Windows 10 launching tonight – Are you installing?

Windows 10 launching tonight – Are you installing?

Windows 10 is almost upon us, but will you make the leap? Having gone through every Windows OS version over the years, I’ll admit that with each release I’ve become more cautious when thinking about committing.

Windows 10 will fully launch at Midnight EST/9PM PST/5AM GMT which is the middle of the night for us here in the UK. Mind you, Microsoft’s latest OS will also be free for around a year for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 users, so there’s no massive hurry to jump on the Windows 10 train.

The big selling point is the cross-platform compatibility with phones, tablets and the Xbox, but that’s probably not reason enough to immediately switch your OS if you’re at all sceptical. Full benefits from DirectX 12 will take a while to filter in, and kinks with current games will take a while to iron out. If your games don’t work perfectly then what use is a new OS?

Video drivers for the new OS could be an issue still. Those who have been testing have had mixed results as you can see in this Nvidia forum thread. There are enough comments over there to make me not push the button just yet.

The Windows 10 system requirements, should you want to check those, can be found here. Owners of a decent (or even slightly rubbish) gaming PC should not have an issue with any of these, but check in case you’re not sure. Also be sure to back up anything of importance in advance of installing just in case. Better safe than sorry and all that.

The good news is there appears to be no major issues with the Steam platform as far as I can tell. So, the question is, are you going to upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches later today?

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  • Comments: 6
    • Jack Pott

      It’s been sat in my system tray for weeks, it just appeared out of nowhere.

      I’m going to wait and see if the feedback is positive. I’m not the most technical person and the thought of troubleshooting any knock on effects doesn’t appeal one bit.

    • Fed79

      Er no thanks. I’ll wait a year till they iron things out then maybe if I want. I don’t care about MS products anymore.

    • Ninjagai

      No. It’s not exactly trivial to install a new OS. Maybe years from now, when I get a new PC.

    • Shawn

      Upgraded from Win 7 U x64 to Win 10 Pro, with 0 problems. And I’m running multi-monitors and 2 GTX 760 in SLi

      Tested it with around 20 games, so far all of them run better including an old game from 2004 that had serious memory leak issues in both XP and Windows 7.

    • RatherNot

      For those unaware, Windows 10 comes with a new set of privacy policies that are almost Orwellian. Here’s a snippet from it:

      “We will access, disclose and preserve
      personal data, including your content (such as the content of your
      emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when
      we have a good faithbelief that doing so is necessary to, for example,
      “protect their customers” or “enforce the terms governing
      the use of the services”

      this is an unprecedented invasion of privacy in the home computing
      world, and only the tip of the iceberg (it gets even worse if you use Cortana, which thankfully CAN be turned off, unlike the paragraph above), so I do hope you all take this into account before making the plunge.

      Sources: https://edri.org/microsofts-new-small-print-how-your-personal-data-abused/

      https://www.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/3f059t/with_all_the_w10_hype_a_privacy_policy_change/

    • MorningLM

      People might want to do a search for “Windows 10 wifi password” if they want to see something really scary…