Friday, August 7, 2015

Eddi's Hot Computing Tip: Where I Stand On Windows 10 Upgrades Today. Bottom Line -- Wait 90 Days

Windows 10 desktop design is busy and unsophisticated -- more work is needed

Here is where I stand on Windows 10 Upgrades Today:

Go right to the bottom line below to see quick advice. 

Note that I have upgraded a Windows 7 computer. Windows 8 or 8.1 users may have a different experience.

Also note that I use a NVDIA 760 GTX graphics card for graphics intensive applications, , including Second Life. Users of ATI card should take note that there may be problems with these cards, and should so their own research to see how current users are doing.

The Windows 10 Upgrade Process

I had to manually trigger my upgrade to Windows 10.  This is a common problem for Windows 7 users.  If you have not been offered an upgrade yet, and want to trigger an upgrade, you can read my blog post here:

I have had no problems with the upgrade, with the exception of an administrator control issue which I wrote about here earlier. My computer (an Intel desktop) refuses to allow me to have immediate control of my existing files and folders without administrator permission -- which I am by default. I had to turn off User Account Control in order to do this which will not allow you to operate Microsoft Edge and new Metro applications in Windows 10. You can read about this experience here:

Crucial -- You must make sure that you are running Windows 10 graphic card drivers when you upgrade. NVIDIA should require a driver change when you switch over. I am not sure what the ATI process is. This is crucial for Second Lifers. 

Advantages of Windows 10

Windows 10 has a much faster boost time over Windows 7.

I also can access my over 100,000 high-resolution  photographs faster than Windows 7, which occasionally stalls in this process. The longest delay I have in Windows 10 is under 8 seconds for certain images.

Disadvantages of Windows 10

The main problem so far has been the above mentioned administrator control issue, which I have applied a temporary fix to by turning off User Access Control (see above).  Since I have no need for new Microsoft applications that will only work if User Access Control is turned on, this is not an issue right now -- but one that I would ultimately like resolved.

There is very little online support available for Windows 10 in the way of help forums and advice from Microsoft. This will improve over time. If you are running into problems during your upgrade, you will be essentially stuck and will need to apply solutions available for older versions of Windows and hope that they will work. This is the main reason why I feel that existing Windows users would be best off waiting three months before they upgrade.

I do not like the tiled start menu.  It is designed for a pad and telephone device and not a desktop (unless it is touch screen).  I have removed this all together. In general, I find Windows 10 unnecessarily busy and graphically clumsy compared to Windows 7, but this should improve over time.

Windows 7 vs. Windows 10 in graphics rendering and gaming performance (Second Life). 

I see no difference. I read that Windows 10 is supposed to give better performance for gaming applications, and will support new graphics capabilities in Direct X- 12 but Second Life rendering is exactly the same.

I have had no problems in Second Life using Windows 10.

Going Back to Windows 7:

Microsoft is giving Windows 10 users a one-year date from upgrading for a free transition back to Windows 7 or 8.1.  For now, I am keeping Windows 10 simple because of it's ability to boot faster and render my huge image collection faster.

Using New Microsoft Applications for Windows 10 including the Edge Browser.

I will not do this. Unless you turn off permissions in multiple settings, Microsoft has announced that they will be storing all search, handwriting, and other information on you to "personalize content better".  I do not want this. I have turned down all options when upgrading to Windows 10. The idea of Microsoft tracking my every move on the web is not something I will agree too. I will keep using Chrome, my Opera Browser, and existing media managers including those from Amazon.

Since I have disabled User Access Control, and are not signing in with a Microsoft account (they announced they will be storing your passwords if you do-- even for Chrome and non-Microsoft applications), the above is not an issue for me.

My Bottom Line:

I am keeping Windows 10 for now.  It is fine for what I need to do, and has some advantages with accessing files faster than Windows 7.

I see no reason why anyone using Windows 7 should upgrade to Windows 10 right now -- unless you are having boot time and file access time issues.

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will be supported through 2020 with Security Patches, and Windows 8.1 for a longer period. There is no reason to upgrade if you do not want to. You have the ability to switch back for one year after an upgrade -- it is right there in your control panel.

If you do want to upgrade, wait a minimum of 90 days until Microsoft and other application vendors works out some initial problems with Windows 10. If not, be prepared to cope with problems that you will not be able to fix immediately. There is very little available in online help as of the time I write this article.


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