Microsoft has offered its new Windows 10 operating system to the entire world on June 29th, 2015 and in less than four weeks the new OS is hit with concerns related upgrade bugs, privacy, massive data consumption and future update worries.
In case, if the above said issues aren’t enough, there’s one more reason to worry about your free Windows 10 install, especially, if you are a PC user who would like constant upgrades to your PC.
Remember, whenever you change the hardware on your Pc, especially major components like a RAM, there’s a chance that windows 10 will not recognize the machine as a PC that’s allowed to run an authorized version of Windows 10. Instead, your PC might be at a risk of labeled as a non-genuine Windows 10 install, and there’s no automated process to make that kind of error vanish.
This is because, Windows 10 doesn’t come with a serial key that you can use and reuse every time you want to install a fresh copy on the same computer. While the system will automatically detect that you’re allowed to use Windows 10 on a selected machine each time you perform a clean install, it might not do the same once you change individual components, including processor or motherboard. It’s because the Microsoft free Windows 10 OS upgrade server registers your PC hardware on its cache and so once the specs differ, you’re in a trouble.
However, Microsoft has issued a fix to this concern and that is to contact its customer support and tell them the whole hardware upgrade story, after which, your Windows 10 license will be activated remotely and that too without the license.
There is other issue as well which Windows 10 users who came from Windows 7 or Windows 8 should be aware of. Even if they purchased a full retail license of either Windows 7 or Windows 8 and then move to Windows 10, that doesn’t give them the right install Windows 10 on a brand-new machine.
Full retail licenses let anyone take their Windows license from one PC to the next, as long as they remove it from the previous machine. But upgrading from a full retail license of Windows 7 or Windows 8 doesn’t get you a free, portable, full retail Windows 10 license as you’d expect.
Also, for those who haven’t applied for a free upgrade of Windows 10, the other issue is that Microsoft is trying to push its free OS upgrade to all those who have kept their PC software update settings as automatic
Some users have reported that Microsoft’s forcible Win10 upgrade is consuming around 750MB of data and some have even reported that the free upgrade is consuming around 3GB of their data bandwidth. And that too for a failed upgrade.
Those who have a FUP limit on your data consumption, you better check this instance, before it gets too late. Just keep a watch on your Wi-Fi settings and your bandwidth download and see for yourself.
The other major concern is actually an embarrassment from children’s POV. Windows 10 is sending a weekly “activity update” on children’s internet browsing and computer history to parents, by default. However, this feature can prove as a boon to parents, as they can keep an eye on their children’s browsing activity, which includes, a list of websites their children have visited, number of hours spend per day on PC, and for how long they have used their favorite apps.
After reviewing all these concerns it is better to buy a Windows 10 license instead of a free upgrade.
FYI, Microsoft recently announced that its new OS is now installed on 75 million devices and will soon inch towards 1 billion mark by this year end.