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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Scott No Mates, 15th Sep, 2015.

  1. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    I keep getting the message that I need to reserve my copy of Windows 10.

    What happens if I don't - will I miss out? :)

    That'd be a shame.
     
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    You have a whole year to apply for it.
    But if u miss it, you miss it
     
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    I keep getting the same message but refuse to download it. I know several people who's computers have crashed badly after downloading 10 ... and online searches show that it is nothing but trouble.

    My current computer came with windows 8.1 - but I really miss my 7
     
  4. Simon Hampel

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    What are you running now? If you already have Windows 8 and are happy with how it works - I wouldn't bother upgrading, just wait until you get a new computer.

    I can't be bothered looking up to see when EOL is for Windows 7, but again, if you are happy with how it works don't bother upgrading - it should still work for a few more years until you get a new computer.

    The only reason I would consider upgrading to 10 is if I was reinstalling the OS on an old machine - otherwise, if it isn't broken, don't try and fix it.
     
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  5. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    My Windows came with glazing. When I opened my Windows I got breeze. A downside of opening windows was noise.

    I upgraded my windows I ended up with double glazing. I can no longer open my windows and get breeze. It did stop noise.

    Windows upgrades aren't always for the better.
     
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  6. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Windows are far less perishable than Apples
     
  7. kamchatsky

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    I have Windows 10 right now on my Macbook Pro, and it is definitely much better experience than Windows 8. So I would upgrade from Windows 8 but probably wait until early next year when they have service packs comes out if you want to avoid bugs on initial releases.

    If you still have Windows 7 and older hardware I would not upgrade.
     
  8. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    We've upgraded our Windows 8 systems and are quite happy with it. We've left the Windows 7 machines alone.
     
  9. devank

    devank Look, lets just get on with this, ok? Premium Member

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    DON'T!
    I installed windows 10 on a 3 year old PC. Everything was stuffed up. Internet was dropping every so often.
    I reformatted the whole thing and installed the windows 7. All stable now.
     
  10. jaybean

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    The side by side window snap feature has been improved in Win 10. When you snap the first window to the left or right, the next half automatically shows a grid of thumbnails of all your other open apps. It's probably one of the best OS features I have ever seen. If you work with dozens of browsers, spreadsheets etc, this is a god send. I would recommend an upgrade for this feature alone.
     
  11. Davothegreat

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    EOL (specifically, the extended support date) for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is 14th January 2020. If you're not running SP1 for whatever reason then you're already EOL.

    Windows 8 runs until 10th January 2023 but only if you upgrade to 8.1, otherwise you're out of support come 13th November 2015 (or 12th Jan 2016 depending on what table you read).

    For those of you running older OS's, Windows XP and older are long gone but Windows Vista with SP2 is supported until 11th April 2017.
     
  12. Simon Hampel

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    Thanks Davo - confirms what I suspected ... Win 7 SP1 and Win 8.1 are perfectly fine for continued use until you replace your computer.
     
  13. chylld

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    Same here, 2 Win8 laptops upgraded flawlessly to Win10. New (old?) start menu is so much better.
     
  14. Simon Hampel

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    Yes, I use window snap all the time and was quite interested to see what other UI improvements they had included in Win 10.

    I'm looking forward to trying it - but my Win 8.1 workstation is stable and performing well, so I'm not going to upgrade at this point.

    (I never actually "upgrade" an OS, I'll only ever install from scratch - and I don't have time to do that right now. If I was somehow forced to do so, I'd probably install a fresh copy of Win 10 at that point).
     
  15. Davothegreat

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    FYI for those of you who work with enterprise environments (or home ones large enough to justify the use of KMS - minimum 25 clients), be aware you can not activate Windows 10 clients from a KMS host server running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or earlier - you now have to run KMS host on 2012 or 2012 R2 Server. I haven't checked specifically yet but I'd imagine the same will apply for activating Office 2016 KMS clients since they are using the same updated KMS binaries.
     
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    This used to be my approach too, only ever did clean installs. Win 10 however was so simple, get it going with a few clicks, go away for a while and come back and it's win 10 with all your apps and settings intact. For me it was as smooth as upgrading firefox/chrome :)
     
  17. jaybean

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    Me too, but you have no choice in Windows 10. You need to follow this path:

    1) Upgrade, to get the new license key
    2) Restore your pc (basically a clean install)

    #2 is so easy these days, so it wasn't much more work than an old school clean install
     
  18. Simon Hampel

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    You could just buy it - or wait until you get a new computer.
     
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    Oh when it first came out you couldn't buy it outright. It was upgrade only. I guess things have changed.
     
  20. Simon Hampel

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    Probably just logistics.

    They seem to have put a lot of emphasis on encouraging as many people to upgrade as possible as early as possible - possibly to make their "adoption rates" look far better than they otherwise might have been.