Microsoft boasts that up to 75 million installs of the new OS were made in the first month of release alone, and well into the 200 million range as of last month. But that doesn’t really tell how well it did or didn’t work for those users. And for anyone not entirely sold on the system that could just be an empty number. Market-wise, Microsoft is giving Apple a run for their money which speaks somewhat to 10’s effectiveness. It’s even growing in popularity on the Mac, becoming a commonplace operating system. That being said, most of these numbers are coming from users who already had a previous Windows OS; not converting from Mac or Linux. And then, what’s most appealing is having a year to update for free. Most users are content with the system they have so Microsoft will have to use creative marketing to give them an incentive to change.
While Windows 8 and 8.1 took the biggest hit from 10’s introduction, 7 was not totally immune but its share dropped by a mere three points. That may be due partly to familiarity and the problems that have been reported.
- Some users may still be unauthorized for the update since Microsoft wants to avoid too many people downloading it all at once, and instead gradually introduce it.
- Another reason some users may not get the update notification is because the Windows system they’re currently running is not actually current. Once that’s update, then the option to upgrade should appear. If the issue persists, Windows 10 will have to be downloaded from Microsoft’s website.
- If you have any concerns about Microsoft’s automatic updates, which you can’t opt out, there are a few things you can do to work around them. Their support page has tips on how to uninstall updates you don’t want, or you can choose to hide the updates; visiting them later and deciding which ones you want or need. Another way you can avoid automatic updates is by installing a firewall. But be aware that you won’t be able to get some updates if you haven’t installed the last one within a month of it going live.
- One of the most worrying news about 10 is the Wi-Fi Sense feature. It makes it easy to share your password through Outlook, Skype, and Facebook and to many people that felt like a huge security breach on Microsoft’s part. Go into your settings and find “Manage Wi-Fi setting” to turn off network sharing.
Placeholders in OneDrive have been replaced by a selective syncing that doesn’t allow users to select individual files. If you’ve used OneDrive often, you’ll now have to search through your web browser to find files one by one. It’s being worked on so this may not be the case for all users. And for everyone else, it may not remain that way for long.
- Some users reported getting a notification saying that their computer was compatible with the new system, but still have trouble. If you get a message saying your device is incompatible you’ll have to manually install it from the site, and afterwards install any drivers you need. If it tells you there’s no space, you may have to place the upgrade files onto a USB or an external hard drive. It could also be that you’re upgrading from 7 to 10. If that’s the case, try installing the driver for Windows 8 before attempting to upgrade to 10. Some people who’ve had a similar issue have said this worked for them.
- Just like Windows 8, 10 released without a DVD player app so you’ll need to download an app you trust if you used your desktop or laptop to play movies.