What If You Don’t Want To Upgrade to Windows 10 Yet?

It's a fair question. With all the talk about upgrading to Windows 10, it’s easy to feel the pressure to take the plunge without really understanding much about it. But could there be some good reasons for not upgrading right now? You may have a few healthy “but what if?” questions and valid points in common with a recent readers’ favourite ComputerWorld article.

As it turns out, it’s unlikely that the sky will fall if you take your time before upgrading. Here are some popular reasons why you may be thinking about not upgrading just yet.

1. What if your hardware isn’t up to it?

It’s easy to assume that all systems will somehow be compatible but what if your computer doesn’t match up to the Microsoft Windows 10 spec? The fact is that if your system doesn’t qualify then you will be left with 2 choices - either upgrade your hardware before upgrading the operating system or buy a new computer with Windows 10 already on it.

n.b. If you’re 'feeling technical' here is a quick summary of the basic system requirements to run Windows 10: A PC or tablet with a 1GHz processor or faster, 1GB of RAM for 32-bit machines or 2GB for 64-bit machines, 16GB hard disk space for 32-bit machines or 20GB hard disk space for 64-bit machines, a DirectX 9 or later graphics card with a WDDM 1.0 driver and an 800 x 600 display or better.

For more information visit the Windows website here.

2. You’ve got 8 months, you can always procrastinate!

As of July 29th this year you were given a year to upgrade, so there’s still plenty more time if you need to prepare and find out a bit more.

3. You’re happy with Windows 7.

Windows 7 actually has 2 of the main features that Windows 10 was designed to improve upon compared to Windows 8.  i.e. a start menu and the ability to work entirely on the desktop.

You may also be happy with the Windows 7 Gadgets e.g. reports about the state of your system, and allowing you to listen to streaming radio stations. The signs are that the Windows 10 won’t have these.

4. You can still get security updates for your current system for years.

If you’re using Windows 7 or 8 you will be able to get security patches well into the 2020s. If you’ve got Vista you’ll still be OK until April 2017.

5. You’re using Windows 8.1 and you’re happy with the OneDrive placeholders (smart files) feature.

This feature that allows you to see all of your files in one place (cloud and local) won’t work just yet in Windows 10. It may take until the end of this year.

6. You have old printers and scanners that you want to keep using.

If you have old peripherals the chances are that the new operating system won’t be able to help with all of the drivers. You may want to take time to find out how you can make sure you can keep using them with the new operating system.

7. You may be happy using Windows Media Center.

It’s probably not a game changer but if you’re nostalgic about (and used to) playing your videos, music and other media on this old 2002 system, you may be sad to hear that it won’t work with Windows 10.

8. You’d like to wait until the bugs are discovered and ironed out.

There’s a lot to be said for not being an early adopter if you want to avoid some of the teething troubles, bugs and glitches that come with new operating systems, even if they have been tested to an extent. If you’d like to let others test it out for you before you commit then you have time to do so.