Even though I'm a computer novice, I've used Linux Mint for several years and love it.
Other than that, by necessity, I have several W7 computers and as I've got them down to how i want them, I don't mind W7 at all - I like it in fact.
Recently I've had to upgrade one of those laptops, so I've ended up with a new one loaded with W10, and all updates seem to have been done by now.
My opinion ? I hate it. It does nothing for me, it seems, but much for Microsoft; I am left with the overriding impression that rather that W10 being the product, that I am the product, and Microsoft will do what it wants with me.
I hate it. The menus are awful, the colours are washed out .. even the verbage in that stupid Contrata thing is awful and presumptuous.
Where is the improvements to W7 ? I can't see any. Just a bunch of junkware that it's taken me ages to remove. Even so, I am most unimpressed with the user interface - it's like a childs building block set compared to W7 and my wonderful Linux computers.
Edge ? A joke. I have installed Firefox and it's brilliant (even better than on Linux).
Mail ? What a confusing abortion - I had no idea which program i was using, but there was two different ones .. both containing my emails and I couldn't make heads or tails out of them. I quickly stopped using them, downloaded Thunderbird .. ahhhh ... thank heaven for Firefox and Thunderbird.
So, that said, I need help on some issues please.
1) W10 does not seem to like me creating desktop icons with links to web sites. In fact, it seems to make it positively difficult. With W7, I just simply right clicked on the web page .. send to desktop .. create shortcut .. DONE ! Alas - not so with W10; that does NOT come up. In the end, I had to pin it to the start menu, then do a menu tile for it, and only THEN could i drag it to desk top as a short cut .. but wait .. even then they (Microsoft) get their revenge (it seems) for all they give me is a white icon with a tiny, microscopic picture of the actual sites favicon (is that what it's called ?). And that is useless, because I can hardly see it if at all. WHY ??? Why did W7 easily give my a nice full size short cut whereas W10 does this ? And how can i fix this please ? I want a normal size icon to any web site I choose, on my desktop, without it being 95% white space, and without having to jump through hoops to get it.
2) How do I totally stop, kill, disable, or whatever .. that Contrata thing ? There seems to be no way. I simply DON"T want it, and will never use it.
3) How do I uninstall Edge ?
4) In the start menu, there is some junk about XBox and occasionally, I get prompts to activate my XBox account, etc. XBax .. good grief .. my grandson has an XBox .. but me ? How do I get rid of / uninstall this accursed thing ?
Hope you guys can help. Thanks.