We’ve received the new free version of Windows 10 and did some research ourselves for you, as well as mapped out some cool new features you will be able to experience.
How much is it? Windows 10 will be free for one year, for anyone running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. If you’re running an earlier version of Windows for example XP, Vista or don’t upgrade by that time, you’ll be able to pick up Windows 10 Home for $119, and Windows 10 Pro for $199.
When can I upgrade? Windows 10 launches July 28 at 9 p.m.
Will it run on my PC? If you are running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 you should be good to go.
What are the system requirements to run Windows 10? Minimum requirements for Windows 10 are a 1GHz processor, at least 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of hard drive space.
Does Windows 10 still use apps? Of course. Microsoft wants you to be able to run your apps on all your devices running Windows 10 regardless of which device you purchased the app on. You will be able to use universal Windows apps across multiple devices including tablets, PC’s, phones and more.
The new Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use since it has features like the start menu that are similar to Windows 7. If you liked Windows 7 and Windows 8, but just didn’t like losing some of the features of one for the other, this OS is most likely right up your alley. A Windows Insider said, “This combines the strengths of Windows 8 with Windows 7.”
It has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you are already running. It also starts much faster than Windows 8 from the tests we have ran.
There are already Millions of people using Windows 10 through the Windows Insider Program which according to to Microsoft, “The Windows Insider Program is a global community of fans who love Windows and want to help make it better. Insiders see the operating system in its earliest stages, and play a role in shaping it. Their feedback has contributed to the best Windows ever.”
Microsoft also released their new internet browser “Microsoft Edge” replacing the long lived Internet Explorer in this new Windows release which, “Lets you move quickly from browsing to doing other things. Write1 or type notes directly on webpages and share them with others, read online articles free of distraction, and save your favorite reads for convenient access later.” Don’t worry you can still use Internet Explorer on older PC’s, but after getting a taste of Microsoft Edge’s new features you most likely will not want to.
Get your works, research, projects, play done faster by better managing your desktop resources. You’ll have the ability to snap up to four things on one screen at the same time and create virtual desktops whenever you need more space or want to group things by project, like Microsoft Office apps for work and games for play.
The new Windows 10 Store has also been made into a unified shopping experience on every device using Windows 10. Access or browse the store on your tablet, phone, PC and download free and paid apps, movies, games, music and TV shows easily.
We have included the info below courtesy of our friends at Microsoft.com.
Windows 10 basically learns and grows with you. Microsoft has incorporated a program called Cortana, “your truly personal assistant.” This program works across all your Microsoft devices (tablet, phone, PC etc.) to learn your preferences, offer suggestions, set reminders, answer questions, play music and more.
It’s easy to get your free upgrade – here’s how:
1. To reserve your free upgrade, click on the Windows 10 icon located in the lower right side of the system tray.
- Don’t see the Windows 10 icon? First, try running Windows Update and install any available required and recommended updates for your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC. Still don’t see the icon? Click here
2. Once in the Get Windows 10 app, click “Reserve your free upgrade” in the app window.
3. Enter your email if you want confirmation of this reservation.
4. We’ll download Windows 10 to your device and notify you when it’s ready. You can cancel your reservation at any time. 1
If you’d like to create a USB drive or DVD to download once and upgrade multiple PCs – click here.
Note: This free Windows 10 upgrade is available for PCs and tablets; the free Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will be available for most phones starting later this year.2
After you have reserved, you are in the queue for your upgrade. Watch for your notification from the Get Windows 10 app to arrive in the coming days or weeks. At that point, you can upgrade immediately or pick a time that works for you.
After you’ve upgraded, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.
We’ve got your back
Upgrade to Windows 10 with confidence. The Microsoft Answer Desk will be here for you with one-on-one support to get you up and running on Windows 10. For questions about upgrading to Windows 10, take a look at our Windows 10 Q&A or check to see if your question has already been answered in the community forum or post a new one.
See what’s new
Learn more about the great new features in Windows 10.