I hate Windows. I haven’t run it since the day my Windows Vista laptop took an update and bricked itself. Since then, I’ve run Ubuntu and Linux Mint Debian Edition. I just got a new Dell Inspirion 17/5000, which comes with Windows 10 preinstalled. I’m going to try using it, and will document what I do to make it a habitable environment for people who, like me, hate Windows.
First step is to fix the touchpad:
- Search for Settings
- Choose Devices
- Choose Touchpad
- Uncheck all the “Tap to click” checkboxes as well as “pinch to zoom”.
Browsing to YouTube with the built in Edge browser offers the chance to install Chrome. Go for it, because the Edge browser does not support highlighting text, but Chrome works fine. Goodbye, Edge. Next, install Ad Block Plus.
I hate the new tiled Start Menu, so I installed Classic Shell and configured the old two column start menu.
For a shell, I’m going to try out the new Linux subsystem. To enable it:
- Open Settings
- Select Update and Security/For Developers
- Select Developer Mode
- Search for Control Panel
- Select Programs/Turn Windows features on or off
- Select Windows Linux Subsystem
- Browse to the app store: https://aka.ms/wslstore
- Click on Ubuntu
I’ll be adding to this post as I do more.