Microsoft Windows® 10

In case you haven't noticed, Microsoft is aggressively encouraging everyone running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to upgrade to Windows 10. According to the Microsoft website linked below, the upgrade is free until July 29th, 2016.

Some thoughts and observations.

On the whole, moving to Windows 10 is a good deal. It boots quicker than any previous operating system. It has new security features to better protect you from viruses and malware and it brings back the Start Menu so that you can load it with all the programs you like to use. If you've used Windows 8.1, you shouldn't have any problem navigating Windows 10. Those of you on earlier operating systems will get the hang of it pretty quickly.

Newer computers, those purchased within the last three years, shouldn't have a problem updating. To help minimize problems, a compatibility scan is run on your computer to make sure that your hardware and installed software are compatible. The upgrade window will have a link to that report. Be sure to view it before proceeding. If you're not sure what the report says, you can Email it to me and I can review it for you.

Older computers might have some issues. Some functionality may be lost in Windows 10. This is one of those situations where "your results may vary".

From personal experience, upgrading systems to Windows 10 has been a mixed bag. Some times it works and there are no issues. These systems were fairly new and had little 3rd party software installed. Other machines had problems with features not working and the upgrade had to be backed out.

You should also know that Windows Media Center is no longer supported in Windows 10 and is uninstalled during the update to Windows 10. Microsoft offer's options which you can access in the Windows 10: FAQ link below.

Want to learn more?

The following links will provide more information about Windows 10.

Processors and Windows 10

Windows 10 Specifications

Settings to Check in Windows 10

Operating system life cycle.

This link will take you to Microsofts Operating System Lifecycle Page. It documents how long each operating system is officially supported.

Click HERE to go there.

If you have a new PC running Windows 7 or 8.1

If your computer has an Intel 6th generation processor, also known as Skylake®, Microsoft will continue to support that operating system on that processor until July 17th, 2018. By then, you'll want to upgrade to Windows 10.

For more information, check out the website Here.

If you still have questions...

Please Email me.

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