Brace yourself, this is going to be long.
My instance of Windows 10 worked flawlessly and I was quite happy with W10. What forced me to do a reinstall is W10 insatiable lust for disk space. Office installs only on C:, Visual Studio installs only on C:, package cache grows with every update, windows installer leftovers can't be touched or systems stops working. Even temp folder is no longer temporary - you can't purge it, or random programs can't be uninstalled or even updated.
So, it seems that 120GB SSD is too small for my needs (I use more than a browser for facebook and youtube, stupid me).
Right, so I bit the bullet and bought a new shiny 525GB SSD (Crucial). Because my last installation was an upgrade from W7, I figured a clean install would be best - upgraded system, moved to new drive? Clean install must be better, right?
Install wizard done its job quickly, as annoying as it is, with the whole 'wait for W10 glory, while I do stuff I won't tell you about'. I logged in, expecting the same experience as last time, perhaps with slightly better performance due to stripping W7 leftovers. Alas, there were some bumps waiting for me on the way:
Please partition and format your drive, so it's not accessible [solved]
Windows installer insisted that my former system drive (120GB SSD) is drive 0, although I switched it to SATA bay 1 and plugged in the new drive to bay 0. Ok, I don't care. During istallation, of course I chose drive 1 as target installation drive and formatted drive 0. After logging in - no sign of the old drive connected. Had to use Disk Management console to make it visible. WTF?
You're not the man you used to be [solved]
On my new system, my user account is the same as last time. Or so it seemed to me. User name is the same, email address is the same, it's connected to the same MS account. But somehow windows thinks that my old files are not mine. I had to 'take ownership' of every single file and folder on my storage drives. It was easy with normal files (although it takes ages to complete), but took a lot of clicking through 'security' dialogs for stuff like Music and Documents.
I installed some updates [solved]
10 minutes after installation, windows decided to install updates. Of course. Apart from installing essential programs like Candy Crush Saga, updates killed the start menu, action center and taskbar. Running programs are displayed on the taskbar, action center shows number of notifications and start menu button is still there, just clicking any of those does nothing. After 20 minutes of googling, I ran PowerShell incantation that reinstalls some stuff (I don't care), and things wen't back to normal.
No, restarting, running win update or any of numerous 'troubleshooting wizards' did not help.
You can have some of your stuff where you want [works as intended]
Moving Documents, Music, Downloads, etc, to the old SSD worked on first try and everything seems to work as it should. No, really.
You can have all your stuff where you want [no, it's a lie]
Having stuff like Videos where I wanted, I tried to move user data folders - Local, LocalLow and Roaming. When you open properties for any of those, there's a Location tab, that let's you move it, or so it tells you:
- some files and folders won't be moved, as they are locked, running processes tied to your user
- if you're logged in on different account, you can't move those folders
- after a restart, new location is set, but windows still writes some stuff to old location. Not everything, just some of it.
I moved it all back.
- You can have Candy Crush Saga, but not Todoist [unsolved]
Useless universal apps, like Candy Crush or Minecraft install flawlessly, even without my knowledge. But stuff that I want to purposefully install from the store (like Todoist) fail with 0x80070005 error. I went through 10-15 different procedures to fix it and it's still the same. Crazy security/ownership settings of folders tied to windows store are worthy of their own thread. It makes no sense whatsoever, and seems to be impossible to fix.
I have most of my stuff back, stuff I use directly at least, Visual Studio works as it should and I can play Dishonored 2 without hickups (apart form 'Todoist failed to install' every 15 minutes). So this is a success story, I suppose.