If you’re afraid of doing something to mess up your computer, upgrading to Windows 10 is NOT a task you want to perform on your own.
Microsoft recently began prompting Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users to reserve their free upgrade to Windows 10, which will be released on July 29.
It stares you in the face when you check for Windows updates and also appears as a new icon in the bottom right corner of your desktop by the time and date. (To learn more about this process, read this blog article: http://www.calibreforhome.com/2015/06/watch-out-for-this-pop-up/).
Thoroughly testing new versions of Windows before recommending it to our clients is something we take serious at Calibre Computer Solutions. The latest and greatest shiny new software or gadget isn’t always the best.
My senior computer technician, Mark, has been experimenting with everything Windows 10 the past two weeks.
What he’s discovered is it’s not for the faint of heart.
THE UPGRADE PROCESS
First, you need to perform at least five specific steps BEFORE you start the Windows 10 upgrade on your computer. Failure to do so could cause a myriad of problems – from certain programs or hardware not working properly to rendering your computer completely inoperable.
Second, you will need to perform one specific task after the Windows 10 upgrade is complete. Not doing so could create serious and costly issues if your computer experiences problems later on.
Microsoft hasn’t made end users aware of the need to do these steps. They’re promoting the upgrade as a simple, easy, painless, and problem-free process. Fact is, it’s not!
USING WINDOWS 10
We are still evaluating how easy (or difficult) Windows 10 is to use. All of which could change between now and July 29.
We’ve found that some of the “cool” features marketed about Windows 10 – like using Cortana to speak to your computer and execute tasks by voice are challenging to configure.
Microsoft has brought the full start menu back, making it simpler to navigate to your programs and files. They have also fixed some of the instabilities present in Windows 8 and 8.1.
WHAT’S MISSING IN WINDOWS 10
Many of you enjoy playing the built-in games in Windows – games like Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts.
Sorry, but Microsoft is taking those away.
Do you play DVDs on your computer? If so, you’ll have to install a third-party program to continue playing them. Windows 10 will no longer come with the built-in capability to play DVDs.
THE BOTTOM LINE
I still strongly recommend you NOT upgrade to Windows 10 at this point in time. It does have some promising new features and enhancements that can make it a solid operating system. But the complexities and bugs still present make it a no-go for now.
If you do decide to upgrade to Windows 10, do NOT simply take it to any computer repair shop.
Remember the six specific steps that MUST be done before and after the upgrade process?
Not every PC tech will do those, whether it’s your locally owned PC repair shop or the geeks at the big box stores. This puts you at risk for problems and having to spend lots more of your hard-earned money to fix them.
Only allow technicians who intricately known Windows 10 to install the upgrade – once it’s safe to do so.