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by Keystone

Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

Perhaps you should, but before you get too excited and hit the “install now” button let’s take a deeper look.

At first glance, like any new operating system, Windows 10 looks sleek, exciting and full of shiny new features that you can’t wait to get your mouse on. For example, the Start Menu is back, and it has been improved with the sly addition of a built-in voice assistant, Cortana. What a handy and smart upgrade! Another added feature is Microsoft Edge, the new browser taking the place of Internet Explorer. Way to go Windows 10! These two features plus many others like the ability to add multiple desktops and an added central notification center make it almost impossible for some to resist the immediate upgrade.

Our opinion is to balance your excitement with the possible negative consequences, and here’s why:

What do you hope to gain?

Presumably, your existing PC is working and you can get your work done now right? If no, then stop reading and give us a call, we can help - everyone else let's continue.  Before you decide to upgrade consider how an incompatible software, scanner or printer could impact your productivity in the live office environment. Unless you have tested to verify all key hardware and software systems are compatible with Windows 10 then you are taking a lot of risk. Using the work environment for testing isn’t recommended. Use a separate PC not directly related to daily production instead. 

Are you upgrading only for the aesthetics?

If the motivation for the change is for aesthetics or curiosity, then you are taking too much risk. The new OS does include a new Start Menu, but other than that for all intents and purposes the look is not that different from Windows 8.

Do you really think Windows 7 or 8 is all that bad?

Let’s stay away from the negative here. Of course we all know Windows 8 got a lot of negative play in the media, and we don’t personally love the user interface but from a stability point of view it is a solid, reliable choice. So, on the merits of the functionality we have no issues. The question for Windows 7 users is, “can the users manage the change to Windows 10?” Windows 8 users will have a lot less trouble making the transition but Windows 7 users are going to need a bit of discovery time to become comfortable.

Overall, our vote is to sit back and see how things work out. There will probably be a few patches added soon as Microsoft addresses all the issues that come up in the near future. So, sit back and relax and just as Elvis sang in 1961, “only fools rush in . . . ”