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 7 no longer available after October 2014

If you prefer the touchless stylings of Windows 7 over the touchee feeleeness of Windows 8 you better get a new computer before Halloween. Paul Thurrott of the Windows Supersite has reported today that Microsoft will no longer make Windows 7 available to PC makers for preinstalls after October 31, 2014. This news comes on the heels of the announcement that Windows XP will no longer be updated after April 8. It sure sounds like Microsoft is trying to encourage people to get onboard the Windows 8 bandwagon whether they like it or not.

Source: BGR

Lytro light-field photography software now available for Windows

Just an update to let you know that the software that allows you to process the proprietary file format of the Lytro light-field camera is now available for Windows.  Previously only Mac users were able to process the photographs.  With the software, users can shift focus after the image is taken.  Requirements for Windows users are not trivial, as Windows 7 is required with at least a Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM and Direct X 10 installed.  The software is available as a hardcopy and as a bonus shipping is free this week.

Source: The Verge

Windows 8 on a stick

Microsoft recently unveiled a USB stick that is capable of running Windows 8 on Windows 7 PC’s. The stick which is a 32 GB flash drive that is being dubbed “Windows to Go”, allows users to not only take their data with them wherever they go, but their apps and settings as well. In this way any computer can instantly be turned into your own personal work or home computer. Windows 8, Microsoft’s next operating system, is scheduled to be released in October along with a number of devices that can run the new OS. For a review of what to expect in the update, click here to see my post on it.

Source: Boy Genius Report

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