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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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4 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly good 12/04/2015

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Pros: Painless installation, extremely easy to navigate and customize, fast, terrific with games. Unless you're installing the OS on the latest, cutting-edge hardware, Windows usually recognizes all (or almost all) hardware and installs the appropriate drivers. As someone who builds lots of systems for myself, friends, family, extended family, and colleagues, I've found Windows 10 to be rock-solid stable and reliable (especially now with the various updates having become available).

Cons: Default programs are mostly all "apps" (of the mobile variety, of course), which are useless to most of us. The Windows Store is a wasteland--as only a teeny-tiny percentage of Microsoft's customers are users of Microsoft mobile offerings).

Other Thoughts: Apparently, no one at Microsoft has the fortitude to admit that they've lost the mobile wars and need to move on. The company has never made money off of hipsters and the consumer end of the market. They are an enterprise/business/professional software company, and that is where they make virtually all of their revenue. This maddening obsession on mobile and "apps" is a waste of resources, especially since developers aren't interested in universal apps (which by their nature presume that other viable platforms besides the desktop exist--which they do not in the Microsoft universe).

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ASRock B85M-ITX LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs Can't OC Pentium G3258 with Win 10 12/03/2015

This review is from: ASRock B85M-ITX LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works perfectly at stock speeds and default settings. Good value for the money.

Cons: Can't overclock without the older 2.30 BIOS, as the newer 2.40 BIOS has no overclocking options. I'm fine with that, but Windows 10 will not install without the newer 2.40 BIOS.

Other Thoughts: I have two of these motherboards, two Pentium G3258 CPUs, and two OEM copies of Windows 10 Home 64-bit. (I'm building two systems for family members for Christmas.) Same problem with both motherboards, so this isn't just a one-off.

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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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1 out of 5 eggs It's not Windows 8 10/18/2015

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Pros: It's not Windows 8.

Cons: * Tries to turn my computer into a mobile "device."
* The default metro-ish "apps" are trash, forcing one to download real desktop programs (you know--real software applications) for video, photos, music, and so on and then set those actually useful programs as the defaults.
* Privacy issues (which I won't bother repeating here) and the huge number of settings that you must find and set to stop most of the spying.
* Being served ads even though I paid for this operating system software.

Other Thoughts: Professionals who use real computers (and not "devices" for managing our "stuff") and depend on Windows are professionals who use them to do real work via spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation tools. That's just for starters. Then there are the heavy-duty applications for photo, audio, and video editing. Don't forget engineering design, modeling, analysis and simulation. Oh, wait, we omitted publishing, accounting/tax-preparation, and project planning. There are other vertical-market applications too numerous to list: a single such example involves the medical field: diagnostic tools, equipment-control, record-keeping, insurance case analysis, and many others. We don't have the space to get into software-development tools. I could go on.

These junky default "apps" from the Windows "store" are useless, and Microsoft's arrogant and stubborn focus on them dilutes the operating system that the Windows environment once promised professional people. They have no place on workstations, desktop systems and professional-grade laptops. Unfortunately, Microsoft is so consumed with turning our computers into "mobile devices" and catering to hipsters that it's nauseating.

Why is Microsoft incapable of making a real operating system for grown-ups anymore?

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Date Joined: 10/24/04

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