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Windows 10 initial installation

I am never a person to jump into the deep end before water is in the pool –namely trial and beta versions of Microsoft operating systems. So,it is just now that I am migrating some systems to Windows 10 pro. This entry will cover some of the things I encountered and also some of the new things I am learning to do with Windows 10. I’ll continue to add to this entry as I move forward working with Windows 10.

Note: I am using the Pro version of Windows 10.

2016-02-09

1. Installation woes - I have two systems that I have worked on,both laptops. Both have upgraded memory to 8GB,one has a new SSD,the other an existing W8.1 installation. I have as much fondness for W8.x as I had for Vista,so only one sacrificial lamb was used just so I could see how horrible it really was.

I burned a disk from an ISO image and proceeded to upgrade. The process went fine up until ‘getting files ready for installation’reached 63% of the files copied at which point,it stalled and errored out with error code 0×80070017. Both systems guilty of the same thing. I did some searches for this error code and didn’t find much other than –try new media,where did you get your media,etc. So,I re-imaged the ISO onto another disk,this time selecting 4x for the speed and ran a verify which checked out without any issues. Everything worked fine from that standpoint all the way through the installation.

2. Joining a domain/renaming computer - my network has an Active Directory domain,so my next task is to get the systems on to that so I can run my login scripts and connect to my resources. As always,MS loves to change everything,so the process to join a domain is a little different than in Windows 7. W10 has a handy search option that you can type things into and it will show you different locations on where it finds things. So far,I haven’t found this to be too annoying,however naming it ‘Cortana’reminds me somewhat of the paperclip help figure in the old MS Office days. So,in the search box,I type in ‘join’and before I get any further,the hints include ‘rename or join a domain’. Be sure to choose the selection under ‘Settings’or else you will be looking at a web page. After that,it’s pretty simple. Click the button ‘Join Domain’. A box will pop up prompting for credentials,and you are ready to go.

3. Creating shortcuts –I’m an old fashioned guy and some of my users are the same way. They want shortcuts on the desktop. Ever since Vista,creating shortcuts has taken a turn for the more confusing. Some of the ways are easy,however,creating one for a ‘universal app’like Edge or some of the X-Box games are more tricky. To do this press the Windows key and R at the same time. This will pull up the familiar ‘run’dialog of yesteryear. Type in shell:AppsFolder and press enter. A view with the icons of applications installed on your computer will show up. Right click on the icon and select create shortcut. A popup will say Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want to create a shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead? Click yes and you are done.

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