Finally took the plunge and moved from Windows 7 to Windows 10 (64 bit Pro). I clean installed Windows 10 Pro (using media creator to make a v10586 USB) and at the same time changed to a bigger SSD for operating system. Entering my windows 7 key while installing worked to activate windows 10.*(see note at foot of post)
I also had the latest (Win10 or Win 8 drivers to install after the upgrade).
The install was straightforward and Cubase 8 installed straight off.
There were no available M-Audio drivers shown for Windows 10 or 8.1 but the set for Windows 8 installed and work fine.
Quicktime downloaded and installed without issue and video is working.
I had only two issue after the move, one was my fault in forgetting about a VST instrument:
- After installation, my previously good audio system was glitching at low buffer sizes. A quick look with LatencyMon showed the problem to be the LAN driver (NDIS.sys) and I replaced the Windows 10 LAN driver from the ASUS motherboard site with the latest from Intel. That cured the issue instantly.
- While opening various old projects, I came across some using Halion Symphonic Orchestra in the rack. I downloaded the 64-bit version of HSO from the Cubase website and the soundset from the original disks that came with Cubase 5 and all is now working again - although for some reason I did have to change then change back just one of the sounds in the rack to get any audio output from HSO.
I hope this helps anyone else who is contemplating the switch.
- Note - for some reason, Microsoft has pulled version 10586 from Media Creator and gone back to an earlier version. That earlier version will not allow a Win7 key to be entered on install to activate Win 10, although there are workarounds to upgrade via clean install on the Windows forums.