Windows 10 Progress Report – July 2016

It may surprise some people for us to say that this program is going very well.  After a few days of grumpiness at having to become accustomed to things being in different places, most users are having to admit that the Windows 10 Operating System is very stable, reliable, and often just a tiny bit faster than their older Operating System.  If you feel pretty comfortable with a medium-level computer challenge we would suggest that you go ahead and do the upgrade yourself.  Otherwise, a technician can do it for you at a charge of about an hour to an hour and a half and your computer will have to be in the workshop for a day or two.  A very important caveat is that you really must have a backup of your data before starting the project.  Most of the time the upgrade goes without a hitch but if a problem does crop up there is an outside chance that your hard disk will have to be erased (and your data along with it) before you can go back to the old Operating System or forward to Windows 10.  (Of course you always keep an up-to-date backup of your data, don’t you!?!)  Contrary to our earlier predictions, there is no indication so far that Microsoft is going to extend the free upgrade program beyond July 29 2016, and so time is beginning to dwindle.

 

Something that has caught a few people off guard is that their computers have suddenly begun the upgrade process on their own.  This has happened because Microsoft arbitrarily changed the status of the Windows 10 upgrade from an Optional Update to a Recommended Update recently.  Usually, Recommended updates are the benign and unnoticed little security patches and tweaks that happen overnight and so many people have designated in their settings that this sort of thing can happen automatically.  Although Microsoft did announce that this change would take place, owners might be forgiven for being astonished that something so drastic occurred by surprise.  If this happens to you, it will mean that you are now being forced to make a decision:

 

:  If you go with the flow and accept the upgrade, you have a bit of a learning curve ahead of you.  In most cases the upgrade will finish without incident and all you will have to do is to figure out where are the shortcuts and your files in the new system and how to navigate as efficiently as you did in the past.  We have found a couple of articles that may ease the transition for you:  http://tinyurl.com/ptvkv9d   and  http://tinyurl.com/z3t2z5q    provide overviews of how Windows 7 or 8 compare with 10 and show you some basics and tips to make life easier.

 

:  On the other hand, some users are so satisfied with the older OS that they are unhappy that the automatic update is taking them to a place they don’t want to be.  There is a remedy but you have to follow the steps pretty carefully.  You must allow the upgrade to finish, and only then follow a fairly simple strategy to revert to your previous OS.  It is important not to abort the upgrade while it is underway, because you don’t want to be locked up at a point where you cannot go forward or back.  Once the Windows 10 upgrade is complete, you have 30 days in which you can change back to the old OS.  We recommend that you take the time to read BOTH of the following articles for guidance before you embark on the return leg of this journey:  http://tinyurl.com/pta5nw2  and   http://tinyurl.com/q7bfnn8  will be helpful.

 

It is easy to imagine the angst that must permeate the labs and offices at Microsoft and Apple when the subject of an Operating System upgrade rears its ugly head.  On the one hand, most users want to be able to get the best out of their hardware, software, and websites, and today’s flashy innovation is tomorrow’s must-have.  On the other hand, the expense and inconvenience of installing and mastering a new and different environment every few years will be guaranteed to infuriate a large percentage of the customer base who would be delighted to see heads rolling because this was inflicted on them.

 

2 Responses to “Windows 10 Progress Report – July 2016”

  1. Christine DiZazzo says:

    I have installed Windows 10 – somewhat reluctantly. I am wondering about all the comments (paranoia?) about the Windows folks being able to monitor everything I do on my computer through this system. I can’t believe anyone has the time/interest to monitor millions/billions of users, but it does make me nervous. Let me say I don’t do anything particularly “interesting” on my computer but many of my files are confidential so I use an encryption programme.
    C

  2. Compu Home says:

    Hi Christine,

    I too believe that the concerns about Microsoft being able to look over our shoulders is overblown. Without actual knowledge of the facts, I speculate that the “updating” process might allow a glimpse of the actual nature of one’s Windows installation, but probably only for the purposes of collection of data about what features are popular or successful, and what is not.

    Saving of data on a cloud system is a different kettle of fish. American security laws are different from ours in Canada, and I suspect that Canadians’ data that is saved in American jurisdiction might be subject to scrutiny. . . but again, for ordinary folks carrying out ordinary business like most of us, I suspect that the prevailing official attitude is “why bother.”

    Thanks for writing, JH