Windows 10 – Should You Upgrade?

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Windows 10 – Should You Upgrade?

This is a featured blog from Frontline Solutions Architect, James Robertson.

Windows 10 was released back in July and we’ve already featured a blog focusing on the launch and some of the major new features.

This time we’re going to take a more technical look at some of the less well known features and see how they could have an impact on your IT life, then move on to a few scenarios where upgrading may not be the best option just yet.

First of all and just in case you missed it, if you have a copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 you are entitled to a free upgrade to Windows 10 until July 2016.

With that out of the way, let’s have a look at some of the less publicised new features that may make your IT life easier:

  • Find out exactly what is using your drive space. This used to be a tiresome task or involve a third party download such as Treesize. With Windows 10 you can see this information in the same way you are probably used to on your mobile or tablet. Tucked away in Settings > System > Storage is a list of the drives on your PC. Click a drive, and you’ll receive a breakdown of how much space apps, photos, videos etc. are using on that particular drive. Click each of those subcategories to get even more detail. Very useful if you have a small SSD in your machine.
  • In a similar vein, if your device isn’t performing as quickly as you might expect, take a look in Settings again and change the background app settings, there may be apps running there constantly that you never use.
  • You’re probably aware of Edge (the new browser for Windows 10) but you may not know that you can delve into settings via the menu in the top right and into advanced settings, where you’ll find some useful options such as turning on/off the pop-up blocker and Flash.
  • If you’re already on Windows 8 you may be aware of this feature, but those of you coming from Windows 7, take a look in Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> System Settings and check the box to turn on fast start up. You’ll no longer need to go and make that coffee while waiting for Windows to start up and if you have an SSD as well then don’t blink or you’ll miss it!

Having looked at the new features and the fact it’s free, you may be thinking it’s an easy decision to upgrade, however there are certain circumstances where it may not be advisable to do away with your old version of Windows just yet:

  • You system won’t run it, or won’t run it smoothly. Sounds obvious but you may want to double check that your PC or tablet has a 1GHz processor or faster, 1GB of RAM for 32-bit machines or 2GB for 64-bit machines, 16GB hard disk space for 32-bit machines or 20GB hard disk space for 64-bit machines, a DirectX 9 or later graphics card with a WDDM 1.0 driver and an 800 x 600 display or better
  • You have old peripherals that are still needed. There are a number of older devices that won’t get drivers for Windows 10, so double check those printers and scanners are compatible before upgrading.
  • You have old software that is still needed. There is still a lot of software (especially if you are coming from Windows 7) that may not run on Windows 10. This may leave you without important software or faced with an expensive bill to upgrade to the latest supported version.

If you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10, you may be interested in the recent release of Office 2016 and asking some of the same questions about upgrading – we’ll be looking at this in another blog very soon!

Get in contact with a member of the Frontline team today to find out more.

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