Last week I downloaded and installed the latest release of the insider preview of Windows 10, possibly the last release on the “slow ring” before the final release on 29th July 2015. As you would expect it corrected the couple of problems I experienced on the last “unstable” release. A small problem I had shutting down (an app had to be force closed) has gone away. To test its ability to run on lower spec machines I reverted the machine back to 2GB of ram, and it all worked fine, so an upgrade of a standard Windows 7 box is looking good again. There were a couple of little enhancements, Windows Edge is now the official name of the browser, and it gets a nice blue “e” icon, nearly but not quite the same as the icon for Internet explorer that it replaces. All in all, the product is looking very good, and I am looking forward to upgrading some of my computers on the 29th.
There has been some scaremongering locally about Windows 10, regarding the risks of being among the first to use it. As usual it is from a position of last century thinking and ignorance, basically saying “Don’t sign up for this because I don’t know how its going to work”. Well all the information you need is on the Microsoft website, there is no excuse for ignorance about this product. Everybody should make up their own mind whether to install it or not. If you are not sure, leave it a while, talk to someone who has installed it, then decide if you really want to do away with Windows 8.1, or move on from Windows 7 at last. If you are happy the way you are, don’t fix what ain’t broke, but if a free upgrade sounds like just what you need, why not be the first on your block with the latest and greatest!
In my first Windows 10 post, I implied that there is no Windows 8 type start screen, that the Windows 7 type desktop is all you get. I should correct this for the Windows tablet users out there. There is a “tablet” option which switches the operating mode to suit tablet use, which includes reverting to a start screen with large tiles just like in Windows 8.1. I haven’t explored it much, it is more suitable for a touch screen than a mouse, but when I upgrade the touch screen computer in the office, I will give it a better test to see how it works. Stay tuned.
Incidentally, if you want to get rid of the Windows 10 update reminder icon permanently the following will probably work.
Head to Control Panel > Windows Update.
On the left, choose Installed updates. If you don’t see this option, click View installed updates, and a link to Installed updates should appear at the top of the window.
Remove the update with the label with the label Update for Microsoft Windows KB3035583. It’s easiest to sort by name to find it.
You will need to skip this particular update by right-clicking and hiding it when you install other future updates.