We are FAST approaching the date when Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 to the public. It comes out July 29th (THAT is TOMORROW!) as a free upgrade if you have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. Yes you have read that right, it is FREE. In fact you have probably seen the notification icon on your screen asking you to register for the upgrade.
This begs the question: It’s free, should I take this free upgrade?
This is not a simple question with a simple answer. There are many things to consider in deciding if you want to take this offer from Microsoft.
- Do I have vital business files that I need to make sure work on this new version of Windows?
- Have my Programs been tested on Windows 10?
- Have I tested the change on my systems?
- Am I using old hardware that will not work on Windows 10?
And the list goes on and on.
There is a lot to love about Windows 10. Many users of Windows 8 and 8.1 miss the start menu, but Windows 10 brings it back. Cortana the new digital assistant (Similar to Siri) has tons of potential. The interface is very clean and easy to navigate. In my opinion, Windows 10 is one of the best operating systems Microsoft has released.
However it is not perfect. They are still working on the domain features in Windows 10. The last test of the Domain connector on Server 2012 did not work for me. If you are not joined to a domain updates are forced. You cannot manually set them to install. (I think this might be changed at least to some extent in the future.) There is bound to be many undiscovered bugs.
So then, what is my answer to the question “Should you upgrade to Windows 10?”
If you are a home user who likes being on the cutting edge of all things technology, don’t mind some things not working at first for you. If you can afford downtime and some issues, then GO. Download the update tomorrow and have lots of fun! (I for sure will.)
If your business relies on your computers, a more measured and planed approach is better. Wait at least a month for the major bugs to be patched. Then pick a lesser vital machine at your business and test it. Let everyone mess with it a bit and get used to it. Then slowly one at a time move each machine to Windows 10 and let your technology partner help them through their issues.
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