Anywhere in the world it is possible to mark/copy/paste text.
This works in Alaska, in Timbuktu and on the Marshall islands, and it works on systems such as pre-Win7, Android, Linux, iOS, SunOS or Robotron's SCP.
Where it does not work is in the „help“ menues and „settings“ of Win10. Here it is impossible to copy a single word of their very cryptic, paranoid instructions into the dashboard. Such as if these were all copyright-protected verses of the highest poetic quality.
One is wondering if the whole confusion in Win10 does not result from the developer team failing to use a common language. One is reminded of a Babylonian chaos of inconsistent terminology. Why in the Win10 instructions for instance they sometimes refer to Data storage devices („Datenträger“), sometimes to disk-drives („Laufwerke“).
In the Settings („Einstellungen“) there is a similar chaos. If you go to „Back-up system“ and „Recover sytem“ they recommend doing a reinstallation and „...sometimes it is usefull to reinstall from a system recovery image („System-Abbild“)“. If you try to find out how to produce this „system recovery image“ by simply put the term in the search window, you are left with „this term was not found“.
How is it possible, for instance, that a new OS like Win10 passes all internal testings of MS developers while it consistently shows important pop-up windows always hidden between all other status windows ? This is like the Mafia, handing over the bribery money wrapped in a yesterdays newspaper.
Why in gods name has MS decided to remove the important „checking disk drive for errors“ from the system maintenance menues ? It is deeply hidden now, only to be found by multiple clicking through file manager, drive properties, tools. Maybe Win10 does not like the „checking disk drive for errors“ command, because after installing Win10 on a complete error-free, virgin drive, suddenly some default sectors appear. Funny, in the past the OS where so clever to repair defect sectors on the drive during or prior to the installation. But only Win10 is doing the masterpiece and causing new hard-drive errors during its installation.
There are hundreds more of such sever issues that got worse when you upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10. Instead making functionallity more stable and robust and more logic, the facial design of the system (the facade, I would call it) received so much attention from the developers, that I ask myself if they are mainly graduates from „Media design schools“ rather than real IT developers.
My patience with and my loyality to Microsoft more and more reaches its limits. In the past, with every upgrade I used to test in parallel an alternative OS. When I had to replace my first smart-phone (running Windows Mobile) I tried in parallel a (than still novel) Android phone. Meanwhile, I can not remember having switched on the WindowsPhone for ages any more, because its continous instability and freezing caused me too much headache.
And 5 years ago, while upgrading my desktop and laptop from XP to Win7, I already thought to give Linux a trial (as a dual boot OS in parallel with Win7). This was a wise decision, since everytime Win7 got stalled with no reasonable error message or alternatively hundreds of error messages accumulating in the „system event-log“ over month, without ever causing any day-to-day problem, I could quickly switch to Linux, by pulling the power-plug of the PC and opting for reboot to Linux-Debian OS. Useless to mention, of course, that Linux OS allows access to all the drives on the machine, including all the Windows drives. Can you imagine that from Microsofts XP/Win7/Win10 the file-manager would give you any hint that there are other drive volumes that belong to a non-Windows OS ?
Microsoft really became more and more aggressive against interfacing with non MS systems. If you dare to opt-out of the Microsoft Edge browser in Win10, at almost every webpage you open by using Firefox or Chrome you are reminded by little „info pop-ups“ that Edge would be the faster/better/sexier browser. And without having proper evidence, at least my gut-feeling tells me that Win10 artificially slows down data transfer as soon as it recognises that the user works with an non-MS browser.
Why does Microsoft thinks that by fixed installation of a XBox command in the Win10 start menue, or by re-installing kids computer games or shooter games, or by pre-instalation of their own Xing-network, they could get someone like me buying any of this crap ?
When Win10 asked me to set-up and log-in to a personal Microsoft online account („...to help me getting the best safety and update information for my new PC....“ LoL !!!!) I quckly recognized I was simply redirected to a Microsoft supermarket. There was zero information about the PC on which I just had upgraded to Win10, let alone any possibility to get update drivers or security packs. Instead there were all sorts of the latest useless MS products: Windows phones, Microsofts arm bracelets, Surface lap-tops, Xboxes. All with quick-buy and easy-credit options.
In summary I have got the feeling that Win10 is the helpless, but all-to-obvious attempt of Microsoft to hedge its former dominance in the software industry from the worldwide switch to alternative platforms. Apart from the Apple community (which is limitted to professional iOS users in design and research and to the large number iPhone-users in the West), Android becomes a more and more robust competitor, not only on mobile devices, but on linking all entertainment and household applications and data integration.
And Linux and the whole GNU software world becomes more and more accessible also for computer users without a strong IT background. At work we feel a better and growing support from the IT department and from the financial department to switch to open office, to free- or shareware graphics solutions (GIMP) or mail- and teamware products (Zimbra), a massive shift away from the former Microsoft dominance with programs such as Office, Outlook, or Publisher.
It is hard to believe that in a field that is so competitive as IT, where young, flexible and innovative developers come up with creative solutions every day in the software engineering offices of Google and Apple or in the freelance Linux communities, a dinosaur ier such as Microsoft can regain ground simply by cosmetic operations on its outer face, or by rediculous attempts to blind its customers from seeing or testing alternatives.