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Windows 10: The Best Windows Yet!

Windows 10 is designed to appeal to Windows 7 users who were scared off by Windows 8’s tiles by presenting a more-familiar desktop interface with the trusty-old Start menu. But the operating system represents a whole lot more than simply the return of the overly lamented Start Menu. It’s intended to unify the desktop PC, tablet, smartphone, game console, and Internet of Things devices with a single OS and a single app store.

Windows 10 also includes a host of new capabilities like the Cortana voice-responsive assistant, much-faster startup speed, virtual desktops, touch capability, lightweight apps, a notification center, and even a new Web browser that’s faster and more compatible than anything we’ve yet seen from Microsoft. Despite such a raft of new features, Microsoft has emulated Apple’s OS update strategy by making the upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 free.

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If you’re running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a desktop, laptop, or convertible laptop, you’ll want Windows 10. Tablet users may want to hold off a while, as Windows 8.1 still will suit them better in some ways. In Windows 8, Microsoft made tablet use a priority, where Windows 10 favors laptop and desktop users. That said, Windows 10 incorporates many of the advances of Windows 8, and the update restores some tablet-mode functionality, such as the ability to close an app by swiping down from the top of the screen and to snap apps to the side in Task view.

Getting Window 10 for free is a simple matter of clicking the Taskbar icon with the new Windows logo and reserving a copy. Brand new PCs will, of course, ship with the new OS in place. The icon launches a program that checks your system and software for compatibility, and you’re notified when the update is ready to install. The minimum system requirements are surprisingly low: a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of hard drive space. The 64-bit version of Windows 10 increases the RAM requirement to 2 GB and the disk space to 20 GB. You’ll also need a DirectX 9-capable graphics card and a display with at least 800-by-600 resolution.

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Windows 10 is available to most individuals in just two editions: Home and Pro (with 32-bit and 64-bit options for each), but all of the major features appear in both. Pro adds business features like network domain joining, Hyper-V virtualization, group policy management, and BitLocker encryption. That last one may be of interest to security-conscious users. Unsurprisingly, if you update from Home levels of Windows 7 or 8, you get Windows 10 Home, and if you update from the professional versions of 7 or 8, you’ll get Pro. If you’re a DIY PC builder, you can buy installation software on USB sticks for the same prices of previous Windows versions, $119.99 for Home and $199.99 for Pro. Your data and programs come along for the ride when you update, though it’s always a good idea to back up before an OS update.

With the latest update, activating an existing Windows license gets easier. With the original launch of Windows 10, you could only go through the update process on a PC with a valid Windows 10 license, but now you can simply enter a Windows 7 or 8 license key to do a clean installation if you’d rather not upgrade an existing installation. If you don’t have your license key, you can still simply upgrade a valid machine.

If you want assistance with your Windows 10 Upgrade, simply contact us:


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Erdley Wright,
Founder and CEO, WrightBusinessIT.com

About WrightBusinessIT.com:
My passion for technology grew as I served as a Network and Systems Administrator in the US Marine Corps. I founded WrightBusinessIT.com in order to continue serving my nation by delivering excellent Information Technology (IT) Services and Support to our clients. WrightBusinessIT.com provides IT Services to clients in a variety of industries including aerospace, aviation, asset tracking, education, financial services, government, healthcare, interior design, luxury goods, nonprofit, manufacturing, retail, social services, utilities, etc.

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