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Getting ready for Windows 10

Windows Update

Windows 10 is out in 5 days, and if you’re currently running Windows 7 or 8.1, then you qualify for a free upgrade, as long as you opt-in within the first year of release.

I’m a Mac user, but I run Windows 8.1 in a virtual machine using VirtualBox. I don’t use it very much; I have it for the odd occasion when something requires Windows, but such situations tend not to happen nowadays. And whilst I probably won’t use Windows 10 much when it comes out, I might as well opt in to the free upgrade whilst it’s available.

To opt in, you should click on the small Windows icon that will appear in the notification area if you’re eligible. However, this also requires your copy of Windows to be up-to-date. Mine wasn’t – in fact, I hadn’t booted it up since April. And so there were a lot of updates to install.

It didn’t help that Windows Update had somehow become corrupt, with error 0x80248007. Whilst Windows’ own help system was, ironically, not helpful, a quick Google search found this solution which worked.

Windows Update has now been running for over 36 hours and isn’t quite finished. As I’m running at as a virtual machine, it isn’t as fast as a dedicated computer, but it’s still horrifically slow. Hopefully once it’s done, I’ll be able to opt-in to the upgrade to Windows 10.

I’m looking forward to the return of the Start Menu in Windows 10, and the general usability improvements for people who still use a traditional desktop computer with a keyboard and mouse. Whilst I understand that Microsoft wanted to make Windows more tablet-friendly, I think it went too far in Windows 8 and I hope that Windows 10 is a better compromise. That being said, it’s telling that Apple’s tablet and desktop operating systems remain separate (iOS and OS X), even if some of their features have converged over time.

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