vW, I hope you'll check with us next time before you do anything as radical as ditching your entire operating system.
If your joystick got screwed up because of an automatic Windows driver update, it's easy to roll back the driver to what you had originally. Also, there is a setting in Windows 10 with which you can tell it to NEVER update drivers automatically, so that your problem would never happen again, for your joystick or any other hardware in or connected to your computer.
It's a LOT easier than doing what you're now going through. Eventually, you're going to have to go back to Windows 10 anyway.
Sorry for all your troubles!
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