Why you should or shouldn't upgrade to Windows 10

By Andy Nalewski


Windows 10 released July 29 2015. There were a few bugs at first, but they were patched fast enough to get the user base growing.

Windows 7 is trailing behind in user numbers, but those who haven’t upgraded may want to consider it. Or throw it out the Window until support for their OS ends.

Reasons you shouldn’t.

1.    Old hardware.
If you have at least a dual core processor and 4GB of RAM, Windows 10 should run fine. But keep in mind that this is my (you can trust me, I’m a doctor) minimum recommended specs for Windows 10. If 7 or 8.1 ran comfortably, you may notice some lag and lack of fluidity, but tasks like emailing, surfing the web, and streaming video should be fine. But any heavy tasks, like video editing or gaming, probably won’t be so pretty.
2.    Old programs or games
New editions of Windows are known to be relatively friendly with apps from its previous iteration. However, the more jumps you make, the spotter the compatibility. Some apps that I had on Windows 7 required third party patches (that are unofficial and potentially malicious) just to work on 8 and 8.1, never mind 10. Most games I have worked fine (Yes, Skyrim included). But trying anything from the XP or Vista eras is pushing your luck. 
3.    Familiarity
Some people like the look and feel of Windows 7 and are afraid to switch, especially since all the bad press Windows 8 got. That’s fine, but i'll have more on that later.
4.    Piracy
If you get your music or movies from less than reputable sources, don’t upgrade to 10. Signing into a Microsoft account on 10 may enable them to view your illegal activities, even more so if you decided to use Cortana. And you shouldn’t be doing that anyway. It’s bad.
5.    Integration with Windows 10 mobile.
If you have a recent Nokia phone, Windows 10 has its own, better way to interface with it. But no one has Windows Phone because it sucks. Onto the pros...

Reasons you should.

1.    Familiarity.
Believe it or not, 10 isn’t that far removed from 7. The start menu has changed a bit, but it behaves just like 7, and any changes made are easy to learn because of the visuals implemented. 
2.    Cortana
Cortana has most of the features that Sri and Google Now have, but she’s on your PC. This can be good if you need to use voice commands (if you have a microphone) or get some quick information without having to open a web browser. Oh yes, she sits on the taskbar, also functioning as the Windows search bar that we all know and love. She’s something of a sleuth, however. Cortana sends a fair amount of what you type into her to Microsoft for development purposes. So if you’re planning on doing something dastardly, it's probably a good idea to turn her off.
3.    The Microsoft Store.
Windows has had an app store since Windows 8, but 10’s is more robust. In addition to apps like Netflix and games, the store also has music and movies which can be purchased as digital copies. These same features are on Xbox One, so if you like them, you might want them on your PC.
4.    Future support. 
Developers aren’t going to make their code, friendly to Windows 7 forever. In the not so distant future, I see companies dropping or giving shoddy support for
Windows 7 and 8.1. if you like games, even more so. There’s no rush to upgrade now, but if you fall into the same category of those who stuck win XP as long as they did, you’ll be in a pickle once security updates stop coming in. If you do any sort of banking or online purchases, absolutely upgrade before the end of support. If you can’t, buy a new PC. It’ll be cheaper than the jet ski bought in your name by a hacker.