Google+ Tips & Tricks Blog: Why I shouldn't Install WIndows 10 - Part 2

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Why I shouldn't Install WIndows 10 - Part 2

1. Your System Might Not Run It

Most people won’t have any issues when it comes to their computer being able to run Windows 10, but the reality is that you still need to meet certain system requirements in order to run it well. While the minimum system requirements aren’t exactly taxing, even if your computer meets the requirements, it doesn’t mean you will have an optimal experience. If your machine doesn’t exceed the system requirements by a decent margin and runs well enough on your current OS, it makes a lot more sense to wait until you upgrade your computer before making the switch.

2. It’s Not Totally Free

In typical fashion whenever the word ‘free’ pops up, there are some caveats. While it’s true that Microsoft is giving Windows 7 and 8 users a copy, this is because they have already bought a Windows license and there-in lies the rub. This explanation goes into better detail, but the main takeaway is that Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 to consumers in order to make money in pretty much all other avenues of its business. It’s basically a trojan horse designed to get everyone on the same platform in order to make money off of them in a myriad of other ways. Heck, even Solitaire is asking for our money now. While it’s great to be getting an upgrade without having to shell out the $100 it typically costs for a new OS, don’t believe for a second that Microsoft is giving it away out of the goodness of their hearts; they’re going to make a lot of money off you regardless.

3. No More Windows Media Center

One of the strangest changes that Windows 10 makes is that it basically eliminates Windows Media Center as we know it. While this may not be an issue for some, those who use the program to access their multimedia content will have to find a new way to do so, which is a rather annoying and seemingly unnecessary change to force on consumers. Of course, this isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, as there are numerous alternatives available, but it’s still unfortunate to see a useful program bite the dust for no good reason.

4. Forced Updates

Software updates are a necessary evil if you want to have the newest features, but users are typically able to opt out of updates if they so wish. Not so with Windows 10. Microsoft has enforced mandatory updates that will be installed to your system whether you like it or not. While there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to make a program as secure and functional as possible, robbing people of choice is sure to ruffle a few feathers. As many iPhone users can attest, there comes a point in time when new firmware updates start to cause more harm to your device than good. Now, Windows 10 could very well break your computer with a new update and there’s nothing you can do or say about it because you were never given the choice in the first place.

5. The Longer You Wait, The Better It Will Be

The best reason to hold off making the switch to Windows 10 is that practically every new major software release has a number of bugs and glitches at launch that can take awhile to be sorted out. If you’re already getting by fine with your current OS, why make yourself essentially a Windows 10 tester when you could just wait a few months for the major issues to be ironed out. You’ll still be able to download it for free and have peace of mind that you’re getting an OS that has proven itself on the market already. Computers already have enough annoyances as it is; there’s no point in adding more to the pile.

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