532 - Windows 10, The Win10 Upgrade

What is an upgrade?  In computer terms a true “upgrade” is the latest version of, and an “improvement” over, something you already have. In the case of Microsoft’s Windows OS (operating systems,)”upgrades” are inevitable, “improvements” are not. Windows ME, Vista and Win 8/8.1 were called “upgrades” by Microsoft but they weren’t “improvements.” Those products failed when users decided that old versions were better than the “upgrades.” On the other hand Win 98, Win XP and Win7 “upgrades” were successful because users saw genuine “improvement.”

So is the Win10 “upgrade” an “improvement?”  Since Win10 is essentially a “go-back” to the popular Win7, it allows unhappy Win8 users to dump the tiles and go back to the Win7 style desktop. For Win8 users, Win10 could be considered an “improvement.” However, there are four times as many Win7 users as Win8 users and for them, Win10 offers no “improvement.” So is Win10 another Microsoft OS “upgrade” without being an “improvement?” Not to Microsoft. There may be no “improvement” for users but for Microsoft Win10 represents a dramatic “improvement” in their ability to capture information about you. For Microsoft, Win10 is definitely an “upgrade.” 

While Win 10 does little for users, Win10 is a true “window” into Microsoft’s future and your privacy. Windows10 allows Microsoft to snoop, record, evaluate and sell every aspect of your private computer experience. That’s a giant leap forward for Microsoft in the Internet war to monetize every aspect of your life. 

Once you accept the reality that anything you do or say on a PC, phone or tablet is fair game, Win10 is not a bad OS. It is essentially a bugged version of Win7. If you already have Win7 you probably won’t want to install Win10. If you have and hate Win8 you will probably consider installing Win10. There are some problems.

I reality Win10 has been around for about eight years. Vista, Win7, Win8 and Win10 are all the same basic platform. Win10 should work just fine on almost any modern PC as long as it is a “clean” installation. In order to do a “clean” installation on an existing PC you must “erase” the hard drive and start over. If you want to keep your files you must store them somewhere, erase the old hard drive, install the new OS (including all drivers and updates) then copy your files back into the hard drive and reinstall your applications (programs, printer, etc.). That sounds like a lot of work to most people and Microsoft is afraid you won’t upgrade if they tell you to do it the right way so they tell you to simply push the button, sit back and enjoy an “easy upgrade.” That’s like painting your house without doing the prep work.

Your old OS has suffered from “bit rot”, corruption, malware invasions, installing and uninstalling of applications, power failures and a thousand other unpleasant things since it was installed years ago. The chance that Win10 is going to do an “easy upgrade” over this mess is not good. Even if everything looks good when it finishes, the next “automatic update” three days later is likely to shut you down.  

A clean install of Win 10 will work. If you have the time, tools and knowledge it can be a fun way to spend a day. If you feel frisky and want to try Win10’s “easy upgrade” we say go for it, you might “get lucky.” If you don’t have the time or the inclination to “do it yourself” we can handle the “clean” install for you. It costs between $90 and $135. It cost about the same to fix the “easy upgrade” when you don’t “get lucky.”