Windows 10

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On July 29, Microsoft will be releasing its latest operating system. Whether you loved or hated Windows 8.1, Windows 10 is set to be a nice balance between new features and a familiar design making it much more user friendly for anyone that will be upgrading.

Speaking of upgrading, anyone running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 for the first year. If you’re a home user, you’ve probably already noticed the new icon in your taskbar asking you to reserve your copy. While reserving is not necessary, it will allow you to download the necessary files in advance so you can perform the upgrade as soon as it is released.

There are two ways to move from an earlier version of Windows to Windows 10. The first (and easiest) method is to perform the upgrade via Windows Update. All of your files and settings will be preserved, and any software that is installed will also be moved over assuming it is compatible with Windows 10. This is the biggest reason you may want to delay the upgrade. If you have a lot of programs on your computer, there is a good chance some of them won’t work after the upgrade until they provide an update to make it compatible with Windows 10. The second upgrade method is to download the installation files and burn them to a disc, and then install the whole thing from scratch. This will delete all files and programs, and will leave you with a completely fresh copy of Windows. This method is a little more advanced, but will essentially put your computer back to an out-of-box state. Make sure to back up any data you have before doing this, as it can’t be recovered afterwards!

If you are hesitant to upgrade right away, you have a year to take advantage of the free upgrade. We recommend waiting a few months until the initial bugs are worked out. If you need help upgrading or have any questions, you can contact our office at any time or schedule an appointment to have us perform the upgrade for you.