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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

More Reasons to Hate Windows 10

I wrote in my last post that I bought a new computer, and it, of course, has Windows 10.  Initially, I was not impressed with Windows 10.  Now that I have had the computer for a few days, I am growing to hate the new system, and I wish that I still had Windows 7.

Whenever I go on a trip I use a video program to create a DVD slideshow.  On the old computer I used the Windows Media Player where I could "rip" my music CDs and create music files on the computer.  I would then use those files to add appropriate musical background to my slide shows.  The other day I tried playing a CD on the computer.  The new app that appeared is called the Cyberlink Power Media Player, and there was nothing there at all for ripping the CD to the computer.  Nothing!  How am I going to add music to my travel discs???  I did some research on the internet (not on the Microsoft site), and learned that my old Windows Media Player is still on Windows 10.  You have to type it in the search box.  Sure enough, the player with its ripping capability appeared.  So that problem was solved.  However, it irks me that Microsoft has that media player hidden away.  It is shown NOWHERE in their list of apps.  It's as if they want to force you to use their fancy-shmancy new player, which for me is basically useless.

The next problem I encountered, and which I have yet to solve, involves my printer, an Epson Workforce 1100.  I hooked up the printer, and installed the driver.  I even went to the Epson website and installed a driver update they have for Windows 10.  The printer was working... but with fewer options than I had on my old computer.  

Each year I print off my own Christmas cards.  Before, whenever I would print something, a window from Epson would appear which showed me my ink levels and gave me a number of printing options.  For my Christmas cards I would always select a heavier weight paper and "Best Photo" which was slower but provided a higher quality print.  Now when I try to print something I am no longer getting that window.   The window, which appears to be from Microsoft rather than Epson, does not show me my ink levels, and the only option I have is whether to print in portrait or landscape format.  I have NO choice as to what kind of paper I want to use, and I have no option for high quality printing.  How am I going to print my Christmas cards?!  I plan to call Epson Support tomorrow to see what the heck is going on.

I have had this computer for less than a week, and I already feel like Windows 10 is a piece of you know what!  

5 comments:

  1. What you are suffering from has nothing to do with Windows 10, amigo. Your PC has a case of bloatware. Rubbish that manufacturers install on the PC. Cyberlink is an entirely separate company that no doubt pays HP to install a basic version in the hope that you'll like it and upgrade. That is one reason that I always do a fresh OS install with a new PC.

    As for your printer, you've downloaded the drivers but not the software. Whether you're using Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 10 you gotta download the software!

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    1. Concerning the printer... Aren't I installing the software when I put in the disc that came with it?
      You are correct about "bloatware". Read my next post concerning my continuing computer nightmare.
      Gracias, and saludos,
      Bill

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    2. It depends. You probably had the option to install drivers and/or software. To be fair, printers can often play around on any operating system.

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  2. A friend sent me instructions on how I can get back to Windows 7 since it is still on the laptop. Since I'm too scared to do it myself, I'm going to pay Rodrigo to come and do it for me so I can access all the stuff that I can no longer even find! Aaargh........

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    1. Be sure to read my next post. My computer nightmare gets even worse!
      Saludos,
      Bill

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