Windows 10 Upgrade
As readers of this blog know, I run Windows in a virtual machine (VM) on one of my Macs. Though I can do most everything on the Mac, there are a few apps that that I depend upon that do not run on the Mac so I run them on Windows. Also, I test various topics for this blog on both a Windows and Linux VMs.
Before performing any change as major as upgrading your operating system, you should do a couple things:
- Insure that your applications and devices are compatible. Check Microsoft’s Compatibility Center. I found the site to be helpful, but didn’t find everything I run on my Windows box, so I also needed to check with various app vendors also.
- Back up your system! Let me say it again (with emphasis): BACK UP YOUR SYSTEM! Upgrades typically work fine, but they can go south and put you into a world of hurt if you’ve not backed up. See my post on Systematic Backups for more information. BTW: If you’re running in a virtual environment, simply take a Snapshot, which will permit you easily recover your system to a pre-upgrade state.
- Finally, be aware of a new feature that has serious security implications: Wi-Fi Sense.
To insure that everyone in the World doesn’t update a once, Microsoft will put you on a waitlist. To get on the waitlist, from your Windows 7, 8.0 or 8.1 system, look for the Windows icon on your task bar and click it:
(BTW: If you are upgrading on a Virtual Machine like I am, you’ll need to see VMware’s Mike Roy’s instructions here. It’s also a good method to upgrade right away from your PC.)
I started the upgrade and at the initial screen, insured that both checkboxes were checked:
From that point, all went smoothly. Your system will need to reboot several times and it took me about an hour to do the upgrade, but that’s with a solid-state drive, so it could be somewhat longer for you. You’ll need to be patient.
Overall, the upgrade went remarkably well and reasonably fast. Everything appears to be working correctly. I did have an issue reinstalling the VMware Tools, which is only an issue if you’re running Windows 10 as a virtual machine under VMware Fusion. VMware Tools manage Window’s use of the underlying devices and filesystems. Without the updated Tools, my display didn’t work properly. With a little work, I was able to reinstall the Tools and everything fell into place.
The desktop looks pretty much like Windows 7 and 8.1 desktop, so it should feel pretty comfortable. Microsoft got rid of the other mode, using the active tiles, which most customers hated. The tiles still exist, but as part of the “Start” menu, which is kinda interesting:
There is a new browser called Microsoft Edge that replaces Internet Explorer. Right now, it doesn’t support extensions, so if you use an extension, you can download Internet Explorer 11, which should provide a workaround until extensions are supported by Edge. Microsoft promises this support soon.
After I’ve used this new version of Windows for a while, I’ll post about my experiences. Have Fun!