We, the IncydeTech team just got our hands on Windows 10 in our own machine, a HP laptop with decent specifications. And we found out that it was worth waiting for, after 3 years of launch of Windows 8.
The installation process was smooth and we didn’t experience any glitches. It took us an hour to get it up and running. There was not much of setup options in the first boot except for Cortana, the personal assistant which needed us to accept the licensing and data collection agreement.
Microsoft made sure that during installation, the user gets to see bolder messages such as Taking care of a few things, Just a few more tweaks, It’s taking a bit longer but it should be ready soon.
The installation was divided into three parts, Copying files, Installing Drivers and Customizing settings. Once the installation was complete, it made a restart and came up with Windows 10 and usual tweaking of apps took place.
The time to boot into Windows 10 took us 41 seconds.
And Finally we got the desktop showing up. A special mention for the lock screen. It was brilliantly designed with the Windows 10 wallpaper in the background and the user picture in a circle below which the password is to be entered.
The first thing that caught out attention was to checkout the start menu. the menu with integrated tiles performed beautifully. The transactions was so smooth line in the start of Windows 8 /8.1 . The all apps list seemed to be inherited from Windows 7 with a metro touch to it.
Next was Cortana. We had to accept the agreement in order to personalize Cortana. It also asked the user’s name so that it could act intelligent while replying. When we put forth a question, it popped up the Edge Browser and made a Bing search about it and gave us the result.
Personally, I didn’t feel Edge to be appealing when it comes to page load. But it is impressive when it comes to the features that it offers. We could even snap a part of a page and share it via social accounts or mails.
We also got a new notification center instead of the charms bar as in the previous version. It had the quick settings toggles like switch to tablet mode, brightness, notes app, WiFi etc. in the bottom with the notifications appearing at the top.
We checked out the setting app which was designed very minimally. The search in settings in very handy as it literally gets you all the related settings.
We tried changing the setting of the start bar to expand to the entire screen and it looked pretty well. The full screen start menu also had improvements. The Apps were listed into categories which made it much more easier and avoided the large tiles in desktop mode.
Overall, the Operating System is a blend of all the good Windows ever bought. You must try it out so that you might have different opinion about things. Comment in your views about Windows 10. A special mention to blogger at 18Byte for supporting this post.