OK, so you have a small icon on your PC or Laptop that says  ‘Get Windows 10’ – have you tried it yet?

I have been following the development of Windows 10 and have been using an ‘Insider Preview’ version for several months. The early versions were, not surprisingly, somewhat shaky and unstable, but the official launch version seems to be OK. My initial impressions are good, with a number of features that many people have commented on that were removed from Windows 8 now restored. One of the ‘Add-ons’ of Windows 10 is a new Internet Browser, called ‘Edge’, and I’m not sure at the moment whether this keeps crashing or whether it is my website design software that’s causing it! I will put some more notes about the changes here under the category ‘Windows Tips and Tricks, so keep a lookout for it. I know there are probably hundreds of ‘reviews of Windows 10’ out there now, and it is up to the reader which ones they actually look at, but I will try and give some useful information about the good, the bad and the ugly!

First – Installation. This is the first time that Microsoft have delivered a major new release via the Update process instead of making people purchase a new disk/download to upgrade. The first indication you will get that Windows 10 may be available is a small icon in the bottom right of your screen (desktops and Laptop PCs) which if you click, gives you a pop-up window display showing the new features and giving instructions on how to reserve your upgrade. They did it this way because they want to schedule the downloads of the files in phases across all the countries/PCs involved in the launch, to manage the load on their servers. You will find that once reserved and scheduled, your download for the Windows 10 upgrade will appear among the other Windows updates. BEWARE – this is a huge file, much bigger than other updates, and depending on the speed of your internet connection, will take a significant time to download and install. On my desktop PC, with a 25MB Internet connection and a 3.5GHz processor with 4GB of RAM, the upgrade still took several hours to complete, so I just left it to it! Be patient, and don’t expect to be able to do anything else with your PC while this is running!

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6 Responses to “What About Windows 10?”

  1. Boris Qs

    Just reserve my upgrade last week and I am still waiting. My fear is that it doesn’t crash often and it does not have a high learning curve as the case was with window 8 at the time.

  2. RWAdmin

    Thanks for the comment. I have upgraded my PC and generally it is stable and looks good. You need a fast and reliable Internet connection as it is a huge file, but once installed should be OK.

  3. Shanmen

    Hi Richard,

    I am a fan of Windows 7 and I have never tried Windows 8.

    Windows 8 seemed like there would be a big learning curve, which is why I purchased a couple of spare computers with windows 7 on them.

    I discovered that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14 2020.

    So I think I will keep using Windows 7 for the next few years and in 2019 I will buy a new lap top computer with Windows 10 on it.

  4. Melvin Laskoskie

    Click the Web Note button, and you’ll be able to annotate what you’re looking at and share your notes via email, or through OneNote. Will Windows 10 run on my machine?

  5. Handy

    The Start menu is back; it’s almost funny how relieving that is. That humble Start button has been a fixture on the lower left corner of the Windows desktop since the halcyon days of Windows 95, offering speedy access to apps and settings. Press it on Windows 10, and you’ll see the latest step in a long conversation about the state of the PC industry.

  6. RWAdmin

    It is a personal decision when to choose to upgrade to Windows 10 – if you are happy with Windows 7 and don’t have any plans to upgrade your other hardware such as printers, webcams, sound etc., then it will probably be OK for a few more years – I know some people who have only recently upgraded from Windows XP! Have a look at my latest post on other considerations regarding Windows 10.

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