Windows 10 on Yosemite Boot Camp

I just finished installing the Windows 10 upgrade on my bootcamped Late 2013 13″ retina Macbook Pro, and the good news is that there are only a few things to report.

First off, yes, Win10 starts up very, very fast.

Further, so far I haven’t encountered any major applications that won’t work.  For me that means Photo Mechanic 4.6.9, Lightroom CC 2015.1.1, my Spyder 4 Elite utility, Word 2013, and all of my little utilities ported straight over without any fuss.

Windows 10 is being trickled out to most users via Windows Update, which means that if you’re excited to try the new OS, you might not get it as quickly as you’d like.  Never fear, there’s a way to force the update whenever you’re ready.  Simply visit Microsoft’s “Download Windows 10” page, and grab the download tool.  Some of the wording implies that it’s only for making physical media, but it will actually support either this or an upgrade installation.

Since this is a Boot Camp machine with Yosemite on the other partition, and since Yosemite is currently set to be the default operating system, I did have to remember to hold down the Option key and select the Windows partition each time the upgrader restarted the machine.  This should come as no surprise to anyone since it’s not a flaw in Windows, but simply a fact of life when living with Boot Camp.

After the upgrade completed, (about 30 or 40 minutes,) the machine was online and functioning normally.  The only thing that wasn’t working were the keyboard shortcuts for screen brightness and volume, but that’s a simple fix.

After Windows 10 was up and running again, I simply went to Apple’s Boot Camp support page, and downloaded the latest Windows 8 Boot Camp support drivers for my model of MBP.  Windows 10 does not implement a radical new driver model like Windows Vista did back in the day, so Windows 8 drivers should typically work, and in this case they did.

This was one of the most pain-free Windows upgrades I’ve ever done.  Both OS’s are living happily side-by-side, and nothing of consequence broke.

Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet?  Are you ready to try it?  Comment below!

Edit:  I was asked about startup times.  From the moment I select the Windows partition to the login screen, I clock 12 seconds.  After typing my password, I clock 5 seconds from hitting Enter to a desktop that allows me to launch applications.  Windows continues to load other utilities and things beyond this time, but it seems to do a very good job getting the core OS in place first so you can begin to do what you need to do.

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