Windows 10 Free Upgrade – What You MUST Know and Whether To Upgrade Or Not

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July 29th 2015 was the launch date and free upgrade of PC users to the new Windows 10 operating system from Microsoft. As of May 2016, about 300 millions of upgrades have been made on active devices and still counting.

Windows lovers were exciting with this upgrade and expected to enjoy features of this new version of their favorite operating system.

Well, the truth remains that this new operating system did not disappoint as it comes with lots of new and exciting features that were lacking with previous versions.

If you still have reservation as to whether to upgrade to Windows 10 or not, here are things you must know about the changes and features of  Microsoft’s newest, sleekest, fastest, most secure OS to date.

The Upgrade is completely free until 28th July, 2016

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Microsoft is offering the free update to all genuine Windows 7 and 8 users until one year after the launch of Windows 10.

You don’t have to pay a dime for this upgrade. You can opt for the free upgrade between now and July 28th, 2016.

As of the time of publishing this post, you still have a couple days before the deadline.

Windows 10 is offered as a SaaS

Windows 10 is offered as Software as a service. This means from now on your Windows operating system will not be coming as big releases every year or two years.

Instead, you will be getting regular daily updates as they are rolled out by Microsoft from time to time.

In this wise, you will not be seeing Windows 10 as a completed project but rather as a product that would enjoy life support for your device without additional cost.

The Start Menu Combines features of Windows 7 and 8

If you are familiar with Windows 7 then you must be accustomed with the Start Menu. However, this feature was replaced in Windows 8 by the Start Screen which comes with live tiles of apps arranged in groups.

In Windows 10, the Start Menu is back and the Start Screen is still there. On the left side of the Menu you easily access file explorer and other apps that would get you into the system.

The elements of the Windows 8 live tiles are clearly accessible on the right side of the menu. These can be resized according to your screen resolution.

It comes with a personal assistant called “Cortana”

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Windows 10 brings on an interactive personal or voice assistant called “Cortana”. This is a search powered assistant that helps you find answers to all your queries.

Cortana is a search box located on the Taskbar. Once you type a query on it, it quickly gives you answers and location of your files, folders, photos, etc., in the local drive or those stored in OneDrive.

You need this assistant to send voice commands and track files and emails with ease.

The Microsoft Edge is now the Default Browser 

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Internet Explorer is no longer a part of the Microsoft experience. In Windows 10, this browser is replaced by the faster Microsoft EDGE.

If you have experienced intrusive features with Internet Explorer then you can heave a sigh of relief because EDGE provides you with the latest technology in browser experience.

It comes with non-intrusive features that allow users to easily access web pages, make annotations, save for later viewing and reading, view in PDF format, and share socially with others. This is sure a simple but powerful browser you will find running light on your device.

I have used this Microsoft Edge and find it so much better than most of the browsers out there, even better than Firefox. I have also heard from other experienced web users who say it’s fast becoming their favorite browser.

The “Action Center” Allows Quick Access to Notifications and Settings

Windows 10’s Action center gives all new notification experience. You can quickly access new notifications from the system, Calendar, Maps, mails, Battery options, Network connection, VPN, etc.

The best part is you can as well use this center to navigate through All Settings of your device. This whole new experience makes it easier to navigate, personalize, and multitask with your device.

Windows 10 is built for Better Gaming

If you are game lover then your experience on Windows 10 would be better. You can now play games with better performance with DirectX 12 and also enhance your Xbox One game streaming.

As an operating system built for games, you can play remotely or with the Controller via USB connected to the computer.

You can improve Security with “Windows Hello”

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You concern about security should be assuaged when you come to realize that Windows 10 is a secure operating system.

It will interest you to know that this OS comes with “Windows Hello” as a new security feature. It works by allowing biometric authentication and facial recognition.

These are in addition to the regular password and PIN verification. The finger print authentication and facial recognition are added security you would like to be at peace with.

However, to access these added security features, your device must be compatible with hardware that can run the biometric authentication and the special camera for facial recognition.

It eliminated the Windows Media Center or DVD playback

If you already loved the Media Center and DVD playback support from previous Windows then you would be disappointed that these are missing in Windows 10.

It seems Microsoft is eager to promote video streaming than it would want to support DVD playing! More so, it the Xbox One game is being pushed as the main entertainment Windows users.

The above are possibly some of the major changes in Windows 10 that will affect your decision as to whether to install or not.

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To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade

That’s the question, right?

There are concerns that could also affect your upgrade decisions. These may include:

> You are still running a device with outdated peripherals which may not work with Windows 10

> You are concerned about privacy since Windows 10 has more syncing features that allows for the gathered data to be fed to Microsoft. Although some of the automatic syncing behavior can be turned off but others cannot be disabled.

Conclusively, so you have it, the obvious features that make Windows 10 stand out from other Windows OS. These should help you decide whether to upgrade or not before 29th of July, 2016!

64 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Paul,

    I leveraged on the free upgrade since the launch date 29th July, 2015 and its been awesome – except for some few bugs initially!

    Windows 10 is a better version than 7 and 8! Its a good thing it combines the features of both!

    It boosts fast, comes with easy navigation, has better security through its Windows Defender, and could easily integrate with mobile.

    Since Microsoft has decided to be offering its OS as SaaS ,I am just wondering what will happen if Windows !0 experiences a huge hack! 😉 That is a side thought 😀

    Nevertheless, Windows 10 is amazing!

  2. Hi Paul,

    Windows 10 is more interactive that previous version. The only problem I am having with this OS is the elimination of the media center.

    I know utilize other software I have downloaded online to make up for this. Apart from this, its a better version.

    I am glad there is now a Windows that is not driving my crazy like Windows 8!

  3. Hey Paul,

    This review about Windows 10 is very detailed. I love the fact that you took time to highlight the reasons for wanting to make upgrades or not. Its now left for the reader to decide on this OS or not.

    Truth be said, with all the features discussed here, the use is sure to enjoy a better computing experience for improved productivity and entertainment.

    I already made an upgrade!

  4. Hi Paul,

    Windows 10 is the best of Windows OS so far. I use it and its features are so amazing. I wonder why people are not even thinking of upgrade now? I urge them do so freely before the 28th of July!

    what you have said about this Windows is true. Upgrading and using this Windows will explain this brand better!

  5. Hi Paul,

    I still love my Windows 7 but with all the sweetest features and functionality that Windows 10 have it would be good to give a short.

    I am already doing the upgrade before the deadline.

    What really is spurring me is the knowledge that Windows 10 retains some features of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    It would be cool to see how these combined features are working for better user experience.

    Thanks for sharing this review. Its so revealing!

  6. Hi Paul,

    I still haven’t upgraded because of fear it might affect my current software.

    I heard some old software you have might not work with the upgrade.

    Reading this post has encouraged me to give it a try.

    Fingers crossed 🙂

  7. Hello Paul,

    You just made me upgrade to Windows 10 after reading this yesterday. Thanks for that.

    I have to admit, it’s sleek looking and looks really good already.

    I am also very impressed with their new Egde browser. I am using it right now and it’s so much better than Internet Explorer.

    It might even be my next favorite browser because it appears smoother than Firefox and Chrome.

    This is my favorite thing about Windows 10 already!

  8. Hi Paul

    Great post you have written about upgrading to windows 10, I upgraded both my laptop and desktop computers with windows 10 around 3 months ago and I really like it a lot.

    I also like the fact that when installing windows 10 that it saves a backup of your previous version of windows so you can restore your computer to the original version if you need to.

    Thanks again,
    W. Moore

  9. I upgraded when I got tired of the daily alerts on my laptop. It was a tad annoying though and that nearly made me not to upgrade.

    Now that I did, I am the happier for it, 🙂

    For anyone who doesn’t want to update and is tired of the alerts, you can install Never10 to stop the alerts.

  10. Hi Paul,

    I bought a new computer recently and it comes with Windows 10.

    I love the changes Microsoft has done with this Windows 10, but I still haven’t upgraded on my older computer.

    I might before the 28th July deadline.

    Thanks for reminding me with this post.

  11. Hi Paul,

    I upgraded too, it’s great.

    One of the aspects I like best about Windows 10 is the Start Menu.

    I like how it combines the previous look of Windows 7 with the look of Windows 8, to create a kind of familiar feel for both those who love Windows 7 and those who love Windows 8.

    I enjoy the ease of using Cortana for searching.

    Thanks for writing about Windows 10.

  12. I have also upgraded to Windows 10 and I love it a lot. It’s so much better than any Windows I ever used.

    I don’t understand why everyone else isn’t upgrading, as it’s completely free.

    If anyone is hesitating, let me tell you this, it’s great and you will love it. You will wonder why you hesitated for so long, 🙂

  13. Hi Paul,

    I recently upgraded my software to Windows 10 sometime ago, and I absolutely enjoy it.

    However, I’ve not yet noticed the media player issue, and if this issue is related to the Xbox One console, I think that was a terrible decision on Microsoft’s part – computers and gaming devices are two different things.

    People should not have to purchase a gaming device to get DVD Support. Well, its their business. 🙂
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  14. It’s been a long time since I had a Windows, as I decided to get Mac instead. I do miss some of the features like the file explorer and other of the Windows features I don’t have with Mac. I used Internet Explorer, so it’s no longer available on the upgrade? huh.

    I find that really cool they’ve a voice assistant that helps you find everything you need. What a neat feature!

    You mentioning Microsoft Edge being a better search engine alone makes me regret now having Windows 10. I use FireFox, and Chrome, and not the biggest fans of these browsers personally. Does it run much faster with less freeze ups?

    Thanks.