Windows 10 – First Impressions

Updated: August 8th, 2018Author: BrantonCategory: ReviewsLeave a Comment

Now that I’ve had Windows 10 installed for a few hours, and I’ve had a chance to poke around at the new features and apps, I have to say, it’s a lot better than I thought it would be. It’s like a combination of the good things from both Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, while leaving out the majority of the bad.

windows-10-logo

Initially, I had an issue with GeForce Experience, and getting updated to the Windows 10 drivers, but after a little bit of troubleshooting, I turned it off and on again, and voila, everything worked perfect.

If you’re having issues with GeForce Experience, here’s what I did:

  1. Uninstalled Old Copy
  2. Downloaded The Newest Version From Nvidia Website
  3. Installed The Newest Version of GeForce Experience
  4. Attempted to Install The Windows 10 Drivers
  5. Failed Installing The Windows 10 Drivers
  6. Tried Again
  7. Failed Again, This Time Being Prompted to Reboot
  8. Rebooted
  9. Everything Worked Perfect!

I haven’t heard of any AMD related issues with the upgrade, but if I do, I’ll post the fix.

Aside from that one, relatively small issue, the upgrade to Windows 10 was pretty much flawless, and only took about an hour and a half, once the 2.4GB upgrade was downloaded.

The biggest difference that I’ve noticed going from Windows 8, to Windows 10, is the fact that the annoying “home screen” that replaced the normal “home button” is finally gone! But, they did keep the app tray, and have placed it inline with the home menu. Personally, I find this useful, because I like some of those little apps. A search bar has also been implemented into the tray, and it functions the exact same as the Windows 8 search bar did.

windows-10-home-dock

Performance

There was supposed to be performance improvements as well, but after booting a few games like GTA:V and The Witcher 3, I have yet to notice any kind of significant difference.

Programs seem to load as quick as they did when I was running Windows 8.1, so I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. I know it’s not a CPU issue as I’m running an i7 4790k with 16gb of RAM. Maybe the differences are there, but they’re just too small to notice.

Windows 10 is also the only OS that will support DirectX 12, and I’m assuming that’s going to bring a whole slew of options for new games, as well as massive performance boosts for older games that update. But, as it stands now, I don’t think there is anything that even supports DX12, so we’ll have to wait and see. Personally, I don’t know a heck of a lot about the technical side of how DX works, so I’m not the person to give an opinion on this.

One thing I did notice right away, was the plethora of information that’s tracked, and kept locked away in the cloud. Anything from personal conversations, to banking info, and anything else you might have on your PC, is stored online… So, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this, but we can only hope that Microsoft knows what they’re doing, and our information won’t be any easier to steal.

Conclusion

All-in-all, Windows 10 seems really good at first glance. Once I’ve had a day or two to break things and cause glitches, I’ll have a more in-depth article discussing those. If you haven’t upgraded yet, I would suggest doing so, the process is super-streamlined and doesn’t take much time at all.

I haven’t had any real ‘want’ to check out Cortana, yet. Have any of you? Let me know in the comments!

Don’t own a copy of Windows 7 or 8 to get the free upgrade? The cheapest way to get Windows 10 right now, is to buy a copy of Windows 7, and then upgrade from there. You could also grab a copy of Windows 10 directly, but it’s about $119.

What do you think? Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? Are you going to? Why not? Let us know in the comments! 

About the Author

Branton

Facebook Twitter

Hey there! I'm Branton, the founder and lead editor here at PC Game Haven. Since our launch in 2015, we've helped thousands upon thousands of gamers build their dream desktops, find the perfect peripherals, and more. Thanks for stopping by!

avatar