The biggest reason to hold off on upgrading right now is to give Microsoft a chance to fix bugs. From Bluetooth no longer working to computers not waking up from sleep, there have been plenty of issues. To see the latest problems people are having, check #Windows10fail.
In the coming months, many of these bugs will be patched, which will make an upgrade to Windows 10 a better experience. But don’t wait too long, it’s only free until July 29th, 2016. No such thing as free you say? Well, you’re correct; one article makes the case that The Real Price of Windows 10 is Your Privacy.
If and when you decide to upgrade, here is a checklist to help:
- Backup your data before upgrading
- Make sure your devices, such as printers, are Windows 10 compatible
- Make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements
- Download the upgrade, if it hasn’t downloaded already; it may take 30 min to several hours depending on your Internet connection
- Install the upgrade; it may take 20 minutes to an hour depending on how fast your computer is
- Make sure your computer works as it should; in particular check wi-fi, Bluetooth and sleep functionality
For a more comprehensive article on exactly how to perform the upgrade, follow this migration guide. If you want use Cortana, the Windows voice assistant (like Siri or OK Google), read: How To Use the Cortana Voice Assistant in Windows 10.