Had a hard time upgrading to Windows 10? Share your tale with us!
If you've had to jump through some hoops to upgrade your computer or tablet to Windows 10, we want to hear about it.
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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802 Wi-Fi blue screen when using Windows phone as hotspot.
Known issue since 8.1 can be disabled if you remember everytime you install a new build.
240 unresponsive start menu.
586 most stable.
Multiple desktop not reliable especially with groove playing in a different environment.
First with 8\8.1, the Graphics card refused to play nice with 8 & had to go back to 7.
Now with 10, it gets stuck at 80% & that's it! I tired waiting, I tried redoing it ... But noting, always stuck at 80% I eventually said **** it, I'll stick with 7 until I get a new laptop.
That doesn't work either, this issue is very specific to the Lenovo Miix 2 8 and the Dell venue pro. Any Intel imaging signal processor 2400 driver for the Intel Atom chipset causes a BSOD plain and simple when using an app which requires the camera.
PS I feel as if your advice is arrogant, perhaps if you quickly used Bing you'd s what I'm on about...
It bricked my PC in about a week. The display wouldn't start at all. Some issues with the power driver. Had to perform a clean recovery back to Windows 8. Tried installing again after a few months. Bricked again. Recoered again.
Installed the new build (10586) after it rolled out. It's working fine as of now. Let's see.
Numerous computers/tablets with problems upgrading... Upgrade or clean installs both have their issues. Then you finally get them working, apps stop working like mail, store, and any other apps...
8 and 8.1 at least worked... 10... :( Before any silly responses... I know what I am doing. All computers from surface pro 3 and dell venue pro 8 to my desktop with 12GB ram, ssd, core i7, etc... Many other of my and family computer / laptops... Issues as well.
Now I prefer to stay on 8.1 and wait for OneDrive placeholder on Win 10.
Recap: It wasn't fun, and I spent about 4/5 days attempting to reinstall windows. Good thing I'd backed everything up.
I had to click update... and wait.
End of story.
The Original Win 10 upgrade back in July went very smoothly, but the TH_2 upgrade was bad.
did the same step on my laptop, upgrading it first and then do a clean install with windows iso. but found out after 2 weeks that my laptop was not activated, i called windows support (i didnt know it exist in the first place), then was transferred to a technical service and then transferred again to database officer or something as they need to look/change at the db. i was told that my key is for Home edition (really you need 3 ppl to tell me this info). they ask me to install windows 10 home without telling me how to do so ?
after doing a lot of research on this matter i found out how to edit windows 10 ISO to force it to change/select edition.
Not a single problem, the upgrade was 100% automatic :)
The only issue we have is the damn wifi "pauses" when there is an Intel Wifi integrated card like Surface and Spectre.... Solved adding a Wifi usb dongle, and excluding the default one... [censored]
......... The major problem started after Nov update. PC won't start one day. I repaired it with Win 10 iso. After repairing, on restarting, the task bar was blinking, and I could not see anything on the screen. I decided to go back to Windows 7 for some time. I did that and I got blue screen of death for 5 times in a day. It was also pretty slow. And OS got corrupted 5 times in a day. Later on, I found that had disk is damaged. The story ends here. I will be going to dell store today.
I went to upgrade the laptop running Windows 7 this morning and Windows 10 doesn't support the Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter for WiFi and basically took me to the "look for a new computer" section. I don't think so.
The HP Stream 8 running Windows 8.1 is a great machine that Windows 10 says doesn't have enough memory to upgrade.
Nothing but frustration.
I've upgraded my PC with no problem, a PC of one of my friends and my dad's.
Then I tried Windows 10 on my Surface 3, it was laggy, i thought it was due to the fact that it wasn't a clean installation. So I tried to do a clean install, but the tablet never made it. Once I got to 82% and it freezed >.< so frustrating...
At the end I had to reverse it to the original installation, so now I'm running Windows 8, do all updates but it still freezes from time to time >.<
Any suggestion would be appreciated...thank u
Surface SP3, an Laptopt from MSI and a Desktop PC with an ASUS motherboard.
The fall update worked well on the desktop PC and the Surface SP3 but in the Laptop I needed to usb the tool to create an USB Installer (can't recall the App name)
Update went smooth, and I when I booted up in Canada everything worked. However after I returned home to Washington, the windows 10 outlook app stopped syncing. I applied various correction suggestions and got the shop mostly working last week, yet still syncing can be a problem.
Told by asus its not compatible with windows 10
Thats it end of story
Its just over 3 years old
Had to have motherboard replaced during warranty
Stay away from asus
Ive installed windows 10 on much older machines
Bought top end model and pretty much ignored by the manufacturer
It is now an obsolete piece of junk..
Beware of asus