I don’t think I’ve ever started a thread before, let alone in the Pit, but recent experience has moved me to pit Windows 10 – although perhaps I should just pit Microsoft for this evil. Sometime within the past year I upgraded my HP laptop to Windows 10. I don’t even remember if this was something I actively chose or if Microsoft recommended it and I agreed to give it a try.
At first it seemed to be OK, although I wasn’t crazy about it. But after a few months, it did some kind of automatic update and the large Samsung monitor I had hooked up to the laptop was no longer being recognized. After a bit of work, my husband was able to fix the situation. I was happy again so I didn’t ask any questions.
Then it happened again. Another mysterious update and once again, the large monitor was blank. Once again, my husband was able to correct the situation, so once again I was happy and asked no questions.
But then it happened again about a week ago. This time my husband couldn’t fix it, and neither could I. (My own former geekiness was by now a distant memory.) He tried to reinstall Windows 7. but to no avail. He even took it to a computer shop this morning and they confirmed that it was too late – we were stuck with Windows 10.
As far as I can tell, the problem is caused by the fact that the driver for the Samsung monitor is not compatible with Windows 10. As noted earlier, I didn’t ask questions previously because my husband was able to fix it. Now I’ve been doing my own googling and it looks like Windows 10 not only forces itself upon hapless Windows 7 computers, but it also insists on doing various driver “fixes” that keep the “fixed” hardware from working.
I have been resisting for a couple of years my husband’s constant encouragement to move to a Mac but I’m thinking the time has come. I feel almost like the moderate Republicans who are saying “I’m not leaving the party, the party left me,” except that in my case “I’m not leaving Microsoft, Microsoft has left me.”