I told you about about a month ago that Free Upgrades to Windows 10 End of July 29, 2016. This means that any user still on Windows 7 or 8.1 will need to make a decision about moving to Windows 10 before the deadline. While I can make the decision on the computers in our office, I cannot make the decision for your computers. I can share my experience and you can use it as one part of your decision making process.
In the last few days, the last computer in the Unleashed offices was moved from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It was the last because it was the most important for our day-to-day operations. It was also the only computer on Windows 7 meaning that it would be a bigger jump to upgrade. For the most part, the upgrade was a complete success. I’ll describe some of the precautions I made before upgrading and some of the things I did after the upgrade.
Operating systems and software can be re-installed if disaster strikes. Data can’t easily be replaced. So I made absolutely sure that all of my data was fully backed up with the final backup being done immediately before the update. I’ve written many times before that I find GoodSync to be an invaluable utility as it is easy to use for regular and automated backups.
Once my data was safe, I closed all running programs and started the update process. It took about 45 minutes to download the update (our connection is reasonably fast, but far slower than what some of you have). Once downloaded, it was another hour or so before I was booted into Windows 10.
Near the end of the update were some questions about default settings. There is an “Express” option that gives you what Microsoft feels is best. I chose the longer process that allowed me to select the options I preferred (which was mostly the opposite of the defaults). As with most any software install, I recommend you take the time to choose the settings you desire instead of the default settings.
I’ve said before that Windows 10 Start Menu Was a Non-Starter for Me and so I installed Start 10 soon after Windows 10 was installed. Then I followed the instructions in How to Disable Automatic Updates in Windows 10 so that I can choose when to have updates installed. There were a couple of utilities that I need to update so I also installed those updates.
I was getting one persistent error message about default apps that were problematic and so they were being reset back to Microsoft’s preferred app. It kept happening and I was not able to keep the defaults I desired. After doing some research, I found out this was a bug in one of the Windows updates. Luckily there was a registry hack I could download that would fix it. I updated my registry and then I could set my preferred apps without them being overwritten.
In total, it was about a three hour process to download, install and tweak Windows 10 to my liking. As the update is very new, it is hard to say if there will be other issues or if all will go smoothly. So far, all is well after following the steps listed in this post.