Computer Booters: Windows 10 – should I upgrade?

Allan relaxing in his office!

Allan relaxing in his office!

Allan Levy, Technology Director, Computer Booters of Sun Lakes

The free offer from Microsoft to install Windows 10 on your Windows 7/8/8.1 machines may end on July 29, 2016. May end? Microsoft is saying it will end, but no one knows if there will be another offer. Microsoft also said that those using assistive technology can still upgrade; no one knows what this means.

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s new operating system. Microsoft is pushing hard to move people from Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10. In January, Microsoft made the Windows 10 upgrade a recommended upgrade; this caused many computers to install it. So, should you install it?

Cons – For some people this will cause major issues including

Your printers may not work

Some programs may stop working

Your computer may stop working

The look of Windows 10 is radically different than 7 or 8 and this may confuse many users

You may find it difficult to open pdf in windows 10

Microsoft is monetizing Windows 10, this may result in more ads

The promised ability to roll back to Windows 7 or 8, may or may not work. I have never had it work successfully; our April speaker had similar experiences

Pros – it is the new system

Support for a long time, Windows 7 support will end in 2020, however many people are still running XP

There are new features – for example you can switch between windows of the same app in Windows 10. Find out more by reading the linked guide.

Any new computer will come with Windows 10

Cortana is a great addition, it is a virtual assistant

This is Microsoft’s future

Our speaker and I recommend that if you are happy with 7, stay with it, unless you want a new software system. If you are on 8.8.1 upgrade, since 8 had major issues.

The Computer Booters will be having a class that teaches Windows 10 use starting in the fall. The class is free to members or $5 per session to nonmembers (currently scheduled as three sessions).

If you have any questions please contact Allan Levy, Technology Director, Computer Booters of Sun Lakes at [email protected] or phone 301-503-1387.