Several years ago, I was experimenting with Microsoft’s Windows 10 to see what Microsoft’s vision of their flagship operating system was and decide if it was worth the move. They were offering it for free, but I knew the cost of upgrading operating systems. Just because there was no monetary cost it did not mean there was a cost in time and frustration with updated user interfaces.
For years, I have used Windows 7 as my “production” operating system. I never upgraded to Windows 8 because I did not like its interface. When I previewed it, it was difficult to find features and settings I was used to because everything was reorganized. I also found many online complaints about software not working correctly in the new version because not all software vendors had not made necessary changes to their programming.
Another factor was the fact the process of “upgrading” to a new version of a Windows operating system was a gamble. Most of my tech support friends recommended never do an upgrade to a new OS. Always install a fresh version. Since I did not want to reinstall all of my software again, I held off on moving up. Everything was working fine, so why take the chance? Now that Windows 7 will no longer be supported, I felt the pressure to upgrade.