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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 Which PC Manufacturer Offers the Best Value for Money? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which PC Manufacturer Offers the Best Value for Money? [MakeUseOf Poll] Seeing as we can't trust PC manufacturers to be truthful in how much value for money their products offer, we'll ask you instead. Welcome to this week's MakeUseOf Poll. Read More :


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 Apple Tax: Why Do Macs Hold Their Resale Value? Apple Tax: Why Do Macs Hold Their Resale Value? You've probably heard it before: Macs may cost more, but they hold their value. Is this true, and if so why? Read More and claw most of your money back.

Virtually Queuing For Windows 10

Windows 10 is the last version of Windows ever Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More , that is if Microsoft’s plans for its operating system go according to plan. With Windows 10 being Microsoft’s last stand Windows 10 Is Microsoft's Last Stand, The NSA Runs Skynet, & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Is Microsoft's Last Stand, The NSA Runs Skynet, & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 is IT, Skynet exists, Amazon drones on about patents, posting negative reviews online, Harry Potter author tackles trolls, and an honest game trailer for Mortal Kombat X. Read More , 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 Should You Upgrade to Windows 10? Should You Upgrade to Windows 10? Windows 10 is coming, but should you upgrade? Like almost every change it's mostly good, but also comes with drawbacks. We've summarized them for you, so you can make up your own mind. Read More via Windows Update, with eligible users seeing a “Get Windows 10” Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! The Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray is not a virus. It's Microsoft's official upgrade note prior to the official release of Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015. Read More icon in their system tray. If you can’t see that icon then this link explains how to enable the Windows 10 notification 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 . 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.

  1. llynnewhit
    July 13, 2015 at 4:22 am

    Windows XP worked perfectly for me so I saw no reason to change.

  2. Kelsey Tidwell
    July 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I registered immediately once I found out that the actual point of installation is up to me. I'm waiting for it on my primary desktop and my primary laptop. I'll probably play with it on the laptop first as it's older and needs much more performance help than the desktop anyway. I feel that if it runs as per expectation on the laptop, it should do fine on the desktop.
    If I upgrade and there's still bugs to work out in Windows 10, I see this as no different at all from how things currently are for me, and have been for many, many years. Every browser I use (Chrome, Opera, Firefox) are the Beta versions, any Android app I can get in a Beta version, I do. My Chromebook is in Beta mode, and has been since a little after I bought it almost two years ago.
    In ALL of that experience, including versions of Windows all the way back to 3.1, I've never experienced operating issues that were actually debilitating. Inconvenient at times? Yes. But no more so than anything else in life lol.

    • Reconix Trioxide
      July 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Well said !

  3. King Frownie
    July 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I can't wait for Windows 10. With the xbox platform being available on pc, I won't have to buy a $300 console to play with my friends.

  4. Larry Kruse
    July 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Windows 10 has been in the hands of the select testers of the OS for some time now. In late May, I read an article stating that Microsoft still had a long way to go to smooth the wrinkles out of Windows 10, but they were holding to their release date of July 29th, i.e. giving themselves 2 months to clean up the OS. 2 months is a short time to clean up an OS that is supposedly the last version of Windows. I usually wait until the first SP is out to switch my OS. I'm guessing that between users that are getting in the queue for the upgrade and those that buy a new PC between 7/29 and 12/31/15, the test pool will increase considerably. Windows 10 with SP1 should be out after the first of 2016. I can use Windows 7 reliably until then.

  5. Neil Watson
    July 6, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I also don't have the option for what I am really doing, which is to wait for at least 6 months to make sure the first set of bugs have been resolved. We have at least a year to upgrade and Win7 is stable and doing all I need.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      July 6, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      If you register now, your system will download bits of the update but it won't actually be installed until you tell it to do so (according to everything I've read). So at that point you could wait as long as you like to hit the final switch and move to Win 10.
      From another perspective, this is going to be a rolling update, with the original testers getting first dibs, so chances are that mere mortals like you and I would get ours way down the road anyway...after the glitch explosion has tapered down somewhat, hopefully.
      Either way, you're not committed til you press Install. :-)

  6. James Howde
    July 6, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Actually the option that applies to me isn't in the poll. I'm going to see how things go and then I might update later.

    I could have reserved the upgrade and then not install it; but I'm pretty sure you'll have to work pretty hard to NOT be offered the upgrade several times in the coming year; so there doesn't seem much point.

  7. Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
    July 6, 2015 at 12:21 am

    My understanding is that by enabling the tray icon for windows 10, the system will download and install windows 10 on its own with little or no manual control of the process.

    I prefer to do it manually.

    • Bruce Epper
      July 6, 2015 at 8:22 am

      The GWX (Get Windows 10) icon provides a means for you to reserve your copy, download it for you, and notify you that it has downloaded Win10 and it is ready for you to install it. It does not automatically install the upgrade for you. That must be done manually. All future updates to Windows 10 after it has been installed is out of your hands.

  8. Don Oswald
    July 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I was running Win7 and was not planning on upgrading to 10 but I recently purchased a new laptop that came with Win8.1. I figured rather than go through the trouble of trying to downgrade back to Win7, which is stable and I am very comfortable with the features, I would go for the upgrade and give Microsoft a chance to prove themselves. It seems to me basically every other Windows OS that is released is a dud so hopefully Win10 will be on the upturn.

  9. Tim St. Clair
    July 5, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    My ancient laptop has Windows 98 and a working CDROM drive and Sound Blaster, and I also have a great XP laptop lying about which would run Windows 7 just fine if I had a licence, but I don't. My wife's laptop runs Vista and isn't eligible. My gaming rig runs Windows 7 and will probably get the update about 6 months after Win10 is out, because it's dumb to jump on right away and then deal with the billion or so annoyances that get patched out right away. My main machine is OSX. I wonder if Microsoft will have fixed the network stack yet, it's only been broken for 5 windows versions.

  10. Mike Sprott
    July 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    The devil I know......

  11. Carl Snyder
    July 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    My Windows machines are Windows machines because of 2 proprietary pieces of software:
    ProPresenter 5 and Presonus software for controlling and recording from the mixer.

    Otherwise I run GNU/Linux distributions.

  12. Paul Harris
    July 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    My computer crashed and I had to reload Win 7 Home with a legal ISO. I entered the licence code on the back of my laptop; it said it is activated, but got no invite. Guess I'm stuck with Win 7 until I purchase a new computer, unless I pay for it. Fat chance of that.

    • Bruce Epper
      July 6, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Make sure you have KB3035583 installed.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      July 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Paul, this is what I did on a 2010 model Acer Aspire laptop in order to get the Win 10 registration dealeo. Follow the instructions found in this excellent article by Miz Tina:

      • Tina Sieber
        July 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm

        Thank you for the compliment, Kelsey!

        In rare cases, even the tips in my article won't help, but if your copy of Windows 7 is genuine and activated, you should be able to get the app!

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      July 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Paul, it appears an earlier reply here was moderated away, so let me say it another way. Search on this site for an article entitled "Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It." That should get you going. It worked for me. :)

  13. William Vasquez
    July 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I voted, no I'm sticking to xp....only because you did not give me a choice of the correct answer which is, I'm using 8.1 now, but I plan on upgrading soon. I just don't have the spare time to wait for the download. I have no idea how long it will take to download, and I say this because somewhere I was told that the entire Windows 10 software is put on your computer, you just can't run it until July 29th. I am also waiting to see if I can get a full iso disk of the OS, instead of just upgrading. I would rather do a fresh full install. This way I have a disk for repairs in the future.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      July 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Good point on the iso disk...will Microsoft allow registered users to download such for the full install situation or for emergency hard drive failure situations?
      Anybody got a clue?

  14. Tom Willoughby
    July 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    In February, I bought a laptop that came bundled with Windows 8. Just 30 minutes later, it was driving me insane. It somehow had the conviction that it was born a tablet, and most features didn't make sense to me. I instantly felt pity for anybody who had this monstrosity on their desktop PC since it ws released, and I was thankful that I would not have to suffer this for much longer. The Windows 10 beta was available at the time, so spared no time in downloading and installing it in order to save myself from the folly of Microsoft's "one OS that is perfect for every device, so long as you're using a Surface tablet" policy.

    The beta is pretty good, comparable with the Windows 7 beta that I used many years back. It showed a lot of promise, and cured my shiny new laptop from its delusions of tabletness. The Start menu was there, as was the desktop, and I didn't have to faff around with installing any dodgy third-party software to allow me to use basic functionality.

    A few months on, and I'm still of the same mind. It's a pretty good beta. But it's not a release candidate. There are still some pretty annoying bugs, and the laptop constantly fails to update without having to rollback at least once. There isn't any way that it will be ready for mass release at the end of the month. I'll keep Windows 10 on my laptop, but my main computer will be basking in the familiar glow of Windows 7 until I'm convinced that Microsoft's new "continuous-release schedule" is properly refined, and not just an excuse to push half-baked features that will possibly be fixed a little later on. It makes me wonder whether they have been talking to AAA games publishers, or maybe developers of open-world survival games (with crafting!).

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