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To 10 or Not to 10

To 10 or not to 10
by Gary Woods

On July 29th Microsoft released Windows 10. I don’t know why they went from Windows 8 to 10 but that’s where we are right now. Since I’ve already gotten a couple of questions about Windows 10 I thought it would be a good time to talk about whether to move on to 10 or not.

The short answer is, “it depends.” If you’re using Windows 8 then it’s a no brainer you’ve got to move to Windows 10. Windows 8 was a mess from the beginning and then it got better with Windows 8.1 but it still had issues. One of my biggest gripes was if you searched for something on what was called the Metro Side with all the Tiles you might not be able to find it. But, if you went to the Desktop, the one that looked like Windows 7 then you could find it. It makes me wonder if these two sides were talking to each other. Windows 10 is a lot more intuitive and we got rid of the dreaded Charms menu, which wasn’t nearly as nice as its name would imply.

To upgrade, look for a little square white icon with four squares inside it in the lower right hand corner of the tray and click on it. If your machine can handle 10 the install will go forward. If it can’t it won’t.

Now, if you are running Windows 7, I’d say hold on a while. Windows 10 has some drivers issues which we always get with new operating systems and I’m definitely a fan of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”  

So to recap, if you’re on Windows 8 get a move on to 10, and if you’re on Windows 7 hang out and wait till we see if 10 is really stable.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.