So I upgraded to Windows 10 today. I was nervous about it but from what I read, it seemed that it might not cause big problems and be an improvement over Hateful 8 because it puts back a Start button. I was using a 3rd party start button that was pretty much like Windows XP, and I liked it. I may end up going back to it if I can. While there *is* a Start button, it's much different. It shows recently used apps or programs, which is fine, but I miss the "recent documents" list. I did find the recent documents, it's now in File Explorer, and that's easily found, but it's an extra step that you didn't need to do in the XP or 7 start. And the start button brings up the stupid Metro side of the apps, which I hate. I'll have to poke around and see if I can change things more and get others back. But overall, I'd say it's an improvement on 8. Everything went pretty smooth, I haven't had to reload any programs or settings so far. Well, except for the new Browser. It's called Edge instead of Internet Explorer. My favorites weren't saved in it, but since I don't use it that much, I only have a few saved sites anyway and most of them came up right away. I didn't look and see if I could import bookmarks, but I'd bet I could have if I needed to. Chrome is working fine. Some of my old programs are kind of hidden and I'm not sure right now where they are -- I can bring up Word, for example, but I'm not sure where exactly *my* version of the Word.exe file is hidden, so if I want to run Power Point, for example, not sure I can find it. I think my old programs are in an "Old Windows" folder, but I'm still not sure yet. I may be returning to Classic Shell soon if I don't figure out this file structure soon. And then again, maybe that's not the problem. Not that it's really a problem, per se. Just wondering and thinking at this point. Bottom line is everything is working, just have to make sure I can find it all when I want it.
ETA: Not impressed with the Start menu. There is a shortcut for Apps, but not for Programs. Programs and Apps are not the same thing, I don't care what you think, Microsoft. The Search function is improved over the last few iterations of Windows, but that's not saying much, is it. I still can't find the file location of my Microsoft Office programs. I see their shortcuts, but not the file location. Where Windows XP had it right was how easy it was to find all your files and programs. Since, then, Microsoft has been screwing around and hiding things. I think the Desktop will be relied on more heavily again -- there for a while, I was not putting my shortcuts to programs on the desktop, because there was no need. I'll probably return to Classic Shell eventually. I'll keep giving this one a go for now.