Windows 10

I'm  happily using Windows 7 on all three of our family computers (all laptops that are mostly used as desktops).  I keep getting pop-ups from Microsoft that the vastly better Windows 10 is available for free.  First of all, I don't trust Microsoft to decide when a new version is better than the old version.  Secondly, I tend to distrust anyone who offers me anything for free.

1.  Is Windows 10 really better?
2.  Is the offer really free?
3.  How much brain damage will I incur if I accept their upgrade offer?

I'm not an early adopter, but I don't want to be left in the dust either.  What would you suggest?

Thanks,

Phil
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Stelian StanIT Services ManagerCommented:
1.  Is Windows 10 really better?
I did tested Windows 10 for a year now and I can say it's better than windows 7.

2.  Is the offer really free?
It's only free if you do the update before July 2016, after that is not free.

3.  How much brain damage will I incur if I accept their upgrade offer?
It's not a huge difference from Windows 7.
philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
OK, I believe you.  One more question ... will I have to reinstall all of my programs after the upgrade, or will they automatically migrate into the new operating system?

Thanks,

Phil
Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Yes it is free.  Better is in the eyes of the beholder.  I like it.  Others like it.   Some don't like it.  Can't tell how much damage you might do, as we don't know what apps you have or what your expectations are.

You should do some research on your own.  For example, one of the complaints is that Windows 10 collects "too much" personal information in order to give you a personal experience.  But otoh, how can it deliver useable search results for things like "where is the best yoga place in my city" if it does not know what city you are in?

Anyway you can turn all that "personal info" gathering off.  Why is it on you might ask?  To deliver a better user experience.  Turning it off is easy, but then you don't get the benefits.

In most cases you can revert to previous OS within 30 days.  You could also back up or image your stations ahead of time.  But if/when you ever purchase a new Windows system it will come with a lifetime subscription to Windows 10.  BTW... same as the others... Android and Apple.

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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
1. Well, it is newer. Generally it is better, however some features have been removed, and even though W7 runs well on your machines, there is no guarantee that W10 will. Generally W10 is fine, but I have seen the odd machine become unstable after the upgrade as well. Basically, don't do it unless you are prepared to take on the minor risk of something breaking.

 W10 will also be supported for longer, you may find that a couple of years from now, applications and hardware will not work with W7.

2. Yes.

3. Assuming all goes well, which it PROBABLY will, W10 and W7 are pretty similar to use, there is no big learning curve.
philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
You don't have to reinstall your programs, but as Larry said; definitely do a complete system backup just in case you're one of the many who hate it.

Info here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-nz/windows/windows-10-upgrade
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/upgrade-to-windows-10-faq
Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
No need to reinstall anything, assuming the upgrade goes smoothly, which is probably what will happen.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Phil,

I see that you've already closed the question, but since I spent the last half-hour writing this response, I figure I may as well post it. :)

I've been running W10 in a sandbox since the first Windows 10 Technical Preview release more than a year ago, and am currently running the production W10 in the same sandbox. I've written a couple of articles about it here at EE:

PaperPort 14 in Windows 10 - A First Look

Windows 10 uses YOUR computer to help distribute itself

In the second article, take note of WUDO (Windows Update Delivery Optimization), a peer-to-peer patching/updating feature that many folks have opted to disable.

On the one hand, W10 has worked well in my sandbox. On the other hand, there have been many questions here at EE about something not working with W10. Here are just five examples (there are lots more):
I upgraded my work laptop over this weekend from Win 7 to Win 10. When I came into work this morning I found that I can not access the management VLAN. Does anyone have any ideas on how I fix this? I can not do my job until I can access the management VLAN from this laptop
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I have recently upgraded to Windows 10. The LG DVD burner driver is not showing up in the My PC window.
So I have updated to Windows 10 on a laptop and it has disabled my "administrator" account.
I have just upgraded my computer from Win 8.1 to 10. I was running three monitors from my NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 but after the upgrade only one monitor is working.
I'm having some problem after successfully upgrading to Windows 10, my USB audio using SPDIF which was working on Windows 8.1 is not working anymore ?

Well, it goes on and on — you get the idea. To learn about more potential issues, you may want to do a "Windows 10" search here at EE and/or peruse the Windows 10 Topic. Btw, other new versions of Windows have not been immune to problems like these. :)

Personally, I've decided not to upgrade any of my machines to W10, but I'll keep it in the sandbox for testing/experimentation purposes. I'm happy with my W7 and W8/8.1 systems (as long as Classic Shell is installed). Regards, Joe
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