This all stems from a recent personal experience. I just picked up an Alienware X51 R2, albeit used, still on Windows 8.1. To be expected, and indeed only recently can you buy a new one from Dell pre-loaded with Windows 10. I'm reasonably savvy, but the upgrade experience is, shall we say, less than ideal.
Maybe I should have expected it, but given how easy my other upgrades have been, maybe I got lazy.
Either way, on a consumer level it's a pretty janky method to updating my PC. After a failed first attempt produced complete blackness on the screen, Alienware support directed me to the video below.
Turns out that the official, recognized path to upgrading an Alienware PC involves turning secure boot off in the BIOS, uninstalling the NVIDIA graphics drivers, and then running the upgrade. None of it's too difficult but it does seem a lot for an update to Windows. I mean, these are the sort of issues we'd want fixed ahead of time by all the companies involved, right?
But it also got me thinking. For a little weekend community chat, let's see what you, the Windows Central readers have to say. See how far you had to go to upgrade your own computers or tablets to Windows 10. I've had an easy time of it on my XPS 13 and my Venue 8 Pro, and a much more complicated run as I've described here.
So, jump into the comments below and let us know how far you had to go to upgrade to Windows 10!
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Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at mstdn.social/@richdevine