Dispelling Myths about Windows 10

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A few myths I wish to dispel about Windows 10:

Part of the reason many people have not made the move from Windows 7 to 10 is the misinformation spread by other I.T. communities (usually the Mac /or Linux fans) as well as ignorant “tech journalists” and IT managers that have become too set in their ways and don’t want to change.

These are some common myths perpetuated about Windows 10.

Myth #1: “Windows 10 functions and looks radically different from Windows 7.” It does not. In its current state, functionality is virtually identical and if you want it to look even more like Windows 7, a simple free app can make the start menu look even more so. (see Myth #4)

Myth #2: “Microsoft software / Windows 10 is buggy?” Absolute nonsense. I have supported thousands of Windows 10 PC’s, notebooks and tablets (slates) over the past few years. It’s an incredibly stable, reliable and robust platform. I know users that haven’t restarted in weeks (except when I forced them to do an update). As for other Microsoft platforms, I’ve had Windows Servers perform flawlessly for years without a reboot except for necessary security updates.

Myth #3: “Windows 10 forces you to do updates.” By far, the largest complaint about Windows are the regular updates and the myth that Windows 10 updates are “forced”. Most of the automatic (and inconvenient) restart issues have long been addressed and can be scheduled. These updates are free and necessary to keep you safe. It is not Microsoft’s fault that they have to adapt, change their software so frequently and fight so hard to protect your data, your computer from malicious security vulnerabilities and hacking attacks. You can blame the hackers and virus creators for that. Would you rather not be protected?

Myth #4: “Windows 10 doesn’t have customisation.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. If you think a company with 80% market share has no third-party development support, you are dead wrong. If you want to change something, just google it and you will probably find it. An example is this video to show how to make you Windows 10 look / behave like Mac OS Mojave:

Myth #5: “Windows 10 needs a more powerful computer and is slower.” Windows 10 starts up faster than Windows 7 and the installed product uses less hard disk space. It is considerably faster and more streamlined. Windows 10, will probably run better, faster, more reliably and most certainly more securely than Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 – even on older hardware.

Myth #6: “I will have to buy all-new software moving from Windows 7 to 10.” Almost any free software that is available for Linux or Mac is available for Windows 10. In addition, if your old Windows 7 software is only about 10 years old (about 2010 versions), you will probably find most of it works just fine.

Myth #7: “Windows 10 is a bug-ridden mess.” This is actually laughable. I have supported thousands of users over the years and many that don’t ever restart their PC or notebook except for he occasional updates. Microsoft is constantly improving and optimising Windows 10 and it is rock solid.

Myth #8: “Windows 10 is a not secure” Think about this. Why does Windows 10 get so many regular, free security updates compared to Linux or Mac? It is because they are constantly watching for threats to your system and addressing them as soon as they appear. Security updates are a necessary evil. Add to that built-in Windows Defender which protects you against Malware and Viruses as well as “User Access Control” to prevent bad apps installing as well as “Smart Screen” to protect you against phishing attempts to steal your information, protect you from malware on Web Sites.

So, that’s it for now. More to follow.