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Microsoft’s Windows 10 launches today: Here’s a checklist to follow before you upgrad


20 Sep 2011
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Microsoft is revamping Windows. It’s newest flavour of the Windows operating system launches today. 29 July is marked on many calendars across the globe. Given that it’s the first time Microsoft is making a major release a free upgrade, it’s quite interesting! There’s a catch though. All genuine users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are eligible for the free upgrade for up to a year.

Eligibility check

According to Microsoft, the Windows 10 operating system will be available as a free upgrade for qualified devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Yes, for free!

(Also read: All you need to know about Continuum in Windows 10)

You may be desperate to claim something that is available for ‘free’ on the first day itself. And you need to decide whether or not you want to. The launch day is tomorrow. But you might just want to wait it out.

Before you decide to upgrade it’s important to understand the real deal behind Windows 10.

Check your system specifications

If you decide to not wait it out and opt-in for the upgrade, you will need to ensure that you run the latest update of the operating system. If you run Windows 7, then you should have installed SP1. If you haven’t, you can download it here. Similarly, if you are on Windows 8, then the Windows 8.1 update is a must to be eligible for the upgrade to Windows 10.

The minimum hardware specifications to run Windows 10 are as follows:
Processor: 1 Gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
RAM: 1 Gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display: 1024×600

Points worth pondering over

Several users are complaining about device drivers not functioning properly. Given that Windows 10 is a completely new product, there would be instances of compatibility errors with your existing software suites. If any of these are commercial licences such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Tally, CAD or any specialised software suite which you are heavily dependent on for work, you might want to wait it out before you upgrade.

Also, users with Nvidia graphic cards have shared updates about how devices drivers seem to be buggy with Windows 10. It’s advisable to wait it out before the usual bugs are ironed

Microsoft has announced prices for its latest operating system, Windows 10, for Indian customers. A day after the operating system was launched, with one of Microsoft’s 13 launch events taking place in New Delhi, prices have been enlisted on Microsoft’s official store. While Windows 10 Home will cost Rs. 7,999, Windows 10 Pro will come with a price tag of Rs. 14,999.

As part of its universal launch across 190 nations, Microsoft has rolled out Windows 10 to existing Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users as a free upgrade. This move by Microsoft is aligned with CEO Satya Nadella’s aim to power 1 billion devices worldwide with Windows 10. Microsoft also aims to phase out support for Windows 7, the six-year-old operating system that still powers a large number of computers worldwide, in about five years’ time, and also phase out Windows 8 support by 2023. Previously, Nadella has spoken about Windows 10 not being designed as a standalone operating system for PCs, but as a universal platform for devices of varying form factors. Microsoft has also stated that Windows 10 will be the final version of Windows, to which it will keep providing rolling upgrades to keep the OS fresh.

Microsoft’s move to provide a single, all-encompassing platform has seen them add and upgrade a number of features and services to Windows 10, including a desktop version of Cortana, its new internet browser Edge, a new multitasking layout, Continuum, and support for Microsoft HoloLens, Xbox One and seamless synchronisation with Windows 10 for phones. Windows Continuum will see a phone running on Windows 10 to convert into a fully functional PC when connected to a larger screen and keyboard bundle, which is one of the keystones on which Nadella is basing Microsoft and Windows’ future on.

The move to provide initial free upgrades to Windows 10 has seen millions of copies being downloaded worldwide. While Microsoft will continue to make revenue by licensing manufacturers to equip devices with Windows 10, it will also hope to attract more users with the functionalities of Windows 10, thereby boosting future sales. Users who were not running licensed versions of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 will be required to purchase Windows 10.

We had tweeted from yesterday’s Windows 10 launch that PCs running on pirated versions of Windows will also get the upgrade to Windows 10, but will have a tattoo across the screen saying that it is not original, and also get routine pop-ups that will disrupt performance.

Windows 10 prices start at Rs. 7,999 in India | Digit.in

Microsoft's Windows 10 launches today: Here’s a checklist to follow before you upgrade – Tech2
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