Friday, March 11, 2016

Windows 10 Sucks

Remember when Microsoft decided to give away Windows 10? Well, now we know why they gave it away. First, Windows 10 provides an OS that sends your data to the "cloud" and makes it easier for government oversight (That's right, sweetie, nothing is private anymore. We know what you do when nobody is looking...). Secondly, Windows 10 just plain old sucks.

Windows 10 is slow, it's buggy, and it's not as easy to navigate -- plus, like I said, it surrenders your privacy.

Here are things that suck and are common across practically every Windows version:

1) significant slowdowns caused by installations and uninstallations overtime, disk fragmentation - yes we have SSDs so this problem can be considered gone, but Microsoft has really done nothing to deal with this issue on their operating system level

2) Windows registry - this is simply a mess, no sane developer would ever use thing like this to store configuration

3) folder system is a mess - when you uninstall an application, there is often leftover mess in ProgramData, AppData Roaming, AppData Local, AppData LocalLow and various other places most users don't even know about

4) svchost.exe which is responsible for RAM handling, it's really unbelievable such ancient ineffective flawed way is still preserved in worldwide leading operating system.

5) safe mode isn't really a safe mode, because it still lets malware to run successfully.

6) clean installation state is practically nonexistent, for practically all OEM distributions.

7) user rights are a joke - either you are system admin and so let any malware be installed without notice - or you have just a basic user rights and often cannot even plug external disk because driver installation fails due to insufficient rights.

8) bad installer packaging system - .MSI is fragile and pain to work with, especially for administrators.

9) system wide updates are nonexistent, let's say you update certain Windows component negatively affects functionality of some third-party software, but you are not being notified/asked about update of that software. Windows (10) Sucks

10) it's often impossible to get proper drivers for hardware devices, with no versatile drivers available either.

11) debugging culprits of problems (such as slow boot) is very difficult, practically impossible without third-party utilities.

12) Windows often refuses to boot properly, although in most cases it's caused by minor hiccup in system, sadly often requires clean reinstall of whole system.

13) Windows is hardware dependent (situation is even worse with UEFI), so it's not possible to just grab a disk with installed Windows and put it into entirely different PC, it will not boot at all most likely.

14) Windows Updates are terribly unreliable, tricky, very slow to install, wasting disk space, wasting cpu and ram, wasting users' time.

15) retarded logic of looping installation of updates which failed to install (often for couple hours making your PC unavailable) sounds like a bad joke, but indeed is a harsh reality.

16) absolutely no way to upgrade system without any leftover mess (and as I mentioned above the complex files&folders structure, practically impossible to ever clean).

17) Windows installer is not friendly to any other non-Microsoft operating systems already installed, always overwrites Master Boot Record, in case of detecting another Windows versions, it will make this new installed system primary without absolutely any notice, no questions asked - but that's not all, UEFI is going step further, Microsoft actively preventing OSes which don't support UEFI to be usable at all along Windows with UEFI.

18) WinSxS could have been a nice way to keep backup of files, sadly this process keeps versions of files user will absolutely never ever need, so for ex. you use english version of OS but this process will store backup copies of countless other languages if included.

19) Cryptic error messages - who the f*ck gives a damn about number of the error, Windows takes over 10GB of disk space, so why couldn't it include brief info about errors, so users would actually know at least a bit what's (not) going on?!

20) Windows OSes are wordlwide being used most, so obviously malware coders are targeting this platform most, yet Microsoft has done nothing to effectively disable ability to modify system files during runtime.

21) constant disk activity of Windows system is ridiculous, it literally steals performance from user all the time, for nothing!

22) NTFS file system is over 25 years old, and Microsoft's programmers are still unable to cope with its fragmentation, neither develop some new filesystem which would be more effective - things are getting even worse due to the fact most Windows applications are not preallocating files, therefore producing even more fragmentation.

23) sadly Windows anti-virus solutions make PC even more vulnerable, so honestly if your primary concern is good security, then stop using Windows and migrate to Linux, immediately.

24) annoying Windows 10 upgrade is being pushed among mandatory updates in Windows 7/8/8.1 which is inacceptable, and actually lying to users.

Now, here are things which suck about Windows 10 specifically:

1) Windows 10 spying is unacceptable, Microsoft hasn't explained it yet, even admitted it cannot be stopped, I'm seriously curious if any company/enterprise will ever upgrade to Windows 10.

2) Microsoft even boasts about the spying results, in other words they openly promote they are spying on Edge users, Gallery app users, what programs you run, for how long you run them etc... I mean, what the f*ck, seriously?!

3) Microsoft explicitly lying about older Windows, claiming if you buy a printer or game right now it will not work well in Windows 7, they even openly admit they are pushing their software and hardware partners into Windows 10, which will result in nothing less than even more security holes and virus backdoors.

4) according to Microsoft's EULA, you are giving Microsoft rights to use use any of your (personal) content related to the services like Bing, Cortana (a built-in file indexer and search in Windows 10, even if voice functions are disabled), OneDrive or Skype - Microsoft obviously tried to paint everything in positive light, but I am not going to believe someone who keeps changing their statements all the time.

5) quality of Windows 10 as it is right now (if I were optimistic) BETA release:

5.1) GWX app upgrades the PCs which are clearly incompatible with Windows 10 due to lack of drivers of used peripherials.

5.2) Microsoft evidently hides information about Windows 10 updates, no clear indication of update being "fix" or "improvement", influences and consequences of updates are unknown.

5.3) Start Menu still sometimes fails to open for plenty users.

5.4) Cortana on the other hand often opens by itself annoyingly.

6) no real control over crucial features of the OS.

6.1) as Microsoft clearly shows, there updates are being released fluently, no big ServicePacks planned, which basically means the whole OS is a work in constant progress and so you are perpetual beta tester.

6.2) forced updates cannot be opted out, no matter how much they fail (search for stories about KB3081424 for ex.).

6.3) Safe Mode has become inaccessible unless you have booted into running OS - because fck logic, right? - so it totally defeats the purpose of Safe Mode, plus in case you try to get into Safe Mode, you need to get through almost a dozen steps (instead of single F8 key during boot, as known in Win7 and older).

7) terrible UI inconsistency.

7.1) ClearType2 for classic softwares and weird gryish filter for modern apps.

7.2) visual decorations and styles are ridiculously inconsistent and not matching together.

7.3 classic Control Panel and modern Settings of entirely different design and layout is an annoying mess to work with.

7.4) inconsistent font faces and sizes.

7.5) different styles of settings for modern apps.

7.6) context menus layout and appearance is utter mess.

8) terrible customizability, dubious design and extremely limited functionality in general (compared to Win7/XP, not even trying to compare it to Linux distros).

8.1) classic Control Panel and modern Settings are obviously done without any logic put into the split process of making 2 separate control panels, no clear indication of what's the purpose of using each for what things.

8.2) following the point above, certain control widgets/windows are spread between Control Panel and Settings (for ex. users management), it seems like a joke but it's not.

8.3) no classic UI decorations, barely any settings of Windows 10 decorations.

8.4) choice of colors is truly awful.

8.5) amateurish set of icons, without any option to choose different icon set.

8.6) many Windows 10 Apps are still not fully replacing their Win7/Vista/XP counterparts in terms of design and functionality.

8.7) Start Menu is like saying fck off to anyone who has hopes of using it, literally zero customization, alphabetical non-expandable list of programs is joke.

9) true nightmare for users with limited or metered internet connection.

9.1) updates being now mandatory, you can only choose when do you want to reboot the PC (and from my own experience Windows 10 ignores that if you leave PC running for more than 20 days without reboot) but not when do you want to download the updates, since some users and companies use 3G/4G backup on their wired network interfaces, Windows 10 doesn't know and will not give a sh!t about how are you connected to internet.

9.2) if you're still using Windows 7/8/8.1, then you should be aware of fact that Windows 10 is downloaded automatically, regardless of your decision about the Windows 10 upgrade, that's about 4GB of data many people absolutely don't need, 4GB of writes to shorten lifespan of your SSD, 4GB of internet bandwidth - and this all every time you manually delete it.

9.3) by default Windows 10 wastes your precious upload speed (which usually is 10x-100x less than your download speed) to distribute updates to other users around you - yes basically torrenting without letting you know - this obviously has negative impact on network response, network speeds, disk response, disk speeds and overall system performance.

10) Wi-Fi sense, the incredible feature which most people would consider unquestionably illegal, gives anyone in your Skype, Outlook, Hotmail, Facebook etc.. to be granted access to your Wi-Fi network as long as they are in its range.

11) if you decide to add another user to your PC, then make sure you have enough disk space for it - newly created profile with literally nothing useful has over 300MB (!)

12) then once you first login to the newly created account, you will need to wait (without absolutely no choice) until Windows 10 bloats it with default apps and other useless things, which on regular disk may take more than couple minutes

If you're still reading, congratulations, you're almost to the end. Let's just bust some lies spread by Microsoft about Windows 10:

1) "Windows 10 boots faster" - this is a nice lie, Windows 10 has enabled "fast startup" by default, what this feature does (simplified) is that it just hibernates core system components - so it's slower than hibernation (session data stored on disk, loaded after waking) and incomparably slower than sleep mode (session data stored in RAM, loaded after waking), yet everyone goes crazy about how fast Windows 10 (also applies to Windows 8/8.1) boots, few people notice restart takes surprisingly long though...

2) "Windows 10 is faster" - you can search for countless comparisons online, proving most programs not being any faster, mostly do not benefit of slightly improved memory handling.

3) "Windows 10 is more secure than any previous version of Windows" - let's laugh out loud to this bullsh!t, since Windows 10 is still Vista in its deep core, it offers exactly zero new protection mechanisms, apart from apps running in some sort of sandbox, all programs are left vulnerable, Microsoft Security Essentials primary purpose isn't protecting users or PC, that's why in most real benchmarks is behind other anti-viruses available nowadays.

3.1) yes Windows 10 does incorporate multi-factor authentication, but this improves only physical security, not protecting from remote breaches at all.

3.2) yes Windows 10 (particularly enterprise versions) offers encryption, which becomes real fun when damaged disk (by Windows 10 itself often) refuses to boot and thanks to encryption there is little hope to save anything.

4) "I have nothing to hide - let them track me!" - privacy should be concern of every user at reasonable amount, Windows 10 spying becomes more interesting in countries and companies with limited freedom/liberty, realtime surveillance can be very easily abused, even beyond Microsoft's expectations.

5) "Windows 10 is a more modern OS" - I wonder how exactly is Windows 10 different compared to Windows Vista/7/8/8.1, when I take a look at general folder structures, files&folders within Windows folder, registry structures, drivers, software launchers... honestly I don't see any difference at all - yes user interface does look different, but UI is absolutely no reflection of how modern an OS is - just remember how many people still prefer classic UI which is noticeably less resource-heavy and so is more suitable for serious workstations and servers.

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