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Considerations for Windows 10 upgrade. Available on July 29th

05 Jul

Most of us have begun receiving Windows 10 upgrade messages by now. WIndows 10 is a free upgrade to anyone using WIndows 7 and 8.1, if you are still using WIndows 8 you will need to upgrade to 8.1 before upgrading to WIndows 10.

Should I upgrade my system if it is a version prior to Windows 7 (Vista  or XP)? The short answer is probably not. Many of the new features are aimed directly at the new CPU's and peripherals. As you would have to purchase the OS for anything older than Windows 7 you will probably be better off buying a new system which will come with either 8 or 10 out of the box and will have a CPU, possibly a SSD hard-drive and which Windows 10 have been optimized for.

You also need to be aware of a few features that Windows 10 will not offer on July 29th and that you may be currently using and will not be immediatley available:

  • If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed.
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software.
  • Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
  • Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
  • If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer's website.
  • If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.

 Read more on these features here.

Another issue you may run into is attached devices. Check out your printers, scanners and any other add-on that you use and make sure that your drivers will work with Windows 10.

Personally I typically wait a few months forfore I upgrade any of my production systems. I was pretty happy with the transition to Windows 7 and am still using it on my work PC's, our home computer and one tablet is operating Windows 8. We have adjusted to the changes incorporated in Windows 8 but still prefer the Windows 7 layout. Fortunately Windows 10 will make some backward layout and functionality changes towards Windows 7.

 

 

John Beck

I am a coder. I love the idea of taking a organic idea and tranforming it into a digital form.

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