PROS and CONS of Upgrading to Windows 10

July 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

thCAUNND85After our last message to you about the free Windows 10 upgrade, many asked if they should upgrade or not. Let’s look at the pros and cons for upgrading.

PROS: The biggest reason to do it now is that it’s free for a few more days. Also, Windows 10 is generally fast system-wide, which is a benefit most of us want. I mean, who wants a sluggish computer? Also, updates to Windows 10 are not optional, they are mandatory. Windows 10 will make your computer update automatically, which means you can worry less about your computer being outdated. I personally think this means more unexpected shutdowns and interruptions are less likely. Additionally, viruses thrive on computers that have not been updated.

Windows 10 allows a local account instead of forcing a Microsoft Account. In my opinion this is a bonus. And if you do the upgrade, Microsoft allows a ‘downgrade’ to the previous Operating Environment for 30 days.

Windows 8 was an unpleasant surprise for a lot of people but Windows 10 goes a long way to putting that right. The Operating System is clean and familiar like it was on Windows 7 and its predecessors. It’s easy to understand, plus it has a wealth of new, helpful features that you might actually want to use.

CONS: The upgrade comes with a lot of information being sent to Microsoft about your activity, or simply put “Data Harvesting”. Admittedly some of the data collecting is indeed for the effectiveness of software like Cortana and Microsoft Virtual Assistant. But, really folks, how much data Microsoft is collecting is anyone’s guess and they will do what they want with that data.

One very important consideration is that the Windows 10 Operating System and existing computer software (and hardware driver’s software) may not be compatible. Computer software can also be described as any software that the PC Manufacturer, or you, installed on your computer. If you use specific or particular software on a regular basis you should check with the manufacturer of the software for compatibility with Windows 10.

Navigation of Windows 10 will not be as fluid as you might like or expect. If you’re use to Windows 8 you’ll have a little more ease, but if you use XP or 7, then this will be a new experience.

The free upgrade is available until July 29th and the decision is up to you. The best piece of the puzzle is you’re not alone. Frankie OnCall is here to partner with you making this decision or any other computer needs.