Weekend Scripter: Upgrade to Windows 10

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Summary: Teresa Wilson, Windows PowerShell MVP, talks about upgrading to Windows 10.

Teresa Wilson, AKA the Scripting Wife, is here. I first wanted to mention that Ed and I will be in Atlanta on August 21 for TechStravaganza. At the time I am writing this there are 22 tickets remaining, so hurry and sign-up if you would like to attend. It is a free event.

Ed is somewhere playing with Windows 10, and he left me on my own to upgrade my computer. He says it will be a good experience for me. I am not sure what he really means by that. But I am quite confidant that I can do this, and it will be a good experience.

Steps to upgrade to Windows 10

There are several things I need to do to make sure that things go well. The first thing I want to do is back up my data. This is pretty easy because I have all of my data stored in a single folder. I just copy that to my One Drive online storage.

The next thing I do is make sure that I have my email account information written down. I use three different email accounts, and I want to make sure I know how to reconfigure them when the installation is complete.

I am planning on doing a fresh install because I need to clean-up my computer anyway. Luckily, I have an MSDN account, so I download Windows 10, burn a DVD, and get ready for my installation.

Installation is quick

I boot off of the DVD, and shortly I am presented with the installation screen. I choose US English and click Next.

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I choose to install it now.

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I then have to enter my registration number, and select that I want to do an advanced fresh install. I select the disk and format it. Then the Windows setup begins copying files and proceeds with the installation.

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When the installation is complete, the next screen asks about logging on and asks if I want to do a quick setup. I say OK.

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Now it configures my applications.

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A few minutes later, I am presented with the start screen. I click the Edge web browser and enter my favorite website:

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Cool, it works! So I think I am going to play around with Windows 10 for a little while. Windows automation is all about reducing work, and so I am not going to reinvent the wheel. There is a great series of articles written by Deb Shinder called Windows 10: Nearing the Finish Line that I really enjoyed reading. I hope you will enjoy them too.


I invite you to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you have any questions, send email to me at scripter@microsoft.com, or post your questions on the Official Scripting Guys Forum. See you tomorrow. Until then, peace.

Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy


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