Let’s start with a quick caveat (e.g. CYA) from the “about this blog” page. “… we cannot assume liability for any actions you take as the result of reading this blog.” There’s a reason for this: time is money. And, even though most cases we know of have gone without a hitch, there have also been a few that didn’t. And recovering the data and PC configurations took them (or their contractor*) several hours.
This graphic links to another good article from CNET about Windows10
Our view on the looming deadline for a free upgrade to WIndows 10 is this: If you haven’t yet, and your system is meeting your needs, why bother? Consider the time/effort required, and then weigh them against the potential benefits. Sure, it’ll save you $120, but why? Here’s another perspective from our friends at CNET:
If you do decide to upgrade, we recommend backing up both your data (desktop, downloads, music, pics, documents, etc) as well as making a complete disk image (incase you need/want to revert back afterwards). Then, set aside at least a couple of hours when your pc won’t be used, to allow for the download, and another hour or so for the actual installation.
VISTA USERS: Read this article from the NY Times. We certainly agree with their approach and suggestions!
*Footnote: From the “about this blog” page: Since 2010, Piedmont has been focused exclusively on internet-based services such as websites, email, and social media. However, we still get questions about pc’s, viruses, wi-fi, and various tech gadgets. PC Support and Tech Tips posts are intended to offer guidance and provide the benefits of our own experiences. If you need assistance locating a PC repair outlet, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.