There’s been plenty of hype around Windows 10 and rightly so. First things first, if you received a notification advising you can upgrade to Windows 10 seriously consider the following:
- Have you backed up all critical information on your device so in the event your upgrade fails you can access these files?
- Are all applications that you use on your device compatible with Windows 10?
- Do all your peripheral devices (WiFi card, graphics card, monitor etc) have Windows 10 drivers?
- Do you have a rollback plan (performed an image backup of your machine to external media)?
Here are a few thoughts from my experience on upgrading my laptop to Windows 10:
- I performed an in place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise from Windows 8.1 Enterprise. I downloaded the ISO, mounted it and ran the setup.exe . I left my laptop to grab some lunch, came back after 30 minutes and the upgrade appeared to complete successfully. Awesome.
- I restart my laptop so I can install any unknown drivers for the laptop and I get the black screen of death similar to what other users were getting in the technical preview. I tried the usual fixes (BIOS, safe mode, system restore) to no avail.
- Time for a rebuild.
- Created bootable USB Windows 10 device and installed a fresh copy of Windows 10. I restarted my laptop and reviewed device manager for any unknown drivers.
- To my surprise, Windows 10 had installed all up to date drivers necessary for my laptop without me having to hunt down anything (impressive) including my Biometric Synaptics Fingerprint scanner.
- 75% of upgrades at our office failed resulting in staff needing to rebuild their machines from scratch.
Think twice before that upgrade. Stay tuned for what my thoughts are on Windows 10!