Why windows 10?

Originally posted 2015-11-23 17:00:21.

Should I update to windows 10? In my opinion, yes! While with any new operating system there are always some growing pains associated with it for the first year, windows 10 has started out on a good foot. Many people say that windows 7 is better or even windows 8, but they for the most part look at it through rose-coloured glasses. The previous operating systems have several years of updates and patches to make them the stable reliable environment that they are today. Given the same opportunity what will people say about windows 10?

With its introduction, everyone with a copy of windows 7 or 8 had the option for a free upgrade to windows 10. This makes sense on not only a corporate level but also standard consumer level, a unified work environment makes software and hardware compatibility issues a thing of the past. If everyone uses the same operating system, it means less fragmentation in the environment, less fragmentation means less compatibility issues in the future. Rather than trying to program software to support previous generations of windows, going forward there will be only one to worry about. There won’t be another version of windows for a long time. This is a huge change in the way the operating system was designed, it was redesigned from the ground up to be more modular, so when something needed to be fixed or updated, it would have less effect on the rest of the system.

Windows 10 is not without its problems though, many users experience memory issues where the hard drive is being used 100% of the time, and there are also random crashing, blue screens and any number of other problems. Many just do not like the way it looks, it’s too much of a change from 7. Yes the change can be jarring but there are enough flavors from 7 in 10 that after a few hours of usage, anyone can become comfortable with it. 10 also has a forced update, but this can cause issues as well, sometimes crashing during the update, but this can usually be remedied by resetting the computer.

Then there is Microsoft Edge, the replacement for internet explorer. Let’s face it, IE was antiquated years ago and needed to be tossed and rebuilt. I’m not saying that edge is perfect, far from it, but there is a lot of potential to be had there. There is no extension support at the moment, but this will change in the coming months, so this means no adblock right now. Also transferring all your favorites is not automatic, but this can be done fairly easily by going to “import favorites”.

Lets talk about gaming performance! This is all from personal experience; I maintain 9 computers and all are at different levels of operation. 2 are media centers, 3 are laptops and the rest are set up as gaming PC’s, all of them are now running windows 10 and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I had issues with a few installs which required a reinstall to fix the problems, but for the most part the installation goes off without a hitch in about an hour and a half at the most.  After the update I find that all games run smoother because the OS requires less system resources leaving more free for all other programs.

With the latest update (threshold 2 which will be pushed to everyone soon) many of the issues with the OS have been solved. You can now do a clean install and input your windows 7 or 8 registration key afterwards, where before you would have to install 7 or 8 first, register it, and then update to 10. There were some major updates to the Edge browser and Cortana (sort of like Siri for windows). Memory management is also improved (an issue if you are like me and open dozens of programs at once), as your ram approaches capacity, windows will automatically compress the process to allow you to hold more in your ram.

I love windows 10, something I never thought I would say after the joke that was windows 8. If anyone out there wants help or advice with setting it up, I will gladly help just feel free to contact me via twitter or email.