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Originally posted by bogdanel bogdanel wrote:

I wanna make the update myself. How do you recommend to do it ? Using gwx configmanager from windows ? OR how is the best way to do it? Thank you!

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Assuming you have a genuine OEM version of Windows installed, you ought to get a 4 block white symbol on your taskbar (update notification) which you click and reserve your free copy. Alternatively, go to your Control Panel and click on the Windows Update icon. You should then go through the update check procedure and at the same time, there will be a notification to reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade which you click and enter your email address (I think) and you then do nothing until Microsoft contact you about being able to download the new OS, though in the meantime, you can still install updates to your existing OS, though I don't know if the update is for Win 7 and 8 users only or to all Windows OS versions.

If that still doesn't work, do a Google search for Windows 10 free upgrade and do the research. Hope tht helps.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 July 2015 at 14:45
Thanks for the heads-up, Mark!

I knew it was coming sometime soon, but missed the little Windows icon in the right of the task bar.

Are we really in a hurry to install new Microsoft software? May be opening "a can of worms"! Win 8.1 is working fine for me and pretty much staying out of my way, which what I need. My photo scanning and editing software are what are important to me and as long as the OS doesn't interfere, I'm fine. I can personally do without the brain damage of having essential hardware and software rendered obsolete. Though as far as I can tell that probably won't be an issue with this addition. but it is Microsoft, so you never know for sure. Users of Win 7 probably have not as much reason to upgrade as some users of Win 8 that miss the traditional start menu. I've rarely used the start screen and Win 8.1's right click menu works well enough for me. I'll probably wait and see how well Win 10 works and how well it is received by users. I personally skipped from Win XP to Win 8 which was essential for me as software like LR went 64bit only. I built a new 64bit computer to accommodate Lightroom and Perfect Photo Suite, and chose Win 8 as my OS. FWIW.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 July 2015 at 15:32
You have to install IE11 + a few recent fixes. Google it and you'll find the numbers. The machine may not be the enterprise ed. nor be part of a domain network to receive the updates.
You want windows10 for the extra security features below the GUI. Windows7 grows old - and Microsoft hopes to move a lot of machines to the newer OS, to keep maintenance low(er)-cost. There's one reason to move to w10 - longer support for updates afterwards (without having to pay again). So grab it if you can.
The tool doesn't push windows10 - it only warns you when it's available for installation. Before doing so - one should make a backup (and after the upgrade one should make a new backup - and try to locate the key - for reinstallation).
I'm going to move towards windows 10 (i stayed on w7 because i couldn't cope with the w8.1 changes, i have a major dislike for the tiled-interface, good for phones and tablets, unuasable for a desktop) - and as i did in the past i'll wait for the first batch of fixes - and 'll evaluate what to do next.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sybersitizen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 July 2015 at 17:57
I've been wondering why it's 10 instead of 9, and found some good answers here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/191279-why-is-it-called-windows-10-not-windows-9.

I love this: '... itís also a neat way of distancing it from Windows 8, which Microsoft really wants to bury in the living room couch cushions when no one is looking.'
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keith S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 July 2015 at 18:33
To be honest, I also wouldn't chance going for Win10 just yet.
According to ZDNet, Microsoft have just pushed out the second preview build for Win 10 in just two days ... with 300 fixes!

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-pushes-out-second-new-windows-10-preview-build-for-pcs-in-two-days/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61

I'm sure Microsoft will have it right by the time it releases Win 10 on the public later this month... but, I'm not going to chance it anytime soon. I'll wait until 'everyone' has had a go and found all the little problems Microsoft missed ... and then fixed ... before I go for it.

Just my own personal take on things, of course.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ifreedman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2015 at 05:08
Originally posted by Keith S Keith S wrote:


I'm sure Microsoft will have it right by the time it releases Win 10 on the public later this month... but, I'm not going to chance it anytime soon. I'll wait until 'everyone' has had a go and found all the little problems Microsoft missed ... and then fixed ... before I go for it.

Just my own personal take on things, of course.


I wouldn't be surprised to see a large number of fixes and updates of Win 10 shortly after it's released. Although they'll try hard to work out those issues before release, it usually happens that more issues quickly become apparent after a product goes public and a large number of users are "testing" the product.

Having said that, I'd be surprised if there are any major issues, and I'm not at all hesitant to jump into Win 10... although part of that is because I need a computer and I'd much rather jump into Win 10 than to work with Win 8, which I'm not a fan of.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2015 at 08:13
Well -- I have updated. Took about three hours and I am still not happy with the graphics side. Firefox disappeared but not Chrome.

Will report further.
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Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:

Well -- I have updated. Took about three hours and I am still not happy with the graphics side. Firefox disappeared but not Chrome.

Will report further.

Can you expend on "not being happy with the graphics side"?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2015 at 14:13
I did clean installs of the preview earlier this month on both of my PCs. Both were updated last week to what is probably the release version. It seems to be working fine so far.

One issue I had:

Both of my cheap 802.11n USB 2.0 adapters don't work well in 8/8.1/10. I finally just ran Ethernet cable to that PC.

Working with multiple windows is much more flexible in 10.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2015 at 00:09
Originally posted by artuk artuk wrote:


Can you expend on "not being happy with the graphics side"?


I could not find a way to make fine adjustments to screen resolution.

However this was resolved on start-up this morning.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2015 at 00:26
Interesting. I have not upgraded yet. In Windows 8.1 from the start screen it is in Display Settings (type disply) . Also have display settings in the little "hide" arrow in the lower right notification area of the task bar. What you see there depends on devices and display card driver software. I am using display fusion so that is what I have. Just guessing that win 10 should have something similar. There should be a setting in the control panel as well. I got notification on my work computer that Win 10 was ready, but since I didn't have much time there, and knowing that install takes time, I saved it for next time I'm there. I'm guessing the amount of learning curve for Win 10 will depend on which version of windows you are upgrading from. Windows XP users might have the greatest learning curve. I went from XP to 8 which was a big jump, but quickly go the hang of it. I don't have any issues with 8.1. I work pretty much from the desktop all the time.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cliff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2015 at 01:35
With all Microsoft OSs it's been a good idea to wait until they've released the first service pack, or as in Win 8, Win 8.1 to fix the most profound issues in the UI debacle.

What good reason is there to choose to be on the bleeding edge finding out all the places where the first release almost works? The free upgrade offer runs for a year. February '16 seems like a good target date, long enough for the worst of the vipers and bugs to surface and get squashed, and long enough after the holidays for everyone to actually get back to work.

OTOH, they're shed of Ballmer, so maybe this release will go much better...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote r_sarvas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 August 2015 at 02:32
I'm going to wait a bit before I upgrade. Perhaps in a month or two. I've read you have a year before the offer expires.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 August 2015 at 17:21
I was going to wait, but went ahead and upgraded, Was relatively quick for me with my computer going from Win 8.1. So far all is working as good if not better. At least as far as my my editing software and Google launcher and apps. I don't really use Microsoft apps, but I read that they have improved. The major changes are the start screen is now the start menu. There is a Cortina search bar on the left side of the task bar. Use can use voice or type your search as you would have on the start screen. Gui them is different. The upgrade will be a bigger deal for those upgrading from Win 7, then from Win 8.1.

Make sure your hardware and software are supported. For those using XP 32 bit on an older computer, the upgrade may not be advisable. I was dual booting to XP for my film scanner and Silverfast Software. Haven't checked yet it that is working. Will have to give it a try.

Dual boot to XP works fine.

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