My initial thoughts on Windows 10

Here are my initial thoughts after my successful Windows 10 instillation.

1. If you change your mind and do not want it to install right away to the Windows 10 program in your task bar and cancel the pending installation as soon as possible. Even when it asked me if I wanted to install now or later, and I chose later, it still started to upgrade right way. Fortunately I don’t have a whole lot going on so I could spend the rest of the day getting it all set up.

2. One Drive game me a confusing error saying I did not have enough space on my hard drive to confirm my settings. At first I incorrectly thought this was because my files were being stored locally in both the old location and a new location. In reality, One Drive was preset to download all my files and folders to the hard drive. I have too many files in One Drive for them all to fit on my Surface.

3. One Drive is no longer offering the option to access files “online-only”, while still seeing the placeholder in Windows Explorer. Instead, folders are synced or not. And un-synced folders are not visible or searchable. This is a downgrade from the previous version. For one, it means that if I want to save something new to a folder that I’m not syncing I either have to download the whole folder and then remove it, or I need to go online and move it using the website.

4. After upgrading, once you are happy with everything and have it set up and working well, make sure to run “disk cleanup”. The program can be found in the Cortana search box by typing “disk cleanup”. I always like to include “Clean up system files” in the cleanup. Select all the file categories and press OK. This will remove Windows.old and reclaim your disk space.
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4. Since I still have school programs on my computer taking up lots of space I personally decided after installation to do a complete restoration and delete all my files and folders. I store very little that is not on One Drive so I only had to manually back up a few files before I started. (Although I did run a full back up of everything just in case anyway.) Just remember that full back ups usually require full restoration to rescue even one file, and I want to pick and choose the files I bring back. Manual copying the files and folders to an external source is better for me.

5. Overall, I am liking Windows 10. My favorite feature by far is the ability to have multiple desktops. At work on campus I often would have four to six instances of Remote Desktop going at once so that I could monitor updates on the lab computers. Being able to run those on another desktop in the background while I work on other projects is going to be a blessing. Sure it was possible before to have all of them running in the background, but the large tablet sized screen on my Surface did not allow for a lot of desktop real-estate, and windows would end up overlapping each other and getting lost.  Multiple desktops will help immensely. I’m curious how it will work with multiple monitors. I should experiment…

6. Fortunately I am getting accustomed to simply typing into search for what I want to do (for example: “remove program”) because finding control panel items by visually searching through the list is getting more and more difficult. Remember when “Programs and Features” was listed under “Add and Remove Programs”? I still think of it as being called “Add and Remove” so it takes way to long to visually hunt it down on the bottom of the control panel with the p’s. And I refuse to use the nested “Category” option.

I’m now at 24 hours with my newly upgraded computer. I look forward to Microsoft’s updates as wrinkles are polished.