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Microsoft Windows 10

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Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10

The hot topic of today for everyone is about Windows 10, which is the most recent version of the Microsoft Windows operating system for computers. It is just released and unlike previous versions of Windows, you may actually be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Most people will still stick to Windows 10 as this is the OS that they are familiar with and because it’s still the desktop you love only better. You can do thing with quick start up and performance. You will love it because your stuff comes with you for both private and personal with the available of a more secure Windows.

As long as your computer is using Windows 7 or Windows 8, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Windows 10 also comes with a lot of features and improvements over previous versions. Let’s take a look!

OK, so this is the desktop of Windows 10, and it should look pretty familiar if you’ve ever used a version of Windows before. Here in the lower-left corner they’ve reintroduced the Start button. If you click that, you’ll get the Start menu,just like a older versions of Windows. From there you can access any program on your computer.

Start menu is radically changed with the modern user interface is integrated in it. This make the operating system looks very good and more reliable.

start menu

Windows 10 also offering users with new graphic interface, new icons for programs and folders. However, the icon of Recycle Bin is same with icon from Windows 98, and that is funny. But is a good combination between classic and modern.
Another new feature of Windows 10 is Cortana, a virtual assistant that can help you create reminders, find files on a computer, and many other things that it can do. Cortana can also use your pc’s microphone to hear and answer basic questions and some answers can be very funny instead. For example, if you ask: “Hey Cortana, are you female or male? “Cortana: “Female, Yes. Woman, No.”

Microsoft Cortana

Windows 10 also includes a lot of features that make it even easier to work with multiple windows on the desktop. For example, the new Task View feature allows you to quickly see all the windows you have open and choose the one you want.

Task View

You can also create virtual desktops, which allows you to keep different windows on different desktops and stay even more organized.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge – New Faster Browser

Microsoft Edge is another big feature in Windows 10 as it as great improve of speed for accessing programs and apps. It’s meant to replace Internet Explorer as your default web browser and in terms of speed and security it offers a lot of improvements over IE, but you’ll still be able to use Internet Explorer if you need to.

Microsoft Edge is a very good and smart browser, can said is 1000 times more better and faster than Internet Explorer, it is the best browser that Microsoft have show their sincere improvement on it compare to notorious IE. You can test the new exciting feature of Edge where you can encircle any location on footer or header of site. This feature is necessary and very useful when we want to show someone a screenshot. This browser is same with another browsers, for example Chrome, Firefox, Opera and others, but is more faster compare to them. Besides, you can add sites on favorites very easy with Microsoft Edge as well.

I hope you can also see that Windows 10 is not like Windows 8. It’s very similar to previous versions of Windows, and, in general, we recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 if you can. It’s faster than Windows 7 or Windows 8, it’s more secure, and its more likely to be supported for much longer than other versions.

Know If Your Windows 10 is Version 32-bit or 64-bit

If you do not know your Windows 10 is of version 32-bit or 64-bit, you may refer to below pictures which will shows you how to find what version of Windows 10 you have on your computer.

First, right click the Start button,then click System.
Windows 10 pic1

Your system type is shown under the System heading, next to System Type. You will see either 32-bit Operating System or 64-bit Operating System.

Windows 10 pic2

Version of Windows 10 That You Are Entitled For Free Upgrade

If you would like to know if your existing Windows OS is eligible for free upgrade to Windows 10, you may take a look of this chart:

windows upgrade

Should You Upgrade Or Do A Fresh Install?

You probably are thinking about upgrading your current operating system to Windows 10. You may or may not know there are two ways you can get the Windows 10 installed. You can either perform an upgrade or a clean install where you will overwrite your current operating system.

Pros and Cons

Now there are advantages and disadvantages to both ways. However, I would argue that there is only one way to install and that would be a clean install. I would go over with you why I think that is.

Let’s go over and discuss about upgrade first. Basically what happens when you do an upgrade as opposed to a clean install. Windows 10 is installed over your current operating system so that all your files and settings and everything like that are supposedly restored on the Windows 10.

After you finish installing, you should notice if there is any difference in the install programs they should all be. Check if all your files are still there. So it’s actually pretty easy way to upgrade and that’s really the only advantage to doing upgrade. It’s easier you’ll require as much knowledge if you are good with computers, all your settings will just be there supposedly nothing goes wrong. So you don’t really have to do anything extra as that should all work by itself.

Disadvantages Associated With Upgrading

However there are significant disadvantages to it when you do upgrading to Windows 10 or any operating system. First of all, some programs might not work and many of us have these dead programs that don’t work even the files are still there. You will need to spend time on reinstall them with the newer version of that software assuming that there is one that the software developer can provide.

Similarly any files and programs you never use anymore on startup programs and registry entries may comes along with it. So you’ll probably get a bunch of junk that you don’t even use anymore but still to be on the computer after you do the installation with the new operating system.

Just as importantly any viruses or spyware could probably come along with it. So if you have any viruses on your old operating system before you upgraded you know an upgrade is not going to save you from those.

Another disadvantage is that the process is more complicated. It is not for the user but for the operating system. The whole process is to replace the files and keep the programs installed. Besides, you need to make sure all the settings are working as best you can and everything are at the right place. When doing upgrade some stuff might not work as it should when it’s done installing.

Yet another disadvantage which is kind of like a result of all the other ones is you may get lower performance after done upgrading. There are studies show that if you done upgrading and you will end up with a less performance OS. This is understandably because all the start program files still there and everything is cluttered still on the computer.

Fresh Installation

You are not going to get up at fresh install performance so now let’s talk about a clean install. Imagine the advantages are pretty much the opposite of everything I just mentioned above where programs or files taking up resources and you don’t even use them anymore but are still there.

When you do a clean install everything that is supposed to be there will be there. Because of this you are going to get better performance than a regular upgrade and get the best performance possibly without doing extra in the way.

Disadvantages of Fresh Install

Know there are really only two disadvantages to doing a clean install. The first one is that you need a little bit of advanced knowledge but if you’re really bad with computers you’re probably didn’t get confused.

For example, if you don’t know what the partition is or how they work you probably going to get a little confused during this clean installation because it can ask you what partitioning you want to put on. You might have to resize one or delete some recovery partitions if you don’t know what all that is you have a hard time.

The second disadvantage I’m sure you already know this but it’s a real pain afterwards is that you have to reinstall everything and reconfigure everything to move all your files back.

The reason why we should be backing up even if we do not upgrade but doing a clean install as everything is going to be wiped out. You got to make sure all your files are backed up so that you can copy them all back later. For one thing you’re just initially due to the installing stuff use all the time and have good performance.

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