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Ask an Editor: Should You Take the Free Upgrade to Windows 10?

It might sound pretty tempting, but launch day bugs haunt every PC release. Our advice is to wait before you update.
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Welcome to another Ask an Editor column, in which our knowledgeable DealNews staffers answer your questions about shopping, saving, and making the most of your hard-earned dollars. Check out our latest inquiry, and then read the details below about how you can submit a question of your own!


Question: Could you guys could do a piece on whether to take or not take the free Windows 10 upgrade? -Kevin

Response From Our Features Writer, Marcy Bonebright:

The conventional wisdom on Windows operating systems goes that you should wait out the first few major patches, if not the first-gen release altogether. However, there are two wrinkles in that logic when it comes to Windows 10.

First of all, Windows 10 is doing away with Microsoft's traditional "Patch Tuesday" model, where the company would roll out large batches of updates on a predictable schedule. Instead, Windows 10 will be updated more often, as the patches are ready.

On the whole, this sounds like a good thing for the users, as we can expect fewer patching-related delays, not to mention more real-time protection against OS vulnerabilities. But releasing a new OS to millions of systems worldwide is sure to reveal a vast number of bugs — every PC gamer knows to avoid launch-day play of a new title for this very reason.

That said, the second thing that might affect your decision to adopt is that Windows 10 is being rolled out in phases. The official launch day is July 29, but only members of the Windows Insider program will get their hands on a download. This makes sense, because these users have been beta-testing builds of the new OS for months. Windows 7 and 8.1 users who reserved a copy will have the next shot, and so on.

This tiered approach to launch, paired with more dynamic updates, could actually iron out many of Windows 10's worst bugs before you ever hit that download button. Depending on how quickly Microsoft's team can adapt, this could be the smoothest OS transition in Microsoft's history — or an embarrassment that eclipses even Windows 8.

Should you take the free upgrade? Absolutely. By all accounts, Windows 10 is a worthy successor to Windows 7. But considering that the update will be free for at least a year, you lose nothing by waiting awhile. Let the early adopters take care of the initial wave of rollout bugs, and then you can settle into your new OS with ease.

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Marcy pens consumer news stories of all sorts, in addition to adding pithy prose to many of the roundups you see every day. Her work for DealNews has appeared on sites like Lifehacker, the Huffington Post, and MSN Money. She is by far the most metal member of the DealNews staff, and you can see why by following her on Twitter @ThatBonebright.
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SeecretSqur1s
@Brian.n.Lisa: Bitlocker does work with Windows 8/8.1. However, you need at least "Pro" version. For Windows 10, new encryption has been introduced, but I haven't seen if it's only file level or whole drive. Even if you don't have a TPM chip, you can use a usb key to hold the encryption keys, but it requires that the key be always present on the system. You can see a tutorial on how to enable it here for PC's without TPM
http://www.howtogeek.com/...on-drives-without-tpm/
Kyser_Soze
I use WMC for 3 cable DVRs, so I won't be upgrading those 3 PCs. Compared to cable DVRs, WMC was a superior product that the majority of computer users never new existed.
Brian.n.Lisa
One question I have is will Windows 10 break Truecrypt system/whole disk encryption which is already in place on Windows 7 machines? I already know it can't be used with existing Windows 8.1 machines. "Absolutely " seems a bit absolute...

And yes, I know the Truecrypt team recommended moving over to Bitlocker but doing so particularly under Windows 10 will pose its own costs and issues if you don't happem to have a TPM chip.
HisSon
It's my understanding that even if you reserve early, you have the whole year to install it. Can anyone confirm that?
COMPUTIAC
Windows 10 Forum.
http://www.tenforums.com/

This site is dedicated to all thing's Windows 10.
You can look up any question's you have or you can choose to join it free.

Joining allows you to ask any question you may have.
The only requirement to join is a valid email address.

You can also watch How-to video's on YouTube produced by member's of the same site.
https://www.youtube.com/user/KariTheFinn/videos

Join in the excitement and watch the Launch Party on the 29th.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQo0yG9jLTI
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