First Major Update for Windows 10

While waiting for the Windows 10 November update to resolve my Xbox problems, I’ve tried to see what’s really in it for me, besides a lengthy time-wasting upgrade period and up to then a lot of non-working apps, like the Xbox app.

Microsoft says,

  • that the new update improves performance over Windows 7, which for me is irrelevant since I noted that already in the original upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. So, nothing new there.
  • that there are new features in Cortana, which to my knowledge still isn’t available in Sweden. So, nothing new there, either.
  • that there are new features in Edge, however Edge is still not on par with Firefox in areas such as syncing my favorites, offering addons and plugins. So any news in Edge is a waste of time for me.
  • there’s also said to be a lot of upgrades to
    • mail (don’t use it since I use Office365)
    • calendar (don’t use it either)
    • Groove (what’s that…?)
    • Xbox (hm, ok, it starts to work again, that’s nice)
    • Store (haven’t seen much news yet, still a lot of unuseful apps)
    • OneNote (nice, but I use the OneNote 2016 in Office365)
    • Solitaire (oh well, one for the kids, maybe)
    • Photos (not sure what’s new but that’s nice, sometimes I even open it and look, mostly though what I see of it is the icon on the start menu, but I guess it’s good anyway)
  • And then there’s supposed to be a lot of updates for office users, which I am not, (on these computers).

So, essentially it’s a major upgrade to resolve a login problem caused by another update, to offer me a new photo icon on the start menu, and maybe give the kids some news in playing solitaire.

I still like Windows 10, but I hope the next major update brings me something more useful.


I used to update because I needed to, now I update because I’m forced

Earlier versions of Windows gave me the opportunity to patch and install updates frequently, in order to keep the system stable and secure. And I did update as soon as possible.

With Windows 10 this has changed, now I update because I am forced to. Since I can’t block patches. Like a few weeks ago, in mid-october, when KB3097617 was released, and Explorer.exe started to hang on my Windows 10 Pro machine, (though luckily not on the ones running Windows 10 Home). Typically like this, if any dialogbox shows up at all.

Explorer.exe system hang 2015-11-28 2

Add to this now the latest upgrades of apps, which I can’t stop, which upgrades the Xbox app from version 9-something to 11-something, after which it won’t login any more. Instead just giving a green screen, and nothing else can be done, no buttons, no logout, nothing.

Xbox wont log in 2015-11-28

At first I thought I had a corrupt user profile. But then by coincidence one of the computers downloaded the Windows 10 November update, which oddly made the Xbox app start to work again.

Now if only I could force the other computers to download the November update instead of just waiting for it to happen magically at the time of Microsofts choosing.

This new enforced upgrade policy is starting to get slightly annoying, loosing me time not being able to run software I have paid for, loosing time troubleshooting things I shouldn’t have to, and loosing time waiting for updates I cannot force install. Time I could use for many other things.


I am contemplating buying an Xbox

I am somewhat hesitant. I am contemplating buying an Xbox, but…
would that become an Xbox used by the kids so I could free up my computers for my own use, or would it become an Xbox for me and they remain glued to my computers ?

And either way, I would really prefer having a Blue-Ray player instead of my current DVD, but I don’t want an additional “box” if I can avoid it. It would be so nice if I could combine these and get an Xbox with a Blue-Ray player.

Or an Xbox and a Blue-Ray HDD recorder ? So many choices, so little space…