If you own a PC, you’ve likely noticed a tiny Windows 10 icon now in the bottom-right corner of your taskbar. A pop-up box may even show up asking if you’re ready to upgrade to Microsoft’s new operating system. Microsoft is boasting they’re giving away the software for free for the next year, but what does “free” really mean? Should you upgrade to Windows 10? Here are a few things to consider:

  1. What’s the Value to You? — You may be perfectly happy with your existing Windows operating system. New software programs, especially those from Microsoft, tend to have a bunch of bugs that need to be worked out over time. If you like the status quo, don’t rush it. Windows 10 will be around for a while.
  2. Simplicity — If you’ve built an elaborate system based on Windows 7.1, for example, think about the risk/reward ratio. New operating systems introduce hiccups into smooth processes. If you’re in a position to handle the updates and modifications as they arise, Windows 10 may be a good option. But if you want to keep it simple, holding off may be the best choice.
  3. Windows 8 Soured You — Microsoft’s last OS upgrade, Windows 8, was met with universal dislike. If you were of the many who battled through that operating system — and eventually went back to an older OS like 7.1 — you won’t be faulted for being overly hesitant. In that case, wait to see what experts and friends say about Windows 10 before you load it up.

What operating system are you currently using in your home or business? Have you been looking forward to Windows 10, or are you satisfied with the performance of your established OS?