Oct 162015

Ok, I am a couple of days late, but there is a good reason for that, both builds had issues installing. I guess I will start with Mobile, when they released it Gabe mentioned the only upgrade path was from Windows mobile 8.1, so I had to make a decision, wait the week for the build to be fixed so I could upgrade from my current build or revert to 8.1 then upgrade to the latest build, of course I am not patient. I chose to revert and upgrade, I grabbed a new backup and then began the path to 8.1, which was reasonably straight forward from the tool from MS, then I needed to grab windows insider app and set fast ring and then go for the upgrade. The upgrade came in fine, took a long time but it is what it is, after 10 was installed I needed to get my backup installed since after an upgrade they do not prompt you for a backup to restore, the only way I have found to do that is to reset your phone, that process is just as long as the install, but once it is done you can then tell it which backup to use and then you basically need to wait for all of your apps to be installed and goose the ones that get stuck with an error, I just pause the install and then restart a different paused install, it seems to be very consistent and work almost every time. Now I have the latest which is 10549 and it seems more stable and the Start “Loading…” bug seems fixed and the blank Lock Screen bug seems fixed and some other things seem way more stable as well.
Now for the PC version, ARGH!! What a fiasco!! Oh build 10565 why must you hate me so! This is on a Dell Venue 8 Pro by the way. I tried to install it when it came out as an upgrade, everything seemed fine, downloaded fine…installed fine….restarted fine…then started to do the install fine…then went to the black upgrading windows screen and got to 44% and then just sat there. Restarted it by holding power for 30 seconds and it reverted back to 10547. Ok, maybe I did something wrong, or my tablet just had a hiccup so I restarted the upgrade, after the hour or so same thing 44% and stop! Even tried a third time, but that was the last time until I read try it in portrait mode, I tried it twice same crap. So then I gave up for a couple of days, then someone says try it with out an SD Card, so I did that, OMG it installed and seemed to be fine, then I rebooted, OMG Blue Screen! Now I am stuck and need to figure out what to do, I started “Start Up Repair” but it has been repairing for a good while now and that has me worried, we shall see and I will post any changes.
(Edit: surprise startup repair failed, starting a reset, hopefully it fairs better!)
(Edit #2: Well resetting seems to have fixed it…it went through an abbreviated windows install and then booted….with no bluetooth for some reason, but everything else seems ok I guess)
Thanks for reading! Hopefully it will actually come back up for me, but I am not holding my breath.

May 042015

I have been running Windows 10 Tech Preview for quite a while now on my Dell Venue 8 Pro and I still love it and use it daily. Granted, I do not do many wildly demanding tasks but I do use it to listen to Pandora and to read ebooks and some other simple stuff and I am really digging it. This weekend, though, I had an issue which I guess started after an update was applied and a reboot occurred, my tablet booted to the login screen, after I logged in it went to just a black screen, I actually made it start up in recovery one time and had it drop back to an earlier build and it booted right up, then I guess the updates came in again and the following morning it was back to the black screen. This time I could not get recovery mode started no matter what I tried. I did have an external keyboard, non-bluetooth, hooked up and could get it to start task manager. No matter what I tried the programs I tried to fire off did not fire up, like cmd or control or even msconfig, everything just did not show up…..explorer wouldn’t even start up. So I figured I would use my backup to go back to an old build, as soon as I plugged in the USB drive while at the task manager the programs I tried to start actually started to fire up. Then the tablet rebooted, I guess to try to fire off the Backup Recovery app, my tablet has been booting fine ever since. I have no idea why it actually worked, but thought I would share my experiences just in case someone else had issues like this. I am on the fast track for getting updates which is probably part of my issue, but it is just my tablet and it is not mission critical.

EDIT (5/5/2015): Ok, seems that this issue has happened again, but task manager could at least fire up control panel, I had 3 updates that were installed and one of them was KB3061162, which I could not find any info on. I uninstalled it just to see and my tablet booted right up as it should have, weird, but hey it is a Beta…preview…or whatever it is now. Still do not think it is bad enough to go back to Windows 8.1.


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