The free version of Windows 10 has started to make it's way out to those who reserved a copy. I was greeted at 6:30 AM the other day with a message from Microsoft on my computer screen telling me my copy was ready to install. I was given the option of scheduling the installation at a later date or doing it right then. I opted to do it then.
To my chagrin I quickly realized that Microsoft didn't really mean they had already downloaded my copy and it was ready to install. What they really meant was I could start the downloading process. When I say process I mean a long and tedious process that wound up taking 24 hours and three manual restarts of my computer to complete.
Starting at 6:30 the following morning I was greeted with my computer locked up in the shutting down process. I had to hold the power button until it was forced to power off. When I had started what I thought was the final manual restart before going to bed the night before, I assumed I would come down to find Windows 10 installed. When I turned the computer back on I was told the Installation process was about to begin and shown a big dial telling me the installation progress. It took 55 minutes to complete.
In the end, I now have Windows 10 installed on my four year old laptop. I haven't had much time to check things out yet but so far I have found I cannot use the new web browser to access my banking at Chase and it also won't work with my password manager software. These two items do still work in Google's Chrome browser. I'm going out today to assist one of my customer's who called after their failed attempt to upgrade to Windows 10. I'll let you know how that goes.