Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

Having been a tech since 1996, I can tell you with confidence that upgrading the Windows operating system right after release should not be taken lightly. Windows 10 already has issues with certain software and printers, etc., that need to be addressed before upgrading. As with any upgrade, one has to do the research, and not just on Microsoft’s site, before potentially breaking things like their Home Group/shared printers and files, etc., and incompatible software. I responded to a client on Queen Anne who had jumped the gun on two machines and couldn’t use either of them. Fortunately, Microsoft had the foresight to include the option to roll back to the previous version of Windows. That said, I always recommend people wait until there is at least a service pack before upgrading.

Windows 10 was “released” on July 29 2015 as a free upgrade (for Windows 7 and 8 users) and the user has nearly a full year from that date to upgrade to Windows 10. That’s a year of bug fixes for the current bugs and potentially new anomalies. So far, the biggest bug is the fact that the user has absolutely 0 control over windows updates. The updates are forced on you. Some users may think that is a plus but in the case of Windows 7, Microsoft pushed a couple of updates that actually made systems unusable until they fixed the update and released a new one. In Windows 7, you could uninstall the offending update and wait until the fix but not so with Windows 10. With 10, if you uninstalled the bad update, it would reinstall itself and break the system again. Microsoft needs to change that policy before I’ll consider upgrading my PC to Windows 10. The first update for Windows 10 (64bit) version, weighs in at around 325MB in size. That tells me there is a decent amount of problems and bug fixes to make such a large update. If the update process is anything like Windows 8, it will make your system useless until the update(s) have finished installing.

Another important thing to consider; if you do upgrade, you should make a note of the date because you only have a 30 day window to roll back to your previous  version before you will no longer have that option.

I my opinion; if you have Windows 7 and it’s on a good and reliable PC, like an HP desktop or laptop with at least a dual core processor, you have a good, solid and stable operating system. Sure it may need tuned up (by me) every once and a while to regain its speed but until Microsoft proves 10 is better, I’m sticking with old, reliable, and still supported, Windows 7 because, and it may just be me, I’m not yet ready for my business desktop machine’s graphic user interface (GUI) to resemble a phone or a tablet.

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