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  1.    28 Dec 2015 #21
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    8.1 64 bit

    I upgraded from 8.1 to 10 on Saturday, and I must say this is about the cleanest and quickest upgrade I have ever done. Normally when I upgrade my OS it is around the same time as I upgrade my PC with new motherboard and cpu, so I do I clean install.
    However in this case, I am about a year or two away from my next build, so I elected to go with upgrade to 8.1 route with the free MS offer for Win 10.

    The upgrade process took 30 minutes. Another 30 minutes or so for me to grab the latest hardware drivers for my peripherals that I wanted.
    The system has no conflicts in device manager, and event log is pretty clean as well. It is running very well for me.

    I had taken painstaking efforts prior to doing the update, making sure my system would be compatible, creating full images of my working 8.1 install and saving to external USB drive in case I needed them, deleting un-necessary programs I no longer needed or I thought might conflict. Just doing a nice cleanup before hand.

    I have been very pleased with 10 so far, it is very robust and I certainly like it's functionality better than 8.1. I am still a little undecided on the new Edge browser, but I am using it for now and getting a little more used to it as I go. I have also imaged my system after the 10 install to have an image of the new install should I need it.
    The upgrade process worked very well for me.
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  2.    28 Dec 2015 #22
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,612
    W10 Insider + Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by dburne View Post
    I upgraded from 8.1 to 10 on Saturday, and I must say this is about the cleanest and quickest upgrade I have ever done. Normally when I upgrade my OS it is around the same time as I upgrade my PC with new motherboard and cpu, so I do I clean install.
    However in this case, I am about a year or two away from my next build, so I elected to go with upgrade to 8.1 route with the free MS offer for Win 10.

    The upgrade process took 30 minutes. Another 30 minutes or so for me to grab the latest hardware drivers for my peripherals that I wanted.
    The system has no conflicts in device manager, and event log is pretty clean as well. It is running very well for me.

    I had taken painstaking efforts prior to doing the update, making sure my system would be compatible, creating full images of my working 8.1 install and saving to external USB drive in case I needed them, deleting un-necessary programs I no longer needed or I thought might conflict. Just doing a nice cleanup before hand.

    I have been very pleased with 10 so far, it is very robust and I certainly like it's functionality better than 8.1. I am still a little undecided on the new Edge browser, but I am using it for now and getting a little more used to it as I go. I have also imaged my system after the 10 install to have an image of the new install should I need it.
    The upgrade process worked very well for me.
    IE is still there too ! In case you are more used to it and it certainly has better functionality than Edge (for now).
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  3.    28 Dec 2015 #23
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 47
    8.1 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    IE is still there too ! In case you are more used to it and it certainly has better functionality than Edge (for now).
    Thanks, yes I noticed that but thought I would try to get used to Edge a little more first and see how I like it. I may end up going by to the traditional IE, the verdict is still out in my case lol.
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  4.    28 Dec 2015 #24
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,612
    W10 Insider + Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by dburne View Post
    Thanks, yes I noticed that but thought I would try to get used to Edge a little more first and see how I like it. I may end up going by to the traditional IE, the verdict is still out in my case lol.
    Might have to wait for full Redstone for full functionality of Edge.
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  5.    28 Dec 2015 #25
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 70
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by riddell View Post
    For example as a professional photographer I have literally hundreds of thousands of huge images. Does the OS allow me to browse, organise them faster? Huge images mean huge files. Sometimes my machine lags when I'm working with several, and I have a very high end, very tuned machine with absolutely no bells and whistles on it. Its streamlined for photo editing. I also have a specialist high tablet for the same purpose.
    Hi riddell,

    I too am a pro photographer and use several systems. My main computer still runs Windows 7, has a pretty high-end i7 processor and 32GB RAM. I frequently work on 2GB multi-layered images and it works well enough. The small Lenovo laptop I use on location runs Windows 8.1 which has certain small advantages but nothing that has tempted me to update my Windows 7 to 8.1. I use the Adobe Creative Suite apps on both systems.

    I just did a clean install of Windows 10 on a separate SSD on my laptop (that's on my lap right now) to see what it has to offer. So far I'm rather underwhelmed after day 3. I have no use for Cortana and turned it off. I don't have a touch screen. I hate the new Photo viewer app and replaced it with the old Windows Photo Viewer. The new 'flat' icons are pretty ugly and are harder to see. For example the old red tag on the Taskbar volume icon that appears when volume is turned off has been replaced by a small monochrome x - no more colour. I think trendy flat design has replaced functionality. I'll have to search for a hack to restore the old icons.

    Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge all run fine. But as this is a rather under-powered laptop (compared to my desktop system) I cannot say if the newer OS is making anything run better than it did with 8.1. Overall everything is running very similar to before. I think it's the SSD and 16GB RAM that make this laptop snappy.

    The Lenovo Password Manager which I've enjoyed using in the past is not supported by Win 10.

    I prefer the system font set to 120% on this 11.6 inch screen. Windows 10 now also enlarges the fonts of many application screens by the same amount, which is new. It results in many overly large app screens and lots of fuzzy type. You then need to set each app's compatibility to "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings", or use a 3'd party system wide hack, to fix it globally. This issue is probably my biggest complaint and I'm sure Microsoft will hear from many 'moms and pops' who succumb to Microsoft's nagware and accept to upgrade their systems. The fuzzy text is pretty ugly and some app's option menus enlarge past the screen edge to become inaccessible.

    Bottom line: I'm sticking with Win7 on my main image editing workstation and might even go back to Windows 8.1 on this laptop if I don't find more compelling reasons to stick with Windows 10. So for it's added very little while being incompatible with my preferred password manager.

    R
    Last edited by RPmtl; 28 Dec 2015 at 23:09.
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  6.    29 Dec 2015 #26
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,118
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Quote Originally Posted by RPmtl View Post
    Hi riddell,
    The new 'flat' icons are pretty ugly and are harder to see. For example the old red tag on the Taskbar volume icon that appears when volume is turned off has been replaced by a small monochrome x - no more colour. I think trendy flat design has replaced functionality. I'll have to search for a hack to restore the old icons.

    R
    Hi, Icon Changer (freeware) Damian's Homepage replaces some 77 icons in imageres.dll with Win 7 icons. Although it's supposed to be fully automatic, I found I had to take the modified imageres.dll from its installation folder and manually replace it in Windows via a boot command prompt. (The destination folder is protected so you can't do that within Windows in the normal way).
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  7.    29 Dec 2015 #27
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    England
    Posts : 964
    Windows IP 17046

    Don't upgrade to Windows 10 as it's still under development, IE11 broken, Edge broken and this morning frequent sites wiped out with some updates. It's very unstable for me but the experience vary between different systems.
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  8.    29 Dec 2015 #28
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 24,523
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Don't upgrade to Windows 10 as it's still under development, IE11 broken, Edge broken and this morning frequent sites wiped out with some updates. It's very unstable for me but the experience vary between different systems.
    I hate to disagree but, WIn10 works just fine for the vast majority of users,,, including me. IE11 works just fine on my PC and I bet it works just as well in the majority of PCs. As for the stability.. it's rock stable as long as you don't have driver issues or you mess around with things like the registry.

    Jeff
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  9.    29 Dec 2015 #29
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,612
    W10 Insider + Linux

    IE haven't changed in ages not counting one as APP in W8.
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  10.    29 Dec 2015 #30
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Philadelphia
    Posts : 1,174
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Don't upgrade to Windows 10 as it's still under development, IE11 broken, Edge broken and this morning frequent sites wiped out with some updates. It's very unstable for me but the experience vary between different systems.
    I'm going to disagree as well, especially since you contradicted yourself in your own post. Experiences do vary, but going by the vast majority, Windows 10 is as stable or more so than any previous Windows version. IE11 works perfectly fine, and so does Chrome.
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