One of the gifts I asked for and received for Christmas was some new RAM for my computer.
RAM is what your computer uses when it’s actually running programs. More RAM means your programs will run smoother and you’ll be able to run more of them (with some limitations).
I wanted the extra RAM to help with issues I’ve had in the past when I’m running programs in the background while playing a game. Things like Skype, my recording software for streaming, or just leaving Chrome open with a guide to the game.
In the past these things have slowed the game down a little bit, but not so much anymore!
I upgraded from 8GB of RAM to 24GB. I should be able to run three times as many programs, right?
Turns out that’s not the case. My current operating system, Windows 7, throttles the RAM my computer can use at 16GB.
Windows 10, however, lets me use up to 128GB of RAM. Far more than I will ever need.
And as you may have heard, Windows is offering a free downloadable upgrade to Windows 10 on all Windows 7 and 8 machines.
I’ve been reluctant to go through with the upgrade for a number of reasons.
First, bad reviews. Most of the reviews of Windows 10 are bad. That’s par for the course when a new operating system comes out though.
My dad has tried Windows 10 out and he hasn’t noticed any serious problems which was encouraging.
Second, detailed reviews that talk about the increased bloat of the operating system and annoying default features that spy on your computer for Microsoft.
The operating system bloat shouldn’t be a problem. Even if Windows 10 uses a whole 1GB more of RAM then Windows 7 I’ll still be 7GB up on what I previously had.
The spying is annoying, but since I can turn it off I’m not too concerned about it.
My third and final concern is whether all my programs will continue to run on Windows 10.
Most, if not all, of my games will continue to work on Windows 10 according to this community list.
I’d be shocked if Microsoft Office and Google Chrome didn’t transfer over fine.
That leaves just my streaming software.
While the upgrade was initially to get more use out of the streaming software, I haven’t seriously touched the stuff in about a year. Maybe it’s not so big a deal if it doesn’t work?
Anyways, I’ll be making a jump into Windows 10 tonight. If I don’t update the blog next week it’s probably because Windows 10 caused my computer to go up in flames and burn down my house.
Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen.