Tag Archives: Windows 10

Warning to users who upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 to 10: Backups

If you upgraded from a previous setup of Windows to Windows 10 and had been making scheduled backups, you should know that Windows 10 will back things up twice: Once using Backup and once using File History.

Nowhere is there any UI element warning or alerting you to this behavior. In other words, if you set up File History, nothing asks “Do you still want to use Windows Backup?” or vice versa. During Windows Setup there should be something to migrate from Windows Backup to File History.

I am calling this a bug since it degrades performance without any benefit as it will cause your backup space to deplete much quicker for no benefit.

I recommend either ignoring File History and keeping the old Backup running on schedule OR disabling the Backup schedule and just using File History. I’m using File History, but that’s up to you.

Second thoughts on Ten

After updating my little tablet to Windows 10 (previously Windows 8.1) I have to say that it’s actually a step backwards.

For pure touch devices like tablets, 8.x was really good. The swipe in charms bar and Start screen were really intuitive and useful. Windows 10’s setup is sortof a bad remerge with the pure-Desktop design of 7.

Aside from that though, it oddly decided that I no longer had a touchscreen. On a tablet, that’s bad. It would still register touches, but wouldn’t bring up the touch keyboard when tapping on a text field. This is most annoying when you are trying to type in your password and have to use Ease of Access’s On Screen Keyboard or OSK.

I recommend sticking with 8.x if you are using a tablet. On a regular PC, 10 seems to be working fine.

Going up to… ten

I bit the bullet and let Microsoft update my Windows 7 to Windows 10. So far it is OK. I don’t know that it is so much better than Windows 7 really. The upgrade process was quite smooth and the UI was gorgeous really.

One note: It tried to keep the Windows 7 theme I had, but since the taskbar is now black, this resulted in black text on a black background! I had to reset the theme to the Windows 10 default.

The biggest complaint I have so far is that you can’t see what Windows updates are being installed; you’re forced to accept them all without any control.

I am trying to get it to install on my Windows 8.1 tablett, but it is stuck at 96 percent for some reason. This might be because I let it go to sleep in the middle of the upgrade, but it appeared to recover from that without trouble.

A cautious recommendation, so far.