I decided in early August like millions of other people around the world to take advantage of Microsoft’s offer to upgrade a desktop and laptop to Windows 10. The journey can be challenging if your hardware is 5 to 7 years old.
On the laptop, I was not able to navigate using track pad because I had to update drivers. Fortunately, I found drivers on the manufacturer website and installed them from a flash drive shortly after boot. The other problem that I had with the laptop was high disk usage 100%. I chatted with Microsoft Answer Desk and checked numerous online forums to find a solution. I think there may have been a worm or corrupted user account that was causing the problem. By creating a new local account with Administrator privileges, I was able to delete the corrupt account and the disk usage problem was solved. There continues to be an issue with the new Edge browser and disk usage but I’m sure that it will be resolved in the near future. I find MSIE11 and Chrome are the browsers of choice for now on Windows 10.
On the desktop, I used Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool (MCT link) to complete the install. In addition, while completing the installs, I was able to revisit some advanced computer functions to see what is going on “under the hood” of Windows. By typing Windows + X or R we can fire up command prompt or access the registry to optimize Windows 10 install. It felt good to get back to DOS and load up Services (ex. Services.msc) and manipulate some settings using regedit to turn on or off some memory hungry things.
I used Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) to perform some basic diagnostics, chkdesk to test integrity of hard drive prior to install and so on to repair any issues. During the time I was reading online forums, I learned about services like BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) , Superfech and Windows Search that can have an impact on older hardware.
Finally, I explored the new DOS world of Windows 10 called Powershell. This service is like DOS on steroids and it should make things like batch files rock in the near future. The upgrade process was challenging at times but the journey was worth it and I look forward to getting more familiar with Windows 10. Next, I will explore the networking capabilities of the operating system to see how it works with P2P (ex. Homegroup), domain and freeNAS.