The Windows 10 upgrades, for us, have been a breeze! Honestly, it was an amazingly easy and smooth upgrade. We were really amazed that all of our settings transferred over… even the saved session of Google Chrome. Now while the upgrade was the easiest we have ever experienced, there are some things to note and be cautious with.
Windows 10 was released a little over a week ago and to say it has mixed reviews would be a gross understatement. This release of Windows was brought to market very quickly, and was originally slated to be released September/October. Many tech preview users were kind of surprised to still be receiving major updates just a few days before the launch.
We’ve installed it on a few machines with very few problems, though pretty glaring problems at the same time. The concerns have more been after it was installed. These have included freezing and lockups, driver crashes, Windows system files freezing, and massive privacy and data security issues. We’ve also heard about many more drastic problems from multiple sources.
Most systems currently running Windows 10 were upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines. Due to the wide variety of configurations, there are bound to be some driver issues, this really isn’t anything new, but is something that has been very frustrating for early adopters.
There are numerous things that can cause a system to freeze up or crash other than driver problems and we’ve already dealt with a few in our Computer Rehab Center. Occasional glitches are somewhat to be expected with a new operating system, especially one that was rushed to market, and these are normally corrected over time. Realistically, it’s impossible to plan for every contingency or environment. Here is another example where patience is a must as some problems are caused by numerous different factors and take time to correct.
While usability issues are to be expected from a rushed to market OS, there is a much more worrisome aspect to the new Windows 10 features.
As another tech blog posted, “Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – …”
Data Privacy has been a hot button topic lately. Most of the concerns are able to be dealt with by changing privacy settings and turning off unwanted features.
So we covered some of the concerns from the terms and conditions, and there were a few biggies. Another possible threat comes from Windows Update itself. With the Home version of Windows 10, there is no longer an option to delay an update, and with how well some updates have been working as of late, that should be a huge concern for home users. Basically with this new functionality, as soon as it is released, it will begin installing on your machine. This in and of itself isn’t necessarily a security threat; that comes from where you may be downloading the update from. By default, Windows 10 will download available updates from:
There are security measures in place, though little is known about them. Who’s to say you won’t be downloading malicious software along with that new security update in the near future? Virus writers and hackers are very, very smart. You can go into Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Choose How Updates Are Delivered and make sure that it is only downloading from Microsoft by turning this option off. One concern with downloading updates from other computers on your local network is that they don’t specify what they consider your local network, it could possibly be just any computer on the same subnet and IP structure as you, so theoretically if you’re at a coffee shop, or other public Wi-Fi zone that has a computer with a bad update, this could really be troublesome for you. Now, if you’re computers all stay at home, never connect to other “local” networks, have anti-virus installed… this is probably a feature you will enjoy when having it set to the option of getting it from Microsoft or other computers on your local network.
Additionally with the new way Microsoft is updating this OS, they have the ability to update your system without your knowledge. While some users can delay these updates (Enterprise and Pro users), you cannot [easily] delay them forever. Microsoft has not said what it will do if you don’t apply these updates, or if you forcibly disable Windows Updates.
The return of the “Start” button is a long awaited triumph, and a beautiful blending of the new “Metro UI” and the more traditional style.
It finally adds back the usability to Windows that should have come with Windows 8.1 (or never have been removed from Windows 8 in the first place).
There are still a lot of things we don’t know about Windows 10, and there are definitely things that need to be addressed, but the speed and functionality blend is hard to overlook. With the number of Windows 10 devices numbering somewhere around 25 million, they must have done something right (or it could have just been the captive audience marketing – or that users just miss the Start Menu that much and hadn’t found another option).
Bottom line: Don’t feel pressured to jump in immediately – the free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 is good until July 29th, 2016.