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Windows 10 free upgrade nightmare!

Was very excited to upgrade to Windows 10, the free upgrade from Microsoft. But turned out to be a nightmare installing it. First, at 50%, my screen went blank for hours after which I decided to turn off my laptop and bring it back up. The msg I got was that windows 10 was not properly installed and had a few choices retry, restore, revert etc. I chose to revert back to my original Windows 7. Great, I got that done after a few tries. But then the touchpad stopped working so I could not try a fix unless I bought an external mouse. Done. The nightmare continued and I tried every avenue to get the touchpad working when luckily one worked. Actually I dont know which one exactly but most likely to totally remove the touchpad and the system will restore to original. Wanted to report this for anyone who is contemplating on upgrading - be careful, be warned, it is not a picnic if things not work right. I am sticking to windows 7. I think the best would be to purchase a system with windows 10 rather than any kind of upgrading.

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The best thing to do is to make a full backup first.

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That way when Murphy strikes, you can easily recover. Sooner or later he will strike all computers, so it's the only sensible thing to do.

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It sure is!

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I tried to upgrade 8/7/15. Finally got it done. But then the cypress trackpad was not working. I attached a mouse and reverted to Windows 7. Decided to try again today and it wouldn't work. I got a message saying I had to uninstall the Cyprus trackpad because it wasn't compatible with the windows 10 upgrade. I uninstalled it, and now I'm on my 4th download attempt. Very frustrated.

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Here's what I'm seeing.

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Folk are expecting all drivers and more to be upgraded. With some billion PCs and few having the same gear the old story is repeated. Upgrade the OS, then see what didn't work and start the old driver and app hunt.

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Agree

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Hilarious

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I'm ROTFLAMO after reading this post. About 10 years ago, when I switched to Linux, all the MS fanbois said "Don't use Linux -- you'll spend all your time on the internet hunting for drivers!" Now, that's what the fanbois tell people when they run into Win10 problems.

Ubuntu has installed right out of the box for 99% of computers since 2010 or so. I run Ubuntu on my Toshiba laptop but I kept the original Win 7 partition around. I tried to upgrade it to Win 10 and ran into some of the driver problems others have mentioned. Funny, Ubuntu installs on this laptop right out of the box, I reverted back to Win 7 and said to hell with it -- I rarely use the Win partition anymore and I don't have time to waste on a buggy OS.

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re:Windows 10 free upgrade nightmare!

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Thank you for the info. I am considering whether or not to upgrade. I saw an article on the CNET that has introduced a tool - System GoBack . It can revert back to previous OS. I'll try it if I want to upgrade .

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You don't need that

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Just go into Windows Explorer and type in Go Back To Windows 7 and follow the instructions.

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Nightmare continues

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The same thing happened to my Lenovo ThinkPad, except my home screen blinks off and on continuously and won't accept any touch commands! Very frustrating! My sister downloaded to her laptop with no problems (not a touchpad/touch-screen), so I thought I would have the same results. NOT!

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Windows 10 Upgrade:

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I have Windows 7.. I may or may not upgrade. I'll wait until the bugs are gone first. I made restore discs for my laptop. I wonder if I don't like Windows 10 if I could use these discs to restore my laptop back to Windows 7 ?

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Windows 10

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I think whoever designed or worked on the development of windows 10 has had tooooo much time on their hands, I wish they would stop trying to make laptops & desktops look like mobile phones, but the main gripe I have with Microsoft is" they want to know far too much about us, they are as bad as Google, they want to know what you had for dinner, they want too much control.

retired tech.

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Seems many upgraded and like Win10

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From reading many posts on other Win10 forums,it seems many who have upgraded their computers are happy with Win10. As in the past with a new OS,some will find they have problems.
These things have happened and will happen,some will find it's their computers with installed hardware and program drivers that are their problems.
It just takes time to get things working right.

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Reigning in 10. Try this. I did.

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Install Classic Shell and enjoy it all.

Post was last edited on September 1, 2015 7:14 AM PDT

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Reply to Privacy is dead

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I think it's people getting you'r e-mail and people in doctors offices stores you shop at just anyone you might give your address phone number ect. that gets your personal Info. out to others. I know that many who work in offices that people apply for things,these people sell lists of address phone numbers you name it to people like insurance agents carpet cleaners lawn mowing firms ect.
So it's not just what you do on the computer that gives up your personal Info.

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Privacy is dead...

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When it comes to computers and the internet, privacy is dead. What I don't like is the info they get from us (mainly addresses and phone numbers) they sell to other parties without us knowing it.

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Much more snooping in 10 than in earlier versions

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In Windows 10, just take a look at all the stuff under Settings->Privacy. You can turn them off IF you know to go there, but since all this is new, how many do. Sad

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imortal bing

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Just by clicking on the start menu (not search) windows establishes communication with bing... even with cortana and web search disabled, no apps installed or tiles, and all privacy settings disabled...
I have nothing against bing, but why is integrated with the start menu without a way to be disabled i wonder...

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microsoft suckered us

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My up grade went good, but i ran into some programs that would not run. after a few talks with the companies I got a few of them to work. I then ran into issues with some of the base programs that's in windows failed to run. Microsoft would not help in getting them to run. I then decided to go back to win7 and the restoral corrupted the drive to the point that nothing was there. I had to reinstall win7 from scratch so everything i had was gone. If there was another system better than this i would go to it and leave microsoft, but there isn't. The biggest disappointment was microsoft refusing to help after doing their upgrade.

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Just noting.

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There are few occasions more suited for making a backup of the existing situtation (Windows 7) than installing a new OS like Windows 10.
Some people don't and sucker themselves. Their choice. Not mine.

Kees

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most don't because they don't know better

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Most don't for obvious reasons
1. they do not have an extra drive
2. they don't know they can
3. they don't have the slightest idea of what an image file is
4. don't know where to get the software to do it with

from what I can tell, win10 was the first attempt of helping those users to recover their old os after trying the new. It required the use of the windows.old folder. It was not perfect but it was a whole lot better than what was available in the past.

sometimes techs forget what it is like not to know things. Most of this is second nature to them. So you really cannot blame them for not knowing.

You can also say the problem in this case was microsoft trying to get people to upgrade. Most would normally wait until their next computer before getting the new os. Microsoft did not want this to happen this time around for whatever reason. I am willing to bet this is the first time most users ever upgraded their operating system so you really cannot blame them for not knowing what to expect and what they should have done.

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(NT) They could read the instructions from MS to look before leap

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(NT) instructions dont mean a thing when in tech.

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They mean you failed to RTFM and be responsible or...

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...learn the hard way. If you leap before you look, you can't blame somebody else. It's called Personal responsibility. You ignore it at your own peril. And sooner or later you find out the hard way that if you don't exercise the ounce of prevention, you're almost certain to have to exercise the pound of cure.

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Maybe

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But if a person knows enough to come here to complain , they should also know enough to come here to learn . I Did !

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With the ability

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to make System Image Disks with Win 7 , I have to wonder whose fault this really is and as Kees mentioned No Backups ? Cry

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Microsoft strongly recommends that you back up your system..

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...before making the upgrade. Since you didn't do it, whose fault is that? Also it's been the case for decades that you have to check your software to be sure it will work before upgrading. It sounds like you didn't do that either. Those things are your personal responsibility, not somebody else's.
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When you've gotten your system back like you want it, I urge you to get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program. You can set it up to do everything automagically at the time and frequency of your choice. 1 TB external hard drives are about $50 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus Todo Backup Free. That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.

Good luck.

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As folk have written

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Doing this without a backup is not a good idea. I can't guess what those base programs are. Here I don't use many of Microsoft's supplied apps for my own reasons.

-> But let's tackle what didn't run. Once client was going ballistic that their Norton from years ago would not run. That's Symantec's choice, not a Microsoft issue at all.

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my nightmare too

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How to I revert back to 8. It has caused both my laptop and desktop to malfunction.

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Re: revert to Windows 8

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Windows Update 10

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Updated Windows 10 became the lead to problems for me and there was suddenly gone update my files so I hope some of the company to solve the problem

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Yep....

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It is an incomprehensible OS, they have a programme Compatibility mode, but none of my old games will run. Windows Edges looks a mess and the Start Menu looks like an 8-year-old played around with my PC, thought I had a virus, but apparently that is how it is meant to appear.

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