Finally installed Creator’s Update after the drama back in April when it slowed my wireless networking to a crawl and I had to revert.
It did not go smoothly.
TL;DR - something conflicts between Nvidia’s drivers and DuetDisplay, a nifty piece of software that lets me use a tethered iPad as a second display at full resolution and 60Hz. But it took a couple hours of Safe Mode reboots and unplugging all my USB devices and uninstalling/reinstalling Nvidia drivers to figure that out. The OS would boot fine but then stop at a black screen with the spinning dots. I could see my mouse cursor but that’s it. The internet was full of various causes of this problem, but nothing fixed it until I discovered the issue with DuetDisplay.
But phew. Finally got it working by booting into Safe Mode, clean uninstalling all the Nvidia stuff, then rebooting into normal windows and uninstalling DuetDisplay (because for some reason you can’t uninstall some things from Safe Mode). Then I reinstalled the Nvidia drivers and all was good.
Except not quite. Turns out Microsoft still hasn’t fixed the problem with slow wi-fi. Luckily in the months since I last tried a fix had been found with newer Realtek wi-fi chip drivers, which just took a download and install and fixed. Didn’t even have to reboot.
But jesus, I can’t imagine what a non tech-savvy person would do. Probably take it to Geek Squad and pay hundreds of dollars, or just throw the damn thing away and start from scratch.
I really like Windows 10 a lot, but that was crazy.