Blog, Mobile Users, News, Tutorials, Windows Support 24.8.2015 Comments Off on Rethinking Windows 10 – Should I Upgrade?

We’ve been advising folks to hold off on the new Windows 10 upgrade until we can get a better feel for the OS, and test it ourselves on newer and older hardware to see how well it performs before we tell our family, friends, and clients to go ahead and do the upgrade.

A little history: Remember how when Microsoft Vista first came out and a lot of us were frustrated with it after we were used to XP. New PCs out of the box had a 45 minute initial setup, then we had to deal with the annoying UAC that was supposed to keep us safe from malicious scripts (didn’t really work as seen by the amount of infected machines that we’d seen over the years), and so much more to list here. But I digress a bit…

Then Win 7 came around. It fixed all of the annoyances that Vista had, and offered a cleaner, smoother interface, and we all scrambled to upgrade from Vista to Win 7, or XP to Win 7.

Well it’s the same kind of deal between Windows 8 and Win 10. Everyone screamed about the metro versus the classic start menu, and the forced reboot after updates, and a ton of other annoyances that flooded our support mail and Facebook/Twitter inboxes. Now 10 is here and folks are now asking if they should take the proverbial bait and do the free upgrade offer.

IF you are already running a Win 8 machine that was an OEM (out of the box Win 8 machine) then go for it! A lot of the annoyances from 8/8.1 seem to be ironed out like the Vista/7 mentioned a minute ago. BEFORE YOU UPGRADE, please read our article on the privacy settings in Win 10. Apparently if you click express or next next next without reading, you are agreeing to Microsoft gaining access to more of your information than you may be comfortable with. –You have been warned 🙂

OK, now for those of you running Win 7 on older hardware. Let’s talk to you folks. We just did 2 bench tests: One with an older HP Pro 3000 MT PC with 2GB of DDR3 memory and a solid state hard drive, and the other was a Dell Inspiron E6400 Laptop with 4GB of DDR2 memory and a standard SATA hard drive. Both were upgraded from Win 7 Professional, and both were sporting an Intel Duo Core processor (we tried to keep them as similar as possible, but wanted to see the performance difference between the solid state drive and the standard hard drive).

The HP Tower: Upgrade was quick, painless, and booted and rebooted a just few seconds longer than under Win 7. The difference was barely noticeable. Software launched about the same and closed about the same. Once we figured out how to uninstall the Windows Defender, all was groovy, and now this refurbished machine is now for sale in our lobby.

The Dell Laptop: The setup was just a tad bit longer, but just as easy as the tower. The boot, reboot, shutdown time was quite a bit longer, but then again so was it under Win 7. Once it was booted to the desktop, apps like Word and Firefox opened rather quickly (about 2-3 seconds). A little bit FASTER than under Win 7 on that same machine. That part was a little exciting. It too is now for sale in our lobby 🙂

What does this mean to you? If your hardware is already running Win 7, chances are you’ll be happy with the performance after the upgrade. If you can upgrade to a SSD (Solid State Drive) or upgrade your memory (Crucial has a free scanner that you can run to see) you’ll be even happier with the performance overall.

Win 7 to Win 10 upgrade users: You will have a little bit of culture shock when you 1st see the new layout. Don’t panic, this is normal. Remember your shock from XP to 7? It’s kind of the same thing here. Remember that Stardock makes Start 10 for Win 10 (around $5) that will give you the classic start menu if you absolutely can’t stand the new metro/classic infusion start menu.

Win 8 to Win 10 users: You will love the fact that MS listened, and now SETTINGS windows open in WINDOWS and not full screen like you are used to. Much better to work from the desktop environment like we’ve been doing for 20+ years.

Hopefully this answers a lot of your questions before you take the plunge, and happy computing everyone!

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