Whitwick & District U3A - Computing tip July 2016
Microsoft have confirmed that the free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8/8.1 to Windows 10 will expire on July 29th, so if you want to take advantage of this you need to act before then. If you are unsure as to whether or not to upgrade, there are a few things you should consider.
- If you upgrade and don't like Windows 10 then you can go back to your old version providing you act within 30 days. (This does not apply to Windows 8 because as part of the upgrade you have to move to 8.1 before going to 10. If you choose to roll back then it will be to 8.1)
- If you are likely to buy a new PC / laptop it will almost certainly be Windows 10. (You may be able to buy machines with 7 or 8.1, but only if it is bought as a business machine before 31st October.)
- If you are happy with your current system, then it is worth remembering how long that system will be supported by security updates - after this time you really should be thinking about a more recent version of Windows. The relevant dates are:
- Vista - April 2017
- Windows 7 - January 2020
- Windows 8.1 - January 2023
- Note XP and Windows 8 are no longer supported.
- The majority of machines running Windows 7 or 8, but not all are capable of running Windows 10. If you have windows 8.1 it is a virtual certainty that your machine can be upgraded.
- Some peripherals, e.g. printers, and some software that run on Windows 7 may not work with Windows 10. In general if you attempt an upgrade you will be warned about incompatible items, but this is not fool-proof.
- Unless you are unlucky, or have badly mistreated your computer, it is reasonable to expect it to last 5 years or more.
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