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Windows 10

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Elegran Wed 17-Jun-15 11:29:43

Well, I have reserved my (free) Windows 10 upgrade. It will be downloaded automatically on/after July 29th, and I will receive an email telling me it is there to be installed.

I hope it comes up to the hype. At least I can change my mind and not install it, it won't automatically replace Windows 7 (which I don't like particularly, but I have got used to it.).

harrigran Wed 17-Jun-15 11:47:10

Me too Elegran but DS said he had doubts and he is in IT, hope it comes up to expectations.

Charleygirl Wed 17-Jun-15 11:49:58

I contacted my computer man re upgrading and he said not to do it for a year until all of the problems have been ironed out. I upgraded to 8.1 when I bought my new computer in January.

rosesarered Wed 17-Jun-15 11:50:03

I'm looking forward to Windows 10 but have to buy a new computer to run it.Hopefully will bag a bargain in the Sales.Our old computer is on it's last legs, so bought an IPad Air to bridge the gap until 10 came out.I do hope it lives up to the hype too! otherwise we could have just used the iPad.

Elegran Wed 17-Jun-15 12:20:17

It is only free for a year, so charleygirlyou will have to pay if you wait too long. I wonder whether the "improved" update when the wrinkles are ironed out will be free to people who already have it?

Ana Wed 17-Jun-15 12:24:56

Why should we have to pay for it? We don't pay for whatever Windows version we're using now, do we? confused

Elegran Wed 17-Jun-15 12:44:33

Not if it comes ready loaded onto a new machine, but if you want to buy Windows 8.1 full edition and don't have Windows 8.0 to update from, it will cost you £74.02 from Amazon

AshTree Wed 17-Jun-15 15:52:03

All the OS updates are free and automatic on my iMac. I don't know why Windows can't do the same. Though, to be honest, the iMac OS updates always seem to be trouble-free, whereas anyone in the 'know' tends to warn people off the Windows updates until they've had time to sort out all the bugs and glitches, so maybe I wouldn't want them to be automatic on my laptop hmm. You'd think that by now they'd be able to produce an OS without all these problems, wouldn't you?

Rider Thu 18-Jun-15 08:09:49

Looking around the Internet AshTree, it seems plenty of people have problems with Apple products and updates. There will always be greater number of Windows users talking about difficulties simply because there are so many millions more of them. We most often only get to hear about the bad experiences anyway, not all the other cases where everything works fine.

I've been keeping up with using the Technical Previews of Windows 10. The later ones of these run pretty well but even after the final release, there will still be updates and fixes issued. This will go on for much longer than a year so if waiting for any or all bugs to be ironed out, it might be necessary to wait forever. Windows 7 is still receiving updates after all.

I will be upgrading as soon as the final release is available but it won't hurt if people want to wait a while. When deciding whether to jump or not, it isn't always possible to go purely by what others say. Some may never say anything good about Microsoft products no matter what. Some might experience problems that you won't.

Expect the Windows 10 download and upgrade to take a long time, it is big! When the Window 8/8.1 upgrades were released, I think some got into difficulties because they thought the download and upgrade process had hung. It just sat there doing apparently nothing for such a long time that the process was given up on and aborted by the user. Doing this is something that could cause problems and an eventual messy upgrade.

When upgrade time arrives, allow plenty of time and just leave it if the process appears to be doing nothing. There will be times when it appears to have stopped at say 3% or 35% but if left for long enough, the upgrade process will proceed. The disk activity light flashing can be a clue that the Windows 10 upgrade is working away in the background.

Pittcity Thu 30-Jul-15 11:08:17

Mine has downloaded and installed with minimum of fuss in about an hour and, once I got rid of the superfluous "apps", I am back working much the same as I did before. Everything seems to be working much quicker, I didn't lose anything and it is all very intuitive to use.
I've glanced at "Edge", the replacement for Internet Explorer, but am sticking to Chrome as I have it set up as I like it.
One thing I am going to set up is the "app" that gathers all your photos into one place.

sunseeker Thu 30-Jul-15 18:01:28

Is it true it is linked to all your other devices? Someone said it is proving to be a security problem.

Pittcity Thu 30-Jul-15 19:20:59

You can link it to your other devices if you want to, but I don't see the point of having windows on an android for example.

Anne58 Thu 30-Jul-15 19:35:32

I'm confuddled enough with using Apple at work and Micrsoft/Windows at home!

Plus the damn eejit that put a new hard drive into my PC loaded Office 2003 on to it, when it went in with Office 2010 grrrrr.

When I asked him why, he said it was to save me money! I pointed out that it was him who had put Office 2010 on it in the first place, so I didn't see why I should have to pay goodness knows what for him to install a new hard drive, transfer all my "stuff" and then downgrade me! angry

PS My birthday next week, rather hoping that Mr P might get me a tablet, as currently only have desktop pc and no smart phone. Although bearing in mind that for Christmas I got a digital air compressor for the car, I won't be holding my breath...............confused

Pittcity Thu 30-Jul-15 19:51:20

One new feature that is worrying people re. security is WiFi Sense, which shares your home wifi automatically with Facebook friends & email contacts if they happen to come around.
As most people would happily give friends their wifi password if they were sitting in the same room and this system encrypts the access I cannot see how it can be any more of a security threat than anything else on the internet. If a hacker wants to get in to your computer they will.
WiFi sense can easily be disabled in WiFi settings.

newist Tue 04-Aug-15 16:41:09

I am at present downloading windows 10, its 2,712.g MB, I started at 1.35pm, so far its 71% done, fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

Happy4me Tue 11-Aug-15 15:29:53

My latest experience with the big promise Windows 10 ... well like everyone else I reserved it so when my turn arrived it began but nothing happened over and over again ... the windows icon gives clues ... eventually today must be 2 weeks later I actually watched Windows 10 kick in but in last stages it stopped as laptop crashed !

I started Windows 10 download several times today but still the same problem in final stages as laptop crashes and when I restart allowing time it recovers Window 7 again each time. It gets past accepting terms stage then begins downloading files then pc crashes.

I have theory ... for all Microsoft's good intention it may well be a very affective way of keeping tabs on everyone as I doubt many will actually get Windows 10 fully unless they have modern pc's or tablets or phones.

It says on my windows updates it has tried to upgrade my Windows 7 more then 12 times since the announcement so they must have quite a bit of stuff already on board ?

Does not say how you uninstall all the extras acquired by Windows 10 efforts.

Gagagran Tue 11-Aug-15 15:57:13

I downloaded Windows 10 onto my desk top yesterday with no problems so far. Not quite sure what all the new gubbins do but so far so good. I'll get used to it in due course I'm sure even though I'll probably never use half the functions.

rosesarered Tue 11-Aug-15 18:43:29

Just bought a new computer this afternoon, and they will load Windows 10 and all the security and other gubbins on it for us, so hopefully it will all work wonderfully.the iPad is ok, very useful, but will be nice to have a working computer again.Although we have replaced all else, keyboard, printer, monster, mouse etc the actual computer is Windows XP, so very old.

Charleygirl Tue 11-Aug-15 18:56:02

Has that ghastly OneNote come with Windows 10? I cannot print a letter because of it on Windows 8.1.

Pittcity Tue 11-Aug-15 19:03:07

I have a very old laptop, Happy , built for WindowsXP is on the sticker. I bought it reconditioned with Windows 7 loaded and had no problem uploading 10. Had to delete a rogue network driver that installed itself and messed with my wifi connection - Google to the rescue again.

Must say it looks pretty but I will never use the new features and have disabled a lot of them. Windows 7 is just as good I think. I recommend the upgrade from the horrendous 8.1 though.

Rider Wed 12-Aug-15 16:44:13

I've just gone back to using Windows 8.1 (Desktop computer) after using Windows 10 for a while. Windows 8.1 runs some aspects of the programs I like to use better. This might be a graphics card driver problem and I'll try again with Windows 10 at a future date, perhaps when Nvidia have released a few driver updates.

12Michael Thu 13-Aug-15 18:05:35

I have recently got back onto this forum , I tried to download the Free Windows 10, which I had started on Tuesday 4th , having seen the screen say 25% recovering files and folders , it suddenly went quirky a blank monitor ,and my desktop was showing the blue light flashing, this continued right through until Sunday.
What did I do:
1: I switched off the computer on the mains for a good 10 minutes, this after several attempts no change.
2: On a switch back on the motherboard screen ASUS showed I pressed the F2 button , which showed the CPU screen , I then did F8 for boot.
3: This produced a blue screen saying going back the original version in my case windows 7, after several days of the blue screen showing restart with a clockwise circle movement on screen.
4: This morning early it went into the next phase, then went to a blank screen, I then repeated what I had done earlier by switching of the at the mains.
5: After the second showing of the ASUS motherboard page I went to the Boot symbol on the lower part of the screen , this was booting the computer without the need of the original Windows disc.
6: This after about 5 minutes or so stated it was taking me back to Windows 7 , I entered my password and then came straight on line.
Other tips for you taken from a PC advisor magazine article on Windows 10.
You need the following a Processor of 1Ghz or faster.
Ram 1GB for 32 bit or 2GB for 64 bit.
Hard disk Space 16GB for 32 and 20GB for 64
graphics card Direct X or later
Display 1024 x 600 pixels or higher.

annsixty Thu 13-Aug-15 18:14:09

Mick that is all a foreign language to me. I have windows 7 and I think it will do all I need.

Luckygirl Thu 13-Aug-15 18:28:35

My OH (the computer expert/nerd/obsessive in this joint!) says he plans to wait till all the problems have been sussed and then download it.

NotTooOld Thu 13-Aug-15 19:28:45

I've just about got used to 8.1. I hated it for ages but now I'm reluctant to download 10 in case it takes me as long again to get used to it. However, I've been told that all the old Windows operating systems will fairly soon be disappearing so do we actually have much choice?