Windows 10 Upgrade
Windows 10 Upgrade

There are a slew of issues when it comes to a Windows 10 upgrade.  The primary issue comes with the upgrade itself.  Windows tends to struggle with upgrades from home edition and prior editions of the Windows Operating System.   Sometime it takes downloading the ISO file to the desktop, right click and mounting, then running the setup again to sort out all the bugs or maybe it’s just time for a new computer

The other issues are educational or training issues.  It’s getting familiar with the new look and feel of the Windows 10 Upgrade.  Things are simply not there where they use to be and error messages are just as vague and different.  Here’s a peak of simple  but hard to find adjustments.

Windows Login Screen (refer to illustration)

Note: Windows won’t login into the domain unless you are sign into: AD or whatever the domain name is called.

  • Select “other user” and click “sign in options” if email address or phone number are in the user field.
  • Select local or domain account password

*Make sure you sign into the domain account and or disable the local accounts that you don’t use to avoid confusion.

Potential Windows Login Screen Method for logging into your account:

  1.  We have a Domain Server/Active Directory…

Example Domain Name is AD:
Note: You can get away with not typing the domain name first if everything is operating smoothly.

User Name:  AD\UserName

2.  Our environment is pretty basic.  No domain server…

Example local account:

User Name:  .\UserName

3.  I use my email address when logging into Windows.  This is cloud authentication.
NOTE: In a business environment, you are using Microsft 365 Azure AD service to authenticate with your corporate network.

Sneaky ways to get into the local user “test” account.  Use .\UserName as illustrated in the picture on the left…








The most frequent users remain on left corner bottom user list once you are able to authenticate the correct account.
ProTip! How to Disconnect Microsoft Account Authentication

Sometime not all local accounts are not visible until you remove the microsoft account or use one of the sneaky methods above.








Joining the Domain

You may have to perform the initial boot configuration if this computer is straight out of the factory box or it’s been wiped.  Please review the new computer domain setup post for more details.

Sometimes computers are not joined and it may be your job to join the workstations to the domain.  Right click start and select Control Panel.   Control Panel is where all the heavy lifting is done for IT administrators.  The start, Settings button is pretty much useless in my line of work.  Anyway, right click and there quite a few IT options to help you out of any predicament but control panel is where it’s at in this scenario.   Once in control panel, select system, and change settings for joining the computer to the domain or changing it’s hostname

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