Will My Hard Drive Work With Windows 10?

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

How to download and install Windows 10 without using Windows Update.

In the opening of a (truly hilarious) Microsoft promo video for Windows 95, the narrator says, “I just want a new operating system!” That’s exactly what we’ve been taught to look forward to every few years, and Wednesday’s release of Windows 10 feels like a satisfying step in the progression. Furthermore, some users are having trouble with Windows Update (on one of my PCs, I got an error last night, and this morning it simply got stuck on “Checking for updates”). But this time things are different, because this is “the last version of Windows.” As the Verge reported in May, Microsoft developers started talking about a fundamental shift in Windows at the company’s Ignite conference. Instead of the periodic large releases of big-name operating systems, Microsoft wanted to make Windows 10 a streamlined, device-agnostic platform that could be reinvented whenever and however the company wanted on any given day.

In a statement about Windows 10 on Tuesday, Microsoft said, “Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates.” It’s a mental shift from thinking of operating systems as individual releases to thinking of them as boundless platforms. That comes either indirectly from software licenses included with new computers sold to people or companies, or directly from corporations that buy bundles of Microsoft software and services that entitle them to regular upgrades. Windows revenue from corporate contracts and business PC sales have been roughly stable in the last two years, even as PC unit sales have swooned, the company has said. That said, consumer Windows sales tend to be small by Microsoft standards, roughly one-quarter to one-third of Windows revenue, based on the company’s April financial disclosures.

See what it says under “System type.” You can change what the Windows 10 installer will keep, but be warned that if you hit “Back” you’ll have to go through the updates and checks again. Microsoft likely made almost as much revenue from one of its second-tier businesses–digital advertising, primarily search ads delivered by Bing–as it did from its original business line selling Windows for consumer PCs. This is the first screen you should see, before your computer restarts: Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through … read more »

The Register also discovered an interesting Windows 10 bug: if you have too many Start menu shortcuts—like, too many, as in over 500—bad things happen: “Start menu shortcuts are still shortcut files placed in the same special locations as previous versions of Windows, but the Start menu app appears to be driven by a database on which some optimistic Microsoft coder has placed a limit of 512 entries.” That, naturally, provoked some good-natured ribbing about students and bloggers losing one of their most important commands. The company is trying to mitigate that effect by pushing Office 365, a Web-friendly version that is a paid subscription like Netflix rather than a buy-once piece of software.

More from WSJ.D: And make sure to visit WSJ.D for all of our news, personal tech coverage, analysis and more, and add our XML feed to your favorite reader. Predictable fixed duration development periods allow us to determine how much work we can do in a fixed amount of time, and makes schedule communication simple. We basically wanted to operate more like trains leaving Grand Central Station (regularly scheduled and always on time), and less like taxis leaving the Bronx (ad hoc and unpredictable). Incremental updates serve Windows 10’s goal of being a universal operating system and offering “one experience” across PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, and HoloLens (plus the 2,000 devices Microsoft says it’s testing for compatability). If nothing else, streamlining the update process makes devices more secure, because they automatically get their patches and bug fixes instead of relying on users to initiate a download.

The pressing question, then, will be whether Microsoft can deliver significant innovations and redesigns without affecting Windows’ daily performance. Windows 10 is culling usage statistics to suggest times for automatic restarts (so updates can take effect), and presumably many updates will happen behind the scenes without requiring a restart at all. But Microsoft will need a way to generate excitement about new features as they come out, work carefully to avoid pushing out flawed updates, and generally keep users informed.

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