Is now the time to upgrade to Windows 10?

 Windows 10 has been around for a while now so if you haven’t yet got around to upgrading, here are some things you may wish to consider.

win10freeWindows 10 has been available since July 2015 and is currently free from Microsoft if you have existing legitimate licenses for most versions of Windows 7 or 8.1. If you haven’t already upgraded now is the time to consider doing so, you only have until 29 July 2016 to claim your free upgrade, after which it will no longer be available.

This is especially important as if you are a school or small business running multiple workstations – you will need plenty of time to put together a migration plan to get your upgrade to Windows 10 complete.

win10handsAnd here are some good reasons why we think you should upgrade…

The Start Menu makes it welcome return in Windows 10 after going missing in Windows 8, which has come as a welcome relief for most users. There is still a Metro style interface menu, but you now have a full Windows 7 style desktop as with most previous versions of Windows. You can still access all your system programs with quick access keys, Win key +X, or right click the Windows Start button to bring up a menu.

Also it is very nice to have an increase in speed – the later Microsoft Operating systems such as Windows 10 boot up much faster than the earlier ones, which can you have your machine up and ready to go without too much of a wait.

Security – the secure boot feature is enabled in Windows 10, is more secure than the Windows 8 version, and cannot be bypassed.

It now also has a significantly smaller installation size than previous Windows versions is and more efficient compression resulting in smaller file sizes, which all helps to make the most of your storage space.

Another great feature is the ability to use multiple virtual desktops – enabling you to work on different tasks in a separate environment.

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One of the headline features of Window’s 10 is Cortana – this is Microsoft’ s digital assistant, rivalling the likes of Google Now and Apple’s Siri. This takes the form of a search bar next to your Start button, once clicked on Cortana will offer her services. You will need to carry out some initial setting up which include privacy settings and agreeing to terms & conditions. You can also use your microphone to speak commands or requests.

Upgrading is straightforward for single computers. Microsoft has provided a Windows 10 installer which can be downloaded from the Microsoft website. This tool allows you to download the latest version of windows 10 and provides several options for installation. You can upgrade immediately, create an ISO image to burn to CD or you can create a USB drive version. As long as you have your Windows 7 or 8.1 licence key you can perform a fresh install on your computer if you so wish.

What if you undertake the upgrade and then decide you don’t like Windows 10? Luckily it’s very easy to roll the Operating System back to your previous one with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Here at Deep South IT we have been managing this kind of Operating System migration for many years and have the knowledge and expertise to transition your systems to Windows 10 in a seamless fashion, no matter how many workstations you have in operation.

deep_south_it_mediumIf you would like more information on this or any of the other services we provide please get in touch by either by e-mailing sales@deepsouth.co.uk or calling us on 020 8325 5000

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