Notes on upgrading observatory computer to Windows 10, Summer 2020

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Just as we did for the upgrade of the computer from Windows XP to Windows 7 in 2012, this page is to document the process of installing a new computer in the observatory, and noting any steps we need to take or problems we encountered. It is mostly for our own internal records, but perhaps it could help someone else installing observatory software as well.

Software installation

  • Installed UltraVNC on both old and new computers so we can transfer files easily via VNC.
  • Installed ASCOM platform 6.5 from here.
    • As part of that installation, I found that the system required me to enable Microsoft .NET 3.5. Ultimately that only worked when logged in to my normal user account, not the telescope account; probably related to trying to contact the local Windows Update server, but not being logged into the Swarthmore domain.
  • Installed the ASCOM 2X mount adapter for TheSky (used to be called "TheSky-controlled telescope driver") from the Software Bisque site, linked from the ASCOM page.
  • Now working on the RCOS TCC. This could be exciting as they went out of business and the software is so old. Fortunately we have good notes from the previous update.
    • Download the full installation package (1.5.17) and the update (1.5.26) from the archived RCOS support site. I'm going to keep local copies of these installers this time, in case they disappear off the web.

Hardware / system settings

  • Formatted D: drive as NTFS, named as "Telescope data".

To consider for later

  • Windows subsystem for Linux (enable via Control Panel - turn on features
  • Anaconda Python distribution