Windows 10 is here, but what happened to Windows 9?
We can only assume that 7 8 9… or that 10 is a much nicer number for promoting a new operating system. If you have a newer operating system, like Windows 7 or 8/8.1, you can now upgrade to Windows 10 for free through July 29, 2016 – a savings of $119.99.
To reserve an upgrade, visit the Microsoft Windows upgrade site or click the Windows icon in your task tray. If you use a Windows Mobile device, the upgrade is not yet available. On the website you can reserve your free copy and run a test to ensure that your system is compatible.
Once your upgrade reservation is confirmed, you are entered into a queue for upgrade and will receive an alert when your computer is ready for upgrade. No external storage media is required as your upgrade is completed through your existing internet connection. Installation takes approximately one hour for most computers, but varies based upon your system capabilities and connection speed.
After installation, you will see some fresh features. The Start Menu is more user-friendly and adjustable. You have greater functionality with the Windows Snap feature. You can also create a variety of desktops with open windows to help to separate tasks. The new operating system embraces touchscreen options while also providing ease of use with a mouse. You will even have a digital personal assistant.
The newer Windows allows you to work with the computer how you want to either through typing, the use of a mouse, writing, speaking or touchscreen—now, I embarrass myself when I try to move windows on screens that are not touch-enabled! Why isn't everything touchscreen?!
One last note for users with an older device running Vista or XP. You can purchase Windows 10 for a fresh install from the Microsoft Store. Before you take this step, you should make sure your computer meets the minimum specifications and consider that newer computers will give you the best user experience with the operating system.
The opinions of Jessica Michael are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.