Windows 10 for club computers (not)

Microsoft’s offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 expires the end of this month. I’ve had one friend say she’s happy with her new Windows 10, and one club member tell me he upgraded to Windows 10 and was happy with it because it worked just like Windows 7. So I’ve thought about it one last time, but decided not to, because:

  • There’s been no demand for it from club members in general.
  • To the extent that it’s different from Windows 7 it makes the PCs harder to use. To the extent it’s the same, the point of upgrading is not clear.
  • There is a new default browser, and our PC users mainly use the browser.
  • I may only discover problems some time after installing the upgrade, like the one noted in this May 30 article in The Economist:

… there does seem to be a fundamental flaw in the way the latest build of Windows 10 manages its WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. For instance, when the machine being tested goes to sleep, it loses its wireless connection. No amount of fiddling with Windows 10’s settings, drivers and trouble-shooting (next to useless) will then fix the problem. Even online forums have offered little in the way of help. The only solution is to reboot the machine, so it can re-discover the network gateway. Meanwhile, even though they are properly paired, numerous attempts have to be made to get Windows 10 to detect the machine’s Bluetooth keyboard. Such annoyances may be unique to the set-up concerned, but they are justification enough to ditch Windows 10 for the time being.

When we decide we want new PCs, they will come with Windows 10. That’s soon enough.

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