Windows 10: Six Months Later

David Campbell
By Technology

Microsoft Corp. released its newest operating system, Windows 10, about six months ago. This article will update comments published in Financial Navigator’s newsletter for Q3-2015. At that time, we recommended you wait before upgrading your computers.

When that opinion was issued, shortly after the release of Windows 10, we felt it was prudent to allow time for the system’s inevitable bugs to be worked out. Since then, Microsoft has continued to make improvements and its newest operating system has received widespread adoption. With 200 million devices now running on Windows 10, we felt it was time to revisit this topic.

FNI’s Experience

At FNI, our experience with Windows 10 has been very encouraging. The computers we upgraded to Windows 10 are running fine and the Financial Navigator family office software we run on those computers are also performing with no problems.  As a result, upgrading to Windows 10 may now be a good choice for you.

Please note: FNI only supports version FN 9.0 and newer, so no attempt was made to test older versions of our Family Office accounting software and Trust and Estate accounting software.

Some Concerns

The news is not all positive, however. There are certain aspects of Windows 10 that many users have expressed strong concern over, including:

  1. Privacy concerns with the collection of personal data
  2. Trouble with Wi-Fi connections
  3. Issues with child safety features when upgrading to Windows 10
  4. No Windows Media Center in Windows 10

We point these out to help you make a well-informed decision. Fortunately, there are many excellent reviews available on the Web where these issues are discussed.

Recommendation

We believe the decision to upgrade ultimately depends on two factors:

  • Which version of the the MS operating system you are using.
  • Whether your are happy with your current operating system.

Windows 7 Users – If you are using Windows 7 today and are happy with it, updating is not recommended. Windows 7 is a reliable, well-functioning product that will be supported till 2020.

Windows 8.0 or 8.1 Users – If you are using Windows 8.x, we recommend an upgrade. However, before upgrading you need to check the other software you use, to ensure its compatibility with Windows 10. Also, ALWAYS backup your computer on external media before upgrading. Here is an excellent article that will guide you through the upgrade process, as well as suggest optimal settings after the upgrade.

Please note: Microsoft’s free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 is available only until July 29th, 2016.   

Final Thoughts

If you do upgrade to Windows 10, remember to periodically check your privacy settings, especially after a regular Windows update. The updates can often cause your preferences to revert back to the default Windows settings, which you probably do not want.

Your Experience

If you have upgraded to Windows 10, we would like to hear about your experience so we can share it with other readers. Please email us at: editor@finnav.com