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I Hate Windows 10

My workplace is now at Windows 10. I am not finding this operating system as easy as Windows 3.1 or even Windows 8. While part of my job is to help students with fewer computer skills than I have, I really don’t know what I am doing. I just bang on keys or icons until something positive happens. So I guess I have acquired some aptitude for banging the right way. I can’t seem to remember how I fixed something the day before, but I sure can bang on keyboards and icons to fix it again. And for big problems, I have IT techs who solve the problem for me. 


I kept my XP computer at home long after Microsoft quit supporting it. As time passed, I saw less functionality as the internet technology has moved beyond my computer’s capabilities. It seemed to be less stable than before, and I couldn’t access that new-fangled application called Dropbox. It was time to move on with a new computer, but after I finished writing my book. I just didn’t want to go through a big learning curve. 


The book was finished; so my family has purchased a Windows 10 laptop. I transferred the important files from the XP to an external hard drive. Unfortunately, we don’t have a Windows 10 person in our house. So I am relegated to be the expert. One of my first assignments was to download my wife’s iPhone photos through the computer to the external drive, so she could free up iPhone memory for more photos. This challenge required more than banging. I had to go through several videos to find out I needed to set up a few things on the laptop before the hard drive would accept the photos. This took me about four hours! I can’t recall any DOS-related problem taking that long to solve.


I’m not finding Windows 10 all that intuitive. Any time I get outside of some basic functions, I struggle to figure out what to do. When I get to this state, I have to say: “Give me one hour of uninterrupted time to find and watch videos, and I might be able to fix it.” For me, there hasn’t been any easy, logical, intuitive fix. I believe that today’s favorite operating system requires a whole new way of thinking that doesn’t work well for those of us who grew up with DOS.

Mastering DOS required a logical thinking for building directories to store files. Windows XP had a great file manager system with its folders. But it seems Windows 10 is trying to make things easy for users who don’t like setting up directories or folders. Good for them, I guess. But when I save a new file, I’m not sure where it is being saved any more. While it’s not difficult to find recently used files on Windows 10, if I have to retrieve a file a year from now, I would probably need an hour to find it. 

Going through DOS to XP to Windows 10 reminds me of this famous Toffler quote:

 “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." 


I am now 60 years old. The unlearning of Windows XP and relearning of new Window 10 is not going well. I have become a Toffler illiterate. 

I blame old age. When I was in my early 30s, I developed a friendship with a Ph.D. in nuclear physics in his 50s. He told me to learn all I can before I turn 40 because 40-year-old brains are too full to accept more information. He was right! I learned DOS but cannot learn 10. 

I sometimes chuckle at advocates who believe older workers, who have spent most of their working life in one occupation, can somehow be retrained for new modern jobs. It’s harder to learn new things as we age! 

For sure, I won’t be getting any more free suppers for my computer skills. I hate Windows 10.  

Published on Writerbeat 2017

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