• Sign in to Neowin Faster!

    Create an account on Neowin to contribute and support the site.

Sign in to follow this  

Windows 10 Preview (How do you like it?)

Recommended Posts

Steven P.    13,776

screen_shot_2014-10-01_at_2.03.51_pm.jpg

 

Inspired by the Windows 8.1 experience thread, we have put together a Windows 10 satisfactory poll.

Vote!

Leave your comments below.

Some facts:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
+Frank B.    7,151

Disclaimer: I only installed it in a virtual machine. Not on actual hardware yet.

 

Installation was fast. No problems here.

Compatibility: The software I've thrown at it thus far all worked. As for hardware compatibility - I'll report when I get to install it on a dedicated machine.

Features: 3/5 at this stage. I'm eagerly awaiting whatever features MS are going to add to Windows 10.

 

All in all it is a huge step in the right direction.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Xahid    5,330

Installed it over VM, it lacks the vm drivers (for harddrive).

Installation was smooth & works flawlessly.

so Voted 4/5. but Not OMG thing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CAP-Team    28

Installed it on a VHD, no problems so far.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quillz    1,011

Better than 8.1 Pro in every way for me so far.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
cork1958    1,672

I tried it on a junk computer that is nothing fantastic. Gave it a 3 on all matters as it's just an OS that does do what it's supposed to do, so far. :)

 

Still not even beginning to think of dumping my Windows 7 though, even if this was a final release.

 

Wasn't impressed with Windows 8 and this version doesn't blow my hair back any more than that did.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
simonlang    530

i give it a 2 out of 5 on everything. had big compatibility problems with a game, the first time i boot the startmenu looked weird and small, i don't like nor understand the keylogger they have implemented.

on the plus side i like the themes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DConnell    6,581

Installation was excellent in Virtualbox. Very quick, and I love the fact that it let me import settings from another system - I had the Start Screen on first boot!

 

Compatibility - good so far, but I haven't tried pushing the envelope. My monitor is stuck at old-school screen ratio rather than widescreen, but so is my virtual Win7 setup. I think that's a problem with my Virtualbox setup rather than the OS.

 

Features - decent for the desktop-oriented. If I didn't love 8 and Metro I'd probably be much happier; as it is I think its decent, if a little retro.

 

Opinion to be revised once I see how the Modern side looks. Hopefully "everything runs in little boxes" will just be one option rather than the only option. Lots of windows are useful sometimes, but I don't need that capability all the time. Sometimes a clean, full-screen UI - Modern - is more efficient. and I want the option for both.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Max Norris    2,253

Used an old test system to toy with it. Installation was quick and painless, no complaints or surprises. 5 for me.

Compatibility -- only tried a few things with it so far, everything worked. Couple applications, couple games. Didn't test too much but what I did test worked, so *shrug* 4.

Features -- this build isn't really isn't showing off a lot of new features yet besides the obvious, that comes later. What I did see was pretty decent but a little rough yet, sure it'll be vastly improved down the road. 3/5 for now. More curious about the CP next year.

Still got a long way to go, but definitely liking where it's going. Performance was surprisingly good considering the POS I got it running on, running smoother than my previous 7 and KDE installs on it. The start menu may be the first one I keep since the 2K days, I've replaced each and every one since XP. No interest in virtual desktops but nice to see it baked in versus third party. Visually *shrug* I've yet to find any OS that I was happy with out of the box, always replace the look anyway so don't care. But all in all, if the current trend continues, Microsoft is going to have a killer release this time around.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Eric    1,605

Install - Upgraded from 8.1, took forever but that seems to be a constant. I was expecting it to.

Compatibility - Zero issues except Dragon's Lair. The UI doesn't redraw properly when changing screen modes.

Features - Getting there, but awkward. I expect there will be many fixes and improvements over the next few months.

 

Seems snappy!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ian W    2,331

  • Installation (5/5): I experienced absolutely no issues during the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to the Windows Technical Preview. Applications, drivers, and et cetera worked flawlessly on real hardware?a Dell Inspiron 1525 circa 2008.

     

  • Compatibility (5/5): As mentioned above I experienced no issues with application compatibility. Applications that I use on a daily basis, such as Pale Moon, work flawlessly; my bookmarks and settings were retained after the upgrade.

     

  • Features: (3/5): I had originally wanted to give this a 2/5, but seeing the features in the Technical Preview gives me hope that they will improve and that Microsoft is listening. I was honestly quite surprised that the Previous Versions tab was reinstated, and the Empty Recycle Bin option on the context menu of the Recycle Bin shows that Microsoft is paying attention to detail. Perhaps more importantly, the option to use either the Start menu or the Start screen shows consideration for users of the software.

    With that said, I do hope for other features, including Interactive Live Tiles, additional improvements to the Start screen, and additional improvements to notifications.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Billus    135

Install (3/5): Upgraded from 8.1. Took a while for it to initially start but after the compatibility(?) check it worked flawlessly

 

Compatibility (5/5): Games I've tried work fine (Mordor, Injustice, Dota), Crossfire works and so does the usual Office suite

 

Features (3/5): I enjoy the multitasking improvements as I use a 34" LG monitor and having apps snapable to corners now is a good change. Start menu is also a welcome improvement.

 

 

I have found that using Windows 10 I've changed my desktop habits. Gone are application grouping on the taskbar, the size has been reduced to small and I'm starting to treat Win10 with an old school flair. I have encountered one issue however, I'm unable to enter text into the start menu (WinKey -> Type) and when i do, it closes the start menu and inputs the key onto the desktop or currently running app. Apart from that, Windows 10 is quite the upgrade to 8.1. I'm using it on my main machine as I don't have any sensitive data or anything I care about losing and for the things that I do, it's all backed up. And as a main system, it seems quite readily stable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dot Matrix    7,436

Installation: 5/5

Compatibility: 5/5

Features: 5/5

 

 

One question that wasn't asked: Stability, and here's where I would vote 2/5. I know it's just an alpha, but I've found it less than stable to use day to day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PGHammer    1,481

Installation (every which way) has been flawless - two bare-metal installs (dual-boot with 8.1 on my mini-tower, and replacing 8.1 on my refurb notebook) and two VMs (Oracle VB and Hyper-V).  Except for two MMOs, everything works as good as - or better than - 8.1 update 1 - which says a great deal as THAT OS's underpinnings, the Windows 8 Developer Preview, was the previous alpha/beta backward-compatibility champ as far as Windows went.  Origin (EA's download service) and Steam (Valve's similar service) both work swimmingly - so much for Microsoft sniping at the competition.  If it weren't for the MMOs, the Technical Preview would have run the table.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
+Ely    213

Running it on my main machine, upgraded my 8.1 installation, yeah yeah, I know it's not recommended, but hey I made a full image of my system in case I don't like it or if I want to go back at anytime, I'm just a few clicks away, but so far I'm liking it, very fast and responsive, love the new features and animations, the new Start is growing on me, I was already getting very used to the Start Screen.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IsItPluggedIn    1,684

I installed on my main work PC, because im fine with rebuilding if need. Im expecting a lot of our clients to want it shortly after it is released.

 

So far everything is going fine except the below.

When I snap an rdp window to the top of the screen it doesnt maximize properly, it has scroll bars on the side and bottom but if you select the maximize button it works fine, This is a small thing but is infuriating since i do it without thinking.

The default settings for text size in command prompt needs to be changed, too hard to read.

AV not working, but not an OS issue.

 

But apart from the above grips which are small things, im liking it, but on the UI side its not like its massively different, just small things here and there.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Anibal P    2,055

Kids Windows install died, so installed fresh on it

Install was fast

 

Steam works, Chrome works, kid's happy, running steam in compatibility mode because a few Team Fortress serves gave VAC errors, not sure if Windows or Steam

 

 

And yes all he does is play TF2 and browse the net, nothing fancy so it's fine, not concerned over MSs so called "keylogger" he understands the implications and does all his important stuff on his phone 

 

One small issue was getting the Nvidia drivers to install, but a reboot fixed that 

 

Interesting thing I noticed, it's installed an a HP form a couple of years ago, somehow it self installed the Beats sound manager, we didn't manually install it, heck I forgot about that thing completely 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
francescob    560

HP ships drivers for their most common product lines through Windows Update (though all their damn obsolete Synaptics driver updates that Windows selects by default even with newer versions installed should burn in hell).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
the_scotsman    6

My main pet hate is that we can't change the taskbar-pinned File Explorer to start directly in "My Computer" ("This PC").

 

The old change target to %windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} no longer works because the "Target" is greyed out.

 

Something so simple, how on earth can they not have an option for this?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
theyarecomingforyou    10,425

Installation:

Tried using the upgrade feature twice but each time it rolled backed to my previous Windows 8.1 installation. In the end I had to delete the partition and do a clean install.

4/5

 

Compatibility:

Haven't had any problems so far. Everything I've tried works as normal.

5/5

 

Features:

What features? The Mini Start is nice but nothing anyone would upgrade for; the new Alt-Tab is nice but not important, while the multiple desktops are only really useful for production systems; running Metro apps in a window is an improvement but it should have been that way to start with; the new 'Home' view in Explorer is unnecessary when I'd rather boot straight into 'This PC'. As it stands Windows 10 is easily the best version of Windows but there is no reason to upgrade to it from Windows 7 or 8.1.

2/5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Studio384    1,450

As it stands Windows 10 is easily the best version of Windows but there is no reason to upgrade to it from Windows 7 or 8.1.

I get it that there is no reason to upgrading from Windows 8.1 to 10 as there are only arround 5 new features at this moment, but that will change in the future. But no reason to upgrade from Windows 7 to 10? There are a ton of new features, major improvements, etc between those 2. USB3 support, better performance, major security improvements, new Task Manager, major update to Windows Update, new Explorer, etc.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
theyarecomingforyou    10,425

I get it that there is no reason to upgrading from Windows 8.1 to 10 as there are only arround 5 new features at this moment, but that will change in the future. But no reason to upgrade from Windows 7 to 10? There are a ton of new features, major improvements, etc between those 2. USB3 support, better performance, major security improvements, new Task Manager, major update to Windows Update, new Explorer, etc.

Don't get me wrong, I thought Windows 8 was enough of an upgrade from Windows 7 to put up with the annoyances but right now Windows 10 is basically Windows 8 with the Mini Start. If people didn't upgrade to Windows 8 then I don't see why they'd upgrade to Windows 10, unless the upgrade is extremely cheap or free.

 

That said, I'm assuming that Microsoft is keeping the biggest features under wraps as right now it's basically Windows 8.2.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dot Matrix    7,436

That said, I'm assuming that Microsoft is keeping the biggest features under wraps as right now it's basically Windows 8.2.

This isn't a secret. Right now, Windows 10 only has 10% of its planned feature set implemented, according to Tom Warren. You'll get most of that when Microsoft reveals the consumer features later next year.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
theyarecomingforyou    10,425

This isn't a secret. Right now, Windows 10 only has 10% of its planned feature set implemented, according to Tom Warren. You'll get most of that when Microsoft reveals the consumer features later next year.

Exactly. It will be really interesting to see how Windows 10 shapes up when we get a better idea of the feature set.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
T3X4S    4,532

How do I get rid of the watermark on desktop ?

post-508501-0-05390700-1413622440.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.