Windows 10: All You Need To Know

As you may have already noticed, Microsoft  is releasing its new operating system this coming week Windows 10. What makes this new release different than any of their past updates is they are releasing the new edition FREE to many current customers.  So what does this mean to new computers, your current computer, and how do I receive it free?

Lets answer the easiest question first by discussing how this is going to affect new computers. How Windows 10 is going to affect new computers is manufacturers will start shipping out new computers with Windows 10 already installed on the device. You turn on your new computer, go through the initial setup like any new computer and your ready to go.

Will I be able to still purchase a computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8?
At this point Microsoft has not made an official word on whether or not they are going to seize selling Windows 7 or Windows 8 devices. Microsoft will probably wait it out to see how well Windows 10 is being accepted before making any decisions.

Who is eligible to receiving the free upgrade?
Microsoft is making this upgrade available for free to users running Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. The exception to this rule is devices running the enterprise version of Windows 7 or Windows 8. Those users will have to retrieve the upgrade through their licensing agreement with Microsoft.

What does this update mean?
This update is releasing the next version of Windows. If you download and install this update it will change the look and feel of the Windows version you are currently familiar with. If you are currently happy with your setup and are afraid of change you may want to hold off upgrading.

When does this update become available?
Microsoft is releasing this update to the public on Wednesday July 29, 2015.

Where can I sign up or download this update?
To signup for the free update you will want to first look at the bottom left corner of your screen. If your computer is eligible for the free upgrade you should see an icon like this.

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Once you click this icon it will walk you through a few steps explaining the update and showing you the screens to sign up for the update.

What’s New in Windows 10?
When Microsoft releases a new operating system there’s always new bells and whistles that come with it. Some good, some bad, and some ugly.  Some of the new features Microsoft is boasting are features users have been wanting for some time.

Hello Start Menu – You asked, you begged, you screamed, you refused to upgrade and Microsoft listened. Windows 10 is bringing back the start menu, for the most part. If you are familiar with the Windows Start menu you know the programs is on the left side and folders and settings are on the right. In Windows 10 the left panel still has the programs but on the right side your Computer, Documents, Settings icons have been replaced with the tiles that made their debut in Windows 8. So when Microsoft tells you they brought back the Start Menu it’s true, but it’s not the full start menu setup your use to.

Cortana – Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana. The digital assistant Microsoft brought to the table for their mobile phones is making its debut in Windows 10.

R.I.P. Internet Explorer: Microsoft’s flagship web browser is being put to rest in Windows 10. Internet Explorer will still be there in the background for backward compatibility purposes, but the default browser for Windows 10 will be Project Spartan. The new browser is suppose to be faster, more secure, and better than Internet Explorer. Time will tell if this new browser will better than Internet Explorer. Considering how bad Internet Explorer has gotten over last few years the bar has been set pretty low on how this new browser can be much better than its predecessor.

Who Should Update?
Now that you have all of the information on the new Windows 10 the next question your probably asking yourself is, “Should I update?”  We will discuss who should and who shouldn’t upgrade to the next version of Windows.

Users That Should Upgrade
Unhappy Windows 8 Users: Windows 8 left a bad taste in a lot of users mouths. Windows 10 is suppose to win those users back. So if you are unhappy with your Windows 8/8.1 device you should definitely upgrade.

Home Users Who Aren’t Afraid Of Change: If you like to take on a challenge of the unknown then you should upgrade to Windows 10. According to Microsoft if your familiar with Windows 7 or Windows 8 you should have no trouble with Windows 10.

Users That SHOULDN’T Upgrade

Business Owners: Now is not the time to upgrade just to find out that the one program that is critical to your operations is not Windows 10 compatible. Steer clear of the update unless ALL of your software vendors state that the version of software you are running is Windows 10 compatible.

Gamers: Gamers are sensitive with the way their systems are setup, making sure that the system as a whole is running at its peak performance. Windows 10 shouldn’t get in the way of your gaming but its better to be safe than sorry, unless you are willing to be the sacrifice and upgrade to Windows 10 to let fellow gamers know how your system is running with Windows 10.

Internet Data Cap Users: If your home or business connects to the internet by ways of hotspot, satellite, or any other connection type that has a low data cap you DEFINATELY do not want to upgrade. This upgrade is a BIG file, over 3GB. If your monthly limit is 5GB you’ve already used over 60% of your monthly allotment on one device and if you have more than one device setup to upgrade you’ve just set your self up for no internet for the rest of the month or a large bill next month due to overage fees.

Users Don’t Like Change: If you are running Windows 7 and Windows 8 and are happy with your setup there’s no real need to change if you are happy with your setup and don’t like new things. Since Windows 7 and Windows 8 are still going to receive their monthly security patches there’s no need to upgrade.

Preparing for the Upgrade
This upgrade is going to be a big one, and with any big change or upgrade there are some things you should make yourself familiar with.

Backup – If you never backup your system PLEASE backup your system before installing the upgrade. Microsoft claims that the upgrade will be simple but the reality is there are too many unknown factors in the wild for them to make this claim. Backing up all of your important data now saves you a lot of panic and possible permanent data loss in the event the upgrade doesn’t go as planned.

Keep it plugged in – This only applies to laptop users but if you are going to install the upgrade make sure you have your charger plugged into the laptop. You don’t want the system to shutdown in the middle of the upgrade and take the risk of losing everything due to something as simple as leaving your charger unplugged.

Recovery Discs – If your computer did not come with recovery discs, there should be a program on your computer to create system recovery discs. You will want to have these handy in the event your Windows 10 upgrade goes awry or you are unhappy with Windows 10. If you don’t have these discs to reinstall your current version of Windows you will be fighting an uphill battle to get your previous version of Windows back up and going.

Final Thought
Windows 10 is the new flagship OS from Microsoft that is suppose to bring Microsoft back on top after the flop of Windows 8. We have tested the beta versions of Windows 10 and are pleased with the results and hope that Windows 10 can live up to the hype. If Windows 10 works as well as Windows 7 did while including some of the features consumers liked with Windows 8, while releasing new bells and whistles that hopefully go well, then everyone wins.

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