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Windows 10: Requirements, update, 10 reasons to install it and more

In the next few hours, Windows 10 will start to arrive on this side of the world, so it is worth reviewing different relevant topics before updating, of course, if such a path is chosen. We therefore take a look at the most relevant changes compared to the predecessor versions of Windows, the free update and installation mode and some other striking details.

Windows 10

For starters, it is worth mentioning that Windows 10 is the new Microsoft operating system that comes after Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, and even Windows Phone 8.1. Its support will remain until 2025 and your updates will be mandatoryAt most they can be postponed.

It is a complete update and with huge changes, particularly because it shows as a combination of the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1, equipped with latest generation technologies even in your web browser and your personalized virtual assistant, and with better behavior on tablets. Also, for the first time in history, It is offered free of charge for tens of millions of desktop and mobile devices.

Basic requirements and considerations for obtaining Windows 10

Windows 10 be available starting From July 29 for the whole world but due to the wide public that it expects to reach, one billion users in 190 countries, the update process will be gradual.

All eligible Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices will be able to get Windows 10 for free. If you have Windows 8 you must upgrade to Windows 8.1 first to have the promotion. In any case, they must be genuine versionsOtherwise, to have the full range of Windows 10 features, you will need to pay for a license whose prices and editions are similar to those of Windows 8.

System Requirements

As for the basic specifications of RAM, disk space, processor, etc., in Microsoft explain:

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, this is what you need:

  • Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version, be it Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
    • Do you know which version you are running? Check it here.
    • Do you need to download the latest version? Click here to download Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update. Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Processor: A 1 GHz or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for a 32-bit OS or 20 GB for a 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with a WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Screen: 1024 600

Editions and prices

Windows 10 comes in 7 different editions, that is, they are in essence the 3 versions of always plus the specialized ones for educational institutions, companies and gadgets:

Windows 10 Home: The home edition with enough basic work and entertainment benefits. It costs $ 119 separately.

Windows 10 Pro: It differs from home publishing in that it has more specialized communication tools, remote support and teamwork. $ 199 will have to be disbursed for it if it is obtained separately.

Windows 10 Mobile: For mobile and small tablets. It has no extra cost and Windows 8.1 is enough to obtain it.

Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 IoT Core (for other devices connected to the Internet of Things) are the remaining four editions whose prices and update details will have to be consulted and planned by the IT managers of each company, institution, manufacturer or developer firm.

How to get Windows 10 for free

That is all, if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you should already see a new icon in the notification bar of your system that, when you click, allow you to proceed with the reserve for free upgrade. To delve into the details as they are enough, it is worth checking the official page of questions and answers, in addition to this link, which Microsoft has published on the subject.

If you have managed to execute the reservation, it will be sent to a confirmation email-, after July 29 you should see a notification in your system that will warn you that Windows 10 is already available so that you can proceed to download and install it in a guided way. By the way, you are not obliged to update immediately to do it for free since you have until July 2016 to decide.

What edition will appear? The following table from the Windows 10 Features site clarifies this:

10 reasons to install Windows 10

The lack of native DVD playback – forcing you to install software like VLC – and the removal of Windows Media Center are perhaps the most relevant negative changes, all the rest being positive, once again, because it has taken the best of Windows 7 and Fixed some awkward details in Windows 8 / 8.1.

There are 10 primary reasons that show what can be gained by switching to Windows 10. You can click on the highlighted titles for advanced information and even videos on each feature as they are officially marked:

    1. Familiarity, because it returns to the Home menu

In Windows 10 the classic Home menu returns although enriched with the tiles of Windows 8 / 8.1 that will become thumbnails within such a menu. Accessing the full list of applications, starting the file explorer, opening the configuration panel and having your favorite software at hand are related to a fairly familiar experience.

    1. Cortana, the personal voice assistant

Cortana is the personal voice assistant already known in Windows Phone but that appears in Windows 10 to collaborate instantly after dictating certain tasks. For example, Cortana can be asked for current weather, weather predictions, jokes, calculations, news, translations, definitions, reminders with alarms synchronized with the mobile phone – and until she searches for specific documents saved on the PC, among other things.

    1. Microsoft Edge, the powerful and expected replacement for Internet Explorer

A powerful Internet browser with the latest web technologies but also with a complete arsenal of built-in tools to do more on the net, for example, scratching a web page to share it after the editions, having its contents in a reading format without distractions , search even better with the Cortana integration in the URL bar, capture special content from each site eg, reservations- and more.

    1. Video game compatibility, Xbox integration, multi-device uses,

It is considered here to be able to transmit video games from an Xbox One to the PC or a tablet with Windows 10, enjoy the power of graphics allowed by DirectX 12, capture games with the built-in DVR the shortcut Windows + G is enough to start a recording-, share the results on social networks and interact with the Xbox Live community.

    1. Multiple tasks, to work on more things within the same screen

Yes, although several details of the new multitasking work functions are copied from the Mac interface and from different Linux desktop environments, it is appreciated that finally reaching the wide audience of Windows with a productive experience to have multiple applications simultaneously, with virtual desktops, multi-window views that are automatically organized, and more visual features that collaborate in great need.

  1. More default security toolsto fight viruses, phishing and other manifestations of malware. Family settings, automatic updates to keep defenses always up to date, SmartScreen for protection and privacy in navigation and new login methods are included in this section.
  2. Windows Hello, for biometric authentication that will allow, on devices with sufficient specialized hardware, to log in using the fingerprint or the iris.
  3. New default apps: Photos, for the management, online storage and automatic organization of photos; Maps, to get location and route details on maps provided by Bing Maps and HERE Maps; Mail, with practical editing features taken from MS Word and quick actions for email administration; Calendar, to review the events still annotated in multiple calendar accounts; And finally, Groove, Movies and TV, for the multimedia reproduction of music and video.
  4. Continuum, a new system of work, especially useful in tablets and hybrid equipment with touch screens and peripherals, that with a click adapt the system to work optimally with what is at the moment. For example, on tablets with a detachable keyboard, the interface changes to facilitate operation depending on whether or not it is connected; if the latter happens, the screen adapts to allow touch controls.
  5. Windows Store, a complete overhaul of the Windows app store that evolves to now facilitate multi-device downloading of hundreds of free and paid apps plus games, movies, TV series and music.

Conclusions and more information

The renovation is huge and the features are superior to what was presented in Windows 8 as a replacement for Windows 7, so it seems that the wisest thing to do is to choose to upgrade, more when the process is offered for free.

That is, although after the reservation you will have to wait for a notification that the download is ready, There is still plenty of time to keep you informed and proceed with the installation only to make sure it is relevant.

Anyway, the promotion campaign of July 29 has already started, guided on social networks by the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld, so if you want to know the first impressions of Windows 10 by its new users, you can follow this tag or visit the launch blog at the Microsoft web portal.