Just thought Iíd update on the fun Iíve had with Windows 10 on my Dell laptop.
Despite my previous post things went downhill.
The main problem that from time to time it went through a spell of taking several attempts to get it to boot up, it would just hang on blank screen. Needed a forced power cycle to get it try again. Eventually it would get there.
Sometimes it would be fine for a week or so then go downhill. Eventually the Monday after Christmas I got fed up and decided to restore the Win10 image Iíd taken. No better. In the end I decided to restore the Win 7 image. It seemed to restore then went into an interminable Ďchecking for disc errorsí period. I gave up on that! Went back to the Win 10 image and eventually got it going and it seemed stable and reliable.
Then again 5 or 6 days later it started to go downhill again, and as I was using the laptop for church services Ė needed its power for the videos Ė that became awkward.
So very late Sunday evening I decided Iíd had enough.
I'd previously downloaded the Windows 10 ISO and had burned it to a DVD. So I started a clean install. It was very straightforward (one mistake I made, Iíll mention later) and within 40-45 minutes of starting I had a fresh, clean, install of Windows 10.
So over the following few days I re-installed all the required apps (even got Autoroute working which, from web browsing, seems to have caused some people problems, albeit Iíve installed AR 2006).
The key thing to me is that (to date) itís rock solid reliable. Everything is running Ė some apps needed to be installed either in Compatibility mode (that was also true for some on Win 7) and/or with Administrator rights; nevertheless theyíre all running.
Iíve changed nearly all the numerous Privacy settings to No. Iíve installed Classic Shell to give me a Start Menu that I like Ė donít like the default Win 10 one, or the tiles. And Iíve got IIS running to give me a web server for checking web site changes before uploading them.
And thatís that. Win 10 is running smoothly, normal boot is fast (the Fast Boot option is set by default). To be honest, with the Classic Shell Start menu is very similar to Windows 7 but faster and uses less resources.
Oh yes, that one mistake I made.
During the clean install it asks for the username you want. I went to type Tony but mistyped it, realised my mistake before Iíd pressed Next and went to press Backspace to correct. Unfortunately I caught the Return key! So it took my mistyped name and carried on. I knew that it wasnít really possible to thoroughly change a username everywhere in the system so I decided to go back and redo the clean install from the boot DVD. Cost me perhaps 30-40 minutes extra, but it was all my fault Ė arguably the install process should ask for confirmation of such data but it never has so I guess it never will.
Why did I have so many boot problems? Who knows? Maybe it was driver related, maybe some of Dells devices are sufficiently odd
, maybe I did something wrong, though I've no idea what if that was the case. In retrospect I don't think it was to do with the Bluetooth that I mentioned earlier, though I've no actual proof either way.
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