Windows 10 has been released on 29 July 2015 and available as a free upgrade for Windows 7/8/8.1 users. It’s a monumental announcement of the Microsoft as well as for users. Microsoft has provided immense information to simplify the user’s transition from one version to another along with a huge list of features and changes. This document is written with the intention to make it an easy upgrade for you if you are about to make a transition to Windows 10.
Customers have two choices between two versions: Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional. It is paid for those users who are building their own PC. It is a convenient process to move to this upgrade from Windows 7 if you are using it for long. If you are using a pro version, you will migrate to the Windows 10 professional version, otherwise; your upgrade will be a copy of Windows 10 Home.
You can install Windows 10 using the media creation tool. To upgrade your OS, create a DVD or USB and install on different machines. There are just three simple steps first download the tool, second run the tool and third create installation media.
If you want to upgrade your OS, there are some system requirements for Windows 10 which are as follows:
- Processor: 1 (GHz) or SoC or faster processor
- RAM: 1 (GB) for a 32-bit version, or 2GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16GB for a 32-bit OS; 20GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 1024×600,
Where GHz = gigahertz and GB = gigabyte
It may be possible that even though having all above stated system requirements, it might not be a successful upgrade. Application compatibility, driver and firmware support, and feature support are few factors which decide that your OS will be upgraded or not. To assure that your system meets all the specific requirements, there is a function within the reservation app called ‘Check My PC’.
Microsoft has given a rough idea about how much space it is required to upgrade and how long it’ll take to completely install this version. It needs almost 3 GB space and takes about 20 minutes on new PCs, whereas about an hour on older ones.
Before making this transition, make sure that you have saved your files on cloud or somewhere else. Although most of the files will remain on the hard drive by default as your files, applications and settings will migrate as a process of your upgrade, but all will not migrate.
All above information is about upgrade, transition and system requirement for Windows 10, but do you know what all features and apps won’t be available in Windows 10? Here is a quick look on those sacrifices which you have to make as a Windows 7/8 user:
The one thing which old OS users are going to miss is Media Center as Microsoft has said goodbye to Media Center. Second thing is DVD playback feature. As Microsoft has integrated its own DVD-playing app in Windows 10 so DVD playback feature has been replaced. The third feature which is missing from the list of Windows 10 is Windows 7 desktop gadgets, all gadgets have been uninstalled. Apart from these changes Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts that came with Windows 7 also have been vanished, to be replaced with new versions of apps.
To avail some additional features of Windows 10, you need additional assembly like Windows Hello is a feature which won’t be accessible with a webcam. To enable it, you need a new depth camera or a finger-print reader to log into your PC. Other examples in the same list are additional requirements for Wi-Fi Direct Printing and BitLocker.