Windows 10 for the Elderly - Easy Button

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  1. GreyFox7

    GreyFox7 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The elderly are easily confused by the simplest changes like when the Mail Tile moves over or down one space. Etc. Etc.

    Microsoft needs a special "Widows 10 for the Elderly" preferably configurable with an Easy Button.

    This version or configuration would NOT:
    Automatically shuffle Tiles on the screen.
    Move the cheese (settings, menus, apps) whenever it felt like it
    Ever change the location or size of anything.

    It would:
    Preserve the configuration exactly the way it is FOREVER.
    Allow them to set it and forget it with the Easy Button (locks the configuration exactly the way it is FOREVER)
    Apply security updates only automatically.

    This might also be useful for Managers... :)

    It's great Windows can be so flexible but really a simple non-changing mode would be a huge boon to children of the elderly and IT staff everywhere. Come on Microsoft throw us poor tired and frustrated boomers with octogenarians to look after a bone.
     
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    Why just the elderly? This forum is evidence enough that even young people supposedly technically versed in this kind of thing can get easily confused and get their panties in a bunch :)
     
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    Also, once it's set Pressing the Easy Button again requires unlocking first using fail safe procedures and at least one other account approval.
     
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    The idea must be sold ... even Microsoft employees have parents or grandparents, at least most do... some probably are so young they even have great grandparents. :)
    and I did include Managers. :D
     
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    Whew!!! For a while I thought you were makin' fun of me, but now I see that you weren't.
    (Not quite there yet.)

    Take care,
    Russ
     
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    GreyFox7 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If it turned out that "most" people turned this on merely by "accident", not because they were elderly or anything... and it was, you know, not worth the trouble of undoing ... besides it satisfied their underlying primal urges NOT to have their Cheese Moved. Well that's just a side benefit. :D
     
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    Greyfox, et al . . .
    A cute story, since this thread is hopelessly lost anyway. The other day, I went to Home Depot, picked up a few small things and used the "self-checkout" station to pay for my stuff. I noticed that the young girl at the observation/customer service podium was watching me, intently. As I finished, she said, "Wow, you're really good at that."
    I looked around and determined that she was talking to me -- since there was no one else in the vicinity. I mumbled something like, "Yeah, well, I guess." Then it dawned on me -- what she was not saying was,

    "You're really good at that . . . . . . . for your age." :)

    I thought about patting her on the head, but then I would probably have gotten arrested for soliciting a minor.

    Take care,
    Russ
     
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    Speaking as a septuagenarian, I will admit that my personal observation is that most of my peers are not facile at PowerShell and Registry hacks. Some are incredibly dense and annoying (e.g. those who refer to my SP3 as my "iPad"), but most feel fairly confident in using computers for what they want to do, such as personal communication and web searching.

    In addition, I see many of my children's peers in their early 30's becoming quite astir when confronted with minor change. Change of any sort is tolerated by different people at different rates, and embraced with varying levels of enthusiasm.

    I enjoy following the progress of the roll-out of Windows 10 as a human, social phenomenon; every single detail of the new system presents the entire population of the world to change, however trivial. In a way the process mirrors biological evolution, with some species winning, others losing.

    If we stick it out, we are all rewarded with a better way to do things.
     
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    Bill --
    Actually, that statement is true of most computer users, not just our peers. That's not good or bad -- it just is. Most people develop their skills enough to do what they want to do -- no more. Some of us are curious enough to push the envelope. Maybe we will stop doing that when we are octogenarians. Ya think? Me, neither. :)

    Take care,
    Russ
     
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    Oh, my gosh, I want this sooooo bad. Not for me. For my mom. She's just, finally, gotten used to Windows 7, but needed new hardware. Despite Classic Shell and doing everything possible to make the new computer as Win7-like as possible, she still complains that things are "too different" in Windows 8.1. She's not specific about what is bothering her, but it is.

    It gets worse when she asks "Is Windows 10 easier?" And I can't answer because I have yet to get to the bottom of what's wrong with a Windows 7-styled Windows 8.1...
     
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    Most of them are probably widows already ;)
     
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    Heck, I'm only 75, still working as a micro support specialist, and would love to see things made more static and simpler. I'll always be an explorer and adventurer though. As a matter of fact, I'm at a point in my life I'm trying to make my life simpler. One thing I'm learning, less stuff, more freedom.
     

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