Thinking about this? One way to do it is to release only security/bug fixes. No new features/upgrades. If you want new features you have to upgrade to Windows 10. Some won't like it of course. They may have already made that decision, who knows?
Not saying it is bad, just don't think it is any better. After the free upgrade thing, wears off, I think Windows 10 will have a slow adoption, some reports already show a decline. In the future if I have to spend bucks, I would sooner buy 8 over 10, but that is just me. LOL but I still use Windows 7 as my main work engine
the tutorial for creating a recovery drive, rather than in a 'Windows 10 News' thread.
However my experience is:
- the Create Recovery Drive process is different in Windows 10. Even with no OEM partition, it can create a USB that will reinstall Windows for you on a "bare-metal" drive, if you select the option to include system files when you create it.
- Perhaps because of this complexity, the process to Create a Recovery Drive is flaky and doesn't always work if you use the aforementioned option to include system files. Also, even on the same machine, you can run it twice and one attempt will work but the other might not.
- If you have a fresh setup, and if you're lucky enough to have a computer which will create a Recovery Drive, you can generate a 'provisioning package' to capture your installed software, like an OEM would, so the Recovery process reinstalls your software (plugging my own tutorial )
But I would give it a go - if you're lucky it might just work and you wouldn't need to worry about manually copying WIMs etc.
I created the recovery drive and it test booted fine. I'll look over your tutorial which seems to take care of the problem of re-installing programs. I always back up files every couple days so the combo of the three tools should take care of any disaster scenario, I hope.
HP is a good company my ENVY is a decent computer. as for windows 8.1 it probably won't be killed off but just like vista it may eventually be lost or compleatly forgotten. 10 is whats hot right now and I expect it will get even hotter.
I will ride 8.1 as long as possible. I tried W-10 for a full 30 days and saw enough to make me want to go back to 8.1. I used to think I would try W-10 again while it's still free and many of the kinks were worked but after seeing the direction MS is going NO Way! With W-10 MS will eventually take control of every aspect of the device. This is just the beginning.
I think Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell is a fine operating system. I also like Windows 10 though i initially feared installing it for some months because of privacy concerns and because of how aggressive M was pushing it in notifications. I finally relented on a 2GB netbook I have and upgraded it since I figure I should be familiar with Win 10 in case I have to help family with it. That worked out well. Now I've put it on a couple of laptops. I find that the start menu in Win 10 is customizable enough that I don't need Classic Shell. And Win 10 feels a little smoother overall. It's still a little disjointed with a Settings menu and a Control Panel and it has some other issues but overall I'm OK with the switch so far.