Key things you need to know about Windows 10.
Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, is now available and free to most licensed users of Windows 7 and 8 (for a limited time). You may have already seen a new icon in the system tray, prompting you to reserve your copy of Windows 10.
The big question is: Should you do it?
There are many advantages to upgrading to Windows 10. Here are just a few of them:
1) Familiar Start Menu
Windows 8 introduced confusing changes to the classic Windows interface, including the full-screen Start menu that was optimized for touch based systems. Windows 10, in contrast, looks more like the Windows you remember. The familiar Start menu is back and they have integrated the Live Tiles into it which adds real-time updates to web content.
2) Cortana: Your Digital Assistant
Windows 10 now includes the digital assistant Cortana which was previously available only on Windows phones. You can talk or type to Cortana to search for files, launch apps, setup appointments, play music and much more. Cortana learns from your actions and can anticipate your needs.
3) Enhanced Security
Microsoft has increased security in Windows by adding new features designed to protect users by keeping their devices and data safe. One of these features is Windows Hello, an authentication feature that will eliminate the need for traditional passwords. The system uses a biometric scanner to read the user’s fingerprint, face or iris, and log in to applications and content without storing a password on the device or network server.
So the advantages look good, now the question is: When should you do it?
Well, there are a few things you need to take into consideration beforehand:
1) Your Computer Hardware
If you are currently running Windows 7, your computer could be more than 5 years old. Your current hardware may not be powerful enough to run Windows 10 effectively. Although the minimum specifications to run Windows 10 are quite low, we have found you need much more horsepower than that to have a good experience. We recommend starting with a Core i3 processor or greater and at least 4Gb of RAM.
2) Old Peripherals
A big issue you may run into after a Windows 10 upgrade is that peripherals (such as printers, scanners and cameras) may not work. You need to check with the manufacturers of these devices as to their compatibility with Windows 10 before upgrading.
3) Outdated Software
If you are running old software, you may have problems after upgrading to Windows 10. Make sure the software is compatible before you upgrade.
A basic rule of thumb is that if you are already running Windows 8 and all of your software and peripherals are currently working, then they should work fine with Windows 10. It is always best to check with your hardware/software manufacturers first. If you have problems after upgrading, you can always revert back to the version of Windows you upgraded from.
The most important thing you need before upgrading to Windows 10 is a complete backup of your system!