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My worst week with Windows 10 Preview: When downloads go very, very wrong

Mark Hachman | June 29, 2015
Windows 10 kicked my butt this week.

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Windows 10 kicked my butt this week.

If you're looking for an exhaustive hands on of Windows 10 Mobile build 10149, this isn't it. I spent most of Thursday afternoon trying to install it on two phones--managing to put one into an unresponsive state, and breaking Wi-Fi on the other. Instead, I'm sitting here, a Newcastle beside me, wondering whether other Windows Insiders like me will be willing to continue this life of adventure once Windows 10 launches.

What is it with Windows 10 and Wi-Fi?

Windows 10 Mobile wasn't even my first beatdown from Windows 10 this week. Honestly, Windows 10 for desktop PCs seems fairly stable, and I wanted to upgrade an HP Spectre laptop to complement the Surface Pro 2 that currently runs Windows 10. 

I chose to do an in-place upgrade, using the ISO files Microsoft provides of the most recent build. The update process itself went smoothly--no problems at all. Well, until the installation process began, at least. Windows 10 couldn't connect to my router. A little sleuthing, and I discovered that it didn't recognize the Wi-Fi radio's driver. 

The Spectre is an ultrabook: That means no ethernet jack. I ran down to the local Radio Shack, which was in its final, heavily discounted death throes before the store closed for good. I found a USB-to-ethernet adapter for 90 percent off--score!--and hurried home. Except that it wouldn't connect via ethernet. Connecting to a cell phone via Bluetooth didn't seem to work, either. Neither did swearing at it. At length. 

Thank goodness for recovery disks, I guess. I still want to upgrade the Spectre to Windows 10, but I'm going to need a new build to do so.

Windows 10 Mobile frustration

New Windows 10 builds are always exciting. Even after being pummeled with Microsoft news on Thursday--a new mission statement! Better Games with Gold! HoloLens in space!--who wouldn't look forward to some new code? 

I grabbed a couple of demo phones--the Lumia 830, running Build 10080, and the Lumia 1520 phablet, with the more recent 10136. I could upgrade both at the same time and compare the two, I thought.

Yeeeaahhh. Immediately I ran into a bug with the Lumia 1520: Without a charge of over 40 percent, tapping the "Upgrade" button would do nothing, according to Microsoft's Insider chief, Gabriel Aul. No big deal. 

But the Lumia 830. Oh, you poor bastard. Let Aul himself describe what happened:

"There is a very rare situation where you are unable to unlock your phone after entering your PIN and it keeps letting you type even though you entered your pin correctly. If you hit this leave the phone alone 1-2 hours before trying to unlock again. This is caused by a TPM [Trusted Platform Module] issue that could get worse and require you to reflash if you get into this state and power off the phone."

 

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