Install Windows 10 on HP Mini 1000 1030NR

This old HP Mini 1000 1030NR and I have been around the block a few times.  I came across it again recently and knew I needed to test Windows 10 on it, and it is easy to install Windows 10 on HP Mini 1000 1030NR.

For my test I installed Windows 10 Pro 32Bit Update 1511 from a USB thumb drive.  After the install and running Windows Update all drivers were installed which makes the install easy.  Below is the System Properties.

System Properties on HP Mini 1000 1030NR

System Properties on HP Mini 1000 1030NR

Windows 10 performs ok on the HP Mini 1000 1030NR, this laptop is getting up there in age but if you’re just doing email and creating documents then it should be ok.  There is a big reason to do this upgrade if you are using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and it has to do with the small screen resolution.  With Windows 10 you can run the apps from the
Windows Store without any issue. Also after the install and updates there is 5.12 GB of free space and that is without compressing the disk or any other tricks. With this Windows 10 is not a bad upgrade on the HP Mini 1000 1030NR.

Install Windows 10 on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

The Lenovo ThinkPad X61 is the small laptop that just keeps going.  I have installed multiple versions of Windows on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 and Windows 10 does not disappoint.

For this test I did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro X64 update 1511.  I did the install using an external DVD drive but you could probably use USB flash drive as well.  After the install I ran Windows Update (like you always should), and after that there were no more drivers to install.  Making this an easy setup.

Now while Windows 10 is a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 it is not to Windows Vista which came on this machine.  If you have an open license of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you can use that key to install and activate Windows 10 on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61.  Below is the Device Manager and System Properties.

System Properties Windows 10 Lenovo X61

System Properties Windows 10 Lenovo X61

As far as performance, I do not have any numbers to compare it to but Windows 10 feels just as responsive if not more so than Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 did on this machine.

If you have one of these Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Windows 10 is an obvious upgrade whether you are running one of these as a personal computer or as part of an enterprise.


Microsoft Announces Free Upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and 8.1 Users

Microsoft Announces Free Upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Users.  This also includes free upgrades for those running Windows Phone 8.1 as well. This was announced today at the Windows 10 The Next Chapter event.  What is not known is if you can upgrade from Windows 8 straight to Windows 10 or if you will have to upgrade to Windows 8.1 first. Also I did not hear about Windows RT in any version. Looks like Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Phone 8 and older are out of luck.  This free upgrade is available for the first year after Windows 10 is released.


This has never happened before to his extent.  Microsoft did make Windows 8.1 free to Windows 8 users but Windows 8.1 was not a full featured release like Windows 10.  This should come as welcome news to anyone running Windows 8.1 and for most running Windows 7.  I wonder what else will be announced today.

I am Still Betting on Windows Phone in 2015

Laugh if you will, tell me any of your reasons but I am still betting on Windows Phone in 2015! Toward the end of 2012 I upgraded my phone and my wife’s phone to two Nokia Lumia 822 Windows Phones without hesitation.  I previously had used a HTC Trophy Windows Phone 7 device and my wife was using an LG Fathom Windows Mobile device.  Over the course of the past two years there have been some ups and downs for Windows Phone 8 and as we were up for upgrade I questioned whether to stay with Windows Phone going forward.  There were a few things that factored into my decision to stay with Windows Phone.  First was the cost of the iPhone which even on Verizon Edge was going to be more expensive than I am willing to pay.  Second was the fragmentation of Android, finding an Android 5.0 device on Verizon is not the easiest thing and Verizon is not known for being speedy on software updates.  With Windows Phone at least I can upgrade to the newest software through the Preview for Developers. Third, I think Windows Phone will find its best success with Windows 10 as Microsoft merges the two together.

So what did I go with then?  I tracked down a Nokia Lumia Icon for me (The Icon is really the US version of the Lumia 930) Verizon did not have many left and I had to have them call around to find one.  My wife got the HTC One M8 for Windows which seems to be selling well as it was also in short supply.  I am very happy with both devices, my wife uses her phone more than any other device so this time around I wanted a phone that could keep up and it already comes with Windows Phone 8.1 so she is ready to go.  I went with the Icon so I can keep tabs on Nokia/Microsoft Mobile going forward and I was very interested in the camera.

Windows 10 is going to be a game changer for Windows Phone more than Windows Phone 8.1 was.  With Windows 10 Windows Phone and Windows RT will merge together meaning more consistency with small tablets and phones.  Combined with the programing being so similar to create apps that run on Windows and Windows Phone with Windows 10 I think we will see more apps, and better quality apps for both Windows and Phone.  I just have to stay in the game and see what happens going forward.

I know many of you are probably questioning my decision to stay with Verizon.  In the area I live in the US (Southwest) Verizon offers the best coverage in rural areas that I frequent often.  I have to give Verizon some credit that they did not just finally deliver Lumia Cyan but Denim as well putting the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928 ahead of all the other mobile carriers in the us with Windows Phone.  Verizon will be updating the Icon in early 2015 as well and now that I have one I will be waiting for Denim.

Microsoft Updates the Windows 10 Technicial Preview and Here is How

On October 21st Microsoft updates the Windows 10 Technical Preview and here is how you can too. This update adds a few new features such as a Notification Center, Battery Saver, and DataSense (All features from Windows Phone originally but welcomed in Windows).  I had read that you could update to the newest build, Build 9860, through Windows Update but after trying to make that happen with Windows Update through the Control Panel I went to Update and Recovery and then Preview Builds in PC Settings from there you can invoke a check for new builds of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds

Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds

Once it finds the new build click on Download Now.  It will take some time and there is no progress bar so just sit tight till it prompts you to restart your computer.  The setup will begin and will restart your computer a few times.  Once the setup is completed you will be running Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860.  I suggest backing up your data first before doing this upgrade just in case.  Build 9860 also adds a few feature here that allows you to get preview builds more rapidly.  Please keep in mind that means there may be more bugs as they have not been tested as much but you can change this setting at any time.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds Fast Setting

Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds Fast Setting

There is one other note, after installing Build 9860 you may notice some text missing from PC Settings or from web pages, There is a Windows Update that will fix this you will want to install afterwards.  Enjoy seeing the new things in the updated Windows 10 Technical Preview.  Keep in mind there may be bugs in this build but I am excited to see how Windows changes.

Install Windows 10 Technical Preview in Client Side Hyper-V 3.0 Generation 2

Microsoft just released the Windows 10 Technical Preview and I wanted to test it right away and I wondered if you could install the Windows 10 Technical Preview in Client Side Hyper-V 3.0 as Generation 2?  The answer is an easy yes.  There is nothing special you have to do and all the Integration Components were installed automatically.  The only things I did was give the virtual machine 1 GB of ram and limited the hard drive to 30 GB.  Please note that to do Generation 2 you have to install the x64 version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Windows 10 Technical Preview in Hyper-V 3.0

Windows 10 Technical Preview in Hyper-V 3.0

So there is an easy way to check out the new Windows by installing it in Client Side Hyper-V 3.0 as a Generation 2 machine.  Stay tuned as I see how else to virtualize the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10

Windows 10 Product Family

Windows 10 Product Family

The wait is over as Microsoft shows off Windows 10.  That’s right Windows 10 not Windows 9 like we all thought it would be called.  Microsoft has it reasons for the name jump, like how 7 ate (8) 9, ha-ha, actually they think that Windows 10 better represents how big of a change this will be and so far a big change indeed.  Windows 10 is just in the Technical Preview now and is not even feature complete yet.  We can expect to see even more with a possible Consumer Preview in the beginning of next year (2015).  Microsoft has made the Windows 10 Technical Preview available to the public you just have to join the Windows Insider Program. If you are business you may want to check out the TechNet website and download the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise.   Once you have joined not only can you download the Windows 10 Technical Preview but you can also give feedback to Microsoft.  I for one can’t wait to through my two cents in about Windows and the direction it is heading.

I will be cranking out articles about Windows 10 so you can get an idea about what is coming and how to evaluate it for yourself.  I really think Windows 10 will put a boost in the PC business and next holiday season will be interesting.  For now stay tuned as Microsoft continues to show off Windows 10.