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As with many questions in life, the answer depends on the answers to a few preliminary questions.

  • Why would you want to upgrade to Windows 10?
  • How do you use your computer?
  • Can your computer run Windows 10?
  • When to upgrade?
  • How to upgrade?

Why upgrade to Windows 10?

Obviously, you don’t have to upgrade. Advancing to Windows 10 could cause your computer to stop working correctly, remove features you need (like Windows Media Center), or any number of other unknown problems. But there are good things about the new operating system as well–a start menu, for example; longer support (presumably through 2025 or 26), improved mobile experience, and more. But of course, if you do decide to upgrade be sure to back up all of your data! (or just join the Freedom Club…)

How do you use your computer?

Your computer’s role in your life is a major factor to consider before upgrading. If it is part of your business or cash flow, or something you heavily rely upon, you should wait a while (even up to a year) before upgrading. If you enjoy new stuff and your computer is not a critical or you have another computer to fall back on, you may want to upgrade.

Can your computer run Windows 10?

If your computer is currently running Windows 8.1 then yes, you can upgrade right away to Windows 10. If you have another version of Windows, you’ll need to double check. windows10_iconTo find out if your computer can run Windows 10, make sure the latest Windows Updates have been installed, and then look for the Windows 10 announcement in your icon tray. Double click the Windows logo icon to open the Windows 10 upgrade advertisement. There’s a menu button in the top left, simply click the “Check Your PC” link to know whether you can run Windows 10 without problem.

To help you make the call–to be Windows 10, or not to be?–we put together a 5 question quiz. Here you go:

Take the Windows 10 Upgrade Quiz