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Windows 10 Update to Insider Preview

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 in Technical Articles (Views: 892)
So, the Windows 10 "Insider Preview" is out, and I decided to give it a try. Of course, there is little risk with the system being fully backed up.

I have to say that the "upgrade" was relatively painless, but took longer than expected. There were some bumps I noticed:
- The largest bump was this "upgrade" seriously lacked driver support. For those who have had their head stuck in the sand for the past about 20 years, most drivers aren't OS version specific for Windows (i.e. Windows Vista drivers working in Windows 7). The biggest issue I ran into was a lack of driver support. On a Microsoft Surface no less, I had to reinstall drivers for my OS to get my dual monitors and Microsoft's own docking station working. Seems a lot of people were frustrated over this.
- Things such as mail accounts weren't migrated. Sure, it's not the end of the world, but what is the concept of "upgrade" without it?

So, let's recap the last 15-20 years and look at some of the advancements that installers have made when it comes to the Windows OS...
- We used to have to have a disk, CD or something at the ready and install from within Windows.
- The "\i386" folder used to have to be present (or something else for Win9x).
- Upgrades really don't require intervention like they used to. You can pretty much start it, walk away, and come back to an updated OS.
- With Windows 8/Server 2012 and later, you can now open an ISO and install from there, as the files copy directly to the hard drive for you.

So, there have certainly been advancements in installer technology. The new OS? Well, I am not fond of the concept of it turning into the "yellow pages" or "adware". More on this with another blog - but I'll continue with this Insider Preview and see how it does.


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