Upgrading to Windows 10..

Microsoft have allowed for free upgrades from Windows 8 and Windows 7, so why not Vista and XP?

Windows 7 didn’t become public until 22 October, 2009. Computers on sale in stores after this date were of varying quality, some not too good running Vista with full driver support, let alone Windows 7.

Personally, I wouldn’t upgrade a computer of mine unless it was at least a late 2010 release¬†because of patchy to non-existant hardware driver support

XP machines are almost in a different galaxy. As good as some were in their day, without full driver support, one has the modern day equivalent of an 8-bit, 6502 proceesor just itching to show you how good Mode 7 graphics truly are.. ūüôā

Years ago, I had a representation of a Dutch street organ, complete with moving parts, and playing Sweet Dreams Instrumental by the Eurythmics. Brilliant stuff, it was too, and all in Mode 7 graphics.

If you have upgraded a pre-late 2010 computer to Windows 7, do NOT assume that all will be well even though Microsoft are telling you that it will/should be. Microsoft hardware specifics are VERY optimistic. I would like to be able to use the word ‘realistic’ but I can’t and nobody can make me say it.

Software you will have to use caution. Old utilities designed for a previous OS should never be run on a later OS unless the author page SPECIFICALLY states that it is OK. Anti-virus suites are utilities, by the way.

3 thoughts on “Upgrading to Windows 10..

  1. I agree with what you state regarding upgrading the OS on an older system, but it also depends on the quality of the system, what the computer is being used for, and the level of driver support from the manufacturer.

    My main system is a Dell Precision T3400. It runs Windows 7 Pro with no problems, and Dell support, e.g., drivers, is readily available from Dell. I have no ‘need’ for Windows 10, so ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

    I also have a Dell Latitude D820, which is connected to my home entertainment system, and is used almost exclusively for Internet streaming and as a repository for my music files.

    In addition, I live in a rural region with very low ADSL speed; <3 Mbps.

    Windows 7 or 10 will not increase my connection speed, e.g., better graphics, or improve the quality of my music (wave files… MP3s suck.)

    My issue is that I can no longer stream Netflix. I can stream Radio Denmark (dr.dk) videos and YouTube for hours with no problems, but Netflix will lose audio/video sync in a matter of minutes.

    I have come to suspect that Microsoft is not offering Windows 10 to Vista or XP platforms because of support issues. As you mentioned many (most?) 'consumer' systems are often of dubious quality, and manufacturer support pales in comparison to Dell's support for their business platforms, e.g., Optiplex, Latitude and Precision.

    Approximately only 2% of users are still running Vista. I suspect that the majority of these systems were ‚Äėpremium‚Äô quality systems when new, i.e., not ‚ÄėBig Box Store‚Äô toys. This suggests that Microsoft not offering Windows 10 to these users is not the cost of the software, but the probable horrendous cost of technical support. (I assume that since Microsoft is offering the upgrade, the OEM will not be providing support for the OS.)

    Microsoft could, and should offer a Windows 10 iso that will not receive any support from Microsoft. Maybe some of us can get it to run; maybe not completely, but possibly for very specific applications.

    Dell does not support a Latitude D820 running Windows 10, but there is a large community of users that enjoy attempting what may be impossible.

    By not offering Windows 10 to Vista systems, Microsoft is relegating more hardware to the recycling bins‚Ķ so much for ‚ÄėEnvironmental Responsibility‚ÄĚ. It is also making computing much less fun for many users.

    ‚ÄėIf there‚Äôs a will, there‚Äôs a way‚Äô

    A much younger Bill Gates would probably have relished the challenge.

    1. Driver support for OEM customised motherboards is the problem. Without support from the manufacturers, we are dead in the water. I NEVER buy an OEM machine for main production use. ūüôā

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