Windows 10 Update

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If you use your laptop or PC to do your daily computer tasks you may have heard about Windows 10. Windows 10 is Microsoft’s new operating system for users currently running on Window 7 or Windows 8. This blog will hopefully answer some questions regarding the update and some update tips should you decide to take the plunge.

Your first concern maybe how solid is Windows 10? So far reviews have been mostly positive. Personally I updated to Windows 10 and I have not encountered any problems.

You next question may be why update if I’m happy with Windows 7 or 8? Good question. If you are satisfied with either there is really no good reason to update. I see one exception. Someday, a few years down the road, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 and 8 like they did with Windows XP. Keeping current reduces the risk of evil doers hacking your system. Also it will keep you current with all the latest whiz-bang techy applications.

You may have heard that Microsoft is rolling-out Windows 10 in stages. Is that true? Yes, the reason for that is Microsoft doesn’t want to overload their servers trying to do mass updates.

When will my turn come? Microsoft will notify you by placing the Get Windows 10 app icon in the notification tray at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Right-click the icon and select “Check your update status.” Then in the screen that is displayed, click the icon with three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner. A menu drops-down; click “Check your PC.” Your computer is then checked for compatibility. You will get a message indicating whether or not your computer is compatible. Let’s assume it is and continue.

Now you have to wait, not minutes but days or weeks until you get to the front of the download queue. Remember the update stages. I waited about ten days for my turn. Keep watching your notification tray for the Windows 10 update icon appears. When it does appear and you have about two hours reserved, you are ready to jump in.

Personal tip one: Power-down your PC before launching the update. This allows for any software updates to be applied to your current version of Windows. When that task is done, power-up your PC.

Before you launch the update be aware that it’s a three-step process. The first step in the process checks your machine for a while. You’ll see the rotating circle of dots on your screen. When that is done, you get to accept or decline the “legalese.” When you accept, the update process kicks-in. From that point on you will be led by the electronic hand. Windows 10 software gets downloaded and then applied. While that is going on you will be able to follow the process on your screen. You may have to from time-to-time do some occasional keyboard actions. Just follow the instructions and you should do just fine.

Personal tip two: My laptop got stuck on the rotating dots on step one. So after my patience was stretched to the limit (after about two hours), I killed it. What did I do now you ask? I looked inside the Windows Update folder located inside the Control Panel folder. Inside the Windows Update folder look for the Windows 10 Update icon, click it and the three-step launch-and-load process will take-off.

After I successfully updated to Windows 10 I ran into two issues. One issue, and it may be a big one, Windows Media Center (not to be confused with Windows Media Player) will not work. You will have to load a third-party package to watch and record TV. There are free packages you can download and use. The second issue was my external speakers did not work. I had to go into the Control Panel, find my speakers and reload the driver. Once I did that, everything worked!

Personal tip three: I would recommend NOT updating if any of these tasks sound too daunting. You’ll probably not be faced with an urgent need for about five years, and by that time, you’ll probably be in the market for a new PC which will be already loaded with the latest and greatest version of Windows.

Finally, you decide if your needs require you to update. The choice is yours. We would love to read about your Windows 10 (or not) experiences and we believe rChance readers would too.

Remember, it’s rChance to Thrive, Every Day and in Every Way.

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