Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, is here. Windows 10 is packed full of new features, but before you upgrade, you need to be aware of a few things.
Windows 10: New Features
First let’s take a look at a few of the new features in Windows 10.
- Start Menu: The Start Menu that many people are familiar with is making a return (sort of). It’s a cross between the Windows 7 start menu and the Windows 8 start screen. It is highly customisable and Microsoft gives you an option to use the new start menu or the Windows 8 start screen.
- Microsoft Edge: Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s new web browser and will be the default program to browse websites. It’s more streamlined than Internet Explorer; there will be no toolbars, icons or menus to get in the way of websites. Don’t worry, if you still want to use Internet Explorer, it’ll still be installed by default.
- Virtual Desktops: One cool feature in Windows 10 is virtual desktops. It allows you to set up multiple desktops on your computer. For example, you could set up a virtual desktop that contains all your work-related icons and then a separate desktop for all your games.
Of course, there’s many more features in Windows 10, but these are just a few that we are excited about.
Things to be aware of before upgrading to Windows 10
Windows 10 will be free for the first 12 months for anyone running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. If you want to upgrade after 12 months, then you will have to purchase the operating system. If you are thinking of upgrading, here are some things you need to do first:
- Create a full backup of your hard drive. Before you even start the upgrade process, create a full backup of your hard drive. It may be wise to create a separate copy of your data (documents, pictures, music, etc) in case something goes wrong.
- Is your computer compatible: Your existing operating system may work perfect on your computer, but that doesn’t mean Windows 10 will work correctly. Check to see if your computer is compatible before upgrading.
- Update Windows: Once you’ve created a backup and you’re sure that your current computer is compatible with Windows 10, open up Windows Update and install all pending updates.
If all this sounds daunting, give us a call and we’ll gladly help. We’ll take a full backup on your system, install any pending updates and install Windows 10. If we find your computer is not compatible, we’ll call you to discuss upgrading your computer.
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