Last update: 2017-09-29

10 reasons not to use Windows 10

I try to stay away from OS wars. There are good reasons to use any system, and to each their own, but personally I tend to prefer Linux on the server and Windows on the desktop. However, I still use Windows 7 and have no intention of switching to Windows 10. When the latest release from Microsoft came out, there were a lot of opinion pieces and news articles coming out about various things Microsoft were doing that made Windows 10 a very problematic OS, but since then it's almost as if people just gave up, even though the situation hasn't improved. Quite the contrary, in fact if anything it has gotten worse. Here are 10 reasons why you still may not want to use Windows 10:

1. Cumulative updates

Microsoft says it's to make things easier on users, and it's true that by providing all updates as cumulative bundles, it may seem simpler. But as soon as something breaks, you're SOL. And things break a lot more than the company is willing to admit. In the past, if a Windows update broke things, you just uninstalled that one item, but now it's all or nothing. You cannot deny an update, and you cannot turn off updates either. This has caused issues for companies and gamers especially.

2. Forced updates

Alongside the cumulative updates, the fact that both Windows 10 itself and all of its updates, minor and major, are pushed as mandatory updates is a big issue.

The wording even makes it seem like you have no choice, even though there are some loopholes, and if you know where to look there are ways to defer updates or block Microsoft's service altogether.

3. Compatibility issues

While this isn't like upgrading from Windows XP to 7, or 7 to 8, Windows 10 still has compatibility issues with earlier software which may or may not run properly.

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