Should you upgrade?

The free upgrade to Windows 10 offer expires July 29. If you’re still trying to decide whether to upgrade, here’s what you need to know.

Is it any good?

Windows 10 started out rough around the edges and has steadily improved. I use it and I like a lot of things about it. There is a learning curve, but there will be a learning curve with pretty much everything all the time.

If you're prepared to embrace change, Windows 10 is good. If you are happy with what you have and don’t enjoy change, you probably should just keep doing what you’re doing.


  • Have you used Windows 10 at all and do you like it?
  • If you don't like it, you can safely hold off on the update on an 8.1 machine. Mainstream support for 8.1 continues till January 2018, and Extended support will be available until January 2023.
  • If you are running Windows 7 SP1, Mainstream support ended last year, and Extended support continues until January 2020.
  • So you won’t see any product or feature improvements in Windows 7 but you’ll continue to receive security updates until Extended support ends.

See this article for more about what that all means.

  • Are you planning to replace your computer in the near future?
  • If yes, I'd say you're better off leaving things the way they are and buying a new computer with Windows 10 already installed.
  • Do you have any critical applications running on your computer?
  • If so, are they compatible with Windows 10? If the answers are "yes" and then "no" you shouldn't upgrade.
  • Did you run the Windows 10 compatibility check on the computer, and were there any issues?
  • If there were, do you feel like solving them?

    Let’s go!

If you’re ready to proceed, make sure you have done all the Windows Updates for your current system, that you have a current backup of your important data in case something goes wrong, and that you have updated your drivers.

(Please use the manufacturer’s site for your computer, not a site or program that says it will update your drivers. Those are all useless at best and malware at worst.)

Uninstall your current antivirus and antimalware products (note the licence keys if you’ve paid for them) before you start the upgrade, and install them after you complete the upgrade. You will probably have to reinstall multifunction printers.

Save yourself some aggravation by downloading the software from the manufacturer’s site before you upgrade. Install it after the upgrade completes.

This article recaps my Windows 10 columns that show you how to prepare for a successful upgrade, and how to tweak Windows 10 for safety and performance: http://rlis.com/columns/column563.htm.

Happy Anniversary

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out starting Aug. 2. Read all about it

Do you need help with your computer? I'm here to help you and your home or business computer get along!

Cate Eales runs Computer Care Kelowna, a mobile service helping home users and businesses get along with their computers. To arrange an appointment phone her at 250-764-7043. Cate also welcomes your comments and suggestions. Send email to [email protected].


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Windows 10 Recap

Windows 10 Anniversary Update 



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