With the recent release of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, many users are wondering if it’s worth their while to upgrade. With several important new features, Microsoft is encouraging individuals and businesses to migrate to the new system. However, before making the leap, you need to make sure it’s compatible with your system.
Windows 10 requires a minimum of 16 GB of hard drive space, a 1 GHz processor, a DirectX 9 graphics card and 1 GB of RAM. While these are the minimums, users will have a better and more responsive experience on systems with more RAM.
Windows provides a compatibility test to ensure your system can handle Windows 10. To access this, click on the Get Windows 10 icon in the system tray. Once your system passes the test, your copy will be reserved and you’ll be notified when it’s ready to download.
You should also check to make sure that your printers, scanners, cameras and other devices will be supported by Windows 10. Many will require driver updates. Similarly, you should make sure your commonly-used and essential software will be supported on Windows 10. Contact the manufacturer with any questions. It may be best to upgrade one machine to test for any problems before upgrading the whole office.
Windows 10 will eliminate the Windows Media Center and the desktop gadgets from Windows 7. Older devices, such as floppy drives, may no longer be supported.
Combining the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows 10 offers users a friendly and consistent experience across desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Many users report that the system is responsive and familiar, requiring few adjustments from previous Windows versions.
Windows 10 boasts an upgraded security system to help protect you from viruses and malware. Updates and patches are downloaded and installed automatically to ensure your system stays up to date.
With Windows 10, Microsoft aims to provide a user-friendly and reliable platform that can be used on a variety of devices. As an incentive, Microsoft is offering a free upgrade for one year to current Windows users. If you’re unsure if Windows 10 is right for you, work with a trusted and knowledgeable partner to evaluate your system and needs before making the switch.