Moving to Windows 10

09/02/2015

A new era is upon us, Windows 10 has arrived! Microsoft has provided a wealth of information to support the migration, making the transition as easy as possible.

“There’s a new dawn at Microsoft,” said Allison Dew, Dell’s marketing chief (and a former Microsoft employee). “What we’ve seen in terms of development and cooperation with Microsoft this time around is unlike what we’ve seen in past years.”

“We’re more excited about this launch than we have been in a really long time,” said Dew. “I’ve been through amazing Windows launches and some that weren’t quite as amazing. This has the feel of something amazing.”

Nonetheless, it is important to set aside some time for the upgrade process itself. Not all pre-Windows 10 applications will work on the new operating system, so it important to check with compatibility with Windows 10 before installation. Additionally, you will need the following performance specifications in order to run Windows 10:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update
  • Processor: 1GHz or faster
  • RAM: 2GB RAM for a laptop or tablet or 8GB RAM for a PC
  • Hard drive space: 16GB for a 32-bit system or 20GB for a 64-bit system
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 1024 x 600 resolution

According to Microsoft’s site, Windows 10 is available in multiple configurations. If you’re upgrading from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, or Home, you’ll be upgraded to Windows 10 Home. Systems with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home. And if you upgrade from Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro for Students, you’ll be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft further clarifies the different versions:

  1. Home includes what Microsoft calls the “core experiences” – or the bare essentials of the operating system, including the Start Menu; Windows Defender and Windows firewall; digital assistant Cortana; fingerprint, facial and iris recognition; virtual desktops; and the new Edge browser.
  2. Pro includes everything in the Home version, with more advanced features, such as Bitlocker encryption, Domain Join, Group Policy Management and Remote Desktop.
  3. Enterprise is the most complete version of Windows, and includes everything in the Home and Pro versions, plus additional features such as Windows To Go Creator (which lets you create a USB drive with Windows on it), AppLocker (which creates rules that allow or deny applications from running) and security tools such as Enterprise Data Protection.
  4. Education is the same as the Enterprise edition except that it doesn’t have a feature called Long-Term Branching Service, which controls the way in which Windows versions are delivered to users.

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