Friday, 8 January 2016

Windows 10 Availability

Windows 10 Availability

The release of Windows 10 occurred as scheduled for July 29 2015 as a upgrade managed via Windows Update.

Prefer Clean Install
For those who prefer to clean install new operating systems, there are original equipment manufactures (OEM) versions available at discount software online stores if you want to save some money. A search for "cheap software" or "discount software" will turn them up. There is a case for a clean install Of Windows, i.e. you don't inherit any existing problems that may be present in the current operating system. It is a lot of work however to go down that path, and you need install files or DVD's plus licence codes for all your programs. All data files need to be backed up in case. A clean install does not obliterate user created data files if they are in a folder other then the default - C:\Users\your user account name\Documents. If the data files are in Documents then back them up or move them to a temporary folder.

Unsure As Yet
Right now computers running Windows 7 and 8.1 will display a white 'Windows' logo in the notification area. This is generated by a Windows update KB3035583 that is not described as a link for Windows 10 upgrade. Clicking on the logo will open a window where you can reserve this upgrade. Further information is also displayed.

There are a few reasons why you may not want to upgrade to Windows 10:
  • Generally a new computer does not come with a Windows install DVD, and there may be a so called 'Recovery partition' on the hard drive. It isn't clear at this time if the recovery path will be retained to Windows 10 or revert to Windows 8.1.
  • Upgrading an operating system is known to not be infallible. Disasters do occur.
  • Upgrading may inherit any existing problems with the previous operating system.
  • You are perfectly OK with the current operating system.
  •  The initial release of an operating system is known to still have unresolved bugs. It is usually better to wait until the release of a service pack 1 version.
There are ways to remove the white logo. Before doing this you need to open Windows Update from the Control Panel, then reset the Update settings to "Check for updates but let me choose.........", and untick "Give me updates for other Microsoft products.........". It is essential to do this first to stop a the update file identified below from re-installing Get Windows 10.

Next step is to uninstall KB3035583 from Control Panel > Windows Update > View Update history > Installed updates. Locate the KB file number, highlight it and click Uninstall. If you are unsure get someone who is familiar with uninstalling updates.

Next do a manual check for Windows updates. if the KB3035583 shoes up again flag it as "hidden". That prevents inadvertant or auto installation of the Get Windows 10 function. That still leaves remnants behind, but that won't cause a problem. However if you want to get rid of the remnants then run a manual search via File Explorer (Windows Explorer) to  locate any remaining traces in the System32 and SysWOW64 folders that appear as a sub folder titled GWX. To do that involves shifting ownership and is too complex for writing about here. If you want to do this contact a computer tech.


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