This is just to provide my recent experience(s) with the "Free" upgrade "Gift" from Microsoft, in the hope that the information may prevent others from wasting their time as I just have.
I run my Broadband on monthly data allowance from 3 Mobile, so have to be a bit careful about my usage.
I read somewhere that, instead of remaining on-line and having the machine upgraded, I could create a Flash-drive setup arrangement of a setup.exe format by downloading the relevant files and doing the upgrade off-line. This is the option I chose.
The download was about 2.6Gb in size, and took quite a considerable amount of time too.
However, I then set out to upgrade and, about three hours later, received a message that the installation had failed in a "SAFE_OS Phase" and I was returned to Win7 with no alternatives.
Thinking my download might have become corrupt, I went through the process again --- at a cost of another 2.5Gb of my data allowance, and a lot more time.
Another attempt at upgrading, with the new download, and yet again I was faced with the same error message, and another failed install.
Searching the Net, I came across someone who was reporting a similar experience, and he advocated the disconnection of any and all, USB devices from the main machine, so this I did.
Now why couldn't Microsoft have indicated that at the time of offering our Free upgrades ----- It worked, but I had still spent another 3 hours in the process.
So, thinking that all would be fine, I embarked on a "tour" of the new OS.
1 On start-up there is a screen with a huge Time/Date display (which serves no other useful purpose) which, by pressing a key or clicking your mouse, vanishes and leaves you with a Logon-Password entry screen. This cannot be removed or altered --- Microsoft have decided they want us to have it ---- so we shall have it.
2 Tried to configure Edge (Internet Explorer) but found that neither my Laptop keyboard, or my USB attached keyboard would work.
I tried the keyboards in Notepad and Outlook 2007, and there was no problem. The only programme in which there was a problem, was Edge. Mozilla was fine too.
Yes, I did uninstall/reinstall/update all keyboard drivers. Microsoft actually found me a Lenovo keyboard driver --- Ideal for my Cherry keyboard I (NOT) thought
3 I then decided to defrag my internal drives, after all the work they had just been asked to do, but despite having been assured by Microsoft (prior to upgrade) that my machine and applications were all fully compatible, my defrag utility was now deemed incompatible.
4 I then decided to attach my external drives to the machine, all of which contain my most used, and most important, data and are encrypted with TrueCrypt.
Guess what ---- Again, harking back to Microsoft's assurance that my hardware/software was fully compliant with Win 10, they suddenly decided that TrueCrypt drives wouldn't be allowed any more.
It was at this point I decided to quit and return to the, certainly not perfect, but much more professionally put together operating system of Win 7 Ultimate ------ IT WORKS !!!!
So, in the space of less than 48 hours, I have gone from Win 7, to Win 10, I have been prevented from typing my requirements into applications, I have been prevented from carrying out maintenance work on my system, I have used a phenomenal amount of my monthly data allowance, I have wasted a lot of my personal time, and I have been prevented from accessing all of my own data ----- And all in the name of "progress" from Microsoft.
Anyone recommend a good Linux operating system please ??