What to know before upgrading to Windows 10:
If you have a computer with Windows 7 or 8.1 you may have noticed the new windows logo icon located at the bottom right of your computer screen. This is a free upgrade offer from Microsoft for Widows 10.
“Microsoft is making Windows 10 available a as free upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. It will be available starting July 29, 2015; people can reserve their free upgrade today. You can see all of the details here.
Q. So, should I upgrade to Windows 10.
A. Maybe. At BSD Computer Systems we install the latest versions of each Windows OS (Operating System) to test both in pre-release and then released versions so that we can work through the bugs before you have to. When Windows 8 was released we found it to be unsuitable for our customers so we recommended that our customers not upgrade and to continue to purchase new computers with Windows 7 when it was an option. We also found ways to make Windows 8 usable as shown in this article here.
With Windows 10, so far we have tested the pre-reldease version and it looks to be on the right track for a suitable replacement to Windows 7 & 8. This however could change as the final version has not yet been released. As with Windows 8 we will be testing the release when it is available and will then make a recommendation. You will have a full year to take advantage of the free upgrade offer so waiting a few months for others to find and fix the glitches is to your benefit.
Q. What if you find that Windows 10 is not a suitable upgrade to Windows 7 & 8?
A. Then you should not upgrade unless you find a compelling feature that overcomes the negative aspects. As most of our customers are businesses, we understand that they do not have the time to learn how to use their computer. They have work to do.
Microsoft plans on releasing new operating systems every few years. (This has always been the plan even though there was five years between the release of Windows XP and Windows Vista.) If Windows 10 ends up being a poor choice there will be another, hopefully better OS to follow.
Q. Will all of my hardware and software work with Windows 10?
A. It should. Since Windows 10 will be of the same generation as Vista, 7 & 8 it will likely continue to operate after the upgrade. That being said, in some rare cases there will be enough differences with the new OS that you may need to update, upgrade or patch your software or drivers. Upgrading an OS should not be done without some research. Go to the web site of your software and hardware vendors to make sure that your products are supported in Windows 10. If that information is not available on the vendors web site you should email or contact the support department and as ask for it.
Q. How is Windows 10 different than Windows 7 & 8?
A. Operating systems are generational. This means that Windows 95, 98, 98SE were really the same OS. Windows ME was a “transitional” OS (half way between 98 & XP). XP was a generation in and of itself and Vista, 7 and 8 are all of the same generation. So, Windows 7 is really Vista but it was “cleaned up.” Some of the bugs were worked out some features were add and some features were removed. Windows 8 is really Windows Vista but the START menu was ripped out and replaced with the Metro screen, the charms bar was added and support for Apps was added among other things.
With Windows 10 it appears that like Vista, 10 will be 8 “cleaned up.” Microsoft is restoring a START menu and adding the Metro features into it. So far it appears that Windows 10 is on the right track to replace Windows 7 & 8.
Q. When will BSD Computer Systems be making a recommendation on Windows 10.
A. We expect to release our findings at the end of August. Remember, you will have a full year to take advantage of the free upgrade offer. Waiting a few weeks for us to completely test Windows 10 will make little difference.