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by Nicki Dowsett in Industry News, IT Systems, Uncategorized

What should you do about the Windows 10 update?

Windows 10 - the last major revision

Windows 10 – the last major revision

We have recently blogged about the new and final major revision of Windows 10.  This is due to be launched in the coming days.  As IT professionals we would strongly advise against downloading the new Windows 10 when it is first launched. From experience we have come across many issues when new updates arrive, and fully expect there to be issues with this new version.  You download it and it’s not compatible with many 3rd party software programme you use or even your hardware such as printers, scanners etc.  Every new upgrade will have bugs, there is no a way around that, but you can save yourself time by being patient and letting others discover the bugs for you, let them be human guinea pigs. Once the bugs have been found Microsoft will then get rid of them. When this process is completed a few times for different bugs and glitches it is probably then the right time for you to upgrade to the new windows 10 without the bugs! Now doesn’t that sound good?

For those of you with windows 7, windows 8.1 and windows phone 8.1, windows 10 is a free upgrade, and for most with a few clicks of your mouse it is downloaded. Now that sounds good to me, because firstly it’s FREE! And secondly I don’t have to spend time trying to install it myself. This then removes two of the biggest barriers to upgrading. The big question is though, can you upgrade? If you cannot see the icon it may be because the PC is not up-to-date, you have ‘windows update’ turned off, or you’re running a pirated version of windows, but as a customer we know that is not the case. For you to be able to have Windows 10 you have to make sure your PC’s are compatible, meaning other windows programmes, 3rd party software and drivers.

Windows 10 Specification

In order to run windows 10, you will need to have the latest version of either windows 7 SP1 or windows 8.1 update.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit
  • Hard Disk Space: 16GB for 32-bit OS – 20GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics Card: DirectX9 or later with WDDM 1.0 Driver
  • Display: 800×600

In Windows 8.1, OneDrive placeholders, also called smart files, let you see all of the files in OneDrive, even if the files are located in the cloud and not on your device. When you double-click a placeholder on your PC, the file is downloaded. However, when Windows 10 ships, OneDrive placeholders won’t work because of the upgraded OneDrive software.  Microsoft says it will try to bring OneDrive placeholder functionality to Windows 10 by year’s end. But if OneDrive placeholders are important to you, don’t upgrade until they work with Windows 10.

If your system doesn’t qualify, then you’re going to have to upgrade your hardware before you upgrade your operating system. (Or just buy a new computer with Windows 10 already installed.)

If you want a head start on the upgrade process, you can ‘reserve’ your download. Reserving just means the file you need for the upgrade at the end of the month will be downloaded to your PC ahead of time, to make the final installation quicker. You are still able to cancel the download before launch day. 29/07/15

Microsoft has a habit of pushing people to its latest operating system by ending support for its old operating systems, halting security updates and leaving users potentially open to security threats. If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8, you’ve got years before that happens. Microsoft will keep issuing security patches for Windows 7 until January 2020 and for Windows 8 until January 2023. Even Windows Vista will get security updates until April 2017.

As long as you have all the specifications for Windows 10, then you are eligible to download / purchase it, but there’s no need to rush, to download it free you have a year, and your current windows software will have security for many more years, so take your time to find if it works for you, and especially for all the bugs to be got rid of, let someone else be the Guinea pig for once.

If you have any queries or questions about this new update and our approach with it, please give us a call on 0800 0302030 or email info@mpr-it.co.uk.

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