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Journal Entry: Wed Aug 26, 2015, 1:21 AM
I guess everyone who needs to know is aware that Windows 10, the latest and last of Microsoft's user interfaces has been launched, and is available for download. While at my cottage recently, I upgraded my computer there following the laid down procedure - no problems. Windows 10 is a cracker of a system, especially after the geeky Windows 8. Indeed, Windows 10 is like Windows 7 on speed! Lots of useful new features,  much simpler Start Menu and Settings, and the long overdue introduction of a robust virtual screen system that ought to be of immense value to those who work with a sole screen.

Anyway, buoyed by this success and discovery, I upgraded my power system back home - same idea - download Windows 10 from Microsoft, install and away we go..... Complete catastrophe! If anyone has noticed that I've not been as quick at responding over the last few days, that is the reason. Windows 10 installed OK, but from the very outset, something seemed odd - my username came up in black on the opening screen, the Start Menu was all over the place, and the colours kept changing. The Settings menu had odd symbols appearing and many option simply disappeared when I moused over them! The Sticky Notes feature kept appearing when I clicked right mouse.....Ugh and Double Ugh. Having hunted through Google for faults and problems with Windows 10, having tried innumerable suggested remedies, and having worked through some heavy weight computer tests that showed corrupted files (but not which ones), I decided on a re-install. Not so easy as you might think, re-installing is. You need to download Windows 10 to a flash drive and work from there and, horror of horrors, you can only re-install by losing all your apps (as software used to be known). Personal data and files are retained, but bye-bye Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, the Gimp...... Really, though, there was no choice, and I spent all of yesterday working through the re-install. Windows 10 now appears to be working fine, but there is the occasional flutter on the screens, or maybe it is my paranoia.

What about all the lost apps?  I'm slowly reinstalling those, having kept, of course, all keys, passwords, and receipts for stuff purchased over the years. Although not so easy, Adobe products can be re-installed and the keys re-entered. The biggest problem is with Lightroom because the Backup Catalogues were removed on re-installation. Thus, you need to back those up elsewhere before starting this whole business. That is today's task - to see if I can restore my catalogue.


The cause of the original problem remains a mystery; I had no problems with my Scottish computer, nor with my laptop. The two probable causes are first, a simple corrupted original download - these things do happen despite the best checks. Second, and I suspect the more likely, is that some software already installed may have interfered with the actual installation. There are some reports that malware detection software may be implicated. Anyway, the lesson is that before you download and install Windows 10 make sure you have backed up or are capable of re-installing all critical software, and essential data.

Cheers

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Thank you for the fav, David!
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My pleasure!

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Thank you very much for the faves, David!
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thank you very much for the collections.  and also for learning the name of the "Hawkweed" plant.  I have taken shots of these 'little beautiful flowers' but had not know their name.  Is it not the same plant that produces that 'dandelion wig' when the flower has weathered - I just am not too sure!  :HitCoreWithBat: 
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