…so you can do it too.
After a long wait, Windows 10 is finally here. Microsoft decided to release this major version of Windows at no cost to current Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users. And it will be free for the next year.
New Windows 10 features
It brings some nice features like the reimagined Start menu which is similar to the old one from Windows 7 but has nice tiles on it.
Multiple desktops is another new feature which allows you to have a number of separate desktop screens for multitasking on separate projects all at the same time.
Multiple sign-in methods brings fingerprint scanners, retina scanners or a simple PIN code on top of the standard password sign-in method.
There is also the new Edge browser which replaces Internet Explorer.
Under the hood, Windows 10 also brings the universal apps, a feature that allows developers to write an application only once and then release it to Windows 10 on the desktop, the windows phone or to Windows 10 on a tablet.
Windows Updates will now automatically be delivered to every single version of Windows 10 except the Enterprise edition – giving IT pros the option to roll out updates in their own time.
There is also the Cortana integration, as well as all apps running in windowed mode rather than full screen.
Continuum is one of the most exciting however, allows users to seamlessly move between portable and desktop mode – this feature will be available on all tablet and Windows Phone 10 devices with compatible hardware.
The workstation upgrade
So, now that we got the features out of the way, we thought we’d go and perform and in place Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 10 on one of our trusty kliker Boora workstations. We had a standard image of Adobe CC suite as well as Office 365 plus and a range of desktop applications like Filezilla FTP client, Team viewer client, 3D benchmarking suite and a few other apps.
The upgrade process is pretty uneventful. Similar to the Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 upgrade, you start off from the desktop by agreeing to the license terms. Next up, the upgrade process goes off to inspect your system and apps you are running to determine whether you have any incompatible hardware or software. The upgrade process will let you know if such hardware or software is present on your system and suggest possible solutions.
Once this is out of the way, we left the machine running and in about 25 minutes, Windows 10 was installed. After the install, we found that Windows 10 recognised all of our hardware devices and all of the software we had prior to the upgrade was working just fine.
And a little bit harder straight install
Encouraged by the workstation upgrade success, we went on to perform a clean install on a Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro Hybrid. We opted for a clean install as this is a couple of years old hybrid machine and had all sorts of all software installed on it. We found this rather a complicated affair.
First of all, the hybrid wouldn’t allow us to boot from a USB device. We managed to fix this by going into the UEFI BIOS, disabling the secure boot and allowing CMS and UEFI OS installs. We then managed to boot from the USB drive. Next up, when the installation portion started and we needed to select a disk to install onto, the installer did not want to install the OS onto the built in LITEON SSD drive. We had to then go into command line, run DISKPART, CLEAN the drive, CONVERT to GPT and recreate and FORMAT two partitions, one a 150MB boot ACTIVE partition and the rest of the disk space for the OS partition.
After all of the above gymnastics, Windows 10 install did behave and installed onto the SSD within 10 minutes. We did however end up with a number of unrecognised devices when we first got into Windows 10. Samsung has however released its Samsung Update software which upon install, downloaded all of the missing drivers for the unrecognised devices.
So, all in all, an easy in place upgrade experience on our Boora desktop workstation and a slightly hairy but successful in the end straight install on the Samsung Hybrid.
Do we recommend you do it?
By all means however, check online if there have been successful installs on yours or similar hardware especially if you have a laptop, tablet or a hybrid device.
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