When I started getting the notices about a free upgrade to Windows 10, my first thought was "Oh, no! Not another system to learn to navigate." Over the weeks leading up to it's release, I started reading up on it. I found the start menu would be back. By and large, mostly a good word for the new system. Things I loved and missed about Windows 95 and Windows 7, and new things that might be cool or useful.
I finally decided to put in my reservation for the free upgrade. When I found it was ready, I used a tool I had to create a system shot on a DVD in case of emergency. Then I downloaded a program to create a full system backup on a partitioned part of my hard drive to make sure I could go back to Windows 8 if I so desired.
I was able to schedule the upgrade to a time that was convenient for me and that wouldn't eat up my any time data. I went to bed, and the system did it's thing. The next day, there were a few choices to make for personal preference, and in no time Windows 10 was up and running! Easy, peasy!
I immediately, liked what I was seeing, compared to Windows 8! The start menu is back, and in my opinion better than ever! If you were one who actually liked the boxes in Windows 8, they are still there, just moved over to the right side under "Life at a glance". On the left, you get a quick view of the most used. But here's my two favorite things about this new start menu: one, it has an option to display all your programs in A to Z format!! Click on All Apps in the bottom left-hand corner. No chasing down through endless popup panes.
Another great plus, is that the search bar is now right on the task bar! You can set it to be an icon that opens search or leave it to type straight in!
There are oodles of new programs and tools in this build.
3D builder, music apps, readers, camera app, useful things for students like dictionary, encyclopedia. If you are into the whole share it across devices from anywhere scene, then you have a system made to accommodate that.
I've been using Windows 10 for 10 days now. There have only been a couple of negatives that I have found in my experience. One, when it upgraded, my McAfee Security Center didn't work. The Windows 10 covered me with Windows Defender and Firewall, so I wasn't left unprotected. When I went to investigate, I found I had to totally remove McAfee and reinstall it. Everything went fine. I have had no problems with any other apps or software that I use on my PC. My other issue with this new Windows is a cranky old woman issue. I like to choose when I get Windows updates so that they download only on my Bonus Bytes and not on my Anytime Data. In this new build, I can't find where I can choose to do that. It claims it won't download over a metered connection, but do they understand the concept of how Hughes Net works? That I want all of my Anytime Data for fun and to use the Bonus Bytes for the workhorse stuff? I will be investigating this in the near future.
By and large, I love the new Windows 10, compared to Windows 8. If there are things about Windows 8 that aggravate you, I'd recommend the upgrade!
Do you currently use Windows 8? Have you upgraded to Windows 10 for free? What was/is your favorite Windows version?
This is an account of my personal experience with the Windows 10 Upgrade and Windows 10. Your experience could be different, depending on your system and what apps and software you regularly use. I am a PC user of moderate experience and tech savvy. - Barbara in Caneyhead