Windows 10 Upgrade: Crash Course

Windows 10 Upgrade Welcome ScreenWe’ve received about a dozen calls in the last week from computer users who say that their machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 automatically upgraded to Windows 10.  They didn’t want it and don’t remember clicking on anything to allow it, but one day after shutting down, the computer rebooted to a screen saying, “Welcome to Windows 10!”  While the operating system files are automatically downloaded as part of regular Windows updates, the actual upgrade will NOT install unless you click something, which is easy to do, because even buttons like “Not Now” or “Schedule Later” can put the Windows 10 upgrade in the queue.

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Regardless of whether you think you chose to perform the upgrade or not, once the upgrade has begun, you MUST let it finish.  If you shut down your computer in the middle of the upgrade or decline the legal terms in the Windows 10 setup, you risk putting your computer in limbo or corrupting the system files with an improper shut down, requiring a reinstall.  Even if you are certain you don’t want Windows 10, accept the terms, finish the setup, log into Windows, and then you can revert back to your previous operating system (Windows 7 or 8.1) within 30 days of the upgrade.  Otherwise, you can try working with Windows 10 and may find that you actually like some of its new features.

Windows 10 Upgrade: Crash Course

If you’re struggling to understand the new look, here are some basic tips to help you adjust to the initial shock of the upgrade.

Win10_StartButton Start Menu: Windows 10 boots into the desktop, and Windows 8 users will see the return of a Start button on the bottom-left of the desktop, which brings up a menu combining lists and tiles for your apps.  Instead of “all programs” to see what’s installed on your computer, click “All apps” for an alphabetical list.Win10_AllApps

Search/Cortana: Next to the Start button on the taskbar is a search box that also contains Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistance. If you’re set up with a microphoWin10_SearchBarne, you can click and speak commands, or just click in the box and type to search for anything on your computer or online (uses Bing search engine).

Win10-EdgeIconEdge (& Internet Explorer): Microsoft Edge is the new browser released with Windows 10 that allows you to access the Internet.  It defaults to the new MSN homepage.  If you had been using Internet Explorer and miss it, that program is still technically there, which you can access by typing “Internet Explorer” in the search bar and opening the app.  Right click on the icon that appears in the taskbar to pin it there for easier access.  You can also continue using Google Chrome and/or Mozilla Firefox as alternate browsers.

Win10_FileExplorerIconFile Explorer: As with previous versions of Windows, you can also easily access your files through File Explorer, the folder icon on the taskbar (also listed in the Start Menu).  Initially opening that window will show frequent folders, and on the left, the Quick Access menu will display recently accessed folders or files.Win10_QuickAccess

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