Re: I rather like Windows 10.
"Media Centre does still run on Windows 10"
No, it doesn't. MS removed WMC from w10. There is a hacked version you can DL that will run on w10, but I somehow don't think that would meet with MS's approval. And there couldn't possibly be any danger in DLing a hacked component from the Interwebs now could there?
"I cannot speak for your friend's sign cutter. Perhaps he needs to talk to the supplier?"
WTF's that going to achieve? My transparency scanner (Canon FS2710) was purchased back in the days of w2k. When I upgraded to wxp, Canon ignored requests for help to get the scanner running. I solved the issue, but never succeeded with w7. Do you really think my friend talking to the supplier of his hardware is an adequate substitute for cutting signs for his clients? Many hardware sellers much prefer you to go to another manufacturer for a replacement device than purchase your loyalty with updated drivers for new OSs.
Drugs likewise, so we have something in common ;-)
"I really don't understand the anger this subject raises. It's just an operating system, dude!"
I don't think I am angry. Back when MS started the GWX fiasco I was. All of my Internet bandwidth used up downloading redundant copies of w10. But that was what led me to try Cinnamon Mint and the joys of a really first class OS. Being told we should get with it and just suck up problems such as I had doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
My problem with w10 on the one machine I installed it was being nagged every few minutes with the message "You appear to have a graphics problem". A friend with the same adapter (HD7700 series) DL'd a working driver from AMD only to have it replaced with the original buggy driver by MS update. An OS that forces replacement of working parts with non-working parts is pretty useless to me.
I did contemplate at the time replacing the video adapter, but when I went looking for the HCL on MS's website, there wasn't one. What was I supposed to do? Buy video adapters at random and hope for the best?
No, w10 is not just an OS. It's MS saying: Your Internet bandwidth and computer are belong to us. Well I say fuck 'em. No they don't.
FWIW since you're new around here, I was a MS Certified Solution Provider back in the 90s before I retired.