Microsoft has just released the next major version of
Windows. After the disastrous reception of Windows 8, Microsoft has chosen to
skip a version number, and thus Windows 10 is born. To help smooth the adoption
path, the company has also announced that Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will
be able to upgrade for free. Windows Update will download a 4GB file and prompt
users to initiate the upgrade.
Unfortunately, Windows 10 is at this point a mess†-- buggy,
feature incomplete, and in terms of the user interface a kind of Frankenstein
monster which combines elements of Windows 7 and Windows 8 together into a
single unsatisfying whole.
As a result, I recommend that you avoid upgrading at this
time unless you have Windows 8 and really, really wish you still had the more
traditional Windows 7 interface, in which case a Windows 10 upgrade might be
worthwhile considering. The good news is that the Windows 10 upgrade can be
disabled using a behind-the-scenes technique created by Microsoft for systems
administrators. For most of my clients, I will be activating this opt-out feature on their
computers when I see them for other matters.
If you have accidentally acquired Windows 10, you can seamlessly
roll back to your previous Windows version within 30 days of the upgrade.
Please†contact me for further assistance.