Windows Update – Apr 27 2016

It was reported at a recent Microsoft conference that upwards of 200 million systems have been upgraded or sold with Windows 10 since it rolled out on July 29th last year. It should also be noted that Microsoft will roll out a significant upgrade to Windows 10 this summer known as the "Anniversary Update" (code named Redstone). This is not Windows 11, but rather an improvement upon Windows 10 (much like we had with the November update last year). Microsoft has also said they they plan to have a yearly update like this on an ongoing basis.

For the vast majority of you, this update will not require an appointment with me. Just let you computers do their normal Windows updates. I figure that this update may take about an hour to process on your computer, hence the reason why Microsoft schedules the automatic updates at 3:30 AM for most people.

I have one client that has stayed with Windows 7 for business reasons, but will likely be upgrading before the one year free upgrade window expires on July 29th. Looking back I don’t regret that strongly advocated for all of my clients to upgrade to Windows 10. While I did not know then, that it would happen at this exact date, I knew Microsoft would start to "force" the Windows 10 upgrade on computers. That started happening on Feb 1, 2016. Customers could take extraordinary measures to block it, but most didn’t know how. There were some surprised Windows users out there in the general public. I have no regrets over the way I handled Windows 10 with you. I like to avoid technology surprises if at all possible

Final note: Classic Shell. Classic Shell (http://classicshell.net), is the start menu replacement that I installed on nearly all of the Windows 10 installations that I did. (In one or two cases, I may have installed Start 10 because you were a previous user of Start 8). Although Windows 10 includes a real start menu, and is an improvement from 8.1, it stinks! Classic Shell brings back that classic Windows 7 style start menu that we know and love. (They even offer the option to have an XP style start menu). Classic Shell dates back to the Windows 7 era and is constantly updated by a community of developers. I plan to donate $5 per year to their effort and I would encourage you to do the same also. They do not charge for their software.

But my real point here, concerning Classic Shell is, if you are notified to update it — please do. Right now it is on version 4.2.5. The last update was November. I’ll keep you posted on future updates. I consider Classic Shell a vital part of my Windows 10 experience.

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