Should I upgrade to Windows 10? It’s not even a year old, yet more than 350 million devices are running Windows 10. So why upgrade to Window 10? Is Windows 10 good? We explain who should upgrade to the new version of the OS, plus things to consider if you’re using older hardware and software.
Windows 10 will cease to be a free update on 29 July 2016, exactly a year after its initial release to the general public. After the free upgrade period, Windows 10 Home will cost $149 and the Pro version will set you back $199.
Also those who choose upgrade now to Windows 10 will also benefit from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that will become available on 2 August 2016.
With many new features, and various system improvements, many people have done the upgrade. Here, though, I will explain who should and shouldn’t upgrade: the pros and cons of Windows 10.
If you’re not sure now is the right time to upgrade, there are steps you can take. If you’re looking to upgrade your computer parts and want to be on Windows 10, you should upgrade and extract your new Windows 10 product key using ProduKey. This means you can upgrade your new computer and later have the option to install Windows 10 directly on the new machine.
Microsoft has done everything it can to convince people to take advantage of the Windows 10 upgrade offer, and in the final few weeks has resorted to a full-screen ‘sorry to interrupt…’ message as a last-ditch attempt. However, if you’re adamant that you don’t want to upgrade, I suggest you also read how to disable the Windows 10 upgrade permanently.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10? Can I downgrade Windows 10?
One of the first questions I am most often asked when it comes to upgrading a system is how easily can you go back to your old one if you don’t like it. The answer with Windows 10 is that it’s very easy.
Microsoft has built in a simple process that only requires a few clicks to have the system roll back to your previous version of Windows (so long as you haven’t deleted the windows.old folder in which the previous version lives). You can read my guide to downgrading Windows 10.
When I have tested this helpful feature it successfully took data and installed apps with it, meaning you’re good to go as soon as the process is complete. Of course, as with any operating system installation, you’ll want to make a full backup of your data before you begin either the upgrade or the downgrade. I have heard that the roll-back doesn’t always work perfectly, so there is a chance that upgrading and rolling back won’t be a seamless process: bear this in mind if you’re thinking about upgrading just to see whether you like Windows 10. Again, make a FULL backup beforehand to guard against any problems.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10? Cortana is a great addition
Virtual assistants are already helping out on your phone, with Google Now and Apple’s Siri grabbing the headlines, but Microsoft intends to make them big news on desktops with Cortana in Windows 10. This intelligent assistant can now be found on laptops and PCs – not just Windows Phones.
It will now allow you to control elements of your PC by using your voice. Clicking on the search section of the Taskbar will open up Cortana, and from there you can make web queries thanks to the new universal search facility that incorporates the internet as well as your device. You can also schedule appointments in your calendar, dictate notes and reminders, control your media, get map directions, and a host of other commands. What’s even better is that Microsoft is releasing version of Cortana for Android devices and the iPhone, so no matter what your choice of device you can still sync up your data.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10? No Microsoft account required
With Windows 8 a Microsoft account was mandatory, as you used it to log in. With Windows 10 you can elect to create standard accounts instead, using whatever email address you want. Of course if you want the cool Microsoft-embedded features that work with OneDrive then you’ll still need to sign up.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10? Handy new features
Another addition in Windows 10 is that of Virtual Desktops. With this neat feature you can use the Task View mode to easily create multiple workspaces on your PC and switch between them as if they were on different screens. You can also arrange windows on your desktop using the Snap Assist feature, so that they take up one half of the screen or even split into four quarters of the desktop.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10? Privacy concerns
Originally when Windows 10 was first released, there was quite the backlash from people who felt that their privacy was being invaded by Windows 10, and rightfully so. Not only is Microsoft now urging people to upgrade to Windows 10, but it’s almost forcing them.
The reason appears to be data harvesting. Windows 10 collects a variety of data, some for improving the effectiveness of features such as Cortana. There are ways even before installing Windows 10 to disable most of these features and prevent your information from being captured in the first place. Under Customize settings you can switch off everything which will give you more privacy.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10? Not if you have old software and hardware
One other concern for those moving up to Windows 10, especially from older versions of Windows, is whether their important applications will work on the new OS. For major software releases this will almost certainly be a smooth upgrade, but it’s worth checking with the software provider, as they may still be working on a new version. You don’t want to upgrade and suddenly find you can’t do your normal work on your PC. The same holds true for peripherals such as printers and scanners, which may require the downloading of new drivers to ensure they work properly on the new platform.
I’ve run into a lot of people that there older printers and scanners are not supported in Windows 10.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10? Are there bugs in Windows 10
With its launch on 29 July 2015, there were naturally many bugs and software glitches, mainly with the compatibility of older legacy devices. Currently, the bugs and the majority of problems have been ironed out and it should only improve with time.
It’s definitely a huge improvement on Windows 8.1 but I cannot blame a lot of Windows 7 users wanting to stay with a rock solid operating system.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10? Are you upgrading from XP or Vista?
Windows 10 is a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8.1 users only. This offer doesn’t extend to XP or Vista and you can’t simply upgrade even if you’re willing to pay. Updating requires a clean install.
Whether to buy an Windows 10 for an older machine running Windows XP or Vista, I would not waste your money as majority of older computers I have seen with Windows 10 running tend to have a lot more issues.
While Windows 8 was an unpleasant surprise for a lot of people, Windows 10 goes a long way to putting that right. The OS is clean, familiar, like it was on Windows 7 and its predecessors, where it’s easy to understand, plus it has a wealth of new, helpful features that you’ll actually want to use. The fact that it’s free for the majority of existing Windows users, and can be rolled back quickly to the previous version if you don’t like it, really makes it very, very easy to recommend.