Reasons for not upgrading to Windows 10

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Source: Infoworld and Computerworld

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Windows 8 price to go up February 1

For those of you thinking of getting the latest and greatest OS from Microsoft you better hurry since the price is going up on February 1.  If you want the Pro version of the software you can get it from Microsoft.com as a download for only $39.99 until January 31, this also includes the Windows Media Center Pack for free.  The DVD is available from retailers for $69.99.  After February 1, the price of the regular upgrade and the Pro versions will be $120 and $200 respectively while the Media Center Pack will set you back $10.

Source: Engadget and Microsoft

 

 

Rogers $50 Upgrade Rebate On-line

Customers who recently upgraded to the new iPhone 5 on an eligible 3 year voice and data plan qualify for a $50 mail in rebate. You can get the rebate form at the Rogers website or from the retailer where you purchased your new phone. Even though the form says that the iPhone is not eligible, it is. You can mail this form in with the original receipt but an easier option would be to get the rebate processed on-line. To complete the rebate process on-line, follow these steps:

1) Login to your MyRogers account
2) Click on “Account Info”
3) Click on the “Products and Services” tab, you should by default be in the “Wireless” section, if not choose “Wireless”
4) If you have multiple Rogers devices, select the phone number of the eligible device
5) Under the “My Phone” section, you should have a “Get Rebate” button, click on this
6) The next screen is the rebate form which should already be completed with your information
7) Verify that the information is correct and then click the submit button at the bottom of the screen and you’re done

You should get a email from “sales.receipt@shoprogers.com” confirming that your account will be credited for the $50.

Thanks Greg

Windows 8 upgrade $15 when upgraded from a Windows 7 PC (Update)

If you can’t decide whether to wait for Windows 8 to be released before buying your next PC, then Microsoft just made your decision a little easier. Starting on June 2 when you buy a PC, they will be offering a $14.99 upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro when it gets released in the fall. This is a strategy that Windows has used previously to ensure there is not a steep drop off in sales in the time leading up to the next OS upgrade. The fact that the upgrade is to Windows 8 Pro is indicative of Redmond’s preference for its customers to opt for the higher end version of the OS. As you recall in a previous post, Media Center will not be a part of Windows 8 but will be sold as a separate add-on for the Pro version only.

Source: Supersite for Windows via Engadget

Update: Microsoft has just confirmed this upgrade offer will be valid in 133 countries.  Therefore starting on June 2, anyone who buys a Windows 7 based PC will be eligible to buy a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $14.99, this offer will be valid through to January 31, 2013.  No details have been released yet on the cost of the upgrade for current Windows 7 PC owners.  Source: Engadget