Worth using Windows 10?

We have a quick look at whether it’s worth using Windows 10 for free before it jumps in price.

End of July 2016 will see the nagging Windows icon on your taskbar finally disappear. If you are putting it off until the last-minute, probably best start now. We’ve seen a few machines upgrade by themselves, and an aborted one loose its hard drive. If such a thing happens, we recommend letting it finish and reverting back in System Recovery.

Not many like the idea of the default Microsoft account, store apps advertised on the start menu and a few other odd little options.

Positives

  • Much faster interaction with Programs, Apps such as Office 2016.
  • Multicore support, additional support for over 64gb of ram.
  • Currently free to Existing Windows 7/8 users, full installs can be done with your existing Windows 7/8 key. (you might need to install the windows 10 upgrade first to put a Windows 10 flag on key).
  • Continually improved and regularly updated.
  • OneDrive integration.
  • Blocks currently identifiable virus/trojan files and entry methods.
  • We’ve found it to outperform Windows 7 and 8 on multiple scenarios. Games are much faster as well as multi-program working.
  • Recovery options such as ‘fresh day one install’ or ‘refresh system’ gives users the ability to repair Windows easily.
  • Don’t like it after upgrading? you have a month to roll back to Windows 7/8 directly in System options. Your old system is imaged.
  • If your hard drive goes bad, your activation info is saved to PC’s motherboard, meaning easy and quick replacement.

Negatives

  • If not customized during set up, program crash reports, location and search/page prediction automatically sent to Microsoft.
  • Though not needed, a Microsoft account can be registered to the machine to log on.
  • Some of Microsoft’s motives for a unified operating system across a range of devices can be seen as ‘dominant’, Windows 10 phones and Xbox services should talk to Windows 10 PC’s easily.
  • Doesn’t support some odd resolutions or odd hardware. For example 1xxx by 900 resolution monitors, Nvidia nForce IGPUs.
  • Far too much focus on Internet and Cloud services rather than local machine applications/storage.

Some tips for trying and reverting.

If you want to try Windows 10, you have a few options. You can create an image of your current windows with Veeam, Macrium Reflect (both free) or Acronis (premium). You can restore using the same software or using a BootPE environment.

Disable or uninstall Antivirus/security software, they have a chance of jumping in on the reboot and stopping windows dead.

Opinion

Personally, with the speed and efficiency in web applications, we find Windows 10 worth using. If your Hardware came with Vista on it and you’ve upgraded to Windows 7, I’d recommend against trying Windows 10. Several originally Vista PC’s are not up to the task of running Windows 10 fast enough and proven to not be practical to upgrade.