We have been getting calls on this almost daily, “my computer keeps telling me that I should upgrade to Windows 10. What should I do?”
Our simplest answer? Windows 10 is excellent, but still evolving. It’s free for a year (until July 2016), so there is no rush to upgrade. Hold off a few months, let other people be the bug testers, then go ahead and do it using Windows Update.
Now the longer answer? Windows 10 is actually REALLY good. We’ve done upgrades on several systems using the most common methods and have only had one system do a hiccup, but it was easily restored and redone with no issue.
Microsoft has caused a bit of confusion with this upgrade, as they pushed out an option to “reserve” your copy of Windows up before it was released. If you did that, you were put into a queue as Microsoft slowly started to roll out the upgrade to millions of users via windows update. This applies to anyone with a legit copy of Windows 7 or 8.1, which means almost all users are eligible for the upgrade.
As good as the new release is, we are sticking with our standard advice whenever any new OS is released. Be patient. Unless you really know what you are doing, are comfortable with your backups, playing with new software, tweaking it and possibly having to restore back to your old…wait. In the few weeks that it has been out, Microsoft has already had to push a number of updates out to quash bugs as the OS hits a wider audience. Nothing catastrophic, but we find it is always good to let others deal with the initial bug hunting (with we at Fixmycomputernow being some of the bug hunters).
With that being said…Windows 10 is REALLY good. Microsoft has done a great job making the upgrade as seamless as possible. No reinstalls of programs, no copying of data, it just works. Be patient, wait until the fall and do it then. We’d be more than happy to assist, as this new OS is going to be around for a while and has a lot going for it.
A couple of caveats if you want to try it on your own:
1> Make sure you have a FULL backup of your system to an external source before you begin. We haven’t needed it yet, but you never know.
2> if something does go wrong (we had the windows store and all associated apps lockout on one install) you can revert back to your old version within 30 days.
3> if you connect remotely to a work server that uses Server 2008 or earlier DO NOT do the upgrade. Consult with your IT to confirm, as Windows 10 may not be able to remote into earlier server setups.
4> DO install antivirus on the system above and beyond the built-in Windows Defender. Microsoft’s Security Essentials does not work with Windows 10 (it didn’t with 8.1 either), but there are many good options for this. Talk with us for the best choices.
As always, if you aren’t sure, want to try it, or just have questions, feel free to contact us and we’ll help walk you along the path to what is going to be a great new OS from Microsoft.