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Windows 7: should I upgrade to Windows 10?

13 Jul 2015   #1
Kyafield

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
should I upgrade to Windows 10?

I have everything operating smoothly with Windows 7 home premium. Windows is offering to give me a free upgrade to Windows 10 home. I do not have a touchscreen nor do I intend to ever have a touchscreen monitor. Should I take this free"upgrade" or keep running my 7 home premium?
My pc has the resources to run 10 but why do it. Thanks.
Carl


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13 Jul 2015   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

It would be best to download and try the preview in a virtual machine. That way you can see if you like it. There is no single right answer for everybody.
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13 Jul 2015   #3
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

You don't need a touchscreen monitor to use Windows 10. I've been using it for months now and have it set up as my 7 install is set up and to be honest I love it. As LMiller7 has said, give it a spin in a VM and see what you think.
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13 Jul 2015   #4
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I've been running the preview of Win 10 in a VM for months now and, for me, there is nothing compelling about it. I have multiple Win 7 and Win 8 machines that are eligible to be upgraded but I don't plan to upgrade any of them. I'm not much for upgrading which is why I didn't upgrade my Win 7 machines to Win 8 and why I don't plan to upgrade to Win 10. Eventually, I'll build or buy a new machine and it will have Win10 on it, I don't see any reason to upgrade before then.

Just as with Win 8, Win 10 runs just fine without a touchscreen. The thing that most people are looking forward to in Win 10 (the Start menu) is the thing I like least about Win 10. It is very clunky and cumbersome. If I wanted a Start menu (I don't) I would much rather use Classic Shell than Win 10's Start menu.

At any rate, you have a full year to decide if you want the upgrade so there's no need to rush and install it when it's first released.
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13 Jul 2015   #5
CountryBumkin

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

If you don't like tinkering or fixing things, I would suggest you wait until Win10 is deployed then wait for the first major fix (like Win7 did with SP1). That will give MS time to fix more of the bugs in the software that they don't know about yet.
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13 Jul 2015   #6
Nedly

Debian Custom
 
 

First off I agree with everyone who thinks you should delay until it has been out for a few months. There are a lot of machines and software combinations out there that it has not been fully tested with.

As far as my opinion, I found it to be far better than Windows 7-8.1. I thought it was much more functional, and placing the 8 startmenu inside of the traditional - therefore never leaving the desktop was a good fix as far as going along with the designs they have, and also pleasing the consumers.

Windows 10 is coming with a lot of new components built in that would usually be aftermarket, such as virtual desktops for more work space. I have caught wind from my professors that Microsoft has been informing them of new software coming out, and they claim to be incorporating Linux platforms into things such as Visual Studio.

With some of the recent bugs popping up in 7, and the end of XP support, I think many users will soon be forced, to some degree, to upgrade - more than they ever had to in the past. 8 and 8.1 were far more messy than 7 in my opinion, but possibly not as bad as Vista. The Windows 8 machines I have been around lately have been largely problematic, and they get infected with a very large amount of viruses compared to other machines as far as I can tell.

As far as myself, I would only use Windows 7, or 10, and once 10 has come out it will be my go to Windows system - though, I am an amid Linux user, so I do not rely on Windows as my main system. I liked Windows 10, and it gave me a feeling like they were really trying to make it how consumers wanted it versus how they wanted it.
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13 Jul 2015   #7
CountryBumkin

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Also be aware that if you use Windows Media Center (WMC) it is not available/compatible with Windows 10 so you will need to find an alternative program. Win10 will still be able to play music and such, but you won't have all the features of WMC - if that matters to you.
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13 Jul 2015   #8
Nedly

Debian Custom
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kyafield View Post
I have everything operating smoothly with Windows 7 home premium.
I especially love this part. It makes me assume you have fought for this 'functionality' for 'x' amount of time, and therefore are considering the chances of losing hard work. Though, was this hard work building a solid system, or keeping a buggy system tied together? I have to poke at this because it seems to be the norm that Windows users leap through hoops to keep their systems simply 'functional'. The question should be restated to include this calculation: will the system be outdated enough in the near future to create unfunctionality, and what effort will that entail - versus - the functionality of the new system, and what that will entail.

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13 Jul 2015   #9
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

If you decide to upgrade to Windows 10, make an image backup of your current Windows 7 system first.
Buy an external USB hard drive and use Macrium Reflect Free to make an image backup. Then if you don't like Windows 10, you can restore your computer back to exactly where it was when you created the backup.

Something like these:

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If you have Amazon Prime then no shipping charge and 2 day delivery.


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13 Jul 2015   #10
Nedly

Debian Custom
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
If you decide to upgrade to Windows 10, make an image backup of your current Windows 7 system first.
Buy an external USB hard drive and use Macrium Reflect Free to make an image backup. Then if you don't like Windows 10, you can restore your computer back to exactly where it was when you created the backup.
That is only good if the key he purchases is based on his Microsoft account right? If I am correct, there are one time keys that could be lost if he later decided to remove Windows 10. Correct me if I cam wrong. I would simply assume it would be smart to make a disk image of the Windows 10 even if you do not like it.
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