August 7 2015
Thinking about upgrading your computer to Windows 10? My advice is “not yet, and maybe not at all”.
I have 3 computers, and for two of them the upgrade made them unusable. One was a Zoostorm 7270-5013. It has a Nvidia Geforce GTX 760 2GB Graphics Card with 3 monitors attached. These all work fine under Windows 8.1, but with Windows 10 only 1 of them would work. Turns out that Nvidia have not yet updated their drivers, although they have a beta version (not fully tested) for Windows 10. I don’t want to mess about with beta software, so I uninstalled Windows 10. You can do this provided it’s within 30 days of installation.
The other machine which failed was an Asus X102B 10.1-inch Touchscreen Laptop. Like most laptops it has a built-in mousepad. After installing Windows 10 the buttons no longer worked on the mousepad. Again I uninstalled it. Again, it’s probably a driver problem.
Searching the Internet reveals that both of these problems have occurred with other people.
So it looks as though there are many pieces of hardware which still need drivers writing to work with Windows 10. Thus my advice: Don’t upgrade yet.
But I also doubt whether it’s worth upgrading at all. I already used Classic Shell’s start menu with Windows 8, which gives me everything I need. The only reason I was interested in Windows 10 was the virtual desktop. Using the task button you set up and switch between several desktops. This looked like it would be very useful when using 3 screens, as I could be editing text in 3 documents on one desktop and creating graphics with 3 screens on another desktop and easily switch between the two.
But apart from that, I don’t really see what Windows 10 offers that’s worth the risk of wasting hours installing and then un-installing it.
August 21 2015
I guess I’m just an optimist (or perhaps a fatalist) but I searched for (and found) a fully developed Windows 10 driver for the Nvidia Geforce GTX 760, so I tried to upgrade again, thinking I would find only 1 screen working, then manually upgrade the driver and magically find all 3 were OK. But no, in fact after the 3 hours it took to download and install the upgrade, all 3 worked straight off. Then it only took another six or seven hours work to get everything working as I wanted…
One has to be patient when one uses computers, don’t you know.
And, just in case you’re wondering, the virtual desktop facility (which Microsoft calls “task view” and shows a double-rectanglar icon in the toolbar) is actually worth having if you work on several projects at the same time.
August 24 2015
After my tiny success with the ZooStorm (containg the Nvidia Geforce GTX 760 graphics card) I tried again to upgrade the Asus X102B 10″ touchscreen laptop, for which the touchpad previously failed to work.
At first I clicked on the upgrade icon in the taskbar. It said “Working on it” and this window stayed on the screen for about 24 hours. You have to give Microsoft credit: they keep working!
Eventually I closed this window and went to the Control Panel > Windows Update. It turns out I had hidden Windows 10 update. I clicked View > Hidden updates > show hidden updates (or something similar) and then Update. The update ran without delay and installed Windows 10.
Sadly the touchpad STILL failed to work.
Eventually I solved the problem (as far as I can tell, although I have no confidence in Windows 10. What I did was as follows (after some hours of experimentation – thank you Microsoft…):
Found Control panel > Devices > Mice and other pointing devices > ELAN input device
Note that no touchpads were listed. I right-clicked the device and deleted the device and the driver.
I rebooted the machine and it worked. I rebooted again (just to check) and it still worked. So maybe it will keep working now. Who knows? I don’t think Microsoft do…