Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 10 for eligible computers will end July 29. But rather than just let the offer expire, the company is actively pushing out upgrades. You can expect a storm of activity as part of the effort. If you don’t want to upgrade, here’s how you can batten down your electronic hatches.
Our best advice right now is to let it happen – sort of – and undo it with a rollback. Just make sure you roll back to your version of Windows 7 or 8 within 30 days of the download (and possible installation). Here’s why we believe this is the best course of action. Again, just to remind those of you who could be affected, Microsoft has a free upgrade offer for eligible computers running Windows 7 and 8. The free offer will end July 29. Starting July 30, the upgrade to Windows 10 will cost $119.
In a “big brother” way, Microsoft knows which computers are eligible and which ones have been upgraded. That’s because there’s a chip in your computer that has the information about the version of Windows that was installed when the computer was assembled. It’s not all that bad of a system because Microsoft can use it to push out the correct updates on an as-needed basis to make sure you have all the latest security patches and bug fixes. It takes the onus off you to download and install them. Microsoft also knows which version of the OS you have, such as the Home or the Pro, and that prevents you from, for example, downloading and installing the Pro when you’re entitled only to the Home.
On the other hand, it can be highly intrusive for the upgrades. We’ve had a number of instances in which clients have accessed their computers – at work and at home – in the morning and found a message from Microsoft to continue with the installation of Windows 10. Or, we’ve had clients tell us that all of a sudden, in the middle of the day, their machines started acting funny and then they received messages to continue the Windows 10 installation process.
Naturally, none of these clients had taken advantage of the offer, but Microsoft can’t distinguish if that was by oversight or intent. (Add your own comment here.) Essentially you have two options:
- Go through the entire installation and then roll your system back to Windows 7 or 8.
- Don’t accept or agree to the terms and conditions.
Each option has its own set of consequences.
If go through the installation and then roll it back, that’s a major time suck. However, we have not encountered any problems with getting old systems back and running again. If you don’t accept or agree to the upgrade, you will lose your entitlement to the free upgrade – at least so far as we can determine. We have not gone through the process of trying to reclaim it.
To make your best decision on whether to accept the upgrade to Windows 10, make sure you are clear on what you need.
We firmly recommend the Windows 10 upgrade because it has a lot of new security measures, and the support for security and bug fixes are crucial to keeping data safe. For home and SOHO systems and for offices that are not using highly customized application software, the upgrade should work well. However, if your application software will not work with Windows 10 or not work as well as it should, we recommend that you keep your present Windows OS. Application software developers and publishers are working to upgrade most packages, but we all know that it’s a complex endeavor.
If you need to reinstall Windows 7 for any reason, it’s still a pain, but Microsoft has released an update to cover all the updates as a one-time deal. That will ease the pain somewhat, but the longer you wait – assuming you have a choice about when to do it – the more updates you’ll need to install manually going forward.
If you have any questions at all about Windows 10 and any other version of the OS, please contact us as soon as possible by phone – 973-433-6676 – or email. We can answer your questions or schedule any work that needs to be done to keep your system running smoothly and safely.