11 things we do not like about Windows 10

While Windows 10 updates such as May 2019 Update comes with new features and improvements, some things are not so great. We are not trying to be perfectionists, but there are more than just a few things that Microsoft could change or improve in Windows 10. Some of our complaints are small, while others are quite significant. If you are curious to find out what people do not like about Windows 10, read on:

1. Windows 10 installs bloatware that nobody asked for

Windows 10 bundles a lot of apps and games that nobody wants. It is the so-called bloatware that was rather common among hardware manufacturers in the past but which was not a policy of Microsoft itself. When you do a clean install of Windows 10, you expect it to be clean, with just the basics, but it's not. In Windows 10, you do not only get the operating system, but you also get third-party apps and games that are pre-installed by Microsoft without your explicit consent. The list includes apps and games such as Age of Empires: Castle Siege, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Candy Crush Friends Saga, Candy Crush Saga, FarmVille 2: Country Escape, Gardenscapes, Phototastic Collage, PicsArt Photo Studio: Collage Maker and Pic Editor, Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery, The Secret Society: Hidden Mystery, and others alike. For many people, these apps and games are just garbage using precious storage space and bandwidth.

Clean installations of Windows 10 contain plenty of bloatware

Unfortunately, Microsoft tries to squeeze even more money out of Windows 10 users, even if they paid for their licenses. You can read more about what kind of bloatware you get in Windows 10, and also how to get rid of it, in these articles:

2. Poor quality Windows 10 updates

With Windows 10's updates, Microsoft seems to have lost its way and pushes buggy updates to users. Since we have little control over the updates that we get for our operating system, many of the updates seem to break random things. Some Windows 10 updates did things such as make Bluetooth devices disappear, show strange warnings, provoke unusual processor spikes that make Windows 10 run slow for no apparent reason, and so on. Furthermore, it is not like people did not complain about these problems: some Windows Insiders pointed out many of the issues caused by Windows 10 updates before they were rolled out to users. However, Microsoft does not seem to listen well enough to what people are saying, or if it does, it tends to do it superficially.

A Cumulative Update is available for Windows 10

Microsoft should profoundly improve its quality assurance processes for Windows 10 updates so that they don't break things as often as they did so far.

3. In Windows 10, there are ads all over the place

Microsoft shows advertisements all over the operating system. From time to time, Windows 10 shows ads in the Start Menu, on your Lock Screen, on the taskbar, in the Notifications, and even in File Explorer! What's up with that?

Windows 10 is filled with advertisements

If you hate seeing ads in a product that you paid for, read Windows 10 ads: How to turn them off from everywhere.

4. The way Windows 10 handles your privacy is not the best

Just like any other major internet company like Google or Facebook, Microsoft is not what you would call a "privacy-first" entity. Windows 10 had its share of privacy issues that made users take a reserved stand when it came to installing and using it. That's not to say that Windows 10 does not 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. How many people you know understand all these switches and settings, and would bother to go through all the bits from the Settings app or from the Windows 10 setup, so that they get the most private user experience possible?

Privacy in Windows 10

5. 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 do not appreciate the inability to use different themes and visuals for each virtual desktop.

Virtual desktops in Windows 10 can't use different themes

Having the opportunity to make each desktop look the way you want, helps users be more productive, and figure out 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.

6. The HomeGroup is gone from Windows 10

Microsoft decided to remove the Homegroup feature from Windows 10, starting with April 2018 Update. Why did they choose to do that? They answered that Windows 10 has new sharing features such as OneDrive and that people should not continue to use old features. We were disappointed to hear that, as we actually relied on using HomeGroups to easily share files and folders with the Windows computers found in our local networks. Sure, OneDrive is an excellent service, and sharing things with it is also easy. But what if you do not have internet connectivity at home or if you don't want to use it?

The HomeGroup has been removed from Windows 10

7. The Settings app still doesn't 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 or a tablet. 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 launch date in 2015, but there are still things left to be done. One of the most significant 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. It is 2019 and more than four years since the launch of Windows 10, and there are still settings and options that haven't been moved to the Settings app!

The Control Panel has not been fully migrated to the Settings app

8. The Start Menu does not 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 did not keep this feature in 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 decide if you want to sync your Start Menu or not and provide this possibility for people who find it useful.

The Start Menu doesn't sync between devices

9. You cannot easily configure File Explorer to start anywhere else but in "Quick access" or "This PC"

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 do not 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 are not saying that you can't do it, but the steps you must perform are not exactly the easiest. To learn more about this, read How to make Windows 10's File Explorer start in any location you want.

File Explorer can't be configured to start in any folder you want

10. You cannot resize the apps list from the Start Menu

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. We hope that Microsoft will add this feature in a future update to Windows 10.

The apps list from the Start Menu can't be resized

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

Cortana could have been amazing. However, she only understands and speaks a few languages. Even if Microsoft promised that Cortana would evolve and learn new languages over time, that didn't happen as fast as it should have. It also does not mean that the non-supported countries should have been kept away from getting access to Cortana. A better 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. Many people all over the world can speak different languages than their native ones. So why not include an option for making Cortana available in English for anyone in the world who's interested in using her?

Cortana is available only for a limited number of regions

What annoys you most about Windows 10?

These are our top dissatisfactions when it comes to Windows 10. So if they were to be resolved, we'd be much happier. Before you go on and close this article, don't hesitate to share with us your dissatisfactions with Windows 10. What is it that you don't like about this operating system and what would you want to change?