Monday, March 16, 2015

Windows 10: I can’t believe it

Well, like many other people I’ve been trying to get the Windows key to work along with the Start Button to get to my “Apps” or programs. Apps sounds so much like using a phone I’m using a computer to do work. So I’ve tried so many of the things I’ve read online. Mainly the ones from the people from Microsoft but nothing has worked. Everything I’ve tried didn’t do anything. They said make more accounts because your account is bad. All that did was put a bunch of accounts on the machine. Tried this one line of script for Powershell but it doesn’t work in the normal Powershell version 1. I used the does prompt and typed in Powershell and at the beginning of the line it had a PS. I put the line of script there and it ran this time but didn’t do anything. I could see a bunch of program names going by but no help with the Windows Start Key or Start Button. I had been making short cuts on the desktop to run the programs I wanted to run but the screen was now getting cluttered.

Today I tried using the Windows 10 install disc to repair the computer. Don’t believe when it says that it won’t harm and of your files. It deletes all the programs you have installed and leaves you with the broken Start Button problem still.

I’m getting ready to install Windows 10 again to see if that solves the problem. I’m still having a problem with Windows 7 running. I spent 6 plus months trying to solve the endless repair loop problem. I’ve reinstalled Windows 7 from the Dell segment of the drive that has the Windows 7 program but it still came up with the same endless repair loop. I think I’ll have to “BUY” the Dell Driver Disc to do a proper Windows 7 install because Dell programs don’t work right. I did a back up of my drive even bought a large hard drive to put all my programs on. What did Dell’s back up program do? It backed up everything to the drive then formatted the drive. Why did the back up program have that in the program. Why do you need to format the drive? Well it did then tried to restore the files but the backup program doesn’t work and couldn’t restore all the programs it just wiped off the drive. What ever you do don’t depend on Dell’s backup program because it doesn’t work. You will loose everything. There’s no way of viewing the files either they are just numbered files of different sizes. So you don’t know what they are. Use a real backup program that lets you pick files out to restore. Not a program that works or it doesn’t.

It’s really amazing when you compare Windows to Linux. Other then you can’t run many of your Windows programs on Linux it never fails. There is a program called Wine that allows you to run Windows programs in Linux. I’ve tried some small program and they work fine. If I can get larger programs to work then I’ll scrap Windows all together. There is someone building a Windows like operating system that does everything Windows does without it being Windows. It’s a version that looks like Windows NT. If that works as good as Windows I’m switching.

I installed Skype or it was in Windows 10. Then I noticed it was gone. I did some updates and it removed Skype all together. I didn’t like the Windows 10 version of Skype. It was real hard to get to your people list to call anyone.

The last couple days I’ve noticed the Reader program which was suppose to read PDF files stopped working. You just get a big square on the screen that says Reader on top.

I’m using my little XP computer to write this with the Writer program that comes with Windows Live. I had it all setup on Windows 10 for all the blog sites I have accounts to. I’ll have to set them up again since doing the Refresh PC wiped out all my programs I had installed even though it says it’s not going to do anything to your programs. Still have the problem where I can’t get into the program menu. I just might try installing Windows 7 again and make it a dual boot to Windows 10. When Windows 10 runs out in October 15, 2015 I’ll still have Windows 7 to fall back on. If you watch many of the videos about Windows 10 they are saying we are building this for you. We are taking all you comments and putting them into Windows 10. I wonder if anyone asked to have a working operating system?

Friday, March 13, 2015

What’s wrong with Windows???

I should say what is right about Windows. Microsoft had to give a free version of Windows 10 so that it would get into peoples hands because no one was buying the product. They had less then a 10% of the market with the new versions of Windows. That includes Windows 7, Windows 8.0, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.  The people at Microsoft have to be rather ashamed to say they work there. I’d be embarrassed to say I worked there with products like Windows coming out and it have so much wrong with it.  It’s almost like it was half done being developed and they released it. The idea that they would fix it along the way is just a poor excuse for any of these products.

Linux is free and never crashes, doesn’t work or is falling apart like Windows does. Linux works from the first time you boot it up. All the programs work too. They have a depository with tens of thousands of programs to download. Linux is so good Apple bought a version of it and made it their own. Mac sales are doing fine. I was watching Ely the computer guy on YouTube and he’s got a Mac now and loves it. He said why should I spend all this time fixing my computer when I can just turn on my Mac and it works.

So, what’s wrong with Microsoft? How can they get away with selling broken products? Will Microsoft drive every one away from buying any of their products when you can get a free operating system that works and has everything you need? Linux sure is putting Microsoft in a run for the money. Paying a hundreds for a program that needs patches and service discs and updates all the time is just crazy when you can get something that works first time and all the time.

Myself I like this version called Knoppix Linux that comes as a ISO file and you make up a DVD. It’s a real great disc and has everything. I’ve used it many times to help fix Windows. I still haven’t been able to fix Windows 7. It’s stuck in a endless repair loop. The error code it gives me is, “some things wrong with it booting up.” That’s like saying the sky is blue. Not a lot of help. I don’t feel along because I’ve found so many web sites talking about this error. Windows 10 was my fall back operating system and was working until a few days ago when the Start Button and Windows Key stopped working along with the Search Box and that Catena voice thing. I read that Microsoft knows about this problem and has known about it since January. Seems with all those programmers up there they would get someone on this problem. That should be a priority. When you can’t get at your programs to run them that should be a a real important problem to fix. All I have found as far as fixes is people taking shots in the dark on blogs. Microsoft doesn’t know how to fix it. Their best guess was make another account and see if that fixes it. What that has done for me was now I have two accounts that don’t work.