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Upgrading to Windows 10 Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds

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.

Windows 10Microsoft 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: https://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.

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Watch Out For This Pop-Up

 

Pop-ups. 

They’re annoying and most likely indicate a virus or malware infection on your PC.  When one appears on your screen, your smart next step is to stop what you’re doing and call your trusted computer professional.

But one day soon, if you haven’t already, you’ll receive a pop-up message from Microsoft encouraging you to “Get Windows 10.”  It first appears as a new icon in the bottom right corner of your screen by the date and time.

Microsoft officially announced Windows 10 will be available for installation on July 29.  Thanks to an update they pushed out in March to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 computers, Microsoft gives you the opportunity to reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade through this time-activated pop-up.

The window contains a series of six slides.  The first describes the upgrade reservation process.  The next four try to sell you why you should upgrade to Windows 10.  The final screen asks you to provide your email address so Microsoft can let you know when Windows 10 is ready to be installed on your computer in late July.

 

Don't Do ItWHY NOT UPGRADE?  IT’S FREE!

Sure, Windows 10 will be provided at no cost to all legitimate Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users for one year from the day it’s released. 

Free is good, right?  Not always. 

You wouldn’t eat a half-cooked piece of filet mignon even if someone you knew really well proffered it to you, would you?  Of course not.  You want the steak to be thoroughly cooked to your liking.

The same with Windows 10.  It’s half-baked right now.

Windows 10 does fix many problems plaguing Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, including bringing back a fully functional, albeit cluttered, start menu.  It eliminates the ugly tile interface and utilizes the familiar Windows desktop.  Apps perform similarly to programs now that they open in windows with the usual title bar and window controls.  Apps used to open full-screen with no intuitive way to exit them.

But with the many fixes, it still contains a plethora of problems that will frustrate early adopters of the operating system.  Additionally, it’s yet unknown how your existing software programs and hardware will work with Windows 10.  You may experience errors or be required to update some programs so they will function properly.

Microsoft still has almost two months before it’s official release to either make Windows 10 a world-class software or to royally mess it up.  Which is why I recommend you, my reader, wait until my staff and I have thoroughly tested the software and let you know when it’s safe to update your computer.

 

A HACKER’S PARADISE

When I heard the news of Microsoft’s Windows 10 pop-ups, I cringed.  The “Get Windows 10” pop-up is so generic, it can easily be spoofed by hackers and those looking to steal your personal information.

Microsoft asks for your email address to send you a notification when Windows 10 is ready to be installed.

A technology-astute criminal can create a pop-up that looks like it’s from Microsoft, ask for your email address, and then use that to send you emails that can infect your computer.

Not a smart move by Microsoft.   And a big reason for you to be alert.