Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

Why You Should Upgrade To Windows 10

  • Free Upgrade to Windows 10 for current Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
  • Support ends for Windows 7 January 14, 2012
  • Windows 10 is a stable operating system
  • The upgrade process is pretty simple and takes roughly an hour and a half
  • Windows 10 provides many new and powerful features

Windows 10 Demo

The end of life for Windows 7 is January 14, 2020.  This seems like a long time away, but it will be here sooner than we know it.  Currently, Microsoft is currently offering a free upgrade for computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating systems.  You may be wondering if this is a good idea, or one of those waiting to wait a little while to make sure they have all of the bugs worked.  Personally, I think they do and I am currently working off of a computer that I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the assisted update through windows update.  I think that it is safe to say that Windows 10 is a stable operating system.  It is my understanding that Windows 10 is to be the last Microsoft operating system.  Rather than require a fee for each new operating system, Microsoft is moving towards the format that we see with many other operating systems, namely purchase the hardware and the OS comes with it with free updates.

I will note that some drivers may not be compatible with Windows 10.  I have personally seen some display driver compatibility issues on an older machine; however, Windows update flagged the compatibility issues before I made the update and gave me the option to abort or to continue at my own risk.

The upgrade is pretty simple to do.  The download of the new OS is a pretty large file (about 3 GB), so for those of you with data limits, you might have someone burn a disk for you.  If you have Windows update turned on for a Windows 7 or 8.1 machine you probably have seen the upgrade to Windows 10 prompt in the system tray.  By click on this you can begin the download and follow the prompts to upgrade you machine.  Depending on your download speed the download may take a while, but the update is usually done in under an hour and a half.

Overall, I have found Windows 10 to be a safe and stable operating system.  To me it is a mix of Windows 8 and Windows 7.  They combine the start grid of Windows 8 with the start button, similar to Windows 7.  I would encourage those eligible to take advantage of the upgrade to Windows 10 that is promised for free until this summer.

Here’s an article from CNN with more reason why Windows 7 and 8.1 users will want the upgrade to Windows 10.

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