Windows 10 Stumbling Blocks

Windows 10 Stumbling Blocks

Windows 10 Stumbling Blocks

Just recently upgraded my laptop to run on Windows 10 (from Windows 8.1). Even though I haven’t been “notified” by Microsoft that it was my turn, I confirmed that the hidden folder was indeed on my computer.

On a side note, I went ahead and followed the directions from Microsoft to download and create a bootable upgrade USB stick and when I did, the original upgrade directory changed from c:\$Windows.~BT to c:\$Windows.~WS\Sources.  This was in case, down the road, I wanted to do a clean install rather than an upgrade.

For now though, here are the first issues I’ve run into during the transition

  • Google Chrome – I was unable to get Google Chrome browser to work at all until I had installed the Dev version. Canary build also works but that is a little too out there on the edge for my liking. Neither Stable or Beta would go anywhere; you could launch the app but that was it. Anywhere you attempted to load (even chrome://extensions) will result in the Kill/Wait screen.
  • Despite running x64 Windows, your best bet with Chrome is to stick with the 32-bit version of Chrome. I tried all versions of the 64-bit version of Chrome and, as above, only the versions that worked were Dev and Canary versions. The problem is that plugins (Flash and some others specific media) won’t play properly in the 64-bit version. So if you want to take advantage of Chromecast app, you are going to want to stick with a 32-bit version of Chrome.
  • Ran into problems with IIS (used locally for development purposes) where the App Pool kept crashing which would lead to a 503 error when going to localhost. The solution to the problem was to turn off “Enable 32 bit applications to run” per this TechNet article.

After running Windows 10 for a few days, that is all I’ve found that prevented me from working. How about you? Have you hit any walls yet running Windows 10 on your day to day computer?

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Michael Gibbs

I'm a technologist at heart, assisting companies best utilize the Internet to market themselves and sell their products and services online. This includes organizations as large as Google and as small as one or two individuals.
At Over The Top and Exhibit A Communications, I've programmed solutions for Google as well as at least one other company that was later acquired by Google.

I've been CTO of an Internet SaaS company and spent my time pretty evenly between guiding the future technical strategy of the company, architecting software solutions for my dev teams, designing and running a data center to service our clients world-wide as well as being a technical evangalist/sales engineer to our media clients large and small.

I've also been Chief Photographer of the Daily Sun/Post newspaper back when it was a 5-day a week daily newspaper.

I also spent a great many years as a beach lifeguardfor the City of San Clemente as well as Jr. Lifeguard instructor and then as it's program coordinator.
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