It’s close to one year now since the global release of Windows 10 on 29 July 2015. Compared to the foregone Windows, the “new and improved” Windows OS experienced an impressive response in the total number of users who adopted its use from the date it was launched to the public.
This meant so many things to the early adopters. Generally, Windows enthusiasts could now enjoy real-time computing experiences lacking in previous operating systems, whether on a mobile device or a PC.
Although the huge migration was a remarkable feat by the company, for most users, the switch has become a nightmare. Majority of problems stemming up from the OS have been directly linked to annoying features that were added to make it more efficient. This rather exacerbates the situation. Fortunately, some of the problems only require a quick fix, but you need to spot them first.
Here are our top ten most annoying features in Windows 10 that you might probably relate to.
Forceful Windows Updates
If you love some me time on your computer as much as the next person, you probably hate the forceful Windows updates that occur every so often. It is quite understandable that these updates are super-important in boosting functionality of the OS with new programs; however, there should be a better system in place for users to make a choice when they could kickstart the update process- something that they have been denied.
Despite the fact that Windows 10 handles post-update reboots much better than previous Windows versions, the feature still needs to take a back seat. To fix this problem, open the settings app, click on ‘select update & security’ icon, select ‘advanced options’ then ‘notify’ option in order to be alerted whenever an update is available.
Ineffective Windows DVD Player
With the exit of Windows Media Center came about variable functionality problems that Microsoft later corrected though sparingly. The response to users’ hue and cry over the loss of Windows Media Center was Microsoft’s Windows DVD Player app that has elicited a low rating from reviewers due to its inability to replicate what the former media player could do. The biggest problems with Windows DVD Player include; a “must-do” restart of the app every time you switch discs, and in some situations failure to play your DVDs. Since there is no turning back on this new development, we can only hope that Microsoft will help weather the storm.
Unresponsive Printer Drivers
Getting your printer to work with Windows 10 can sometimes seem like a tall order. Never fret, as most people tend to share a similar fate. The problem is simply your printer drivers. To fix this technical hitch, go to the control panel, click on Devices and Printers, and then right click the printer icon to remove the driver. Install a responsive driver from the internet for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 as the operating system at this point does not matter as such.
Having several apps installed on your computer puts you at risk of experiencing never-ending start-up time, reason being, Windows 10 allows all apps to load once at whenever you boot your computer. To stop this problem, run the Task Manager and disable all the unnecessary apps.
Protected View Feature
If you have just updated your operating system to Windows 10 and cannot open your MS office files, you might be experiencing difficulties with the protected view feature. Some of the resultant notifications associated with the complication include “file is corrupt and cannot be opened”, “unable to start correctly” or “experience an error trying to open file”. To get rid of this, conduct a system search for programs and features and then select Office on the list. Right-click this option and select online repair for the troubleshoot process to begin.
Costly Bandwidth Sharing for Updates
With this feature, users get an experience that is synonymous to using the torrents program whenever they download a Windows update file. In relation to the app, downloading Up-to-date files on the OS means uploading parts of the same file to other users as well. This is a costly affair, which is why it is humorous that Microsoft deemed bandwidth sharing an experience like no other.
The purpose of this app is to share Wi-Fi passwords with your social media friends automatically. For safety reasons, Microsoft does not allow other parties to view your password even when in use by them, which is great! On a positive note, this reduces the monotony of having to spell out complicated passwords to other people when they need access. For that, they deserve a pat on the back. But here comes the kicker; if it’s your secret password, why should Microsoft be having it in their servers in the first place?
This controversial feature might sound appealing to some, but when you think deeply about it, it is extremely creepy. Getting-to-know-you feature basically stores all the steps you make on your computer; from voice recordings, typing history, information from your contacts, calendar, and even your handwriting. This is quite a generous gesture to hackers considering that they now have an easy time accessing your personal details.
With the Windows 10 update, say hi to those annoying targeted ads we all love to block on our computers. Since this operating system comes with a unique advertising ID that ensures better targeting of ads, you should consider getting used to the inconveniences that comes with a backlog of ads. Luckily, 3-rd party apps are immune to this plight.
App Access to Your Current Location
Windows 10 makes it difficult for users to hide their location. Given that third-party apps can access your location, Webcam, and microphone, there seems to be a huge infringement on users’ privacy more than ever before. To guard yourself from you-know-who, switch off this feature from the privacy menu by changing the settings on the location tab.
Majority of Windows 10 users agree that they enjoy using the latest OS due to the seamless functionalities on offer; however, a good number of these users also admit that the operating system performs much better only when these problems and more are done away with. What do you say?
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