We have spent the last few months testing and running Windows 10 in our shop environment. Recently, we have received many calls pertaining to the window 10 upgrade. The main question is, of course, whether or not you should upgrade. Let me try to answer this inquiry by saying this:
"It is really a decision that make for yourselves." I would suggest reviewing the facts and weigh out whether this is the best move for you.
I understand that this isn't the answer many will want hear; just a simple yes or no is desired by most. However, it just really isn't that simple. Anytime you upgrade or install a new operating system, it changes your computing system. Therefore, we need to consider things like, legacy hardware you may have attached to your computer, older programs written for older operating systems you may still depend on daily, and may other concerns.
Here are some of the facts for you:
1. When can I upgrade and how much will it cost?
Windows 10 launched July 28th. Anyone running a legal version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 has the option to upgrade free through Windows.
2. What if I am running XP or Vista?
The cost will vary from $125 to $225 based on which version. Further, it may not be able to do an upgrade at all. Thus, leaving you to need a reload. A reload will require you to back up data, reinstall drivers and programs. You can do this your self if you know how, or most computer stores will be able to do it for an additional $165.
3. Will my older programs work with Windows 10?
Maybe. You will need to check with the software developers of any programs that are not produced by windows to find out.
4. Will my printer, scanner, other devices work with Windows 10?
Maybe. As with all new operating systems, Microsoft tries to work with manufacturers to make it as compatible as possible. However, they all will not be compatible.
5. What about Apps?
Microsoft has made apps cross platform that will adapt to whatever operating system you are using from windows 8 forward, so long as they are purchased from the Windows Store, and ran on a Microsoft operating system, from 8 forward.
6. What about a Start Menu?
If you hated Windows 8's full screen Start screen, your in luck. Microsoft has brought back the old fashioned start button. It is nestled on the lower left of the screen with that familiar pop-up menu of shortcuts.
7. What about Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer will remain a part of Windows for compatibility reasons. However, it has been replaced by a new browser called Microsoft Edge.
8. Will Windows 10 run on my computer?
The Minimum specifications for Windows 10 are a 1Gz processor, 1 GB of Ram and at least 16GB of Hard Drive or Storage space. As you can see, its a tight little package, not requiring much in the way of resources. If you are running a computer that's currently running Windows 7 or later, you should be fine.
9. I have been seeing the promotion to get it free, but I am afraid to in stall myself. Can you help?
Yes, simply bring in your computer for a tune-up and tell the staff you want to upgrade to Windows 10 while its in the shop. Our fee for a full system Tune-Up is $120. This will include the upgrade to windows 10 and a tune up to make sure it will run optimally. However, reconnecting printers, etc will be your responsibility.
10. Where can I find out more about Windows 10?
There is plenty of information circulating the web right now about the new Windows 10. Our best suggestion for further information is to visit the Microsoft website: