Nothing will ever beat Windows 7, period. End of story.
I totally agree, LightStar. I wish Microsoft had simply tightened up security for Windows 7. I loved Windows 7 and, as I mentioned before, I purchased it before it was released. I did some beta testing on Windows 7 and loved it right from the start. Windows 10 has been an adventure. One can only hope things start to smooth out. There is a big announcement coming on Oct 26th and it appears to be about Windows 10. I am hoping they are not going to mess with the kernel again. If they do, I will need to make a difficult decision.
Here is a link to the Microsoft article: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/10/microsofts-next-event-on-windows-10-not-hardware-is-in-nyc-on-october-26/
Having said that, I now have a Windows 10 phone. I was using a pricey LG G4 (Android) and I couldn't stand the bloat anymore. Google kept dumping "updates" aka more junk on it all the time and the phone's battery life was awful because of that - and you can disable the apps but you cannot uninstall them. I found a refurbished Nokia Lumia 735 on eBay from a reputable seller and grabbed it for $89.95 (much better than $600.00 for the G4). It came with Windows 8.1 which wasn't bad. As soon as I got it up and running, it upgraded to Windows 10.
I actually like Windows 10 on the Nokia phone much better than I do on my PC. It works well and has none of the bloat like I had with the G4. The Lumia 735 got middling reviews with Windows 8.1 but it's getting very good reviews running Windows 10. It's not a fancy phone but the darned thing works and I am getting a better signal and much better battery life. You can order a brand new Lumia 735 from Verizon (not sure who else has them) for $120.00. BTW Nokia has announced that they will be building phones again. They will be built by Foxconn who makes the Apple phones. It sounds as though they will be Android but fingers crossed that they will do some Windows phones in the future.
In case some of you haven't heard, the Google Play store has approx 400 apps that contain malware. I am sure they are working on the problem but if you have installed games, etc. you might want to make sure they are clean. Ars Technica has a good article on the issue. Ironically, the article came out right after I got the Lumia 735. My G4 is clean though.
Concerning my previous post about turning off Windows 10 updates, I decided to change them to "manual" instead. The screen shows updates as "triggered." That means I have to check for updates which is fine. Please note that I do not know for sure if it will actually work. Patch Tuesday is coming up so I will let everyone know how that goes.