22nd Jan 2015
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Windows 10 will be free

With its radical and impressive changes, the release of Windows 10 is highly anticipated. To make the change as easy as possible, Microsoft offering the new operating system for free to existing customers!

For the first year after Windows 10 launches, any device with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade for free.

The new Windows 10 design is bright, bold and intuitive. It boasts a classic desktop environment with the latest Windows experience. New features include multiple desktops and simple switching between apps for easy use, as well as the capability to make the Start menu full-screen with one touch.

The new OS will also be optimised for touch screen devices, allowing users to sync their information between their devices and computer.

Windows 10 is set to be released this year, with the Technical Preview ending on 15 April 2015. An exact price and release date to the public are yet to be confirmed.

Read more at IT Pro.





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    particolor
    10th Feb 2015
    10:35am
    I run Windows 7 and do not have a problem with it ! This is Daunting ? I've done these things before and said later, why did I fix something that wasn't Broken ? :-( I got this free offer a few weeks back on "How To Geek" And decided to leave it until it is launched and see what the Feedback is from others ( Maybe Victims) :-)
    Stoker
    10th Feb 2015
    11:13am
    Yes, particolor we agree Win7 is still a good program, alas I do very little nowdays to require much, a mate put win8.1 on and for me its a lot of rubbish, I only need emails and some minor stuff. BUT my wife researches and writes family history, still on XP too petrified to change for fear of losing 100's of pages, I really wish she had taken Win7 when offered, thats life, eh.
    MICK
    10th Feb 2015
    12:29pm
    It is windows 8 which has been getting all the bad press. Windows 7 is fine.

    Stoker: you have thr option to use windows 8.1 the same as windows 7. Just click on the window at the bottom left of the screen and you go straight to a windows 7 format. And yes there are a few other differences but these are pretty minor. The one I find galling is that the windows 7 list of programs from the start program are no longer available...although maybe I have just not found how to access them.
    Sceptic
    10th Feb 2015
    12:43pm
    Mick, depending where you have your taskbar, but in the corner of the screen nearest to the icons pinned to the taskbar is a plain white window. Right click that window and a drop down menu appears. the second or third item is Programs. On mine it is the third item, directly under Start Screen.
    particolor
    10th Feb 2015
    1:03pm
    Stoker I had XP Years Back.. Cant Your Wife just Back up ALL Her work onto an External Hard Drive ? I did ! :-)
    Paddles
    10th Feb 2015
    10:38am
    For many years now, I have relied totally on the technical advice offered by Cloudeight and I thought you may be interested in a recent comment of theirs about the upcoming Windows 10 and their warning about using the pre-release version.........
    " it’s about Windows 10 and how much I like it. And the more I use it the more I become convinced that Windows 10 will be the best Windows since Windows XP. And I’m basing that on my experience with this early technical preview. Even at this stage of its development, it’s fast, stable and intuitive. I haven’t liked a Windows preview edition since the early test versions of Windows XP. Windows 10 is so good even at this early stage, if I didn’t use my computer for business I’d use it on my main computer – it’s that good. But I warn you – don’t do it. When the preview expires you won’t have the option to upgrade it and preview editions of Windows expire. If you install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your main computer, you’re going to lose everything you haven’t backed up when the retail version is released or soon thereafter."
    iamnotold
    10th Feb 2015
    12:31pm
    It's a preview, of course it's going to expire!
    MICK
    10th Feb 2015
    12:22pm
    Having just bought a new windows 8.1 laptop this is good news. I have worked out 8.1 but the OS has bad press. I can see why and look forward to the much heralded windows 10.
    iamnotold
    10th Feb 2015
    12:34pm
    Am a long time Linux user and we've had multiple desktops for years.
    Have tested the tech preview of Win10 and it looks easy enough for Windows users to handle.
    particolor
    10th Feb 2015
    1:05pm
    Mick.. Vista was the worse thing I ever saw !! :-(
    But as I said Ill wait for Reports now !! As I Hate Surprises !!
    particolor
    11th Feb 2015
    4:36pm
    What is this Windows Driver Download Add that keeps Flashing there ? Someone ?
    I'm frightened to look in case I just Hired a Chauffeur !!
    Polly Esther
    10th Feb 2015
    1:13pm
    I refuse to let my abacus dominate me.
    particolor
    11th Feb 2015
    4:30pm
    Is Windows 10 Halal Certified Yet ??
    Young Simmo
    10th Feb 2015
    1:15pm
    OK, about 6 months ago I made that gigantic leap from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and have become fairly comfortable with it. Now it looks like I will have to take one of those offers and go up to Windows 8.1. Then the next step will be Windows 10, please somebody tell Bill Gates to slow down, as us 75 year olds have spinning heads.
    Can anybody tell me if there is very much difference between Windows 8 and 8.1.
    Polly Esther
    10th Feb 2015
    1:44pm
    visit your electrical retail outlet and try them. Harvey Norman stores e.g. will let you try them and they will explain the systems. I upgraded W8 to 8.1 and now have so many programs and aps I will never use them all. Some folk may of course, that's why it pays to test drive before you buy. Motor vehicles included. All the best!!
    PS I'm sorry, I just reread your comment and if you have Windows 8 already there is an option in 8 to simply roll over to 8.1 ( no cost ) which is what I did. Good luck.
    Hawkeye
    11th Feb 2015
    3:10am
    Actually, Young Simmo, Bill Gates is one of us.
    He's been a self-funded retiree for a couple of years now.

    He is now a philanthropist (I think that's what it's called). Basically he gives away his money to anyone who can put up a good case.

    Hey, maybe Abbott is trying to be a philanthropist as well. He gives away OUR money to anyone who is rich enough to not need it.

    Believe Bill's retirement nest-egg could have funded Australia's deficit before the mad monk increased it so much.
    Hawkeye
    11th Feb 2015
    3:38am
    Young Simmo,
    To answer your question, there is bugger all difference between 8 and 8.1.
    It is just an update except that, for some strange reason, it won't come via Windows Update.
    You have to go to the "Windows Store" and purchase it for free (I assume this process made sense to somebody at Microsoft).

    The update to 8.1 is well worth doing because it is faster and smoother than 8.
    Many bugs were fixed, and the interface is easier to use.
    Also, Microsoft are now doing certain security patches for for 8.1 only, not for 8.

    Basically, if you can use 8, you can use 8.1, and you will find 8.1 easier.

    In either case, invest $4.99 and install "Start8" from Stardock to make it work like Windows 7. Yes there are many free utilities to do this, but none work as well as Start8 (and $4.99 is almost free anyway). And being a paid for utility, it is automatically updated to accommodate changes to Windows.
    xmas1945
    11th Feb 2015
    12:54am
    I changed from XP because of discontinued support, went to 8 then found none of my genealogy programs would work with 8 so have pulled the old computer out and am trying to connect two PC's to one monitor, keyboard and mouse, got all the gadgetry but still struggling.
    Young Simmo
    11th Feb 2015
    1:08am
    xmas1945, Pop in here mate, somebody on Planet Earth will be able to help you.
    Good luck Simmo.

    http://www.computerforum.com/desktop-computers/
    Young Simmo
    11th Feb 2015
    2:32pm
    Yeh xmas1945, I have a similar problem in so much as I put an item on my old Windows 7, (Mothers private, personal don't touch toy) onto a memory stick, and put into my Windows 8 machine and get millions of letters, figures and numbers, but not the photo or document.
    My 75 year old brain is having trouble keeping up with the 76 million miles an hour modern world.
    particolor
    11th Feb 2015
    3:01pm
    Good Grief !! Weren't You told by Your Mummy not to play with things You know Absolutely nothing about ?? :-) Get Your Son Again !! I think it was You Simmo ??
    Young Simmo
    11th Feb 2015
    4:02pm
    No parti, when you have something like 10 minutes to 10 years to go I just take one day at a time. I have promised my wife that when I finally kark it, I will stop complaining and be as quiet as a mouse. I will even stop making comments in here, promise.
    If I do keep making comments, watch out.
    particolor
    11th Feb 2015
    4:33pm
    No ! I thought it was You that said they would wait for their Son to come home to fix it ??
    xmas1945
    11th Feb 2015
    7:23pm
    Thanks young simmo will check out the "geeks"someone will have any easy way of doing the connections, step by step, only trouble hate getting down on the knees where the towers are.
    Hawkeye
    11th Feb 2015
    3:59am
    BE CAREFUL
    Starting from Windows Vista, Microsoft changed their philosophy in order to make it cheaper and easier for them to come up with new versions of Windows on a regular basis.

    THEY STOPPED WORRYING ABOUT BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY.

    This means many older programs no longer work on newer versions of windows. So, as well as replacing Windows (even for free), you may be up for hundreds of dollars to replace applications, programs and utilities (I refuse to call them "Apps") which may no longer work just because Microsoft no longer care.

    CHECK FOR COMPATIBILITY WITH YOUR OTHER SOFTWARE BEFORE UPDATING TO WIN10.
    particolor
    11th Feb 2015
    1:37pm
    Good Advice Hawkeye !! :-)
    BC49
    11th Feb 2015
    8:07pm
    I am still running XP.... have been told my mobo wont take anything newer, so am at a loss, because this computer still has plenty of life. Of course that means that I dont have the best security/support etc. If I could get hold of Win7, I would try installing. I have however, got Win8 on my laptop, with 8.1 constantly nudging to upgrade - is it safe to do so now? Help, pretty please? :)
    particolor
    11th Feb 2015
    8:26pm
    Hullo Noah !! :-)
    Hawkeye
    12th Feb 2015
    2:49am
    Yes Noah, not only is 8 to 8.1 definitely safe, but it is also definitely worthwhile.
    Hawkeye
    12th Feb 2015
    2:51am
    Sorry, that should have read:
    Yes BC49, not only is 8 to 8.1 definitely safe, but it is also definitely worthwhile.
    Hawkeye
    12th Feb 2015
    3:36am
    BC49, you don't say how old your XP computer is, or give any details.

    I used to run 32-bit Win7 quite successfully on 2006 vintage hardware built for XP.
    It had an AMD Sempron 2800 CPU, and 1GB DDR400 RAM, so it was fairly low spec even for XP.
    An upgrade to 2GB RAM let Win7 to stretch its legs and run much better, although it was always very slow to boot up (but then Win7 is slow to boot up on any hardware unless you upgrade the hard drive to an SSD)
    particolor
    12th Feb 2015
    9:30am
    Thanks for that Hawkeye ! I wondered why Windows 7 was slower than others to Boot Up ! Even though I have a State of the Arts HP Computer !! Everything else runs Super Fast !! :-)
    Hawkeye
    12th Feb 2015
    2:17pm
    I have 2 HP Laptops running Win7 on SSD's. Only takes 5 mins to swap drives. One of them has the old HDD mounted where the DVD Drive used to be, also a fairly simple upgrade after purchasing a $12 adapter from China.

    I also have 2 self-built desktops, each with 2 SSD's mounted in a hot-swap bay I made myself, so I can run Win7 or Win8.1 by unplugging and swapping the SSD drives. I use Win 8.1 for most stuff, but need Win7 to play Civilization 4.

    I also have another desktop running Win8.1 on HDD, which I use for archiving. It is reasonably high spec but seems oh so slow without the aid of an SSD.

    If you keep all your music/videos/photos on a separate drive, then a 120GB SSD is plenty big enough, and these can be had for as low as $80 these days. Well worth it to get boot times down to about 10 secs, even on Win7. Recommend Samsung EVO SSD's as they are the fastest, and the included cloning and management software is brilliant.
    Hawkeye
    12th Feb 2015
    2:32pm
    Particolor, HP is notorious for including much crapware on their PC's.
    Have a look in ControlPanel>ProgramsAndFeatures. You will find installed programs named HPthis and HPthat. Get rid of any that you don't actually use because they all load up at boot time. If unsure if you need it or not, Google it.
    particolor
    12th Feb 2015
    3:29pm
    Ill Google it as well.. But I have found a lot of Crapware in there, but never touched it ,thinking it might disable something ?? :-<


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