Windows 10 anybody ready?
I believe I've found the answer to my own question. I ran the Win10 update over the weekend, and found that, once complete, the Ethernet adapter was no longer recognized.
Rolled back to 8.1, still not recognized, "WTF?", I said to myself. Finally got it to come up after a cold restart, re-ran the Win10 upgrade (which, BTW, was fairly straightforward).
No Ethernet adapter again. Rolled back to 8.1 again, Ethernet adapter back in bid-ness.
So it looks like, in my case, anyhow, that I'm going to have to do a full Win10 install, which means that I'm gonna have to reinstall my apps, etc.
The good news is that I have a second 500GB SSD available, so I can run the full install o that, then run the installer executables from my current SSD.
Quite a PITA, though, so, yeah, there are some gotchas out there, guess it ain't a perfect world!
It's kind of fun customizing it's appearance, but I'm still looking for some things I know are there, just have to figure out how to find them! It is very fast and fun, and I'm in no way a computer expert.
By the way, if you have Windows 7 or 8/8.1, the upgrade is free until July 29, 2016.
So, why 10?
Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right (I'm kind of a big fan of CNet in general)
Based on the above, it appears clear that 10 is faster and easier to use (once you get used to it) than 7.
So the question becomes, it seems to me, not "Why 10?", but rather, "Why not 10?"
So far the only negative thing that I have found is you need to uninstall any VPN software before you upgrade to 10.
When the install completes you loose your internet connection if you have Cisco VPN software installed. Also you will probably have to upgrade your Anti-Virus software to a compatible version, which is not a big deal.
If you want the old menu system back on Win 8.x or Win 10 just download ClassicShell
The thing which angers me about 10 is that you are no longer to manually install updates.
That's fine for most people, but I like to be able to see what is going on every month.
So far, everything I've heard is positive, so I'll probably go for it sooner rather than later.