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Why You May Not Want to Update to Windows 10

Windows 10 ushers in a new era of usability that has not been seen since the years of Windows 7. But, with every upgrade, there’s a tinge of reluctance and uncertainty in the air. Make no doubt, the reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 far outweigh reasons not to; however, there are reasons why not to upgrade to Windows 10.

Reasons not to update to Windows 10

There are a couple of rules we recommend you keep in mind before you update your operating system to Windows 10.

  • Did you purchase your computer more than five years ago?
  • Is your computer currently running the Windows 7 OS?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions we do not recommend updating your computer to Windows 10. Hardware inside computers has massively improved over the last five years. Therefore, computers over five years old may have a hard time keeping up with the newest OS from Microsoft Windows. If your computer is newer it shouldn’t have any trouble keeping up.

If you are running Windows 8 it is okay to update your system to the newest OS. The improvements made between versions 8 and 10 make the switch a beneficial one to most users. However, leaping ahead to version 10 from 7 can cause a lot of headaches for users. If you are running Windows 7 and like it, do not make the update.

Software Functionality

If you are reliant on a piece of software for work or otherwise, make sure you check your vendor’s site for compatibility. Many older software suites will discontinue their service to newer operating systems like Windows 10.

Privacy Concerns

Windows 10, like most modern operating systems, do a fantastic job at collecting your data to improve your desktop experience. Features like Cortona (Microsoft’s answer to Siri) utilize personal data to make intelligent decisions when you command AI. Other intrusive features include ads that are displayed in the start menu. If you would like to experience the awesome features of Windows 10 sans privacy concerns, most can be turned off through settings.

System Requirements

With each new iteration of operating system comes greater hardware requirements. Windows 10 does not require any special hardware. In fact, the only requirement you may have issue meeting is the 20GB of free hard drive space for the install.

Old Peripherals

Is your beloved printer from 2004 a must-have in your home office or business? Sorry folks – but it may just not be ready for Windows 10 the same way you are. All printers require drivers (software that enables hardware to communicate) to work. If your printer is older than two years old, it may be incompatible with Windows 10. It is important to note that even if there is no official Windows 10 support for your printer, you can oftentimes find a workaround with a generic print driver. Printers are not the only culprit. External microphones, cameras, and even specialized mice and more can cause compatibility issues.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns with your computers operating system, with software compatibility, or need help uninstalling an update, call our tech support team (910) 392-7778 or contact us.