For those who don’t know, the Toshiba NB250 is a nicely made netbook which appeared early in 2010 c/w Windows 7 Starter, 1gb RAM, 250gb HDD, 10.1” display, a really nice keyboard, and average battery life.

The processor is an Intel Atom N455 which does not exactly endow the machine with bristling performance, and the 1024 x 600 screen resolution precludes the installation of Windows 8/8.1.

BUT, Windows 10 does have the capacity to run on 10.1” 1024 x 600 screens, so this fine but cold Sunday, I have spent some time installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

A blow by blow account..

I started by running a clean install on a new 500gb HDD because I wanted to make sure that the machine would be useable before scrapping the Windows 7 installation. Some 20 minutes later, I had Windows 10 running in its basic form and all devices intact.

Device Manager was used to get updates for the display, and sure enough, everything looked good. Now I could have left it as it was, but the above method, my preference, will not be the most used when Windows 10 is finally released, so I decided to bite the bullet and run an upgrade over Windows 7.

It only took two and a half hours, and I quickly remembered one of the reasons I have for not liking OS upgrades. Another reason is failure rate, and Windows 10 popped up a Windows suggesting that it had not properly installed.. Aarrgghh.. Fortunately, Windows 10 was just pulling my leg, and a reboot saw it start ok.

Second blow.. 

I elected to keep Windows settings et al, and one of the settings was a local account, completely useless when used in Windows 8 or 10. That was easily fixed as was the UAC setting. I don’t like UAC. It is a long running dislike starting on November 17, 2006,.

Third blow..

Time to set up the Start menu with stuff I actually use, upgrade Libre Office from 4.3 to 4.4, set up mail in the Mail app, add a few contacts, change to 24hr time, the little things that one does.

And to conclude..

What I have now is a test bed for Windows 10, eminently more use than having a Windows 7 machine which spent most of its life in a carry case. I am more than pleased with the results even though it still hasn’t become a fiery fast Toshiba NB250..

I have removed the Windows 10 installation which was on my production machine, along with Hyper-V. It wasn’t working out too well anyway, notwithstanding that I could run Windows 8 and 10 at the same time..