It has taken twenty-nine days for me to figure out that I was wrong in my assumptions regarding Windows 10. I had accepted the hype about the ease that this OS would bring to me. My error was that I should have read more carefully the comments posted by experienced users. Instead of heeding them and acted more wisely, I chose instead to “save” time by simply upgrading from Windows 7 and expecting everything to run smoothly. If I had done a clean installation after upgrading as many posters had recommended, I would have saved myself hours of effort and frustration.
Doing it my way resulted in incurring one problem after another. My adventures with this installation are documented in previous threads I have posted. When I was finally able to install W10 by upgrading from Windows 7, I encountered failures with 3rd party apps as well as functional W10 apps. The final straw was at Wednesday at midnight. It was then I lost the start menu completely. I could not access any of my programs through it and found the only way to power down was by pressing the button on the computer case. I went to bed in frustration.
A half hour later, I got up and I reread a number posts from others that I had printed for reference. Those about doing a clean install finally registered on me. It became clear to me that the problems I had were not with Windows 10 but with all of the garbage I brought into Windows 10 from my previous drivers and files when I updated from Windows 7. Many of those carryovers were simply incompatible with W10 even if though they had not been challenged by W10 in its initial assessment of my computer.
Armed with a better understanding, I accessed the repair disk I had made, followed instructions that other much brighter OP’s had written, did a clean install, then brought 3rd party programs to the party and darned if my desktop operated the way Microsoft advertised it would.
I have kept my desktop powered on since then to now Friday early morning. It has operated with no failures. Every function I have tried works. The speed of my boot is 16 seconds. Access to my three internal SSD’s and three HDD’s in USB 3.0 hubs is flawless. I have made images, backups checked Windows updates and 3rd party program updates. My internet works and the start menu works. I can power down by clicking on the menu and am giddy like a child in a candy store.
If I had one suggestion to make to those who are about to do the free update, it would be to do so and then DO A CLEAN INSTALL. Do not waste your time trying to save time by simply updating and not doing any more. That is what I did and it did not work.
I have learned from this experience to read more carefully the wise comments from those who really know computing. I should have done so and did not trusting my limited knowledge.