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Windows 10 - It's Here! Bug Fixes, Necessary Updates & Opinion.
Windows 10 Driver Compatibility
When the reservation for Windows 10 appeared on my Yoga 2 Pro I was excited and couldn't wait for July 29th 2015 to come around. Once the day arrived I quickly upgraded my system and then I noticed a few problems.
Unless you're running a Surface Pro 3 we can safely assume that a few if not all of your drivers aren't Windows 10 ready. From what I've seen so far from HP, Lenovo, and Asus, compatible Windows 10 drivers didn't appear until July 23rd to the actual release of Windows 10 on July 29th. So here's what you can do to make sure that you're PC is ready for the upgrade.
- Type in Google your manufacturers name + Drivers. i.e Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Drivers. The first hits should be to your manufacturers website where you're able to locate the drivers for your PC. If you don't know the name of your PC look on the barcode and type the product number into google then follow the steps.
- Once you've located your PC models drivers and support page you'll see a list of drivers. Check the release dates of each item i.e. Intel Chipset, Intel Rapid Storage Technology, etc. If you haven't updated them after the release date then download each that applies but do not install them yet.
- You can cross reference each item in the Control Panel - Uninstall Program page by looking at the dates for each item.
- After you've downloaded each applicable driver you're ready to upgrade your OS to Windows 10. Follow the prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 by clicking the Windows logo located near the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
- When you're upgrade has completed open the folder where your downloads are and locate the drivers. Install each driver one at a time - your PC may restart after each installation.
After they're all installed then you are finished and you can begin enjoying Windows 10!
If you're a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro owner and have read my previous article on bug fixes and updates then you may have some of the necessary updates already from the Intel Driver Update Utility, just cross reference versions from the control panel - uninstall a program area with the versions available on the Lenovo site
Chrome Stopped Working - How to Fix
My biggest issue in the beginning was with Chrome, it just stopped working after my upgrade to Windows 10. After some feedback from some awesome users in the Chrome forums it seems we found the most common fix. Now this hasn't worked for everyone but it has worked for the majority of users experiencing the problem of opening Chrome and nothing happening.
- On your desktop right-click the Chrome icon and click on Properties. A page will pop-up with tabs, click on the Compatibility tab and uncheck the box in the Compatibility Mode section. Click Apply and then Ok.
- You may want to restart your computer just for kicks but open Chrome again and you should see your pages start to load.
- If this method does not work for you then you can try to download Chrome Canary version.
Like I said this may not fix everyone's issue that they're having with Chrome and Windows 10 right now but this has helped the majority of people.
Microsoft Edge - Love it & Hate It
The first news I got about a new browser coming to Microsoft's Windows 10 release was then named "Spartan". Months later we hear official news of this incredibly new browser being named Microsoft Edge. Now that Windows 10 is here we can experience this browser which aesthetically is pleasing but has really left me with Internet Explorer PTSD.
Don't get me wrong Microsoft Edge is wicked fast and the dark theme really streamlines the aesthetic which is pleasing to the eye. There are however some issues that I've having with this still. The first is with the logo, it is still reminiscent of Internet Explorer as well as the overall template of the browser itself. Internet Explorer is something we wanted to literally burn in a pit and never return, yet when I open it I still feel like Internet Explorer which I'm disappointed with. The only major differences are under the hood with speed and with the new inking option which I haven't had a use for just yet. At least with "Spartan" we could have had a completely revamped name, stepped away from the E logo and leave Internet Explorer for good. Instead we get an all too familiar browser with no extensions to block pop-ups and ads that really just feels like Internet Explorer v 3.0. Did I mention the logo is terrible? It's really just a lazy mock-up of the IE logo and I can't stand it. One saving grace aspect to Edge that I've seen so far is how you can preview videos by hovering the mouse over them.
Luckily I've read along the interwebs that Microsoft Edge is set to be compatible with the same extensions that Chrome uses. That's really news to look forward to because I think that if I can use Ad Block and Ghostery with Edge I'd faithfully switch. In the end if Microsoft really wanted to make the best of Windows 10 then everything about should be new and not be reminiscent of failed past. I have high hopes for this new OS and the direction it's moving in I can't wait to see what new additions will be made to future releases.