Less than a week to go…

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As the date for the release of Windows 10 draws closer, I’m getting more obsessed with it, and spending a lot more time than I should dashing around the Internet, trying to accumulate as much information as I can about what it’s going to do to my laptop.

Now, I shouldn’t worry. Until I hopped off the Windows crazy train a few years ago, having heard how bad Vista was, I upgraded my system all the time. From 3.11 to 95, to 98, to ME, to NT. And all of those upgrades went more or less smoothly. Although I remember having trouble with the upgrade to 95: When the installation completed, it gave me a message, “Please wait while we prepare your computer for Windows 95,” at which point it stopped for close to 24 hours. Knowing this couldn’t be right, I searched through the little booklet for an option to do a clean install, finally calling Microsoft support to find out what it was. The guy’s reaction was classic: “You mean, you read the documentation? No one ever does that!”

Understand, my Windows laptop is the one I take with me to Starbucks. It’s the only time I really use it. I turn it on, it works, I can go on the Internet write blog posts with it, the world is made of donuts. I’d leave it at Win7, except that Microsoft wants to get erveryone off of whatever release of Windows they’re on and up to 10 as soon as they can. That’s why they’re giving it away to anyone who wants to upgrade within the next year. And, well, I’m a geek, and that’s just the way I think. There’s a new release of the operating system? I must have it! The price is right (i.e. free), and I don’t have to go out to Office Depot Max Staples whatever to get it. They’ll send it to me. All I have to do is download and install it, and voilá! Windows 10!

The general opinion is that Windows 10 is the best thing since perforated toilet paper, that all I have to do is install it and everything will magically work. One article I read said that was their experience when they installed it on a Lenovo ThinkPad (evidently, Microsoft sent early releases (not beta, the actual thing that goes to the rest of their customer base, so they could try it out and write glowing articles about how wonderful it is and how easy it was to install and all that happy smoke the people in the geek press like to blow up people’s backsides). Is there any reason not to believe it won’t work on my Sony VAIO.

Except that Sony has told the users of VAIO computers, “uh, you might want to hold off installing Windows 10 until we get the drivers finished.” And when will that be? Oh, September, October, and those are just for Windows 8.1. Windows 7, God alone knows what they’re going to do there.

So, I have a decision to make: go ahead when Windows 10 is ready, or play it safe until Sony pulls their heads out of their rear ends and writes the new drivers that they swear I must have in order for my computer to continue to function. Understand, my computer is no longer officially supported; I got it for cheap from the Sony Store, and they haven’t updated anything in a couple of years. My response? Screw ’em if they can’t take a joke.

One thing I might do is install 10 in a separate partition. I’ve heard you can do that, and it seems fairly easily. I read a board comment by someone who claimed she did that and it worked like a charm, and even moved everything off the Win7 platform for her. Whether or not that’ll work, or if I can even do that, I’ll just have to wait and see about.

You’ll be hearing a lot from me about how well it goes over the next week or so. Stay tuned!

Do you plan on upgrading? One of you has already said they’ll wait until Microsoft works out the kinks first. Will that be what you do?

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Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

12 thoughts on “Less than a week to go…”

  1. I usually like to wait a bit. The first version usually has some issues. But who knows what will happen. I could just get all excited and switch over ASAP.

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    1. I’m much less convinced there will be trouble than most people. Besides, I’m not going to use Cortana or the new-and-improved Edge browser, and my guess is the majority of the problems will be with them. I will research installing in a separate partition, however.

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  2. That was probably me you were talking about when you said one of us is waiting. 🙂 Since the guy who builds our computers says he’s waiting, I thought I might do the same. The problem at work is we need a new server and don’t know whether or not to install 7 or 10. Our new software we’re installing isn’t quite ready for 10. But I always get excited over the new and shiny, so I would love to see it in action.

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    1. I don’t think you’re the only one who will end up waiting to put in Win10.

      Businesses are notorious late adopters. It wouldn’t surprise me if the majority are still running NT. The company I worked for bought a new time and expense system, and we all had to downgrade to IE 6 (7 had been out for a while and 8 was ready to come out, but the vendor told us they hadn’t gotten a request for compatibility yet).

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  3. I used to be an early upgrader 20+ years ago when I used a Mac. Then came System 7, the move from a 16-bit OS to 32-bit. Which meant a lot of software wouldn’t work without also being upgraded. So I did the wait and see there, and that ended up working out well for me. I did reserve Win10 for my Win7 desktop, but haven’t seen the prompt on my Win8 laptop, which would surely do better with it. My big issue with the desktop is that my copy of Photoshop is ten years old. Here’s hoping it continues to work through yet another upgrade!

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  4. I’m considering the Windows 10 install. My nephew who works in the computer security field says it’s the best version yet. I hate messing with things on my computer though.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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