As promised, here’s a report on my experience upgrading from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Home. Now I should mention one thing. The Windows 7 install that I am using is on Parallels Desktop 10 which means that it is a virtual machine. Now I had been running the Technical Preview version of Windows 10 with no issues for some time, so I assumed that upgrading to the release version would be easy. Boy was I wrong. When I fired up the Windows 7 virtual machine, I got this error:
Now, Parallels had months to get this worked out and ensure that their software was ready to go when Windows 10 launched. In fact in the last week they pushed out an update. Though the release notes mention nothing about Windows 10. But still, they shouldn’t be caught off guard like this. As I type this, a thread on the Parallels discussion forum offers nothing but a “we’re working on it” response and a bunch of ticked off Parallels users venting. Fortunately, one of their users had a workaround which I used to upgrade to Windows 10. Clearly Parallels users are more skilled than Parallels tech support.
In any case, it took a very long time to install. From start to finish it took me about 60 minutes and several reboots. But it worked. The process is largely automated and you can safely start it and walk away while it does its thing. Only at the beginning and at the end does it require user intervention.
Thus far I have no real showstopper issues to speak of. I’ll give you my impressions of Windows 10 tomorrow evening after I have had a full day with the release version of Microsoft’s latest OS.