This weekend, I installed Windows 10 onto my Samsung laptop.
Before, I being, I would like to give you some background information. I got a Samsung NP305E5A-A03UK laptop a couple of years ago. At the time, the laptop worked brilliantly and I ran into very few issues.
I then decided to spend my saving on a MacBook Pro. Honestly, it is one of the best things I have ever bought.
Now back to my Samsung laptop. It had got slower and slower until the point where it was virtually unusable. I did try resetting it back to factory settings but this didn’t have any impact on performance. I then decided to install Linux instead of Windows. This went terribly wrong… BUT I COULD NOT RESTORE BACK TO FACTORY SETTINGS!
Why Windows 10?
On Saturday, I went to my local Maplin’s store to buy a copy of Windows 10 Home. I could have just purchased Windows 7 and then got Windows 10 for free. But, I would rather have less hassle and just have Windows 10 in the first place.
I wanted Windows 10 mainly because it is the latest version of Windows. I wanted the latest version because I believe that it would improve performance. I also wanted access to the latest features on offer.
Booting installation Media
Surprisingly, Microsoft no longer give you an installation CD that you insert into your computer. Instead, they give you a USB stick with the installer on. This is actually much more convenient than having to insert a CD. You simply insert the USB stick with your computer powered off. Then, simply power your computer on, select whether you want 32 bit or 64 bit (I installed 64 bit as my laptop is powerful enough to support it) and you can begin the setup.
The next step is to activate your copy of Windows. This means entering your product key. The whole point in a product key is to not only prove that you own a legitimate copy of windows but entering a product key links your product key with that particular computer. This means that you can only install windows on one computer unless you have a license to install Windows onto multiple PC’s. I had no problems with activation whatsoever.
Where to install Windows
Of course, you must tell your computer exactly where to install windows. Most people can simply hit next as most people only have one hard drive. When I first setup my laptop right from the factory, I setup a partition. Before I could do anything, I had to delete this partition as I wanted Windows 10 to take up all of the space on my hard drive.
You are then given a few more prompts until Windows starts to install. The actual installation didn’t actually take very long and went to plan perfectly.
Once Windows has installed (and once your computer has automatically rebooted), you are asked to connect to your network. For me, this was as simple as clicking on my wireless network SSID and entering a password. You are then asked to enter your Microsoft account details. I already have a Microsoft account so this was very easy.
Things were all going to plan until this point. Windows asked me whether I wanted to setup a PIN to use to log into my laptop. I clicked on ‘Setup’ but then changed my mind (I just wanted to get to the desktop). When a dialogue came up asking me to enter a PIN I hit ‘Cancel’. I was then presented with a ‘Just a moment…’ screen. I then began the waiting game.
15 minutes later, I had made little progress. The ‘moment’ was no longer a moment. I was in a difficult scenario. Do I hold down the power button and risk data corruption? It was at this moment that I contacted Microsoft. I was having a chat with a Microsoft tech advisor over the web whole told me to hold down the power button! I did this and went back through the setup again and all went well. Once I was at the desktop, Microsoft took control and checked a couple of settings on my laptop and asked me if the problem was still there. Obviously, the problem was no longer around since it occured during the installation so everything was fine. Overall, I was very satisfied with the way that Microsoft ‘saved the day!’.
Since I had a working desktop, my next priority was to check which drivers I need to install. I used ‘Device Manager’ to do this. Windows had been nice enough to install the drivers for me! I don’t have a printer that only I use (I use the printer connected to the family computer if I ever need to print anything).
Once setting up my second Microsoft account (I had only setup the one used for my Xbox Live account until this point in time), I decided to install some apps. I just decided to install Facebook but not for any particular reason. Facebook installed perfectly!
Blue Screen of Death!
Suddenly, I received a ‘Blue Screen of Death’. In other words, a ‘fatal error’ had occurred. The message only really said that it was trying to find out more information on the problem. It said that I had a ‘Kernel Security Check Failure’. I just switched my laptop off and instantly found out that resolving the issue was as simple as entering in a command in command prompt.
Apart from the hiccups along the way, I think that the installation went fairly well. I am also very satisfied with my laptops significantly improved performance.
My next step is to install additional software that is needed for some software to function. This includes Java. I am also going to learn SQL using MySQL in the near future.