Windows 10 Technical Preview
While it’s no secret that I prefer the Linux operating system, I recently started a series about Windows entitled “Patch or Smash Windows XP” and thought that this would make an excellent follow up.
Many Windows users have extremely strong preferences for specific distributions and XP’s following was no exception, in fact it was the rule. So as the rumors circulate that XP, Vista, and 7, users will be asked to switch over to 10 (possibly for free) my curiosity was piqued.
I spent 6 weeks on Windows XP comparing it to other Windows and Linux just to get familiar enough with everything to write an honest comparative between them and honestly I wasn’t surprised to see a properly formatted and *configured XP system with service pack 3 outperform many other configurations of both Vista, and 7.
*Properly configured meaning every service pack, updated runtimes, correct versions of vc basic runtimes, Direct X updates, .net frameworks, etc etc.
Please note that Vista and 7 when *configured correctly, and particularly with the right service packs, each had performance advantages over XP though they weren’t particularly noticeable aside from start ups and shutdowns.
In every case so far 32 bit systems outperform 64 bit systems, even on 64 bit machines with proper bios updates.
We mostly use games and image manipulation software to do comparisons and the results aren’t different enough to warrant mention.
My experience with Windows 8 was shorter (2 weeks) due to the compatibility issues and driver issues that many users are facing and that aside I was more impressed with 8.1 and that sets us up for 10.
Windows 10 Technical Preview is definitely the best so far. At least it “will be” if the legacy drivers become compatible. Ideally computers from the XP era will be particularly prone to this need for drivers that can enable everything from: network cards, to gaming graphics, within a computers performance range.
I’m currently using Windows 10 Technical Preview in dual boot with Linux Mint 17 (Which took some doing incidentally, FYI turn off fast boot/enable legacy boot or grub2 vanishes) and they are fairly comparable performance wise, the new Windows features seem appealing enough to bring in more users by far.
The integrated apps run smoothly enough and in many ways the UI is reminiscent of Cinnamon/Mate while the app store is reminiscent of Android. The inclusion of multiple virtual desktops is very Linux-esque, and many of the other features are comparably sleek and stylish.
You will certainly want to remember the little things like .net framework and so on may be needed to run your older programs.
I may need to reinstall XP somewhere to finish Black Mesa due to no accelerated graphics driver being available yet, but in the meanwhile I am definitely enjoying the new OS. *See my article entitled installing difficult drivers!
How they compared best to worst:
How they compare to Linux… User prejudice but I think that depending on the user’s experience, Windows can be slightly less frustrating or 100 times more frustrating so generally I prefer Linux. I use Windows for games mostly but have found myself using it more with this recent release.
To get a copy on to a machine you’ll need the iso and a tool like rufus. To install it you’ll burn the iso to a usb stick using rufus and boot from that usb by interrupting the start up process on your computer with F10 or whatever your computer uses to access the boot menu.
It helps to have a *Microsoft Account, and I’d suggest trying it out in virtual box before you go too far and install it on 3 machines etc, the drivers aren’t a huge issue but you’ll notice it eventually. Have a backup OS for heavy lifting until the drivers you need are available.
Some drivers may install using compatibility settings but many in fact just refuse flatly to even try. I suspect that every driver needs a “sure go ahead and we’re not liable” disclaimer and a beta legacy driver installer.
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How to tether a phone to wi-fi or broadband connect…
Generally on Android phones (and some tablets) there are settings listed under “more settings” from the home screen press the settings icon and find that tab. Under it you’ll see Mobile connect and possibly if you are lucky a usb tethering option that lets you use the phone as a usb wi-fi connection.
*This was not a paid endorsement and my views are my own Microsoft and Windows 10 are Trademarked and Copyrighted and we are in no way affiliated with them at the time of this publication.
I’ll go ahead and predict that if this operating system is free to us, it will succeed. The apps marketplace has potential, that said if they charge for this operating system as well as the apps…
Extinction seems likely no matter how good this OS is.
This is a golden opportunity to bounce back from Windows 8 in the public’s mind. I for one hope they adopt a more Linux-esque “app driven only” sales model.
I’d sooner buy an app than another OS.