Windows 10

posted
16-Jun-16, 09:16
Avatar for timefortea
posted about 3 years ago
Help! I am not tech savvy and I need your help. Windows 10 is available free until the end of July. I currently use Windows 8. I am writing up and can't deal with a computer disaster at the moment. I also use Mendeley software that I don't want to mess up. Should I upgrade??
posted
16-Jun-16, 09:47
edited about 18 seconds later
Avatar for TreeofLife
posted about 3 years ago
I run Mendeley across an ipad, windows 10, some old windows (what came before 8, 7??) and I've had no problems with it.

Windows 10 is ok, just takes a little getting used to finding out where they've moved everything etc
posted
16-Jun-16, 10:13
Avatar for HighwayToScience
posted about 3 years ago
Will you need to pay for Windows 10 later? I'm currently using Windows 7 and I saw Windows 10 and I kinda liked it.... but I don't wanna pay for it later.
I'm poor enough as it is at the moment! :D
posted
16-Jun-16, 11:02
edited about 21 seconds later
Avatar for Tudor_Queen
posted about 3 years ago
Everyone I know who has upgraded to Windows 10 so far has regretted it. One even paid money to have it restored to her previous version as it kept crashing and she couldn't do the downgrade herself. One says he can't find anything on there and simple things takes ages to do now (probably just a learning curve thing that will get better).

The IT services at my university strongly advised us not to upgrade if we can help it (despite aggressive marketing from Microsoft). There are issues with privacy among other things. Google it! If you are happy with your current version, I'd say keep it!
posted
16-Jun-16, 11:05
Avatar for Tudor_Queen
posted about 3 years ago
Judging by Microsoft's sheer desperation to get people upgrading to Windows 10, it wouldn't surprise me if after the free period ends they actually start paying people to do it!
posted
16-Jun-16, 15:15
Avatar for HazyJane
posted about 3 years ago
Quote From timefortea:
I am writing up and can't deal with a computer disaster at the moment....Should I upgrade??



You've answered your own question there! Absolutely not! Maintain the status quo with your computer, and only do updates of the essential variety.
posted
16-Jun-16, 17:34
by AOE26
Avatar for AOE26
posted about 3 years ago
I went from w7 to w10 (as I hated w8). I like w10 - it's clean and fast but doesn't feel like a huge leap from w7.. as has been alluded to - make sure you turn off all logging it does.

What probably swayed me was not wanting to pay for it in the future! Not wanting to give a lecture but everything should be backed up in multiple locations (backed up and storage such as dropbox/google drive) - it's free now - so no excuse. Even an upgrade that wipes your machine utterly clean should not be a disaster... in fact... it's a good idea to upgrade to a clean install.
posted
16-Jun-16, 18:37
edited about 4 seconds later
Avatar for timefortea
posted about 3 years ago
Thanks for all the responses. One other thing: can I download it now but install it later (e.g. in Sept after submission!) without paying?
posted
16-Jun-16, 20:37
edited about 6 seconds later
by Hugh
Avatar for Hugh
posted about 3 years ago
I wouldn't risk it. It isn't worth the hassle if it goes wrong.
posted
16-Jun-16, 22:15
edited about 25 seconds later
Avatar for Tudor_Queen
posted about 3 years ago
It seems you can download and save on a DVD or pendrive for later installation:
posted
17-Jun-16, 10:22
edited about 20 seconds later
Avatar for timefortea
posted about 3 years ago
Thanks!
posted
20-Jul-16, 09:28
edited about 27 seconds later
Avatar for timefortea
posted about 3 years ago
Update: my computer had a hard drive problem and packed up anyway. When I got it sorted out I installed Windows 10 and so far, no problems.

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