You all have heard about Windows 10, Microsoft’s next desktop operating system. I’ll keep this short and sweet.
A lot of people, myself included, were not a big fan of Windows 8. The tiles were too hard to get used to unless you have a touch screen monitor or laptop. Microsoft went to this interface because they want their phones, tablets and desktops to all use the same interface. Good idea, but bad execution. The interface was just too different from Windows 7 and not easy to use with a mouse and KB.
Now along comes Windows 10. Microsoft got smart this time. It is still some of 7 and some of 8 combined to make it work well for users that like either one.
Now the best part – the upgrade to 10, for most users, will be free. Yes, I said free. You may have already gotten a notification on your home computer from Microsoft (in Windows) that says you are eligible for the upgrade. If you are on a domain (at work) then you will not get this notification. MIcrosoft got smart and did not push out upgrades on networks. They are going to let network administrators choose when to install the upgrades and on which machines. A lot of business use LOBs or line of business applications. Many of these apps were not supporting Windows 8 yet, much less WIndows 10. If they had rolled out an upgrade to the OS automatically, they would have a lot of network administrators up in arms!
Doing the upgrade: What to expect
I have two home machines. One desktop running Windows 8 and an older laptop running Windows 7. I was a little concerned about my laptop. My LT running 7 has an older AMD Dual Core processor, and is a little slow. I upgraded the RAM to 4 GIG and I put in a Solid State hard drive a while back. This really sped up the machine which had almost become unusable.
Anyway, both on my desktop and on my much lower powered laptop, the upgrade took an hour. It was painless. You will need to watch it for the first 30 minutes as it will ask you to answer a couple of questions. My laptop seemed to run a little slow for about 24 hours after the upgrade was done, but after the machine settled down it ran fine.
A couple of features I think you’ll like
The new snap feature: The Snap feature introduced in Windows 7 has gotten an upgrade. Drag an app to the left or right side of the screen, and it’ll “snap” to fill that space. The new Snap Assist feature will then show you thumbnails of any other apps that are currently open. If you click a thumbnail and it’ll fill up the remaining space. You can also snap an app into a corner or your display and fill your screen with up to four apps, divided equally across the screen. This is really useful if you have a large or multiple monitors.
The task view button: A new button on the task bar that allows you to see all open tasks with one click. Small thing, but I really like it.
Windows 10 is cool. I like the new interface and the fact that the start button is back really sold me quick. A new explorer, Edge, replaces Internet Explorer. There are a lot of new features for you to check out.
If you are on one of our managed networks, we will let you know when it will be a good time to upgrade, till then, enjoy it on your home computer.
The Windows 10 Q&A
When will i get my free upgrade?
If you reserved your free upgrade, it’s available now. You’re part of the largest software upgrade event ever and Microsoft is managing it so that everyone has a great experience.
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 until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this offer. Once you upgrade, you”ll have Windows 10 for free on that device.
What are the qualifications for the free upgrade?
The only requirements for the free Windows 10 Upgrade is that your device is compatible, and you’re running genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1
What are the basic facts for the upgrade?
Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for qualified and genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 devices. The free upgrade for select Windows Phone 8.1 device will be available later this year.
How do I get my free upgrade?
You can do one of two things:
- Buy a new device with Windows 10 installed, or upgrade from 8.1 to 10 for free or
- Upgrade your existing Windows 7 or 8/8.1 PC for free
Not every device will run every feature of Windows 10. Be sure to check with your manufacturer before installing.
Can i get Windows 10 if I am running Windows XP or Vista?
You may purchase Windows 10 and it install it on your existing device running Windows XP or Windows Vista if your device meets the minimum specs requirements for Windows 10.
What are the steps to upgrade?
- Make your reservation through the Get Windows app:
Click the Windows icon at the right end of the task bar
Click “Reserve your free upgrade”
Enter your email address to confirm
- Once you’ve reserved, watch for the notification. When Windows is ready for your specific device, Microsoft will download it in the background to make the upgrade experience easier for you.
When the download is complete, you’ll get the notification on your desktop. At that point, you can choose to upgrade right away or at a time that’s good for you.
- Enjoy! After you’ve upgraded, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.