With very little fanfare, Windows 10 has been released onto the world. Most people will not see it for a while, as Microsoft are “phasing” the roll out to save the internet from dying under the extra load. However, the good news is that those of us on the Insider Preview program are already running the release version of Windows 10, and have been for a few days. The other good news is, that if you can’t wait, it is possible to download it now to either install directly, or to create installation media for install on other PCs. As I still work with DVDs and the like, I am currently downloading a copy of each of the 4 versions, Home and Pro in 32 bit and 64 bit versions for burning to DVD. This will cover the full range of my machines, my family’s machines, and hopefully the customers who come to me to install Windows 10 for them. Having the disks reduces the wait for downloads, and we can install Windows 10 without waiting for Microsoft to roll it out to our part of the world.
After 7 installations (as of 1st August) I have not yet come across an installed program that has not worked. Corel Draw 12 had to re-install some of its components and worked fine afterwards but Corel X7 (with the add ons to drive my vinyl cutter) worked just great. MYOB server edition is still serving up the accounting database to two other Win 10 pcs using MYOB Accountright version 2014.4, which was a bit of a relief. Nvidia have released an upgrade to their graphics package enhanced for windows 10, but I am not sure it is required up front. I think Windows 10 does a little bit of “catching up” in the background for a while after the install, disk usage is quite intense for a couple of hours, but soon settles down. Good news for the linux users who dual boot their machines using GRUB, all 3 of my installations retained their GRUB menus and capability completely intact.
One conversion of note is a customer’s hybrid laptop/tablet, which had been corrupted by the last set of Windows 8.1 updates, so that it’s built in keyboard and touchpad were not working. Windows 10 installed quickly, fixed the keyboard and touchpad problem, and added a bunch of extra features based around the tablet/laptop functionality. When the screen is folded back to make the unit into a tablet, Windows 10 recognises that this has happened, and automatically changes (if set up to) to tablet mode. Tablet mode reverts the interface to a Windows 8 looking screen, rather than the desktop as used in Windows 7. I am so impressed with this install on this machine, and so pleased that it rescued the laptop without having to refresh the windows 8 installation, losing all the customers applications etc.
A full list of Windows 10 conversions to date can be seen on our Windows 10 page