Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 is rolling out as you read this. So, if you’re thinking of upgrading but are unsure if it’s worth it, these key considerations below will help you to make the right choice.

Will you get it for free?
Those who own a copy of Windows 7 or 8 will receive an upgrade for free, but anyone using Windows XP or Vista will have to purchase the new operating system. If you can upgrade for free, you should be able to click on a small Windows icon at the bottom right of your screen, on the taskbar. Read more on Microsoft’s website

Will you be able to run it?
All computers running Windows 8 and 8.1 will be able to run the software, as well as most running Windows 7. PCs running Vista or XP may not be compatible.

How big is the download?
The download will be three gigabytes, so you may want to be careful downloading it, depending on your internet data plan.

Will everything be compatible?
Most programs and applications from Windows 7 and 8 will run fine on Windows 10, and those that don’t will likely run fine in a special compatibility mode. However XP and Vista programs will most likely not be compatible, but newer versions of software may be available for the new operating system. If you rely on certain programs, you should contact the software manufacturer to see if they will be compatible before upgrading.

Some devices will require additional software and drivers to be compatible with Windows 10. For example, Sony (manufacturer of VAIO computers) has issued a warning that until the necessary complementary software is available, users should not download Windows 10. Check with your computer’s manufacturer to see if your device is compatible or when it will be compatible. VAIO users are advised to wait until November. 

Will any features be added or removed?
Voice control assistant Cortana will be added to the software, allowing for voice control within the operating system. Classic Windows game Hearts will no longer be available, while new versions of Minesweeper and Solitaire will be. Windows Media Center will also be removed and playing DVDs on your computer will require additional software, which can be found for free online

Are there any security concerns?
Microsoft has stated that “Windows 10 has more built-in security protections to help safeguard you against viruses, phishing and malware. It’s the most secure Windows ever.” But if you are concerned about security, it might be worth waiting a few weeks to ensure there aren’t any major vulnerabilities.

Will you be upgrading to Windows 10? If you have any other questions about upgrading feel free to ask us by emailing [email protected] and we’ll do our best to answer them. 

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YourLifeChoices Writers
YourLifeChoices' team of writers specialise in content that helps Australian over-50s make better decisions about wealth, health, travel and life. It's all in the name. For 22 years, we've been helping older Australians live their best lives.
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