Top 12 things we don’t like about Windows 10

While Windows 10 with Anniversary Update comes with lots of new features and improvements, there are also some things we don't like about it. We're not trying to be perfectionists but there are a couple of things that Microsoft could change or improve. Some of our complaints are small while others are quite significant. If you are curious to learn what we don't like about Windows 10, don't hesitate to read this article:

1. The way it handles your privacy

Microsoft, just as any other major internet company like Google or Facebook, is not what you would call a “privacy first” entity. Or that’s what we’re inclined to think, anyway. Windows 10 has its share of privacy issues that make users take a reserved stand when it comes to installing and using it. That’s not to say that Windows 10 doesn’t let you enable or disable all privacy related aspects. The problem is that all the data it gathers is controlled by a series of switches that are turned on by default in Windows 10. And let’s face it now, how many people you know understand all these switches and settings, and would bother to go through all the bits and pieces from the Settings app, so that they get the most private user experience possible, in Windows 10? A better approach would have been for Microsoft to do its data collecting only if you decided to let it do so, as a conscious choice, not as the default/enforced choice.

2. You can't have different themes and visual elements on different virtual desktops

We also use Linux distributions, where virtual desktops are an old feature that is highly configurable and works smoothly. While we are happy that virtual desktops are present in Windows 10, we don't appreciate the inability to use different themes and visuals for each virtual desktop.

Having the opportunity to make each desktop look the way you want, helps users be more productive and figure out in which virtual desktop they're in. For example, it would be useful to be able to use different icon sets in each virtual desktop, different wallpapers and so on.

3. Windows Media Center is not included in Windows 10

Microsoft decided to end the development for Windows Media Center , so you won't find it in Windows 10. The company justifies this course of action with the fact that very few users were still using Media Center. However, there still are some of us that use it and would have liked it maintained as an ongoing feature that’s built into Windows, or at least kept as part of the operating system.

4. The Settings app doesn't yet have all the features found in the Control Panel

Microsoft has developed Windows 10 to be a unifying experience, meaning that you should be able to use it just as easily on any kind of device, be it a full-fledged PC, a notebook, a tablet or even a smartphone. In order to do that, they needed to redesign almost every aspect of the Windows interface to make it touch friendly. We can all see that Windows 10 has come a long way since its first technical preview, but there are still things left to be done. One of the most important improvements is the fact that not all the features found in the old Control Panel have been ported to the new, touch friendly, Settings app. We really hope that Microsoft will place this on their top to-do list for improving Windows 10.

5. Windows Updates are mandatory for Windows 10 Home users

If you're using Windows 10 Home, all the updates released by Microsoft are automatically pushed to your device. There's no way to disable this behavior. While it may be a good move on Microsoft's side, as they are making sure that each and every home user runs their latest iteration of Windows, it can also be a bad choice that could annoy people, especially when botched updates are released.

Also, users who rely on metered internet connections might suffer because downloading Windows updates automatically may easily translate into higher bills from their mobile internet provider.

6. Charms should have stayed in Tablet Mode

Microsoft is making Windows 10 a cross-platform operating system but not everything that works well on the desktop also works well on a touchscreen. If you're using Windows 10 on a tablet, the charms from Windows 8.1 would have been easier to use than the new controls for accessing your app's settings and so on. We feel that this concept felt more natural for interacting with apps on devices with touch. Hopefully, charms will make a reappearance sometime in the future.

7. The Start Menu doesn't sync between devices

Syncing the Start screen layout between different devices was a great feature, that was first introduced in Windows 8. It meant that you could jump from one device to another and Start would have looked the same. However, Microsoft decided to remove this feature from Windows 10. The motive for this decision seems to be that many users want to be able to have different Start Menus on their devices. That may be true, but why choose to remove a feature when you could have improved it? Windows 10 could have offered you the option to choose if you want to sync your Start Menu or not and offer this possibility to people who find it useful.

8. You cannot easily configure File Explorer to start anywhere else but in “Quick access” or “ This PC”

The new File Explorer lets you change the way it starts and which location is loaded at startup. But, you can only choose to make it start in “This PC” or in “Quick access”. What we don't understand is why Microsoft did not make this feature even more customizable. Why not allow users to set OneDrive as their startup folder? Or one of their Libraries ? We’re not saying that you can’t do it, but the things you must do are not exactly the easiest. If you want to learn how to do it, though, we’ve detailed the necessary steps here: How to make Windows 10's File Explorer start in any location you want.

9. OneDrive doesn't show folders and files that you don't sync but you have stored in the cloud

In W indows 7 and Windows 8.1, the OneDrive app used to have placeholders for every folder or file that you stored in the cloud, even if they were not actually taking up space on your Windows PC or device. In Windows 10, things have changed and the OneDrive app only displays folders and files that you chose to sync. It's not a great approach if you ask us, as you'll have to use a web browser to connect to your OneDrive in order to see all the folders and files that you have stored in the cloud, but you didn't want to sync on your device.

10. You can't resize the apps list from the Start Menu

We really think that the new Start Menu is an improvement. However, this feature is missing and we wish it wasn't. The Start Menu is resizeable and also lets you change the dimensions of any tile you pin to it. But you cannot resize the apps list, no matter how hard you try. It would have been nice to be able to have two or more columns for your Apps list, instead of having to endlessly scroll. We hope that Microsoft will add this feature in a future update to Windows 10.

11. There are no touch-friendly versions for important apps and features like Windows Defender, Windows Firewall and so on

This also falls into Microsoft's "must do" category. For Windows 10 to be a full-fledged cross-platform operating system, each built-in feature or app needs to be redesigned so that it is as easy to use on a desktop PC as it is on a tablet or smartphone. Many important features of Windows still exist only on the desktop and not in the touch-friendly environment offered by Windows 10.

12. There is no international version of Cortana, one that works in all countries

Cortana is great! In fact, we think she's the greatest feature of Windows 10. However, she only understands and speaks a few languages . Even if Microsoft promised Cortana will evolve and learn new languages over time, that doesn't mean the non-supported countries should be kept away from enjoying her right now. A good approach would have been for Microsoft to make Cortana available for anyone in the world , even if she spoke only English for instance. Or French... or any other language that she understands. There are many people all over the world who can speak other languages than their native ones. So why not include in Windows an option for making Cortana available in English for anyone in the world who's interested in using her?

Conclusion

These are our top 12 dissatisfactions when it comes to Windows 10. And if they were to be resolved, we'd be very happy. Before you go on and close this article, don’t hesitate to share with us your own dissatisfactions with Windows 10. What you don't like about this operating system and what would you want changed?