Friday, April 17, 2015

Windows 10

Microsoft will provide an upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 for free, for a period of one year from the release of Windows 10. There are some important details to this deal that were revealed, and a few that weren’t. In my talk with Woodman, I got what I think is the definitive take on who will have to pay for Windows 10 and when, and who will not.
- Marc Miller

I think this might be Microsoft's last chance


pdwalker said...

Win 7, worthy successor to XP. A vista without all the bugs, bad performance and annoyances.

Win 8.x? What were they smoking? Not that you could actually smoke something when you're suffering a rectal-cranial inversion like they must have experienced. There's no other rational explanation (the closest being that Apple has advanced mind control techniques).

Win 10? The jury is out. Some of the early testers have said they've seen improvements. Every Win 8 user should upgrade. Win 7? You just might want to hold off until the results are in.

My main windows machine is still running XP. I'm thinking of upgrading to Win7, real soon now.

OregonGuy said...

I have one Win 7, three XP and one Win 98.

I no longer update Java on the XP machines. So, vulnerability. In favour of utility.

Win 98 never crashes. Used for production.

PD, when you decide to upgrade, would you post--somewhere--your steps, and how it worked? I've heard that you want to upgrade from XP to 7. Then upgrade to 10.

Plus, differences between 32-bit and 64-bit system installs. I have machines sitting idly in case one of my system machines gets fried.


Ralph Gizzip said...

Win 7 @ work has taken awhile to get used to (from XP) Office 2013 is especially different.

Running Linux MINT @ home and it's fantastic! The stuff it came pre-loaded with is every bit as good as Microshit or Apple.

MAX Redline said...

Interestingly, they don't mention what any (or if any) hardware requirements apply to a Win10 transition. I've got one running Vista - which despite complaints of bugginess, rarely has a problem - a couple running Win7 and a couple running 8.1

Also one running SuSe, but hey.

Transition from Vista to 10 isn't possible; hardware and driver issues. Not a problem, since Vista's stable and the daughter likes it.

7 needed some minor upgrades and driver changes when going from XP.

8.1 needed no changes to transition from 7.

As is always the case with transitions, I find it best to wait and watch.

Anonymous said...

About a year ago, my old computer, a Gateway with XP, died. I replaced it with an HP with Windows 8.1. I hate the 8.1 and want my old XP back. Like last year.


pdwalker said...


When I say, "upgrade" what I mean is go from an older computer running XP to a newer computer with a fresh install of Win7.

No way in hell would I bother trying to upgrade in place. That way leads to madness.

What I've actually done is converted my XP machine into a virtual machine, got a new computer and installed Win 7 cleanly. If I want access to the xp machine, I can fire up the virtual machine any time I like while I continue to run Win 7.

(With multiple monitors, one monitor can be assigned to the vm, and the other to the main computer)

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