When Windows 8 debuted, I went for the jugular; I installed cracked Windows 7 and went ahead into software laundering; legitimised it with a free Windows 10 upgrade. Against all the yapping to the contrary, it worked. I did a few things with it but soon the thrill evaporated; it was only a prank.
I wanted to go back to it but being one who earns bread and butter by ripping to pieces computers, I forgot where I had installed it.
This time around, I felt pious and wanted to do it as one who was heaven-bound would. The caveat, though, was that windows 7/8 upgrade free lunch is behind us and that meant forking out the now low-profile Kwacha.
Just then, Lucifer, himself, started talking to me, “look, you are only going to use it to gift Microsoft free Windows 10 ad at the expense of BNL!”
Before I could mumble my defense, he whispered into my ears, “ride on, brother”. I did.
Windows 10 installed and running like Lake Malawi blue waters flowing down blissfully into Zambezi River, I dived into it.
The start screen is a fruit salad of Windows 7 usual pull-down menus and Windows 10 tiles. To be trendy, Programmes are now called apps. Windows 10 allows for creation of multiple desktops; there is no more need to cram the desktop with all manner of icons.
As many as Windows ‘church’ goers will agree with me, finding where you hid files on a computer is some daunting task. Now, you need not search; speak it out and Cortana will grant your wish. When you need to fire Microsoft Word, you no longer have to click buttons, yell it out and Cortana will slave for you. This is heaven on earth.
Windows 10 is backward-compatible. I teased it by installing QuickBooks Enterprise 2004. I, Last time, tried to install it in Windows 8.1, the app nagged badly; not in Windows 10, it smiled gracefully.
What shall we say about these things? Microsoft gave back beautiful service it stole from us in good measure. That begs the question; was it necessary for Microsoft to attempt to chain customers to free Windows 10 when it is this salacious? Sorry, I have no answer to that.
A DEBT OF GRATITUDE
Thank you big brother Alfred Mtaula of Nation Publications Limited (NPL) for demanding to know how much Samsung paid me in brides for last week’s article. Should you leave earlier, I will inherit your beautiful humour. My regards to William Kaunda of National Bank of Malawi (NBM) who complained that I do not praise and worship NBM’s technologies that much