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We’ve covered several compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More , but maybe you’re not convinced. (Some of our own writers aren’t convinced either What the MakeUseOf Team Thinks of Windows 10 What the MakeUseOf Team Thinks of Windows 10 The techsphere loves Windows 10, but many users are up in arms over serious issues with the new platform. What does MakeUseOf think? We asked our team for opinions on Windows 10 and here they... Read More .) And even though Windows 10 is technically free, it may not be completely free.

Unless you absolutely need Windows 10, you should probably wait. Not sure if you need Windows 10? Then you probably don’t.

Yes, wait. But for how long? What signs should you be looking for that will let you know it’s time to take the leap? We’re glad you asked.

When You Get the Notification

If you’re reading this, you’re one of two people. Either you’ve already reserved your copy of Windows 10 Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It. Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It. Are you also not seeing the Get Windows app on your Windows 7 or 8.1 devices? Let us show you how to enable the upgrade notification or cancel the upgrade in case you changed your... Read More and are just waiting for the right time to upgrade, or you haven’t even reserved a copy, yet. If you’re the former, then the choice is pretty simple: once the upgrade is ready, you should do it.

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On the other hand, if you’ve reserved Windows 10 but still haven’t gotten the notification, then you should probably wait.

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One reason why some people still haven’t received their reserved update is due to hardware incompatibility issues. You can force the Windows 10 upgrade How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Now & Why You Should Wait How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Now & Why You Should Wait Have you been waiting patiently since July 29 for your Windows 10 upgrade? You should probably wait until you receive an official notification, but if you are determined, you can force the Windows 10 upgrade. Read More if you really want it, but to minimize any potential risks, wait until Microsoft tells you it’s your turn.

Pro Tip: Here’s how to check if your hardware is compatible with Windows 10 Is Your Computer Compatible with Windows 10 & Can You Upgrade? Is Your Computer Compatible with Windows 10 & Can You Upgrade? Windows 10 is coming, possibly as soon as July. Are you eager to upgrade and will your system be eligible? In short, if your computer runs Windows 8, it should also run Windows 10. But... Read More .

When All the Big Issues Are Fixed

If you’re averse to risks, then it’s still too early for you to make the Windows 10 upgrade How to Cancel the Windows 10 Upgrade If You Changed Your Mind How to Cancel the Windows 10 Upgrade If You Changed Your Mind The Get Windows 10 app made it incredibly easy to sign up for the upgrade. If you no longer want it, you can opt out again. We show you how. Read More . A lot of the initial bugs have been fixed, but there are still many more issues to be solved (though admittedly, most of the remaining issues are minor).

A lot of users have reported a flawless transition experience with Windows 10, and that’s great for them — but that’s no guarantee than you’ll also have a flawless experience. Microsoft is regularly pushing out hotfixes and patches, so things are on the up and up, but we’re not there yet.

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And then there are things like Windows 10 privacy issues Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10's Privacy Issues Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10's Privacy Issues While Windows 10 has some issues that users need to be aware of, many claims have been blown out of proportion. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about Windows 10's privacy issues. Read More and Windows 10 audio issues No Sound in Windows 10? Here's How to Quickly Fix Digital Deafness No Sound in Windows 10? Here's How to Quickly Fix Digital Deafness Got Windows 10 and having some sound problems? You're not alone. Thankfully there are some simple, effective troubleshooting steps you can follow. Read More , which might frustrate you — enough that you’ll just end up downgrading to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 Windows 10 is here and maybe it's not what you expected. If you already upgraded, you can perform a rollback. And if you haven't yet, create a system backup first. We show you how. Read More again. Might as well wait until the chaos passes.

We recommend keeping an eye on Windows 10 stories on Google News. When the hotfixes become less frequent and the big problems are fixed, you can feel safer about upgrading.

When User Complaints Die Down

One big reason why you shouldn’t upgrade yet is the amount of user anecdotes available. Windows 10 might look awesome on paper with all of its new and exciting features 6 Windows 10 Features You May Have Missed 6 Windows 10 Features You May Have Missed Windows 10 is chock full of new stuff. We help you discover some of the less obvious features and options that are easily missed. Read More , but user anecdotes are where you’ll find all of the small issues hiding in the shadows.

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Every once in a while, check into a few online communities like Ten Forums and /r/Windows10 on Reddit. Comb through the complaint and support threads to see what most users are having trouble with. When the number of issues dies down, you’ll know it’s safer to upgrade.

Pro Tip: If an issue is only experienced by one or two people, then it’s likely to be an isolated incident. Look for common problems.

When Developers Stop Supporting 7/8.1

At the start of 2012, Windows XP had 35% market share. By the start of 2015, that number plummeted to 12% market share. Want to know why? Because Microsoft ended Windows XP support Windows XP: What's Happening To It Now? Windows XP: What's Happening To It Now? Windows XP may be dead, but it's not yet gone. Over 27% of computers connected to the Internet still run Windows XP. Here's exactly what "end of support" means for Windows XP systems. Read More and it became a nuisance to use.

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You can be sure that the same will eventually happen to Windows 7 and 8.1. They might be good for now, but it won’t be long before updates stop coming to either of those operating systems, and you’ll be left with a machine that grows progressively more susceptible to security issues.

Not long after that, we may even see software programs that are no longer compatible with Windows 7 and 8.1. It might not be a big issue at this moment, but as Windows 10 continues to evolve, it wouldn’t be the first time that Microsoft drops backwards compatibility.

And when that happens, your only two choices will be to upgrade or be left behind.

When the Free Upgrade Period Ends

Until July 2016, all Windows 7 and 8.1 users have the option of making a free upgrade to Windows 10. It’s not clear what will happen once July rolls around, but the likely case is that you’ll have to pay hard cash for an upgrade license after that point.

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So if June 2016 has arrived and you still haven’t upgraded, then you should really consider it. The future is moving onto Windows 10, whether you like it or not, and if you plan to stick with Windows Hey Windows User, Should You Switch To Linux or Mac? Hey Windows User, Should You Switch To Linux or Mac? Did you ever consider switching from Windows to Linux or Mac? The quick answer: if you're on Windows, stay on Windows—and don't worry about upgrading just yet. Here's why. Read More in the years to come, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t exploit the free upgrade while you can.

When Windows Becomes “Cool” to Use

Windows isn’t “cool” like Mac or “geeky” like Linux. Windows is… Windows. It’s default. It’s boring. It’s what you use when all else fails or no other options are left. That’s one reason why people still love Windows 7: it’s stable, reliable, and predictable.

But if Microsoft’s efforts pan out, Windows 10 might usher in a new era where Windows is seen as revolutionary, innovative, and even hip.

A lot of people were impressed by the recent Surface Book announcement Microsoft Unveils Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, New Lumia Phones... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Unveils Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, New Lumia Phones... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft unveils Windows 10 devices, Twitter has its Moments, Facebook does a Doodle, Bob Dylan meets IBM's Watson, and Universal posts a trailer for Jaws 19. Read More . It marks a new step in consumer laptops, and it has that “WOW!” factor that a company like Microsoft really needs right now. You can be sure that this new device will jack up the popularity of Windows 10.

Combined with Microsoft’s new “PC Does What?” advertisement campaign, it’s clear that they’re trying to revitalize the Microsoft brand to appeal beyond the white collar demographic.

It hasn’t been long since Windows 10’s release, but 15% of all Windows traffic is already from Windows 10. Plus, nearly 25% of all Steam PC users are now on Windows 10. (Understandable, considering how great Windows 10 is for gamers Windows 10 Is for Gamers: 6 Features You Will Love Windows 10 Is for Gamers: 6 Features You Will Love You will want to use Windows 10 for gaming! Whether it's streaming your Xbox One games to your PC, using the Xbox app, or enjoying high performance gaming with DirectX 12, Windows 10 enhances your... Read More .)

It’s catching on like wildfire. In a few months from now, if you start seeing Mac and Linux users voluntarily switching to Windows, then you know it’s time for you to switch as well.

When Your Grandma Raves About It

Listen. If your grandma phones you up and starts gushing about how much she loves the new Windows 10 and how much easier it has made her life, then you’ve probably waited too long.

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In fact, you’ll have become the opposite of the early adopter 5 Reasons Why Being An Early Adopter Is A Bad Idea 5 Reasons Why Being An Early Adopter Is A Bad Idea Are you the type of person who pre-orders the newest tech gadgets as soon as they’re available? Then you’re an early adopter. Is there a downside? Let's find out. Read More : the laggard who’s more out of touch with modern tech than his grandma. Is that who you want to be known as? We didn’t think so. Upgrade accordingly.

When Will You Upgrade to Windows 10?

Opinions on Windows 10 have been flying around the Web for more than two months now and we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new operating system. If you haven’t upgraded already, then you probably have a darn good reason for it — so we’re curious: why haven’t you upgraded yet?

More importantly, what needs to happen before you’ll upgrade? Which sign would be most compelling for you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Image Credits: Upgrade Notification by T.Dallas via Shutterstock, Frosty Windows 10 by Anton Watman via Shutterstock, Windows Key by charnsitr via Shutterstock, Windows Update Center by Hadrian via Shutterstock, Windows 10 Finger by Anton Watman via Shutterstock, Grandma Computer by De Visu via Shutterstock

  1. A41202813GMAIL ..
    November 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Do, You Guys, Have A Failing Funeral Parlor Business, Or Something ?

    Stop Trying To Kill Everything Made Yesterday, Will You ?

    Most Browsers Still Support XP, And I Have Not Seen Any Good Enough Reason To **Downgrade**.

    XPOCALYPSE FOREVER !

  2. Jari Hollsten
    October 31, 2015 at 6:51 am

    "And when that happens, your only two choices will be to upgrade or be left behind."
    Oh really? There's Linux.

    • Joel Lee
      November 8, 2015 at 3:54 am

      Definitely an option for some, but not all. (And if possible, I do recommend trying Linux!) Some people are just stuck on Windows for one reason or another, unfortunately.

  3. hildyblog
    October 29, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I'm waiting for Service Patch 1 (a.k.a. Fall Update, a.k.a. Threshold 2), currently speculated to drop in November. I assume it will be all over the news when it's available.

    • Joel Lee
      November 8, 2015 at 3:53 am

      I've heard that Threshold 2 will be a good time to jump in, so feel free to wait for it! As of now, I think it'll be here on Nov 10.

  4. Marcvs.Vlpivs.Traianvs
    October 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    There is a 9th sign - when you find you use Internet with your Android phablet rather than with your Windows notebook.
    And then you'll trade your notebook to Android tablet.

    • fcd76218
      November 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      That just means you never needed a computer in the first place.

  5. fcd76218
    October 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    There is an 8th sign - when the temperature down below drops into the negative numbers. :-)

    "And when that happens, your only two choices will be to upgrade or be left behind."
    No. There is a third choice - upgrade to BSD, Linux or OS/X.

    • Joel Lee
      November 8, 2015 at 3:52 am

      A lot of people are stuck on Windows for one reason or another, but this is a debate we've had many times before. :P

  6. Peter Buyze
    October 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    "developers stop supporting windows 7 & 8.1" I don't know who you mean by "developers" but Microsoft will support Win7 till 202, Win8.1 till 2023, so there is some time yet to think things over regarding Win10.

    • Pravin S
      October 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Peter,

      I reckon Joel refers to the software devs, not necessarily Windows. i.e VLC player, FireFox, AVG, Adobe, etc.

      Their product versions may work well in the old OS, but we won't see any new features or updates or patches coming to old Versions. Besides the end users strength, the cost of supporting a wide range of OS versions is one of the key reasons to leave the OS behind.

    • Joel Lee
      November 8, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Thank you Pravin, yes that's what I meant. Software devs, not necessarily Microsoft.

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