If this didn’t happen to you yet, it’s likely it will soon.
First, you should understand what is going on with Microsoft.
The intention behind Windows 10 is very different from any other OS (Operating System) ever built by the company.
There are two core reasons that differentiate the most recent OS release that Microsoft has communicated to the public.
- Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be the last iteration of its operating systems.
What does that mean? Simply put, there will be one operating system base that Microsoft will then deliver improvements directly to its existing Windows 10 users. These improvements will be packaged as software updates. You will no longer need to upgrade operating systems to receive improvements. Similar to Windows 8, these improvements to Windows 10 over time could be labeled Windows 10.1, Windows 10.2, etc.
- Microsoft is aggressively pushing Windows 10 in order to herd all users into one place.
They claim the reason for the aggressive push for adoption of Windows 10 is too many users choosing to stay on old operating systems. They fear users will try to use modern accessories with systems that are 10+ years old and find devices incompatible. Microsoft feels that moving everyone to Windows 10 by 2017 is in the best interest of all parties.
So, what’s the problem with Windows 10?
Currently, installing Windows 10 on a new computer isn’t an issue. The OS operates smoothly and compatibility doesn’t seem to be a problem.
HOWEVER, there are still issues with the update version being pushed to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.
The problem is that there are still issues with the versions being pushed on existing users. More over, Microsoft is slyly making it so that you have little to no choice when this happens to your computer. UNLESS, you are aware and proactive about putting off this upgrade until Microsoft works out its issues.
How exactly is Microsoft forcing you to upgrade? Traditionally, large upgrades, like entire operating systems, have been optional to the user. Now, Microsoft has the Windows 10 upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users set to a recommended upgrade. This change is in alignment with its forceful tactics to push users to Windows 10 soon.
This means that if your settings are set to automatically install recommended updates – you will find yourself with Windows 10 on your computer unbeknownst to you. The problem is that lots of users have their Windows updates set to auto install recommended updates to receive any important security updates.
At some point, we will all have to move to Windows 10. Personally, I’m not ok with being forced to upgrade when there is a high probability that it will cause me issues. In fact, I already attempted to upgrade my own personal trading computers and it caused me a huge headache. You can read more about my experience here.
Reportedly, some drivers for devices like printers, scanners, and other accessories might not be available yet for Windows 10. Without the updated driver, your devices are dead in the water.
Microsoft is apparently only forcing upgrades on machines that meet the minimum standards for Windows 10. However, their standards don’t include considerations for fast performance on older machines. It’s possible that installing Windows 10 on an older machine could substantially slow down your computer.
IF YOU ARE READY TO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 –
Please back up your data first. There are no guarantees everything will transfer smoothly. Secondly, review your default security settings after you upgrade. There are several settings that Microsoft has set as defaults that might not sit well with you. (Find more details about Windows 10 security and privacy settings here).
IF YOU WANT TO DELAY UPGRADING –
You will have to turn off automatic updates in your settings in order to avoid Windows 10 for the time being. Remember, if you were set to auto update recommended upgrades, you will need to install these manually now. This could include important security updates.
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