Serves Me Right Trying to Upgrade to Windows 10

T he upgrade process has been going on for several hours now; but at least I am 90 percent there — and my computer is operating very slowly; so it is difficult for me to post an article right now.

Please excuse me while I try to finish the upgrade process — and hopefully the computer will not freeze when the process is 99 percent complete.

Serves Me Right Trying to Upgrade to Windows 10

If you plan on upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 — why they skipped the Traveling Wilburys version which would have been known as Windows 9, I will never know — you need to do it before the end of the day tomorrow, as Friday, July 29, 2016 will be the last day you can upgrade for free.

You can keep Windows 10 but supposedly easily revert back to Windows 7 or Windows 8 if you are not happy or satisfied using Windows 10.


We shall see…

11 thoughts on “Serves Me Right Trying to Upgrade to Windows 10”

  1. V Jackson says:

    When I upgraded last October it took most of the night, i.e. several hours. Thank you for confirming it wasn’t just my laptop. When you’re finished you’ll find there’ll be some programs will be incompatible with Win 10. Unless it’s been improved since I removed it within the 30 day window (no pun intended) last November, you’re going to experience the BSOD quite often. All the best to you, really, not being sarcastic, the upgrade might be better for ones with Win 8, than us with Win 7.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I appreciate the best wishes, V Jackson — and I did not take it as sarcastic.

      Thank you.

  2. That Guy says:

    My experience with Windows 10 has been quite pleasing. I know it’s a pain to upgrade OSs (and in your case, a major one, not a point upgrade), but I think once you get used to the nuances and the UI, you will be pretty satisfied. Good luck!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I hope so, That Guy

      …but I am not the type of person who upgrades just because it is available. When something works well — and Windows 7 is probably my favorite operating system of all time on computers which are not manufactured by Apple due to its stellar stability — I tend to stick with it until I absolutely have no choice.

  3. Mike says:

    I upgraded a Surface without problems. So I tried my desktop and got the blue screen of death. Wouldn’t even boot once. In the process of troubleshooting I must have broken my video card (someone online said their issue was the dedicated video card so I tried removing it). At least referring back to Windows 8 was relatively painless, but my attempt to upgrade cost me a video card (or maybe a motherboard) and several hours of frustration.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Funny you should say that, Mike. I also upgraded a tablet which I have to Windows 10 with no problem; but my attempt on my laptop computer failed after waiting for hours for it to download…

      …so Windows 7 it is until further notice.

  4. Dom says:

    Serves you right for waiting until the day before the end of the free upgrade program.

    Windows 10 is different, but better in almost all regards. It will take some adjustment and accommodation and, yes, some things mysteriously won’t be fully compatible and will require upgrade or replacement.

    One of the biggest improvements is that Windows 10 is now a service, and it will be regularly updated and improved.. There are no plans for a Windows 11.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Would attempting to upgrade anytime before have been better, Dom?

      It does not matter anyway, as the computer — which is only three years old — crashed as I had predicted in the article. I am sticking with Windows 7, as I am not going through that again.

      I am not sure I like the sound of Windows 10 becoming a “service.” Does that mean that Microsoft intends to adopt a subscription-only model similar to Adobe?

  5. Phoenix says:

    For those with download troubles and/or multiple systems to upgrade: use the Microsoft USB Creation tool.

    You’ll (obviously) need a blank USB thumbdrive 8GB or larger, but the installation phase goes so much smoother and faster esp. if you have a USB 3.0 port & drive.

    Also try unplugging all USB peripherals other than keyboard and mouse, that’s a known freezing issue on some systems.

  6. Gene says:

    I hope this means the end of my PC trying to force me to upgrade. I do not want to upgrade!

  7. AlohaDaveKennedy says:

    Upgraded a circa 2003 desktop, a circa 2007 and a circa 2009 laptop to Windows 10 and all is well. My only loss was Age of Empires which was mitigated by getting the Steam version. The process takes a bit but this Windows version runs well even on older generation processors and lesser memory.

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