Back in 2014, Microsoft released Windows 10, the last Windows to Windows Insiders. The company has been actively updating the operating system, and it’s shaping up nicely with feedback from fans and Windows Insiders. Recently, Microsoft announced that the company will be releasing Windows 10 to the public on July 29. For those who don’t know, if you’re already a user of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free within the first year. As it’s a free upgrade, Microsoft expects most Windows 7,8,8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 pretty quickly. If you’re one of the users planning to upgrade to Windows 10, there are something you should be aware of before upgrading.
First things first: features that are being deprecated
Windows 10 brings a handful of new features and improvements. As expected, Microsoft is removing some features of Windows with Windows 10. One of the most major feature that’s being removed is Windows Media Center. If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed. Alongside Windows Media Center, there are some other features that is being removed – here’s the full list of deprecated features:
- If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed.
- Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
- Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
- Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
- Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
- If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website.
- If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.
Upgrading to Windows 10
Microsoft is making it very easy for existing Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10. The company recently installed a software called “Get Windows 10” with an update for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users which allows users to reserve their copy of Windows 10 and install it once it’s available. As stated earlier, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for users using a genuine copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. Here’s different editions of Windows 10 that Windows 7, 8, 8.1 users will get upgraded to:
- Windows 7 Starter to Windows 10 Home
- Windows 7 Home Basic to Windows 10 Home
- Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Home
- Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Home
- Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 8.1 Pro for Students to Windows 10 Pro
If you’re planning to buy a new copy of Windows, you’ll be able to get Windows 10 for the same price as Windows 8. Windows 10 Home will cost $119 and Windows 10 Pro will be available for $199. Additionally, users will be able to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro for $100.
As expected, there are requirements for Windows 10. If your device doesn’t have the required specs to run Windows 10, it won’t be able to run the OS. To update to Windows 10, you’ll need at least 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC. Your device will also need 1 gigabyte of RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit. For hard disk space, your device needs to have 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
So if your device has these required specs, you’re good to go.
So that’s everything you need to know before upgrading to Windows 10. If you’ve any questions, make sure to ask us in the comment section below!