I'm really nervous about installing Windows 10. I had a particularly bad experience of going from winXP to windows 7. I lost a load of favourite applications as win7 wouldn't emulate XP, (even with updated drivers etc.,) all the help files & so-called experts said they should still work, they didn't.
I'm interested to know what people think of win 10.
If you've updated from win7 to win10, what has been your experience?
I felt the same as you! I was hanging onto windows 7, skipped the whole 8 debacle.
But reluctantly gave in to the constant prompts to update, and you know what - it went perfectly. Very impressed with the upgrade process. It kept all my settings and apps.
I do actually like windows 10 now, the start menu is still a little 'meh' compared to the traditional windows 7 style one, and cortana in my view is 100% gimmick unless you like talking to your laptop, but other than that I think win10 is pretty speedy and has been solid so far.
Not that it matters but I upgrade from 7 to 10 on a decent dell laptop and had no issues!
Go for it I say
(edit: you can actually roll back to win7 within the first 30 days should win10 not float your boat)
I've reserved Windows 10 but haven't installed it yet. I have Windows 7 on my laptop and, in general, it's fine. However, I find the Word prog unnecessarily complicated. After all this time I still don't understand it, but maybe it's me. From time to time I need to write documents several pages long, and then I often edit them by moving paragraphs around etc. Sometimes I need to set tabs. That's what word processing is all about. Windows 7 Word makes this a right pain, and I find it difficult to do even the most basic of editing, so I prefer to use the Word prog on XP on my old desktop! It's straightforward; no bells and whistles.
Glad that I abandoned Microsoft five years ago and took the decision to change to the Ubuntu Linux operating system and LibreOffice to replace Excel and Word. Free regular upgrades keeps the laptop 'cutting edge', and combined with Firefox web browser, I have no problems with compatibility and security.
Without wanting to sound like a fan-boy, you might like to take a look at a Mac. An operating system built on Unix, not MSDOS (MS Dross!). Mac's just work, but more expensive that a PC. If you've got other Apple devices such as iPad/Phone then they interoperate very well.
I have just upgraded from 8.1 to 10 and it went without a problem.
Make sure you are plugged into mains before starting because it takes about 3-4 hours.
Bought a laptop back in August. That had 8.1 on it, had a play around with it, just to get a feel of the OS. Decided to upgrade to Win 10. I wouldn't say it was straightforward, it took bleedin' ages - the download failed twice.
When it finally did install, it wouldn't allow me to just log-in to the machine, I had to set up an online account with Microsoft. My network/broadband usage shot up, it was then I realised that everyone of the tiles that it had pre-installed were live (there are lots of them), plus a load of other apps were running in the background.
I'm now in the process of uninstalling them, if that fails then I just disable them. I've over-ridden the defaults for files - it wants me to take out a paid subscription to Microsoft Office 365 - no thanks, Open Office works just fine.
Now I'm looking for a way of having a standard log-in, one that doesn't force me to be part of Microsoft's world. Anybody got a way of doing it?