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Being offered a Windows 10 upgrade? Don’t take it up yet!

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Windows 10 is now available as a free upgrade for many Windows 7 and 8 owners. But, by upgrading, are we just helping Microsoft cut research costs on a product that isn’t ready?

For many years I’ve used Microsoft Windows and have stuck with it from as early on as Windows 98. Last year I moved or ‘upgraded’ from Windows XP to Windows 7. And that move went without a hitch – mainly because I didn’t move to Windows 7 as soon as it was released.

Don’t upgrade to Windows 10 yet

Now that Windows 10 has been released, our advice is the same as it has always been. If you’re new to computing or you’re an intermediate user, don’t move to a new system like this straight away. Wait at least six months. I say this because the real and final test for Microsoft is when Windows 10 hits the market – and that market is us users!

Unless you’re an enthusiast or a computer geek who enjoys the challenge of fixing computer problems, don’t take up the Windows 10 download offer straight away. Microsoft has indicated it will be free for a whole year, so there’s no real hurry.

Remember future updates from Microsoft will include patches for problems that users have pointed out for them, and not all manufacturers will have prepared software drivers in time. Software drivers are the bits of software that allow your computer to talk to devices you connect to; for example many printer manufacturers may not have completed their driver testing in time for the release of Windows 10.

Windows 10 problems

We’ve had a huge influx of Windows 10 problems reported to us in the Which? Computing Helpdesk. These technical gremlins include loss of internet access, no printing options, loss of access to email and web browser issues.

Of course, not everyone has had these poor experiences, but with millions of computers out there running different applications and programs they won’t all react the same way.

Personally, I’ll be keeping my powder dry for the time being and will likely download Windows 10 in early spring when most of the bugs and glitches have been resolved.

I urge you to do the same. Remember that we’re providing Microsoft with huge amounts of feedback they would otherwise have needed to pay for. Do you really want to be an unpaid member of Microsoft’s Research & Development department? The decision is yours.

If you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10, is it working OK for you or are you regretting the move?


“Upgrading ” to Win 10 – The SPY Network -is never going to happen for me Win 7 is good enough for me and I have Linux on dual boot . You dont have a choice on Win 10 of refusing “updates ” unless you opt for Win 10 Prof. You are the test board for MS mistakes as the above article says . It is being kept quiet but ALL those users of Win 7/8 who dont upgrade are having Forced download of the full Win 10 taking up a large amount of your drive ,it is hidden at the moment in your system but can be seen if required. This sly trick is because with all the trumpeting of “great Win 10” etc and “millions ” of downloads for “free” (but you will be charged in the future for “upgrades ” ) they are only at 4 % of installations Worldwide because most people are still happy with Win 7 (the biggest system program Worldwide for Windows installations BUT still MS has only 14 % of the computer market now) IN Win 10 you lose even more control of Windows system till the “administrator ” is now just a joke like a boss who is that in name only because his company has been taken over , its only one step -a little one -up from user. With forced downloads and repressed control over Windows and having to pay for all apps eventually this isnt the “bargain ” thats being heavily touted worldwide and millions like myself all over the world arent taken in even MS realise in 10 years it will be portable computers with open systems that will rule so Win 10-THe last Windows system their closed system is on its last legs and they know it. Even now mobile computers with open systems beat MS flat worldwide.


Very lucidly stated Duncan.

The only bit that could be added is where is the forced download hidden on the system.


The first thing to check is get up =folder options and change button to =show hidden files /folders etc . There is a file called =$Windows.—BT thats an indication of a download -MS -quote= we “help” customers prepare for win 10 by downloading the files necessary for FUTURE installation -end quote the files arent small between 3.5 GB to 6GB -drives get clogged up -slow your PC and broadband . Whenever you boot up they try to install themselves (high CPU use ) . But if you have Win 10 installed then a NON-cured fault in Notepad.exe in command prompt trying to open a file brings up permissions errors (blocked ) . This action by MS has prompted World wide condemnation and -quote=will hinder MS Win 10 installations in the future .I should add in folder options in search make sure =when searching non-indexed locations make sure =include system directories .


Also remember to =show hidden updates in Windows action centre or the equivalent in Win 10 .


If the above dont work get up Windows command line -=type=cmd in start box then click on cmd after -run as administrator -type dir which lists files in directory..The problem (which I live with ) is that if you block all downloads by switching updates completely off in programming you might lose security updates . I have to have multiple protection on PC and internet (although only one main live app ) and I have blocked various remote access modes among other measures its very hard to beat a closed system as it means you lose some use of your PC although I use LInux for other uses .


While you can delete updates if they cause harm Win 10 will automatically download and reinstall . Click-start -settings-network &internet then wifi-then advanced settings then slide metered connection to on . Windows shouldnt download updates until you switch it off.

bishbut says:
2 October 2015

Down loaded windows 10 tried for 3weeks ever increasing problems which I couldn’t find answers to so went back to windows 8


I upgraded to Windows 10 the first day it came out, along with a few friends, and we have had no problems at all.

In-fact Firefox is faster, my Thunderbird does not crash like it used to. VLC, Skype all perfect too. We have had no problems and are very happy with Windows 10. So much better than 8 and 8.1, glad i upgraded .


I upgraded to Windows 10 out of curiosity the first day it came out and went sraight back to what I had the day after. Absolutely nothing worked, and I don’t have the patience or inclination to help Microsoft perfect this product, for free or otherwise.


Thats the problem Sophie they are using you as a test board till they Eventually “”perfect “” it this could take many months to do and when they do do you want to pay for ALL Windows apps in a year or two or pay for “upgrades ” (downloads ) after the same time scale. ? And remember ONLY those apps approved by MS can be installed on Win 10 many unhappy app designers.


Actually my W10 test box happily ran all sorts of “legacy” XP era apps….


Wow ! Derek you must be one in a million ,both personally and reading posts on MS websites/tech websites over years are constant complaints of upgrade to Win 10 ,even Win 8.1 forget 90 % of your old apps unless you are using a virtual window OR the old Windows XP compatibility mode . This is one I would like to know about so I can pass it on elsewhere .



I just did some field trials using a few of my favourites golden oldies, including Office 2000.

I wasn’t attempting to put any of them to serious use, but was satisfied that they would install and run OK.

This was mostly done because I have noticed that PC World always try to upsell a new copy of Office each time they sell a new PC. One of the “hurt and rescue” strategies I’ve witnessed there was telling folk that 32-bit versions of Office would not run on 64-bit Windows versions. My personal experience is that isn’t true with such versions of W7 & W10 that I’ve used.

I know there is a lot of information “out there” on the internet. However, folk with nothing to complain about are less likely to post than those with axes to grind. Also, a lost of postings come from enthusiastic but non-expert authors – quite often these people are talking way outside the limits of their actual first hand knowledge or experience. Hence one has to consider whether or not the associated facts are likely to be correct or not.

I certainly saw several teething problems with the old-Vista machine that I first used as a W10 test bed. In that case, I think they were sufficient to confirm my existing view that the best available upgrade for an old Vista machine is LXLE (you might prefer Mint with either Mate or XFCE though…). My W7 HP laptop seemed to take W10 OK though. But so what? I’m still convinced that XP is my favourite version of Windows – and my recommended “upgrade path” is onwards and upwards to LXLE, so bye, bye Windows!