Should You Upgrade to Windows 10?

Brad Jones 11-06-2015

Windows 10 is coming When Does Windows 10 Come Out, How Can You Get It & What Happens to the Technical Preview? Windows 10 is coming soon. Still confused about how the upgrade will work and wondering about the timeline? We have some answers, although more questions remain. Read More and it’s an exciting prospect for PC users, but as well as new additions there are a few things being removed—make sure you know the pros and cons before you upgrade.


The question of the moment for PC users is whether or not it’s wise to upgrade to Windows 10 How to Upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update Windows 10 is offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. When you're ready to upgrade, you can use Windows Update and keep all your installed programs and settings intact. Read More . The latest version of Microsoft’s operating system brings a host of advances and refinements along with it, but some functionality from previous versions is being removed.

Before you decide whether or not to get Windows 10 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 , it’s best to be fully aware of what you’re getting yourself into. Here are the biggest points to consider, if you’re thinking about making the jump to Windows 10.

The Good

Cortana Makes Life Easier


Following a successful debut on Windows Phone devices, Cortana is being brought to PCs Cortana Arrives on the Desktop & Here's What She Can Do for You Is Microsoft's intelligent digital assistant as competent on the Windows 10 desktop as she is on Windows Phone? Cortana has a lot of expectation on her shoulders. Let's see how she holds up. Read More with Windows 10. Virtual assistant software has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, so there’s likely plenty of users looking forward to having access to it directly from their PC.

Admittedly, speaking to Cortana doesn’t come quite as naturally when you’re sat in front of a computer compared to the way this software is implemented on smartphones, but the functionality itself is very good. Now updated to control third party apps like Spotify, as well as launching programs, creating calendar events and searching the Internet, Cortana is a powerful tool that will likely get even better as Windows 10 continues to be improved upon.


A Truly Fresh Start

Windows System Restore

While it might not be the most attention-grabbing feature, the tweaks being made to storage and recovery functionality in Windows 10 look set to fix some niggling deficiencies. Refresh and Reset functionalities are being redesigned to work without the need for a recovery image, which cuts down on the amount of system resources the OS needs, but also offers some other benefits to the user.

For one, it prevents hardware manufacturers from polluting the restore partition with bloatware How To Remove Bloatware & Avoid It On New Laptops Tired of software you never wanted consuming your laptop's resources? Your computer isn't free ad space. Here's how to get rid of bloatware. Read More , making it much easier to start afresh with a clean install if you choose to. Tweaks like this might not make headlines, but they’re nice additions to usability that supplement the more attractive features being included in Windows 10.

Windows 10 is the Final Version of Windows



Microsoft has made it very clear that Windows 10 is set to be the last version of Windows. The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! Read More  Much like Apple’s OS X, it seems like the edition of the OS is set to be a platform in its own right, that the company can iterate on going forward. For anyone put off by the fact that Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and now 10 have seen release over little more than five years, this will be somewhat reassuring.

Many users exercise caution when a new version of their OS comes around. It makes sense to wait until the bugs have been ironed out of any major release, but that strategy can backfire if you wait too long. All of a sudden, your PC is multiple versions out of date and won’t support new hardware or software features. However, Microsoft is offering the opportunity for all users to get on an even playing field via a free update to Windows 10.

From that point, your computer will be kept up to date automatically, as Microsoft is planning to take advantage of always-on Internet connections to deliver a continuous schedule of updates. The days of an outdated PC seem to be coming to an end, so long as users upgrade to Windows 10 to start the process off.

Integration with the Wider Windows Ecosystem



Microsoft has made no secret of its ambition to use Windows 10 to expand the reach of the OS Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More . Soon, the same user experience that’s available on a PC running Windows 10 will cross over to phones, tablets and more. If you’re already tied into Microsoft’s range of products, switching from one device to another is going to be more seamless than ever before.

Perhaps you’re looking to continue working on a spreadsheet on your tablet after you’ve set the document up in Excel on your office PC, you’ll be able to do just that, thanks to the new range of Office apps Microsoft Office Leaps Into a New Era with Touch First Apps & New Desktop Suite Office has been the gold standard for office suites for a very long time. Microsoft is working hard to keep it that way as it's expanding to new platforms and technology. Read More specifically designed for touch screen interfaces. Or, say you want to play a few rounds of Halo online, but the television is in use—you can use the Xbox app to stream gameplay from your Xbox One directly to your PC Here's How Gaming Will Work With Windows 10 With Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing PC gaming and the Xbox One together in a big way. Find out what to expect once Windows 10 arrives. Read More display.

Individually, these pieces of functionality might not be reason enough to upgrade to Windows 10. However, when taken as a whole they begin to construct a rather convincing argument. Having all your devices working together can make life much easier, and Microsoft is making the most of its broad range of products and services to take advantage of that.

The Bad

Less Control Over Updates



Many PC users have learned to fear the sight of Windows Update Windows 10 Upgrade - Free Doesn't Mean It Won't Cost Anything There's a catch to the free Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft understands its audience all too well; they are more likely to pay for the freedom of control, rather than for extra features. Read More , and the continuous schedule of updates set for Windows 10 looks set to make it an even bigger frustration. If you purchase the Pro or Enterprise edition of the OS, you’ll be able to defer these updates, at least for some time, but anyone who takes advantage of the free upgrade being offered by Microsoft has no such luxury.

On the one hand, you might argue that this makes it easier for the company to keep Windows safe and secure. However, there are plenty of users out there who will undoubtedly see this as nannying on the part of Microsoft, and would prefer to retain control of their own system without being forced into buying a premium version of the OS.

Veteran tech reporter Mary Jo Foley calls the strategy ‘Windows as a service‘, alluding to the fact that users are agreeing to use whatever version of the OS Microsoft circulates as the most current release. That’s all well and good while things are in proper working order, but there may well be a backlash as soon as the company starts making changes that users don’t like.

Familiar Features Will Be Missing


The little differences can be the most jarring part of any OS upgrade. We get accustomed to the way things work, and even slight changes to that delicate balance can stand out from what we know. Microsoft has already announced a list of deprecated features for Windows 10, all of which are relatively minor.

Desktop gadgets from Windows 7 are set to disappear, and classic games like Solitaire Celebrating 25 Years of Microsoft Solitaire: The History, Rules & a Tournament Solitaire - the preserve of procrastinating office workers and bored housewives - is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Microsoft is commemorating it with a group tournament. We re-visit the history and rules of the game. Read More and Minesweeper will need to be replaced with versions from the Windows Store. These changes shouldn’t be deal-breakers for most users, but they’re indicative of the sort of thing that makes a new OS feel unfamiliar as you begin to use it.

No More Media Center


Like Windows 8 before it, Windows 10 won’t support Windows Media Center—in fact, it will uninstall the program automatically when you upgrade. Many users take advantage of the software for its capacity as a no-frills DVD player, but that job can be done by the multi-functional VLC 6 More VLC Media Player Features You Must Try VLC is a media player more powerful than you might realize. Are you using it to its full potential? Here are some pointers. Read More until Microsoft delivers its own replacement.

You might even want to look into something a little bit more worthy of the title Media Center. Plex is one of the most popular options at the moment, as it’s built on the strong foundation of XBMC (now known as Kodi) and offers a beautiful, straightforward interface with handy features like movie trailer integration Get Even Closer To The Cinema Experience With Plex Movie Trailers The cross-platform media server Plex now supports movie trailers and extras. We show you how to add those clips to your movie library. Read More .

Should I Update or Not?

With Windows 10, Microsoft isn’t simply introducing a new version of its OS—it’s fundamentally changing the way that Windows functions. Between the continuous user experience between devices and the new way that updates are set to be rolled out, it’s clear that the company is set on making some major changes.

As such, you need to consider whether the changes being made will make your PC usage better or worse. This certainly isn’t the sort of no-brainer update that will provide the same benefits to every user.

Instead, it’s perhaps best to think of Windows 10 as a new OS altogether. You wouldn’t switch from Windows to Linux How to Install Ubuntu on Windows 10: 3 Simple Methods to Try There are many ways in which you can try Ubuntu. One of them is to install Ubuntu on Windows 10 using one of these methods. Read More without doing the proper research beforehand, and similarly you shouldn’t install Windows 10 unless you’re quite sure that it’s going to change the way you use your computer for the better.

Your reasoning might be as simple as having found Cortana very handy to have on your Windows Phone. Conversely, you might not want to let go of Windows Media Center just yet. It’s important that your decision is based on the way you use your PC now, and how that might be affected by the changes made for Windows 10.

Most users will benefit from the new features and tweaks that Windows 10 has to offer, but those who don’t will be none too pleased to find that they’re stuck with an OS that they don’t like. Take the time to consider your options before you take the plunge, and you’ll be less likely to regret your decision afterwards.

Do you have your own insight on whether or not updating to Windows 10 is a good idea? Why not share it with other users in the comments section below?

Related topics: Microsoft Cortana, Windows 10, Windows Upgrade.

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  1. Lori
    January 27, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Once installed windows 10 can you go bac or uninstall?

  2. Anonymous
    August 2, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    To me, this free system is an obvious ploy to incorporate and force people into a system that will eventually no longer be a system you own but have to pay a service for. I can see not other logical reason for offering the upgrade for free. It would seem to me that this system will operate much like the system on a smart phone where it is an app driven device and not an operating system. Any updates apps or programs will likely require permissions that create a computer that does not belong to you but belongs to or 100 percent shared content with Microsoft. In short it seems like a data mining tool and a way to force people into paying a monthly service cost instead of owning the operating system.

  3. Anonymous
    July 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Once I run a compatibility check and it supports all my hardware i am willing to make the upgrade, if not by the end of this year by next year (when some bugs are solved with updates). And the Windows Media Player does not bother me as I currently use XBMC (Kodi) and I am fully satisfied with Kodi as my media center software.

  4. Anonymous
    June 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I trade financial instruments, including Forex 24 hours--five days, and need m trading platforms to run contnuously from Sunday evening to Friday evening. I cannot have Microsoft restarting my computer on its own. Which is why I need to select when to install their updates.

    If this is going to be a problem, it is a Windows 10 deal killer. Capeesh?

  5. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Aside from the fact that my HP Mini has parts that are not supported by W10, there are enough question marks and concerns to make me think thrice. Just clicking on a few of results on the first page of my search helped fill in some of the blanks, although the ultimate problem is that MS isn't showing all its cards, so we can really only make educated guesses about how this newest and "last" version will impact us all for years and years to come.

    Do your own search and read some opinions from different "experts". Any time a big company like MS, which has made huge amounts of cash by selling buggy software, wants to give something away, you can be sure that they've got a good reason for doing it and it is unlikely to be philanthropical in nature.

    • Lalo Aguilar
      December 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      "buggy software"
      Wow, you just said THE truth.

      Greetings from México, mi amigo.

      As to upgrading to W10, my family and I chose to do it.
      Let's see what happens.

      Did a full back-up of all our personal files prior to, just in case.

  6. Anonymous
    June 14, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I think its a good idea upgrating to windows 10, its free so why not taking advantage of it? Also brings the latest securtiy and cool features and directx 12. As a gamer and geek too I'll upgrate to windows 10.

  7. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Technical concern: My 64 bit laptop with Windows Home Premium has an earlier i3 processor 3120M which does not have PrefetchW and will not support Windows 10 64-bit. I am concerned that my laptop will run a lot slower on a Windows 10 32 bit installation..

  8. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    The only thing I'm concerned about is that when I ran the device compatibility check on my PC, which is currently running Windows 8.1, it says that all my bluetooth devices and drivers are not compatible. So basically if I upgraded, bluetooth would no longer work on my PC. I'm not quite sure what to do about that.

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2015 at 4:05 am

      My HP Mini has the same problem, but W10 also doesn't support some of my other hardware, especially my graphics accelerator - which means I cannot use W10. Not that I'm sure I would want to, anyways. There are just too many questions.

  9. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I can't believe anyone still uses Windows Media Center. It's a memory hog, and it doesn't do the job nearly as well as VLC, or a number of other programs.

  10. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    It is a noble idea to have continuous updates rather than a clean install just like the rest of the major platforms, as long as it is not too invasive (popups, forced shutdowns etc) and doesn't affect functionality of application software. Because Windows is all about productivity, after all.

  11. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 10:56 am

    How do I bookmark this and every article that I want to save? I don't see the option.

  12. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I have resisted using Windows 8.1 (although I do have it). Windows 10 is almost what Windows 8 should have been. The transition to Mac OS is too expensive. Linux is good and getting better but lacks a lot of the sophistication of Windows. Yes, I like to stay with what's familiar and I total accept the comments about deprecated facilites and slightly different GUI.

    The fact is: Windows 7 is getting old, despite being a great OS. I learned Windows 3, Windows 95 and XP. I am sure I can get on with the step up to 10. This is progress and it is no use hankering after the old familiar things, Windows 7 will be deprecated before too long, anyway.

    As for bugs, Windows 10 has what must be the biggest tes programme ever for an OS with thousands of 'Windows Insiders' testing it alongside the developers.

    I think I'll go for it as it is free.

  13. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 8:52 am

    "If you purchase the Pro or Enterprise edition of the OS, you’ll be able to defer these updates, at least for some time, but anyone who takes advantage of the free upgrade being offered by Microsoft has no such luxury."

    Not anyone. If you're upgrading from Windows 7 or 8 Pro, you'll get the Pro version of Windows 10.

    • Anonymous
      June 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Here's the catch .... Microsoft does not offer free upgrades for Professional or Enterprise edition of the OS.

      • Anonymous
        June 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm

        No, they do. For Pro at least - "we are offering the full versions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Pro as a free and easy upgrade for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch"
        (Also see: [Broken URL Removed] )

        And while the upgrade for Enterrpise users might not technically be *free*, Enterprise versions of Windows have only been available through volume licensing, the kind where businesses pay an annual fee and always have access to the latest version of the covered software, so when Windows 10 comes out, they will get access to it without paying any more (than they're already paying).

  14. Anonymous
    June 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    My main concern is Drivers. I have a Lenovo Thinkpad yoga and I want to make sure Lenovo has all the software to keep my existing functionality working.

    • Anonymous
      June 12, 2015 at 11:28 am

      I have an old HP Compaq 6910p, ATI/AMD stopped supporting the video chip so no drivers in Windows 10. This laptop will not be updating to Win10 and will eventually turn into my linux laptop. OTOH my desktop is running fine with the latest Win10 build 10130, the only software I have a problem with is AVG, it was disabled and needs and update to run on Win10.
      The start menu is a mix of the classic and modern, all your programs are arranged alphabetically.

  15. Anonymous
    June 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    The only thing that is important to me:

    Will my current programs work in Windows 10? I have some very expensive software and I will not be happy if suddenly it comes useless.

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      They will work :) after all windows 10 is still windows ! ..every software that worked with windows 7 or 8-8.1 should work as well on Windows 10 .