Will you make the move to Windows 10?

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 3, 2015
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is coming out later this year if development does not take a hit between now and then.

The company announced previously that an upgrade to Windows 10 will be free on devices that run a legitimate version of Windows 7 or newer.

The offer is limited to the first year but once upgraded, Windows 10 remains free on those systems.

A free upgrade to Windows 10 is a huge incentive not only for users who don't like Windows 8.1 but also for those who do or are indifferent about it.

Windows 10 ships with features that previous versions of the operating system won't support. This includes DirectX 12 on the gaming side of things which according to Microsoft is a game changer performance-wise.

Then there is the new "Internet Explorer" known as Spartan which promises better performance, standards compatibility and extension support.

Other features that the company introduces in Windows 10, like Cortana, a revised start menu, virtual desktop support (Task View), overhauled notification system or easier upgrades to Windows 10 may also be interesting to some users.

There is still a chance that additional features are revealed by the company in the near future.

Will you upgrade to Windows 10?

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Windows 10 start menu cleaned up

The real question however is if the free upgrade is enough for customers to upgrade to Windows 10.

I can see Windows 8.x customers upgrading to Windows 10. The operating systems, while not completely identical, are very similar in nature.

Sure, the start menu has been revised, the Charms bar is gone and there are a couple of other changes that users need to get accustomed to but the core is more or less the same. There is still a focus on apps and Windows Store even though it has been tuned down for desktop users by Microsoft ever since it released Windows 8.1.

The situation is different if you are using Windows 7.  Moving to Windows 10 from Windows 7 is a sharp switch even though not as sharp as a switch to Windows 8 would be.

You get better customization options to disable or blend-out features that you are not interested in.

You can modify the start menu and remove all app tiles on it for example so that it resembles the Windows 7 start menu.

The store and apps don't need to be used really once you install or configure desktop programs to be default viewers for certain file formats.

Still, it will take a while before you get accustomed to Windows 10.

Who needs to update?

If you look at the operating systems that Microsoft supports currently, you will notice that there is no need to update to Windows 10 in 2015 or 2016.

Windows 7 is supported until January 2020 for example and Windows 8.1 until 2023. Support for Vista on the other hand runs out in April 2017, but free upgrades are not available for that operating system.

There is no need to upgrade unless you require or are interested in one of the new features that Windows 10 introduces.

If you are a gamer, you may be interested in DirectX 12. Cortana may be interesting to some users as well, especially if it gets dictation functionality, and Spartan could be interesting to web developers who want to test their projects with it as well.

What I plan to do

I have three devices running Windows currently. A desktop PC running Windows 7 Professional which I use for work, another desktop PC that I use mostly for gaming that is running a preview build of Windows 10 currently, and a 10-inch device that is running Windows 8.1.

As it stands right now, I won't update the Windows 7 system to Windows 10. I will however update the  other devices to Windows 10.

It makes sense to upgrade Windows 8 devices to Windows 10 in my opinion as it improves the operating system without introducing anything negative to it. It is optimized for certain device types and screen resolutions and ships with new features that sound interesting.

It makes less sense to upgrade Windows 7 on the other hand in my opinion as Windows 10 is still different in many regards. It is possible however to customize the system so that you barely notice that, but that requires third-party tools.

Now you: will you upgrade to Windows 10 when it comes out?

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):


  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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