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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:09

One good reason not to upgrade to Windows 10 Featured

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The push is apparently on by Microsoft to make users, especially consumers, upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10.

I use the word apparently, because I haven't seen any sign of it happening on the lone Windows 7 computer which I have at home. In January, I turned off automatic updates on this box and now update it manually, installing only the must-have security updates.

The last updates on this machine were done on Sunday, May 15. I have seen no sign of any forced upgrade to Windows 10 – yet.

Turning off automatic updates does put one at some risk but this is a risk I am prepared to take.

There is one simple reason to avoid upgrading to Windows 10 – it is damn slow. At first, I thought this was my fault as I run it on a machine I built myself and upgraded from Window 8.1. This box has an i7 processor and 16 GB of memory, sufficient to run two GNU/Linux distributions, which are on the same PC, at acceptable speeds.

But after seeing similar behaviour on a Dell Inspiron laptop with a top-end i7 processor and 16 gig of memory, I am now convinced that Windows 10 is another brain-dead effort from Microsoft.

A friend bought this laptop three months back and is simply amazed at the treacle-like behaviour of the operating system. He has an older machine, a Lenovo Thinkpad, running Windows 7 with an i3 and 4 GB of memory and it runs at an acceptable speed.

What does one need to make Windows 10 perform at an acceptable speed? If there are some hidden tips and tricks, why doesn't Microsoft publicise them? It would eradicate doubts from the minds of some who are hesitant to make the upgrade.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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