More on Windows 10 Upgrades

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Well it’s been a little over a month since Windows 10 rolled out, and I’ve completed several upgrades, and one rollback. For those of you on fence about Windows 10, I can tell you there are some legitimate reasons to avoid it.

First, privacy concerns, in an effort to tailor computer use and internet browsing and even the apps and advertisements to the user, Windows 10 by default collects a lot of data on the user. There is not one simple way to shut it all down, outside of some applications that are being created by third-party users. I won’t go into a lot of detail on the how Windows 10 accomplishes this, but there are several programs to mitigate this. One example “Destroy Windows 10 Spying” makes it easy for you to limit the amount of spying.

Second, Windows 10 may not play well with older hardware. I think this is the most obvious reason to not upgrade your version of Windows, or it’s the most obvious reason to upgrade your hardware and windows. We all have a favorite gadget, and gadgets wear out or outlive their usefulness, or something else comes along that does everything a bit better. Of course the flip side is, it’s easier to keep using something you’re familiar with, rather than learn something new. Windows 10 may be a problem if you have a printer or a fax machine that you have to use for your home or business, you can check some compatibility sites or run Windows 10 own compatibility checker, but there is no guarantee that Windows 10 will work with your older hardware.

Third issue with upgraded, not all of your programs will transfer. Now this personally I’ve only had an issue on one computer upgrade, when the upgrade was finished some of the programs ran extremely slow or were unresponsive, I then proceeded to roll back to windows 8.1, which leads me to issue number four, if you upgrade and you don’t like it, the roll back feature is not perfect. You are then rolling the dice on having to reinstall your old version of Windows from scratch.

Now for the good, Windows 10 successfully bridged the gap between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (don’t ask about Vista, If you are still using Vista, upgrade today, don’t ask just do it.) and it is fast and responsive, and with few exceptions it runs all the programs I used in Windows 7/8.1. I haven’t had many issues with customers missing programs or having hardware that won’t install, I just wanted to be as open and honest in my issues with Windows 10 for my customers to make a decision on their upgrade options.

 

 

 

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