Windows 10 – What you need to know

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 marked the release of the long awaited Windows 10 operating system.  Users of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to upgrade to the newest OS (Operating System) for free.

With a free upgrade, there are a few questions you may have before you upgrade. So here are a few things you need to know before upgrading to Windows 10.


What are some of the new features in Windows 10?

Windows 10 will try to please both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users with some new features and some popular and familiar features as well. One of the highlighted new features will be Microsoft Cortana. Much like Siri on iOS devices, Cortana is an assistant who can help you with searching for files and with web searches. Cortana can even help you by setting up reminders and calendar events.

Another big change will be Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge will now replace Internet Explorer as its web browser. Designed with minimal aesthetics and a simple approach to web browsing, users will be able to take notes, write and even doodle on the web page itself using the Microsoft pen tool. They also offer a “reading view” for simple and easy reading of longer articles.


How can I upgrade my computer?

Since June, Microsoft has been giving users the option to reserve their copy of Windows 10 via an update which provides users with a windows icon in their tool bar on the bottom right of their desktop. Once you reserve your copy, Windows will download it once it becomes available. From there, you can choose to upgrade right away or you can wait to install it another day.

There are a few system requirements in order to run Windows 10. Listed below are what your computer needs in order to run Windows 10.

–          Processor: 1 Gigahertz(GHz) or faster

–          RAM: At least 1GB for 32 bit OS or 2GB for 64 bit OS

–          Hard Disk space: 16GB for 32 bit OS or 20 GB for 64 bit OS

–          Graphics: Direct X 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

–          Display: 1024 x 600

With the above specifications, you should not have a problem installing and running Windows 10. According to some user reviews, install can take anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour. Users who are looking at buying a new computer will have the option to upgrade to Windows 10 the same way as existing users, although, as of Wednesday, computers will ship with Windows 10 already installed.

The free upgrade will be available to all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users during the first year of the launch. Once your device is upgraded to Windows 10, Windows Support will support your computer for the lifetime of the device at no extra charge.

Some of you might be asking, “What if I don’t like Windows 10?” Well, there is good news for you folks. Users who do not like Windows 10 are able to revert back to their old OS with one caveat-you can only revert back within 30 days of the date of install.

Now before you go running around upgrading all your computers, laptops and tablets one small piece of advice: please back up all of your files to an external device. You never know what can happen.

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