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    Excellent question from BA: I am on Windows 8.1 & the main (really only) reason I want to upgrade to Windows 10 is for Cortana. However, since Aut
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      Personally I would really hesitate about using Cortana. It appears that one’s privacy would be completely compromised when using this feature. Its
      rather scary to think that your conversations around a computer with Cortana connected would be heard and also what you do on your computer recorded. That to me would be the ultimate in snooping. And so Yes I think Woody’s suggestion about making really sure that whatever the plusses are in your view far outweigh the negatives. Just my 2 bits LT

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      As someone who is looking at paying $198 if Win 10 proves to be stable on both mine and my housemate’s PCs once I finish my very careful and prepared upgrade process this week on both, I think paying for Pro for the update control depends on how much that is worth to the individual user, or whoever maintains the computers if you live in a multiple PC house. I can’t do the easiest trick to control updates on my housemate’s computer, since she doesn’t have a wireless card and is hooked straight into the router, and honestly I have already been treating our computers similarly to a coporate environment (testing updates on mine first before updating hers). I also really want the group policy stuff now for similar reasons, to have more control over settings (and my housemate knows that and thankfully trusts me, knowing I won’t fry her machine and that I do know what I’m doing). For me, it is worth it, but it is up to the individual. I’m not paying for Pro until I know Win 10 is stable and running well on a machine, however – why waste the money if I have to reimage from a Win 7 backup and downgrade?

      Side note: I’ve been reading your site and columns since early this year, and I need to thank you for having an invaluable, easy to read for those who are less tech savvy (I think, at least, I always tell my library patrons and coworkers I’m a bad judge of that having been tech support before, lol), and entertaining Windows information site. Especially when it comes to upgrading to Win 10, you have been a huge help.

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      The only questions you are asking is… Should I move to Windows 10 now or pay $$$ and move to Windows 10 later? Notice I said move not UPGRADE or UPDATE because Windows 10 is a downgrade in privacy with loss of choices/control and increased Spam… The question you should be asking is “Should I be moving to Windows 10 at all?” IMHO The answer is No, Never!

    • #38858

      Mynext PC purchase will have to do dual-duty. Some of my email and PDF handling programs are in Linux in my present dual-booting laptop, whose CMOS battery just died. (Affect all time-date stamps in both OSes.)

      I would like to be able to run both Windows 10 and Linux in the new PC, and it looks like the best way to do that will be to set up Linux in a Virtual Machine.

      This means using Windows 10 Pro for best results, even if I choose to use a third-party VM program for the actual setup. With Windows 10 Pro I can have my Linux and my Windows on the same PC, and do the things I do now in Linux just as I have up until now. When I need to do something for which I prefer the Windows way of doing it, I can switch back.

      With a new Intel NUC for example, the added cost of Win 10 Pro over Home is not all that much, compared wiht the overall cost of a fully configured PC. I’m thinking of doing the transition in that way. Probably using Hyper-V as myVM program for adding Linux to the Win 10 installation.

      So in some cases, power users and experimenters may find the added cost of Win 10 Pro to be worth it. It depends on what you want to do with your PC, and whether you are using the PC in a home or a work or an enterprise environment.

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      I guess I’m going to have to * bite*–I must have missed that *memo*–

      “I wouldn’t pay extra for Pro just for the convenience of blocking updates. There are other methods, besides metered connections.”

      “Other Methods”???? I have been following the ongoing controversy about not being able to control when updates occur in Win10, and every time you have changed your Defcon level, the only mention I have ever seen for Win10 users has been to either stop the *metered connection* to get updates, or turning the *metered connection* back on to prevent updates from automatically downloading.

      I have not seen you discuss *other methods* to control Win10 updating. Could you point me to where those *methods* are discussed and how to use them?



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