My concerns before installing the new Windows 10 versionKnowing that anything could happen and that I am not someone who is good at solving technical problems, I held my breath and hit the upgrade button. But first I did that research I mentioned and found some of things that might be a problem for me:
- I use Windows Media Player, but I read that Windows Media Center would be gone and worried that the albums I had downloaded would disappear. They didn’t. They work fine. But you will need to find a replacement for Windows Media Center (not the same), until they come up with a new version, which may at that time have charges attached. Still unclear. (Meanwhile, just in case, I found a wonderful alternative music manager and player called MusicBee.)
- Also, from things I read online, I worried about compatibility with existing programs and applications. This proved true when it came to my anti-virus software (it had to be removed by the Microsoft tech who helped me and then re-installed by me), as well as some potential issues with my old HP printer software. More on those things later.
- I read that Windows 10 comes with a lot of default settings that for me feel invasive of my privacy. So when I began the upgrade process, I watched the screen carefully and opted for “Customized setup”, which I carefully configured as best I could. (Hoping I did it right.) Also just found out today that by default Windows 10 uses YOUR bandwidth to distribute updates to other people. Look it up. Luckily, if this bothers you, there is a way to turn it off by going to Start, Settings, Update & Security, Windows Update, and then Advanced Options.
- And then there’s automatic updates on date of release. You used to be able to decide about Windows updates (or at least defer them until the bugs are out), but in Windows 10 you get them delivered automatically. Since this is still early in the process, not too surprising that some people report the updates messed something up. So far so good here.
- Being a novice to an OS upgrade, I was also concerned how the upgrade would handle my current settings, including my wallpaper and desktop icons. Everything came back. Phew!
- One more thing that worried me was doing all this alone. What if something screwed up and I couldn’t use my PC? Funny that I should ask, because that’s exactly what happened. I was without a PC for a few hours, and I think I began detoxing!