Windows 7 is fully supported at least until 2020. There may be extensions after that. I will only upgrade to Windows 10 when I deem it to be an upgrade from Windows 7 ultimate. Windows 10 is an app-orriented (MS store oriented) mobile OS more than anything else. The only addition that may be useful for me at some point is Direct X 12, but I doubt that will be a major plus for some time to come. I will also wait until popular demand gets MS to allow some control over updates (at least a "remind me" feature). I don't use apps on my desktop computer, and so far Direct X 12 is not something I need. Right now Windows 7 is perfect for my purposes. MS will have to figure out a way to make 10 much more appealing than it is now.
Switching to Windows 10 now from Windows 7 Ultimate seems like a downgrade rather than an upgrade. Features and customization options have been removed and stability and usability are still iffy. I will wait for service pack 1 and read the reviews over the next year. But unless they give me as much functionality and customization (including setting drivers and updates to be installed when I say so) as I have in Windows 7, I am not going to go for their "free app-oriented mobile device OS that also sort of works on desktop computers".
Somehow I don't think that putting my Windows 7 disk in and running the installation would get me back to my current setup from Windows 10. I currently have a very complicated setup with over 150 programs installed. I use my computer for writing science manuscripts, preparing the figures, video editing, Flash animation, preparing scientific graphs, and playing games. It more than likely that running the Windows 7 installation disk on an upgraded Windows 10 machine would wipe the OS and start from scratch. Setting up a virtual machine is not an option that I am interested in on my main computer. As I mentioned, I may try upgrading on one computer here that is dedicated to playing games since it won't be a disaster even if it causes problems.
Still, it looks like the selling points are "it's more like Windows 7" and "it runs universal apps". I don't use any apps, and I really like Windows 7. So they will need to add some new desktop functionality that does not exist in Windows 7 before I would make the change.
I really don't want to set up a dual boot system on my main computer. It is too important for my work to play around with it like that. I may try on one of my gaming computers here that is not used for anything serious.
But again, since most people won't be setting up virtual machines and instead will upgrade from 7 or 8 to 10, I am wondering if the process is reversible? Can people revert back to 7 if they decide they don't like 10?
I just went to MS to see what they had to say about why I should upgrade to 10. They said it was because it has the best of Windows 8 and Window 7 combined, and has live tiles. So since I don't want anything from Windows 8, and I hate the live tiles, they haven't convinced me at all.
So I am wondering, does anyone know if you can uninstall 10 and go back to Windows 7 once you have done the "upgrade"? I have a feeling it is a one way street.
I have read lots about Windows 10, which is a facelift on Windows 8. They had to do the facelift because their vast existing user base didn't like the childish colored squares. I have looked at dozens of screens shots. Yes, I can customize Windows 10 to look like Windows 7, but that means I have to spend time to get back to where I already am right now. Can I un-install 10 if I try it and don't like it? That I have not seen mention of anywhere.
So, can I un-install it and go back to Windows 7 if I don't like it?
Because they couldn't think of anything better, and because they have a tin eye.
I find the large colored squares to be extremely ugly. It looks cheep, like something for a small mobile device (because that is what it is for). I have a 27" monitor and I use my desktop and I put lots of work items on it. The desktop acts like my to-do list. As I complete jobs I move the icons off the desktop and make room for new jobs. I want complete control over the look of my desktop, and I want small, easy to identify icons because that is how I work.
I don't see how big, ugly, flat colored boxes look good to anyone who is using a large monitor.
Just don't want or need it. I don't run apps, I only use programs for the work I do (Creative Suite 5.5, ChemBioDraw, Sigmaplot 12, Reference Manager, etc.). Also play games. Windows 7 Ultimate does everything I want, and so far I haven't seen anything in Windows 10 that would make me switch. That may change over time as they work on 10, but after Windows 8 it's going to be a tough sell.
Still hate the new interface. I will never warm up to the big, ugly colored squares. You know, the ones that they needed to make it work on a tiny phone screen? I will wait to read about useful improvements in the OS before I do anything. Right now I see nothing I want.
Sounds like more work for the teachers, and my guess is that would be without extra pay. Even with the aid of technology, individual lessons means more time required on the teachers part. How about just reduce the number of students per teacher?
I meant corporations are pulling the strings in both parties. The corporations are pretty much in control now, just ask any politician who is grubbing for money on Wall Street. I see virtually no difference between the two major parties at this point. They spout different red meat rhetoric, but they bow to the same master.
Not that we don't need a totally revamped copyright law, just that it doesn't seem likely any time soon considering who is in charge.
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Yeah. My Windows 7 systems boot very fast (SSD boot drives) with the fastest one being 14 to 15 seconds. Cutting another few seconds off of that won't effect my life at all. I don't need any of the other things you mentioned, and I doubt Direct X 12 will offer many benefits for some time to come. MS is going to have to make a better desktop OS for me to switch, and right now 10 doesn't seem to have anything I want. Both 8 and 10 seem like they were primarily designed for mobile devices, not desktops. I like the Win 7 interface, and really dislike the new ones (8.1 especially, and 10 as well).