And the day has finally come to pass: Microsoft Windows 10 is officially unveiled worldwide to a jaded audience who only saw the lackluster Windows 8 and 8.1.
Testers have shown mostly positive reactions to the product, then in preview, and were given chances for an in-place upgrade to the final copy. It seems they were given complementary OS licenses as well.
The release aims to reverse changes done in bad taste in Windows 8, which they tried to correct in Windows 8.1.
It also introduces the much-anticipated DirectX 12, claimed (and benchmarked) to bring console-efficiency to the PC.
So, at a glance, why should you take up Windows 10?
1. The Start Menu is OFFICIALLY back. Yes. No more need for external apps to give it semblance to its much-preferred predecessor, Windows 7. For those who grew to like the Start Screen, it’s also there but downsized, for desktops.
2. Directx 12 API. It’s only in Windows 10. Not in Windows 8.1, 8, 7 and especially NOT XP!
3. A more responsive experience comparable to a Mac OS. Even on shitty specs.
4. Integration with Android and iPhone, and their native Windows Phone.
5. Apps now run IN the desktop, not in a separate metro environment. Whether this is a good or bad thing for you depends.
6. A new way to infuriate Internet Explorer haters– the all new Microsoft Edge browser.
7. It’s free and activates even if you’re running pirated copies– but only for a limited time.
8. Security features found in Windows 8 and 8.1 are carried over here as well.
In order to run Windows 10, users need a PC or tablet with a 1GHz processor or faster, 1GB of RAM and 16GB hard disk space for 32-bit machines or 2GB and 16GB 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.
In-place upgrades, a method of upgrade without a system reformat and retains all files, apps and documents, is possible from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, both in 32-bit and 64-bit.
We recommend going 64-bit ESPECIALLY if you have more than 4gb of RAM, even if that means you have to start from scratch (Which means you’ll have to reinstall every apps you have and copy your documents to someplace safe). A reformat of your hard disk is NOT necessary.
If you’re stuck with Windows XP and you’re willing to take the plunge, do an in-place upgrade to Windows Vista, and then an in-place upgrade to Windows 7. Then do an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 from there. You’ll be using the 32-bit edition of the OS, so make sure your OS installers are the 32-bit editions.
THERE IS NO UPGRADE PATH FOR WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL x64, not even to Windows Vista 64-bit!
Rumors of Windows 10 being the FINAL Windows to be ever released is going around. But that’s because Microsoft claimed it will constantly update the OS from now on, ala Android and Mac OS.
The benefits claimed in here are based on standard and typical setups. YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY.
READERS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THEIR COMPUTERS AND THEIR CAPABILITIES, AND AS SUCH, SPRATLYS CHARADE SHALL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR UNTOWARD INCIDENTS IN THEIR COMPUTERS IN REGARDS TO WINDOWS 10. CONSULT A TECHNICIAN IF YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT YOUR COMPUTER SPECIFICATIONS AND CAPABILITIES.