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Ask the Readers: Are You Using Windows 10?

Windows 10 Anniversary Update launched this week. It was free for the past year but that offer ran out a couple of days ago. Windows 7 was released in 2009, yep, that long ago.

So our question is, have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? Or, are you taking the position “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!”

Would love to hear from our readers and get a feel for what people are doing out there.

We’ve obviously been writing A LOT about Windows 10 this last year and would love to hear from our readers with how upgrades are going (or not!)…

So drop in your vote and feel free to add any color to the comments section with your upgrade story!

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50 Responses to Ask the Readers: Are You Using Windows 10?

  1. Steve Krause August 4, 2016 at 7:21 am #

    Two PC’s at home and both running Windows 10! 😉

  2. Alex Leopold August 5, 2016 at 12:07 am #

    Upgrade was simple. Loving Windows 10. Huge upgrade over 8.1

    • Michael Gene Muldoon August 5, 2016 at 10:21 am #

      Agree about huge upgrade on 8 at least if the upgrade worked. Where it does run it is a as far or further ahead of 8 as 7 was over Vista. The only thing that ever made 8 usable for me and most of my circle of friends was 3rd party software such as Classic Shell, Start Menu 8, and others that let you dump the ugly and confusing tiled start screen.

      • Linda Anderson August 5, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

        You can still use Classic Shell – they have one for W-10 – I use it on all of my computers, at work and home.

  3. K McCormick August 5, 2016 at 5:10 am #

    2 PC desktops, and 1 HP laptop, upgraded to Windows 10 Anniversary, with no problems

    • Steve Krause August 8, 2016 at 6:17 am #

      Nice – are these older or newer boxes? I personally didn’t have an issue, even with older gear.

  4. Andre Da Costa August 5, 2016 at 6:09 am #

    Yep, 4 computers running the Anniversary Update without a hitch.

  5. Linda Anderson August 5, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    One of my machines would not load Windows 10 – always stopped in the same place – dug around, found a registry error. Once that was fixed, it installed just fine.

  6. Corey Scott August 5, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    I finally got my wife’s laptop upgraded to Windows 10 the night before the free offer was to expire. She had some suspect software on there that I had to remove, which is why it had refused to update itself beforehand. I asked her last night how the new OS was working out and she seemed very happy with it.

    I’ve been running it on my work PC since about the time it hit (after getting permission from my boss to do the upgrade). I’ve had nothing but a great experience with it so far. The new Anniversary Update went flawlessly.

    • Steve Krause August 8, 2016 at 6:18 am #

      Very nice – Thnx for sharing the details!

  7. Art Norman August 5, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    I tried to stop it from downloading. Couldn’t. It has caused innumerable conflicts and problems. Cost me time and sales. And, hate what it has done to other programs that I use. But, then other Microsoft products have caused problems too. Fortunately I still have a laptop with Vista (which I don’t like either) and earlier versions of othe MS sw.

  8. Meg August 5, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    On one of my personal machines, a hybrid, I have windows 10. I’m adjusting. However, I work for a government municipality and about a year and a half ago we finished upgrading from XP, and we still have a handful of XP machines, or Virtual XP installed to run legacy applications that certain departments refuse to give up. Folks are still grumbling. Change does not go over well here at all. I am not looking forward to when we have to make the move to 10, and we won’t until it’s absolutely necessary.

    • Steve Krause August 5, 2016 at 10:06 am #

      So what are they running at work then? Windows 7? My Mother was working at the Federal IRS in Seattle up until 18 months ago. They were still running Windows XP…. So yeah, no shock there.

  9. LittleRedHairedGirl August 5, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    We have two desktops and one tablet running Win10 Anniversary and one laptop on Win7 (by choice). My preference is Win7. For my husband’s needs he says either one is fine.

    • Steve Krause August 5, 2016 at 10:04 am #

      And that’s just fine! I have an older laptop my kids use and it’s running Windows 7. It’s fast, smooth and I see 0% reason to upgrade. Honestly, I don’t want to mess with a good thing. 😉

  10. Sonjia August 5, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    1 PC running Windows 10. Computer only 2 yrs. old, but couldn’t update it. Took to local computer shop and they used a disk with Win 10 and downloaded to computer. I’ve not had any problems since with Win 10.
    Haven’t gotten the Anniversary Update yet. Wondering if I will need to take to shop to get it downloaded too. It hasn’t showed up on my notifications yet.

  11. Robert tillotson August 5, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Yes, 4 computers on windows 10 and never a hitch. It would be nice to know the number of replies the survey is basing the result percentages on.

  12. Michael Gene Muldoon August 5, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    I upgraded several at home machines and seem to be doing ok on them. However on my main work computer I tried for a week and a half to upgrade but a C1900101-40017 error prevented upgrade. After all that time spent (wasted) trying to upgrade and getting this error then kicked back to Windows 7 time ran out. So I guess I’ll run 7 on that machine until it dies as none of the hundreds of ways to get around this error even the ones from MS itself let me install 10 and don’t even mention going to 8. I will NOT spend money on an OS that runs fine on some machines but not on others even when told by an app that it will work just fine. If it hadn’t been free I wouldn’t have it on anything based on the fact that it will not install on the work machine where I actually make a living. Where it does run it thrashes 8’s butt and I don’t have to put up with the horrendous tile start page.

  13. thom r August 5, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Desktop running 7/64, newer laptop 7/64
    Older laptop running mint 17.3.
    No intention of up(?)grading either one.

  14. Adam S. August 5, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    My laptop is “old” (4 years) so windows 10 renders some drivers/devices useless, Widi for example or switchable graphics cards. Its planned obsolescence. Im sure Windows 10 is stable and all that, but its really not for every computer.

  15. Wade Brooks August 5, 2016 at 11:33 am #

    My wife and I have three devices, my desktop, her laptop, and a tablet, all running Windows 10. I converted when it first came out and only had a few drivers and such that I had to install on my desktop. On the laptop, I had to update some things also but don’t remember any problems. Our tablet is new, and it came with Windows 8 and I upgraded before I installed anything and had no problem. Windows 10 works well with all my graphics programs using 64bit, and I am pleased.

  16. Jamie August 5, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Upgraded to Anniversary edition on my laptop…so far so good. Still running Win 7 on my desktop and remain pleased with 7.

  17. Jim L. August 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Upgraded two laptop (Windows 7 SP1) to Windows 10 before the July deadline. Neither upgrade was easy, Each effort took too many hours of trouble shooting and waiting to the next attempt to end. The fourth attempt on each laptop completed successfully. The download of the upgrade media takes too many HOURS. Saved some time by creating a DVD with the update media (ISO file). Microsoft provided no useful trouble shooting help.

    • Steve Krause August 8, 2016 at 6:21 am #

      We’ve heard almost the same story from a lot of readers. When it comes to a Mac, they make the OS and the HW. Not many variables. For Microsoft Windows, however, it’s amazing to me things work as well as they do with the countless HW and Drive variations from 3rd parties.

      Nice to see you were able to complete the upgrade. I agree, the ISO is the way to go.

  18. Wayne R August 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    I had not received the Anniversary Update (version 1607) by August 3rd so I downloaded it at the Microsoft website listed below, on to a flash drive. After downloading, I opened the flash drive, clicked on setup.exe, and the installation began. It took about one hour to complete the update install. I really like it. I’m glad I performed the update myself because older desktops were not going to be the first updated and I previously had version 1511 that wasn’t updated until May 2, 2016. They take their good time updating has been my experience.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history

  19. holdum333 August 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Hi Jim! I didn’t have any trouble. I used the MCT USB flash. I think a lot of users had trouble upgrading with the windows updates. IMHO the MCT is the way to go. I know, I’m a little late for that advise.
    I agree that MS handled part of this upgrade badly, but most upgrades like this one experience some problems. Join us on groovypost sister forums and discuss these things!
    http://windows10forum.com/

  20. Serge August 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    Spent 4 nights trying to upgrade my laptop. It kept hanging and reverted me back to 7. Tried with both in place and ISO. Finally upgraded with ISO but skipped the suggested Windows update step and voilà. I also upgraded 2 desktops one of which I had to revert back to 8.1 since my son could not play his games anymore. Wife’s laptop upgraded with no issue this time but had issues 8 months ago. Happy with Windows 10.

  21. Larry August 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

    updated three computers. two pc one laptop. all went with no problem. seen an increase in speed right away. been using them for over a year and no problem.

  22. Jane August 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    Done had so many problems waited for the upgrade downloaded that made things even worse am going back to windows 8

  23. John D August 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    Runs great twice as fast as Win 7 on same machine…. I-5 , 12GB mem, 1tb hard drive
    Upgrade from “upgrade now button” on popup failed 12 hours later. Used the Flash Drive creation tool and all went fine . Glad I did it .

  24. vinod james August 5, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

    Seven PC Running with Anniversary upgrading without any problem . I also installed into my old pcs and it is running well on those pc also . I love Windows 10 Its a huge improvement over 8.1.

  25. Niall August 6, 2016 at 8:04 am #

    Heck no. I had it for a while on my laptop but got annoyed with it so I switched it back to Windows 7, so now I have 7 on both my computers. I’ll probably be running this for as long or longer than I was running Windows XP!

  26. gabba August 7, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    Running 5 machines on Win.10 and have no regrets.

  27. Richard Holmes August 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Running 10, but right clicking to the old Win 7 UI. OBTW, no upgrade problems.

  28. Micky August 7, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    Sticking with Windows 7 until my laptop smokes. Am running dual boot with Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon. Hopefully machines without an operating system will become more available and the prices will drop below a Windows machine.

    • Steve Krause August 8, 2016 at 6:24 am #

      Honestly, it’s not about the OS, it’s about the APPS.

      If you have all your apps and they work well, you will be just fine Micky.

  29. Tony August 8, 2016 at 12:26 am #

    Have Win 10 on my two machines, but the youngest son had Win 7 on one (which would not update) and Win 8.1 on the other. For what he uses them for, there was no reason to update to Win 10.

    I use Microsoft Money 2005, which runs fine on Win 10, 8.1 and 7. Bit worried that it won’t run with the Anniversary Update. Some it does, some say it doesn’t. A big issue if it doesn’t.

  30. holdum333 August 8, 2016 at 2:08 am #

    Hey Tony! There may be many reasons why W7 will not update. If your son doesn’t see a reason to update to W10, then don’t. W10 is here to stay however. Windows updates are very important IMHO.
    I can not guarantee that Money 2005 will run on W10. There is a discussion on Windows10 forums about that. There are also some good blogs on groovey post about the anniversary update. Join us here and see if you can get the information you need about Money 2005 and other things.
    http://windows10forum.com/

    • Tony August 8, 2016 at 5:59 am #

      Hi holdum333. The Win 7 machine is a few years old and I’m told not compatible when Googled the spec. Son has SEN and basically uses his laptops for YouTube.

      I have checked out a lot of forums and user groups and that’s where I’m getting the mixed messages. I don’t use the online features of Money 2005, so may just pull the internet plug on one of the laptops and just use that if I get an issue.

      However, I was told in one forum that Money 2002 would not run on Win 7, but I got that running on Win 7, 8.1 and 10, so who Knows

  31. Robin August 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    2 pc’s 1 laptop & 1 tablet all running Win10 and loving it.
    The anniversary update has now made it even better and all running well.
    Absolute no-brainer.

  32. Mary August 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    Got it downloaded all right, but my dvd/cd no longer is there. It is in device manager, but it has a mark after it to show there is a problem. I have spent days trying to figure it out but to no avail. I checked what was on Google, and tried some of them, but nothing works

  33. holdum333 August 8, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    Hi Mary! When you say your tried some things, that leaves a lot of questions I would have for you.
    Did you update the driver; would be my first question. I would suggest you join a help forum and see if they can help you with this issue. Groovypost has a new help forum. If you click at the top left where it says Windows10 forum, it will take you there. Here’s the URL.
    http://windows10forum.com/

  34. Robin August 9, 2016 at 5:40 am #

    Mary, from device manager right click on it an then uninstall it.
    Then restart and see if the reinstallation of it solves this problem, may be just a glitch in win10 or a corrupt entry somewhere.

  35. Robin August 9, 2016 at 6:03 am #

    Failing that Mary take a look on this page and see if any thing here solves it but I would have thought the reinstallation of it should work.

  36. mary August 9, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    I update on July 29 and had a few minor problems which were corrected with windows troubleshooting. The anniversary edition went in all right, but I found my DVD/Cd no longer works, I tried going to device manager and doing the uninstall and restart my computer but it did not work. I am 90 years old and all this driver and registry stuff is too much for me to attempt. I do not know about the mfg of my DVD as it was installed when I bought the computer. As for tackling the registry and adding drivers, I am afraid I would mess things up. Is there some other thing I can try?

    • Steve Krause August 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

      Is the drive missing in Windows Explorer (The drive letter) or is it just not reading the disk when you put something into it?

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