I'm not saying that it happens to everyone. But it absolutely happens to me and I support Windows installations for clients for a living. I'm no idiot when it comes to diagnosing resource bottlenecks.
Like how Windows telemetry, compatibility, and defender, and search indexer take 100% of my laptop's 5800 RPM hard drive so it literally takes ~5 minutes to boot to desktop. On a "10 windows ready" work laptop.
Or how Windows Photo takes way longer to load photos than their old photo viewer program. (It's still on your computer, go ahead and test.)
Or how their DPI scaling support is still atrocious even for many Microsoft programs. Fonts corrupt. Dialogs shrink vital areas and don't let you resize them. I dare you to try setting DPI to 150% (which was default on my install for some insane reason) and load up various dialogs. Last time I checked even SQL Manager 2014/2016 became completely unusable. And that's a Microsoft product.
I'm actually building a list of positives and negatives. I'm no windows basher. I'll use whatever is great. But Linux is waaay greater in my experience. My tiny (chromebook) netbook with 2 GB of RAM and a Celeron processor is super snappy running the supposedly "bloated" Ubuntu Unity and actually loads the search bar with apps list faster than my 8 core AMD FX-8370. There's even verified tests where a Chrome developer is tracking down why his 24-core Windows machine freezes the mouse with 90% idle CPU usage (spoiler: Tons of single-threaded mutex locks in the Windows API) when he compiles Chrome.
The biggest negative of all is simply that it treats you like an idiot and won't even trust you to override it. Shut of Windows Defender (if you have no other anti-virus) and it WILL turn itself back on within hours.
As for POSITIVES?
- Switching between duplicate and extend/one-screen mode using Win+P is WAY WAY FASTER. Explorer in win7 would be frozen for almost a minute while it recached or did whatever it needed to, to "Adapt", and the actual physical screen change is much faster.
- Drag windows to the CORNER of the screen to snap to a QUARTER of your screen. I've long had to use
- Windows 8/10 supports DirectX12 and supports a much faster full-screen capture so if you use OBS/whatever it's much more efficient when doing full-display capture. However, this feature actually WORKS in Windows 7 and someone hacked it in to prove it, but Microsoft simply wants Windows 7 users to leave so they intentionally disabled it and called it an upgrade feature.
- Windows Task Manager FINALLY adds nice GPU monitoring in the fall update so you don't have to use a third-party app for that.
I'm sure I'll notice more positives eventually. But why the HELL do they rename "my computer" -> "computer" -> "this PC" EVERY DAMN VERSION. How is that helping anything? Did some middle-manager get a bonus by suggesting "omg, we gotta rename it. It'll be improved because of synergy."
I'm still pissed they removed Windows Gadgets in Windows 8/10. I love those things. Android has Widgets. Why would they REMOVE a FEATURE like that? So I install 8gadgettool (or whatever) to bring them back. Except, like I mentioned, every Spring/Fall/whatever Creators Update actually UNINSTALLS MY SOFTWARE.
I personally love feeling like a guest on my own computer. I better not bother the real owner of the house, lest I get kicked out.
I get like 50 emails a day from mailing lists and things of that nature. There's no way I'd want to be notified unless I filtered them first.
I'm specifically talking about work e-mails (not general e-mails to my personal accounts) and those come in from my boss, notifying me of new work to do. Sometimes time critical work like a server or product went down and needs fixed ASAP. Due to health problems, I can much more easily "Wake up" if I know there's something critical going on when those e-mails start piling in.