I love technology, gadgets, and software! I am not, however, one of those people who jump on board the minute a new model or version hits the shelves. I prefer to let someone else find the bad bugs. I’ll wait a little while.
Windows operating systems is a prime example of why I wait.
I first started using Windows based PCs in the late 1980’s. I took several classes through an adult education program offered at Garnet Career Center. I signed up for Windows, Lotus 1-2-3, and Microsoft Word. I am pretty sure it was Windows 2.11 I was using. The blue background with white letters and tiny little monitor – Ahh the memories.
Not long after, I bought a custom built PC through the “Computer Show” at the Charleston Civic Center. By then Windows 3.1 was the standard. That machine cost me over $1,000. I didn’t upgrade computers until after the release of Windows 95. Then, my critical error. I upgraded my operating system to Windows M.E.
Windows M.E. haunted me for a long time. The crashes and conflicts made a root-canal look warm and fuzzy. I regretted that installation almost as much as buying the Surface RT.
After a couple PC replacements, I moved, almost regrettably, through XP, and 7 to 8.1 on my tablet. But, I waited. I waited until I was forced by technology to upgrade. XP was stable, I had almost zero problems with it. Windows 7 wasn’t too bad for me, though others had issues. My experience with 8 was, until recently, limited to using the Surface RT 1 ed., which seemed great at first, but quickly became a hassle.
Did you upgrade to Windows 10, or are you waiting?