Posts Tagged ‘Windows 10’

I Like Windows 10 But Don’t Upgrade Without Me

Image result for windows 10I’ve had a couple of clients upgrade to Windows 10, have I’ve have to go in to clarify what’s going on and to fix the privacy issues they didn’t know they accepted  when they installed it.

Today, I had a client call because somehow they accidentally installed Windows 10 and now they couldn’t scan to their scanner (this was a business client – so it was important.)

I also read today that Microsoft MAY be more aggressive in getting Windows 10 installed onto existing systems.  Now, I’m not sure that’s true at this time, maybe a coincidence that Windows 10 was “accidentally” installed and I read this article in the same day.

Just wait for me folks.  There’s plenty of time to upgrade.  If you do it yourself, you’re probably saying “yes” to a lot to privacy issues you would say “no” to if I were to ask you, and I’ll show you how to take advantage of the improvements in Windows 10.

You’re my clients, trust me.  Upgrading on your own will probably cost you more that doing it for “free” on your own.

It’s Been a Month – The Verdict on Windows 10 Upgrades?

imageWell, I’ve probably upgraded 20 or more computers to Windows 10 in the last month, and it’s been nearly flawless.  BUT – I still recommend you wait to upgrade when YOU are ready and not when MICROSOFT is ready.  So if you’re still getting pestered by Microsoft’s little icon in the task tray, just keep telling it “later gator.”

I’d like to help you through the installation process.  1) Because there are some privacy issues that are EASY to miss during the upgrade and 2) you probably need a little help (not much – maybe 5 minutes) learning the differences with Windows 10.

If you have a computer that’s also running slow, this is a perfect time to upgrade to a Solid State Drive (SSD).  It replaces the hard drive in your computer and is CRAZY FAST compared to what you have now.

I’ve upgraded a few computers running Vista as well.  You DO need to have a legal license of Windows 7 to upgrade for free, but I’ve found legal licenses for as little as $40 – well worth it.  But put a SSD in your old computer, upgrade to Windows 10 and I promise you’ll have a computer that will amaze you.

The New Browser in Windows 10 if You Just Couldn’t Wait.

imageIf you installed Windows 10 already (in spite of my advice to wait) then you might notice that Internet Explorer is gone, in it’s place is a new browser called Edge.

Yes, Edge is a MUCH better browser than Internet Explorer.  BUT you can’t currently add "extensions" like ad blockers or my favorite tool for Firefox – noscript.  So though it’s better than IE, I’d still use Firefox or Chrome first.  There WILL be a major update to Windows 10 later this year and it’s expected that extensions will be one of those features that gets included in edge.

Windows 10 in now TWO days old in the public.  Hold your horses if you can.  You have a full YEAR to upgrade for free.  Better information will keep coming out over the next couple of weeks.

Don’t Pay Too Much Attention to the Hype 10 isn’t broken, I promise.

Look, news organizations need something to write about not every day but with the Internet, every HOUR.  So if there is the slightest glitch or problem with the new operating system by Microsoft of course they will jump upon on it just so they have something to report – even if it really isn’t very important or substantial.

So far the Windows 10 rollout has been pretty uneventful.  I’ve upgraded 3 systems without an issue.

I promise there WILL be updates in the next couple of weeks.  But I can also promise that if you’re running Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 there WILL be updates for them as well.  Microsoft is ALWAYS updating their operating systems.  This isn’t anything new.  Just because Windows 10 is new doesn’t mean it’s more or less perfect than any other operating system. 

Just don’t get all freaked out or panicky if you read or hear or see some bad press.  Hey, they’re trying to make a living too.  I’ve been using Windows 10 for 3 months now, and other than ONE issue that affected nVidia video cards 10 days ago (which has already been fixed or I wouldn’t be able to write this post) it’s been a pretty clean upgrade.

FUD is a powerful tool for the press.  FUD = Fear  Uncertainty and Doubt

Windows 10 Update–Day 1

imageWell, I’ve actually had the opportunity to install Windows 10 only 2 different computers today.  With some wasted time and finding the absolute latest info from some tech sites, I’ve already learned a couple of things about Windows 10 installations.

First, just doing a straight upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 (running Service Pack 1 which you all are) or Windows 8.1 (which hopefully you Windows 8 users upgraded a year and a half ago) is pretty easy.  Of course ALWAYS create a backup (which you should already have and if you don’t – shame on you) before ever doing an upgrade.  But when you get your notice that your upgrade is ready, you can pretty much just say ok and let it go.  It takes a couple of hours or more, but it will upgrade you to Windows 10 and keep your currently installed apps and data intact.  Of course, any junk you have in your current installation will carry forward into your Windows 10 installation.

Second, a clean installation (which is ALWAYS better) is a little more complicated with the free upgrade.  If your computer is 2 or more years old, it will run MUCH better with a clean installation, but that involves reinstalling the apps you want to use and restoring your data.  To do a clean installation, you first have to perform the “upgrade” installation I described above.  That will register your computer with a legal Windows 10 license.  THEN you create a Windows 10 installation disc, boot from it, wipe your drive and install it clean.

I would recommend you have a professional perform the second for you to ensure you have all the correct licenses and don’t lose anything.  In the long run, your computer will be much happier.  All the goodies and none of the junk.

Today the Fun Begins! Will You Be Getting Windows 10 Today?

imageIt’s been my advice to wait a couple of weeks to see how the rollout goes with others before performing the upgrade on your own computer. 

Well, I STILL don’t know EXACTLY what the rollout will look like for you writing this the the evening before.  If you “reserved” a copy of Windows 10 from that little white icon in the lower right corner, then sometime soon (maybe today, maybe in a couple of weeks) you’ll get some kind of notice that it’s ready to install.  Until tomorrow I won’t know exactly what that notification will look like.

Under no circumstance should you do a major upgrade like this unless you have a full backup of all your data: Your documents, your photos, your music, your photos and if you use a program like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird to read your mail a full backup of your email as well.

If you don’t have a backup, you can walk into any Best Buy and for $60 purchase a 500GB external hard drive.

ONCE you have a backup, you should still wait if you get your notice in the next week.  Let’s just see how many people have trouble when the smoke clears.

I’ve been using Windows 10 for a few months now and really like it, but I can’t tell you how smooth the migration from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is.

You SHOULD move to Windows 10 eventually.  If you’re running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you have a full year to upgrade for free, so don’t feel like you have to hurry, you’ll get there.

Microsoft REALLY Wants You Using Skype

imageAs you might know, Microsoft bought Skype a few years ago.  Well, they’re not keeping it a secret any longer.  Skype is now a part of Windows Updates. 

So if Skype suddenly shows up on your computer and you don’t use it, feel free to uninstall it from the Control Panel.

I use Skype a lot, but many of you not only DON’T use it, but don’t’ even know what it is.  Don’t worry, you’re fine and life is still good. 

Just be aware that if you see Skype suddenly on your computer (and I have a feeling it will come automatically with Windows 10) that you can remove it so it doesn’t take up space or resources on your system.

Have a Little Patience Before Installing Windows 10

By now you’ve seen the little white icon in the corner of your computer begging you to “reserve” your copy of Windows 10.

First, it’s a download, there isn’t a limited quantity.  Second, you’ll have until July 2016 (a whole year) to download and install your free copy, so there’s no rush.

I recommend you just take your time and DON’T install it for at least a few weeks into August when we have a chance to see how well the upgrade goes for most users.  Chances are that there will be a glitch and there will be some patches issued in the first weeks.  You’ll have a much smoother and rewarding transition to Windows 10 if you don’t jump the gun and download and install it the first chance you get.

You’ll be glad you waited.

Great News! Windows 10 Will be FREE!!!

imageThat’s right boys and girls.  When Microsoft releases Windows 10 to the public, all of you who currently are using Windows 7 or Windows 8 will be able to upgrade for free.  There is no definite date yet as to when exactly Windows will be available, but best estimates are late summer, early fall.  The free offer is expected to be valid for an entire year after the public release of Windows 10, so once Windows 10 comes out, you don’t have to fell the need to rush to update (though I’m guessing a lot of you Windows 8 users will jump on board in a hurry.)

I’m a “Windows Insider” so I’m currently  using the “technical preview” of Windows 10, and I’m pretty sure whether you upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 you’re going to be happy.  Oh, and that “Windows Insider” stuff – I’m not that special.  There’s probably only a couple hundred thousand of us – it’s not like Bill Gates is calling me asking for my opinion or anything.

You will be able to upgrade for free with the caveat that you do it yourself.  It should be easy (we don’t know yet) but if you need help then obviously you’ll have to pay someone, my take so far is that it will probably be worth it.

Bad News if You Were Waiting for Windows 9

imageThe bad news is that there WON’T be a Windows 9.  I guess they didn’t want anything to sound to close to Windows 8.

The GOOD news is that the new version of Windows will be called Windows 10, and starting today all us geeky people are getting a chance to play with what is called a “Technical Preview”, which basically means it’s going to be full of bugs and they are hoping we’ll report them as well as any suggestions we may have.  So as I’m writing this I’m installing it only my computer in a test environment.

What I’ve seen in the last couple of days online has been encouraging, and I think sometime next year when the final version is available, that whether you’re used to Windows 7 or Windows 8, moving to Windows 10 will not only be rather painless, but welcome.  I’ll keep you posted as I find and try features of this latest version.

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