Windows 10 just showed up. Now what?

SUMMARY:  Microsoft is upgrading its PC users to Windows 10, whether they like it or not.  This is creating havoc with its clientele.  Microsoft’s poor track record with Windows Vista and Windows 8 has given their users good reason to avoid their new releases.  However, after much testing, my opinion is that Windows 10 is a solid upgrade that is easy to use and provides the needed features for you to enjoy state of the art access to Internet services.   If you need help learning how to make the most of Windows 10, please feel free to contact me.

Here’s what’s going on:

Microsoft wants you to use Windows 10.  If you own an older Windows PC, you have probably been bombarded with pop-ups from Microsoft urging you to upgrade to their newest operating system, Windows 10.  You don’t want the upgrade – but the pop-ups won’t stop.  Microsoft tells you it’s going to upgrade your PC – but won’t allow you to just say NO!

win 10 laptopYou remember the frustrations with previous upgrades to Windows Vista and Windows 8.  And so, you do your best to avoid or delay this upgrade.

Then, one day, it happens – your desktop looks different.  You can’t find your programs.  Where is Internet Explorer?  What’s going on?

Windows 10 has arrived.  Without your approval and against your objection, Microsoft has installed Windows 10 on your PC.  Welcome to the future.  Microsoft’s future, that is.

Bottom line: Microsoft is forcing Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10.  Their purpose is to enhance your Windows experience – like it or not!

Microsoft, once again, knows what’s best for its users.  They do not provide any method to avoid this upgrade – and provide little instruction for its use.  While I understand their efforts to move their clients forward, their methods need some re-thinking.

The device and operating system challenge.  Every device, desktop or mobile, has an operating system (OS).  The operating system controls how any device manages the interaction of hardware, software, communications, and data.

Apple has created two distinct operating systems, iOS and OS X, for their mobile devices and personal computers, respectively.  This has worked well for their users.  They typically provide upgrades every 6 to 12 months, which have been mostly well received.

After a disastrous Windows Vista upgrade, Microsoft regained the trust of their PC users with Windows 7.  With smart phones and tablets leading the technology market forward, Microsoft decided to create a common operating system that will work the same across all popular smart devices.  The concept was great.  However, they failed in their first attempt with Windows 8.  The good news is that Microsoft listened to the heated feedback of their users – and combined the familiarity of Windows 7 with the mobile and touch capabilities of Windows 8 to create Windows 10.

Windows 10 – it’s not that bad.  Despite their questionable strategy, Microsoft has actually done a nice job with Windows 10.  Yes, you will have to learn a few things to use their new interface, but the changes are relatively minor.  With a little tutoring, you’ll probably be comfortable in about 15 – 30 minutes.  Take deep breaths, it’ll be OK.

Windows 10 is fast, doesn’t crash, and gives you many of the old features of Windows 7 that you like.  After the upgrade, your data should be fine and your Windows applications should work perfectly.  Best of all, you will be technologically state of the art.

What’s new?  Here are a few Windows 10 items that stand out to me.

  • The Metro interface – the new look is designed to simplify the use of touch devices, like smart phones and tablets, and allows you to use traditional desktop apps (e.g., Word, and Excel) on your mobile device.
  • Edge – this new browser has replaced Internet Explorer 11, which is no longer supported.  Has all of the state of the art feature you will need to access Internet services – and looks a lot like Chrome.
  • Cortana – located at the lower left of you screen, this is your personal search capability that will allow you to find documents on your hard drive as well as direct you to any web site.

Here’s the caveat.  I have numerous clients that use specialty apps that may not follow Windows standards.  Many medical practices are at risk here.  Please contact your software provider to discuss your upgrade to Windows 10.

My recommendation.  If you use Windows 7 or 8, I do recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10.  The technology world is advancing quickly and Windows 10 has the needed technology that will allow you to take advantage of the Internet’s newest capabilities.  If you are still using Windows XP or Vista, I would avoid the upgrade as your PC might not have to power to handle its new features – and crash.

Windows 10 is just a little different from Windows 7.  The benefits outweigh the small investment in learning something new.  As always, if you need help learning how to make the most of Windows 10 and all of your personal technology, feel free to contact me.