Windows 10 released and upgrading notes!

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  1. dragonbite

    dragonbite Well-Known Member

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    Windows 10 is released and is coming to a computer near you!

    For those of you who signed up to be upgraded, Microsoft is upgrading people in waves relevant to the drivers available for your machine.  So if all of the drivers for your machine are available for Windows 10 then you should, if you haven't already, be getting your invitation!  Congratz!

    For those of you who are waiting and impatient, like myself, there are alternatives as well!

    FORCING UPDATE:

    You could try forcing Windows to update as is outlined here http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/28/how-to-force-windows-to-start-downloading-the-windows-10-update-files/
    1. Navigate to “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download”  Delete all of the files there
    2. Open Windows Update
    3. Open a Command Prompt AS ADMINISTRATOR (it is outlined in the article how to do this)
    4. Type in the command prompt, but do not hit <Enter> yet

      Code:
      wuauclt.exe /updatenow
    5. Back in the Windows Update window, click "check for updates" (in the left panel)
    6. While Windows Update is running, hit <Enter> in the command prompt
      Windows Update should say it is downloading Windows 10
    DOWNLOAD & INSTALL MEDIA:


    Or you can Download Windows 10 and install from media, though I didn't successfully download the ISO or test the installation feature, but this one comes from Microsoft themselves : http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
    1. Download the media creation tool (64bit, 32bit )
    2. It offers you a choice of Installing Windows 10 or to create media
    3. If you choose to create a media you can choose either a USB/DVD or download an ISO file
    4. For an ISO file it allow you to choose 32bit, 64bit or both and will ask where to save the file
    I tried creating an ISO file but it came up with the oh-so-(un)helpful-new-error-message that just says (get this)
    .. and that's it.  Who came up with THAT idea? Yeesh!

    ROLLBACK TO PREVIOUS VERSION:

    And lastly, for 30 days after installing you are given the option to revert to your previous version (the example shows Windows 7).  All you need to do is follow the instructions at http://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10-how-to-roll-back/. The instructions are from running in Windows 10.
    1. Go into the Start Menu and Settings
    2. Click on Update & security
    3. Select Recovery from the left side panel
      You will find an entry that says something like "Go back to Windows 7".
    4. Click the Get started button
    5. Select a reasons for rolling back, then click Next
      The rollback should be shorter than the installation process (half an hour?)
    Again, this is a feature only available for 30 days after installing. So theoretically if you are running Windows 7, which the upgrade is available for only 1 year, and 6 months from now (or 363 days) you update, the 30 day counter starts at that point.

    HAVE FUN!:

    Yes, this all carries some sort of risk, but most of the news about Windows 10 is positive and at least seems more positive (or rather, less-negative) than when Vista and Windows 8 were released so that is a good start. 

    It is also the start of a new Microsoft strategy with their new leader at the helm.  Things are changing and it will be interesting to see where this all ends up.

    If you have installed Windows 10, tell us how did it go? What do you like? What didn't work? What don't you like? What are your thoughts?

    This is exciting; share the experience!
     

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