Windows 10, the latest (and free) operating system, continues to enjoy the limelight and might be heading for the record of being the most discussed O/S ever by Microsoft. A scan of this week’s highlights includes the effect the free rollout is having on small businesses and the continuing installation problems users are experiencing.
If you are running a small business with Windows computers and they qualify for Windows 10, you may want to check what has been happening on those devices regarding the “unwanted” rollout. Do not be surprised if your workers all announce one beautiful morning that Windows 10 is ready to be installed. It may be exciting news, but not so exciting if they are all downing tools for the best part of the day while Windows 10 installs in its own sweet time.
Your small business may not have the luxury enjoyed by large enterprises where updates can first be tested in a “play pen”. The least you could do is visit each computer and reset automatic updates to only notify you about updates so you can research them and hide those you do not want. This way you can manage the rollout of Windows 10 across your business.
When you set up Windows 10 Professional in your small business, you may be asked the question “Who owns this PC?” If you use a business Office 365 account, you should choose “My organization”. Otherwise, the choice does not make much difference and you can choose any answer.
If during installation you are prompted for a Windows 10 key, you actually do not need to start sweating at the thought of trying to find a key. If all goes according to the Microsoft plan, Windows will eventually work out that it should not bother you about this again, but it may take a couple of days for this intelligence to surface.
Does the installation hang for hours or reboot continuously? This could be due to confusion about the hardware you have connected at the time. The cure for this is to disconnect any nonessential hardware such as external hard drives. Make sure you have the right upgrade: 32-bit for 32-bit machines, 64-bit for 64-bit machines. If you started with Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium, or Windows 8.1 (standard, usually called Home), you should install Windows 10 Home.
Windows 10 can be installed “clean” or as an “in-place upgrade”. A clean install will very likely remove any evidence of the genuine version of the Win7 or Win8.1 installation and take a year off your life expectancy due to the stress you will then have to go through. To avoid these activation problems, rather do an in-place upgrade and live longer.
You may sail through the installation and when you excitedly start up Windows, be lost without a start menu. Microsoft engineer Paul Sey says: “You may be able to temporarily resolve the issue by booting to safe mode, and then immediately booting back into normal mode. This workaround may resolve your problem for a while, however the error may return later.” I have not found any advice on what to do if this error returns later.
Your applications are there
In the unlikely event that you have more than 512 programs on your machine, Windows 10 may not like this and will not show them on the “Start all applications” list. Although the applications are still installed, you cannot get to them through the Start menu. This is a bug that you currently can do nothing about, except uninstall some of the programs you do not need.
A special thanks to Microsoft for making our lives so interesting.