Microsoft released its new operation system for PCs – Windows 10 – to the public on July 29, 2015. Both before and after the release, computer users of all ability levels were praising and criticizing it.
Professional tech writers and amateur bloggers have written about Windows 10 for months. Some like it and some hate it. Their opinions are all over the internet.
We’ve gathered the most common positive and negative reactions to Windows 10 so you can look them over and come to your own conclusions. Should you upgrade your PC to Windows 10? We hope this information will help you decide.
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Now, let’s look at the positive and negative reactions to Windows 10:
POSITIVE REACTIONS TO WINDOWS 10
- Is available in two versions: Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro
- Includes 2-factor authentication for added security
- Is free if you upgrade in the next 12 months (Except for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1 owners – they must pay to upgrade!)
- Introduces a new browser – Microsoft Edge – to replace the flawed and widely hated Internet Explorer
- Includes many security upgrades
- Brings back the Start Menu
- Adds a new feature – the Action Center – which gathers all your notifications in one place
- Has a new “tablet mode” that makes it easier to use on devices without a keyboard or mouse
NEGATIVE REACTIONS TO WINDOWS 10
- Is slow to download and install – takes about an hour and 20 minutes IF it works
- Has been impossible to install for many users
- Deletes the games and gadgets users have used in Windows 7 (e.g. Solitaire)
- Adds the digital voice assistant – Cortana – that is difficult to use and doesn’t work well
- Already has a “service release” from Microsoft to fix some of the bugs in the system
- Creates problems with the Chrome browser
- Has unstable WiFi connectivity
- Has unreliable audio
- Makes errors in cut and paste commands
- Has caused constant screen flickering for many users
- Has caused multiple browser crashes
- Won’t work on some laptops
- Locks up cursor
- Has no support for older printers
- Reduces battery life of laptops as much as 10%
- Creates problems with mouse, touchpad, and keyboard
- Has a serious privacy problem in that it collects extensive data on you unless you alter the privacy settings manually using the Custom Install instead of Express Install (If you use Express Install, you can’t alter the data collection settings)
- Installs Microsoft Edge as the default browser, and won’t allow you to change that setting if you use Express Install
- Forces users to accept, download, and install any and every update Microsoft sends, whether you want it or not
- Is going to receive a major update in October (probably called Windows 10.1)
So what should a Windows user do?
Whether to upgrade now or wait until October is a big decision all users have to make. This roundup of positive and negative reactions to Windows 10 can help you choose what’s right for your computer and how you use it.
Our technicians at Target PC can answer your questions about Windows 10 and upgrade your operating system if you’d rather not do it yourself.