Any PC that can run Windows 8.1 will be able to run this OS. However, if you aren’t sure, Windows will check your system capabilities to ensure that it can be installed. Windows 7 era machines may be less certain, but using the compatibility checker should solve that problem.
This OS has a relatively small install footprint, in line with Windows 7 and 8, which is around 20GB. This is the minimum, but ideally, ensure that 40GB or more is free. Note that more space will be used over time, with updates and other programs. Windows 10 also requires 1GB of RAM (2GB for the 64-bit version) and a 1GHz processor or better.
Windows ten was initially offered as a free upgrade, but for most users this offer ended on July 29, 2016. Most users now need to pay for a full version. However, if you use assistive technologies, there is a loophole allowing you to obtain a free upgrade to the new Windows. This is found through Microsoft’s ‘accessibility upgrade’ website. This extended offer lasts until December 31, 2017.
Though this OS was given as a free upgrade, the version received depends on the Windows 7 or 8 version the user already owned. A Windows 7 Ultimate user receive Windows 10 Pro, so the upgrades remain in line and retain the extra value invested in Windows.
This largely depends on your machine’s speed and power and which Windows version is being upgraded. For example, upgrading from Windows 8 on INTEL Celeron 2.6 GHz with SATA hard drive, will take around 15 minutes for 32-Bit or 20 minutes for 64-Bit. Generally, install times should be under an hour.
Windows ten currently costs $119, or $199 for the Pro version, when purchased directly from Microsoft’s product page. Some resellers may be able to offer discounts, so it’s always worth shopping around.
Microsoft offers a variety of help and support options. The first port of call is usually the Microsoft Answer Desk, a website which unified all support methods and makes it easier to find answers. Users can call, chat online and visit Microsoft stores to get assistance.
Users can downgrade the new Windows with a simple reversal process, back to Windows 7 or 8, within the first months of upgrading. This is found in the Updates part of the control panel, under Recovery. For longer time periods, this may be harder if Windows has deleted your previous install files. If a backup is made before upgrading, rolling back to a previous version is much easier. Otherwise, a fresh installation is needed.
Pro is a more advanced edition that offers a set of additional tools, things which may be useful to business or advanced users, but will probably not be of interest to regular household users. These include connectivity and privacy tools such as Domain Join, Group Policy Management, Bitlocker, Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE), Assigned Access 8.1, Remote Desktop, Client Hyper-V, and Direct Access.
Windows 10 Education is a special edition designed for students, offering even more features than the Home and Pro editions. This is a free upgrade for eligible students, offering an improved Start menu, the new Edge browser, enhanced security, and more.