Microsoft is not holding back on the push to get Windows users to upgrade to the new Windows 10 OS. They are stepping it up in the early part of 2016 where they will take the update to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and 8.x users from being “Optional” in Windows Update, to “Recommended”.
What does this mean to you? This means that if you are running Windows 7 or newer and have Windows Updates set to automatic, Windows 10 will automatically attempt to download itself on your system. It will automatically install itself without input from you, but it will download the entire copy to your drive on it’s own. Hopefully you will be connected to WiFi or a home connection when it happens. Once downloaded, it will prompt the user to continue or cancel.
Is it a little invasive?–Possibly. However, Microsoft is also trying to make a mad push towards getting the Windows user community up-to-snuff with all of the latest enhancements to OS security and support. It’s harder for Windows to claim a position in the secure world when many users refuse to keep updated, and Microsoft can’t waste all of their resources offering support to every version of Windows prior to the current release because of their stubbornness to catch up with the times.
In the end though, you know this will anger a LOT of users if they don’t see it coming and aren’t ready for the leap. I know I for one am still a solid fan of Windows 7–Not so much 8.x though. I as well as everyone of us here have systems running Windows 10 and like it, to an extent. So far, most of us agree that Windows 10 performs quite well on well-built desktops that were once running 7 or 8. However, there wasn’t a single laptop that we installed Windows 10 on that didn’t completely fall apart. Slow, glitchy and all-around a nightmare making us want to downgrade back to the previous version. So this means only the new models that were designed for Windows 10 are performing well, but if your laptop is old, even if it was within just the last 3-5 years, it may not do so well. Maybe your experience will or has been better than ours but we have clocked 8 laptops so far, including Gateway’s P-7805u FX-series which has always run pretty well, that just don’t run smoothly with the new OS.
So what if you are welcoming the new OS? Well you can wait till it happens or do it now as it does pop up as an optional update. Or, you can find the download process hiding in your system tray as a white Windows logo as an icon, which has more than likely been popping up all sorts of prompts asking you to download it. We do recommend replacing your main C drive with an SSD though. You will see one of the greatest improvements in Windows 10 if you do so. If you build your own desktops and consider yours to be any form of a “beast”, then you can rest assured that it will probably be a lot of fun. Of course as long as the system was built or purchased within the last 5 years, you should also be pretty safe. You want a quad-core CPU, preferably 2.8ghz or higher with at least 4GB of memory–preferably 8+ if you really want it to run well. A good video card helps and proper cooling for your hardware.
Our best smallest example that ran quite smoothly–We built a 2.8ghz Intel Core2 quad-core system with just 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 2GB GDDR5 video card (Nvidia) and a 480GB Seagate SSD. The SSD, as mentioned a moment ago, was the best factor in the equation towards a solid system. It ran great, although we seem to have issues with Windows 10 booting up to only see stereo available for audio being sent down the connected HDMI at times. It works more often than it doesn’t but it still seems to have a little trouble. It’s actually connected to a 7.1 Yamaha receiver for both video and sound, and typically offers stereo through 7.1 as options in the audio properties of the playback device. If that’s the worst thing–albeit for us very annoying–then you don’t have much to fear so far with Windows 10.
However, what if you are not ready for it yet and would prefer to shun it for the time being? Simply adjust your Windows Update settings to prompt you before downloading anything. If you are always connected to a data connection that doesn’t have limited bandwidth, you could also just let it does its thing and then tell it no when the time comes. The choice comes down to user preference.