Windows 10 - Technical Preview First Thoughts October 1st, 2014 Revised: October 3rd, 2014
Installation: The installation process is very similar to Windows 8.1. It failed on my 1st attempt but started from scratch a second time and it succeeded. By default Windows 10 want you to create an account linked to the Microsoft store.
Device drivers: Device drivers were not a problem, even on an old socket 775 Quad Core PC. However you should reboot your PC after Windows has finished installing and the desktop is displayed in order to have the best display resolution.
The Start Menu is back: If you are familiar with Windows 7 then Windows 10 on a desktop is close enough that it’s not a whole new learning curve. The preview desktop at first glance looks far too much like Windows 8.1 and could easily fool anyone into thinking you are running Windows 8. Microsoft needs to give Windows 10 its own unique look so there is no mistake as to what version of Windows is running on the PC or tablet.
The ‘Start Menu’ is back, at least on the left side, with the right side containing a bunch of tiles.
But have no fear, the tile can be re-sized, deleted and a program from the right hand side (familiar to all Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users can be dragged to an empty spot (created either by re-sizing a larger tile or removing a tile you don’t plan to use) so your application is now one of the many tiles available in the Start Menu.
You can also create a desktop shortcut to your application, something not very easy to do in Windows 8.1
The ‘Power button’ is located at the top of the start menu, with 3 choices (Sleep, Shut down and Restart). There is no ‘Lock’, ‘Logoff’ or’ Switch user’ option. To “Lock” the PC you need to click on your account name located at the top of the Start Menu.
If you right click on the Start Menu and hover over ‘Shut down or sign out’ you will find the ‘Sign out’ option.
Right click on the Start Menu and you will find most of things you need to manage or shut down your PC. Missing however from the list are the ‘Document’, ‘Pictures’ and ‘Music’ options but there are some things that in this list such as ‘Power Options’, ‘Device Manager’, ‘Disk Management’ , File Explorer and ‘Run’ to name a few.
Also the ‘Search’ option is now on the Task Bar so no more need to find a “Hot” corner to access the Charms bar.
Virtual desktops: In short, multiple desktops using a single display monitor. Previous versions of Windows used the ALT + TAB keys to quickly shuffle (too quickly for some people) between windows or open applications. Windows 10 adds a ‘Task View’ button on the Windows Taskbar located just to the left of the Internet Explorer icon. Desktop user can click on the icon to display create or display the existing desktops. Each desktop can have an application or app running like your browser in one desktop, your photo editor in a second desktop and MS Word in a 3rd desktop.
Click or press the icon or use the keyboard’s Windows + TAB key to see all of your 'virtual desktops' (if you have created any, initially only one desktop exist).
Now you could keep your web browser, photo editor and word their own Desktop, only the desktop you selected is open, to access the others click on ‘Task View’ button or press the Win + Tab keys. And yes you can Copy and Paste from one virtual desktop to another!
In short if you use Windows 7 then Windows 10 is what Windows 8 should have been, try it but not on your everyday PC as this is still an early build (9841).