I have just noticed that my Windows 7 PC has a new icon on the right of the task bar for a free upgrade to Windows 10. Has anyone else had this icon appear and do you think it is worth the hassle?
I don't know whether to try it or not and after the Vista fiasco I am hesitant to lose Windows 7 and the probable incompatabilities with some of my old but expensive hardware and software. Having upgraded my Vista PC to Windows 7 (not a clean install) it became apparent very quickly that a clean install was the only sensible option and the trouble I had getting the network to work, the printers and especially the sound was a nightmare spread over two weeks.
Having bought 4 copies of XP years ago the four copies of Vista and now 6 copies of Windows 7 I am loath to fork out yet again for the latest pretty front end to the same old stuff. If I can get a free full version on DVD even better as I can chose when to install and not be forced into a narrow window for the apparent safety of the world.
Upgrade... possibly but not until MS have published their long term strategic plans for future versions of Windows...
Whilst I accept it may be more efficient and have better security .. blah blah I haven`t seen any compelling new features - sorry Cortana, nothing personal.
There was a time when I looked forward to, and willingly paid for upgrades... now I'm a little more cautious and rarely upgrade anything until I understand the implications.
I look forward to hearing from those that take the plunge.
I have yet to see a use for voice activated software like Cortana. In a noisy environment like the open plan office and phone calls and conversations that get louder and louder it will be a nightmare for company users. Having watched a bloke on a crowded train talking to his Apple trying to look important but coming across as a joke in a suit I can see it will be the but of many jokes.
I seem to remember an early voice activated interface, for DOS I think or possibly early Windows, and we just kept creeping up behind the guy and yelling "format C, enter". It never worked. Rather like the text based HAL that Lotus used for about 5mins you had to know what to put in so it didn't save any time.
Just upgraded my Win7 laptop to Win10 and did the download (via the Media Creation Tool) and install in one go. It took over 7 hours! If I stood and watched it it might have been quicker by about half an hour no more. The after the install and the updates had finished I thought I would give it a go. Computer (or Microsoft) said no as no input device worked. Hey ho, almost expected that so did a hard reboot and finally logged in again after 5 mins reboot!
That is a lot worse than my Win7 3mins. Even then the various apps were busy trying to work out if they need attention or whatever they do, for the next 3 mins (this happened in Win7 anyway).
All in all no improvement and I still had to correct time/date formats despite country being United Kingdom. At least my key applications worked. I haven't tried to play music or watch videos yet. I suspect a clean install will be much better as legacy problems won't be carried over but I believe that won't be free.
I won't be updating my desktop anytime soon as I use it for work and Citrix were a bit slow to update to Windows 7!