I've been using W10 since it came out last year. It was horrendous at first, many crashes, bugs, freezes, start bar not letting us load any app, couldn't even open the start menu, Intel Management Engine interface had a bug that, when putting laptop to sleep, upon waking it up it was a black screen, so we were forced to shut down (had to downgrade intel's version), etc..
Now it's functioning quite smooth without any issue. There are still some issues here and there, small bugs, but nothing major. What bothers me, however, is that they don't know what they're doing with the control panel/settings. They have some options in Settings, then you have to go Control Panel for the rest. I really miss having only the control panel, it had so many options, settings, etc.
I have a quad core i7 with 16GB of ram and an SSD and there are no slowdowns/lag (except with Chrome/Firefox lol) but there is the occasional weird "thinking" time of Windows 10, like it gets confused and bugs out. I think it's being solved slowly by Microsoft. I believe it needs another year to be stable, but I'm glad I got it for free.
I really like the Store though and it improves this OS tremendously. I like the start menu a lot, but not so much the square icons in All programs. Same issue with Windows 10 Mobile, and that's why I can't move from Android to it (also missing some apps but not so necessary).
I wanted to move to an Apple laptop (even though I don't like Apple) but their laptops' specs aren't very good. I have a GTX 970M which runs all games at ultra, but Apple's laptops have really bad graphics cards.
I also thought about Ubuntu or another distro, but the lack of apps that I need for work (Photoshop, MS Office 2016, etc.), and the fact that I have to code to install some apps (lol??) leads me away from it.
Being a late beta tester of this OS I can say for sure that you got quite some reasons to upgrade to Windows 10. And quite some reasons to NOT do it too.
The good: they did manage to bring the best of 7 and 8 together (they kinda admit they f***** up 8), the dreaded dictatorship of "this is your start screen. Deal with it" is gone, you can chose both the 7ish start (with custom tiles on the left, possibly program or folder shortcuts), or that full screen thing I hated the most on 8. The notifications bar on side is one of the best ideas they could take from phones (this and the e-mail app. I finally actually check e-mails on the PC, real time. And it notifies me on the side bar). Bluetooth works mostly like a phone, so BT audio is fast and easy, and top quality transmission over any generic dongle you have. Media reproduction got a lot better with FLAC support and such, including ripping CDs to FLAC (f*** yo who don't like CDs, I do and ripping them is a necessity for me, it won't get in your way anyway).
In short they took Windows 7, 8 and phone OSes on one PC OS and it was a great idea.
Now the ugly side...
Updates are forced. Simple as that, even the pro version (mine) got completely forced updates, with no more than a "reboot to update when you want! I'll nag you meanwhile till I'm pleased". Not to mention they sometimes screw up stuff hard. My WLAN got the axe recently on latest release, that was supposed to bring BETTER STABILITY. Yep. They poked what was good and messed it up, classical. But now you got no option but to accept that update. Rolling back is an option, but if you got an SSD you'll run out of space quickly.
Every single update ruins my soundcard's configurations and it takes quite some (illogical) messing on the configurations from 24 bit back to 16 then again 24. Not guaranteed to not jam meanwhile. Windows Defender is a total nagware, every single antivirus software can be disabled for good or temporarily. Defender can't. It will activate again on reboot. Also it's pretty much the same as no antivirus anyway. Not to mention some online games get messed up by it, getting absurd ping spikes (TERA Rising is one of these), sometimes even insane loading screens.
I recommend people trying it. But don't fall on hypes. It can get ugly or be a shining light. It actually fixed my SSD glitches I had on 7, and made some simple tasks like e-mail unbelievably functional, but it's a pain in the *** sometimes.
For those people always complaining, please be advise that before you say something or words why don't you try it first on your self, for you to see WHAT is DIFFERENCE, for me before I say something, like this two OS Android And Windows, I try using Android OS is cool but some hidden problem that up to now they didn't resolved, Android OS some Apps., running on your background smartphone, even your not using, and before you experience the smoothness of you smartphone you need a high memory. Compare to Windows even if you have 2gb of ram it work fine and speed no log compare to Android. I know in Windows 10 still have error, but the good news is Microsoft doing their best to solve and fix those error that's why they have updates, and that's the good news. All do Android have an update but it's rare.
AnonD-136279, 04 Jul 2016There is absolutely NO good reason to upgrade to Windows 10 when the system is running smooth ... moreDepends on the laptop manufacturer. I have upgraded to Windows 10 on my 6 years old Toshiba laptop and it works perfect.
Simply install Ubuntu and forget constant bugging about updates pay for antivirus... . everything. .. For a normal user like me will be happy with Ubuntu laptop... There will be android laptops too. Hp already started with a android laptop I believe.....
Anonymous, 04 Jul 2016Even windows XP is fastest on my system.bound to be xp, is optimised for really old hardware, whereas 10 is newer os and newer os are optimised for capable hardware in the middle and higher and run as smooth if not smoother.
Anonymous, 04 Jul 2016Updating your fully functional Windows 7 to the Windows 10 disaster will most likely make your... moreall the programs that ive used in 7 work as do the drivers work if it runs really really well with 7 then it will run flawlessly with 10. you know you can turn off/ choose not to use certain features and that extra data is collected through those features only, otherwise it uses the same amount as 7 does. Please do not spread bs by following the its a spyware os "crap"
Anonymous, 04 Jul 2016Windows 10 is the reason why my next laptop will be from Apple, even though I "hate" Apple!or maybe how about diagnosing the problems by doing abit of google or maybe install osx/ linux or your laptop
There is absolutely NO good reason to upgrade to Windows 10 when the system is running smooth on an old hardware, which then becomes sluggish and unresponsive. Heck, i've even seen year old and two year old new laptops which becomes sluggish after the upgrade.
mir, 04 Jul 2016119$ dollars for something that has 1 year old bugs that have never been addressed by any of t... moreWindows 10 is the reason why my next laptop will be from Apple, even though I "hate" Apple!
Updating your fully functional Windows 7 to the Windows 10 disaster will most likely make your laptop... unusable because even though programs from W7 work on W10 your drivers, graphics card..., do not! W10 is spyware, your privacy will be gone!
I sticke to Windows 7 cuz it is faster. And i stopped Windows Update . SO i have no more problems with these UPDATE CRAPS.