Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Maribeth WardTech Tips0 Comments

Windows 10 is an entirely new version of the Windows operating system that was released July 29 in seven versions. It is no longer just an operating system but will also run on smaller tablets and smartphones. If you have Windows 7, 8.1 or a Windows Phone 8.1 device you should have no problem installing Windows 10. If you have Windows 7 you need to make sure you meet certain requirements. If you have a device with Windows XP or Windows Vista you will need to do a clean install.

System requirements are:

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Free hard disk space of 16 GB or greater
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
A Microsoft account and internet access

The free upgrade version of Windows 10 is only available for a year, however Microsoft says those updating during the promotional period will be able to use it at no cost forever. You do have to do the upgrade before summer 2016.

Windows 10 Home and Pro are available for free to Windows 7 and 8.1 users who have licenses. If you are running a pirated version or using Windows operating systems older than Windows 7, the new Windows 10 Home will cost $119 and Windows Pro will cost $199 per license. If you are a Home user and want to upgrade to Pro it will cost you an additional $99.

Our recommendation is that if you already have Windows 8 go ahead and do the upgrade. It’s much better than 8 and you will probably like it. If you have Windows 7 your computer is most likely older and Windows 8 has a pretty big learning curve. It may also slow down your computer. It’s not worth the new features if your computer slows down too much.

If you like change then definitely go with Windows 10. If you don’t care much for change, you won’t like it.

Here are some of the features: Windows 10 has a new digital assistant called Cortana which is useful in lots of ways. You can issue commands and she will intelligently apply filters to find the correct result. She even makes jokes.

The browser also has a new name–Microsoft Edge and Project Music has been renamed to Groove Music to match up to Microsoft’s new subscription service. The Sports and News sections are improved and can be found as pop-ups in the Start menu.

The photo app provides a complete back catalogue and editing and filter capabilities. Even if you have Photoshop on your computer, you will end up using this app. It has some great editing options.

Windows 10 offers another handy feature from mobile devices called Battery Saver. It will kick in when your laptop’s power dips below a predetermined percentage that you can configure (default is at 20 percent). Battery Saver clamps down on background activities in order to maximize your system’s endurance.

If you want more information about Windows 10 sign-up for our Windows 10 WynShop Wednesday, September 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. It’s only $5 to attend and we can answer your question. Check our website for information or to sign-up at www.wynway.com.

If you need help installing Windows 10, stop by WynWay and we can take care of it for you. We can provide a fresh install, upgrade and make sure everything is working right for you for $50. By doing a fresh install less space is taken up and compatibility issues are avoided. You will have to reinstall your old programs. If you have a version below Windows 8.2 we can still install it for you.

Call us at 765-692-3100 with any questions or just bring your computer into our office at 122 E. Washington Street in Greencastle.

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