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10 reasons you shouldn't upgrade to Windows 10

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Why it might be wise to stick with Win7 or Win8.1

Many of you have thus far held off on upgrading to Windows 10, perhaps in part based on my advice from a year ago, when I originally listed 10 reasons you shouldn’t upgrade your Win 7/8.1 PC to Win10. Now, with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in full swing, you might think that the conclusion has changed. It hasn’t.

Yes, some users on some machines will benefit from upgrading to Windows 10. For most of us who are primarily keyboard-and-mouse bound, though, the benefits are meager, and the annoyances substantial. Even with the Anniversary Update, Win 7 and 8.1 customers will lose key features if they upgrade. The fanciest new features won’t be of much use to anyone unless you buy a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or later, or a Surface Book -- and if you buy one of those, you’re getting Windows 10 anyway.

As noted in my full review of Windows 10 Anniversary Update, many of the improvements in the latest version of Windows 10 simply don’t apply to typical Windows 7 or 8.1 users.

In this slideshow, I step you through the main reasons why you may, legitimately and without a tinfoil hat, want to stick with Windows 7 or Windows 8. There are powerful arguments in the direction of staying put.

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