During and after Windows 10 installation, there are security settings you’ll want to review to help protect your personal information.
If you used the Express settings option during Win10 setup, you’ll want to go back and review some of the default configurations.
Deciding whether to upgrade to the next Windows
Choosing whether and when to upgrade to Windows 10 depends, of course, on many factors, but the general consensus is: Many, if not most, Win7 users will be happy to stick with their current OS until it reaches its official end of life in 2020 — or when they’re forced to purchase a new PC.
On the other hand, arguments for upgrading from Win8 to Win10 are a bit more compelling. Microsoft bowed to public opinion and removed the tiled UI and the charms bar. With Win10, Microsoft restored the start menu, added virtual desktops, and ported its AI assistant — Cortana — to the desktop platform. Win10 also has better integration between desktop and mobile devices.
On the other hand, the new Windows Store is both a bit of a curse and a blessing, depending on whether you’re looking for cool apps or you want to sync your custom settings between desktop and mobile devices. In the same vein, the new browser — Edge — is certainly an improvement over Internet Explorer, but it still lags behind Chrome, Firefox, and other third-party browsers.
But perhaps the most significant benefit/curse is Windows 10 updating. Consumer systems will no longer be able to defer or block selected feature and security updates. These systems will get updated on Microsoft’s schedule. (Business systems can put off feature updates — more on that in a moment.)
This new updating process won’t affect the many personal PCs that have automatic updating turned on, but it could be annoying for users who like to have more control over what’s put on their systems and when. Ultimately, the success of this change will depend on the number of botched updates Microsoft releases in the future.