Windows 10 – who’d be an early adopter?

Some of you may well have seen the “Upgrade to Windows 10″ icons and alerts popping up on your computers. Whilst the free upgrade is certainly enticing we would VERY STRONGLY encourage you NOT to upgrade at this stage.

Whilst Windows 10 certainly has the potential to combine the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8, there are currently real concerns over its stability and suitability for release. We’ve been running the Developer Previews and whilst there are positive signs there still seems much for Microsoft to do – and we’re not the only ones who think that: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/28/microsoft_windows_10_whack_a_mole/

It’s unfortunate but appears that Microsoft appear to have rushed the release to meet a marketing deadline without appropriate consideration as to how stable the new system is day-to-day use, and without having ensured an appropriate level of uniformity across the user interface. With a day to go until the release deadline there are still some significant bugs and instability running Windows 10 on both traditional PC’s and tablets and as such we do not believe that the package is suitable for use on your primary computer.

We would advise clients to take advantage of the free upgrade offer by all means but DO NOT perform the upgrade yet.

We will continue to monitor the situation but our initial view is that it will likely be a few months at least before before Windows 10 is mature enough to recommend that you switch to it. Given the general disruption of any update process of this magnitude it may well be that any upgrades that do need to take place are booked in over the quieter Christmas period, in readiness for the New Year.

If you’re technically minded, don’t mind troubleshooting your computer and have a spare system to hand that won’t disrupt your day-to-day work if it goes wrong then Windows 10 is worth a look – that’s what we’re doing. If you fall into that category then we’d appreciate your feedback in the comments below.

If you’re reading this post a little too late to be able to reverse your Windows 10 update and you’re having problems then please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do to help.

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