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Yet Another Windows 10 Defect

Drive "A" with floppy disk

Drive “A” with floppy disk

Microsoft seems to have a team of software engineers who have forgotten the legacy systems of the past. I have a powerful quad-core desk computer that has been performing well for many years. It has progressed through several Windows OS upgrades.

Windows 10 has been the worst of all editions. Always something not working correctly or having to be turned off as an undesired “feature”. Every new update changes my preference for Adobe Reader back to the “default” Windows Edge. This is driving me nuts!

This time it is the 2.5 inch floppy “A” drive. The OS keeps trying to access the empty drive periodically. The drive light will come on and the head grunts and grinds as it is searching for something on a disk that is not present.

At first I thought it was a hard drive failure noise until I noticed the “A” drive access light comes on with the noise.

I have gone into the BIOS and removed drive “A” from the 3rd place boot disk path and removed all drives except “C” from the boot path. This was never required in past operation.

The only way I have found to absolutely stop the access attempts has been to insert a blank disk into the drive for it to “discover” and stop looking. This is a lapse in professional programming to assume that floppy drives no longer exist. An empty drive should be flagged and ignored until a disk has been inserted. A typical naive programmer oversight.

Microsoft now pushes out “bad” software updates with evidently the plan to later “update” their mistakes as users find them and complain.

What a lousy plan…

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