Despite my better judgement, I decided to try a Windows 10 upgrade this morning from Windows 7.
Here are my first thoughts and initial problem workarounds.
To begin with, I cannot figure out why any Windows 7 user would want to change. Microsoft has announced that they are maintaining Windows 7 through 2020. Windows 7 is clean, and simple, and does its job well.
My advice. If you like Windows 7 keep it! At least for now.
What is the point of Windows 10?
Windows 10 is designed to be a Google Killer. Microsoft wants you off as many Google applications as possible, including Chrome, Google Storage, and wants to control your access to email. It is amazing actually-- once you install Windows 10 (you are given a choice for switch to special Windows 10 applications through express installation. If you accept this, your entire computing experience will be monitored and mitigated by Microsoft. I have never seen anything as brazen as this, even from Facebook.
In order to stop this, reject all prompts to switch your default applications during the installation process. They even want your passwords for other email services so you can access them all from your Microsoft account. I actually allowed this -- I do not have much to hide and want to experiment here, but you may not want to.
Second, on a pain in the rear level in moving operating systems, I rate my experience so far as three out of five stars -- it is not as simple to switch to Windows 10 as Microsoft would have you believe, but I am not pulling my hair out about this yet. More to come as I move along with the process.
Problems Installing Windows 10
Many users, particularly Windows 7 users, cannot automatically install Windows 10.
You can check if this is happening to you as it was happening to me (I was suspicious about this), by
viewing your update history. If it shows several Windows 10 attempts as failed (see above) you need to do this-
1. Go into "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download" and delete everything in that folder. Do not delete this folder! Just everything in it.
2. Now, run the command prompt as an administrator. Type in "wuauclt.exe /updatenow". This is the window that comes up in the lower right hand screen of your desktop that is usually blank. Just play around with this until you see Windows downloading.
I did not have to do the step below, but one magazine recommends this-- "Go to your Control Panel > Windows Update and your Windows 10 should start re-downloading from scratch, hopefully without flaws this time." Mine just started after the command prompt. Windows 10 was 2.7 gigs in size but it did not take long to download-- if you have a slow network or wireless it might take you many hours to do this.
The Windows 10 installation should take about 4 hours. Don't mess with it -- let it do its thing and it will let you know when it is ready.
You need to get your display drivers to work properly. Your old ones may not. I have an NVIDIA 760 GTX and all I had to do was click on the NVDIA icon -- and accept a Windows 10 driver upgrade. My displays work just fine.
Many people are reporting problems with driver adaption. Check out the following article if my advice does not help:
I am finding many of the Microsoft applications such as "pictures" and "music" useless and prefer my own programs, such as Google Picasa for photo management. If I go back to Windows 7, it is because Microsoft is trying to hard to ram their world down my throat like it or not. There is a "pushiness factor" and if Microsoft makes my life miserable with constant reminders to change how I am doing things online, I will drop them. For now, Windows 10 is manageable and seems like a bit of fun to experiment with.
If you find that you cannot save pictures or documents to files, take a look at this post. All I had to do was go highlight a master folder (i.e. pictures), right click on it, go to advanced, then security, and then allow inheritance. However, some warnings for other programs came up so this work-around may be more complicated -- I will keep you posted.
That's all folks!