Deciding on Windows 10

It’s been six months since the consumer release of Windows 10. As of the 4th of this month Microsoft reports that it has been activated on 200 million devices. This is no surprise given their aggressive campaign to get people to upgrade. However, Windows 7 is still the most used computer operating system by far with over 55%. So, should you upgrade?

The short answer is, give it a try. If you are on Windows 7 or 8, upgrading to 10 is really a painless experience. There are numerous tutorials on how to do this so I won’t go into instructions here.  Unlike upgrading to previous versions of Windows, you can keep all your data, settings, and installed programs.  After upgrading two of my own machines I can say it really is that easy.  The thing that really makes this a no risk option is that you can roll back to your previous version of Windows within the first 30 days if you don’t like version 10.

For me personally, Windows 10 doesn’t really offer much in the way of improvements that I care about.  I’ve been using it for almost 6 months now and I’m moving my primary machine back to Windows 7.  As privacy and security is much more of a priority to me than cloud based inter-connectivity and integration which is one of the central aspects of Windows 10, 7 is a better fit.  Sure, it’s cool that Windows can be aware of my calendar and traffic and weather to be able to notify me that I should leave for an appointment early to be on time.  However I don’t feel that Microsoft has given Windows 10 users enough control over how the system can be configured.

The purpose of this post isn’t to go over all the pros and cons of this new operating system.  I just want everyone to know that it is truly easy to try it, and to undo that upgrade if you decide it’s not for you.

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