You have less than 24hrs to update to Windows 10 for free – should you upgrade?

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In less than 24 hours you will no longer be able to update to Windows 10 free of charge.

Currently Windows 10 is available for free to anyone running Windows 7 or 8.1.

However, after July 29, users will have to fork out around 5,000 Baht to upgrade to the latest version of Windows.

Upgrading before the deadline will also mean you will receive the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which will be released in August, and which includes a host of new features such as Windows Ink, improved security and enhancements to the Edge browser and the Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana.

While Windows 8 proved to be a huge fail and was overwhelmingly unpopular with users, Windows 10 has been generally well received, although there have been a few exceptions.

If you’re still unsure whether or not to upgrade to Windows 10, here’s a definitive list of the pros and cons of Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Why you SHOULD update to Windows 10

All round better user experience and the return of the Start Menu

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One of the biggest plus points of Windows 10 sees the Start Menu return to its rightful place, which is a big draw for those using a desktop PC.

If you’ve used Windows for a long time, you will instantly feel at home with Microsoft’s latest offering. As well as the Start Menu, Settings, File Explorer and Power Options also make a welcome return.

The return of the Start Menu brings with it some new features including a number of live tiles which constantly update with snippets of information such as news or weather and which can be customised to display whatever you want.

They are also optional so if you don’t like them, the snippets can be easily removed. You can also resize the Start Menu by clicking and dragging the corner of the window.

Improved security

Windows 10 will help to keep your device updated more quickly and protected from the latest threats for much longer than either Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft will make sure Windows 10 not only receives the latest security patches quickly, it will also guarantee you are kept updated for a longer period of time.

For example, Microsoft has already announced it will end extended support for Windows 7 on January 14 2020, whereas upgrading to Windows 10 will give you guaranteed support until at least 2025, Microsoft has said.

Seamless continuity between Windows devices

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If you own a Windows Phone or a tablet such as a Surface Pro it makes absolutely no sense for you not to upgrade to Windows 10 on your desktop.

Windows 10 enables users to sync all of their data, including the Start Menu across all Windows devices. All notifications and updates can be mirrored on your desktop, phone and tablet.

Reply to an SMS or instant message from your desktop or action a notification from your tablet and it will then be implemented on all of your devices.

Great for gamers

Windows 10 has already has the highest adoption rate of any new version of Windows, but it has proved to be extremely popular with gamers.

The company behind the Stream gaming platform recently revealed that almost 40 percent of its users now log on from Windows 10.

Part of the reason why Windows 10 has proved popular with gamers is that it supports Microsoft’s Direct X 12 graphics interface which helps to improve the gaming experience by boosting speed and reliability, as well as improving power consumption.

Cortana

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While not available in Thailand yet, Microsoft’s virtual assistant is set to rival Google Now and Apple’s Siri with the amount of useful functions it will bring to your desktop.

After making its way over from Windows Phone, Cortana allows you to control parts of your desktop using voice commands. It also lets you browse the web from your desktop.

Other features Cortana offers are things like flight information – paste your flight number into Cortana’s search box and it will return the very latest info. Ask her to remind you about an important meeting and she will add the reminder to your Microsoft Calendar.

Microsoft is adding new features to Cortana all the time and when it eventually rolls out in Thailand, it will be capable of completing a wide variety of tasks.

Rumoured to be coming soon to Cortana are versions for both Android and Apple users which will allow them to easily sync data to their Windows 10 PC.

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Why you SHOULD NOT update to Windows 10

Despite all the arguments for upgrading to Windows 10, it is not perfect.

For many PC owners reluctant to upgrade who are happy using Windows 7 or 8.1, it may be case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

Problems for old computers and software

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Recent months has seen Microsoft accused of aggressively pushing users to upgrade to Windows 10, with some even claiming the upgrade had automatically installed on their device without their permission.

Some older software and drivers that have been designed to run on older machines might not run properly on Windows 10.

A woman in California was recently awarded $10,000 compensation after she successfully sued Microsoft when Windows 10 tried to automatically update and then failed on her computer running Windows 10. She said this left her computer unresponsive and stopped her from working.

Other users have reported problems with Wi-Fi connectivity and slow boot up speeds after installing Windows 10, while there have also been reports of some external devices being incompatible with Windows 10.

If you use say a printer, wireless mouse or keyboard, you should make sure that this is also compatible with Windows 10 before installing the update, otherwise you may not be able to use it once you start running Windows 10.

Updates automatically installed

While for some users this will be a good thing, that fact that Windows 10 Home Edition now installs updates automatically by default may be a problem for those who wish to choose what updates they want to install.

The Enterprise and Pro editions still allow users to determine which updates they want to install and which they want to skip.

Windows Media Centre is no more

Microsoft has ditched its popular home cinema hub, Windows Media Centre from Windows 10.

The company claims that most users no longer have any need to watch DVDs or play CDs from their computer.

However, some users may feel they are missing out and are otherwise forced to download alternative software.

Since Windows 10 first launched, Microsoft has now launched its own basic DVD player but it doesn’t offer nearly the same amount of functionality at the Media Centre did.

Privacy concerns

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For some users, this will be biggest reason not to update to Windows 10.

Microsoft’s data collection policies on Windows 10 are alarmingly broad.

By running the home edition of Windows 10 with all the default settings, you are giving Microsoft access to track and monitor all your hardware details and any changes to may make to them.

It also logs all your internet search history, as well as any questions you ask Cortana. It even keeps a record of your keystrokes!

Microsoft says it needs access to all this private data so that it can help fine tune and improve Windows 10 for its users, remove any bugs and streamline functionality.

While you can disable some of the Big Brother style tracking, users are unable to opt out of much of the core data tracking.

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  1. Just counting the above, shows that there are more arguments NOT to upgrade to Wiindows10, than to upgrade. 🙂