Windows 10 first look


Completed my first upgrade to Windows 10 on the weekend and I must say it was reasonably simple and painless if a bit of a long process.

A client bought a new, low-end Asus laptop with Celeron CPU and 4GB RAM, Windows 8.1 and a free upgrade to Windows 10. Not a fast machine but at least with 4GB RAM it should be OK for basic stuff like Word, Excel, mail and browsing the Net.

When first setting it up I was given the option of doing the upgrade to Windows 10 so took the opportunity. It warned me the download would be around 3GB and to make sure the laptop was plugged into a power source and also that I should back up my data. No data to backup so off I went.

The download took the better part of 1 hour on my Internet connection which usually runs at just under 6Mbps. As I expected the rest of the process to take some time I actually left it running and went to bed, but I estimate that the upgrade process took about 2 hours or so. Not bad really.

Start Menu

I only had access to the laptop with Windows 10 for a few hours but so far I am reasonably happy with it. Great news that the start menu is back but I do think that Microsoft’s decision to put the apps in the menu will confuse and annoy a lot of users. Yes, I know you can customise it but many consumers will never do so and just get used to it but not be happy.

Windows 10 Start Menu

New Start Menu


There are a few concerns about the default privacy settings in Windows 10 but to be honest, reading a few articles about it they do not seem to be a great deal worse than with Apple or Google. If you are concerned and want to learn more and also how to change the settings see the following article:

Digging into and Understanding Windows 10’s Privacy Settings


So, in summary, the upgrade process on a new laptop was reasonably quick and painless although we are warned that older machines, machines with a lot of installed programs (and certain programs) and lots of data will cause the upgrade to take a lot longer and probably be a bit more complicated.

My upgrade ran without a hitch, yours may not, so make sure you have at least a backup of your data if not a complete image backup that you can use to revert back to if necessary.

The new start menu whilst a little complicated is familiar enough for most of us to use straight away.

If you are concerned about privacy in your new Windows 10 installation read the above linked article and make changes as required.

So far it appears to be fast and stable, but these are early days and I haven’t had time to check this properly (though reports on the Net appear to confirm this).

And remember, call us if you have any questions or concerns.

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