Should I Upgrade to Windows 10? Pros and Cons
Microsoft have been bold in their attempts to push their latest operating system, Windows 10. If you’ve already got Windows 7 or Windows 8, then you will have been confronted by a message urging your to proceed with a free upgrade. In some cases, the upgrade will take place automatically unless you opt out.
New operating systems can be like a new pair of shoes – they can feel uncomfortable until they’re worn in. But what are the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10? Is it easier to continue using on older version of Windows?
Benefits of Upgrading to Windows 10
For starters, upgrading is normally a good idea, because newer operating systems often include patches to vulnerabilities in previous versions, in addition to new security features. Windows 10 has plenty of these.
Security updates in Windows 10
- Windows Hello camera and fingerprint user identification
- Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) – This is a firmware that boots before the operating system. It now has a digital signature, so when the system starts up, the integrity of the firmware is checked – so malware can’t modify it.
- Control Flow Guard (CFG) – This places restrictions on the locations from which applications can execute code. This protects against memory corruption techniques.
It’s worth noting, however, that you still need third-party protection, and anti-virus protection isn’t always enough.
Other benefits to upgrading
Microsoft are being very forceful in their attempts to get users to upgrade. They’ve made the upgrade free and they’ve even tried ‘tricking’ people into upgrading.
The most obvious benefit of upgrading is being able to use Cortana, an AI-based personal assistant.
It’s also worth thinking about Microsoft. They clearly want Windows 10 to be the cross-platform OS of choice and will do anything it can to reach that goal.
With that in mind, it might be worth taking the carrot of a free upgrade, before legacy Windows users start bearing the brunt of a MS-shaped stick.
Warnings before you upgrade to Windows 10
There are some things you should be aware of before upgrading to Windows 10.
Firstly, Windows 10 collects a lot of data. Some see it as an invasion on their privacy, although it does help to provide a more personalised and streamlined system.
Another issue is for those that rely on specific applications to work. Most major software vendors updated their software to be compatible straight away, but it’s worth checking first, just in case it’s not compatible.
You also need to be sure that new drivers are available for your printers, scanners etc. to ensure they work properly on the new platform.
Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?
Having the latest operating system is important.
Once you’ve upgraded, you can roll back to your previous version easily (within a month of upgrading, that is). The new operating system is much more secure than older versions too, although it is advised to have full third-party protection as well.
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