5 things to consider before switching to Windows 10 | iccusa.net

Windows 10 became available July 29, 2015. Wondering if it’s a good fit for you? While there are solid improvements over Windows 8, there will certainly be bugs, not to mention compatibility issues with older peripherals and applications that may not play well with this latest OS from Microsoft.

When regarding Windows 10, consider these five points:

1. Windows 8 Users May Appreciate the Upgrade More Than Windows 7 Users
Many users found Windows 8 difficult to adapt to due to the touch device-friendly design, such as the elimination of a Start menu, tiles feature, etc. Windows 10 reinstates the Start menu and gives users the ability to work entirely on the desktop. Windows 7 already has these features, however, so users may not feel the need to upgrade.

2. There Is a Time Limit on the Free Upgrade
Windows 7 and Windows 8 users with a valid license are offered a free upgrade to Windows 10, but not for an unlimited amount of time. The free upgrade is available until July 29, 2016. Furthermore, Windows 7 users must first upgrade to 7SP1, and Windows 8 users must first upgrade to 8.1 before being eligible for the free upgrade.

3. Your Device Must Meet Minimum System Requirements
Devices bought since 2012 will most likely be compatible with a Windows 10 upgrade. Check that any computer bought prior to 2012 meets the following requirements:

• Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update
• Processor: 1GHz or faster
• RAM: 1GB RAM for a 32-bit system or 2GB RAM for a 64-bit system
• Hard drive space: 16GB for a 32-bit system or 20GB for a 64-bit system
• Graphics card: DirectX 9 (or later) with WDDM 1.0 driver
• Display: 1024 x 600 resolution

4. Windows 10 Offers Improved Security
Windows 10 comes with a new security feature, which will be received favorably considering Windows is the most-attacked Operating System. One such feature is Windows Hello, which relies on face and thumbprint recognition for login. Users must still be cautious, however, because an array of security software is still recommended.

5. Windows Media Center Is Retiring
This may come as a disappointment for Windows Media fans, but the program will not be included in Windows 10. For those who would rather use Spotify, Hulu or other media systems, this update will most likely not impact their upgrading decision.

As with all significant technological upgrades, weigh all the pros and cons before making any decisions. Talk to ICC first before taking the leap. We’re here to help.