“Should I upgrade to Windows 10?” is a question being asked by more than one computer user in recent days. Microsoft reports that, one year after being unleashed upon the world, users wishing to upgrade or purchase new Windows 10 licenses will have to pay $119 and has strongly encouraged users of Windows 7 and 8.1 to consider the upgrade.
July 29 is the final day when users may upgrade to Windows 10 for free with Microsoft.
Two days after Windows 10 was introduced, The Inquisitr reported that 14 million copies of Windows 10 had been installed. Microsoft reports that 300 million machines were running Windows 10 as of March, 2016.
Should users upgrade to Windows 10? YouTube user ThioJoeTech has weighed in on this subject. He cautions that users with older computers, particularly those running XP, Vista, or earlier versions probably won’t be able to upgrade to Windows 10 and may be better off buying new computers or other devices.
Joe notes that a small percentage of Windows 8 users may prefer its interface, and he encourages the group to continue with what works for them. He explains that some users of Windows Media Center have been disappointed that the app is not available for Windows 10. How To Geek has reported on its “not officially supported by Microsoft” technique to install Windows Media Center on Windows 10 that might be helpful to those who use the app and want to make the switch.
The YouTuber describes Microsoft giving Windows 10 away for one year as a “big deal” and states that the company has always charged for upgrades to previous versions of Windows. Joe also explains that customers who claim their free Windows 10 upgrade before the July 29 end date will receive updates and support “forever.”
With Windows 10 is said to come a whole new set of drivers, offering support to a wider range of devices.
Windows 10 is described as running “faster” than Windows 7; uncommon for later versions of any type of software, let alone an operating system. Most machines running Windows 7 and 8.1 should experience no significant slowdown when upgraded to Windows 10. In fact, some machines may even see an improvement in performance.
Windows 10 includes Windows Defender, which is one of the best computer security programs available. Windows Defender provides complete protection against viruses, malware, and spyware. It also comes with free regular updates with the Windows 10 upgrade, available until the end date, July 29. Windows Defender solving previously unknown malware problems is part of the reason that Windows 10 speeds up some computers. The other is that it appears to be a well written and efficient piece of software.
A Windows 10 feature that has appealed to some is the virtual desktop, which allows for customization and saving of specialized desktops for different tasks. Windows 10 also makes use of underlying DirectX 12 technology, said to be responsible for performance increases of up to 50 percent with some graphics intensive applications like games, as reported by PC World.
Edge, Microsoft’s latest browser that comes bundled with Windows 10, has seen a marked increase in usage. In March of 2016, Edge users were reported to have spent 63 billion minutes viewing web pages, a 50 percent increase on a quarter over quarter basis. It has been previously reported by The Inquisitr that Edge lacks the ability to work with browser extensions, but that Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome work perfectly with Windows 10, allowing users access to this feature.
Windows 10 is the home of Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant, comparable to Apple’s Siri. Since being introduced, Microsoft reports that Cortana has responded to six billion questions.
Further, Windows 10 incorporates biometric authentication, allowing users with the need the ability for fingerprint and face identification using the Windows Hello app.
Have you already downloaded the latest Windows? Should others upgrade to Windows 10? If you haven’t already, are you going to upgrade to Windows 10 before the July 29 deadline? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.
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