November 16, 2015

Windows 10 Myths vs. Facts

On the heels of its release, there are scores of naysayers across the boards spreading misinformation about Microsoft’s newest OS. If you’re hesitant to get the upgrade because of things you read on the Internet, dig a little deeper and find out the truth. Windows 10 myths are all over, and we’re here to separate them from the facts.

Myth: Microsoft is spying on Windows 10 users

Microsoft is not spying on its users. Windows 10 does collect and send data to Microsoft, such as recordings of your voice when you talk to Cortana or crash data, but this data is collected in order to ensure that things work better in the future.

And to top it all off, you can turn off most of these features. Telemetry data cannot be turned off, however (although enterprise users do have that option). Microsoft has been collecting this kind of data since Windows XP. This isn’t news. The kind of data collection going on in Windows 10 is pretty normal for most operating systems.

Myth: Windows is unstable

When the OS was first launched, it may have had its share of glitches. But now, 4 months into its release and Windows 10 feels totally different. The OS has improved thanks to updates and drivers and third-party softwares have also gotten better.

Some of these fixes are thanks to the telemetry data that Microsoft collects from Windows 10 when it crashes.

Myth: Windows 10’s forced update policy is dangerous

If your update is misconfigured, it can definitely crash your system, but more systems are trashed by people who don’t update their OS and are then hit by malware.

There’s always a risk when updating your system, but is this a good reason to not update? Never. Rapid patching is the best way to keep a system secure, regardless of which operating system you use. To suggest that users do not install updates is irresponsible and dangerous. Instead, contact Genatec to insure your update is done in the safest way!

Myth: Windows 10 limits performance, especially on older systems.

This is simply not true. Most systems that were tested with Windows 10 appeared to be working faster and more efficiently. Upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 has a negligible effect on the speed of the system. Some older systems could feel a little slower, but the OS and driver updates bring back lost performance.

The Final Verdict

Windows 10 is a good OS, despite what the rumour mill is spreading. It offers improved security and not much of a learning curve for Windows 8.1 users. For Windows 7 users, it gives the opportunity to try something new and improved. If the Windows 10 compatibility checker says you can update your system, what are you waiting for? Contact Genatec and we will be more than happy to guide you!

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