Updating to Windows 10

I’ve been cautious about Windows upgrades. Throughout my career, I’ve alternatively been interested in, and wary of, Windows upgrades. I beta tested Windows 95, and then adopted Windows 98 as soon as I could at a company with better multi-monitor support. I avoided Windows ME entirely, and upgraded to Windows 2000 a few months after it was released. I upgraded to XP late in the beta stage, and stuck with that for a long time, eschewing Vista as a fat, slow OS. I eventually ran it on a laptop, but my experience with Vista made me glad I hadn’t upgraded my desktop.

However, with Windows 7, I adopted it on my desktop early. I loved the increased speed and slimmer feel of the OS. I was happy enough that I didn’t bother to go to Windows 8 for quite some time, really until 8.1 was released. Windows 10 has been similar. I haven’t been too worried about it, setting up a VM, but spending little time using it. The past six months have had me more concerned about stability than experimentation.

That changed last week. I was informed on both machines of my upgrade status the first week of August. I looked at the upgrade screen for a few days, being slightly worried, and finally scheduled my laptop upgrade late in the week after a trip. I was a little worried, but the machine upgraded itself overnight and other than a new welcome screen, I haven’t seen much difference.

Things went smoothly that after 4-5 days, I went ahead and upgraded my desktop as well. Again, very little difference that I’ve seen. When I hit the start menu, the whole screen doesn’t flip away, but since I tend to just type the first few characters of an app and hit enter, not much of a change. The bars underneath applications in the taskbar as nice, and certainly easier to see, but that’s a minor change. Control panel has moved, and it’s only annoying as I keep looking to the right side for the pop out menu before I realize I have a normal window already open.

All in all, the Windows 10 upgrade has been smooth for me. Some of the changes in Windows 8 are changed back (like the power down options), but overall, the OS has really faded in the background for me. That’s how I like it. The OS is a tool. Just get things done.

Your experience may vary, but so far it’s been a smooth upgrade with no issues for me.

My upgrades were on:

  • Toshiba Z30, Windows 8.1
  • Custom built W8.1 desktop, upgraded from w7 -> w8 -> w8.1


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