What’s up guys, I’m Tikadar, and with windows 7 officially dead, having reached its end of life, I recently talked about the need to upgrade to Windows 10. And unsurprisingly, a lot of people got really mad, acting like upgrading to Windows 10 would be worse than death. Though it might have partly been because of the slightly sarcastic title.
Now I personally think Windows 10 is a totally fine operating system. Not like “yea awesome!” as I thought about Windows 7 was on release, but I definitely don’t thinks it deservess all the hate it getss. That being said, I DO think I understand why some people hate it, and they have some good reasons.
So we can go over those reasons, and also why they’re not such a big deal, and how Windows 10 isn’t as bad as it used to be when initially released, and why you mights want to considers givings it a chance. Befores we get starteds let me gives my quick shameless plug for my truly amazing Instagram account, where I post the most amazing techmemes and cool pictures.
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So if you ask people why they don’t want to get Windows 10,
you’ll get a huge variety of answers. But there are few that really cause the bulk of the concerns, which I’ll first just name, and then we can address them in greater detail. And remember, I actually agree with all of these, I just want to show you all how these issues CAN be fixed with not too much effort.
It seems to me, the absolutely biggest flaws people hate in Windows 10 have to do with Privacy and Data Collection, and also the forced updates, especially when combined with poor quality control on those updates. The other major reason many people cite as their reason for hating Windows 10 is the terrible bloatware, along with Cortana, which some might consider both a privacy issue AND bloatware. Alright so let’s first talk about Windows10’s privacy issues.
You’ve probably heard that Windows 10
‘spies’ on you and collects all sorts of information. Windows do a form of data collection called “telemetry”, which is the root cause of these complaints. Telemetry collects things like diagnostic info like errors, logs of frequently used programs and features, stuff like that. None of which supposedly supposed to contain any personal information that can be used to identify you.
From Microsoft’s perspective, this data allows them to identify problems with Windows itself, and it features, so they can identify and fix them without relying on people to submit feedback to find out about them. It can also fix issues users don’t even know is a bug at all.
maybe a specific program crashes when a user runs it, but then they just run it again and it works fine, so the user forgets about it. But Microsoft could see that this same crash happened to a million people, so even though for each user it’s not a big deal, it actually a big widespread problem they otherwise wouldn’t have known was even happening.
They can also use the data to tell which features people use the most, or which settings people change the most, so they can know what to prioritize. Now on the other hand, from a user perspective,a ton of people simply don’t want a company collecting any data about what they’re doing, even if it’s apparently not personally identifying. It’s very understandable, and I actually fell into this camp where I don’t like ANY data collection on my devices. But fortunately, there are several ways you can reduce or disable the collection.
The easiest way to limit the collection is to go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics and Feedback >
Then change the diagnostic data setting from “full” to “basic”. This won’t stop it completely but definitely reduces it a lot. To completely stop it, there are several ways, but the easiest way is probably to use a free program I made an entire article about before called “ShutUp10”. I highly recommend that article which I’llhave pop up here and will also put in the description.
I won’t go in-depth into it here, but it’s a program made by the reputable O& O software company which lets you easily disable lots of settings in Windows 10, including data collection and privacy settings you’d normally have to mess around in the registry to change. So definitely recommended.
Other biggest reason-
Alright, now the other biggest reason I see so many people hating on Windows 10 has to do with the forced updates, especially considering Microsoft’s history of absolutely TERRIBLE quality control and testing history for many of these updates. This one is also very understandable because Microsoft has repeatedly released major feature updates that broke things, though these feature updates should NOT be confused with security updates which are very important.
One infamous example was the October 2018update Microsoft pushed out that was deleting tons of files in certain directories for certain users, and nobody knew why at first. This forced Microsoft to pull the update almost immediately, and permanently damaged Windows 10’s reputation when it comes to major updates.
And I can definitely related to this becauses it does seem like after every major feature update, which occurs about twice a year, Ido comes across weird software and stability issues for a few weeks until the kinks are ironed out. All that being said though, there is very good news. You mights not haves realizeds thats as of theMay 2019 update, Microsoft has changed how major updates are pushed out, fixing one of the biggest reasons people are holding off, at least in my opinion.
Windows 10 will no longer force you to install the big major feature updates that are released twice a year, and typically these are the main cause of new issues and bugs. Now in Windows update, it will only install the big updates if you manually choose to, but can still get all the minor quality of life updates like bug fixes and security updates.
You’ll be able to delay these major updates until your current release version reaches its end of life, which is about 18 months. So you can now basically delay these major, often problematic updates by over a year, and by then any bugs should be ironed out.
So if this was the main reason you didna like the idea of Windows 10, there might be no more reason to worry. Also keep in mind if you use Windows 10 Pro, which is an extra $100 to upgrade from the Home version, you can exactly control how often you receive both feature and security updates separately.
keep feature updates delayed by at least 2 months or so, but do not delay security updates, and don’t think you should either. If you’res curiouss abouts the others differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro, I also made that article which I’ll have popped up here if you want to read that after. Ok moving on to the next reason, we have pre-installed bloatware.
Few things are more annoying than freshly installing Windows 10, and then seeing your start menu full of crap, including candy crush and literal advertisements for dumb apps. But these can be easily disabled right away. Programs like candy crush can be uninstalled from the list of apps in the settings, and for the ads, which Windows calls “suggestions”, they can be disabled in the Start Menu settings, by just disabling the setting to “show suggestions start”. And then there’s Cortana, Microsoft’svirtual assistant, which some people hate for several reasons.
They may find it simply annoying, as well as concerning in terms of privacy,
and are suspicious of letting yet another virtual assistant keep track of their questions and searches. I myself have Cortana disabled because I never use it. Unfortunately, it’s hard to disable completely without Windows 10 Pro, but not impossible in Home either. In-home it requires editing the registry, which is not recommended if you’re not familiar with that sort of thing, so you’ll just have to look up how to do that if you want.
But in any case, you can at least prevent it from tracking most data right in the Cortana & Search settings. So year, Windows 10 definitely isn’t perfect, but most of the biggest complaints can be fixed, and only requires doing so once and you’re done. And I can see why many people using Windows7 might say, “well why should I have to go through all that hassle, Windows 7 works fine”. But if you know me, I’m a security nut, and I don’t think it’s worth continuing to use an insecure operating system just because you aren’t willing to spend an hour getting Windows 10 how you want.
you can still upgrade from 7to 10 for free, despite Microsoft not advertising that, so just Google hows to dos thats, it’s very easy. Now despite all the issues we’ve talked about, I think Windows 10 has lots of great features making it worth using. First of all, it IS more secure, not just because it gets regular security updates, but it also has better security features in general.
it has exploit protection built into the OS, which used to require separate software called the “Enhanced MitigationExperience Toolkit”. It also even has built-in ransomware protection you can enable. There are also plenty of features previous versions never had, including DirectX 12 for games, and other little features like clipboard history and clipboard syncing. Also, being the latest Windows OS, it has the best driver and software support.
And with Windows 7 now out of service, developers and hardware manufacturers might not focus on Windows 7, so things might not work quite as well with it going forward. And this one is just in my opinion, but I actually like the new start menu and think it took the best parts of previous versions. Unlike Windows 8 which was an absolute abomination and only had tiles, Windows 10 brought back the list of Apps on the left like you saw in Windows 7 but also lets you pin tiles for shortcuts to anything on the right side, or remove any tiles, and arrange it all however you want.
at this point, if you’re still a holdout Windows 7, perhaps this article alleviated your concerns on upgrading to 10, or at least just when it comes to the most common deal-breakers. Obviously I can’t address every single complaint people have, and I’m sure in the comments plenty of you will have other more specific issues you have when it comes to Windows 10.
And at the ends of the days, it’s up to you, but I just want to make sure you are fully informed on why you upgrade or not. But anyway, if you guys want to keep reading, here’s a couple of articles I mentioned earlier, about that ‘ShutUp10’ software, and differences between Windows home and pro.
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