Upgrading to Windows 10

I updated my laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 over the last day.  I did not want to leave this major update up to Microsoft’s timing, so I installed all the available updates from Windows Update, which triggered the little Windows 10 icon at the bottom of the screen.  I then initiated the upgrade via the steps at this post.

Here’s what I learned:

  1. Be patient, enormously so.  I found that that several of the dialog windows can realistically be “spinning” for several hours or more – even after you have supposedly downloaded the several GB’s of update files.
  2. Startup times seem much slower than Windows 8.1.  Don’t know if this will improve over time, or not.
  3. Upon boot, I saw several DOS windows flash across the screen with error messages relating to OneDrive, which I have never used.  I also don’t believe I have configured a Windows Live account for this laptop in the past either (I only use a local account).  I do see an taskbar icon for OneDrive so clearly Microsoft expects me to be using that already!
  4. I got a notification that my “Wifi Sense” needed attention.  But after clicking it, all I got was a blank Settings screen.  I have no interest in the (rather creepy) Wifi Sense feature.  Fortunately it will only apply to unsecured networks so I don’t think it represents a security risk on my home networks.
The good news is all my applications and files seem to be untouched.  I’ll give it a few more days and if it seems stable I will take the plunge on my primary machine.

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