2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 12, 2015 4:22 PM by henrya_intel

    My Early Experiences with a Windows 10 Upgrade

    Techie51

      I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 today. I thought I would share something about the upgrade experience with those of you who haven't started an upgrade yet. First off, if you nave a newer PC, chances are that either everything will work. Or at the very least a fix is probably coming soon. So iI would not be concerned about buying a new PC running Windows 8.1 and then upgrading to Windows 10. My PC isn't so new, so I was a little worried about what would happen.

       

      My first bit of advice. Relax if something isn't working quite right. When my upgrade first finished, I couldn't get the touchpad and keyboard to respond. From what I can tell, even though the upgrade part seemed to be complete, Windows 10 was still going out and installing updated things. It was lunch time, so I fixed a sandwich and then came back to the PC. The touchpad started working and not too much later the keyboard started working. Obviously something was still going on in the background. I expect that tomorrow things will even be better.

       

      I told you I had an older PC. Here are my specs:

      Make & Model:  Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (It's a 2 in 1 where the screen swivels so that you can go to tablet mode or any angle in between a laptop and a tablet. I love it.)

      Processor:  Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU @1.90 GHz - 2.40 GHz

      RAM:  8 GB

      Display Adapter:  Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000

       

      My PC came with Windows 8 and I went through an online upgrade to Windows 8.1 that was fairly smooth. I recall that I had to search out a few drivers, but eventually everything worked.

       

      I didn't time the upgrade to Windows 10. I was working on another PC as the progress of the upgrade displayed and several restarts occurred on my Yoga. Except for the scary bit where my keyboard didn't work at first, the upgrade seemed rather routine. At this point I haven't given Windows 10 a good test run.

       

      Applications Run:

      iTunes Version 12.2.1.16, 64-bit. Runs as expected. I had access to all my music, playlists, apps, etc. I could sync with my iPhone 4s. (Yes I have an old phone.) I can connect with iTunes store. Not a full test, but everything appears to work.

      Chrome Browser version Version 44.0.2403.130 m:  Works at least as well as before upgrading to Windows 10. I'm using that browser to access this community forum and make this post.

      Cortana & Edge browser:  Both of these items are sluggish on my PC. The Edge browser's performance was too painful for me to use it. There seemed to be an issue connecting to some sites as the connection would time out.

      The Windows start menu seems to have a slight hesitation. Scrolling through applications is slow. The tiled applications have changed in appearance considerable. I used to use the tiled apps screen to get to some of my most used applications. Now I find typing an application name is easier, but Windows responds slowly to my searches. I think things slowed down when I enabled Cortana.

       

      As long as the programs I want to use will run, I'll probably stick with Windows 10. I figure that using the latest Windows version means the best OS support from Microsoft. I would only go back to Windows 8.1 if I run into an application I need that just won't work. By the way, you have an option to roll back to your previous version of Windows for 30 days after the upgrade. So my advice is if your thinking about an upgrade, go ahead and give it a try. It will cost you some time, but being on the latest version of Windows is probably a good thing. I should mention that Microsoft said everything was compatible on my PC before the upgrade. If I had warnings about anything not being compatible, then I probably would have stuck with Windows 8.1.


      Enough rambling. I hope you found my experience helpful. I plan to add to this thread as far as what works and what doesn't on my PC.


      Happy upgrading!

      Mark

       

      Disclaimer:  I'm an Intel employee, but everything in this post is my personal opinion.

       

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        • 1. Re: My Early Experiences with a Windows 10 Upgrade
          Techie51

          I decided to move back to Windows 8.1. Connecting wirelessly to my television wouldn't work even after upgrading the receiver firmware and all the latest WiFi and display drivers. Since my PC is a few generations old now, I wouldn't count on getting this to work with future drivers. I am not expecting to get any newer drivers for Windows 10 for my old PC beyond what's available now.

           

          I also had issues when restarting where my built-in keyboard and touch pad wouldn't work. My touch screen worked fine. My guess is that Windows  thought I had a tablet and always restarted in that mode. Maybe I could have fixed this with a setting somewhere, but I didn't want to take the time to troubleshoot it. If I shut down completely then started Windows that problem didn't show up.

           

          I also found that I was used to and liked the Windows 8.1 way of doing my tasks. I have my own combination of using the touch screen, keyboard, and mouse that worked for me. I could have relearned how to do things like I've done on other Windows upgrade, but with the other issues I decided not to bother.

           

          One big disappointment is that returning to Windows 8.1 failed. I was able to use my recovery partition to go back to Windows 8 and keep all my files intact. Programs had to be reinstalled. Once I had Windows 8 updates installed, I was able to get Windows 8.1 from the Windows store. A side benefit of reinstalling the Windows files is that I think my PC is performing better. I guess I removed a lot of junk and have a cleaner registry now. Windows 10 seemed a little slower, but that might have been partially because of all the junk on my PC over the years.

           

          So for me, Windows 10 will wait until I buy my next PC. If my PC wasn't so old, I think things would have been different. To be clear, I was using my PC with Windows 10 and I could do almost anything I could do before the upgrade, but on balance, I'm better off sticking with Windows 8.1.

          • 2. Re: My Early Experiences with a Windows 10 Upgrade
            henrya_intel

            Hello Techie51;

                            Thank you for all your excellent information. I will pass this information to Intel development for future updates.  Also on the web I’ve seen a lot of problems with wireless connection to display devices.  And also Windows 10 likes very much the table or touch screen options and the reason for on board keyboard and touch pad problems.  If I am not mistaking Microsoft is working on an add on to customize the boot options when windows detects touch screen options or tablets.

             

            Regards;

             

            Henry A.