Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

by thecodingwizard

Windows 10 finally came out! But... Should I really upgrade it? Will it crash? Will it break? Are there any bugs? Let's find out!

What is Windows 10?

OK. What's this big fuss about Windows 10? Well, as you all know, Windows 8 was a terrible failure. It sucked. Windows 10 is Windows 8 improved. It combined the features of Windows 7 with the features of Windows 8 to get what I think is the best version of Windows. Here are some new features:

The start menu is back! Three cheers for Windows 10! Now you no longer have to deal with the annoying, stupid full-screen start menu of Windows 8.
No more annoying full-screen apps. One of the most annoying things of Windows 8 was its full-screen apps such as Settings. It made it harder to multitask and drag screens around. Luckily, Windows 10 fixes that. It also adds a lot of cool window tricks.
Window tricks. In Windows 10, you can now drag and snap windows in an elegant manner. It's quite cool.
Cortana. Yep, you heard me right. The amazing Windows Phone assistant is coming to the PC. I don't use it too much, but others will think that it is quite helpful.
Most importantly... Windows 10 is FREE to upgrade!!! FREE!!! If you have Windows 7 or 8 you can upgrade to Windows 10 FOREVER for FREE. All you have to do is press the upgrade button within one year (starting July 29, 2015).

Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 Start Menu
Windows 10 Start Menu

Upgrade... Or Not?

Now for the hard part... Do I upgrade or not? On one hand, Windows 10 is cool. Very cool. But on the other, it might be buggy.

Can't Decide?

Can't Decide?
Can't Decide?

 Just answer the questions below.

  1. Do you hate your current OS?
    1. Yes - Upgrade now.
    2. No - Continue reading.
  2. Is it important that your computer never or rarely crashes?
    1. Yes - Don't upgrade. In fact, consider switching to Linux.
    2. No - Continue reading.
  3. Do you like your current OS?
    1. Yes - Don't upgrade - yet.
    2. No - Flip a coin.

Other things to consider

  1. When you upgrade, do a clean install. Trust me, it's better.
  2. Your old files are kept in the Windows.old folder located in the root directory of your C: drive.
  3. If you hate Windows 10, you can always revert back to Windows 7 within 30 days (after which your old files are deleted).
  4. If you do install, DO NOT sign in with your Microsoft account. Do it afterwards. The reason is because if you do sign in with your Microsoft account, your User folder will be named very weirdly. For example: natha or jerem or danie, basically missing a character. It is very difficult to change your user folder later, so I ended up reinstalling Windows 10.

My Opinion

I installed Windows 10 because Windows 7 got super slow. I am very satisfied. When it wakes up from sleep mode, it may be a little slow. I fixed it by randomly clicking everywhere like a maniac (right click, left click, who cares?) It was very fun.

One major issue is that Windows keeps waking up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. I entered

powercfg lastwake

into the CMD to see the reason. If it says USB something, then make sure you turn off your usb-connected devices. However, what happened for me was that it claimed that I pressed the power button - which I did not. This part is very frustrating and probably the only major complaint I have about Windows 10.

App compatibility is very good - no app crashes yet! You can always run apps in compatibility mode if they crash.

Will you (or have you) upgrade to Windows 10?

If you have upgraded to Windows 10, were you satisfied?

Updated: 09/02/2015, thecodingwizard
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thecodingwizard on 09/05/2015

@Mira You're welcome! I'm glad I could help.

Mira on 09/05/2015

Thanks so much for this. My Windows 7 runs pretty smoothly. I've had it crash blue-screen style a few times, but I think it had something to do with my Firefox browser, which somehow crashes all the time. I often change it to older, more stable versions, but after updates it's back to the new and crashing version(s) (Firefox, that is).

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