My brother is guest-writing this blog today as he upgraded from 7 to 10. Obviously, there were some things that I covered in previous entries that could have helped him, but here is his assessment. Enjoy!
As a Windows 7 user, I had a different experience in upgrading to 10. I ran into a few issues during the process. First was dual monitors; I connected to my Roommate’s TV via an HDMI cable which tricked my PC into thinking the TV was my main monitor as HDMI is somehow more default than a 16-pin connector….?
After fixing that issue, the download and update process took about 2 hours to complete, during which I did some cleaning and cooking. I’m not sure at what time, but when I came back 2 hours after starting, I had a prompt for my Razer Synapse program (for Razer products) to install the program and drivers. The prompt showed up during the Driver Installation step.
More boring spiny circles, and Windows 10 fires up, tells me ‘Hi’ and ‘We’re updating’. The desktop loads in 1024 resolution. This was solved by restarting. All of my settings, default browsers, and the like were remembered from Windows 7, though I was prompted to use the Edge browser.
On the over-all layout of Windows 10, it seems clean, though there are some on-screen redundancies, such as the “Task View”. I’ll use Alt+tab, thank you. Unlike Ugly, I did try Cortana, using my hotmail account. Cortana is a program that, if I had a windows phone, I’d use more. On a PC, I can make 3 key strokes and get to google faster.
My biggest gripes:
I immediately noticed that the search function in the start menu is gone. No more searching for obscure programs quickly, that I can tell.
During the startup process, after the windows logo appeared on screen doing the phase of start up, there was a minute where the screen was black, leading me to think it crashed on start up, resulting in the frantic pushing of keys to see if I could get a safe-mode or into the BIOS. I was relieved when it started normally.
And my final gripe; it prompted me to log in using my Microsoft account password, which we shall call XYZ. During the Cortana setup, I was prompted to change my password from ABC, by using my hotmail password, LMN. I thought I had to use XYZ to log in, but, no, it was LMN. So that was confusing….
In conclusion, with any major changes to something one has become accustomed to there will be growing pains, there will be somethings I’ll wonder how I ever lived with out, and things that will make me question the logic of the developers.