For many Windows 10 users, the new operating system (OS) is becoming a source to exercise their patience.
That’s because the new OS has some major flaws that flusters their work flow and drains productivity. A vast majority of people who had Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 were upbeat about the free upgrade to Windows 10, but now it’s become a tedious routine for them to wait for the next Cumulative Updates from Microsoft.
The fact is, Windows 10 is still in its early days. If you can jog your memories to 2012 when Windows 8 was first released, it also had many initial hiccups that Microsoft overcame in the later months. It would also be unfair to say that Windows 10 is completely flawed product, because for thousands of people the OS is working perfectly fine.
Certain issues like the crashing of Windows Store app or the syncing problem with Windows 10 Mail are frustrating, but there is very little you can do about it other than voicing your concern on public forums and waiting for Microsoft to offer solutions. For issues that depend on your computer’s configuration, we have certain workaround tips that can ease your pain to a certain extent.
Let’s discuss them individually.
Get a Reliable Antivirus
It’s great that Windows 10 comes up with a built-in antivirus – the Windows Defender – that offers a baseline protection against malware attacks. Initially offered as a free software download with previous Windows OS, Microsoft has now made it a default program for Windows 10. But the problem lies in its antivirus capabilities which, according to AV-Test labs, earned low scores for protection against viruses – only 0.5 out of 6.
We hope that Microsoft will work towards improving the Window Defender as a powerful tool for the future, but for now, users should not rely on it as a sole guard against harmful processes. We recommend getting a Windows 10-compatible antivirus that does a better job at keeping problems at bay. Comodo Antivirus for Windows 10 is a cheap product available at $7.99/yr and covers all of the security lapses that the Windows Defender isn’t able to do.
Tame the Troubling Trackpad
We love how you can swipe three fingers on your touchpad in Windows 10 and bring Cortana to life, among other advanced gestures. But on the flip side, many Windows 10 users have publicly outcried the whimsical inaccuracy of trackpad navigation caused by the upgrade. Power users speculate that a big part of this might have to do with the trackpad drivers’ incompatibility that is specific to computer manufacturers. Here are a few ways to deal with the trackpad woes:
a. Open Start > type ‘touch’ and press enter > click on ‘Additional mouse options’ to adjust your preferences.
b. Uninstall the mousepad driver. Reinstall it again and see if it works properly.
c. Check with your computer manufacturer for newer versions of trackpad drivers available for installation.
Decide What’s Your Default Apps
Windows 10 changes the default apps settings without users’ consent – yet another reason for the newly converted users to be agitated about. But you can change that, for example, if you are not willing to experiment with Microsoft Edge – the new browser that has replaced Internet Explorer in Windows 10 – and want Google Chrome as your default browser. Here’s how:
a. Go to Start > type ‘default app settings’ and press enter > pick your default apps
b. Go to Control Panel > click on ‘default app settings’ > change the default app preferences
c. Go to Start > type ‘default programs’ and press enter > Click on ‘Set your default programs’ > make necessary changes
There are other buggy issues with Windows 10 that are at the mercy of new Microsoft updates to start functioning normally. For the time being, Windows users are split into groups; one that are awaiting Microsoft Redstones updates slated to be released in late 2016, and the other one who are reverting to their older OS till Windows 10 gets its act together.