Microsoft Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive
- Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection – including antivirus, firewall, internet protections, and more
- 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease
- Windows Mixed Reality provides the thrill of VR plus phenomenal sense of presence*
- PC gaming is better and more social than ever on Windows 10, with games in 4K, Game Mode, and Mixer game broadcasting
- Windows Hello is the password-free sign-in that gives you the fastest, most secure way to unlock your Windows devices
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Do things confidently.
Windows 10 was developed using feedback from millions of people, so you can feel confident that Windows 10 works the way you want it to. Additionally, Windows 10 helps you stay current for a worry-free experience with the greatest features and our latest protection against viruses, phishing and malware.
A web that works the way you do.
The all-new browser is great for getting things done online. Write or type directly on webpages and easily share the mark-ups; you'll also like reading online articles free of distractions. The address bar gives you personalized recommendations to get you quickly to your online destination.
Take your gaming further.
Great Xbox titles, the best of Xbox Live, and your Xbox community, achievements, and game collection via the Xbox app. You can even use your Xbox controller and stream Xbox One games on your home Windows 10 PC, laptop, or tablet. (1)
Do things across your devices.
Take your movies, music, and photos with you across all your devices with OneDrive. Plus, with OneDrive, you get 15GB of free storage space.
Do things magically.
Cortana (2) is your truly personal digital assistant who learns more about you over time. Cortana works across all your devices, from phone to tablet to PC, to help you do more and forget less.
(1) Features only available in supported games in Xbox Live supported countries. See xbox.com/live/countries. Limited number of games available in 2015 support cross-device play; additional games to follow. Stream to one device at a time; streaming with multiplayer from Xbox One requires network connection and Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately); Gold also required for multiplayer play on Xbox One. DirectX 12 only available with supported games and graphics chips.
(2) Cortana available in select global markets at launch. Cortana experience may vary by region and device.
With Windows 10 Home, you’ll always have the latest features and security. Experience faster start-ups, a familiar yet expanded Start menu, and great new ways to get stuff done.
*Windows Mixed Reality requires a compatible Windows 10 PC and headset; PC requirements may vary for available apps and content.
**PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 10. Games sold separately. 4K functionality available with supported games, monitors, and graphics chips. DirectX 12 only available with supported games and graphics chips. Check PC to determine graphics chip compatibility.
***Windows Hello biometrics require specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.
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THE REVIEW - LIKES
Windows 10 is a great OS! It uses the resource optimizations of Windows 8.1 with the desktop/laptop features of Windows 7. It even expands those desktop/laptop features with virtual desktops. Now I can have emails on one screen and change desktops to web pages I am browsing or Steam chats I am in, then easily switch back (WinKey + Ctrl + D makes a desktop - WinKey + Ctrl + Left/Right Arrow switches desktops - WinKey + Tab opens the new task viewer to see everything).
Another thing I like about Windows 10 is Direct X12. DX12 really improves over the latest versions by having much deeper integration into video performance and if you play any games at all is worth the upgrade. I think it may even help with other things like video editing that use the video card for processing. Its very nice and will only get better.
If you use Microsoft Products on your mobile devices (Office for Android/iOS lets say) then Windows 10 will provide deeper integration with those devices.
The notification center is pretty handy. When I get an email it will notify me like it does on a phone so I can click on the notification and it will launch the app.
Another benefit of Windows 10 that people will like is that Windows 10 can run across many many devices. In October/Novemeber of this year it its planed that Xbox One will get Windows 10 as well. And next year HoloLens will be released running Windows 10. And, if you have a Windows Phone Windows 10 Mobile will be out in the fall. This points to a very good chance that apps will be able to run on your Windows 10 PC, Xbox, Phone, and/Lens because the apps share the same code and APIs to work on all the devices.
Lastly (to avoid an essay) Windows 10 is very secure. Part of that security is through Windows Updates which are mandatory. Most of the malware and viruses in the wild are due to out dated updates. A lot of people dont care to check for updates or dont know how. This causes vulnerabilities. Mandatory updates help to reduce this threat which is why its a good thing to do. Updates havent been a problem since Windows 7 SP1. Also, Microsoft is opening up Windows to Insiders going forward so a lot of the updates and problems will be vetted out already before they release it helping to reduce the potential for problems. Its much more likely not updating will cause a problem to a system than updating.
Also, if everyone is on the same version of Windows then developers will know exactly what code base people are using helping them out to deliver the best apps possible for you. Another good thing about auto-updates. (Side note, businesses can get their own Windows 10 and Long Term Service Plan that can check on updates; Consumers shouldnt worry about it though).
A few things I dont like -
Tablet mode isnt bad. It is a learning curve for sure. And its not perfect yet. There are a few bugs like for tablets in tablet mode Settings always launches a keyboard when there is no input to type in. Its annoying but you just dismiss it.
And there are a few general bugs that need to be worked out. Nothing major so far. Some are Microsofts fault. Others probably arent. Like, some drivers arent signed for Windows 10 so I had to restart the computer in a mode that allows unsigned drivers to load so I could get that video card driver to work properly. A few things like that where only about 2% of us will have to deal with.
There is a little bit of a learning curve but its expected. You took the best of Windows 8.1 and the best of Windows 7 and combined it in Windows 10. So a few things are different for both users. However, the general feel of it is close enough to both that users coming from both OSs will understand the basics. The start menu is back and live tiles are also present. Thats where you start =).
So Windows 10 is great and in October it will be even better! What do I recommend. If you want a solid OS with a small, small potential for bugs or problems then upgrade/buy it now. If you just want a seamless experience wait a few months, then upgrade. Later on I will give it a 4 star rating because Edge will be better and a few, weird things like tablet mode always launching a keyboard will be fixed (hopefully). Dont be shy about buying it. Below I address the FUD head on so if you are interested keep reading.
People have been saying Windows 10 has a "keylogger". That might be true in the verbatim definition but you have to understand exactly what that means. Microsoft can log your keystrokes. You can also turn it off. But they dont log your passwords or bank account info. What they do with it is use it for word suggestions, phrasing, Cortana improvements, etc, etc. If you dont like it turn it off in Settings, Privacy.
Microsoft also uses your location when using Cortana. This is obvious if you think about it. If you want to find a restaurant near you it needs to know where you are. If it doesnt have access to your location then it cant give you directions. If you dont like it turn it off.
OneDrive is available to you. NO, Microsoft doesnt own the stuff you upload to it. You give them permission to move the data because you use their servers and they need to be able to secure your data and spread it along their servers to make sure it doesnt vanish on you. But it is always your data. They specifically say its your data not theirs in their Privacy thing they updated recently.
You can use a Microsoft Account and it will use some information about to if you use the store to pass on to the app makers who make the apps you like. You can change a lot of what is passed on or not passed on. They do this so the app devs can make a better app for you. You are at no more risk of them selling or leaking your info than the grocery store is to sell your data. The grocery store probably has more info on you than the app devs get (Im not 100% on that though). Anyways, you can limit what data is shared and you can just use a local account if you dont want to deal with it.
WiFi Sense IS NOT ON BY DEFAULT! This one really makes me angry. Yes, when you install Windows and go through Express Settings WiFi Sense is "enabled". But it doesnt mean it saves your password. You still have to check a box that says yes, share this with my contacts and friends. The nice thing about WiFi Sense is that its encrypted and shared to the categories of people you want to share it with. You can uncheck or recheck them at any time. And then when a friend comes over and you have shared WiFi sense with them they will just connect to your network. You dont have to tell them your password is 2130a0AlkJXo9820alxz0A8787. They dont get to see it. They have it and they cant find it. Because its encrypted. But if you dont like it, dont share it. Its ok. Microsoft doesnt care. Its for your comfort and security they make this available.
Windows Hello saves encrypted data to your local machine only. So no biometrics will be getting out into the wild.
Basically, Windows 10 is customizable so if you dont like a feature then turn it off. Its great! You can do it. Go into Settings and its all right there in nicely laid out catagories =).
There is more but I have rambled long enough.
tldr; Windows 10 is great! Dont believe the FUD. If you want, wait until October/November to buy it. It will be better then. It makes older machines run better. More options and features are available than in other versions. Upgrade before the year offer is up. Turn off the stuff you dont want. And enjoy Windows 10! =)
My quibbles center around how Microsoft seems to view privacy in the last few years, which they seem happy to slowly erode. Just take a trip to Privacy in Settings and see what's up for grabs.
By default, windows tracks everything you do and type and assigns your Microsoft account an "advertising ID" so it can send you personalized ads while you, for examplr, play solitaire (never has this been done before) or use its Edge browser.
Even after that and the rest of the "privacy" section, there are unnerving forced updates and the fact that your Internet connection is used to upload updates to other users (not good in a time when some ISPs are trying out data caps in some places). Also, to use Cortana a Microsoft Account is required (with its own built in tracking, email mining and advertising) and even then, Cortana plays pretty fast and loose with your data standalone, requiring everything from location to who you interact with - and how long - to function.
I'm also glad to see a version of windows that has been put together so aptly and can compete with the best of what Apple or anyone else has to offer. I am, however, very disappointed that privacy is the price I paid, we will all pay, for "free" as we hover away from buying software and instead using it as a service or subscription. I understand that we're facing a cloud connected future where things are changing, but privacy doesn't have to be the price of it.
We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your
content (such as the content of your emails, other private
communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith
belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce
the terms governing the use of the services.
It seems there is no choice in this matter, by nature of accepting their
terms you are essentially agreeing that they have access to all your
personal content, documents and files. This is my personal opinion, but somehow that doesn't seem right.
Since Windows 10 has been released it has become clear the lengths
Microsoft takes to collect personal data from its customer base, in
addition to taking advantage of their customers by building their data
collection methods into their software and software setup process by not allowing the option to turn off some data collection features.
This policy is invasive and well beyond the boundaries for collecting
Windows 10 is however much better than 8. I would recommend it for new computers or clean installations but beware of upgrading, make sure you back up everything!
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