The free to upgrade period to Windows 10 is almost at an end, and it is likely that many users who have not upgraded yet consider doing so.
The reason is simple: the upgrade is free, and it is possible to go back in the first month should things turn out not to your liking.
That's a pretty good incentive to try out the new operating system. There are other things that you may like about Windows 10, and I will reveal them in another article that I'll publish soon.
This article on the other hand concentrates on reasons why you may not want to upgrade to Windows 10.
Now, some may find these reasons insufficient while others that they are strong enough not to upgrade to Windows 10. I'd like to read what you have to say about them in the comment section below.
Reason 1: Time, effort and never change a running system
Microsoft tries to make it as easy as possible to upgrade to cheap Windows 10. You get notifications on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 powered by the Get Windows 10 application for instance.
Also, the upgrade downloads directly without you having to download an ISO image first, burn it to DVD or USB Flash drive, and start the installer manually afterwards.
While that is the case, it still requires time and effort to install the operating system. If things go right, you may spend a couple of hours at the very least setting up Windows 10 after the upgrade.
You need to learn to interact with new features, a new search, Cortana, Microsoft Edge instead of Internet Explorer, maybe the whole apps concept if you upgrade from Windows 7.
Also, some tools like Windows Media Center are not available anymore, so that you may need to look for alternatives.
But what if things go wrong? You might want to create a full system backup previously that you can restore, but you will lose quite a bit of time in this case.
Why bother if the current system runs well, and is configured the way you like it? Some new features, like DirectX 12 support may persuade you to give it a try despite the fact, but if you don't require those, there is little incentive to run the upgrade.
The only thing valid is that you will end up with an operating system that is supported longer than your current one. Windows 7 is supported for the next five years though, and Windows 8.1 for the next eight.
Reason 2: Compatibility
Software and hardware compatibility can block you from upgrading to Windows 10 even if you want to.
The upgrade installer runs a compatibility check to give you some reassurance in this regard. It does not check all components and programs though. For instance, it won't check portable software as well as many peripherals.
Generally, speaking, most software and hardware that runs on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 should also run on Windows 10.
The compatibility tool ensures that the core system will function properly after the upgrade.
I recommend you check your favorite search engine to find out whether important software is compatible with Windows 10.
Or, and that will surely add time to the whole upgrade process, use a virtual machine to run Windows 10 to see if hardware and software is compatible.