Windows 10 Six Months Later

After Six Months with Windows 10

February 1st 2016, Microsoft is stepping up their push to convert Win 7 and 8 PC’s.  To that end Microsoft has changed the upgrade classification of Windows 10 to a “Recommended Update” instead of the prior “Optional Update.”

Message from Microsoft

“Early next year, we expect to be re-categorizing Windows 10 as a “Recommended Update”. Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device. Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue. And of course, if you choose to upgrade (our recommendation!), then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it.”

What this means for anyone who is still running Windows 7 or 8:  1. If you are not ready to upgrade when it kicks off, be sure to tell it NOT to continue.  2. If you are ready to update and continue, it will start downloading the upgrade file which is around 3.5 GB.  If you are on a slow connection this could tie up your bandwidth for hours to days.  If you are on a metered connection then it will use that much of your bandwidth.

If you would prefer to wait a little longer and you don’t want the update to kick off automatically, go to the control panel, click on “windows update” and then “change settings”.  Uncheck the box below Recommended updates.  There is no word yet if or when they may change the upgrade to an Important update which will push it through even if you make this change.

What Are You Waiting For?

All that aside, if you are running a system on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, what are you waiting for?  It’s been six months since Windows 10 was released.  The initial bugs have been worked out.  Is everything perfect?  No, and it never will be – that is why there are updates and upgrades to keep software moving forward, and hopefully ever improving.  I do work with several businesses that use software that has not been approved for use with Windows 10 yet so they are holding on.  If you are in that situation, then you will want to make the change in your control panel so that the upgrade is not initiated before you are ready.  The Windows 10 conversion marches on.  It has surpassed Windows XP, Windows 8 and 8.1 in market share.

Desktop OS Market Share Jan 2016

Operating System Total Market Share
Windows 7 52.47%
Windows 10 11.85%
Windows XP 11.42%
Windows 8.1 10.40%
Mac OS X 10.11 3.44%
Windows 8 2.68%
Mac OS X 10.10 2.33%
Linux 1.71%
Windows Vista 1.69%
Mac OS X 10.9 0.86%
Mac OS X 10.6 0.37%
Mac OS X 10.7 0.30%
Mac OS X 10.8 0.30%
Windows NT 0.08%
Mac OS X 10.5 0.06%
Mac OS X 10.4 0.02%
Windows 2000 0.01%
Windows 98 0.00%
Mac OS X (no version reported) 0.00%


Deadline Looming (Maybe)

According to Microsoft, they will stop the free upgrades in July of 2016 – one year after starting them.  There is speculation, though, that they won’t follow through on that threat.  Their goal is to get as many computers updated to Windows 10 as they can.  Cutting off the free upgrades will not help with that goal.  If they do follow through, then there is less than six months left to get it done for free.  As always if you have any questions, concerns, or need help with any computer needs, please contact me.

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