Windows 10: Can someone point me in the direction of the 'real' upgrade benefits
My personal recommendation is not to upgrade anytime soon if you are running Windows 7.
If you have Windows 8, go for it. Win 10 has better integration of the traditional desktop with the interface formerly known as Metro.
You may never find compelling reasons to upgrade. I'm not a developer, so I know little about what goes on under the hood. From my viewpoint, XP was a major advance, and subsequent OSes have not added much.
(I have upgraded all 3 of my PCs to 10. That includes a low-end Compaq laptop from 2008. No particular reason; maybe it was the lure of a free upgrade.)
This is the best line for this topic. Check the vendor. If they list all the necessary Win10 drivers, it is worth the upgrade. If they don't, you can test to see if the MS provided drivers fit, or just stay with your current OS.
As stated, reasons to upgrade: support lasts longer for newer OSes, security is usually stronger, and speed is usually faster*.
*if you have all the necessary drivers installed
Let me ask you a question. It's a very simple one?
What are the real, tangible business benefits of your current OS vs the OS that you used before it? I doubt you find much of any such reasons that can be explained. So why are you using your current OS and not the one before it?
Probably because it came with your computer. Or, because you just like the current version. And of course there is the fact that the older version of the OS probably isn't supported anymore.
When it comes right down to it, those the only reasons people use a specific OS. Either it came with their computer, they simply like it, or they were forced to upgrade due to their old one being obsolete.
Eventually, whatever OS you are using will no longer be supported. That may be a while, but eventually you're going to have to upgrade. Many people are of the opinion, if you are going to eventually have to upgrade anyways, why not simply keep current, that way it's less of burden to upgrade (the more change between upgrades, the more chance there is of problems). Others feel they should only upgrade when they absolutely have to.
It's really not a difficult question. Either you're an upgrader, or you're not. If you're not, you're going to stay on what you know. If you are, you're going to want the current stuff.
I have spent many hours helping 1) my brother-in-law installing a dvd play for win 10, but more importantly trying to fix my sister's pc with win 10. My b-i-l 's was an upgrade. My sister's is a new PC. From what I've seen and troubleshot, win10 is a total POS! I've had to do a factory re-install with my sister's pc. I have been thinking about a new PC, but with win 10 I may just stick it out with my win 7 pc. My head hurts from all the problems!! After 27 years of MS releases, I may just think about linux ... not easy to install, but may be worth it in the long run
A wise decision. Win 10 is still in beta and there are nothing it can do that you can't on Win7/8
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Reasons to NOT upgrade to Windows 10:
- system (in conjunction with device drivers) is immature and can be unstable
- missing drivers for legacy hardware
- incompatibility with some legacy applications
- incompatibility with SecuROM/Safedisc games
- insufficient control over windows update
- lesser control over system behavior and privacy
- disadvantageous EULA
- it is still unclear whether upgrade of FPP (transferrable) license remains FPP or goes to OEM Win10
Reasons to upgrade to Windows 10:
- more distant end of support
- support for future applications/games
- free of charge for now
- fast (same as all older systems when they were new)
Some of my reasons to keep on using W10 as opposite of W7:
System is more stable than W7, easier recovers from any problems, misbehaving, problematic programs rarely crash whole system.
Safer, WD is superior to malware protection in W7. No special need for 3rd party AV.
Drivers found and usable for some ridiculously old HW, had great problems to find and use in W7, had to change some from XP to make them work.
CPU usage much better spread over multiple cores, only some games that insist on using one core favor one core while rest of cores are used for other tasks.
RAM is better used specially since Th2, using memory compaction so even programs notorious for insisting on large cache/PF are content with only 1GB pf.
SSDs are recognized and system set accordingly without intervention. Trim turned on, defrag turned off etc. In W7 that was pretty "iffy" proposition.
Start and interface are a nice combination of W7 and 8/8.1 and with just a bit of setting and shuffling if you have (like I do) hundreds of small programs, easier to sort and find.
Things I like less but can live with:
Customization of looks is not on the level, they could have allowed more flexibility but that's way down on my list and for serious use of OS it doesn't matter anyway,
Forced and mostly unexpected updates may make some problems for people that do not follow trends and could be a surprise, MS should stick to announcements only with options to download at later date.
It's clear MS is still on a learning curve. The big November upgrade, implemented after the manner of a Windows installation, caused many basic problems and inconveniences for people. However, it also offers (through in-place upgrade repair install using the same installation medium) an excellent way to repair a broken or damaged system when all else fails. This will presumably be maintained as each such upgrade is released, albeit each means a couple of hours down time.
If you want the free upgrade, either leave it to near the end of the 1 year free period, or take a complete disk image (so you can restore your system- which you really are recommended to do anyway) and install Win 10 so as to get your activation registered. You can then see where you are placed briefly.. what sort of issues you face- how it seems to you- (you'll want to replace the start menu!) - and then revert to Win 7 using your disk image.
I am typically a mac user... my 2 desktop computers at home are apple and they work flawlessly. I switched to apple when windows vista came out. never thought I would enjoy using windows again until I bought this dell latitude e6410 laptop that had windows 7 ultimate on it and upgraded it to windows 10 pro the same night I bought it. I have been using it for 3 weeks now and have not had one crash or any major issues with it yet... had an annoying issue with Cortana and the touch pad until I figured out to turn the right edge sweep for the touch pad off but other than that it seems to be as stable as my apple desktop which is something I never thought I would ever say about Microsoft windows
If everyone had issues like this, maybe. But the vast majority don't. There's no way it takes hours to install a software DVD player, such as PowerDVD, etc. If you bought a new PC and it had issues, you can either return it or go right to a clean install, which is pretty much mandatory with an OEM system to remove all the preinstalled junk and be certain it is gone.
When I manually try and make a restore point using the windows program it ends with a property page error.
It still does the restore point ok and seems to work all right if I need to use that point to restore
no error notifications pop up...
If I Posted this previously, I don't think I did, I apologize.
That old age thing.
Concerning Restore Points on W10.
My understanding is that these are created "automatically".
Or, you can do it "Manually".
After I clean installed Win 10, and then installed many programs that I normally use. And when the computer worked just the way I wanted - I decided to set the Restore Point right then.
Then I started (doing foolish things)...
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