I have a hard time making some decisions in life and upgrading to windows 10 is a rather complicated decision with the variety of opinions... <---underlined to stress the meaning of that word.
I see people bragging about upgrading and being VERY happy with it... saying it works better and it's the best windows yet. And, I still see people fighting this to the death saying how evil it is and how everyone should avoid it at all costs. There's SO much info out there it makes my head spin... I can't keep quite informed enough and I hate making decisions without being informed. But, what does it mean to be informed on this? Two people can know the same things about the OS and feel differently about it.
Even here... I can speculate the responses here. Some will say "it's good, try it." and some will say "stay away at all costs, 7 is better", and others will tell me that if I'm unsure, not to bother. Those are all opinions... ultimately, yes, it's my opinion that matters but, I don't know what my opinion is. And that's frustrating.
I have a windows 7 machine that could be running better... I have a new hdd that I still have not installed but plan to. I am considering a dual boot with linux that I may or may not ever use... just in case... but, I am still torn on the windows 10 thing. Part of me wants to stick with windows 7 to not compromise anything but, can I say that windows 10 is going to be a bigger security or privacy risk than windows 7 is or will become? Biggest detraction from upgrading is windows media center. I have no idea why they'd do away with that. That's how I watch tv sometimes through a tv tuner card. There are ways around that, apps you can download etc... so that's not a deal breaker by any means.
I consider windows 10 for simple reasons... newer OS's usually work better overall... startup speeds, etc. Privacy issues aside, newer operating systems are typically "better" in some good ways. I'm also interested in the apps... games and other apps that can be found for free and might be fun. There are free games on windows 8 even that you simply cannot get on windows 7. This is not a life or death matter by any means... but, it's one of the things I'm interested in when it comes to upgrading.
To make an informed opinion you really need to weigh the options... the pros and cons...
But, I'm having a difficult time making those comparisons. I've been going back and forth for months and months. I want this "new" thing yet, I don't want to regret it later... neither side is winning and that frustrates me. HA.
I've scrolled through some of the discussions and I see other people are pretty firm in what they believe but, they're all divided. The people for it are all for it... the people against it are all against it.
IF someone messes with enough of the settings, are the privacy concerns really much worse than anything someone not using windows 10 faces? People practically sign their lives away to many of the websites they sign up to... never reading privacy policies. I mean, it seems the only way to be safe, secure, and anonymous online is to not be online. How much more is windows 10 spying on you? And what are the chances that after the free upgrade, the older versions of windows wont all of the sudden have just as much to worry about?
I hope people can understand and even be patient with my frustration and confusion here. I've tried talking about this before with varying opinions... some of them bordering upon rude. There are some that will tell you that you're an idiot to upgrade... with some sort of attitude that I simply don't understand. What's it to you what someone else does with their computer? How does it affect you in such a way that you'd talk down to others about this topic? I don't understand that.
Lots of thoughts and uncertainties... I wish there was a very simple yet well informed list of reasons why a person should or should not... that were not merely opinion.
I've been okay holding off on the decision but the deadline for the FREE(I'm poor) upgrade is approaching... right now my decision not to upgrade can change... after that date, if I still haven't upgraded it will be too late for me. The finality in that decision leaves me a little anxious. It needs to be a decision I'm at peace with...
wish I trusted technology... or should I say, I wish technology gave me a reason to trust it today. oh I could go on... ha.