Anyone running genuine copies of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can now reserve their free upgrade to Windows 10. “Can” being the operative word. There is no one forcing you. So, we want to know whether you have reserved your free Windows 10 upgrade yet? And if not, why not? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
Asus Eases Its Way to Victory
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which PC Manufacturer Offers the Best Value for Money?”
Out of a total of 641 votes, 21.8% chose Asus, 18.9% chose Dell, 15.1% chose Apple, 14% chose Lenovo, 13.6% chose Hewlett-Packard, 8.9% chose Acer, and 7.6% chose Other.
The votes on this one were very spread out. So, while Asus won, there really wasn’t much in it, with Dell and Apple also racking up healthy numbers. This leads me to believe that people generally think their brand of choice offers good value for money, whether they have spent $500 on a Lenovo or $1200 on an an Apple. In other words, people are biased by their own choices.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Dave Frandin, Prittman, and Victor Ong. Comment Of The Week goes to Jan F., who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
I got to go with Apple.
Yes, looking purely at the hardware you can get a much better deal with other manufacturers but if you look at the full package they do deliver for the money you pay.
The hardware looks and feels expensive, high quality.
The first-time-run experience of OS X beats any other operating system. Any registration is optional and you can be up in running within less than 2 minutes.
Even if you do decide to go with Windows (be it Bootcamp or stand-alone) you will get all the necessary drivers via the Bootcamp Support Software.
A lot of quality application pre-installed or available for free on the Mac App Store.
It beats all other support channels. No recipe, no visit to the store you originally bought the device in is necessary. Any Apple Store, authorized service provider will accept the device within the 1 year limited warranty or within an extended Apple Care.
If Apple Care is too expensive (which it is in my opinion) a lot of authorized resellers do offer their own version of extended warranty – of course only valid in their shop(s) then.
Apple aside I would go with Lenovo. They are overpriced just like Apple but the Thinkpads are true survivors as far as the hardware goes.
We chose this comment because it argues for expensive Apple hardware actually providing the best value for money. This is an interesting point of view when we’re talking about computers that are often double the price of rival machines. Personally, the only way I see Macs as being good value for money is if you sell them on at a later date and claw most of your money back.
Virtually Queuing For Windows 10
Windows 10 is the last version of Windows ever, that is if Microsoft’s plans for its operating system go according to plan. With Windows 10 being Microsoft’s last stand, it’s imperative for the company that as many people as possible switch to Windows 10 sooner rather than later. Hence, Windows 10 is free to anyone currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Microsoft is offering free Windows 10 upgrades via Windows Update, with eligible users seeing a “Get Windows 10” icon in their system tray. If you can’t see that icon then this link explains how to enable the Windows 10 notification. For the rest of us, there’s just one question that needs to be asked: “Have You Reserved Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade Yet?”
Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. We’re particularly interested to know why, if applicable, you’re sticking with your existing version of Windows rather than upgrading to Windows 10?
The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.