If you are like me, running an older PC with Windows 7, you may be wondering if you should upgrade to Microsoft’s latest and greatest OS. There is certainly a lot of information on the Internet listing the virtues of going to Windows 10. In addition, Microsoft has been trying various means to get its loyal users to make the jump, including surreptitiously loading it onto to PC’s unbeknownst to their owners. Well, I am still on the fence and you may be too once you read my top 8 reasons to stay on Windows 7.
- Privacy Concerns
With its latest OS update, Microsoft is entering the world of Google where much of your email and calendar data is being examined, this is nothing new if you are already using Google’s free set of apps.
- Missing Windows Media Center and DVD player
Windows 10 just does not support WMC, if you were using it along with any TV tuners in Windows 7 or 8, they will not work in Windows 10. While Microsoft claims that the reason it is no longer supporting this feature is because it not widely used, it remains a popular choice for home theater PC users. Microsoft would like you to use your Xbox, if you have one although other options are available (e.g. Roku and Apple TV).
Also, another feature that will be removed in Microsoft 10 is the ability to play DVD movies. The reason for this is simple, it will save Microsoft from paying licensing fees for the codecs such as MPEG-2 that are required to playback movies. This is not that significant a loss since most people download VLC or other free, open sourced media player.
- Lack of Universal Apps
While it has spent a lot of effort getting developers to make apps for its new OS, there are still not many available.
- Key apps are not fully functional
Key applications such as Mail and the new browser, Edge, are not quite up to par with its previous versions.
- Forced updates
All patches and updates are applied on Microsoft’s time scale. This is usually a good idea, but what happens is problematic updates gets pushed to your system. For example recent updates have had problems with reboot cycles.
- If it ain’t broke don’t fix it
If you are happy with your system and it’s capabilities and you no longer rely on Internet Explorer you may want to keep using that older OS, especially if you’re running Windows 7. In addition, Microsoft will keep issuing security patches for Windows 7 until January 2020. Windows 10 fixes a lot of the sore points for Windows 8 users, such as awkward touch interface and the lack of a Start menu therefore there are a lot more benefits to upgrade if you are currently using Windows 8.
- You have old peripherals or software
It is not always possible for Microsoft to update its drivers for older peripherals (e.g. printers and scanners) as a result if you have some older devices they may not work in Windows 10. You can always search the internet to see if your devices are supported but this is not always a guarantee. The same can be said about older software which has been known to have problems when major updates to the OS are made.
- Avoid early adopters headaches
No matter how much beta testing is done on an OS, early versions always have bugs that aren’t quite worked out of the system yet. If you don’t want to become a “beta” tester for Microsoft you may want to wait for the next version or two before updating your system.