Solved MS Edge not the real deal following W10 update

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
September 27, 2015 at 21:18:10
Specs: Win 10 Home, 8gig
I have Win 10 installed on two computers, on one I installed using the ISO and the installation validation process was flawless. The system is perfect in all respects and I am more than happy with it.

The second system was installed by an update method and it took all of two hours.and it is fraught with errors. It ill not allow me to download anything at all and it won't save passwords. I wanted to download and install Firefox but Edge was not having it so I went into Default Programs and selected Edge as the default browser because I must have some form of Internet on that machine. I eventually loaded FF onto a USB stick but still no go. So I tried the Portable version and was equally unsuccessful. It appears that It cant find my profile (C:\Users\Ewen\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla|Firefox|Profiles) I found it at this address and compared it to my profile on Win 7-32 and t is identical. I cannot download and use PaleMoon, or Chrome for the same reason. It wotn' even install Opera.

So I am forced to use Edge and never in all the years of messing about with computers have I come across a programme so useless. I cannot believe that MS would spend an age creating an operating system as good as 10 and then in their infinite wisdom create a browser that cannot use addons or enhancements (and in my case it will not save passwords and it will not download anything). If ever there was a programme to turn committed users away this is it.

If anyone can be bothered reading this rant and can offer any help or advice it will be much appreciated

Regards.

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September 30, 2015 at 20:49:30
I installed Windows 10 on 9 Windows 8.1 machines at work and a new Windows 8.1 Laptop at home and I find that the time of the install is dependent on the speed of the connection, the speed of the processor, the amount of memory, the type and speed of the hard drive (or SSD), the amount of free space and even programs on the machine. I have seen from a little over half an hour for a fast (i7, 16GB RAM, etc) brand new laptop to an hour for an i3 all in one to almost an hour and a half for a similar all in one with the slower Pentium CPU and less memory. I have yet to see how fast a fast system with a good SSD will do it in (I am holding off for now on my relatively new build desktop).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
September 27, 2015 at 21:26:23
Since the ISO install went well, why not try that one the second system?

I've never liked upgrading from one OS to the next, any problems/corruption in the existing system will be transferred and most likely amplified in the upgrade.

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#2
September 27, 2015 at 21:41:29
If you want Edge to save passwords then you go to the three dots on the right , scroll to the bottom and select the advanced options (I am on W7 right now so I am going by memory), then you select Save my passwords. There is also a manage passwords so you can delete the ones you do not want it to save. Unfortunately there is no place to set it to never save passwords from certain sites like Firefox so you need to occasionally go through them to X out the ones not to save. It does ask you if you want to save each one but if you ignore it then it is saved. Another issue I see with Edge is that then typing, if you go back to correct something, with Firefox you simply hold down the down arrow and the cursor goes back down and then to the end of the last line. With edge it simply goes down, then you have to go all of the way to the right. If you go too far, it may go right off of the typing and on to something else entirely (depending on the page). Dumb. Firefox is smarter in this, as in a lot else also. Did you notice that you cannot select Google or anything else as your default search engine in Edge because when you try, you find out that these other search engines do not meet the qualifications Microsoft sets so you are stuck with Bing. As a work around, I suggest setting Google as a second (or third) home page so it is easily available when you want it.

As far as your main problem, I would suggest saving all of the important data and redo the install as a clean install/do not save current stuff (or what ever it is that it asks you).
If you are not logged in as an administrator, that may be why you cannot install, but the downloading should not be a problem with a normal user.

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September 28, 2015 at 21:31:48
Thank you THX 1138 and Fingers for your reply... in summary I am logged in as Administrator and essentially the PC in question is a standby job that I use mainly to test programmes. I did need it to be able to connect and download (it connects but wont download). I installed Firefox Vers.9 (very old) which worked well while I had it open But as soon as I closed it it was gone and would not reopen. Finally installed Opera which does the job although I have no sync facility.

THX I used the Windows update download because I wanted to see what it did and how it did it. I don't know whether others have suffered a long install but I certainly did. I must say though that the install I did from the ISO was faultless and it works a charm, I haven't tried Edge on it yet and probably wont, what a dead loss explorer it turned out to be.

Nevertheless all is well now although there was one interesting turn. I updated onto a legitimate copy of Win 7-32 and when I came to validate it I got knocked back (incorrect code, try again). I thought "what the hell" if worst comes to worst I'll scrub the whole lot and start again. When I tried later that night the control panel stated "Windows is activated". Servers must have been busy the first time I guess.

Regards and thank you both.


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#4
September 29, 2015 at 08:00:41
Glad you got it sorted out. I've installed Win 10 on couple of laptops and I've been very happy with it so far.

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September 30, 2015 at 20:49:30
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I installed Windows 10 on 9 Windows 8.1 machines at work and a new Windows 8.1 Laptop at home and I find that the time of the install is dependent on the speed of the connection, the speed of the processor, the amount of memory, the type and speed of the hard drive (or SSD), the amount of free space and even programs on the machine. I have seen from a little over half an hour for a fast (i7, 16GB RAM, etc) brand new laptop to an hour for an i3 all in one to almost an hour and a half for a similar all in one with the slower Pentium CPU and less memory. I have yet to see how fast a fast system with a good SSD will do it in (I am holding off for now on my relatively new build desktop).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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