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Windows 10 Upgrade

by Jim Guld, GeeksOnTour.com

win10Windows has released their latest OS to the public. It started rolling out to computers via Windows Update on July 29. I don’t necessarily recommend everyone upgrade their computers right away. There is no hurry, especially if you are doing ok now. If you do decide to upgrade I recommend having a current backup of your important data and performing a disk cleanup to get rid of junk on the drive. A high capacity and stable Internet connection really makes a difference.  I can only be responsible for the safety and security of my own computers, not yours.

There are two main reasons for any update. Number one is to fix bugs. Number two is to add functionality. Bugs can include security holes in the software. Hardware is changing all the time and the OS needs to adapt to make use of the advances. New software is made for new hardware, and vice-versa. If you are running old or limited hardware, you may have problems upgrading.

They Like it!

I have been an early adopter of the latest and greatest(?) operating systems from Redmond going all the way back to DOS 2.1. This upgrade is most interesting in that I have heard very few complaints about it. Indeed, I have mostly heard acceptance and even some grudging praise about Windows 10 from the gurus I follow and trust.

I installed this upgrade on our ASUS laptop (just used for seminars) as soon as it showed up in the system tray. I did not need to do anything special and it worked fine. My Surface Pro computer did have a hiccup the first time through the upgrade. I was low on disk space on the C: drive. The install automatically rolled back to Win 8.1. I used the standard Disk Cleanup to free up some space and tried again. This time it upgraded just fine. I have heard some reports of device drivers not working initially, but there is usually a fix for those. My Bluetooth keyboard and external monitor only came to life after a couple of reboots.

We were in the middle of a rally where we rely heavily on the seminar laptop for our presentations and live demonstrations. I didn’t even notice much of a change. That’s the thing about operating systems. You don’t really use them. They are just the way to get to your programs so you can get your work done. All my programs work fine, even Photo Story 3, which was made for Windows XP.

I do appreciate that Microsoft listened to unhappy users and brought back the Start Button. The new IE replacement Edge Browser has some cool features that I will report on as I learn more. I am still using Google Chrome as my primary Internet browser.

Caution for those using Cellular Data

Mobile users and those using metered data plans need to be aware that the download can be quite large and can easily put you over your monthly data allotment. If that is you, I recommend connecting to a public WiFi at the library or such. In addition, there are some settings everyone should be aware of to lessen data usage.

The Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) is a new way to distribute important updates. But, if you are using a limited wireless connection to access the Internet, it will use large amounts of data. It is optional and you can save precious bandwidth by disabling it .

Here are the steps to disable WUDO on your Windows 10 machine:

  • Open your Start Menu
  • Go to “Settings”
  • Select “Update & security”
  • In the left-side pane, select “Windows Update”
  • In the right-side pane, select “Advanced options”
  • In the new pane, select “Choose how updates are delivered”
  • Move the slider under “Updates from more than one place” to “OFF”

Another potential data thief is WiFi Sense. It’s a reciprocal feature introduced in Windows 8 that can let your contacts share your WiFi network without knowing your network password. It in turn connects you to networks and hotspots that your contacts share with you. It is only for Internet access; they can’t see your passwords and stuff, and you can’t see theirs.

  • In the “Settings” window, click “Network & Internet”
  • Go to “Manage Wi-Fi Settings”
  • Turn off the connection sliders.

If you have upgraded to Windows 10, let us know how it went for you. If you are putting it off, let us know why. If you prefer Mac or Linux, or anything else, that is fine. Just please ignore this post.

Geeks on Tour Archives–Ten Years of Looking Back

Our First Website Promoting Computer Services for RV TravelersIt’s so hard to believe that it’s 2014 tomorrow!  I still think the turn of the century is a new thing.  On the other hand, it also seems like we’ve been living on the road and writing about Technology for Travelers FOREVER!   We sold our house and started living in a motorhome in fall of 2003.  We’ve been thru several websites since then.  It is so easy for content on the Internet to disappear into the ether.  I have made a point to keep all our articles, but they are scattered over several places.  Before we came up with the name Geeks on Tour, we called the website WiFiSavvy.  I’ve archived that website on WordPress.com.  You can read the very first article from February 2004, What is Wi-Fi? there.

Then came www.geeksontour.COM with several years of articles.  Our current main website is www.GeeksOnTour.com.  We’ve done some restructuring now, and, after the first of the year, the newsletter articles will be back on GeeksOnTour.com.  In this article, I am listing the location of all the archived articles and newsletters.  In the early days, the newsletters contained the complete articles, now the articles are separate and the newsletters refer to them.

My List

I’m probably the only one who cares about technology articles we wrote 10 years ago!  So, this listing of links is for my reference.  It’s my list of where I put stuff.

2013 Articles

In case you missed any of them, you can see just the most recent articles by clicking this link to GeeksOnTour.com articles and they are in order with the most recent first.


Individual Article Archives

  • 2004-2011 WiFi Savvy: started out focused exclusively on Internet on the Road topics, then branched out
  • 2009-2013 GeeksOnTour.com: All current articles listed in reverse chronological order
  • Picasa Tips July 2007 to 2013: This is a separate website devoted to tips about managing your digital photos with Picasa.  It was first called PicasaTutorials.com, now it is called PicasaGeeks.com.

Catalog of Newsletters

All Emailed Newsletters

Our official Geeks on Tour emailed newsletters have always been delivered using the AWeber.com service, so they have an uninterrupted archive.

Articles on the RV.net Blog.

RV.net is a blog and social network for RVers hosted by the Good Sam Club and Camping World.  Chris Guld of Geeks on Tour is a contributing author for topics about Technology for Travelers.

Personal Travel Blog

We’ve chronicled our life and travels consistently on the Blogger.com platform since we started thinking about a life on the road … April of 2003!

Our websites over the years