Windows 10 : Should You Upgrade?

With every new release of an operating system, it’s always accompanied by the common question – SHOULD I UPGRADE?


Towards Greener Pastures

User feedback has been positive ever since Microsoft opened Windows 10 for preview. I’ve been using it myself and it’s just as zippy as Windows 8.1 but with promises of enhancement over user experience and not forgetting the return of Windows’ legendary START MENU.


Still, does it mean you should upgrade?

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

If you are currently using Windows 7 or Windows 8 and your system is problem free then I highly recommend to NOT UPGRADE at all. Over the past 2 days I’ve been seeing mixed responses from my Facebook feed.

There are
a) Those who upgraded without a hitch and all things work great, in fact even better than ever! Well that’s true, if you’re a Windows 7 user you’ll feel that Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 are more responsive.

b) Those who upgraded BUT having problems popping up here and there – you wouldn’t want to be in this boat, really you don’t.

c) Those who failed to upgrade.

Let me tell you this – while my Windows 10 Preview sample worked fine with software like Adobe Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and Sigma Photo Pro, I can’t promise that your experience will be the same or bug-free.

Over the past 2 days, I had attempted to experience the UPGRADE process and I had my share of frustrations.

For example, in my attempt to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10, the system saw no new updates and attempted to install Windows 10, to only be followed by some error message indicating that I am unable to install and provided me with some non-helpful links to Microsoft’s site.

You know, those funny error codes and a “find out” whatever link but not details provided when you’re at the site.

I’ve also attempted to install Windows 10 via the media creation kit and it failed, no details why.

I’ve even attempted to perform a CLEAN installation of Windows 10 and to have it not reading from my drive, and on another attempt it loaded but failed to see my SSD. 🙁 However I managed to get the system up and running on my final change of hardware which – Intel Core i3-4130 with a Z97 board. From what I gathered, some hardware components are incompatible with Windows 10, and I think that’s what I wasted my hour or 2 on.

I Understand The Risks ……UPGRADE!!!

The most straight forward upgrade method is the one from Microsoft but this isn’t always the case, not everyone sees the indicator for upgrade BUT there is a workaround and that is to force your system to perform the upgrade.

Here’s how to perform manual upgrade but be warned that that doesn’t mean your upgrade will be successful.

Personally I would recommend going with the Media Creation Tool method, it’s also the same method I use to acquire the Windows 10 ISO file.

Last Warning

“If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” – that’s still the best policy as of now, perhaps you should wait a week or 2 and let the dust of excitement and frustration settle before jumping on the bandwagon.

If you insist to proceed, I highly recommend that you DO NOT perform the upgrade on mission critical systems (like your work machine!) unless you are willing to sort out the possible bugs.

As for me, my work machine with Windows 7 stays as it is. My gaming rigs are all set to Windows 10 at present while all my notebook / mobile computers are maintaining Windows 8.1 – Vista? There’s no room for Vista in my lab, that one sucks. 😛

Alright, that’s the end of this article. Enjoy your Windows 10 experience!

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