The gesture issue has prior posts. I can't find if you hit the laptop maker's web site for updated pad drivers.
Consider slimming down posts to what matters. Did you need those last 3 paragraphs? Well, if this is a rant, sure but with the rant over, why not post without all that?
I accepted the free upgrade to Windows 10 (from Windows 8.1) successfully installed it last week. It seems to be a decent operating system and more elegant than Windows 8.1. BUT.....there are some serious BASIC issues that immediately made Windows 10 even MORE annoying to use than 8.1. I have a HP Envy DV7 7333CL laptop. AMD A10 quad-core processor, 1 TB HDD, 8GB of RAM.
First, there's the TERRIBLY annoying issue of the Synpatics TouchPad's settings NOT being retained and reverting back to defult with each reboot. Want the "double tapping" and "multi-finger" gestures DISABLED and, although they WILL disable when I go to the advanced mouse settings and apply, they revert to ENABLED as soon as I power on the machine once again.
Secondly, there is now NO option to HIBERNATE the machine (other than to enable it by using that option as the "lid closing" function. As far as the SLEEP mode goes, it remains as one of the power-off options in Windows 10, but simply does not work!
Thirdly, and probably one of the most serious for me, is the WiFi functionality! What a DISASTER. I often use public hotspots and connect to ones from a bit of a distance. Two years ago I purchased a USB WiFi booster antenna that came with RA Link software in addition to the driver. This software provided a very cool control panel and many display options to view available networks, look at specific details for the network connected to, etc. At the beginning of this year, one of the Windows 8.1 updates FULLY TRASHED the usefulness of the software. Suddenly connecting the antenna and opening up the app caused ENDLESS BSOD crashes, described as "Attemped Execute of Non-Executable Memory" errors. WEEKS of research helped me narrow the problem down to a AMD display driver issue causing the conflict, but rolling back to earlier AMD display drivers did not help. Finally I was forced to totally uninstall the software and reinstall the antenna driver ONLY which did solve the issue, but from that point on I lacked the cool extra features that the RALink software offered.
With Windows 10, I have even WORSE WiFi issues. The signal strength of access points I have used for years now is now noticeably lower, as if Windows 10 has reduced the power of the WiFi receiver. As for the booster antenna, it no longer automatically opens a "WiFi 2" section on the main list of available networks when I plug it in. The WiFi 2 networks DO appear if I open up the "Network Settings" option however. But, once again, the signal strengths are much lower now, pretty much defeating the entire purpose of the booster antenna!
There are a myriad of other less critical issues as well, but the ones mentioned above are the most important to me. As is too often the case, I find the usual forum posts where endless numbers of others are experiencing the same problems, but the SOLUTIONS are very lacking and, as usual, suggest driver conflicts (this time with the Synaptics TouchPad driver update rolled out in July), but rolling back that driver had no effect!
On a positive note, it seems that, in Windows 10, the issue of ridiculously long loading times for folder's lists of files may have been solved. Thank heaven for that badly needed fix!
For goodness sakes! Why is it that EACH update....or upgrade...since Windows 7, supposedly designed to "enhance" my computing experience has had the exact OPPOSITE effect? Why have the designers at Microsoft found it necessary to keep changing....or even eliminating....some of the most used Windows features over the last few years (like the start menu (which is, thankfully back, but still cluttered with way too many things and FAR LESS STRAIGHTFORWARD than in bygone days!) Who needs a start panel with news feeds and all sorts of other ridiculous features that do little more than make just opening that panel confusing and frustrating? And why do the designers seem to be obsessed with making changing or adjusting all of the various functionalities of the OS SO INCREDIBLY difficult as compared to prior years?
Eacj "upgrade" to Windows, and nearly all other software, makes my laptop harder and harder to use! The only thing that keeps getting EASIER is for marketers to bombard me with endless, annoying marketing messages and tricks to get me to subscribing to...or pay for....services that I don't need or want!
And the worst part of all this....these endless "upgrades" are now being forced on all Windows users whether we want them or not! Oh, how I long for the days of Windows XP, when I could just boot up my machine every day and USE IT without endless frustration!
Hope someone can offer me....and the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS like me...some badly needed help!