As the title states above, yes indeed, there has been a lot of new stuff that’s happened today.1 I’m not just talking about the happenings in my life, but once again, I’m going on nerdette mode (not that I’ve never gone in that mode whenever I write here) with this awesomest wonderful news.
Yesterday, after pre-purchasing the game I have anticipated2 for some months now from Steam after learning that a PC release for that same game,3 I went ahead and downloaded it overnight when I went to bed early. When I woke up this morning and noticed that the download was already completed, I also got the notification that my upgrade to Windows 10 was already downloaded and ready to go. Should I play the new game first or should I upgrade to Windows 10 first? I went ahead for the latter so that I may finally enjoy the new operating system that me and my brother’s computer4 can finally enjoy and be compatible with.
When I was upgrading my system to Windows 10, it took me about an hour and a half to do so, approximately. I took a nap through it even though I initially planned to play Destiny on my PS3 so I can finally level up my warlock character with new (and expensive) Legendary-level gear and hopefully more. By the time I woke up,5 the upgrade was already finished. I only had to restart the computer and then initialize and update some other stuff before it reached the login screen. Once I have, I started making a few custom settings to suit my preference.
There are a lot of pros that resulted from the upgrade:
- (Almost) all of my programs and my files stored in my hard drive6 remained in my hard drive. I didn’t see anything funky or any other type of simple maintenance such as upgrading any programs to be compatible with Windows 10– except for that “almost” part mentioned.
- It loads a whole lot faster than Windows 8.1 even though my Skype initially is the culprit for making my Windows 8.1 load slower. Even with the Skype automatically logging in at startup, Windows 10 still loaded up really fast.
- The default Windows Defender immediately began doing a quick scan of my entire system and remedied one file that was considered malicious. However, it also detected that my system is also at risk with no antivirus protection, which leads me to my CONS below.
The cons that resulted from the upgrade:
- My ZoneAlarm antivirus/firewall program disappeared! The program folder in my HD is still there, and it’s still listed in the “apps” list in Control Settings, but the shortcut and even the executable file that opens my ZoneAlarm just disappeared. This is why I mentioned “almost” all of my programs were intact, because of this one particular reason.
- The “disappearance” of my ZoneAlarm antivirus/firewall system was also the reason why the Windows Defender determined that my computer is “at risk.” It didn’t detect ZoneAlarm and it assumed that my computer had no antivirus/firewall system installed at all.
- I have to do a whole lot more customization, which includes deleting some unwanted programs installed by default… like Candy Crush Saga, for example. I already have that game on my phone and I don’t need to play that game on my computer.7 Not really a con, but still.
Even if the antivirus program’s sudden disappearance was the only “con” that I got from the entire upgrade, I did eventually found a solution to that problem. I learned that ZoneAlarm actually just released a Windows 10 version patch/upgrade of the program sometime late last month and that Windows 10 was supposed to detect that the current ZoneAlarm needs an upgrade. Unfortunately that didn’t happen with my Windows 10 notifications. I went to the ZoneAlarm website, downloaded the latest Windows 10 version, and just copied/pasted my license key to make the program legit.
For those who are nitpicky with the digital designs of any interface, you may be disappointed with the look. As you can see from my featured image above, everything looks “flat.” Very minimal design. You won’t see the “3D-style” windows illustrations anymore. Windows 10 did promote that this new OS would be a whole lot faster than Windows 7-8.1, and the flat/minimal design plays a huge role with the system’s speed. Just like the new theme of this blog, which is purely solid colors and nothing else fancy. Besides, creating minimalist-style design on websites and other user interfaces (UI) from mobile apps to operating systems like Windows 10, is one of the “in” things in digital designing nowadays. None of the fancy multi-colored detailed edges here and there. Just a simple design that simply goes direct to the point.
Smashing Magazine has a good article about minimalist design and its principles and purposes. Less is MORE.
I got so much into Destiny earlier that I simply neglected trying out Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on my PC. I just had to have that new helmet from the Vanguard so I can get my warlock character to level 32. I finally did anyway.
On the sidenote...
- Make that yesterday. It’s already past midnight when I started writing this entry. [↩]
- and actually saved as much money as I can for a PS4 for… [↩]
- Final Fantasy Type-0 HD [↩]
- Windows 7 user [↩]
- more like a phone call from my dad woke me up… [↩]
- even though I save majority of my personal files in my old external hard drive and my backup external hard drive— yup, I got so much space like that… [↩]
- Speaking like a wanna-be hardcore gamer here… [↩]