Thirty-day Win10 experiment lasts only a week

Lincoln Spector

It was intended as a month-long immersion in Windows 10 and a test of using the new OS on a hybrid laptop.

But the experiment ended after just seven days. It turned out that upgrading a hybrid laptop/tablet was a trial of BSoDs and compatibility issues.

Duplicating last year’s experiment with Win8.1 (see the April 3, 2014, Best Practices article; paid content), I upgraded the small laptop/tablet hybrid (laplet) to Windows 10, planning to spend a month using it in place of both my main Win7 systemand my iPad.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 (more info) might just be the lightest, cheapest, and least powerful PC ever designed to run Windows 8. Without its detachable keyboard, it weighs only 1.4 pounds — or 2.4 pounds with the keyboard. It has only 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a relatively low-power 64-bit, 1.33GHz Atom Z3740 processor. It came with the original Win8 x32 but was later upgraded to Win8.1. Now it would run 32-bit Windows 10.

When using the T100 as a desktop PC, I connect it to a Plugable UD-3900 Dual Display Universal Docking Station (site), which in turn connects to an external monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, speakers, and an external drive for more storage.

Part of the 30-day plan was to use the T100 as my mobile-computing device on an upcoming vacation. No, I wouldn’t use it for work — just personal email, social networking, and reading.

The upgrade goes badly awry almost immediately

The initial process of moving up to Windows 10 seemed to go well — if you don’t count having to update the touchpad driver. But when I tried to get actual work — or play — done, problems piled up.



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Lincoln Spector writes about computers, home theater, and film and maintains two blogs: Answer Line at PCWorld.com and Bayflicks.net. His articles have appeared in CNET, InfoWorld, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.