By now Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest operating system, has begun to slowly roll out onto computers across the world. The response to the Windows 10 launch has been overwhelming positive, with much of the praise being towards the improvements it has made over its predecessor Windows 8. With that being said, there are a few key details that you might want to keep in mind before you update to Windows 10.
When it comes to the first iteration of either new software or hardware, it is always a good idea to consider the likelihood of bugs or other glitches before updating. There have not been many reports of any large scale bugs in Windows 10, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist on a smaller scale. A July 27th update to a Windows 10 prerelease version suffered from a glitch that crashed the system when trying to uninstall a program using Control Panel versus the new Settings feature. Technical problems are nothing new for Microsoft software, however one that appears a mere two days before the worldwide launch can’t be good. Microsoft has fixed the issue thus far, but the larger issue at hand is that there are going to be bugs for some users regardless of when they update.
If you have ever used a Windows PC in recent years then you are aware of Microsoft’s incessant updating system. If you are taking advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 (by currently running either Windows 7 or 8) then you won’t have much control over deferring the scheduled updates that Microsoft has planned for Windows 10. If you purchase the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows 10 you can defer the updates temporarily, but this is a large price to pay just to avoid Microsoft’s controlling nature when it comes to updating. On the one hand this system helps to keep Windows 10 constantly updated and more secure, but if Microsoft decides to roll out an update that many users don’t like, they will be unable to avoid using it.
The Control Panel is one of the more notable features of Microsoft’s OS, but as noted above, it is slowly being phased out in favor of the new Settings feature. Windows 10 is attempting to bridge the gaps between Microsoft’s PC, mobile, and console divisions, so it makes sense that they are attempting to create a more uniformed system across all platforms. If you are used to using the Control Panel for all your system’s needs don’t fret, it’s still there. However the new emphasis on the Systems feature indicates that Microsoft might just decide to drop the Control Panel in a future update, an update that you won’t have any control over remember?
As a whole, many users have responded to Windows 10 with praise rather than the disappointment and frustration they gave Windows 8. While there isn’t much necessarily wrong with Windows 10, Microsoft is very much sticking to the idea that Windows 10 will be the last version in their long line of OS’s, and that comes with its own pros and cons. Certain features that users are used to in previous versions of Windows are being phased out in favor of newer ones, and Microsoft is taking more control over what types of features are coming to what users. The reality is that this is Microsoft’s vision, and it’s up to you, the user, to decide whether or not you buy into it.
Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? Let us know in the comments section what your thoughts are!