At the end of July, Windows 10 will no longer be offered as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users.
Microsoft has pushed Windows 10 out to users through Windows Updates. Most users have their Windows Update settings set to download and install Windows Updates automatically; consequently updating users unknowingly. Here are 5 reasons why we recommend staying away from Windows 10.
1.) Your privacy –
By default Windows 10 collects more data than many users are comfortable with. This includes information about how Windows and Windows apps are used, what you type, your contacts, your location, calendar appointments and more. If the virtual assistant Cortana is enabled, this data extends to web browsing history, voice commands and even more information about your activity.
Users of Home and Pro versions of Windows 10 can only reduce this data collection to the “Basic” level. On this setting, Windows 10 collects information about security settings, quality-related info (such as crashes and hangs), and application compatibility. Microsoft describes this information as being essential for maintaining and improving the quality of Windows 10 and says that only “anonymous identifiers” are transmitted.
2.) System requirements –
Is your system capable of running Windows 10 without issues? Is your hardware/drivers compatible with Windows 10? Most of these questions go unanswered until the upgrade is already completed.
As Microsoft states: “The upgradability of a device includes factors beyond the system specification.”
Microsoft gives you the option to rollback your machine to its previous OS, but there are reports from multiple people who claim the upgrade left their machine virtually unusable. In these cases either the rollback feature didn’t work or it did work but the earlier OS is no longer stable, with previously working programs crashing.
3.) Less control over Windows Updates –
Users now deal with updates coming down more frequently and its also less obvious. You do not have the control you had over Updates in 10 as Windows 7 or 8. These updates can sometimes be hundreds of MB’s which will take some time to download tying up internet connections.
4.) The new look
Most people coming from Windows 7 will still have somewhat of a learning curve migrating to Windows 10. Unlike Windows 7, Windows 10’s Start Menu takes up far more room, thanks to a menu full of tiles that is bolted onto the side. While most users should be able to quickly adjust to these cosmetic and layout changes, other alterations may cause more issue. The start menu is going to be doubling its ads that you will see within the start menu; promoting the app store. The start menu itself is confusing. Between all the apps and the random search button at the bottom, there is a settings option and control panel button. Navigating Windows 10 will take some time to get used to.
5.) Upgrading didn’t go as planned
We have had several customers come into our repair shop with just this problem. There computer updated to Windows 10 without their knowledge, and the upgrade completed unsuccessfully. We have seen users not being able to log in, certain features within Windows 10 not function at all, the start menu will not open, and we have seen the system power buttons not function. The rollback feature will not fix this, and in most cases, the computer needs to be restored back to factory settings with the operating system that came with the computer. Most users request the Windows 10 updates be hidden, and the notification bubble removed.
**QUICK TIP: For users that DO NOT want to upgrade to Windows 10, and are tired of seeing the pop ups and advertisements regarding your free upgrade, (Win 7 users) Access the Start Menu > Control Panel > Windows Updates. Once Windows updates is open, click check for updates and wait for it to complete. Once completed click on “important updates”, navigate to the Windows 10 upgrade, right click and select “hide update”. Navigate back to the Control Panel and access the “notifications area icons”. Find the GWX Tab (Windows 10) and click the tab to the right. Navigate to “hide icon and notication”.