BIGBEARJEDI wrote, in part: New drivers are constantly being added, along with OS patch fixes and those are both incorporated in each new major release of W10; these constantly cause problems with older hardware. . .
As someone who's in the same line of business as you are, while I have to say that the first part is absolutely true (and has included tons of drivers for older hardware that's still in common use) I have observed the precise opposite with regard to "cause problems with older hardware."
I am seeing fewer and fewer cases where any manual downloading of drivers for older hardware remain necessary as Windows 10 progresses. It appears to me that certain third party vendors have finally submitted Windows 10 compatible (which may be the same as earlier, but with the required "digital watermarks") drivers to Microsoft for inclusion in the massive database of drivers they have.
I have ceased warning folks to download all the drivers for their peripherals in particular before installing Windows 10. I do, however, warn them that the occasional driver search for "odd" hardware may be needed and, when it is, they should start looking for a driver compatible with Windows 8 if one exists and work their way backward from there, if necessary. I have only found one device, a mousepad of all things on a Dell Inspiron 1720, for which I never managed to find a driver that would work with Windows 10. Everything else has sailed along just fine either with what comes with Windows 10 or the occasional manual install of an earlier driver.
Also, with regard to Windows 10 being "rife with bugs," the same claim could be made if you go to the Microsoft support forums, or forums like those here at BC, for any version of Windows (or any OS, for that matter). Windows 10 has become, in my observation, significantly more stable as the releases have progressed. That doesn't mean there are no problems, because there are, but their number is fewer as are the amount of things that they hit. I was a Windows Insider for a period of time, and that means being a beta tester by choice.
I am no Microsoft fanboy, but Windows 10 has just been getting better and better and more and more stable. I do wish they'd stop taking things away from settings that we've all gotten used to. I have no problem with the additions, but some of the subtractions (like those in Cortana & Search settings) defy reason.
Edited by britechguy, 25 June 2017 - 11:23 AM.
Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1809, Build 17763
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
~ Mark Twain