You need to read today’s column if:
You use a computer with Windows 10,
Your Internet provider is Sit-Co, HughesNet, or WildBlue,
You own a Brother printer and use Windows 10, or
You have an older computer that you need to upgrade.
At the end of September, I sounded the alarm for all PC owners thinking about buying a new desktop or laptop with Windows 7 for their home or business to do so before the end of October.
Microsoft issued a decree to all computer manufacturers requiring them to stop selling PCs with the stable, easy-to-use Windows 7 on October 31, 2016. All new computers would be preinstalled with the horrible Windows 10.
A major outcry – fueled by numerous and serious problems with Windows 10 – apparently forced the tech giant to change its edict just prior to the end of October.
What evils prompted the change?
Here’s a small sample of what my clients using Windows 10 have experienced:
Horrendously slow Internet that’s worse than dial-up, especially if your provider is Sit-Co, HughesNet or WildBlue.
Several clients who use wireless or satellite-based Internet complain it takes forever to view websites on their Windows 10 computers. Sometimes they cannot even connect.
Sit-Co technical support, with whom I have a close working relationship, reports the problem is the forced downloading of Windows 10 updates. The size and number of the updates clogs up the Internet pipe, resulting in frustratingly slow speeds.
Unfortunately, this issue is out of the control of these providers.
Losing the ability to print or scan, especially on the Brother brand of printers.
Two of our small business clients use a Brother all-in-one printer/scanner/copier. After a recently involuntarily installed Windows update, neither could print or scan to the device – disrupting their business operations.
In one case, the problem reoccurred one week after I had originally fixed it.
Unfortunately, there’s no documented permanent solution to prevent it from happening again.
The New Windows 7 Deadline – With A Catch
These and a large number of other annoying, serious glitches with the Windows 10 operating system created a tidal wave of discontent.
Surprisingly, Microsoft listened to the uproar and gave in to the push to keep Windows 7 alive on new PCs.
With less than 9 business days left before the end of October, Microsoft quietly extended the date allowing PC manufacturers to preinstall Windows 7 on new computers to October 31, 2017.
But they mandated a price increase on all computers with Windows 7. Yet another attempt to strong-arm consumers into the problem-infested Windows 10 operating system.
I’ve said it again and again – stay away from Windows 10. Unless you’re a sadist who loves constantly dealing with computer problems.
If you have an older computer, especially one running Windows XP or Windows Vista, I beg you to not wait much longer to purchase a new computer. One with Windows 7. (Which, by the way, are not available to buy at the big box stores.)
Microsoft could change its fickle mind at any time. You might then be stuck with only Windows 10.
If you already have Windows 10 on your computer, you may have some options available to alleviate potential problems. Each situation is different, so I would recommend speaking with a trusted computer advisor who knows and understands Windows 10.