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This review is from: Microsoft Windows 10 Home - 64-bit
Pros: Upgrade went smoothly.
Cons: Everything worked fine for a few weeks. Then, I plugged in a stock Toshiba 1TB external hard drive and started getting boot errors. Unplugging the external drive allowed the PC to re-boot normally. This morning, however, on restart got a "BOOT_DEVICE_INACCESSIBLE" error and then Windows 10 went through a diagnostic that restarted but ended up with the same error after many restarts. I tried a system restore, but the listed restore points could not be found. I tried to recover using a system image, but Windows 10 could not find any images even though I had just backed up on two separate backup disks with system images the night before. I tried reverting to Windows 7, but Windows 10 couldn't find necessary files, although I know they were not deleted. I tried doing this using both the SSD system disk and a USB recovery drive, but same results. I looked through countless web sites and tried chkdsk which identified some security errors so ran /F, but no joy. I checked the BIOS settings for boot order and confirmed settings and disk recognition, but no luck. In short, I spent most of today trouble shooting and trying various options and approaches without success. The only thing left is to completely reinstall the system. Fortunately, all of my work files are stored and backed up on separate drives so they are unaffected. I'll need to confirm backup of key user files (outlook) outside of a system image. I suspect many Neweggers understand how much time/money the reinstallation of software and user data can require and how big a pain reinstallation of an operating system can be. At least now I know how I will spend my weekend.
So, the question becomes, should I re-install with Windows 10 or just reinstall Windows 7? My first choice will be Windows 7, because my machine (ASRock Z77/Intel G645/ 8GB RAM) ran without a single crash for years. My sense from reading many websites is that Windows 10 is not yet fully mature in the sense that there are still driver and compatibility problems. Any operating system that fails due to software (not hardware) boot failures presents a risk.
If I was stuck with Windows 8, I might re-install Windows 10 clean and hope for the best.
One mistake I made was keeping my stable Win7 SSD disk for only two weeks before repurposing it for use in a laptop. After I upgraded to Win10, I cloned my 128 GB SSD to a 250 GB SSD (checked ok multiple times). I should have just put my stable Win7 SSD in safekeeping for at least a few months. That way, I could have just popped it back in and reverted without reliance on Microsoft backups, which as noted failed.
Other Thoughts: Can't say I liked Win10. It didn't seem to add much useful for my purposes and seemed to add a lot of junk like the Microsoft store and a bunch of corporate umbilical cords to Microsoft marketing, sort of like phones have. Windows 10 is an all-platform OS, but this means that it drags all the marketing "features" from phones and tablets into desktops. Win10 may be the OS that convinces me to jump ship to linux, just to maintain some independence and privacy.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works fine. Much faster than download direct from camera. Very satisfied.
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: For what it's worth, Windows Experience jumped from 5.9 with one 4GB stick to 7.8 with two. This upgrade also seems to have improved graphics performance by a few points. Running in ASRock Z77 Pro4.
Cons: none.READ FULL REVIEW