I guess I must now eat my words and apologize.
I've sent an e-mail to Microsoft (after decrying their windows 10 many, many times) and congratulated them.
As I posted a derogatory blog here concerning windows 10, I thought it only fitting to place my appreciation (and amazement) at the latest windows 10 update.
Most of the updates I've experienced required ten to twenty minutes to occur and necessitated my reloading most of my programs.
You can imagine what I thought when this latest update required an hour and a half to update. Yep, an hour and a half.
SURPRISE.... The speed came back up, the upgrade works flawlessly, and I didn't need to reload ANY of my programs. Everything works.
I don't know what they did but they fixed everything that I had noted as being a moderate to severe problem as well as a bunch of little things that weren't really bugging me all that much, but which were mildly annoying.
So, once again I eat crow (and I'm allergic to all forms of fowl).
So, my rant about Microsoft now has no basis and things are looking up.
Just thought you all might want to know in case you (like me, frequently) were going to pull the plug to prevent the update.