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Final Chance to Upgrade to Windows 10

With the end of Microsoft’s free year of Windows 10 approaching fast there are many people out there who are still sat on the fence about whether they should make the move to Windows 10 for free. Unfortunately, if you are one of these people, you cannot stay on that fence for long! We have always known there would come a time when you would have to make a decision and the time is now.

 

There are 3 types of people in the Windows 10 debate

  1. The people who already have it (or will very shortly)
  2. The people who won’t move to Windows 10 until Windows 7/8.1 are all but fossils in our technological history
  3. The people who are stuck on making a decision and have no idea what to do

It is this last category of people who will be panicking now and so we would like to help to dispel some of the misconceptions which seem to be putting people off upgrading to the Windows 10 operating system.

 

Misconceptions about Windows 10

Misconception: It will mess everything up!

We have seen people experiencing issues when upgrading to Windows 10 if it has not been done with a fresh install. However, the majority of people have not experienced issues with the operating system itself.

 

Misconception: If your machine does upgrade to Windows 10 then it can be rolled back to Window 7/8.1 with no consequence

Rolling back to Windows 7/8.1 might actually do more damage than good. The flip flop of upgrading to Windows 10 and then downgrading back to an earlier operating system has been seen to cause its own catalogue of issues.

 

Misconception: Windows 10 is a pay for updates system and you will be required to pay for periodic updates once the year of free download has passed.

So far there is no evidence this and Microsoft have vehemently denied that this will be the case. Microsoft posted this last year stating: “Once a qualified Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device, keeping it more secure, and introducing new features and functionality over time — for no additional charge.”

 

Misconception: Microsoft are using Windows 10 to spy on me

A change in Microsoft’s Privacy Policy caused a bit of panic last year as it was identified that the policy included the paragraph:

“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content [….], when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the service”.

So, yes, this does sound shade-y but there are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t worry. Microsoft responded to the concerns with a clarifying statement

“Microsoft may share information when required by law or to respond to legal process or lawful requests, including from law enforcement or other government agencies.”

Further to this, the likelihood that Bill Gates or Paul Allen are going to be trawling through your personal or business information for anything juicy is unlikely and also Microsoft’s new Privacy Policy is in line with the norm (see social media sites and other operating system providers).

 

Misconception: Windows 10 will never be as popular or as good as Windows 7 (or XP/8 /8.1 etc)

In the 11 months which Windows 10 has been available to the general public it has become the second most popular operating system in market share terms. Windows 7 is still the most popular operating system with 49% of the market share but Win10 is catching up. The uptake of Windows 10 has been good so far and it is fast being accepted as the norm.

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Courtesy of netmarketshare.com

 

If you are planning to upgrade call us now to take advantage of our very popular Windows 10 upgrade offer which we have extended to encompass June.

We are running out of upgrade slots and so we advise booking now to ensure that you get in within the free upgrade window.

So, where do you stand with Windows 10? Let us know!

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