One man's experience with Windows 10 ...

I took Corey Bailey's advice and bought a Western Digital SATA drive ($59 for 1TB), used WD's free 
version of that German drive-cloning software that Corey recommended, and swapped the drive into my 
2014 Lenovo desktop PC that had been running Windows 7. I then took Microsoft up on its free upgrade 
offer. The upgrade took a couple of hours, but resulted in no fatal problems. Windows 10 seems to 
work fine with the following audio programs installed on that computer:

-- Soundforge 11
-- all of the Soundforge plugins by Sony, Izotope and others
-- Izotope RX5
-- Foobar2000 latest stable version
-- Tag&Rename latest version

I also confirmed that Windows 10 is not hostile (ie causes no problems) for Office 2003, including 
Publisher 2003, all installed on that machine. Quark Xpress 2015 also works fine in Windows 10, as 
does Quark's batch-conversion utility.

AllwaySync software works fine, but Windows 10 did change some directory structures, so I had to 
adjust a couple of backup profiles.

The overall look and feel of Windows 10 is quite nice. I like the squared-off look, as opposed to 
the "gumdrop" Apple look that Microsoft had copied to varying extents. The Start menu, however, is 
Windows 8-like. There is a free program called Classic Shell:
which will fix this and any other look and feel issues most users might have. I went semi-medievel 
on with Classic Shell and returned much of the look and feel, especially folders and file lists 
within folders, back to Windows XP, which I still think was the most user-friendly Windows (although 
64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 10 is lightening-fast on a modern computer, which is a huge workflow 

Per Corey's good advice, I kept the old Windows 7 master drive, in case I run into something very 
incompatible with Windows 10. But, now 2 weeks in, I have not found such an issue. Windows 10 look 
and feel is similar enough to Windows 7 that the 2 platforms can coexist just fine, in my 
experience. It's not like Windows 8, where they tried to reinvent the wheel. Even though W10 worked 
out fine for me, I think Corey's advice is good, especially for desktop computers (which usually 
present an easy job for drive-cloning software and use very standard innards). You never know if 
something you're running, either hardware, peripheral device or software, just won't work with W10 
until you install it and use it.

Now if only there was some varient of Magic Shell for the horrid new versions of Office, so I could 
have a user interface like I had mastered over 20 years of drop-down menus and control-key 
shortcuts. Tiles are for floors, not for efficient software!

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Haley" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2015 9:51 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Wibdows 10?

>I noticed in the separate string about "laptop upgrade" (really about
> external small DAC's), that you, Richard Hess, said you have upgraded most
> of your computers to Windows 10.  I have been hesitating to do that myself,
> simply because things are working now the way they are, using various other
> Windows versions (except XP, which has now unfortunately left the building
> for me, along with some great programs that I lost).  I don't want to
> invite trouble, and as we all know, Microsoft is not really our friend.
> And I have read somewhere online that Windows 10 has had a bug involving
> hi-def audio files.
> But if you are using Windows 10 for audio work, Richard, and all is going
> well, maybe I will do the free upgrades to Windows 10 on all my computers.
> Microsoft sure wants me to, with all the constant nagging upgrade
> messages.  That in itself is almost a reason not to.
> How has your experience been with Windows 10?  Any problems?
> And others on the list?  Liking it?  Not liking it?
> Thanks,
> John Haley