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Windows 10 Improves Flexibility for users


I haven't worked intensively with Windows for years. Then recently I got intense with Windows 10.

It's fascinating to see some key areas where Microsoft has improved Windows to make it more flexible for users. I wonder if it's because of the new Nadella philosophy about the role of Windows? Or is it simply a response to the competition of many alternatives like Chromebooks, cellphones, improved linux, and tablets that didn't exist a few years back?

In any case, here's what impresses me in Win 10 from the standpoint of increased flexibility --

1. Greater flexibilty in fresh re-install through standard OS panels (versus the old recovery partition with vendor-specific reinstall procedures)
2. Can easily move apps across disks with a new Win 10 feature (before if your C: drive was getting tight, you needed 3rd party tools to accomplish this)
3. Easier to move the OS to a new bigger disk (the web documents these B/R procedures much better now than a few years back)
4. You can access many UEFI settings via standard OS panels (versus having to always boot into the UEFI outside the OS)
5. Much better memory use (though it still wastes disk right and left, including its huge paging file)

A couple big new downsides --

1. You can not block updates. So when MS forces your upgrade you to Win 11, you better hope they do a better job of it than they did when they forced all those 7/8/8.1 users to Win 10
2. It's a spy box. You can turn off most of this if you know how, but not everything

Quite interesting how Windows has evolved.

Your comments?

The Gorn:
Have you looked into the Linux subsystem in Windows 10? Hearing about that shocked me.

I've read some user comments. Basically, much faster to launch than a VM, but the file system is considerably slower than native Linux.

It's mainly for developers and to re-establish some techie street cred for Windows and Microsoft.

Hm, interesting.


--- Quote from: The Gorn on April 28, 2018, 01:26:19 pm ---Have you looked into the Linux subsystem in Windows 10? Hearing about that shocked me.

--- End quote ---

Thanks for steering me to that. I didn't know!

I found this article that summarized WSL pretty effectively --

As you said, it looks like a developer tool. Though I suppose for many development situations you need the real thing and would probably just use a VM guest under Windows that runs a true linux instead.

Theoretically, WSL allows you to run all those free applications from the linux world. Why buy Office? Why buy any of that Windows-consumer stuff?

But as the article makes clear, WSL only supports command line, not the linux GUIs. As long as that's the case, linux consumer software is a no-go in WSL.

Plus I note you have to get it through the Store, another control point by MSoft.

Anyway, even if WSL is pretty limited, I agree with you that it's amazing that MS offers it. It really shows a whole different approach by the company.

The Gorn:
My feeling about this is, if you want to use linux, you're probably techie enough to install virtualbox. So I don't really get the purpose except for geek cred.


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