As you may have heard Windows 10 has arrived. The good news it that Windows 10 will available as free upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
Many people tend to agree that Windows 8 has not been as universally successful as Windows 7, but Microsoft have listened to consumers and business and look to prevent history repeating itself with Windows 10.
They are also offering Windows 10 for free for existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users. Just to clarify there is no catch with this promotion, Microsoft are purely doing this speed up the adoption of Windows 10.
So…should you upgrade to Windows 10?
Whilst we are advocates of Windows 10, we would suggest that you thoroughly look at what applications your business is running before proceeding with the upgrade. Some older applications that were designed for Windows XP for example may not support Windows 10. The same holds true for peripherals such as printers and scanners, which may require the downloading of new drivers to ensure they work properly on the new platform.
Whilst it is easy to downgrade back to the version you were using it is best to spend some time before hand ensuring this is the right move for you and your business. After all you have until 29th July 2016 to claim your free upgrade so plenty of time to get it right.
Here are some answers to some more questions that you may have surrounding Windows 10
IS THE UPGRADE REALLY FREE?
Yes, it’s free. This is a full version of Windows, not a trial or introductory version. It is available for a limited time: you have one year from the time Windows 10 is available to take advantage of this offer.
HOW TO GET MY FREE UPGRADE?
You can do one of two things:
- a)Buy a new Windows 8.1 device and upgrade it to Windows 10 for free, or
- b)Select the notification/Windows logo you should have received which is on the right hand bottom toolbar, this will guide you through the installation process.
Not every device will run every feature of Windows 10. Be sure to check with your us before purchasing to ensure you know the implications of upgrading.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL THE UPGRADE?
Plan for about an hour for the installation. Newer devices may only take 20 minutes, and older devices may take more than an hour.
You’ll need to download the installation files before you begin. If you reserve, Microsoft will take care of downloading those files for you and let you know when you are ready to get started.
WHAT IF YOU ARE RUNNING WINDOWS VISTA OR XP?
As stated Windows 10 will be free for any existing users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 but this offer does not extend to Vista or XP users. You cannot simply upgrade even if you are willing to pay as the update requires a clean install.
This is where upgrading becomes a little more complicated. If you’re running specialist software on your XP or Vista machine, then the chances are it’s pretty old and might not be compatible with the latest operating system. Then there’s the price to consider. Although you can’t buy it in the Store yet, Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 will be same price as Windows 8.1, which puts the Home edition at around £99 and the Professional edition at £189.
If your software is compatible with Windows 10, or you’re happy to update to new versions of the software then iwe would advise to look at purchasing a new PC with it already installed, rather than spending £100 on Windows 10. While you might be happy with your machine, if it’s running Vista or XP then the chances are it’s quite old, and likely to have ageing parts wearing out.
FEATURES OF WINDOWS 10:
Start menu: The familiar Start menu is back, but it brings with it a new customizable space for your favourite apps and Live Tiles.
Everything runs in a window: Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimise, and close with a click.
Snap enhancements: You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
New task view button: There’s a new task-view button on the taskbar for quick switching between open files and quick access to any desktops you create.
Multiple desktops: Create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between these desktops easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop.
Find files faster: File Explorer now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders making for finding files you’ve worked on is easier.
If you have any questions at all or you would like us to check your systems to ensure your hardware and software is compatible with Windows 10 please contact us.
Phone: 01392 824 022