Windows 10 was released on July 29th. Naturally, I upgraded the moment I knew it was available.

The process wasn’t quite as smooth as I’d hoped it was. It took several redownloads and attempts at updating Razer hardware before I was able to successfully upgrade to Windows 10.

What I Did Wrong: I did not install the Razer updates first. In fact, I didn’t install all the updates that Windows 8.1 had before I tried this. This naturally failed the upgrade to Windows 10.

I also did not clean up the SoftwareDistribution folder in which updates are downloaded.

How I Resolved It: I deleted the contents of C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. All but one folder was successfully deleted. It turns out that the one folder that refused to be deleted was Windows 10, itself.

Installed all updates, including the Important and Optional Razer updates because I have a Razer Naga 2014 edition. Yes, that means updating your Windows 7, 8, 8.1 computers completely.

It took about an hour and 20 minutes before the update completed. Once that was done, I forced Windows Update to download Windows 10 via an Administrator Command Prompt.

Forcing Windows Update to Upgrade: The command to force Windows Update to download Windows 10 is wuauclt.exe /updatenow as you’ll see, after you’ve completed the steps to get an Administrator: Command Prompt.

In Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, you can do a Search from the Start Menu bar for cmd. Once it pops up that result, right click it and select Run as Administrator (or as Admin). You’ll get the Command Prompt with elevated privileges as shown below.

And this should start the upgrade. Note: You will not get confirmation that an update/upgrade to Windows 10 has been successfully started. To confirm that the update is being downloaded, check Windows Update again. It should now show that it’s downloading Windows 10.

Initial Impressions: Wow, this looks great. Oh hey, Windows Start Button isn’t working… and neither is a full shut-down! But Cortana is cool. To resolve the full-shutdown issue on a laptop, you need to open up Settings. Once you’re in Settings, go to: System > on left menu, choose Power & Sleep, click Additional Settings and you’ll find Choose what closing the lid does.  Click the blue Change settings that are currently unavailable link. Uncheck Turn on Fast Startup (recommended). Hit Save Changes. Presto, full-shutdown restored on a laptop!

I eventually resolved the Start Button issue by connecting to the Internet and rebooting several times. That seems to have worked out all the kinks for me so far. I have yet to encounter a major issue aside from Cortana seemingly to need more training in understanding my voice.

All in all, I think Windows 10 is a great upgrade so far. Things are working as I expect them to but I imagine there’s bugs lurking under the hood that I’m unaware of.

But it now means I have experience in upgrading to 10 and can resolve them when it comes to my other computers.