Window. Seriously, I thought I needed the desktop, until I went tablet mode on one of my smaller tablets, and got all of my desktop icons on my start screen and used start screen full screen. Desktop is only used to create link icons that I then add to start screen, then go back to tablet mode.
  • Have many business clients on Win10 laptops and just don't see the slow down.
  • I found out that they have also added GPUs to the task manager, useful when gaming or using graphics-demanding programs. Also Edge is also grouped up into one program now in the 'running programs' list, before there would be lots of small Microsoft Edges in the list but that would use a lot of memory (ram) when added up.
  • Why the heck was my comment deleted? Super confused....
  • OneDrive on demand. I'm waiting that.
  • fall creators update says we can use pen as a clicker, How?  there is not one thing on how to do this and I have looked through the settings, nothing is there will allow me to know how to set that up.  Everyone is printing the same microsoft release about this but how about actually telling us how to set the pen up as a clicker, I want that
  • No Friends INDEED!!!! lmao!!! Love ya videos Zac!! Indeed.....Indeed!
  • No, just a REAL experienced Pro. Been in IT LOTS longer than you, but just saying because you did. So two things, you run 7 only where you need it. Some do, but the lion share of our clients don't need 7. And for those who do, keep warning the end is near and the check will be written.
    And you work to find the solutions in Win10. For the business office professional, Win10 IS THE most stable OS yet
  • anyone worked on protected folders yet? at it's current state, it is quite difficult to allow an application as you'd have to find the exact .EXE file to allow. i would think it should be as easy as allowing an application thru the firewall.
  • I updated yesterday but the onedrive files on demand feature didn't appear to me!
  • I'm seeing it now. There seems to be a delay, possibly related to configuring between the cloud and PC.
  • You had to do anything to it appears? 
  • Go to One Drive folder from This PC and right click there. press settings and go to the Settings tab there. under Files on Demand coloumn check Save Space and download files as you use them. then right click on the files you want to free and free them. 
  • People app emphasizes how bad the contact system(s) is in the Windows environment. There is still no master contacts list. Outlook on the web differs from the People app, which differs from the contacts in Mail, etc. Never mind Skype with its multiple databases and undeletable old accounts. I've given up trying to figure out from where a contact's picture and data are being pulled. Even the user's Microsoft ID doesn't seem to take precedence. I never know which one of my profile picture's I will see in an app. I guess this is a hard computer problem.
  • Please explain how to use surface pen as PowerPoint clicker. Can't seem to find the setting. Thanks
  • What is the green grass theme called...looks good.
  • What happened to edges??? On my PC, they're really thick. Must be a bug...
  • It's the theme you have selected. Go to settings and set the theme to 'Windows'. Same thing happened to me, for some reason updating resets the theme.
  • The phone integration should had an Android SMS-app so you could write and read SMS via your phone carrier on any W10 machine. At last, Edge with F11 full screen.
    But how long do we have to wait for a select right click serarch the web option? Or select CTRL + F and the selection is auto copied to the serch box?
  • All this seems great, but why doesn't windows switch on my camera any more for face recognition log in?  You guys need to get to grips with the glitches you issue so that you aren't continually screwing up people's computers.  Even though it may be a small percentage who get messed up, given the widespread use of windows, that's an awful lot of people.  Come on guys, sort it out.
  • Hi, have just updated version 1709 during an update. Had no warning it was coming. Gave me lots of bugs. Couldn't access Setings, Outlook and file history. But read on windows central that file history might have been removed. Is that correct.
  • Between home and work I use nine computers. Four have been disabled or degraded by FCU so far. The worst was the server at work where with FCU update to Windows 10N Windows Media Player and all mp3-4 deposition files were deleted, apparently as a matter of procedure. That's right: SOFTWARE DELETED. GONE. Tech Support reinstalled it via Remote Access, but we have never recovered the files and now we have no cursor. Three others are either frozen at some stage of download/installation or we can't access them. The remaining 5 units have been turned off as a precaution. Internet connections are glacially slow (timed out) or non existent ("unable to locate this server"). Word processors have quirks. Office 2003 on this unit goes to top of the page with EVERY carriage return. The Internet is slower than when we had a 1200 BAUD dial-up. Whoever created this incredible screwup needs to be terminated. We called the Linux people this morning.
  • I'm sorry but that was one of the worst and hardest to follow video presentations I have ever seen
  • Well I had to do a full restore on my PC.  It started with windows update nudging me to do the fall creators update, but when I did I had issues, video on PC online games lagged badly.  But the biggest problem was I could no longer use a dual monitor (extend your desktop) feature.  So I would roll it back and everything worked fine.  Of course I could only do this for so long before I HAD to do the update.  And I did.  But this time a bad error.  Ox80090016 and it wouldnt accept my pin.  nor my password.  and I tried all combinations and variations, but no go.  Even tried safe mode but only got me as far as reset and restore.  Of course without my password, I was doomed to a full restore.  Anyway, it is done.  BUT it still will not recognize that I have two monitors.  I even purchased a new monitor incase my old second monitor (Lenovo) was having driver issues.  But still the same even with a new ASUS monitor.  You can change cords flip them around, but it will recognize each one, but individually and not together.  SO  ... any suggestions?
  • Microsoft Edge is not ready for prime time when you have to disable your extensions so it won't crash constantly. Resetting the app does not work.