Windows 10: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

Dell corporation / Inspiron 7720
June 4, 2015 at 19:53:18
Specs: Windows 8.1 64 bit, Intel Core i7-3630QM, 8GB DDR3-1600
So, the burning question on every user's mind this July - To upgrade, or not to upgrade?

Microsoft's done a good job upselling the "free" upgrade to Windows 10, despite the now-forced updates (not crazy about that) and the loss of some features, such as native USB Floppy support.

I myself have been debating it - I'm inclined to think that I'm probably not going to upgrade. I still use some legacy programs that probably wouldn't like W10, drivers are going to be fairly crude for awhile, and I like how I've got Windows 8.1 set up so far. I like not having to touch anything to do with the Metro system. Coupled with the fact that I'm most likely going to be upgrading this summer anyway, and will probably have to buy a new Windows license.

So - besides you Linux users - what are your upgrade plans?

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#1
June 4, 2015 at 21:51:39
If you have Get Windows 10 app icon in your notification area, follow this article to find out what issue(s) you are liklely to have if you choose to upgrade. The free upgrade will run out 1 year from July 29, 2015 and can be used on any number of eligible PC that meets Windows 10 system requirements.

So - besides you Linux users - what are your upgrade plans?

Go HERE, cast your vote then compare it against the result of what over 4400 users plan to do.

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#2
June 5, 2015 at 00:44:31
I had a look at that poll, but it doesn't cover my situation (which I suspect is that of many users). Yes, I will upgrade to Windows 10, but not on the day it is released. It always pays to wait a week or two to let early adopters discover the problems.

(And, BTW, being a Linux user doesn't exclude you from also upgrading to Windows 10!)


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#3
June 5, 2015 at 17:30:55
"The free upgrade will run out 1 year from July 29, 2015"

If you don't mind, I think this statement needs some clarification. You will have until 7/29/2016 to download the free upgrade but once it's installed, it's yours "forever", in other words, it will not expire. And if you're not a fan of the in-place upgrade, you can do a clean install. But as I understand it, you have to do the in-place upgrade 1st.

http://www.windowscentral.com/dont-...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/9334/...

If you don't like Win10 after doing the upgrade, you can roll back to your previous version of Windows. If you do the clean install, you're "stuck".

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#4
June 7, 2015 at 10:57:45
Thanks riider for the clarification. Hope it will benefit others.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#5
July 30, 2015 at 00:58:58
switch to a start menu more cumbersome, and ugly menu.

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#6
August 2, 2015 at 15:34:09
The backward move with onedrive makes it useless. My 150+ devices are staying on Win7. Also, Mac is looking better and better.

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#7
August 2, 2015 at 21:17:34
Does everyone know this yet: Edge (new browser that replaces IE) does not allow direct searching (address bar searching) through Google and other search engines unless/until they comply with MS new policies? Currently the browser only offers the one choice in search engines. If MS was really interested in others complying from the beginning, they should have given them the heads up ahead of time. Now you either go back to Firefox, Chrome, etc., or set up a home page tab as Google, etc. (fortunately you can have more than one home page).

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#8
August 5, 2015 at 14:43:08
"If you don't like Win10 after doing the upgrade, you can roll back to your previous version of Windows. If you do the clean install, you're "stuck"."

Not true about being stuck. You can do a backup with true image before the clean install. Also I remember upgrading to Windows Me from 98. I wanted to go back so I used the uninstall feature.It left a mess. The icons were windows me icons and the sound was windows me. I do not trust Microsoft on these rollbacks. I think I am staying with Windows 7 on my computers.

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#9
August 8, 2015 at 13:54:16
To upgrade or not...

I installed the upgrade on my parents Transformer that was running 8.1.. Except for problems with the touchpad driver, I ended up using the original one not the MS "updated" driver, the install went smoothly.

I won't install it on my computer running Win 7.

1. I/they don't need XBox live and some of the other "features" that you can't remove.
2. MS really needs to "fix" their default security settings. I'm not letting ANYONE on my internet connection.
3. I'm not going to help MS distribute updates either.
4. I want to be able to control when I install an update. I've had too many bad experiences with "updates" in the past so prefer to wait a week or so before installing them.
5. It is NOT like Win 7. It's a mix of Win 7 and 8.
6. I don't use OneDrive.

Been talking to the IT guys at work. We're staying with XP and 7 for the duration.


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#10
September 14, 2015 at 12:24:14
I upgraded to 10, from Windows 7, about a week ago and at first everything seemed normal. Then I started getting these disk error's from 10, that third party software said there were no disk error's. An old game I was playing started acting weird. Keyboard commands no longer worked and other issues. Then out of no where, Linux (I grub load between Linux and Windows 10) would lock up so hard I had to power down my computer to brake the lock. Mind you Ubuntu 14.04 worked flawlessly for two years until I installed Windows 10. Luckily I have a hard copy of Windows 7 and I have just about run out of understanding with 10. In my opinion 10 is not as good as 7 and you might want to retink installing it. The reason I say this is because I ran Windows 7 in Beta testing for about a year without a single crash and then I went on to buy it. Windows 7 is Microsoft's best operating system, in my opinion.

Update: I just read where there might be issues with Windows 10 and multi core processors. That is because they must make this OS work in phones and tablets, or that is what I read. Tablets and phones do not have power of a home computer multi core processors. That makes a lot of sense for me as I have an 8 core processor and 7 was designed for those kind of processors. The more I read the more disgusted I get and ready to replace 10 with 7.

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#11
September 15, 2015 at 07:57:02
To Upgrade or not to Upgrade at this point in time ...

One blogger HERE is now saying Windows 10 is shaping up to be Windows ME Déjà vu (For the record I have to say I don't wholeheartedly agree with his opinion - except for another different blogger observations as stated HERE.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User

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#12
September 15, 2015 at 21:27:23
So far in my opinion, if you have Windows 8 then you have nothing to loose and more to gain by going to Windows 10, It is superior and easier to work with.
If you have Windows 7 then the jury is still out. There are few advantages that I can see over Windows 7 and a lot of comfort in what we know well and there is nothing that I can think of that Windows 10 'fixes' for us.
If you have a touch screen like a very new convertible laptop or tablet or even some of these new all-in-one's then your should be on Windows 10 but if you have a conventional desktop or more conventional laptop then I would wait for now. Remember that you have until July 29th 2016 to decide before the option is withdrawn. Please note that for older Windows 7 machines where it is not clear if there are drivers for all of your hardware available, you should seriously consider staying with Windows 7.
Please note that if your Printer or All-in-one Printer/Scanner is not very new, there probably will not be Windows 10 drivers for it to fully function. Yes, Windows will install a generic driver that will allow reasonable printing but will not offer scanning and other functions for it so if your peripherals are not very new, remember to look for drivers for them as well as internal hardware.

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