My Short Diary on How to Successfully Install Windows 10 without Knowing What I Was Doing ------ Formerly titled: Maybe Do Not Install Windows 10 Just Yet

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July 30, 2015

I was duly informed Windows 10 was downloaded and ready to install. As I was contemplating pulling the trigger, suddenly some error codes were mentioned. Then the modem suddenly started blinking furiously. When I again clicked the Get Windows 10 message, it was back to saying it was downloading. Good thing I hadn't clicked the Get Started button.

Next time I'm prompted to install, I think I'll wait a few days. Give Microsoft a chance to work out any remaining bugs.

I'm very much looking forward to getting Windows 10. I'll post new information here as the  adventure continues...

July 31, 2015

Even though the computer was properly shutdown last night, I woke up to a red Failed Install message this morning; presumably they meant failed download since I never clicked Install or Upgrade or anything else to actually convert the computer to Windows 10 from the downloaded files.

I had properly shutdown based on the logical premise the download would pick up this morning from where it had left off last night. I don't know what to think. At any rate, the modem is once again flickering most furiously; I hope it is not downloading the whole 2 gigabytes worth of data all over again.

July 31, 2015

Microsoft once again enlightened me with an Install Failed message, even though I have yet to click Install. I was informed Windows 10 could not be installed because other updates were being installed.

I do remember reading an article stating all current OS updates must be installed before Windows 10 can be installed. The article also stated those of us with automatic updates turned on should not have a problem in this regard. Yep, my automatic updates have always been turned on and have been working properly, yet still the problem.

I have no idea what's going on, but apparently I continue to get closer to success. No doubt I will soon be informed to do a restart to finish installing whatever the mystery update was.

August 1, 2015

I once again gazed at the Upgrade Available message... This time the only button there was the OK, let's continue button. Despite the original title of this post, I couldn't resist. I clicked it...

This time there was no messing around. There were also no options presented to me, e.g., "transfer preferences" versus "factory install", etc.

The critter paused for a short time and then immediately took off to a blue background screen informing me it was Configuring Update for Windows. It ran through fairly quickly, around 10 minutes.

[This would be a good time to mention one should not be doing this if there is any chance of a power failure in your area, examples being unstable weather or nearby forest fires, etc.]

Next the Dell logo briefly appeared and a black background screen then showed up. I was duly informed I was at the Upgrading Windows stage. I quickly realized this segment was going to take awhile, off to do some chores...

When I returned I was greeted with, "Hi there, welcome back!" and a Next button.

I was then presented the choice of blanket accepting the Express Settings or individually setting each one.

I was fine with all of them, except one. I turned off the Hotspot option. This was a desktop PC and I really didn't want someone driving by and throwing Wi-Fi at me...

Next an extremely beautiful picture appeared, along with nothing to click. Click it. Or do any key.

Sign in, etc.

The Start Menu icon is at the usual lower-left, the keyboard shortcut is toggle. Do then do the Get Started button, all sorts of worthy information there.

 Everything really looks nice. All my previous settings, files, etc were there and alive and well. So far I am impressed with the Edge browser. I'm also going to give Cortana a spin. May we all live long and prosper.

September 21, 2015

If you are trying to figure out how to do a print screen in Windows 10, here's how. Collaterally, the post also ends up showing how to make Windows 10 more convenient by creating shortcuts.


  1. oooo I signed up for it when it comes out. Thanks for the heads up. I haven't gotten the files yet.

  2. Today after several tries to download on my computer I finally get the message to try again later.

  3. Installed now and it did take the better part of the day! Just like you said...