Hey guys !!
Wow, been kind of busy with a whole bunch of *stuff* (to use the polite term hehehe)** 2 main desktop PC implosions, + laptops R.I.P. passim
** A Pilgrimage to Compostela (yep -- another one !!)
** Moving (and shaking)
** Switching from being a non-gaming IT enthusiast into a gamer LOL
** A healthy dose of Catholic activism
** ... plus the whole great big package of Real Life we each get handed to us by our Good and our Evil Fairy Godmothers ...
Anyways, simply couldn't *not*
comment on W10 @ PROnet
hmmmmm, for starters, well, I'm running both the W10 Mobile on my Lumia 635, and the latest Fast Track builds (currently the 10130) on my main rig -- still a slightly compromise one, but a LOT less compromise-y than my usual -- 6-core AMD Phenom II, AsRock UEFI mobo, still the sturdy and excellent BeQuiet PSU, 16 GB DDR3 RAM clocked @ about 2133 MhZ IIRC, crappy multimedia nVidia last-generation graphics card, though it's silent with passive cooling (got burnt one time too many with mid-range gamer cards), still no SSD for the system drive but a nice 4 TB HDD job for storage, and my lovely 2560x1080 LG ultrawide display monitor
I've certainly fewer problems with wanting to run it as my Main OS than I did with either the Windows 8 or the 8.1
8.1 is perfectly fine for a business-centric PC in need of a speed boost compared to 7, but it falls short of what the enthusiast or the typical gamer would want, except for the hardcore speed junkies of course.
To compare with the other Betas I've been peripherally or more centrally involved in -- I find it less exciting as such than the promise of the old Longhorn 4074 Alpha of pleasant memory ; less solidly cosy than the Windows 7 Beta ; but greatly superior of course to the Vista and Vista SP1/SP2 Betas ; and just hands down better in every area than the 8.0 & 8.1 versions, both Beta and RTM.
Apps are still very
disappointing, as well as the new Store, with many apps just not working, or not working in their old versions, and frequently glitching -- and especially in the W10 Mobile, which on top of that not only has some deep-rooted data formatting glitches (which can force you to end up having to try and clean install Windows on your phone 3-4 times, just to get it up to speed on basic phone functionality), but its Mobile iteration is also clearly being designed for hardware that is yet to be released, or even announced, to the public...
The under-the-hood basics of the full PC/laptop version of the OS, thankfully though, do run as smoothly as you'd hope for, with the occasional Beta weirdness one's come to expect, apart from the odd bad Build hehe, and it's quite clear to me already that I'll shift on from my good trusty old Windows 7 x64 Ultimate onto getting my free upgrade to the Windows 10. (though I'll probably use my second W7 Pro license to upgrade, and keep my W7 Ultimate in dual-boot backup)
Windows 10 doesn't quite
get the combination of the better features of W7 with the underlying speed and App-a-bility of W8/8.1 right -- Apps still need a great deal of stabilising, and the pleasing eye candy and overall elegance of W7 is only partially simulated.
Still though, the W10 Start button is "good enough" without any pressing need for a 3rd-party one, nor any correcting regedit or other -- though the alphabetised App/Program/Software list in "All Apps" is pretty annoying in its non-customability -- and most importantly, it's clear that W10 is faster even than W8.1, and it "feels" enough like "real" Windows to be eminently usable as one's Main OS, whether for business, work, gaming, multimedia, or creativity.
... and there are even good, decent desktop gadget solutions for those of us with an excess of IT nostalgia coursing through our veins !!!