EDIT (August 5, 2016): This post is now obsolete: the “Anniversary update” or version 1607 allows you to individually enable and disable the quick actions, including Bluetooth. Worth noting: Windows now does not even allow the icon on my PC, perhaps recognizing that it is not even present.
EDIT (June 16, 2016): It’s gone again, because I installed the latest cumulative update for Windows 10. Will keep observing.
EDIT (May 8, 2016): This no longer works for me.
In Windows 10, the Action Center contains some “quick action” tiles at the bottom of its flyout panel. One of the common ones is Bluetooth, even if the PC doesn’t support it. This is evidently frustrating to many people.
I found what I think is the answer:
I know it’s an old joke about Windows that you restart it to get it to work, but I’ve noticed that the unwanted icon shows up whenever I’ve installed a cumulative update from Windows Update… and disappears at the first restart afterwards.
In Windows 10, the Action Center is a flyout panel with information and common (supposedly) actions that you get by clicking the little message icon in the notification area at the lower right of your screen (lower left if you have an RTL language). A sales-language infused explanation is here on Microsoft’s site for Windows (10).
Down in the lower part of the flyout is a collection of “quick actions” – buttons you can hit to bring up common tools like PC Settings and OneNote. One of the common actions is VPN. Evidently Microsoft is expecting them to become a big thing, but my question is:
What is that swirly icon supposed to be? It looks sortof like the Command key on a Macintosh, or maybe this flag from New Zealand. Nothing about it says “virtual private network” to me, nor would I guess that’s what it meant if it was spotted alone in the user interface somewhere.
Background: Windows Defender is the name of the bundled antivirus and antispyware software in Microsoft’s Windows 10. You can read the entire detail here and the slightly outdated official word here.
Two questions for Microsoft:
Despite being part of Windows and deeply integrated into the operating system, the little icon that lets you access it from the notification area (ex system tray) only shows up if a virus/spyware is detected, and then it stays until the user signs out. Why isn’t it always there? Note that this is with the option “always show all icons in the notification area” set to “On”.
When the little icon is clicked or right-clicked, you get a one-option menu:
Wouldn’t it make more sense to just automatically load the UI instead of making the user jump through another hoop?
As mentioned previously, I am using Windows 10 on my main PC. It is OK, but not really much better than Windows 7 for my purposes. It also engages in dubious rearrangements of file extension associations. (Side note: They did it again, but gave me a little toaster notification. I wasn’t fast enough to get a screenshot.)
Today, this happened:
I opened and was using the calculator (calc.exe). Not paying attention to the screen while keying in numbers, I missed the fact that it had done this on me:
This bizarre invitation to provide a rating had popped up in the app and stolen keyboard focus. The loss of my typing was minor matter (it was a simple product calculation). The loss of concentration was more annoying. The worst part is that Microsoft has adopted this tendency to hide irrelevant prompts that appear with no warning in basic OS tools.
Having forgotten to go back to Windows 7 before my month was up, I’m still on Windows 10. Just now I installed the so-called “November update” or version 1511. To my annoyance, Windows Update scurrilously changed the default PDF reader from SumatraPDF (a third party PDF reader), to their so-called web browser, Edge, without even asking!
I thought Microsoft was over that kind of backdoor boogie.
Playing around with a new tablet, I made a discovery: If you press the “volume up” button and find that Microsoft Narrator opens for no reason, that means the Windows button on the front of the bezel is “stuck”.
Press the volume up button again to close Narrator. Then, tap the Windows logo on the case several times (you should switch back and forth between the Start screen and Desktop) to clear its state. Press volume up again and it should work normally.
My experiences of Windows 10 are split between use on a tablet and use on a desktop.
The tablet experience was terrible. Not being recognized as a touchscreen tablet meant that touch scrolling was completely absent and touch keyboard was missing completely. I had to use OSK with no touch delay to enter text and even passwords. Interesting note: Windows recovery environment (WinRE) included with Windows 10 recognized my tablet as a tablet… which let me reinstall Windows 8.1. I’m back on 8.1 and am quite happy to be back there. Rating: 1/5 or less.
On the desktop, the upgrade lead me to some odd effects, but overall the system still works. HOWEVER… it doesn’t do anything more for me. Nothing that I could do on Windows 7 is any easier/better on 10. Some things are harder. For some reason the Start menu is even less customizable. I can’t make the Downloads directory into a menu, only a link. The Taskbar is stuck with this black color. Rating: 3/5
I suggest waiting this one out. Microsoft seems to be innovating for the sake of saying they are innovating. The Windows user interface and experience in 7 was fine for – I’m guessing – 90+% of its users on desktops and laptops, while Windows 8[.1] was a useful adaptation for touchscreen devices like tablets. Windows 10, to me, is a derogation from both.