Whitwick & District U3A - Computing tip July 2015
This month's subject is Windows 10.
If you are using Windows 7 or 8 / 8.1 you may have noticed that a little white flag has appeared in the System Tray (bottom right corner of the desktop). If you click on this it invites you to reserve your copy of a free upgrade to Windows 10.
Windows 10 is due to be released on July 29th, and a free upgrade is available for a year from this date; after this time it is probable that you will need to pay if you wish to upgrade. The upgrade will be to the equivalent version of what you are currently using e.g. if you have Windows 7 Home the upgrade will be to Windows 10 Home, or Windows 8.1 Pro will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro.
Although Microsoft has not made much of it, there are some limitations to this upgrade. Certain hardware is not capable of running Windows 10; if you can run Windows 8.1 then it is very likely you can upgrade. If you can run Windows 8 but not Windows 8.1 then you probably can't upgrade. Most but by no means all Windows 7 users should be able to upgrade.
There are also other changes. Windows Media Centre will be removed, as will Windows 7 desktop gadgets, and pre-installed versions of Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts also get removed. OneDrive is removed from Windows Live Essentials although it is replaced with a different version of this service. Separate DVD playback software will be required, and there may well be issues with some programs and peripherals.
My personal view is that I would not go for an immediate upgrade as, despite extensive testing, there are likely to be some hiccups and I'd prefer to let someone else find out what they are.
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