Should I Upgrade To Windows 10? 4 Things To Know

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Microsoft’s Windows Operating System has undergone many changes over the years.

The most recent version is called Windows 10 and was released in July of 2015.

Some users are hesitant to upgrade to Windows 10 from a previous operating system. Many people still use Windows 7, for example.

Towards the end of the article, we offer our final thoughts on whether you should throw caution to the wind and get the upgrade.

How Much Does It Cost?

Perhaps the first thing you should know is that Windows 10 costs $$$ in order to license for 1 PC or Mac.

If licensing for a Mac, you will have to download the Boot Camp software.

Even though this price might seem high, remember that you won’t need to buy another operating for at least 4-5 years. Thus, Windows 10 really only costs $$-$$ per year.

It’s also worth noting that many devices come with Windows 10 already installed. Thus, if the device you’re considering the upgrade on is relatively old and slow, you might be better off just purchasing a new device. While Windows 10 is not technically free in this situation, as its cost is built in to the price of the device, you still save money in the long term.

This is because the cost of Windows 10 that is built in to the price of the new device is lower than the retail price of Windows 10 when purchased separately by an individual. The device’s manufacturer is able to license Microsoft Windows 10 in bulk in order to install on its products, thus allowing for a cheaper price per operating system.

Thus, when you purchase the device as a customer, you are certainly paying for the underlying operating system, just at a reduced cost.

Furthermore, you save money in the long term because you avoid purchasing the operating system multiple times. If you upgrade to Windows 10 on an older device, then this device could become obsolete in a short period of time. Technology is changing at an exponential rate, so our devices are becoming outdated quicker than ever.

Yet, you can’t transfer the Windows 10 operating system you purchased on this old device to a new device, as most new devices come with the Windows 10 operating system pre-installed. Even if you bought a device without any operating system installed, Windows 10 is only licensed for 1 PC or Mac.

All of this is to say that Windows 10 isn’t free. You can minimize the costs you pay, but you still have to pay something. If you have very little funds, then sticking with your old operating system might be worthwhile as long as it’s still functional and the device’s hardware isn’t too antiquated.

Can I Return To My Previous Operating System?

Many people wondering “should I upgrade to Windows 10?” are worried that they won’t like the interface of Windows 10. These people want to know if they can return to their old operating system if their deepest fears end up being true.

If you were using a Windows operating system previously, then Microsoft has included an option for your device to revert back to its previous operating system. This option is only available for a month after you upgrade to Windows 10.

Just make sure you don’t delete the Windows old folder that stores the old version, as this is critical for its recovery.

If you’re upgrading to Windows 10 from a Mac operating system using the Boot Camp software, then you can easily remove Windows 10 as well.  

If you use Boot Camp with the newest macOS High Sierra operating system, then you can even choose which operating system you want to use during start-up by holding down the Option button.

If you previously used the Linux operating system, then you have two options if you want to continue using it while still keeping the new interface of Windows 10.

On the one hand, you can install some kind of virtualization tool on the Windows 10 Operating system like VMWare or VirtualBox. Then, you can just install Linux on the virtual machine, allowing you to switch between operating systems quickly. The main drawback is that the Linux Operating System will likely be somewhat slower than you’re used to since it’s being run on a virtual machine.

Alternatively, you can just install the Linux Operating System you are using next to Windows 10 on your computer. All that’s necessary for this is to have sufficient space on your hard drive. Both of these systems will run optimally, but you’ll have to reboot in order to switch between them.

Can I Still Access My Files?

Perhaps the most important consideration of all is whether your files will be preserved.

The foolproof way of assuring that your files are preserved amidst any operating system transition is to back them up to an external hard drive as well as some kind of cloud drive.

Many cloud drives exist that dovetail nicely with the Windows 10 operating system, as they can usually be accessed via web browser or some kind of desktop application.

If you’ve never backed up your files to a cloud drive, then you should consider going with Microsoft’s OneDrive service. OneDrive gives customers 5GB of free online storage and dovetails seamlessly with Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. If this is not enough space, then Microsoft also offers a plan with 50GB of online storage for $1.99 a month.

Microsoft has also partnered with Laplink in order to provide users with a discounted service for transferring files to a new computer. This software costs $14.95 and simply requires that users connect both of their Windows computers to the internet.

If you are upgrading to Windows 10 without changing devices, then some applications and settings might transfer in an awkward way.

For example, some 3rd party security applications will be uninstalled and then reinstalled when upgrading to Windows 10. This could be frustrating if your subscription to one of these has ended or if you forgot your username or password.

At the end of the day, most of your files and applications will survive the upgrade, though you should back them all up just in case.

What Are The Benefits Of Cortana?

Lastly, if you’re wondering “should I upgrade to Windows 10”, then you should reflect on the unique benefits of this operating system

For example, Windows 10 integrates Microsoft’s digital personal assistant Cortana. This feature is unique to the Windows 10 operating system and turns your computer into a versatile machine capable of interacting with you through voice commands.

Users can program Cortana to be summoned after saying “Hey Cortana.” This digital assistant can tell you the weather, send an e-mail, or search the web for you among many other commands. More than anything, the ability to use your device hands-free is a revolutionary advancement when it comes to an operating system.

This is the first time that a digital personal assistant has been integrated into the Windows operating system. As such, this represents a must-have feature that should make converts out of even the most dogmatic of users.

One of the main drawbacks of Cortana is that you have to download the Chrometana extension for Google Chrome if you want it to use Google as its search engine.

Yet, this only works if Google Chrome is your default web browser. Some people might want to use another default web browser yet still want to use google as the main search engine for Cortana.

While this might seem insignificant, ultimately voice-activated search represent the future of online browsing. It’s important that users are able to control every element of this technology. While Cortana certainly represents a step in the right direction, it could be updated to allow for better personalization.

Should I Upgrade To Windows 10? Our Final Thoughts

We think if you’re currently using an older Windows operating system, then upgrading to Windows 10 should be a no-brainer.

The Windows Vista operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft and Windows XP has basically stopped receiving security patches. If you have either of these operating systems, then upgrading to Windows 10 is just the natural next step.

If you have Windows 7, then Windows 10 should be a familiar experience since it restores the classic Windows desktop with a start menu.

Yet, it also offers a number of features that Windows 7 doesn’t. Thus, upgrading in this situation presents very little downside.

If you have any other operating system, then you should genuinely reflect on how happy you are with it. Many people are secretly frustrated with their operating system but are unwilling to admit it. These people think that changing operating systems would entail an overwhelming amount of change that they wouldn’t be able to accommodate.

In reality, adopting Windows 10 does not entail a huge learning curve. Most users can master it in several days since its interface is so intuitive.

If you’re conflicted about an upgrade, then we recommend trying Windows 10 out before purchasing a license. This can easily be done by going to your local electronics store, as most of the newer computer models will have it installed.

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