Windows 10’s inexplicably harder download access

For no valid reason I can find out, in Windows 10 you have to jump through another hoop to get to files downloaded via browser.

In Windows 7, you could configure the Start menu to make the Downloads directory (where most browsers automatically saved files you downloaded) to be a menu itself:

Windows7Downloads

In Windows 10, that option appears to be removed for no reason. You can only add Downloads as a link that opens a new window:

Windows10Downloads

This doesn’t even get into how hard it is to find the option to add the Downloads link to the “new” Start menu to begin with.

A question to Microsoft: Not being snarky here, is/was there a reason to make this change? How did it happen that this option was removed?

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