The morning of July 29 I was met with two computers that were ready to update to Windows 10. My plan of attack, knowing that there are generally issues with these things? Upgrade the spare laptop first. So, hit the button to start the download and went about my business.
My spare laptop is a Toshiba Portege business laptop with Touch Screen and Finger Print Scanning. It passed all the test for compatibility, had the necessary RAM, the Hard Drive Space, Processor, there was nothing that came up in the compatibility test that would tell me that there would be any problems. And the installation of the update went without any problems. The update was a nice smooth process, and when you look at it from the correct angle, that should be a warning. However, the only problem I found was a problem with the touch screen. It simply stopped working.
Research time. I got on the internet and started looking for talk about the touch screen not working. Yes, it is a bit early for a lot of information to be out regarding Windows 10 upgrades, but what I found was that the problem started in Windows 8, and to date, there is no fix for the issue by Toshiba or Windows. To be honest, this is an early version of touch screen, and I rarely used the touch screen feature. So, I have time to sit back and see what people come up with as the bugs are found and fixed.
HP Desk Top
Upgrade number two, and this one was a major headache. I found the Windows 10 upgrade in the update history, marked as FAILED. I looked at the error code, looked at the internet and … nada. When I did finally find some information, I ran the fixes and forced the update to restart. Four times the update failed. I ran the Microsoft Update FixIt program, I went into the hard drive and deleted the installation files, to no avail. Let me save you some time. Microsoft Media Creation Tool. Download the version that best fits your system, either 32-bit or 64-bit. After all the failures that I had, this finally got the upgrade on my computer.
Now, after the time spent downloading, after the time spent getting the system ready, copying the files and installing the upgrade, some people (such as myself) have had an interesting little issue during the second reboot. For those of us who are using HD or HDMI connections to our monitors, the reboot can be scary when you get nothing but a black screen and a mouse cursor you can move around the screen. DO NOT PANIC. I got around this scare mainly because I have the analaog connection and HD connection both connected to the Screen. I simply hit the button to select source, changed to Analog and voila’, my screen was back. After the next reboot I checked my HD source and everything was back to normal.
Do a little Reading on the Internet First
There are some interesting issues that may be a problem in the future or may scare the hell out of some people. First is this little thing called WIFI Sense. It allows your friends, those who are in your contacts, your Facebook Page other social media connections to share you WIFI connection by sending them an encrypted router password. Living out here in the middle of nowhere its not a real issue for me, but you may want to go into Settings – Network Internet – Manage WiFi settings and turn off the option ‘Connect to networks shared by my contacts’. This will turn off this little feature that is all over the internet right now, some people even over stating the threat.
THE START BUTTON IS BACK!
Yes, for those of us who really wanted the Start Button back when we moved to Windows 8, Microsoft heard our voices. The start menu looks a little different and you need to do a little looking around to figure out what has changed. There are features in Windows 10 that are more attuned to a Windows Cell Phone or Tablet, but over all the OS seems to be working pretty smoothly at the moment.
Check out the system settings. For those of us who have multiple drives, there is panel were we can specify where you can choose what drive new files are stored on, by type of file. This will be a major plus on those with Windows cell phones.
More to come later…