DisplayLink just released an updated driver dated November 27th, 2014 (here).
Product Version: 7.7.59032.0
Get Driver (here).
Readme / Fix List (here).
BUILD 9841 | October 1st, 2014
BUILD 9860 | October 22nd, 2014
BUILD 9879 | November 12th, 2014
Windows Insider Program to download (here).
Windows 10 Community Forum (here).
Microsoft has release a compatible Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) version for Windows 10 Technical Preview. Get it (here).
I took the plunge and put Windows 10 Technical Preview on my Surface Pro 1 that I recently put on the shelf after moving to the Pro 3.
The Technical Preview was a breeze to install.
You can download it from (here), as of October 1st. You will need to sign up for the Windows Insider Program to download it. The files are large so you need a nice fast connection to get it while you are young.
x64 : 4.0 GB
x86 : 3.1 GB
The download and install was a breeze. I just took the ISO over to the SP1 and mounted it and ran the SETUP.EXE while in the system. I choose the save nothing and let it run it course.
My initial thoughts
I just really sat down to play with it, but it seems more of a dot release than a full version release. I am sure the innards are where the big changes are but from a visual look and feel, it is pretty similar to 8. I don’t think that there will be any learning curve coming from version 8.1.1.
I had really gotten used to not having the Start button, so it looks strange.
I liked the new desktop icons
The task view (on the task bar) is a touch friendly dream, very nice.
The search (on the task bar) is just ok, not a big search user. (why can’t I unpin it?).
No crashes, yet. Seems very stable.
No missing devices in Device Manager.
Windows Update did grab a Surface Hardware update (8/12/2014)
Also, there was a Technical Preview update as well. (KB3001512)
Installed the Wacom 720_10 without problem. Initial testing, inking is great in OneNote.
I was also surprised the System Center installed the Configuration Manager Client (corporate software management app).
Found that most of the software that I use installs. There are a few things that don’t, but that is expected.
- Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) (update – MS has released compatible version, AWESOME!)
- DisplayLink for USB 3.0 Docking Station. I heard there was a work around. Will try that later. (update – just released compatible version)
Overall. I like where they are going with it. Not a lot of surface (pun intended) changes, but good. I think Desktop users will be pleased, I guess. Are there any Desktop users left?
Microsoft announced today during their Live event that they will be releasing a technical preview of Windows 10 tomorrow, October 1st. Yes, they are skipping right over Windows 9. I guess they want to get as far away from Windows 8 as possible and skipping a version may work.
You must sign up to the Windows Insider Program to get access to the downloads (here).
Some other links for additional information about Windows 10.
Announcing Windows 10 (here).
Windows For Your Business (here).
DisplayLink just released an updated driver dated September 29th, 2014. This is supported drivers for the Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock (here) and USB Display.
Product Version: 7.7.57957.0
DisplayLink Core Software Version: 7.7.57957.0
Get the latest driver (here).
Readme / Change & Fix List (here).
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