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Why I’m Not Upgrading to Windows 10

September 22nd, 2015

Well, Windows 10 is out and frankly, I’m not impressed.  Of course, I wasn’t impressed with Windows 8, which is why I never bothered to upgrade, it was a complete dog, just like Millenium, another version that I never bothered with.

Microsoft, however, has been pushing people hard to sign up for the new OS, there are pop-up ads on my desktop begging me to reserve a copy but I never, ever get a new OS for at least 6 months after release, just so they can work the bugs out.  In fact, unless I start to hear some really, really good things about it, I may not upgrade at all.  I have something that works fine for what I need right now, why should I take a chance, even for free, on a product that may very well suck and not meet my expectations?

So here’s my reasons why I have no interest, at least for the moment, in upgrading my computer.

Someone posted a couple of reasons he thought that upgrading was a good idea and frankly, I find nothing impressive with any of these reasons.  So let’s take a quick look.

Windows 10 is a free upgrade for anyone with a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or 8.

I’m not impressed, I haven’t seen anyone who has really liked Windows 10 so far, at least not who I would consider credible.  The way I’ve heard it  described, as Windows 7 was a fix for the horrible Windows Vista, Windows 10 is a fix for the horrible Windows 8.  But I don’t need a fix because I wasn’t stupid enough to “upgrade” to Windows 8 and I’m very happy with Windows 7.

Improved driver support for new hardware.

Good for it.  Those drivers will be released for older versions of Windows too because I suspect that more people than they think are going to refuse to upgrade.

Better Start menu, at least compared to Windows 8.

That’s because they totally screwed up Windows 8.  I want nothing to do with it. Their Start menu, at least when they re-added it in 8.1, is still nothing I am interested in.  The Start menu on Windows 7 works just fine.

Includes Cortana.

I couldn’t care less, I have no interest in talking to any device I have.  Besides, I have no other Windows  devices beside my desktop.  I hardly even use my laptop anymore and everything else is Android.

If you have an Xbox One, Windows 10 will be very integrated.

I don’t and won’t have an Xbox One.  I decided they were getting a pass this generation when Microsoft, in their idiocy, even dared to suggest that they were going to require a constant online connection, that their Kinect was going to spy on people and that they were going to lock all games to the first console they were played on.  Even though these things never came to pass, due to public outrage, but the fact that they would even consider it in the first place lost them my business this console cycle.

Windows 10 has a way to record Xbox One gameplay.

Even if I had an Xbox One, I have no interest in recording gameplay or uploading it to YouTube.  I’m not stupid or shallow.

Virtual Desktop – allows you to create different desktop layouts.

Zero interest.  I haven’t changed my desktop in years, I put a theme on it back when I got Windows 7 and I still have that theme.  Since I virtually never log onto work from home, it means nothing to me.

DirectX 12 will be native.

Big deal, I can download DirectX 12 for older versions of Windows too, I’m sure.  It’s supposed to improve performance on video cards but I have no problem with the performance of my video card now, why do I need it improved?  The only place it might be important is if DirectX 12 is Windows 10 specific and people start putting out hardware that will only work with it.  Then I just won’t buy that hardware.

Finally, Windows 10 takes out Windows Media Center, which, while I don’t use it much, there is software that I occasionally use that absolutely requires it.  They may upgrade the software at some point to make it Windows 10 compliant, but since it works fine the way it is, why bother?  If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

I’m sure I could go on and on about why Windows 10 doesn’t fix any problems that I have, it just breaks what already works but I won’t bother.  I have a year to upgrade for free, I won’t even consider it until early 2016, just to let them fix the inevitable bugs, and hopefully listen to the public who, if I’m lucky, will demand a product closer to Windows 7 than to Windows 8.1.  If they do, I’ll upgrade.  If they don’t, I won’t.  I have a feeling this is going to be a very popular sentiment.

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