What You Should Keep In Mind Before Making an Upgrade To Windows 10

The internet is flooding with tons of news article about Windows 10. We all are pretty sure about what Windows 10 have to offer. The new Edge browser, Cortana personal assistant, and the startup menu are all part of the Windows 10. All these small things make Windows 10 irresistible. Moreover, the Windows 10 offers Directx 12 for gamers and other enthusiasts.

There are many reasons to upgrade to windows 10, but before you push the upgrade button, there are some things that you should keep in mind before making a jump!

New things are always sweet(in most cases) and curiosity overcomes our reasoning many-a-time, but if you are reading this article, you have already made a rational choice on whether to install Windows 10 or not.

What You Should Keep In Mind Before Making an Upgrade To Windows 10

1. System Capabilities and Requirements

Every software, including games and desktop software have pre-defined software requirements and that can easily make you think twice on whether to jump on the software or not.

The expression when it fails to run smoothly or even install is quite drowning for many of us.

Windows 10 is no different. It comes with a requirement and you should consider taking a sneak peak of the requirement before jumping onto the install/upgrade option.

Windows 10 require at least a machine of 1 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM(64 bit) or 1 GB of RAM(32 bit), and 16/32 GB of Harddisk for a 32/64-bit machine.

On the graphics card front, it requires at least a direct X 9 enabled graphics card with a compatible graphics driver and a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.

Windows 10 offers a specification page, which you can go through for a much better understanding.

Summary: If any one of the above requirements doesn’t match, it is a good idea to upgrade your hardware or better get a brand new machine with Windows 10 pre-installed.

2. You are a Windows 7 user

Windows 7 is quite an amazing Operating System. Well, it was one of the most stable and widely accepted Windows after Windows XP. All of the Windows 7 users didn’t upgrade to the next version of the Windows, i.e. Windows 8.

Windows 8 was not a bad entry in the windows lineup, but it was despised because of the removal of startup menu and forced touch usage.

Windows 10 on the other brings back all the changes back, and if you loved Windows 7, you might want to stick to it as there is not much difference you will feel when it comes to normal usage.

3. The Risk of Early Adoption

Early Adoption means risking your working environment. Many users use Windows as the primary working environment and might not want to risk anything.

Early updates might have lurking security holes and can be used to create a massive leak in your system. Well, it is tough to really say that early adoption can cause problems, but there is always a chance.

Microsoft understands security and generally patches zero-day security updates in no time. Hardware compatibility and other possible combinations can cause issues, so it is always wise to delay your upgrade or not upgrade at all if you are satisfied with your working environment.

4. Take Full Advantage of Free Upgrade Offer

Making a transition is always tough and when it is operating system update,  things can be much worse than expected. The free upgrade option for the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users starts from July 29,2015.

From this time, Microsoft will release the upgrade in batches and will go on for the next one year. This means that you have a complete year to decide whether to upgrade to Windows 10 or not.

Check some initial user reviews and other problems that can creep up during the first few months. After the initial reaction, you can easily make the call of upgrading to Windows 10.

5. Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is an important part of Windows ecosystem — but Microsoft choose to think otherwise and have eliminated Windows Media Center from their latest edition of Windows, the Windows 10.

There are many Windows Media Center lovers and they might not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for now — until someone patches the Windows 10 with custom Windows Media Center.

6. Driver Issues

With new powers comes new responsibility.

This is true in the case of Windows 10 as well. Windows 10 does offer better features and functionalities for the end user. But, there is a catch.

Windows 10 doesn’t really come with all peripherical’s and device support. The development of Windows 10 is continuous and new support drivers and updates are released on regular basis.

It is always a better idea not to update to Windows 10 until your peripherals are supported by them.

To Upgrade or not to Upgrade

It all depends on whether you have the right hardware, the right support and the right requirement for the upgrade to really happen.

If you do not need the latest Windows 10 features, it is always a safe bet to skip the update for the better good.

There are many users who use dual-boot to test things out. If you are a computer savvy person, you might want to try out the Windows 10 before moving completely to the new system.

Another smart way is to use the virtual machine installation and load an image for testing purposes. You can grab a final public build and try out your hands at it.

Note: Do not grab the pirated version as it can have many security holes and might not be officially supported by the Microsoft. But, if you are just getting it to test things out, then it is always a better idea before getting the brand new Windows for your setup. You do not want to regret it later.

So do you think you are going to upgrade to Windows 10? if so, why? Comment below and let us know!

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