I finally did it last Saturday (Oct. 3rd). I made the switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on this computer.
Oh my, talk about having mixed emotions. For with some Windows 7 files on this computer being corrupted preventing me from installing Laravel 4 or Ruby on Rails in order to work on developing the new site, upgrading to Windows 10 for free looked like a great blessing. Furthermore, the new operating system would allow us to keep our current computers for a lot longer. On the other hand, with my eyesight still not being all that good, I was filled with dread over critical buttons not being easy to find on Windows 10 while I am very familiar with where what is on Windows 7.
With it not being very easy for me to read things, I could not do as much research on Windows 10 as I would have liked to, but what I did find proved to be mostly true. For downloading and installing Windows 10 was just like downloading and installing a software update for Windows 7, which took around 40 minutes to complete.
Much to my delight, the Windows Media Player was still there after the smoke cleared from the switch. Much to my dismay, the Windows 10 media player will not play any of the videos or music on this computer. It seems that one has to upload their media content to a cloud storage account in order for it to play, and this is something I really don’t want to do—even for free.
In anticipation of possibly not having the Windows Media Player with the new operating system, I had installed the [VLC Media Player] ahead of time. It plays all of my stuff just fine with Windows 10, but I would sure like to find out how to make the controls bigger until I can see better.
It was while checking out the media players that I had my first freak-out. For I discovered that there was no sound coming through the speakers. A check on Google showed that I was not the only one to have had this problem, and I proceeded to follow the instructions on how to get the sound turned back on. Next came my second freak-out. For I managed to uninstall my sound drivers, and the way to reinstall new ones given in the online instructions was not available to me. Thankfully, Dell had a link on their site to download new drivers for Windows 10, and after they were installed, the sound was back on.
After going through all of that, I decided to get off of the computer for the day. I got back on the next day (now) and this is when I noticed that the green BitDefender monitor circle that usually sits on the lower right of the desktop was missing. The main program icon for BitDefender was also missing. After finally finding the list of installed programs, [BitDefender 2015 Total Security] could not be found. Hence, my third and final (so far) freak-out.
BitDefender did turn-up on a search of the apps/programs on this computer, but its status was listed as INAVAILABLE. Inavailable? Maybe it’s a technological term.
Ironically, one of the last things I checked on before making the switch to Windows 10 was whether or not BitDefender 2015 would work, and what I found was that it most certainly would. I must have missed where it was disclosed that a reinstall of the program might be necessary, and after doing so, all of the BitDefender monitors, icons and official listings are as they should be.
When one installs BitDefender on a Windows machine, Windows Defender and Firewall are disabled in favor of what BitDefender has to offer. So, I suppose Microsoft thought that it was only fair for a new installation of Windows 10 to disable BitDefender’s stuff. In all fairness, Windows Defender and Firewall might be much better than it was before, but until BitDefender starts becoming ineffective, I will be staying with what I have had for the last three years of safe surfing.
As with everything else, Windows 10 is going to take some getting used to, but it seems to be pretty good so far. Except for BitDefender, all of the programs I had on this computer before are still there. I am writing this on MS Word 2010, and I do not anticipate any problems with the other old programs. Be assured that you-all will hear all about it if there is.
Speaking of such, I am trying to get back into my old publishing routine, but I may not be able to keep up. For my eyesight is still rather blurry in comparison to how it should be, and my cataract surgeries are coming up in November, which will probably cause me to take another 2-3 weeks off. Until then, I will struggle to churn-out the stuff that makes life more worth living unto you-all (I am sure).
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