Recently Microsoft has stepped up its messaging for the free Windows 10 update. Almost every day you will get a Microsoft pop up message inviting you install Windows 10 and suggesting a date for this to commence. So while Microsoft are keen to for you to schedule your Windows 10 download, is it going to be in your best interests to complete the update?
Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 users, this offer is set to close at the end of July 2016. No indication has yet been made by Microsoft of extending this offer.
First released in July 2015 the Windows 10 operating system is now on over 300 million devices worldwide and by most reports is an improvement on Windows 7 & 8 in both speed & functionality.
So if you choose to do the Windows 10 down what do you expect:
- The upgrade will take a significant amount of time usually 30 minutes to 1 hour, however this will depend on the internet connection you use.
- The upgrade will use around 3GB of data so make sure you have sufficient data allowance to download.
- It is recommended not to use a wireless broadband connection, as quite few have found themselves stuck mid download after losing a connection or racking up huge mobile data bills.
- Once installed the opening desktop screen will look completely different to the traditional Windows (pre Windows 8) desktop, dominated by icons and tiles, but don’t panic the underlying system logic remains fairly much the same.
- Within a few days most users are navigating the Windows 10 system as they always have, you just need to be patient.
- Windows 10 works seamlessly with Office 2016 and Office 365
- Just remember to take a backup before you embark on the Windows 10 update journey for your own piece of mind.
Are You Currently Using Windows 8 or 8.1?
For many users that are currently on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, the new Windows 10 has the same look and feel but has improvements that make it faster & more featured. One of the main focuses of Windows 10 was to address the many complaints that were lodged about some of the downfalls of Windows 8. However, there are still issues that you need to consider.
If you are considering upgrading your PC or laptop from Windows 8, you will likely be thrilled with the changes and again should take advantage of the free offer. If you are a business that is considering upgrading from Windows 8, you will want to consult with a technology professional about the impact this type of change will have your business.
Are You Currently Using Windows 7?
Microsoft intends to keep Windows 7 on extended support until at least 2020, so there is no requirement that you change anything at this time. So you have a choice to stay where you are, or take on a free version of the new look operating system. If you are perfectly happy with your system today, then you can wait to move to the new operating system when you naturally upgrade your hardware.
Are You Using an Old Operating System or Software?
If you have a device that is currently using an operating system that was released before Windows 7, like Windows XP or Vista, you will have to pay for the upgrade. However, if you are still using a device with one of these older operating systems you need to consider an immediate upgrade to at least Windows 7, as your system is likely no longer secure. If you are using an older OS such as Windows XP you need to understand this is no longer supported by Microsoft and you are at considerable risk of malware & viruses.
You also need to be aware that older printers and applications may not be compatible with the newer operating systems. Therefore, if you are using older peripheral equipment or an older piece of software that you cannot live without, you will want to do some research on what your options are before you choose to upgrade.
The Windows 10 update is now a proven product, though not perfect, & those with Window 8 & 8.1 should take the free Windows 10 upgrade while it is available.
Those with Windows 7 should consider the change in look and feel before they upgrade – thankfully Microsoft has made downgrading back to Windows 7 relatively easy.
Those with older operating systems are confronted with the need to update regardless as XP & Vista become unsupported and over time more vulnerable to attack.
Computer Troubleshooters can provide Windows 10 update help or if you experience an issue with a Windows 10 download we can support you to make it work correctly. Or if you simply are wary of doing the Windows 10 update yourself we can complete the download & setup for you. Call your local Computer Troubleshooters today for Windows 10 support & advice.