It was just last year that Microsoft introduced Windows 10, its latest operating system (OS). For those operating on Windows 8.1, this meant the option to upgrade to the most recent version and all the frills that come with that. But upgrading to Windows 10 isn’t necessarily mandatory; at least it hasn’t been traditionally. And everyone has his or her own preference when it comes to which system he or she like best or is most comfortable with.
With this version of Windows, Microsoft has been a bit more insistent about users upgrading. They have made the OS “recommended,” meaning the files are automatically downloaded to user’s hard drive, although permission must still be given to accept the end user license agreement (EULA) which starts the installation. With that said, there are reasons for and against immediately upgrading to Windows 10.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 10
It’s clear that no matter how users feel about Windows 10, they agree it is much better than Windows 8 or 8.1. First, the start menu is back, which is a big relief for Windows traditionalists. Security has been a pressure point in the online world as of late, and Windows 10 offers improved security over its predecessors.
Other features include a new browser called Microsoft Edge, and Cortana, which is the voice-activated personal assistant—like Siri for the Microsoft desktop world. Also, Microsoft Edge is the first browser that allows you to write anywhere you can type. You can simply use your finger or tablet pen. Updates are all done automatically and at no cost, which means users can be certain they are always working with the most up-to-date version of the software.
But some of Windows strengths are its weaknesses. Because this is the last version of Windows that Microsoft will be running, users lose a lot of the flexibility they had in other versions. The choice of features to install or other aesthetic changes will be done through upgrades.
Other disadvantages, especially early on, are the updates. They haven’t always worked out and some updates have even blue-screened some computers. Microsoft has claimed to have fixed those major issues, but some small bugs still persist and users are going to just have to learn to live with them throughout the Windows 10 evolution.
Reasons People Avoid Upgrading to Windows 10
There are some practical reasons why users may not want to upgrade to Windows 10. First, their system may not be able to run it. There are specifications needed, including the need for a PC or tablet with a processor that is 1 GHz or faster, a DirectX 9 or later graphic card, plus other variables all listed on the Windows 10 specifications page.
Users have also refrained from upgrading because they are still using Windows 7, the most popular OS from Microsoft. Plus, because you have a full year to upgrade to Windows 10 for free (beginning from July 29, 2015), there isn’t too much of a rush. Users also aren’t rushing because security updates for Windows 7 and 8 will be available for some years to come.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10
The first thing you need is your current version of Windows to be properly activated. Once that is confirmed, the Windows 10 update tool is fairly straightforward. You will need to determine whether you are running a 32- or 64-bit OS. That’s because it’s not possible to upgrade to a new Windows OS from a 32-bit system to a 64-bit system. You will need to do a clean install.
From the installer tool, click “upgrade this PC now.” You’ll then be given the option to keep certain files. You can adjust this by clicking “change what you keep” underneath the selections. You can choose to keep personal files and personal apps, or nothing at all.
Once you’ve made that decision, the final screen will read “ready to install.” Click that, and you’ve completed the last step of the download. You will still be able to make configurations after the update.
Is It Time to Upgrade My Old Windows OS? Help with Upgrading to Windows 10
As we mentioned before, many users are comfortable with older versions of Windows, especially Windows 7. And as long as security updates and support is still available, the choice to upgrade to Windows 10 is yours. However, the latest versions of anything usually offer the most features and best overall support, along with being more integrated with existing features.
Zarr Tech can help businesses that are looking to make the transition to Windows 10. Our team of technicians are knowledgeable in how Windows 10 operates and can incorporate this into your company’s IT strategy. If you have any questions about upgrading to Windows 10, contact us for advice and consultations. Our team is here to help.