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One Windows 10 to bind them all, Part 2

First, a little rant.

AUTOMATIC UPDATES ARE NOT MY FAVORITE THING, SPECIFICALLY THE RESTARTS but also the added load at the wrong times.

I try to do something, and find it is interrupted by something automatically updating, and then demanding a reboot… who needs this?

Granted, a lot of people don’t do updates at all, so Microsoft and others prefer to force it on us for our own good (supposedly). It doesn’t help that some updates have side effects that discourage people from doing them at all, so whose fault is that?

I prefer to set mine so I can control when they are done, but even then, I have anti-virus updating interfere (from what I can tell) with something else I’m trying to do. It also doesn’t help to have programs do a delayed reaction — let you get started on something else and oh yeah by the way this is also running on its own whether you want it now or not.

All right, on to the show.

Still have a (newer) laptop to upgrade. This started with Windows 8.1.

I’m going to skip getting a dedicated backup program this time. So, Windows key + Q gets me the search box, enter File history, and check the resulting left column down at the bottom for System Image Backup. Backup to my external hard drive. Instructions are here although I skipped the DISM step. Also, if you’re backing up anything else to the external drive, uncheck the box for using the existing file.

Browser, enter “get windows 10” and look for the Microsoft.com entry. Collect from the link that has a number 9194 after it. Agree to the legal thing, compatibility check okay, and away we go at 1:12 p.m.

2:11 p.m and I’m at “Getting your upgrade ready”, downloading, 10%. This isn’t going to be fast, obviously. Of course, the laptop is a slower processor and less RAM than the desktop.

2:33 and the installation is starting.

2:43 and it’s “Checking your PC” in a blue popup box.

2:51 and checking for updates. Since I went to some effort to do all that just before the upgrade begin, it shouldn’t find any required.

At 2:59 it wants to uninstall the Cisco AnyConnect Network Access Manager. Since that isn’t functioning to allow me to connect to my computer at work anyway, I agree. Of course, this also means a restart. Well, that kills the install for the moment. Might as well go in after the computer comes up again and remove all the Cisco stuff before restarting. Need to find an alternative for remote connecting which doesn’t cost (much, anyway).

And at 3:27 we start all over again, using the desktop icon for Windows 10 installation this time, from the beginning. I am still compatible, and the downloading begins anew. <sigh!>

Restarting at 4:18 as directed.

And now the black screen with the circle and copying files. I’m going to walk away, slowly, quietly.

Came back later and it’s ready to continue the process – no more problems. I’ve found that once you finally get back to the desktop and all, it’s still a good idea to let Windows 10 keep working a bit, updating stuff, removing stuff. Don’t start anything right away. Some of the manufacturer’s apps were removed (Windows notified me that it was done) and I had to update my widgets app.

Next day I did a few settings adjustments:

Windows 10 has some optional features, some of which may be turned on. I turned off the suggested apps. I customized some of the settings, including the feedback that got a lot of people upset.

I turned on Cortana to try it out.  Since my desktop is used for music processing, the mic settings conflict somewhat with Cortana, but the laptop seems to be working with it. I’ll see how I like that. I might turn off the recommendations and just settle for voice commands. Wish I could set voices and accents without having to change my location, though.

There are some changes for annoyances. Setting the default browser to something other than Edge worked with the method here, when the “official” method in Settings just ignored my efforts. Edge is generally reported as not-ready-for-prime-time, and I prefer to have my extensions working. Also, I want to be notified to restart after updates, not have it forced on me in the middle of something else, if the system is updating automatically anyway.

Haven’t used Win10 much here yet, but again, functions much like Windows 7 and desktop-mode 8.1. I tried setting the Personalization for tablet, but that just switches from the left slide-out menu to the 8.1 style tiles screen, which I never much liked, so turned that off again.

So I am up to date, as far as I can tell. Yay.

The one thing I’ve noted is that using the same logon (outlook.com) that Windows wants, for both my larger 22″ screen as well as my 11″ laptop, is that the Taskbar is forced to the same place on both, and putting it on the left side on a big screen works much better than on a laptop. Might be an incentive to make the Taskbar invisible when not required, but that would take some getting used to, for me. I understand that the idea was to have everything in the same place on all your PCs, but screen size is a factor that doesn’t necessarily optimize for this.

 

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