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Windows 10 is roughly five months old Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know The final version of Windows will be released on July 29th, but a lot of things remain nebulous. We have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions around Windows 10 and its release. Read More . Considering its relatively short consumer facing existence, Windows 10 has generated miles of column length search search Read More , billions of characters, and has left some users wondering just what on Earth is going on in their Windows 10 powered device.

At this grand old age, and as we approach the peak new device period, we ask ourselves “is it time to upgrade to Windows 10? 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

Why You Should Upgrade

Windows 10 received some excellent reviews following its late July 2015 release. Rightly so; it seemed to be the long-awaited merging of the best of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, forming a somewhat delightful lovechild Microsoft dubbed “Windows 10,” skipping a numerical generation to deliver what Microsoft calls its “final operating system 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 .”

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Windows 10 brought forth a number of exciting features, and sent a few less-than-popular features packing. Microsoft’s virtual AI assistant Cortana, despite initial teething problems, clearly has massive potential 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10 Cortana can help you go hands-free on Windows 10. You can let her search your files and the web, make calculations, or pull up the weather forecast. Here we cover some of her cooler skills. Read More . The Windows 8 Metro-style was toned down to allow Windows 7 users the chance to acclimatize, and the new Start Menu really is an excellent feature that has been reconsidered from the end-user perspective.

Microsoft also appears to have listened to their massive audience, too. The Windows 8 environment pushed upon desktop users is vastly scaled back in favor of a considered balance between traditional desktop users, and those accessing Windows 10 using a touch-first-device. This is epitomized in Windows 10 Continuum feature, allowing you to efficiently switch between desktop and tablet mode, using peripherals to initiate the mode switch, if required.

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Microsoft also reimagined some of their core utilities. The new Settings app is easier to navigate, again with touch-devices in mind, and the search-navigation bar makes finding and using system settings that much easier for new users. Certainly an intuitive system switch. Similarly, Microsoft overhauled the base Mail and Calendar applications, delivering vastly improved, vastly efficient experiences compared to their Windows 8 counterparts.

Windows 10 will keep your system updated, all the time, with new features, security patches, and more. For some users, and I’ll elaborate on this in a moment, this is a terrible “upgrade” in the Windows ecosystem. But for other users, mitigating security hole vulnerabilities is a big plus, and that their device will be updated without having to consider the options only adds to the positive feedback.

Finally, gamers may well consider the upgrades to DirectX available for Windows 10, with DX12 support as standard, and many users have reported improved battery performance, even on some older devices. Something to think about.

Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade

Have you got ten minutes? Microsoft has once again shipped a bug-filled operating system, seemingly designed to destroy any remaining hope that the Redmond-based software giant has made good on past errors. Windows 10 is far from finalized, though you’ll see the issues affect different demographics to different degrees.

One of the biggest gripes concerns alterations to Windows Update How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It's designed to operate in the background, automatically keeping your system safe and running smoothly. We show you how it works and what you can customize. Read More . The update system you’ll be familiar with from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 has been removed. The replacement is an altogether more totalitarian system, where updates are 99% obligatory, and you cannot opt-out of feature updates. Microsoft has relatively patchy history when it comes to updates, but the removal of end-user choice is what has truly irked potential and current users alike.

Much has been made of Windows 10 privacy settings, and the amount of communication the operating system seems to make with select Microsoft servers. While Microsoft maintains that nothing malicious is taking place – and for the most part, I believe them – many would argue, myself included, that this mass data intake isn’t okay Windows 10 Is Watching: Should You Be Worried? Windows 10 Is Watching: Should You Be Worried? Since its release, Windows 10 has been dogged by rumors concerning user privacy. Some of these are accurate, whereas others are myths. But where does Windows 10 stand on privacy, really? Read More .

Microsoft could have mediated the problem well ahead of time, but as a number of Windows 10 users have taken pains to research and uncover, even when the numerous privacy settings are turned off, Windows 10 still loves to dial home every now and then. It still doesn’t explain why these services cannot be simply stopped dead. Microsoft later admitted that the telemetry services Is Microsoft Gathering Data From You in Windows 7 and 8? Is Microsoft Gathering Data From You in Windows 7 and 8? You haven't upgraded to Windows 10 because you're worried about privacy? Microsoft has released a series of updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 that introduce similar diagnostics tracking. The good news is, you can remove... Read More couldn’t be fully disabled, as users upgrading to Windows 10 found their devices opted-in to full data sharing.

Windows 10 has also seen numerous reports of driver incompatibility Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 A bad Windows driver can ruin your day. In Windows 10, Windows Update automatically updates hardware drivers. If you suffer the consequences, let us show you how to roll back your driver and block future... Read More  following the November update Windows 10 Can Auto-Remove Software Against Your Will Windows 10 Can Auto-Remove Software Against Your Will Windows 10 is uninstalling software it doesn't consider compatible. Have you been affected? We show you which applications you could lose and why. Read More , with entire custom driver configurations being wiped and, following the most recent update, apps being deemed incompatible How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Windows 10 comes with several pre-installed apps that take up space on your device and aren't easy to remove. Sounds like bloatware, doesn't it? We show you how to remove these apps. Read More with the operating system simply being removed.

Finally, and this is one of the biggest problems of all, are the forced upgrades to Windows 10. Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users have been bombarded with increasingly aggressive upgrade notices How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 Microsoft ramps up its efforts to make users upgrade to Windows 10. Come 2016, many people will wake up to a new operating system, despite never having consented to the upgrade. Don't be one of... Read More .

The first instance saw an innocuous Windows 10 update popup appear in the taskbar, in a very malware-esq manner Has Microsoft Installed Adware on Your PC to Promote Windows 10? Has Microsoft Installed Adware on Your PC to Promote Windows 10? Windows 10 is coming and Microsoft is going to great lengths to ensure each and every Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 user is fully aware. Is update KB3035583 essentially adware? Read More . If this upgrade bubble is ignored, Windows Update becomes steadily more intrusive How You Could Have Upgraded to Windows 10 by Accident & What to Do How You Could Have Upgraded to Windows 10 by Accident & What to Do Windows 10 was accidentally auto-installed on Windows 7 and 8.1 machines without user consent. Microsoft apologized for the mistake. We analyze the events and show you once more how to NOT get Windows 10. Read More with each scheduled update to the existing operating system. This has led to some being tricked into upgrading ahead of time (and presumably without having properly backed up their files!), others have returned from dinner to find their system running Windows 10, and yet others have noted their existing operating system preemptively downloading Windows 10, just in case.

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Want a great way to alienate your consumers? Infiltrate their system, and push product into their eyes How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 Windows 10 makes a lot of decisions for the lazy user. If you would prefer to be your own master, you can set your own preferences. We show you how. Read More . If they say no, offer a single dialogue box, featuring a single option: Upgrade Now. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t everyone’s experience. But this smacks of Microsoft preying on some normal, and largely inexperienced users to ensure their new operating system features on as many systems as possible, as quickly as possible.

Oh, and the new Edge browser isn’t all it was cracked up to be, and add-ons, essential to most Internet users experience, will not be coming until sometime in 2016, without a definitive quarter for release.

What Do I Think?

Knowing what I know now, and looking back at what I knew then (July 29), I would approach Windows 10 with extreme caution. I’ve been using Windows 10 since late last year, as part of the Insider Preview, and have seen it go from strength to strength. I’ve also seen that initial new product enthusiasm diminish, and the global claws come out to tear Windows 10 apart. Is the tearing justified?

In many quarters, yes. During Windows 10 development, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the difficult decision to cut 7,800 jobs. It seems most of those jobs were focused on product testing, a role previously designed to free time for important development tasks.

Now, developers have to create and rigorously test their product. Something had to suffer. I think it has been detrimental to both parties, with development quality still very high – but without extensive testing, who knows what is being shipped?

Therefore, testing for Windows 10 fell heavily on those Insider Preview users. A majority of Insider Preview users are likely to have been Windows Power Users, with a good understanding of previous Microsoft products.

However, “experienced with Microsoft/Windows products” and “qualified and employed to product test Microsoft/Windows products” are entirely different. And it shows in the final product. There’s a very clear reason why Insider Previewers were somewhat shocked when the final RTM build arrived Is Windows 10 Build 10240 the Most Unfinished RTM Version Ever? Is Windows 10 Build 10240 the Most Unfinished RTM Version Ever? What's the proof for Build 10240 being the RTM version and is it ready for public release? We have investigated the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build and compiled the evidence. Read More on our systems. There was clearly no way they could even begin to fix the myriad bugs apparent throughout Windows 10.

We are now four or five months down the line, and Microsoft still hasn’t fixed a number of issues, despite issuing literally gigabytes of updates each week. The latest Threshold 2/November update perfectly illustrates this. Instead of fixing a big pile of problems, it heaped more on the pile 6 Common Windows Upgrade Issues & How to Fix Them 6 Common Windows Upgrade Issues & How to Fix Them Upgrading Windows 10 can cause a number of complications. We show you what to watch out for and how to prevent or fix issues. Read More .

My editor, Tina Sieber, provided me a host of links for lists detailing “why you shouldn’t upgrade to Windows 10,” but there really is only one reason: it is still so far from being the advertised product, paying consumers should avoid Windows 10. If your only reason to upgrade is because Microsoft has told you “it’s time,” that doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to me, especially if you are still happy with Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.

So, Is It Time?

Now, you’ll note I said paying consumers. I wouldn’t shell out $119.99 for a shiny new license, even as a general Microsoft fan. But as a free upgrade, it is worth it, especially now that you can use your old Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 license to activate the product The Ultimate Windows 10 Activation & License FAQ The Ultimate Windows 10 Activation & License FAQ One of the big confusions surrounding Windows 10 concerns its licensing and activation. This FAQ will shed some light, explain what has changed with Windows 10 version 1511 (Fall Update), and translate activation-related error codes. Read More . Heck, you could even claim your free upgrade, then rollback to Windows 7, 8, 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 , and wait another seven months for the majority of bugs to disappear under the Microsoft iron.

Clean installations appear to be much removed from the bug-laden free updates many users had to take advantage of in the days following the Windows 10 release. Similarly, those users purchasing a new device with a new Windows 10 installation may well be spared much of the Windows 10 misery. This relates to the updating of vital system files, the creation of new ones, and the legacy files left behind, interfering with Windows 10 processes.

As I have said before, the changes made to, and new features introduced to Windows 10, may receive a harsher tone because they affect Power Users so much more. Being among the most vocal tech-users in general, we are bound to encounter those bad experiences more frequently. Vast numbers of everyday users are probably having a perfectly acceptable Windows 10 experience – those users who don’t monitor their system resources, or have AMD’s Catalyst Control Center, or who see Cortana as a neat feature, not the next step in digital assistive search.

My advice then is this:

  • Users with a new Windows 10 device: do nothing, but monitor your apps, keeping an eye on any changes following an update.
  • Users with a new Windows 8/8.1 device: if your device allows it, and you have access to your product key, perform a clean installation. You should dodge some of the earlier teething problems.
  • Users with older Windows 7, 8, 8.1 devices: as above. A clean installation will certainly help remove any conflicting legacy files, and will give your device the clean operating system installation it deserves.

In any case, make sure you regularly back up your Windows 10 device How System Restore & Factory Reset Work in Windows 10 How System Restore & Factory Reset Work in Windows 10 Space wasted to a recovery partition is a thing of the past. System Restore and Factory Reset have improved in Windows 10. We show you how it works. Read More – you can never be sure what is around the Windows Update corner!

What is your Windows 10 tale of terror? Or have you had a jolly old time with your Windows 10 installation? Let us know your experiences below!

  1. Meena Bassem
    July 5, 2016 at 1:58 am

    i don't know why people call it an upgrade, from my point of view, its the worst type of downgrade. XP seems better for me than windows 10

  2. JohnT
    June 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Windows 8.1 will be my last Windows OS. I tried Win 10 and it has issue with switch screen resolutions in my KVM setup. MS has a habit of not listening to their customers and I'm tired of it. It will be MacOS or other linux flavors for the next laptop we need to replace.

  3. GavR
    March 31, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I've been running Windows 10 for just under 4 weeks and I've had nothing but issue after issue. Each time it is a reoccurring issue either with the start bar or with the sound/microphone. It takes hours out of my day to sit here combing through forums looking for fixes because Microsoft doesn't answer queries on their community forum. Or they offer one fix that clearly doesn't work. My advice; stay as far away from Windows 10 for as long as you possibly can. In fact I'm considering selling my laptop and buying an Apple just to avoid anything Microsoft in the near future. How a multi million dollar company can treat its customers in such a manner, even after these customers have made them so successful, is criminal.

  4. Brian T
    March 24, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I am begging Microsoft to stop this farce of the upgrade. Most small business users are using laptops or PCs with Windows 7 Home Premium and to upgrade them to 10 seriously damages their productivity. Some have just reluctantly upgraded from XP and some are running versions of accounting software donkey years old and the upgrade makes their software inoperable. Running this software in the way they do does make them unproductive or inefficient. Your upgrade to 10 does. How dare you, very very dare you inflict this on the business community for the sake of your pride and vanity. Most users have just upgraded to Windows 7 - stop this madness now, it's bordering on if not downright criminal. I work in small business support.

  5. mover92
    March 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Very informative, Thanks,

    I'm sticking with windows 7 for now, but am wondering how much spying is going on on windows 7.
    Do you have a video on disabling spying on 7?

    Down the road, I imagine that 7 will be unsupported at some point.

    So thanks, I have bookmarked your video and will join.

  6. neotokyo6
    March 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I buy new notebook with factory (force) install Window 10. (Dell inspiron 15 7000series)

    and window delete it self in just 2 week.

    a most impressive experience with window 10 so far.

  7. Bampa
    February 20, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Upgraded very stable Windows 7 to 10, now very unreliable, constantly crashing and restarting, almost unusable. Worst Computer experience ever, many many hours trying to resolve issues.
    Wish over and over again that I had not upgraded, downgraded in my case.

    • Tailgunner
      February 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Windows 10 killed my MSI 970 Gaming motherboard by preventing the BIOS from reflashing, messed with the RAM slots by showing 8GB dual channel (2 4GB sticks) as single, plus when win 7 sysinfo was showing under half that as if I were running 32bit when I have 64bit windows 7 installed

  8. Mark
    February 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Xerox Documate scanners won’t work. Xerox is taking this as an opportunity to force their customers to upgrade rather than simply updating their drivers. I have 262 Documates, 33 pages per minute scanners. They cost about $1000 each when I purchased them. I have 10 of them. Windows 10 is very costly and, Xerox sucks.

  9. Rob
    January 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I upgraded and reverted back twice. The first time was because of the network issue they had with Windows 10 where the connection fluctuate in and out constantly. The second time was because I couldn't for the life of me get the usb plug and play to work. Every time I would plug in a device the OS would refuse to install the drivers, even for a usb device that was already working in another usb port. To be honest, I like the OS, but I want control over my PC. So it is Win 7 for me.

  10. Andreas
    January 4, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I was a periodic Windows Insider, but saw what they were going for: who shouted the loudest.

    - New icons
    - Modern UI apps do not open in a full screen anymore

    - Constant spying on the user
    - Changelogs have died. What did that over 1GB update do?
    - Many ridiculous apps installed by default "3D builder"???
    - Cortana is listening all the time. I wonder when a hacker finds that useful.
    - File Explorer: Apparently "Recent files" is more important than actually browsing for ones files.
    - An OS that is launched without the possibility to change the damn white colour is just a sign that the OS was launched while still in beta. That is has been added after launch (3 or 4 months later), just proves that point.

    I had Windows 10 on my gaming rig at home. I had it for 3 weeks I think. Now I have Windows 8.1, here's why:
    - More control over MY computer (Windows updates, removing the privacy invading ones).
    - I do not wish to install an update just because it "Improves the Windows experience" or "Improves features"..

  11. fcd76218
    January 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    All Microsoft has to do is to quit supporting all the Windows versions prior to Win 10 to force everybody to upgrade. Then all the users will have the pleasure of enjoying the Greatest Windows Ever.

    • JohnT
      June 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      sure, Microsoft since 2012 (win 8.0), the best reason to finally switch to a mac

  12. A41202813GMAIL ..
    January 2, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Me ? - Downgrading ? - No Freaking Way.


  13. Robfuscate
    January 1, 2016 at 3:47 am

    I upgraded 2 W8.1 desktops and 2 W7 laptops; and have downgraded the 2 laptops - I simply cannot afford the endless updates to replace W7 when W10 is only marginally better. On the other hand, W10 craps all over W8.1 so the desktops keep it - although if I could take them back to W7, I would!

  14. Kevin
    January 1, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I think I've posted this on MUO before: No, I have not upgraded either of my 2 HP Envys to Win10. Not from a lack of trying. They each error out, rebooting themselves back 2 Win 7 / Win 8.1, respectively. The HP forum had a few suggestions about using some Command Line blah blah to remove something that is getting in the way, and I have no idea, coz I've decided to wait a while longer. Neither do I know if the command line stuff will help. Just for kix, on each machine, I setup a USB device to attempt to install from: each machine acted as if it was going to complete the mission, but then would reboot back 2 original OS after wasting an hour or 2. :(

  15. lakesnake_2005
    January 1, 2016 at 12:32 am

    JUST SAY NO !!! I built my own Gaming Rig several years ago and have upgraded it as I went along with new tech as it was available. Windows 98, Windows XP and then Windows 7, all worked just fine ,no problems. I would have kept XP IF it would have recognized all my RAM. I use custom video and audio drivers and this has NEVER been an issue. So when they offered me Windows 10 I took the chance. At first, no big deal. THEN, the first thing I noticed was my computer turning it's self on and off for no reason. Then the updates started. Deleted drivers, scrambled files and then to top it off....locked me out of my own files. Microsoft was full of ideas that did not work and made it worse. Their help blog members were EXTREMELY condescending and rude and couldn't help either. I had REFORMAT both hard drives to get this crap off my computer. If it is already on a new one, you might be fine and probably can't remove it anyway. And if you are a average user this may be fine. BUT if your computer is custom built I advise against it. And please don't try to change my opinion. It's CRAP in my book. BEWARE.

  16. JD
    December 31, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Hey Gavin, another great write-up!!

    From what I could assume, in my post below is that HP and MSFT need to get on board totally. Obviously the system corruption was being caused by bad HP embedded software and possibly incompatible hardware. HP on many occasions along with MSFT told me to roll back and forget about 10. The odd thing is that I tried two clean installs along the way with the same bad outcome. I also have a top of the line I-7 system, etc.. Nobody should be going through the hoops like I did. Although, I did think it was a fun challenge.

    Keep the wonderful articles coming Gavin!!

  17. JD
    December 31, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    7th times a charm!!

    Got a new HP in September with 7 Pro and have tried unsuccessfully to upgrade 7 times. Each time with corrupted files that did numerous bad things.
    The 7th one I downloaded the ISO from Techbench ,ran the upgrade and still got the corrupted files. However the iso from them is different in that you could mount it after the upgrade and run a DismRestoreHealth command using the path to the mounted iso. The restore health has to be from the same exact iso that you downloaded. You cant run updates before you run Dism command. disconnect from the net first. Worked like a charm!!

    Bottom line, is that my system is running perfectly, if not better than when I was on 7. Good OS. Of course only time will tell.

    Like lp said, you need patience and make it a challenge. And of course a fridge full of beer!!

  18. lp
    December 31, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Windows 10 loop crashed on me 3 times and fatally. I luckily have other computers and keep nothing important on that PC. I have been testing it and it has failed the crash test including the impossible repair loop. Very buggy, and although I keep tormenting myself by giving it another try, it has been fun to troubleshoot. Windows 10 is not for the average person. It takes knowledge of commands, patience and a full fridge of beer. Microsoft customer service is clueless and puts you through the endless loop as well. So good luck if you decide to taker on win10

    December 31, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    They cut thousands of testers? As a former software tester I can say with certainty this will be and probably already is disastrous. Rarely do developers have the patience to thoroughly test the way dedicated testers do. Often they miss things, particularly related to interworking elements, which is not surprising. They are developers, do their job is to develop and test what they develop then it should be tested beyond to assure thorough compatibility. This to me explains many of the numerous issues I have read about.

    There are so many issues I am hearing and I never moved past win 7 because each new iteration seemed less promising. Maybe in a year they will fix these issues but without them having testers or enough testers for a bloody OS, whi knows when they'll sort it out. Luckily I don't need more than a tablet these days. God help the rest of society built around Windows. Seems they have cornered the market between a rock and a hard place.

  20. Pug
    December 31, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I was dragged into their 'Insider' was just suddenly ON the machine when I opened it one day. I am NOT a developer or a whizz-kid;I'm a wtf they thought I might bring to the party,I'll never know. BUT-I really did try,doing my best to isolate and solve problems [lots of them] as they appeared. The version they dumped on me at first,just kept evolving,slowly improving,but gaining a rep for being untrustworthy and far too intrusive regarding collecting private data. That doesn't bother me-if governments really want to track me as I peruse ebay or play chess,then good on 'em. BUT-eventually,I got fed up with the constant restarts,non-stop updates,being unable to isolate files for back-up,,I'm back on W7 Ultimate,where I'm staying for the foreseeable future...and my main-use lappy is still running Linux Mint....we dinosaurs may be outdated-but not EVERYONE who uses a lap or desk top machine plays games...some of us just browse,or use it to find timetables,info,etc.
    Nah...I can wait. Long live W95!

  21. rob
    December 31, 2015 at 11:59 am

    My choice was to buy a new PC with Win10 pre-installed and run the old box alongside (using a KVM switch). So far I've only had problems with one application program - that mostly works but a couple of features need attention. Threshold 2 killed that problem program, I had to reinstall it (and it still has the same issues as before).

    I've spoken to several people who've taken the upgrade then reverted but they've not been able to articulate why, just: "didn't like it" with no specifics. That's a very familiar issue, people get used to a way of working and fight against any change, even for the better, and I think overall Win10 is a better user experience than Win7 (or the widely disliked Win8 which did seem to me like a retrograde step).

    I'm now at the point where I seldom need the old PC (mostly to recover an app or data file I'd not originally shifted) so I guess I can rate Win10 as a success.

    My advice to others is to first consider when you'll be replacing your PC, if its in the coming year (or two?) don't bother with Win10 upgrade for the old PC otherwise take the free upgrade but leave it as late as possible so more of the remaining issues can be resolved.

  22. Jim
    December 31, 2015 at 2:32 am

    In October 2015, I downloaded and installed Windows 10 on my Windows 8.1 laptop. All went well and I actually liked Windows 10 until a few weeks later when my system went crazy. I didn't download or install anything new -- just used the laptop as usual. I did the roll-back but that didn't make my laptop a proper Windows 8.1. I ended up formatting the hard drive and re-installing Windows 8.1. I think I will stick with it since I also use the Classic Shell for the traditional Start button. I will also keep Windows 7 on my two desktop computers. Should Microsoft eventually get Windows 10 bug-free by the end of the free give-away period, I may give it another try.

  23. Raphael Tsavkko Garcia
    December 30, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    LAst month I've updated, from Win 7 Pro to the 10 pro and... What a huge mistake! I got a problem with Cortana, a critical error with cortana and the start menu that NOTHING in the world could solve. I've tryied everything, every tip from every site I could find and not even Microsoft was able to fix. And, on top of that, I couldn't roll back to my old OS version, so I had to D/L a stable version of the 7, lose ALL my files (I had them all backed up, but what a horrible headache), install everything, over 200 update windows files and then put it all back in order... No way I'm updating again to the 10!

  24. Michael Winbush
    December 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Not sure why this keeps coming up - there are people who will NEVER update their computers to Windows 10 and some of them have good reasons (drivers, old hardware, old apps, etc...) so I'm pretty sure Microsoft isn't going to worry about those people. If you're running Windows XP or Vista, Windows 10 isn't in your plans.

    But I've moved ALL of my computers to Windows 10 (from Windows 7 and 8/8.1) and I'm very happy with the new operating system. I've been able to run the majority of my Steam library without any issues and haven't found any major issues with hardware going back 4-5 years.

  25. Anonymous
    December 30, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I think that those on Windows 7 who have chosen not to upgrade yet have been vindicated by all the teething problems and privacy issues that have eventuated; it will be interesting to see how many ultimately do upgrade come July 2016.

    • Blitzkrieg
      December 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      Agreed. July 2016 will be a very significant month for Microsoft, because after the free upgrade period ends, I doubt anybody is going to shell out $100+ for a license. At that point it's going to take some years for people to dump their old systems to buy something new that comes with 10.

    • fcd76218
      January 2, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      What people are not taking into consideration is that M$ can decommit support for all Windows versions prior to 10 at any time it feels like, forcing all users to upgrade to 10.

      • andrew255
        February 19, 2016 at 9:01 am

        That's when I decommit my support for M$ and finally try out linux.

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