Is it for you ?



Windows 10 is here.  Is it for you?

Windows 10 is offered as a free upgrade to those running Windows 7 or Windows 8 for the first year.  You most likely have noticed the notification from Microsoft, and may have reserved your free copy (and don’t be concerned if you have not gotten it yet – you will in time).  So, is Windows 10 for you?

I’ve had a bit of time to test the pre-release versions and the final version.  I like Windows 10.  I think Microsoft has done (this time) what they attempted to do with Windows 8.  They have combined Windows 7 and 8 together, in a fairly seamless integration.  I’ve updated a few computers to Windows 10 now, and had very little difficulty both upgrading, and doing a clean install.  Windows 10 has a fresh, clean look, and so far – on my machines have been pretty much flawless.  There are a lot of great new features, like Virtual desktops and Task View, Cortana (Internet and computer based search – virtual assistant),  The start menu is back – integrated with the tiles of Windows 8.  The Charms menu has been replaced with a much cleaner Settings area, and  the notification area has been revamped to give you all the notifications you might want or need on your computer.  Microsoft also introduced Edge with this version – a new browser built from thee ground up.  For gamers, there’s an Xbox app.  Windows 10 will also dynamically switch the interface between the PC-friendly desktop and a Windows 8-like mode that’s better suited for fingers, depending on how you’re using the device.

So, IMHO – if you currently are running Windows 8 – I would definitely upgrade (but be sure to have a good backup in place before you do).

For those running Windows 7 – perhaps.  There are a few points to consider.

If you like the Media Center – it is gone in Windows 10.

If you like the Windows sidebar/gadgets – it is also gone in Windows 10.

DVD playback support is missing – you will need your own DVD software (easily obtained).

Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts – these have been removed as well (you can get official Microsoft versions of these in Microsoft’s App store).

Floppy drive support will require downloading a driver.

Windows Essentials OneDrive application has been replaced with Microsoft OneDrive.

If you have older programs, games, or devices (Pre Windows 7) – they may not run in Windows 10 – Be sure to check before upgrading.

Windows 10 (thus far) does automatic updates to your computer – I have read where some automatic driver updates for some graphics cards have presented some problems.

Windows 10 is easy to use, so you wont be lost if you’re used to Windows 7, and it will make a lot more sense than Windows 8!.  But if you have no need for the new features, Windows 7 will still do for a lot of folks, and will be supported by Microsoft through 2020.

If you want to upgrade to the latest version of Windows (and I think a nice one), I think you’ll like it.  You can roll back to your previous version of Windows if you do not like it (I have not tried this feature myself, but I have heard of some problems – so be sure you really want to upgrade first :).

Be sure to have a good backup on hand before upgrading.  And preferably, a Windows image.  I had no difficulties in my experience, but yours may vary.  Anytime you are upgrading a device, something can possibly go wrong 🙂

And although my computers are running well on Windows 10 – your mileage may vary.  There may be some bugs I have not seen, heard, or read about.  Like any new version of an Operating System – it’s quite possible, and you can always wait a few months and see if any come up before upgrading.

Now that Windows 10 is in the stores, you can also go to a local store and try it on for size first.

If you have any questions or concerns about Windows 10, feel free to contact me (434 971 7405) or leave me a comment.

Take care,


The Computer Man