To upgrade, or not upgrade–that is the question

I’m part of a Facebook group that posts a few random comedic sayings each day (I think they’re stolen from Reddit), and every so often one pops up that I find amusing and I post it on my timeline. Yesterday wasn’t an exception, and this was the one I posted:

In a few days people will go from complaining about the “upgrade to Windows 10 for free” messages to complaining about Windows 10 not being free anymore.

The first reply was a buddy mentioning there was a way to remove that warning, but the second reply was from my aunt asking if she should upgrade before it’s no longer free. As odd as it sounds, that’s not as easy a question to answer as you’d think.

Now obviously if you’re going to upgrade to Windows 10 you should to do it before July 29th, as after that point it’s no longer free to do so. Why would you pay for something that at one time was free and you could have easily had it for free? There’s been no indication Microsoft will be extending that deadline, and while there’s also been no indication what a Windows 10 upgrade will cost after the deadline most “experts” seem to think $99 is the price point.

My belief on this is if your computer came with Windows 8 or 8.1, you absolutely should upgrade. Your machine has all the hardware and memory needed to run Windows 10, and in my opinion it’s a superior operating system to either of those. The issue is with Windows 7 computers, especially older models.

The system requirements for Windows 10 are at least 20GB of hard drive space available to install, a 1GHz or faster processor, 2GB of RAM, and a DirectX 9-capable video card with WDDM driver. You’ll need a little less drive space and RAM for the 32-bit version. If your system doesn’t meet those specs, your decision has already been made for you. If your computer has an older model of video card, keyboards, mice, and/or speakers you’ll need to check to make sure these products will work in Windows 10. Odds are they will, but as soon as you don’t check to see if they will, they won’t. That’s how everyone’s luck works.

The following might be a deal breaker for some…Windows Media Center does not exist in Windows 10. There are lots of other alternatives for it, but if you’re someone that uses Windows Media Center a lot (or uses your computer to play DVDs), you need to think long and hard about updating because those two things will not be as easy as they are in Windows 7.

One other thing people talk about in Windows 10 is privacy issues. Luckily websites like CNET have put out some great articles you can read about what settings to use to protect yourself and your machine better. To be honest, you should be paying attention to privacy issues no matter what operating system you use, so having to do so in Windows 10 shouldn’t be that big of a problem.

For the record, I really like Windows 10. I had an issue at first because my video card wasn’t supported, and had to go back to Windows 7. Shortly after the video card issue was fixed and updating to Windows 10 then was a breeze. That shouldn’t be an issue know for anyone as now all the issues that popped up when Windows 10 was first released have been addressed. But had I checked into it that first time I would have seen the issue with my video card being talked about (and it was, I just didn’t look at all) I would have had no issues at all.

A gentle reminder…don’t take anyone’s word about upgrading any electronics device. Do some research, and be confident when you decide to upgrade or not. A little knowledge goes a long way.

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