Windows 10: Everything you should know to get started
Windows 10 is here after the long wait. Early adopters have already jumped into it. If you have not, and if you run Windows 7 or 8.1, your free upgrade reservation notice should be waiting for you on your taskbar (provided you have installed all the latest updates through Windows Update). This upgrade is free as long as you wish to use it. WIth the associated product key, you can also reinstall the OS multiple times on your machine, in case you wish to. Windows 10’s release has brought a major overhaul to the way we install, use and pay for its use, with Microsoft looking at the operating system as ‘Windows as a service’ in the future. Here is an overview of the brand new OS.
What is going away in Windows 10
- The option to postpone your updates indefinitely – Windows 10 updates install automatically. Home edition users cannot postpone these updates. Pro and Enterprise users alone can postpone them, albeit Pro users can only do it for a limited number of times. However, a tool has been provided to rollback certain updates that might cause serious issues with existing software and hardware
- Compatibility with some existing software, firmware and drivers of your existing devices. Windows can diagnose the compatibility of some of these before installation.
- OEM software that came with your original installation might be removed
- Windows Media Centre and Windows 7 Desktop Widgets
What is new
- The obvious new addition is the start menu with Windows 8.1 style live tiles. The highly touchscreen-centric start screen has now gone away to make way for a much more familiar and friendly interface.
- Microsoft Edge, the new default browser, is packed with a whole new layout and interesting features. It lets you add notes & annotations directly to web pages and share them. It also lets you create reading lists.
- Continuum – The Continuum feature lets Windows switch smoothly and seamlessly between devices with keyboard and mouse, and those with a touchscreen. In touch based devices, the layout changes to accommodate touch based control by letting the apps and start screen fill the entire display. When a keyboard or mouse is connected, the OS detects them and switches to a desktop based mode.
- Tile your app windows or switch betwwn screens smartly with the Snap Assist Feature.
- Improved features in Windows Explorer, command prompt and Task switchings screen.
- Universal apps, single apps that will be able to run across a large range of devices including tablets, phones, servers and PCs.
- Cortana, Windows’ virtual assistant that can be used for finding information, getting help, setting reminders, sending emails or simply having a conversation. Cortana is not officially available in India yet. Stay tuned for the update.
Are you ready for the upgrade?
If you are okay with the changes listed above, you can prepare for your upgrade.You will need either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1, if you want to upgrade to Windows 10. If not, you will have to purchase the retail version. Installing Windows 10 on new hardware will be simpler than installing it on a machine with older hardware.Your old hardware might not have the capacity or the driver support for the new OS. If you are running Windows XP or Vista, you will need to perform a clean install. The minimum requirements are as below:
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB RAM for 32-bit systems or 2 GB for 64-bit
- 16 GB of hard disk space for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
- DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- 800×600 or better display
If you have decided not to upgrade, it is not a cause for worry. Extended Support for Windows 7 (SP 1) will be available until 14 January 2020 & for Windows 8.1 until 10 January 2023. The upgrade is free within the first one year. You have time until July 29th 2016 to ponder over that. You may wait to feel assured that all the bugs are ironed out within the first few months of the upgrade.
If you are in a hurry to check out Windows 10
If you have opted for the upgrade and yet, are feeling impatient, Microsoft offers a media creation tool option. (except for an Enterprise edition).This lets you either upgrade the current PC you are on or you can create an installation media that lets you install the upgrade on any other PC. The tool lets you create a DVD, ISO or setup from a USB drive.
Windows 10 offers an all new, sleek, attractive look and feel. The familiar and much loved start menu is back, looking much better than ever. Many drawbacks of Windows 8.1 have been fixed. It tries to cater to users with varied capabilities and across different devices. You can always roll back to a previous version if need be. Do share your opinions on your Windows 10 experience below.
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