(There's an important Joe Biden story below this post, so you may want to scroll down.)
Many of you will use the Windows Media Creation Tool to download Windows 10. (There's a link to it here
.) My advice: Do NOT choose "Upgrade this PC now." Instead, choose "Create installation media for another PC." You can then have the file sent directly to an empty USB stick (3GB or larger).
Why do it this way? Well, I stupidly tried "Upgrade this PC now," and waited hours and hours for the whole thing to download. (It's a large file and Microsoft is very busy right now.) Then came installation -- and there was a glitch
. I'm not sure what the problem was, although it may have had to do with the fact that my antivirus and firewall were still operating. (You're supposed to remove protection before installing. The previous sentence seems kind of dirty, doesn't it?)
The reason for my particular failure doesn't matter right now. What does
matter is this: If you have a problem, you will get a message saying "Ha ha! Failure! You're hosed, loser!"
Or words to that effect.
(Actually, the message reads "Something happened. Windows 10 installation has failed." When the apocalypse occurs, I'm sure that the phrase "something happened" will appear on screens all over NORAD.)
Guess what? After "Something happened," you will NOT see a button to push which will allow you to try again. There will be no visible sign of Windows 10's presence anywhere on your system -- at least, there was none that I could find.
You have to download the OS all over again.
Hours and hours of waiting. Enough time to listen to Parsifal
and watch a John Ford western.
So the better option is to download the thing onto a jump drive. If something goes wrong, you can try again. No re-downloading. It's yours, you know precisely where it is, and you can now figure out how to make it work.