Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Upgrading to Windows 10 - First Impression

Normally when an OS is first released, I usually wait quite some time before I decide to upgrade my older OSes to it and instead install it on a virtual machine before upgrading my main computers.

However, I have been using Preview builds of Windows 10 for quite some time on my virtual machines and was very happy overall with the usability and performance of the new OS.

Therefore, I decided to give it a try and see what it would be like to upgrade to Windows 10 from my existing Windows 8.1 system.

First of all, I did not want to try going the Windows Update route since that could potentially disastrous, so I decided to go the Media Creation route instead:

When I first ran the Media Creation Tool (for my 64-bit OS), I was given the option of either upgrading my current PC or downloading the media to upgrade another PC. 

I first created the media and installed it onto a USB Drive as a safety measure and then ran the tool again to upgrade my existing PC.

The whole process took around 1.5 hours on my existing Windows 8.1 PC which included downloading and upgrading my OS (over my 75 Mbps connection). 

As part of the upgrade process, I was notified that I would need to uninstall Mcafee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8i since it was not compatible with Windows 10.  Unfortunately, an update for Mcafee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8i that fully supports Windows 10 will not be available until the end of August, but I also had a subscription to Mcafee LiveSafe, so I decided to go ahead and uninstall Mcafee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8i since I was getting very sick and tired of using Windows 8.1 anyway.

Well, after I uninstalled Mcafee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8i, the entire upgrade process went very smoothly!

I did not run into any hiccups or halts or breaks during the entire upgrade process.  All of my applications and files were all wonderfully preserved.

Of course, Internet Explorer 11 was replaced with Microsoft's new Edge browser and best of all, the new Windows 10 OS ran much faster than my previously installed Windows 8.1 OS with the tremendous number of installed updates!

So far, I am very impressed with the new Windows 10 and it is definitely a welcome upgrade to using Windows 8.1.  I haven't actively used Windows 7 for several years, but I prefer it over the older Windows 7 especially because the file explorer copies are just as fast (if not faster) than when I was using Windows 8.1 for frequent file transfers across my network.

I am looking forward to upgrading all of the computers on my home network to Windows 10 over the next few days so that everyone in my family can benefit from this great new OS!!

1 comment:

  1. I am using Windows8.1 and tried to upgrade the OS to Windows 10, but I Mcafee Enterprise is not uninstallable. it always says it's using somewhere