Update on Red Keyboard Button.Is it time to commit to installing Windows 10? The short answer is yes. Most of us are going to end up there by summer, but making the move now is a smarter choice than you may realize. That leads us to the long answer…

Lets begin at July 30th, 2016. That’s Microsoft’s (current) deadline for allowing Windows 7 and 8.x users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. While Microsoft hasn’t made it clear, the assumption is that the upgrade will cost some amount of money after the offer expires. For those PC owners that don’t care about spending the money later, you can stop reading now. You’ll be coughing up the fee once support for your version of Windows ends.

For the rest of us, it’s likely that somewhere in the back of our consciousness we’ve already accepted that we’ll be on the Win10 bus by the end of July. Microsoft, however, wants to prod us into pulling the upgrade trailer a bit earlier. And they are navigating an earlier adoption date with several strategies.

First, Windows 10 update files are already being pushed out to qualified PC’s without notification. Although the installation kit is as large as 6 GB, many users have found the update already waiting in a hidden folder on their hard disk. Ready to go when you are… Or maybe even sooner.

Second. Microsoft has announced plans to make the Win10 upgrade an ‘Optional Update’ after the New Year. If you have configured Windows Update to automatically install ‘Important and Optional Updates’ you will likely be surprised to find your PC waiting mid-installation of Win10 one morning in January. While you can cancel the upgrade, it will continue to inconvenience randomly you until installed.

Third. Microsoft further aggravates the situation with plans to promote the Win10 upgrade to an ‘Important Update’. Meaning the only way to then prevent it’s installation is to actually disable Windows Updates altogether. Let that soak in for a moment… Yup. That means your machine will fall behind on protection against exploits, in exchange for avoiding upgrading.

To avoid all this escalation of unpleasantness, it’s probably worth it for many to just drink the Kool-Aid now. Lean into Win10, disable as many of the unpleasant “features” as you like, recover the Start menu (Win8.x users), and get on with your life.

Be sure to read my initial post ‘Should I Say Yes To Windows 10?‘ from a few months back. All the concerns still exist, but there are work-arounds for a number of the shortcomings now. As I mentioned, we’re all going to end up there eventually, but now is the time to commit. Largely because you’ll get to avoid much of the unpleasantness that’s about to start.

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