I got my new laptop, affectionately named Bloo, for obvious reasons, a couple of months ago because my old one was slowly dying. I didn't get it a moment too soon either because when I booted up my old laptop a few weeks back it had entirely died on me; it's either the motherboard or the harddrive, neither of which I've got the time nor the inclination to investigate further.
One of my concerns with getting the new laptop when I did was the fact it
would mean having Windows 8.1; and I'd heard things about Windows 8. Part of me
wanted to hold off just a little while and wait until Windows 10 came out
(because I know the rule of Windows Operating Systems). The other part of me,
and my family, knew that a new laptop was needed immediately, so I sucked it up
and kept hold of my copy of Windows 7 just in case a downgrade was needed.
And Windows 8.1 didn't actually bother me that much. There were a few things
that frustrated me about it; the tiles screen could have been a little more
flexible, the lack of a Start button was a pain (but I had an add-on that took
it's place pretty well), I could never find the calculator when I wanted it. But
I got used to it and I loved my nice smooth running, fast laptop especially when
compared to my old one.
But then I got a message telling me I could get Windows 10. I nearly ignored
it because I thought it was going to be a free trial or something, or you'd end
up having to pay some sort of subscription. But nope, if you had Windows 7 or
Windows 8.1 you were eligible for a free upgrade to the (so-called) last Windows
When I got the message to download it, I did, and then I waited and waited
and waited, and waited a little bit more.
I know how these things work when it comes to technology. There are always a
whole host of bugs that need to be ironed out before you can actually use the
stuff properly. I kept an eye on what people were saying about it; I googled
what actually happened when you hit the button to go through with the upgrade; I
googled what I needed to do before I went ahead.
I was prepared to download all the Windows 10 drivers for my laptop, I backed
everything up, I googled a little more. Then I decided to go ahead with it last
Sunday. I planned to devote the whole day to the task. I didn't need to. It was
done within an hour and a half.
And so far?
Well, it's kind of like Windows 8.1 but different.
I like the fact that everything was exactly where I'd left it when I started
my laptop up for the first time afterwards. I like that I've got my Start button
back. I do kind of miss my page of tiles, but I'm sure I'll come to terms with
it. Everything seems to be much as it was before and, as I don't have internet
access at home, I've not had much of a reason to play with features such as
The one thing I had a slight issue with was when I started up trusty Blue for
the first time after doing a full shut down. It seemed to take
This is maybe a slight exaggeration. It's definitely an exaggeration.
Especially when you consider the fact that my old laptop used to take upwards of
half an hour to start up fully and let me do anything (rushing it resulted in
the poor thing locking up or having a hot flush and needing to have a shut down
to get over it).
In reality F.O.R.E.V.E.R. is probably a lot closer to about two minutes. But
it's a long time to sit starting at a black screen when you're not used to your
laptop doing things like that.
It was back to Google again for the fix. Ironically the issue seemed to be in
part caused by something called 'Fast Start-Up' which is actually anything but.
That shaved some time off it. The other cause is to do with graphics drivers,
which I'll investigate when I get around to it.
Other than this, I'm coming to really like it. I keep finding little things
that just makes sense; like when you select the Start button and 'All Apps' and
they're in alphabetical order, it makes things easy to find; or when you're
opening or saving a file in a programme it gives you your recently used folders,
I know past versions of Windows have done this, but it just seems to work so
much better in Windows 10.
Sure there's hiccoughs and teething problems, but the kinks are ironing out
nicely. I've not found a single programme that I used before that doesn't work
on the new operating system (even my ancient version of Photoshop Elements which
I thought was going to cause problems since it jumped up complaining that I
didn't have Internet Explorer 5 on my computer). I'm tempted to dig out some of
my really old games to give Windows 10 a run for its money with them at some
Have you upgraded? How are you finding it?