Release date of Windows 10, July 29, 2015, is getting closer.
I installed Windows 10 build 9841 in October 2014 as soon as Microsoft announced Windows Insiders program. Many things have changed since that time…
Yet I haven’t decided yet whether I want to change the usual Windows 7 to the new Windows 10. By the way, Microsoft offers free upgrade from Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
To experience the new OS better, I installed Windows 10 on desktop, more powerful than laptop. I used Windows 7 on this desktop since its release on October 22, 2009.
It took about 20 minutes to install Windows 10 build 10162 on the desktop, and about 10 minutes more to prepare the system for the first start.
After installation, you see usual Desktop with Start button on taskbar and with Start menu:
If you scroll the live tiles down, you’ll see the tiles of these apps: Money and News as well as Store and Get Office:
Start menu in Windows 10 looks similar to that in Windows 7. Most frequently used apps are on the left pane at the top. One of the newly installed app is highlighted below. There are system links on the bottom of the left pane: File Explorer, Settings, Power, and All apps.
Live tiles from Windows 8 are on the right.
Avatar also “hides” commands to switch user and to log out.
The updated Start menu does not have search field, however search works just as it did in Windows 7/8: start typing and search field appears with the search results above. There’s also special Search button on the taskbar.
The system did not install sound card driver automatically. I had to download the driver for Asus Xonar DG from the site. The setup said “This platform is not supported”, and exited. I installed the driver from Device manager. It worked.
Yet I can’t change the speaker configuration from 2-channel stereo to 5-channel. The sound stops playing completely. To get the sound back, I have to remove the device and re-install the drivers.
Windows 10 didn’t setup driver for my old NVidia GeForce 8800GS video card during installation process. That’s why these screenshots are in standard 1024×768 resolution. However, Windows Update service downloaded and installed the driver later.
I also had to download driver for scanner.
When I installed Windows 10 on my laptop, it detected and installed drivers for all the hardware automatically.
I used Windows 10 on my laptop with Intel® Pentium® Dual T2370 @ 1.73 GHz and 2 GB for quite long time. It works pretty fine in this configuration, just like previous versions of Windows. Yet more RAM would be better. :))
On my desktop with Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 6600 @ 2.40 GHz and 8 GB of RAM, the system runs much smoother.
The new Start menu in Windows 10 feels natural compared to Windows 8.1 where pressing Start button brings you full-screen Start with live tiles. In Windows 10, one stay on the usual desktop. Modern UI apps are not full screen either as they were in Windows 8: they open in regular windows like classic Windows apps — you can move and resize them. It’s a great advantage of Windows 10.
Most system settings are now in the new modern app called Settings available from Start menu.
There’s still classic Control Panel, but it’s secondary to Settings app now. Although some rather sophisticated settings are available in classic Control Panel only.
By default Windows 10 as Windows 8 offers using Microsoft account. It’s the same thing as Google account on Android devices: Microsoft uses the account to synchronize system settings and application preferences. You have to use Microsoft account to install apps from Windows Store, .
You can login to the system using a local account as in Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows.
Here’s clean desktop:
One more small note: When I logged into Windows 10 for the first time, I actually didn’t see the desktop but rather a question about network setup:
Do you want to allow your PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on this network?
We recommend allowing this on your home and work networks, but not public ones.
This question corresponds to selecting network type: Home, Work, and Public. The system configures firewall and other networks settings depending on the selected network type.
If you’re in the home or work network, that is trusted network, click or tap Yes.
P.S. I installed Windows 10 build 10162 on July 10. Now it’s upgraded to build 10240 which seems to be the final one.