Upgrading to Windows 10? Things to think about
So, You’re Thinking About Upgrading to Windows 10? Here’s What to Know
Windows 10 has just launched amid much fanfare, and right now is looking to be the new must-have operating system. Here at Logical.IT we’ve upgraded to Windows 10 on a number of our devices and can report that it runs well, and looks even better.
However, as always there are a few things that you need to think about before you go ahead with the transition. We’ve gone through and looked at issues you might encounter and things to know. If you have any questions just get in touch!
1. Make sure your hardware is up to it
Windows 10 will run on impressively minimal hardware requirements – but it does have some!
In order to run Windows 10, you need a PC or tablet with a 1GHz processor or faster, 1GB of RAM for 32-bit machines or 2GB for 64-bit machines, 16GB hard disk space for 32-bit machines or 20GB hard disk space for 64-bit machines, a DirectX 9 or later graphics card with a WDDM 1.0 driver and an 800 x 600 display or better. For more details, go to Microsoft’s Windows 10 specifications page.
2. Time: You have plenty of it
There’s no need to panic – while Microsoft is offering a free upgrade – you have one year to claim the upgrade from July 29, 2015. Take your time and determine if you can upgrade and how you want to go about it.
There is no need to be an early adopter – feel free to give it some time, and upgrade at some point within the free year period.
3. Plan your upgrade
There are a number of ways that you can upgrade to Windows 10, so make sure that you know how you want to go about it.
The easiest way it to do a plain upgrade, and bring along all your files and applications. We’ve done this, and Microsoft has made it a surprising smooth, easy experience. Most people will likely want to upgrade this way as it keeps your settings, while giving you the new look and feel of Windows 10. However, this is not without it’s downsides – you run the risk of encountering issues with older applications and drivers, and (at least initially) you will still have files from the old operating system taking up space.
The other ways to upgrade involve downloading and creating a Windows 10 USB/DVD, or forcing your OS to update, and are significantly more involved. Please give us a call if you are unable to upgrade the first way and are looking to do it manually.
4. Which version do I want/get?
If you do the standard upgrade, the version of Windows that you get is related the the version of Windows you are currently running (i.e. Windows 7 Home, Windows 8 Pro).
It is important note that there are three main versions: Home, Pro and Enterprise. Each of these offer more features and options than the last – if you are in a business environment you will likely want/need at least Windows 10 Pro for example.
Before you upgrade get in touch with us to find out which version you will need – and how to make sure that you get that version!
5. Contact Us
We’re here to make sure that you have all the information you need to make your upgrade as smooth and painless as possible. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you with any questions or concerns about Windows10.