(If you do not recall getting a notification about Windows 10 being available for your computer, make sure the ‘GWX or Get Windows 10’ application is installed. It was installed by a Windows Update – KB3035583. Get it by going to your control panel and run Windows Update to install any available updates for your computer. The GWX application includes a compatibility checker to let you know about any issues with your existing hardware or software. Hopefully, there will be no surprises for you should you choose to move to Windows 10. If you need help with any of this, please contact me.)
Should you get Windows 10? Well, like all good IT people, my response is “that depends”. It really does depend on you, and how happy you are with what you currently use. My personal feeling is most people using any version of Windows 7 or 8 should upgrade. It will be familiar to Windows 7 users, with the added benefits of the live tiles and Modern applications that now are capable of running in a window. Windows 8 users will no longer have the ‘shock’ of the switch between the desktop and the Start screen. (If you are still using Windows XP we need to talk…)
From a performance standpoint my test laptop seems to work quite snappily. I don’t have any hard data to share; that is just a subjective observation from having used the various versions of Windows 10 over the past year. All my programs seem to work without any issues. However, there is one gotcha. Windows Media Center is gone. For those of you, like me, who used that as a control hub for picture viewing, listening to music, and watching movies and videos, this is a big loss. There are other solutions, most notably VLC, that can be installed as a replacement.
If you have any questions or concerns, or you just want to see Windows 10 in action to help with your decision, please contact me. I am happy to work with you. You can reach me from my web site at http://www.mscsinfo.com/contact.html, or give me a call at 905-770-6967.