Today I was hoping to write an article of the exact opposite nature, but sadly there are still some major issues with Windows 10, that until they get resolved, I won’t recommend the upgrade.
To start though, I wanted to say how great Windows 10 is, in terms of the look, feel, and usability. I upgraded as soon as it was available, and only experienced a couple of minor issues which were easily solved. This article will be a quick summary of my experience so far, as well as a quick guide to upgrade if you want to upgrade regardless.
I was using the beta of Windows 10 for several months, and it was great to see it evolve over that period. Because of this, I was very excited to receive the final version on my main computer. As a rule I don’t test out betas on my main workstation (for reasons that are probably obvious to all). The upgrade process was very simple too. I clicked the upgrade button that was in the windows task tray, and it walked me through the steps. This to me is very exciting, as it shows Microsoft moving in the direction Apple has been moving for a long time now. That direction is….making things that your users need to do very easy. I’m not a huge fan of Apple and I won’t get into that, but when they introduced a one-click upgrade procedure for operating system upgrades, I was impressed. This is something that has been missing from Windows up until now, and finally is here. The best part is that it worked just as well as it seemed it would.
After the upgrade process which took around 15-20 minutes (your experience may vary), my pc rebooted into the new Windows. I noticed some immediate driver related issues (very poor graphics in my case), but a quick reboot fixed this. So if you do upgrade to Windows 10 now, or when everything is working properly, I highly recommend rebooting as soon as the upgrade finishes. If you don’t see anything wrong when it first starts, I recommend this either way.
Since then I haven’t had any major issues. I had one crash early on, but it seems to have been fixed or was a fluke, because it hasn’t happened again. The user experience as I mentioned earlier is great. I can honestly say that this is the best experience I have had on Windows, and am very excited to see what they have in store for me in the future. There are however some things that bother me as a computer technician, and the main thing has become a huge problem.
In previous versions of Windows, you can defer updates, or even turn them off all together. I have had many occasions where a bad Windows update causes a big problem, and the only solution is to perform a system restore back, and prevent Windows from installing that update. Sometimes for myself and others, I have recommended disabling updates altogether for a month, while the update gets fixed, pulled, or whatever Microsoft does when they find an update causes issues. With Windows 10, these options are extremely limited. If you have Windows 10 Home (which most people have) then you can’t defer updates at all. When you defer an update, it tells Windows, “don’t install anything right now, and I’ll manually do it later.” If you have Pro or above, then you have the option to defer, but this does not apply to security updates, which in my experience are very important, but can and do break things as well. System restore is also extremely hidden, so for the average user, this is not something that can be solved without some assistance. This is what I want Microsoft to change.
I understand Microsoft’s point of view here. There are always security issues out there. They want to limit the vulnerabilities on your computer, by forcing you to upgrade. In a perfect world, this is brilliant, because some people are dumb, and just never want to take any updates. Those people will inevitably have tons of issues with Windows, and may even jump ship to a new system. However, Microsoft has not shown it can provide updates without the potential issues that are linked with them. This is fine, and to me a worthwhile risk, if and only if the update is easily reversible, and the user has the option to defer ANY update until he/she feels it is time to try again. I can’t be in the middle of work, and then be forced to stop by Windows because it feels I need to install an update. A user should always be able to defer an update until he/she feels it is the right time to do so.
My rant aside, this is the reason why, for now, I don’t recommend upgrading. Just last night and today, I begun a battle with Windows over updating my pc, which continues to break the internet. Obviously this is an issue for me, and most people, and I don’t want this to happen to you. For now I recommend waiting a couple more weeks, and maybe Microsoft will even change their attitude on updates as well. One can only hope for now that they will. If you would like to go ahead with the upgrade, then read below for a short how-to. It is short, because it is honestly very easy.
If you are ready to upgrade, there are a couple things to do first. The most important is to think about the programs you use on a daily basis, and then make sure they are compatible with Windows 10. By now most software vendors should be on the ball with it, and should provide support for Windows 10, but if you are a business, you may have software that isn’t supported yet, so it is always recommended to check first. If everything checks out, then you can begin the process by following the steps below. Please note this is only valid if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you have Windows Vista or earlier, you will have to buy an upgrade copy of Windows 10.
Step 1: Click the button in the tasktray:
Compare the image here with your pc. If you don’t see this icon, you may have turned off Windows updates. There is a secondary way to get your upgrade which I will show at the bottom, but this is the best way to do it. Microsoft will check your pc to make sure there are compatible drivers ready for you. If not, then it will not let you proceed until the new drivers are released.
Step 2: Choose Get Windows 10, and it will either start downloading or installing Windows. Follow the steps and you will be on Windows 10 before you know it. Although it should only take 15-20 minutes if the files are already downloaded, it may take more time, so budget an hour or two if you can. You can always walk away and come back to see how it is doing.
There wasn’t that simple? Now some may be asking, “I don’t see the icon. How do I do it if I don’t see the icon?” I only recommend this if you are a tech savvy individual. You may not be able to upgrade because of a driver related issue, or some other reason that Microsoft does not currently deem your PC ready for the upgrade. You can manually upgrade by visiting the website below, and downloading the files direct from Microsoft. Please note this is for upgrades only, and still only works if you have Windows 7 or 8.1.
If you wish to upgrade, but do not feel comfortable doing so yourself, you can always call Circuit Saviors. We would be happy to help you perform the necessary upgrades, and help you ensure your software is compatible prior to the upgrade. If this was helpful please let us know. We strive to provide useful content for you, and your comments help.