Blogs about what life brings to me at a personal level and in my official capacity as CTO, Curologic. There will be a mix of technical as well as personal blogs in here. Whatever I write, however, will be my personal view on the topics of my interest and not representing my organization's views.
Windows 10 Upgrade Experience
Windows 10, last of the lot, upgrade started to roll out yesterday world-wide and I didn’t want
to miss the opportunity to be one of those who upgrade on the first day. While
at my home laptop I had reserved the Windows 10 upgrade via the Windows icon in
the task bar, I had not been able to do so for my work laptop. The Windows icon
wasn’t appearing. KB 3035583 is required to be installed via Windows Update for
the icon to appear, however my attempts to install this optional update failed
continuously. When I tried various options like sfc /scannow or DSIM.exe
/Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth, I could not get past the failure. My
system constantly showed that a system reboot was pending and however many
times I rebooted, it kept showing the same message.
however going to miss the opportunity for the free upgrade, so I followed the steps
mentioned in this article. Note that if you are upgrading the
OS on the machine on which you access this link, then while you run the Media
creation tool, you don’t actually have to copy it on any USB/DVD. It will run
started my own upgrade process, I searched online to see if anyone has already
done it and what’s the experience. I found this. Based on this, it seemed that it
shouldn’t take much time and the upgrade should be a smooth sailing. While this
person got his machine upgraded in 30 min or so, for me it took close to 3
hours and this wasn’t just the time to download the files. That happened in
about 30-35 min, but the actual upgrade process took the rest of the time. I
guess some of it was possibly due to the internet connection speed. So if you
are working with a slow connection, make sure you have ample time at hand when
you start the upgrade, as you cannot leave it midway.
I would rate
the overall upgrade experience (downloading, installing and then logging into
Windows 10 and get going) a 9.95 on 10. The 0.05 is that Windows 10 wasn’t able
to get the correct resolution for my laptop and got it set to 1024 x 768. Right clicking on the
desktop and trying to change the resolution didn’t help as it showed only this
single option. I wondered if I will need to reinstall the display drivers. I
clicked on Display Adapter Settings
in Advanced Display Settings and then
selected List All Modes option. Here
I saw the option of 1366 by 768 and
selected it and fortunately that worked. I got my display back to the needed
Advanced Display Settings
the upgrade actually happened. From the link above I downloaded the media
creation tool and ran it. It opened a dialog and prompted to download the
required files. I could continue to work with my laptop during this time and
for many of the next steps. With my network speed it took about 30-35 min to
get the download done. Next step was to verify the downloaded files. The spinning
cursor showed that something was happening, but the % remained at 0 for a min
or so. It then suddenly jumped to 90% and got completed in about 1-2 min.
started creating the Windows 10 media for installation, which took about 2 min
again. Here again the % got stuck at about 65% and then jumped to 99%. The main
window disappeared and a toast like Window appeared, which read “Windows 10”
and “Preparing…”. This continued for another min or two. The upgrade Window
came up again and it showed “Getting Updates”. Since this was a new install, I
wondered why it was doing this, but anyway in about a min, this got over and
some message got displayed, which I didn’t get time to read, and immediately
changed over to “We are getting a few things ready”. A license agreement came
up, which I promptly agreed to and then it went back again to check for
updates. I was surprised, as why it was doing this twice.
first time, this second time, checking for updates took real long time. I guess
this is where your internet connection speed will matter again. After about 7-8
min, it progressed to show “Making sure you are ready to install (please
wait)”. As I was closing onto the actual upgrade process, this seemed like an
eternity. The spinner seemed to just keep on spinning. There was unfortunately,
no % indication. This went on for another 8-9 min and during this time the task
manager showed 100% disk activity. Guess the tool was creating and writing the
installation package in some temp folder to run it for the actual upgrade.
showed two options “Install” and “Keep personal files and apps”. Both were
selected and I let them be as is and clicked Upgrade. For a second or two the
window disappeared again and I was back to my Windows 8 desktop. As I was just
about to wonder what happened, it went into the install screen. Finally, the
Windows 10 installation, had begun. After a long wait of about 35-40 min, this
part of the process got over and just as I was looking forward to seeing the
Windows 10 login screen, I was surprised to see another “Upgrading Windows”
screen appear. This showed three steps – Copying files, Installing features and
drivers and Configuring settings. These 3 steps took another 35-40 min and
finally I landed on the Windows 10 login screen.
immediately noticeable aspect was that my profile picture appeared distorted (stretched)
and I realized that the laptop wasn’t running on the optimum resolution. I
already described this earlier. After the change, the screen looked proper and
so did my profile picture. The other immediately noticeable improvement over
Windows 8 is that the same screen allows one to change user and login as well.
In Windows 8, one had to typically hit the back arrow to go to the list of all
available users and then login.
the inclusion of Start menu, which now is a mix of listing of applications as
in Windows 7 and the tiles from the start screen as in Windows 8, the other
feature that comes to notice is the so called Metro apps or Windows 8 Store
Apps or Surface apps (whatever you call them) now don’t run in full screen
mode, but run like any other Windowed app. UI of the applications have
undergone changes and do seem to have taken a more flattened look. The title
bar doesn’t seems to have a color of its own. Besides the Start button, there
is a search button and a new button that is the Task button. This can be used
to lay out all the currently open windows as thumbnails side by side, giving me
a view of what each windows has and I can pick a window by clicking on it. This
is kind of similar to ALT + TAB list. I guess Task button is more useful for
people running a touch screen. With a keyboard, doing ALT + TAB is equally easy
to do. The icons on the taskbar have their lower edge colored when they are
open on the desktop. It is kind of easy to immediately know which all windows
Windows 10 Taskbar
I did try
running Edge, the new version of
Internet Explorer. On starting it seemed to take a long time to load the base page
which seems like the MSN page. It has a box to type the search text and shows
only that to start with. If you stay on the page for a while, other widgets
start appearing. Each time you flip tabs, all these additional widgets
disappear and then reload again.
There is lot
more to try and explore in Windows 10, which I will do over the next few days
and hopefully will get back with more things to share. Have you upgraded as
yet? How was your upgrade experience?
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