Should I upgrade?
This is a great question that may people are still asking themselves. Here are some things that may help you decide. For myself I have chosen to avoid the upgrade on most of my systems, but at least one of them will have Windows 10.
Will my computer run Windows 10 at a reasonable pace?
The bare minimum system requirements for Windows have always been a joke, but here they are if you are curious.
Should I do anything before upgrading?
Is it all right if I just go ahead and upgrade?
Probably, but there is always risk involved with upgrades no matter what system you are running. It is best to give an upgrade the simplest path possible whenever you are able to if you cannot do a clean installation of the new system. If you don't want to bother with doing anything before you upgrade then go ahead. Things will probably work, but there is always a chance that something does not function correctly... like sound, internet communication, your printer, proprietary software, etc.
What if I don't want to upgrade?
You do not have to upgrade to Windows 10 despite all the hard work Microsoft has done to make you think that there is no other alternative. Thanks to one of my favorite sites How-To Geek we can avoid all of this nonsense and hullabaloo with the instructions and tools they provide in this article.
How to stop Windows 7 or 8 from downloading Windows 10 Automatically.
I recommend using the tool Lowell Heddings refers to in his article. It really is a simple tool to use and I have used it on one of my systems.
What if I am tired of Windows period end of story?
CLet's cut to the point here. If you are an Apple fan don't waste your time, go buy one. However, if you are not necessarily in that category you don't need to in order to get away from Microsoft and Windows. You have the option of going free and open source with Linux. I recommend Linux Mint or FreeBSD. There are many useful guides available that will help you get started with either of these (and more). I will have a post in the future based on what I did with my system. In the meantime here is why I would switch to Linux if I were you.
I don't like to what extent I have to go to make Windows as private as it should be with Windows 10. I pay for a product and I expect to be able to use it however I choose withing legal limits of course. That should not including sharing what I run and do on my computer if I don't go through all these hoops to disable such functionality.
Windows 10 Home and Pro will not allow you to avoid updates permanently. All updates are pushed and will be installed eventually (even Professional users). I would prefer to have more control of what happens on my computer thank you. Linux let's you choose which updates you install.
Microsoft is taking over:
Microsoft is trying to move toward a more integrated experience across devices and platforms. If this is what you want then go ahead. However, people don't necessarily want this or need it. With Linux you have a great deal of freedom to change your desktop to something that is closer to what you want in the Linux versions mentioned previously.
Windows continually uses more resources to run what it "needs" to it seems. Although Windows 7 was better than Vista in many ways Windows 10 is starting to creep back the other way. Linux can run on a variety of hardware and run well too. If your computer is over 10 years old it will still run like it is over 10 years old whether or not you are on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 (don't do this), or Linux. The point is Linux does not consume more resources unless you want it to.
Maybe now is the time to go over to Linux. I am here to help along the way and most importantly there will always be a community to help you with your journey along the operating system path to Linux. Yes it is a journey, but one well worth taking. If you choose to upgrade to Windows 10 you will not have horrible consequences befall you and it is extremely unlikely that you would lose access to your files due in sole part to the upgrade. It just isn't right for everyone.
Let me know what you think about today's post and as always make the choice to be happy.
Author - Nathan
I have worked with computers and technology for over nine years now. I enjoy tech almost as much as I enjoy my wife and kids.
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