Should I upgrade to Windows 10 during the free trial?
I keep getting bombarded by Microsoft to upgrade to Windows 10 but I am hesitant to do so since my Windows 7 Pro is working fine. What is the advantage to do so?
Windows 7 is a highly stable and accomplished operating system, and unless you want to use Touch Screen or Mobile functionality of Windows 10, you have no reason to move to Windows 10.
Also, you need to be very careful when you upgrade and should check:
1. Hardware Compatibility (Do not rely on the Windows 10 so called Auto Check. Doesn't work other than in Microsoft's Lab!)
2. Applications Compatibility – Check with your vendors
3. Back up – You must back up your entire PC using external Windows 7 back up function which also takes an image of your Hard-Drive. This will help you in case you want to roll-back to Windows 7. I know of at least 2 clients that their entire files and applications were wiped out even when they had selected “Keep my files and applications”!
Here is an articles that you will find useful with comprehensive list of actions you need to take before upgrading:
Personally, my advice to Windows 7 users is they should wait until Windows 10 is stable enough. Currently it is being updated with some kind of patch on weekly basis. If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 and you are happy with it, then I would stick with it until Windows 10 is stable enough. Frankly, the time you will spend trying to recover files or reload your applications is worth more than the price of Windows 10 Upgrade.
Windows 10 might well be the best OS Microsoft has produced in years, but the way they have gone about forcing people to upgrade when the OS is not stable enough is a disgrace and a Customer Relationship disaster.
Our next move in our business may well be getting away from Microsoft and looking at using Ubuntu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(operating_system). This however may not be an option unless you are a software enthusiast and have some essential OS and PC skills.
I agree with others here, stick with Windows 7 if it's working for you. I'm a musician who connects electronic keyboards to my computer using MIDI and I found that my MIDI interface didn't have drivers for Windows 10 AFTER I upgraded. Now I have to buy a new MIDI interface. I've already reinstalled all of my applications, so going backwards to Windows 7 again wasn't an option because I put so much work into reinstalling all of my applications.
I also had an external audio device that had no Windows 10 drivers. In that case though Windows 10 supports higher audio resolutions, so I didn't have to purchase a new external audio device.
Preston - Please go for it. Windows 10 is a fantastic OS and it has been deployed by far greater audience than Windows 7 today. Best thing you should do is take backup of your data and do a clean install and you will find a much faster, more secure, much fluid and performing PC. If you are a non-technical user, please take help from a friend who knows how to do clean install and you will not regret it. Little bit of re-learning around menu and tiles - but a great desktop OS. (BTW: I am not paid by Microsoft or anyone to say this.)
You have about 36 hours left so you need to make up your mind. I held off until last week. I was quite happy as you are with the Windows 7. I really was expecting to be less happy with Windows 10 but to be honest I am fine with it and do think there are advantages such as longer support.
Now here is what I think might sway you to make the upgrade. When I installed the Windows 10 update I got a message that said. "If you don't like Windows 10 you can go back to what you had very easily" The exact wording may have been a bit different but the message is the same.
So Preston, give it a shot. If you don't like it you can easily go back to Windows 7 Pro. Once the free offer is gone you will have missed the boat.
Good question - what is the advantage. Win 7 got very polished and stable towards the end and Win 8.1 Pro fixed a lot of issues with Win 8. If Windows is doing everything you need to at the moment, then there is no rush. Often it is good to let the dust settle and issues to be ironed out on new OS. Upgrading always causes hardware / software compatibility issues so you could find yourself needing to spend a lot of more time and money to sort things out without any real immediate benefit.
The absolute, definitive answer is... It Depends!?.
Windows 10 is a free upgrade to current users of Windows 7 and 8.1. There’s a good chance that your PC is already displaying a new icon in the system tray and prompting you to upgrade. Officially, the free upgrade offer ends on July 29, 2016, 1 year after the original release date. For Windows XP or Vista users, Windows 10 is a paid upgrade, which may be a bigger decision factor.
The Windows 10 download and upgrade are automatic. Via the new icon in the system tray or the pop-up prompt, you can have the upgrade run now or schedule the upgrade for a future time.
If you are not tech savvy, you can schedule a free appointment at a Microsoft store for a technician to perform the upgrade for you. You will likely need to leave your device at the Microsoft store for a few days.
Windows 10 includes "Cortana", the virtual assistant that is similar to Google Now and Apple’s Siri on smart phones. You can control elements of your PC simply by using your voice.
For major software you have installed on your PC, it is likely to be a smooth upgrade. However, check with the software provider if you are not sure.
For peripherals such as printers and scanners, you may need to download new drivers to ensure they work properly on the new platform.
The overall look-and-feel of Windows 10 is similar to Windows 7 and the Windows 8.1 desktop. But, there are some differences that you may need time to adjust to.
WinXP/Vista: Completely desupported
Windows 7: No mainstream support (no product upgrades)
Security upgrades through July 2020
Windows 8: Mainstream support through January 2018
Security upgrades through January 2023
Windows 10: Mainstream support through October 2020
It's slightly quicker than 7 on older hardware, there are apps in the "appstore" you might enjoy. Other than that if it isn't appealing don't bother.
I really like the newer version, and I really really like the Microsoft office 365. They go hand in hand I think. I use Firefox and have had no issues. It is a lot different from Window 7 so, yes, do the free trial first. Also, realize if you do not upgrade you will not have support for Windows 7.
Windows 10 is nice, especially if you want to use a touch screen.
Big bummer - no Media Center. Used it for years to capture TV, e.g., to watch news at 1.5x.
For Me Windows 7 Pro is still the best. It is much smoother than Windows 10
One week back I have applied the updated to my dell studio and it's working fine.
Before moving to upgrade please make sure that you have done with Data Back and system clean up
Rest be assured you definitely going to enjoy the high end User Interface within the Windows 10
No. Windows 10 is still definitely in beta mode. If you use programs that require a lot of your computer's resources, I would be reticent to use an OS with this current level of polish.
Windows 10 is a flashy OS. Has better and more vibrant UI, but there are lot of things that are either hidden or takes additional work to have them organized unlike Windows 7. Classic example is "Pin to task bar" is called "Send to task bar". Getting certain softwares or drivers for different hardware for Windows 10 could be a challenge. In short, for regular daily usage wouldn't be a big problem, but if the usage is like developing and working on certain softwares and IT stuff then it might be slightly difficult.
Windows 10 has many advantages over its previous systems. The OS is clean, familiar like it was on Windows 7 and its predecessors, where it's easy to understand, plus it has a wealth of new, helpful features that you'll actually want to use. That's why many users have rushed to the upgrade. But nothing is perfect, you may encounter some issues before and after, as long as you get used to it.