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Worth using Windows 10?

We have a quick look at whether it’s worth using Windows 10 for free before it jumps in price.

End of July 2016 will see the nagging Windows icon on your taskbar finally disappear. If you are putting it off until the last-minute, probably best start now. We’ve seen a few machines upgrade by themselves, and an aborted one loose its hard drive. If such a thing happens, we recommend letting it finish and reverting back in System Recovery.

Not many like the idea of the default Microsoft account, store apps advertised on the start menu and a few other odd little options.

Positives

  • Much faster interaction with Programs, Apps such as Office 2016.
  • Multicore support, additional support for over 64gb of ram.
  • Currently free to Existing Windows 7/8 users, full installs can be done with your existing Windows 7/8 key. (you might need to install the windows 10 upgrade first to put a Windows 10 flag on key).
  • Continually improved and regularly updated.
  • OneDrive integration.
  • Blocks currently identifiable virus/trojan files and entry methods.
  • We’ve found it to outperform Windows 7 and 8 on multiple scenarios. Games are much faster as well as multi-program working.
  • Recovery options such as ‘fresh day one install’ or ‘refresh system’ gives users the ability to repair Windows easily.
  • Don’t like it after upgrading? you have a month to roll back to Windows 7/8 directly in System options. Your old system is imaged.
  • If your hard drive goes bad, your activation info is saved to PC’s motherboard, meaning easy and quick replacement.

Negatives

  • If not customized during set up, program crash reports, location and search/page prediction automatically sent to Microsoft.
  • Though not needed, a Microsoft account can be registered to the machine to log on.
  • Some of Microsoft’s motives for a unified operating system across a range of devices can be seen as ‘dominant’, Windows 10 phones and Xbox services should talk to Windows 10 PC’s easily.
  • Doesn’t support some odd resolutions or odd hardware. For example 1xxx by 900 resolution monitors, Nvidia nForce IGPUs.
  • Far too much focus on Internet and Cloud services rather than local machine applications/storage.

Some tips for trying and reverting.

If you want to try Windows 10, you have a few options. You can create an image of your current windows with Veeam, Macrium Reflect (both free) or Acronis (premium). You can restore using the same software or using a BootPE environment.

Disable or uninstall Antivirus/security software, they have a chance of jumping in on the reboot and stopping windows dead.

Opinion

Personally, with the speed and efficiency in web applications, we find Windows 10 worth using. If your Hardware came with Vista on it and you’ve upgraded to Windows 7, I’d recommend against trying Windows 10. Several originally Vista PC’s are not up to the task of running Windows 10 fast enough and proven to not be practical to upgrade.

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Windows 10 release date announced, upgrade via Windows update available

As you expect a bit more information before anything happens, Microsoft has decided to drop it all today.

Had a prompt about Windows 10 today? It’s not malware or a virus, it’s actually Microsoft’s announcement that you can reserve your upgrade to Windows 10 on that machine. This was done via a Windows Update a few days ago.

Bit of a surprise for us too. We weren’t expecting anything until August. and with Windows 10 being available from the 29th of July? Well that’s thrown our estimates of September out of the window too.

The main features include the return of the Start menu, with some tile functionality still in there. All new web browser called Edge, dropping the Internet Explorer name.  Device synchronization and sharing ability with Xbox One, Surface tablets and Windows Phones joining the upgrade.

For a quick overview, Microsoft made this YouTube video

 

 

If you do reserve your free upgrade, you have a year after the 29th of July to install it.. Meaning if you want to wait to see what happens, you’re more than welcome to.

More information Here

 

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Windows 10 Preview – What we know and think

So the next one is Windows 10, all the goodies we’ve seen from the Windows 8.2 update sneaks have been Windows 10 apparently.. Lets have a quick look at Windows 10 PreviewWindows 10 Preview

Even though it seems to be following Windows 8 out of the door very quickly, the Windows 10 Preview kit is freely available which usually means it’s around 6-12 months before we start to see it on new PC’s.

What’s it like? How does it look? Quick look at the features in Windows 10 Preview spotted around the Web

(Sorry, I don’t have time nor a spare system to try it myself!)

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