Should I Upgrade to Windows 10

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Windows 10 is Here

After years of waiting and months of teasing, Windows 10 has successfully been released, and you will see many of the computer systems here on Computech Scout and Amazon being released with Windows 10 fully pre-loaded and ready for use.

Microsoft have gone all out on Windows 10, promising users that the problems and issues of the past have been fixed and done. For now, Windows 10 will only run on suitable computers, but it may even been extended for tablets, phones and a huge range of android and portable devices.

Yes, Windows 10 has brought back the Start Menu!

Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

The short answer is – YES! As long as you have a compatible computer, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t make the change.

However, you don’t need to take the leap straight away. If you are a little on the cautious side, it’s OK to wait for a while after any new release of software. It is always prudent to wait a few weeks or months after initial release to wait for the early birds to find all the bugs before you commit.

 

But you should be serious about commitment. Why – because eventually you will be assured of getting the best features, all the latest updates, and of course the latest security features for your Windows operating system.

 

How do I get Windows 10?

If you have the correct Operating System (Windows 7 or 8.1) on your computer, you will have noticed the regular appearance of the ‘Get Windows 10’ application (or more usually called ‘app’ for short) on your screen.

Unfortunately, you won’t easily be able to get Windows 10 on a disc or USB, so the minimum requirement is a decent internet connection, from which the app will allow you to start an automatic download. The download is a file size of around 3 GB, so if you don’t have broadband, it is going to take a while, and hopefully if your computer system has enough memory storage capacity to handle the download.

If you do meet the criteria of having a current Operating System of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you should be seeing the ‘Get Windows 10’ app at the bottom of your screen. Simply open the app and follow the instructions.   It is safe to do so.

Once you have managed to complete the download process, you still have to run the installation process, and this could take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on your computer system. Be patient!

As with any change to your computer system – make sure you backup first!

 

Is my computer good enough for Windows 10?

Microsoft recommend that your computer will be required to meet the following specifications to make Windows 10 a happy experience:

  • Processor – 1GHz or faster
  • RAM – 1GB or preferably 2GB
  • Hard Drive – Disc Space 16 GB or preferably 20 GB
  • Graphics card – DirectX 9 or better
  • Display – 800 x 600 pixels

 

If you need to verify these specifications on your computer, you can easily check at the Control Panel, and click on system, which will provide everything at a glance.

If you have either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can simply click on the ‘Check my PC’ feature in the Get Windows 10 app, and it will do it for you!

What if I have a new Computer?

If you have recently purchased a new computer system, then you may already have Windows 10 installed – check your system under Control Panel to confirm.

However, not all machines come pre-loaded with Windows 10, and if you are seeing the ‘Get Windows 10’, then you probably qualify for the free upgrade, or you can choose to stick with the system of your preference.

 

What is the benefit of Windows 10?

Most users have described Windows 10 as being the best parts of Windows 7 and 8, brought together to suit everyone. Some people preferred 7, while others just absolutely love 8. The most obvious improvement is the return of the Start Menu, which now includes your favorite apps, windows and programs. Internet Explorer has been updated and renamed, and the apps have been refreshed and improved.

What if I don’t like Windows 10?

Microsoft has stated that you will be able to revert back to the previous version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, if you find that you simply prefer to operate under the pre-existing operating system. If you just can’t adjust to the different operating system, you will be able to undo the upgrade within one month of being installed.

What is the cost of upgrading to Windows 10?

The best part is – it is free, as long as you upgrade within one year of the offer.

Once you upgrade, you will have Windows 10 for free on that device, which includes future upgrades, patches and the usual improvements that Microsoft make available. If you miss the upgrade period, Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 will be available for a nominal fee.

 

Make sure you don’t miss out!

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