Today (July 29) is Windows 10 day. Yes, for those who reserved in advance their upgrade from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 to Windows 10, the upgrade is starting to become available for download. I have five Windows machines (one on 7, four on 8.1) - yes, I am a hopeless geek! Of those five machines, only my main machine, a Dell desktop, has so far received the notification that Windows 10 is available for download. So I did something incredibly stupid.
Never NEVER Never Never install a major upgrade on your primary production computer when it is first available. There will be bugs. Some bugs will break key hardware or software. This Dell desktop is the machine I use to run my virtual appellate law practice, write and edit the Affinity newsletter, and keep all of my personal data and documents. Wisdom suggests that it be the last to be upgraded to Windows 10. But given my incurable geekery, I couldn't stop from taking the plunge.
I responded to the onscreen notification, agreed, and let the process run its course while I walked my dog along the beautiful shoreline of Tampa Bay.
The fact that I am creating this blog post on that very same Dell, but now running Windows 10, means the upgrade completed without any major issues. The only post-install message I received was to upgrade the driver to my Logitech webcam. All of my important applications, including my mission critical install of PCLaw. seem to function normally. Even my necessary MS Word add-ons, Best Authority and WordRake, still seem to be working.
I am sure issues will arise. But for now, Microsoft is not asking that I pay a price for being incredibly stupid. Maybe this really is a new Microsoft.
Eventually, I predict this will be one of the best versions of Windows, perhaps equaling or surpassing XP and 7.
But, like unprotected sex, why take the risk. Instead, take a cold shower and wait it out.