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deya 30. Apr 2018 08:46 PM

Windows 10 April 2018 Update
What’s new in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update;

Downloaded and installed via WU. Took just over an hour from start to finish. Quite a large download, about six and a half gigs. Everything runs fine, re-booted the machine a few times to settle it down after the initial re-start.

Quite a few changes, which are explained in the blog link above.

Check your settings after the upgrade, some change. Also, if you're running O&O or similar, check those settings as some of those also change.

Jojo Yee 01. May 2018 08:59 AM

Updated to the new version 1803 (aka "April 2018 Update") on a laptop.

Experienced a few crashes and needed to re-login to the Windows a few times while trying out the new features in the Edge and running Chrome at the same time.

The app "Microsoft Phone Companion" is going to retire as now linking phones is available via Settings > Phone.

Interesting to explore new features, minus the crashes at the mean time.

MidnightCowboy 01. May 2018 10:34 AM


Originally Posted by Jojo Yee (Post 123528)

Interesting to explore new features, minus the crashes at the mean time.

Sounds just like my experience with Ubuntu 18.04:D

deya 01. May 2018 05:47 PM

To be fair, even though the download was a whopper in size, this upgrade seems to have been a good one for my desktop. The system is definitely snappier, not that it was slow before but this upgrade has made a difference - even Edge is noticeably better.

As has happened with some previous upgrades though, this one disabled my system restore again and for some reason I ended up with a load of rubbish tiles on my Opera speed dial page, and it also changed my Opera default search to Google. Dunno why that happens, but soon rectified.

Still checking out some of the feature changes. But all in all, worth doing the upgrade.

danielson 03. May 2018 10:10 PM

Edge on Android has gotten better too!

Wish i could figure out how to tell Edge on Windows not to change font size to last page viewed. Just because i increased the font on one page doesn't mean i want it to do the same everywhere else.

danielson 04. May 2018 02:04 PM

There's another irritant factor in Edge.
For whatever reason, it has started to load with previous session without my doing anything to that effect in settings. Was it one of the two extensions i've installed lately? Shouldn't take long to check that but i doubt it.

deya 04. May 2018 07:13 PM

Have you set it to open something other than 'Previous pages'?

'Settings - Open Microsoft Edge with' ….

Jojo Yee 05. May 2018 02:06 AM

Who's testing the latest Windows 10 Version 1803?

Originally Posted by MidnightCowboy (Post 123530)
Sounds just like my experience with Ubuntu 18.04:D

Today my Windows 10 (latest version 1803) hanged again. A search shows me that it's not only me but a lot of others experiencing the same.

Microsoft is aware of the issues now and working on a solution.

Woody on Windows says "You have to wonder who’s testing this stuff. Truly, the 10 million users in the Windows Insider Program (present company included) aren’t enough."


The new version of Windows 10 has been out for less than a week, and those who welcomed it with open arms (and the unfortunate seekers who got stuck) are starting to feel the burn. I’m not so surprised by the usual problems – bad drivers, stuck installs, upgrade failures – but the number of conflicts with Microsoft’s other products takes my breath away. You have to wonder who’s testing this stuff. Truly, the 10 million users in the Windows Insider Program (present company included) aren’t enough.

MidnightCowboy 05. May 2018 09:21 AM


Originally Posted by Jojo Yee (Post 123554)
Woody on Windows[/URL] says "You have to wonder who’s testing this stuff. Truly, the 10 million users in the Windows Insider Program (present company included) aren’t enough."

As far back as four years ago all the tech media were talking about Microsoft's quality control or lack thereof and nothing has changed since.

I only have Windows (7) on one machine now and it gets so little use it's almost stagnant and yet I still have to battle with non functioning updates and other issues resulting in "start Windows normally" being my most popular message. :D

Surely any other product being sold on this scale would be subject to mandatory government intervention on behalf of consumers.

deya 05. May 2018 01:33 PM

Have to agree with the two previous posts. Reading around, the problems some people face after these updates is not good. I think I've just been lucky with my home desktop so far, no real problems but as I've said before, I reckon it's only a matter of time before it's my turn to feel the pain after an upgrade.

It came to the point, quite some time back, where I stopped using the Win 10 laptop I bought. I never use it, never even switch it on. I grew bored of the constant updating, slow downs and bandwidth hogging that comes with using it. I just want to use the internet and a few other programs on an evening around the house so I bought an Android tablet and that was that. It does want I want it to do perfectly well, without all the updating and upgrading that I got with the laptop. Much less fuss.

I appreciate that I got Win 10 for free, and that using Windows in general over the years has made life easier in so many ways - work etc. It still does. But this Windows as a service thing is not good. To break things like they do, the time and money it can cost to put things right, at times, is unacceptable. We've been in business for many years, and if our quality of work was at the level of some of that from Microsoft we'd be in trouble. We can't afford to turn out shoddy work, there would be serious consequences - we'd be sued. That's not to say things don't occasionally go wrong but if they do, we put it right. We foot the bill. It's our reputation that's at stake. But we're not a massive global company, one with endless corporate resources to bat away any problems that may arise from poor quality of work. We're heavily regulated and rightly so.

It would appear to me that Microsoft (and others) are doing things on the cheap - using their customers to test the quality of their work instead of paying for a large, highly qualified and dedicated department staffed with teams of testers to make damned sure that things are right before pushing these upgrades out.

Truth be told, all they're interested in is the bottom line and keeping the shareholders happy. Average, every day consumers don't really matter anymore. The way of the corporate world - and governments aren't much use when they do intervene. Just look at the recent debacle with Zuckerberg and his crowd.

I just wish these companies were managed better, and that if things do go wrong at the consumer end then help and honesty were more forthcoming.

trainman261 06. May 2018 04:25 PM

The problem is that they have a monopoly, and as long as they manage to keep that, they're pretty much free to do anything within the confines of the law (usually). And I know I'll get a lot of hate for this, but this is one of the reasons I'm really hoping ReactOS development gets a good boost because of the problems with Windows 10. Laugh about the slow pace of development (until now) as much as you want, this is an OS that, given enough work, could really upset Microsoft's monopoly, which is something, let's be honest, that Linux will still have a hard time doing, simply because of the incompatibility with today's programs and the complexity. Yes, I know the different builds are an advantage for many avid Linux users, but for the average user who isn't that tech-savvy, it's a huge, confusing mess. And yes, I know, there's Wine, but again, for the average user, it's too confusing. They want something seamless, and ReactOS offers some hope for us having a simple, non-Windows system that can be seamlessly used with everything else Windows. Until we have that, we'll have a monopolistic situation, unless Microsoft really screws something up, which I wouldn't bet on.

Anupam 06. May 2018 05:26 PM

I pretty much agree with trainman261.

Anupam 01. Jul 2018 12:10 PM

The update for me arrived yesterday for my old laptop, and for my desktop today. I was out for around 1.5 months, so it might have arrived earlier, if I was there at home.

On the laptop, the update failed 3 times before installing fine. I think the failure was because of the updates for older version of Windows (1709) being available at the same time. I don't know how it finally updated, but thankfully it did.

The update on the desktop went without any issues.

The installation process was quite long though.

As always, I went through all the settings to see if they were fine. Privacy settings have to be dealt with, as some are on my default.

On my desktop, I noticed that the hard disk is churning quite a bit after the update.

The Settings icons look better now, and options itself are getting better.

Anupam 01. Jul 2018 05:28 PM

On my laptop, the folder icon for User somehow disappeared. I had to spend a bit of time before I found how to access option for Desktop Icons, which is found in Settings --> Personalization --> Themes, and there it is as a link.

Such a simple thing was earlier accessible from the right click menu on the desktop. Why make such simple things difficult.

And the new Photo app, which is the default now in Windows 10, is just highly annoying. It takes a lot of time to load, and it's cumbersome to operate. Windows Photo Viewer was just excellent... simple and easy to operate. But, they have done away with it altogether. Thankfully, it is still on my desktop, because I had installed Windows 10 over Windows 8.1. But, on laptop, on which I installed Windows 10 fresh, it isn't there anymore.

I had to look for other options.. I just wanted to simply view, and be able to zoom via the mouse scroll. ImageGlass, WildBit Viewer, and NoMacs seem to have this feature.

Shortcut of Edge is now being provided on desktop after installation of the latest Windows version. I deleted it right away :D

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