Windows 10 upgrade – from my iPhone
I upgraded one of my home computers yesterday to Windows 10. It was one of the painless upgrades I have done to any windows machine. It might be because it is not my primary machine. My Windows PC is not my primary machine for several years now, but I still have it as one of my media players that is connected to my TV.
I did the upgrade yesterday, and I did it remotely via my iPhone, while I was at work.
I had signed up for Microsoft’s Insider program, so I knew I was going to get my upgrade for free on the launch day. I had also signed up through the windows upgrade nagging notification. I had to leave for work early as usual, so didn’t had chance to check in the morning.
From work, I was curious to see if the computer got the update and if I can upgrade when I get home. This was #1 on my list to do as soon as I get home. But then I remembered, I have Teamviewer installed on my computer. So, I logged in to Teamviewer in my iPhone and logged in to my home Windows 7 computer. The computer had got the updates and I can upgrade it. Which I did.
For all the Windows upgrades that I had done in the past, windows PC as my primary computer was tedious, I used to be anxious for several days. I used to do fresh re-image of my box, always. So, checking and double checking backups of data and list of applications and licenses was always necessary but tedious and after installing fresh copy of new version of windows loading them back again took several days if not weeks. To have all applications behave the way you want, even sometimes took months or I had to learn the way the application wants me to behave. I was really eager to do this despite all negatives. I, however, won’t say I haven’t lost any data during this process.
This time it was different, windows was not my primary OS, for the first time for OS upgrade. I have three versions of Windows installed.
- HP PC, which I use as my media player – connected to PC (this is the one I upgraded to Windows 10, remotely, from work, from my iPhone)
- VM in Parallels in my Macbook Pro
- My work laptop
I was not going to upgrade my work computer for obvious reasons :). VM is just a VM, nothing interesting there. That leaves me with the media player HP desktop I have connected to TV, remaining. On this computer, there were no data (which I store in a separate NAS). All the apps were generic, link VLC, Spotify, iTunes, 7-zip and that nature. The only thing I do from this computer was to connect to the NAS and play music or videos that are stored there. So I didn’t have any fear, anxiety of loosing any data or applications or configuration.
Knowing this, I started upgrade, again at this time I was at my work and connected to my home computer through Teamviewer via my AT&T LTE connection because enterprise Wifi at my work blocks Teamviewer data.
I still had little fear about, what if there is some kind of issue and when it restarts it will ask to press F1 to continue or something similar, which will stall the install. but I wasn’t that much worried that much I could do when I get back to home. So, I continued.
I got disconnected couple of times during the upgrade and I believe it was due to restart that happened during, but I was able to upgrade successfully without any major issues. I was even able to remote in using Teamviewer app during the upgrade and get some screenshots from my phone.
Isn’t it spectacular these days, that you can use an app on your phone, far away from a computer and upgrade its operating system and have it ready for you to use it when you get back home. wow!
(PS: the only issue that I had was, activating windows. I was not able to activate Windows from Teamviewer remotely. I tried several times. But had no issues when I tried to do it in person when I got home.)
Gallery of screenshots taken during the upgrade: