should I upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10?

Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

           I am currently on a waiting list of Microsoft to obtain a free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 which brings me to the point of this question.  Should I go ahead with this free upgrade once it becomes available for download and installation?

           Thank you

           George
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have Windows 10 running and it works very well. I intend to replace my older Windows 7 desktop machine with a Windows 10 machine and I am debating whether to upgrade or replace my Windows 8.1 laptop.

If your Windows 8.1 machine is running problem free, then the upgrade to Windows 10 should work fine and Windows 10 is a good operating system.

As always, make good backups first.
rindiCommented:
Certainly. Windows 10 is a lot better than 8.x was. It is a similar situation to Vista and Windows 7. Also there Windows 7 was a lot better than Vista.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello Everyone

           Thank you for the heads up.  With respect to changes, will Windows 10 have more features when compared to Windows 8.x?  Or, will it simply just have a different look?

           George
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rindiCommented:
One main thing that is new is that it is optimized for the platform it is installed on. If it recognizes that it is a normal PC or notebook, it will automatically use the normal desktop and not the "start" view that windows 8.x uses, and if it recognizes something like a tablet, it goes to start display automatically.

Another new thing is that the m$ store craps can now have their windows resized and used more like normal software, and not the fixed full screen mode.

A new web browser has been introduced (IE is still there though).

Updates are no longer delivered on "patch Tuesday", but rather as soon as they get available, and in home environments they are automatically installed, while in business environments the admins can decide what to update to which PC's at what time.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Or, will it simply just have a different look?

Once installed on a given platform, it is evolutionary and a different look. As noted above, App windows can be re-sized.

They have changed the furniture again so some comfortable little tools are now in a new spot.

It is perhaps more reliable than Windows 8.1 (although Microsoft updates finally have Windows 8.1 working well).
nobusCommented:
my point is always the same : wait some months till the first childrens diseases are cured - then upgrade
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
I'll second nobus's comment here.  Wait for a couple of months or so.

Now I've presume you checked the Windows little icon and reviewed that all of your applications will work under Windows 10?

Don't allocate any points for me when you distribute out.  I'm just backing nobus up here.
McKnifeCommented:
You could have downsides to the upgrade, which are:
-software might be incompatible
-drivers for hardware or even hardware itself may be incompatible
Apart from that, it only gets better.

The compatibility check which is performed during an inplace upgrade will find and report most problems. On most computers, the upgrade will work and everything will continue to work. You should do the following: make a system image prior to upgrading to ensure you can step back without pain.

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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone

               Thanks so much for your shared insights and tips.  I plan on using everyone's suggestions when it comes time to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.  It is nice knowing that Windows 10 is endorsed here within this post as a good operating system.  The comparison of the operating system transition from Windows Vista to Windows 7 is a good example given here to help capture that point.

              Thanks again.

              George
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you George and I was very happy to help you.
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