If you’re running Windows 7 or Windows 8 on your home computer, by now you’ve seen the nagging message pop up asking you to upgrade to Windows 10. It says it’s a free upgrade and that you need to reserve your copy now. Many of our clients have called, emailed, or texted us to ask our opinion on this new update. So after testing Windows 10 out myself, I have some thoughts to share with you.
To start with, yes, the Windows 10 upgrade is truly free. You won’t pay a dime to upgrade your home computer from Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 to Windows 10.
The installation process is fairly simple. However, many users have had installation errors that require them to roll back to their original operating system. Some users have gotten Windows 10 installed and working but have had trouble finding software to make their printers or other peripherals work.
My installation went without a hitch and the only device I couldn’t find a driver for was a 10 year old printer that isn’t supported anymore. But I did have to manually hunt down a few other drivers.
When people upgraded from Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 to Windows 8, the biggest complaint was the new full screen Metro start menu. Windows 10 has scaled that back some to bring it more in line with the Windows 7 start menu that I am a fan of. If I had to pick a single reason to prefer Windows 10 over Windows 8, this would be it.
There are many positives to Windows 10 over older versions. Things like better navigation for keyboard and mouse users (as opposed to touch screen users). A new notification center similar to the notification menu on an iPhone or Android device. Gaming improvements like the ability to record your screen while gaming. And the promise from Microsoft that this is the most secure version of Windows to date.
On the other hand, there are many negatives to Windows 10. Concerns of privacy infringement on Microsoft’s part. Many apps like the new Mail app and Edge (the replacement for Internet Explorer) are still rough around the edges. And forced Windows updates; you no longer have a choice about which updates install and which don’t.
If you are happy with Windows 7 or Windows 8, you may not find any reason to upgrade to Windows 10. Keep in mind that Microsoft promises to continue support for Windows 7 until January of 2020. So there won’t be any imminent need to upgrade Windows 7 until then. And Windows 8 support doesn’t end until even later in January of 2023.
My advice at this time is to hold off another six months or so and let Microsoft finish polishing Windows 10. If at that time you see any significant features that you want to take advantage of, J. J. Micro can make sure that your important data is backed up before the upgrade and that the upgrade itself goes smoothly.