Windows 10 Upgrade Went Smoothly

This article is largely reposted from other blog on

This alert was added after the originally article posted – there does seem to be a small group of people have problems with the upgrade, and it seems to be affecting Asus branded computers and computers with solid  state drives or SSD (flash) hard drives.  If you fall in those groups, you might want to wait a bit.

Like many in my profession, I have beenWindows 10 playing around with the Windows 10 professional preview for the last year, and yesterday I took the plunge and upgraded to Windows 10 on my new Windows 7 laptop.  The upgrade process went smooth as silk and there weren’t any unexpected issues at all.  It runs great on the systems I upgraded it on, very fast and nimble.  So if you are thinking about it – well go for it!

On one of our desktops, we did have driver issues for an add-in video card and the USB Wi-Fi dongle that provided networking.  Driver issues with a new operating system are not uncommon, but be aware that this could be an issue.

First you should BACK UP ALL YOUR FILES!  In my case it was an unnecessary precaution that frankly took more time than the upgrade did.  Better to be safe, though.

You will want to have a Microsoft account set up, so go to OneDrive on the Microsoft website and set up an account, unless you already have a OneDrive or (MSN, Hotmail, Windows Live, etc.) account, in which case you will use that one to configure your computer.

I’ve only be playing with it a couple of days, but here’s my take.  The new Start Menu is ok, I could live without the tiles in the right column, but you can right click them to resize them smaller, which I did.  This is evidently a hold over from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen that we will have to live with.  Cortana, Siri’s little sister, should be fun to use.  The new Edge browser is great, and Internet Explorer 11 is available for legacy applications that won’t run on the Edge.

If you are using Windows 8.1, I would just recommend to go ahead and upgrade.  Windows 7 users, I guess I would say move on, but I know in corporate computer environments Windows 7 will stay around for a while.

If you don’t like what happens, you can revert to your former operating system for 30 days, so don’t dwell on it too long, or the change will be permanent.  Just go to Settings on the Start Menu, the select Updates and Security, Recovery, and you will see an option to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, whichever one you upgraded from.

So I am pleased with the upgrade process, and I expect to get used to the changes and many improvements in Windows 10.  My recommendation – just do it!



About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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