First of all, let me apologize for the lame photo above but it’s the first photo I processed in Lightroom 5 after upgrading to Windows 10. I actually sorta like it, the chicken not the photo. Also a word of warning (NOW a warning?!): the title may be a little misleading since it’s not been a full 2 days with Win 10, more like 16 hours. It’s too early to determine how much better it is than Win 7 but it’s showing signs of a nice upgrade should you want to try it. I will say that it’s a vast improvement over Win 8 but I think most desktop users know that already. While I don’t want to review the OS, I would like to mention some of the problems I had upgrading and hope you don’t experience the same.
I do most of my post processing in Lightroom 5 and I did have some problems with the transition. While the program itself transitioned well, none of the presets, importing and processing, made the jump. Neither did any personalization I had. I originally thought the catalog that I had backed up did not make it either but I later found it buried in a mountain of other files. My advise to those using presets and a catalog is to back them up on a separate drive. I only had 2 or 3 export presets I used routinely and making new ones was easy enough. It took me quite a while to remake the import presets since I haven’t had to do it since Lightroom v3 several years ago.
I had some difficulty the folders from my Win 7 desktop, which were filled with photos yet to be posted as well as previously posted, did not get moved to the new OS. Some of the plugins that were accessible from the “Edit in” menu in Lightroom are not available from Lightroom now, specifically all the Topaz and Nik plugins. I haven’t figured out how to get those back but the On1 plugins are still there and work fine and show up in the menu. Photoshop seems to work as usual, too, and I can access all the other plugins from that.
I haven’t noticed any performance improvements with Win 10 but I do like the fact that I don’t have to sign in with every restart. Also the new Edge browser is very nice and I think it will become my main browser since Chrome seems to be conspicuously absent from the program list. If you use IE or Firefox, backup your bookmarks to a separate drive, too. I can’t find mine anywhere. Backup your Documents folder to a separate drive, too. I had an iTunes folder but I haven’t found it yet.
I’ll report back anything I find significant in the future but in the meantime, here’s another photo to make up for the one above.