Will my writing app still work under Windows 10?

Windows 10Windows 10 is here and being installed by the million. Although it has been widely tested, some people with investment in writing software may want to know if their software still works after the upgrade. I thought I’d share my experience of migrating from Windows 7; and it looks like good news!

What works

I’ve tried the latest versions (as of August 6, 2015) of the following, all of which seemed to work without glitch after a short test:

  • Scrivener
  • Scapple
  • Aeon Timeline
  • Novel Factory
  • Ywriter 5 (which needed a couple of updates and looks better than I remember).

The rest of my setup might be relevant as I use multiple cloud packages, all of which work unchanged:

  • OneDrive
  • iCloud
  • Google Drive
  • DropBox

I also use Microsoft Office 365 and, as you’d imagine, this works fine as well, in fact One Note works better than before!

The upgrade

My machine is moderately well specified, 4 Gb RAM, SSD main drive, i5 (early generation). The download took four hours, the upgrade around 90 minutes with a few reboots. My antivirus (Kaspersky) needed a re-install and the only problem I had was Windows Media Player needed to re-index my collection of MP3s (five days, nine restarts!, four hours manual fiddling to tidy up mistakes).

That’s it; pretty painless!

What’s your experience been? Let me know!

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