Don’t Install Windows 10  

Microsoft’s reveal of Windows 10 last week marked the start of a new era for the company. With its introduction of Windows 8 and the updated that followed, Microsoft made it clear that its next-generation computing vision revolved around slowly moving notebook and desktop users to a new environment like the Start Screen. The company was always clear in its assertion, that at some point PC buyers would get used to the Start Screen and the new way of doing things coming in subsequent releases of Windows.

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Read: Windows 10 vs Windows 8 Walk through: What’s New & Better

Let’s just say Microsoft’s Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore made it clear, that’s not their vision for Windows 10. Instead, Windows 10 is an operating system that rights the wrongs of Windows 8 and will eventually be at home on a desktop or notebook as much as it is on a tablet with touch. With folks hearing that Windows 10 restores the Start Menu, a lot of users are already trying to download the operating system on their notebooks or desktops. If this were the final release I’d say maybe they should go ahead. After spending a week with Windows 10, I’d say it’s a very, very bad idea to go installing Windows 10 now. In fact, I’d say don’t install Windows 10 in the immediate future.

It’s a Technical Preview

Big, full-scale Windows releases don’t come all that often. Since Windows Vista, they’ve come roughly every three years. This slow release schedule means that there is usually a lot of pent-up demand for a new version of Windows to fix all the problems users had with the previous version. That has never been more of the case than it is today with Windows 10 and Windows 8.

The Windows 10 release we have publicly available today is specifically tailored to fix Windows 8 problems. There are options for the new Start Menu included, and Windows Store apps now open directly on the Desktop. Here’s the problem, though they sound pretty basic to include in Windows, they’re both extremely technical to pull off and I’m afraid the Windows 10 Technical Preview doesn’t do it flawlessly.

It’s a preview, after all. Apps like Mail crash with astonishing frequency. When apps aren’t crashing, they’re failing to install correctly. This thing isn’t baked yet and that’s a huge reason to stay away from it. Sure, its fun to test out new features, but it’s not completely indicative of the user experience we can expect.

You’ll Have Issues Going Back

Windows 8 wasn’t all bad. The operating system introduced two features designed to make getting rid of broken Windows installations more convenient. One is called Reset and the other is called Restore. With them users can go back to the factory settings on their Windows 8 PC at any time. They can choose to delete all of their data, or keep all of their data and still get a clean install.

Read: Windows 10 Early Impressions

According to Microsoft, installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your machine completely breaks this functionality. To put it more specifically, if you install Windows 10 on your machine, you’ll lose the ability to easily Reset and Restore your PC back to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Instead of being as simple as pushing a button, you’ll actually need to have created a restore disc for your PC, boot from that restore disc and then reinstall everything. Restoring a device in this manner completely deletes any files you may have had on the hard drive.

It’ll Break Your 2-in-1

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The Windows 10 Technical Preview available from Microsoft’s website right now may have a lot of cool features that notebook and desktop users have craved for a long time, but it’s missing a lot of key things as I found out first hand.

The mouse and keyboard experience is amazing, touch and convertible experience is a bit rough. As a guy who spent three years running Windows 8, I liked the idea that I could make Windows Store apps full-screen. The Windows 10 Technical Preview opens Windows Store apps on the Desktop by default and includes a rather annoying Titlebar. You can go full-screen on the app, but the moment you close it, it resets and turns back into a Desktop app. The Windows Taskbar is always visible too. I went into the Windows 10 Preview expecting these issues.

Microsoft has plans to address this, it’s already talked about Continuum a new user interface that sits somewhere between the Desktop and the Start Screen on convertibles. Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible that we won’t see Continuum arrive until next year. If you’re using a Surface Pro or any convertible you do not want to be stuck running Windows 10 on right now. At least wait until the rumored Windows 10 Consumer Preview arrives next year.

Read: What is Windows 10

Overall, I happen to think Windows 10 is heading in the direction. That’s coming from someone who mostly enjoyed using Windows 8. You may be excited to get the Start Menu back and all, but it’s not worth the pain right now. Definitely don’t install the Windows 10 Technical Preview just yet.

9 Comments

  1. Scott Humble (@scott_humble)

    10/11/2014 at 5:52 pm

    Or…. if you do install it, do so with the knowledge that it is a technical preview and not even close to a final release. I’m running it on my Surface Pro 3 and it is doing great. Hardly any issues really.

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  2. RF9

    10/12/2014 at 12:02 am

    I installed it on its own partition. I’d never replace my primary boot OS with a tech preview. I’d recommend anyone wanting to use it do this.

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  3. Dirile

    10/12/2014 at 1:47 am

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  4. David Nation Sr (@Hadden62Sr)

    10/12/2014 at 5:36 am

    I’m sorry to hear U are having issues with windows 10. I have both versions of windows 10 installed on 2 of my computers. The Pro version and the Enterprise version. These 2 computers are 5 to 6 yr old computers and seem to be running windows 10 flawlessly with NO problems. I can’t wait to see what in improvements is going to be coming up in the months ahead. I have been a Tech for about 35 yrs now I guess and I think this windows 10 is the most stable OS they have made yet. So anyway I’m sorry to here ur having problems but everything on both of my windows 10 are working flawlessly.

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    • st

      10/29/2015 at 3:44 am

      i have just taken it off. Its caused nothing put problems corrupted files ,frozen ,stopped .So have now uninstalled.
      This has also happened to several other people I know. So don’t install it until they have sorted out all theses issues .

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  5. 1111

    10/12/2014 at 7:12 pm

    You are an Idiot Apple Fanboi!

    I been using it as a Main desktop now and Recive no Issue.

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  6. Phil

    10/14/2014 at 7:54 am

    The title of your article should be “Don’t Install Windows 10 on your main Computer”. if you had read the section on the Microsoft page titled “Before You Install” it clearly says not to install the Preview on your everyday machine:

    Download and install the preview only if you

    * Want to try out software that’s still in development and like sharing your opinion about it.

    * Don’t mind lots of updates or a UI design that might change significantly over time.

    * Really know your way around a PC and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data, formatting a hard drive, installing an operating system from scratch, or restoring your old one if necessary.

    * Know what an ISO file is and how to use it.

    * Aren’t installing it on your everyday computer.

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  7. Tuck

    10/14/2014 at 11:31 pm

    If you’re going to pretend to be a tech writer, you should probably learn about things like dual booting and virtual machines.

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  8. Travis Pope

    10/22/2014 at 7:11 am

    Let me clarify here. GottaBeMobile’s audience isn’t technofiles. It’s every day users who want to know about what’s coming next.

    Am I running the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a machine? Yes. Do I know about dual booting? Yes. Do I know about imaging software? Yes. do I know about VMs? Absolutely. Am I going to encourage users to install an early of preview of something that I know will certainly break their Windows machine’s built-in recovery options? Absolutely not.

    Read the article in the context of the audience its talking to.

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