Vic stopped in my office the other morning while out running errands. “What do you think about Windows 10? Should I upgrade?”
Sara called me later that afternoon asking, “I have Windows 8 on my laptop. Should I go ahead and install Windows 10? It keeps telling me I should.”
Every day at least one person asks me what they should do about Windows 10 – because they’re constantly nagged to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest operating system.
Last month in this column, I suggested that for most home users, moving to Windows 10 would possibly be ok – but explained several reasons why you probably shouldn’t. I adamantly warned business owners to NOT upgrade. (Missed that column? Read it here: http://tinyurl.com/Windows10Verdict).
Since then, I’ve had numerous clients express frustration after they’ve upgraded.
Some despise its layout. They can’t find their programs, files, or how to change certain settings.
Others complain it causes their computer to run slow. Some report error messages appear and software programs don’t work properly.
I’d like to answer a few of the common questions I’m frequently asked about Windows 10.
If I don’t upgrade, will my current Windows stop working?
No. Your ability to use Windows on your computer does not expire. Microsoft does stop supporting and updating its various Windows versions. For example, support for Windows XP ended in April 2014, but thousands of computers running Windows XP still work just fine – it’s just not wise to use them on the Internet.
Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be supported and updated through at least January 2020 and 2023, respectively. So you don’t have to worry about using your computer with these operating systems for a long time.
Windows 10 is free. Will I have to pay for it if I don’t update now?
Microsoft is enticing users to move to Windows 10 by offering it for free. But you don’t have to do so immediately.
If you have a Windows 7 or 8 computer, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free through June 2016.
Because you can still take advantage of it being free later, it’s wise to wait. Let them get the bugs and problems mostly resolved before you upgrade.
If I upgrade but don’t like Windows 10, can I go back to my old operating system?
Yes, but it may not be easy or cheap.
Supposedly Microsoft has a utility built into Windows 10 allowing you to undo the upgrade. But many people are finding that it either doesn’t work or they experience a myriad of problems after rolling back to their previous version of Windows.
In many cases, it requires a complete erasure of the PC followed by a clean install of Windows 7 or 8 and all your software programs.
Should you decide you really wish to upgrade to Windows 10, I’d strongly recommend having us perform our Comprehensive Windows 10 Upgrade Service. It includes built-in safety precautions to allow for an easier reversion to your original operating system if you find you don’t like Windows 10 or it causes you problems.
How do I stop Windows from insisting I upgrade?
Uninstall Windows patch KB3035583 and then hide it from showing again.
Do it yourself with step-by-step instructions by downloading our instruction guide at http://www.calibreforhome.com/guides/NoWindows10. Or contact your trusted computer professional to handle it for you.
What’s your ultimate recommendation?
Like everything else in life, some people love Windows 10 while others hate it. It does have some positive enhancements over Windows 8, but it also has some serious problems.
It is best, in my professional opinion, to wait to upgrade. Stay with your current version of Windows – 7 or 8. Let other people experience the problems with Windows 10 for now and wait until Microsoft fixes them. You’ll be a much happier computer user!