As previously reported, Microsoft announcedNo-Built-in-Keylogging-Capabilities-Windows-10-300x151 that Windows 10, the latest version of the company’s operating system, will be released a week from today on July 29. The latest operating system boasts a smoother user experience, combining the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Microsoft announced that existing users with Windows 7 and Windows 8 would receive a free upgrade to Windows 10; however, it is important to emphasize that Elon faculty and staff should not immediately take advantage of the upgrade.

Why shouldn’t I upgrade?

As with any major overhaul to an operating system, there are bound to be bugs that render existing software obsolete. Apple users are familiar with the constant glitches experienced from immediately migrating to a new OS, such as when OSX Yosemite couldn’t connect to WiFi networks until a patch was released.

To date, Campus Technology Support has not received any beta or testing versions of Windows 10, so we are unable to test existing campus technology and how it will interact with Windows 10. For example, we have been unable to test Ricoh and Print Management Station print drivers with Windows 10 to verify compatibility.

Here are some other big reasons you’ll want to wait on the free upgrade:

  • According to GottaBeMobile, as smartphones have matured, people have become more accustomed to integrated services (extra services automatically included on an operating system). However, many users don’t want programs and software automatically installed, particularly if they know they’ll never use them. Windows 10 has taken steps to model itself after Apple operating systems, bundling a variety of software (digital personal assistant Cortana, OneDrive, Bing) into its core.
  • If you use Windows Media Center, you’ll want to take a pass on Windows 10. Microsoft stopped developing Windows Media Center in 2009 and has no plans to include the software in Windows 10.
  • Video playback may become more difficult with Windows 10. According to The Verge, Microsoft has announced that watching DVDs on computers with Windows 10 will require separate playback software. The article noted that Microsoft manager Gabriel Aul has said that a DVD option for Windows 10 won’t arrive until “later this year.”
  • Many new Windows 10 functions won’t be available to Elon-owned equipment. Computers utilized by Elon faculty and staff won’t have the required hardware for some features. For instance, University-owned computers do not come equipped with infrared cameras or supported fingerprint readers for the various biometric passwords offered by Windows 10.

Remember, Campus Technology Support highly discourages users from upgrading University-owned machines. At this time, we do not have plans to mass migrate the operating systems of PCs on campus when Windows 10 is released. If you encounter issues with Windows 10, Campus Technology Support will only be able to assist users with rolling their machines back to Windows 7. If you have further questions, please contact the Technology Service Desk at (336) 278-5200.

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Ryan Gay

Ryan Gay

Ryan is a Technical Writer and Help Desk Associate for Campus Technology Support. He has received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from UNC-Greensboro.

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