Windows has been changing its look lately, and the newest Windows operating system (OS) is no exception. At first look, Windows 10 PCs might look more like tablets than computers. The latest Windows OS release is touchscreen-enabled, and you’ll probably notice that Microsoft has added its new browser, Project Spartan, to the program lineup. There are a few new features you might want to get your hands on in the new release. Extreme Tech uncovered the way to get the new Windows so you can check it out for yourself.
“To install it on your current machine, first check Windows Update; you should see a notification saying that it’s available, assuming you’ve pre-registered for it. If it’s there, then that’s the simplest way, and you can install it right over your current install and preserve all of your existing software and data.”
For users coming over to the new release from Windows 7 or 8, the look and feel of Windows 10 will be familiar, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. One major difference you may notice in the new release is that Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana is now available on PCs with Windows 10. Cortana can be accessed right from the Windows icon in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. Cortana’s quite friendly (sometimes overly so), and can do just about anything for your PC that Siri could do for your phone. Her unique name comes from a character in the Halo video game series, produced by Microsoft’s Xbox.
If you’re dying to get your hands on the Windows 10 release, the good news is you don’t have to wait. You can thank Lifehacker.com for the good news; the site noted that users with a copy of Windows 10 reserved can use Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool to upgrade now. The upgrade to Windows 10 is totally free, and can be done right on your PC without any extra software of any kind.
Current status: Productivity COMPLETELY derailed asking Cortana random questions. #Windows10
— Jason Evangelho (@killyourfm) July 29, 2015
While the new OS release may seem exciting, Inquisitr speculated that PC users might be better off waiting to make the leap to the Windows upgrade. Just as with any software, there are of course going to be bugs in the release version that may be smoothed out further down the road. If you have the patience to wait, you may benefit from the bug fixes and/or new features added into future versions.
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