There is no doubt about Microsoft wanting Windows 10 to be your operating system, and it is encouraging you to upgrade by stating that new silicon generations will require the latest Windows platform for support. Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be the only support for future CPUs made by Intel, AMD and Qualcomm. This means that the upcoming silicons such as Intel’s ‘Kaby Lake’, AMD’s ‘Bristol Ridge’, and Qualcomm’s ‘8996’ will require the Windows 10 OS. Microsoft has published a list of products that are guaranteed to have Windows 7 support through July 2017.
While many people will continue to use Windows 7 because of its compatibility and reliability, it should be acknowledged that there are difficulties running any modern silicon on Windows 7. The need to constantly make accommodations to new devices to allow them to operate on a Windows 7 platform is increasingly unlikely. This means that customers are likely going to see regressions in the ongoing servicing of Windows 7. Ultimately, Windows 7 will be useless on all but the older devices.
Windows XP and Vista users cannot automatically upgrade to Windows 10. A clean install is required when upgrading from these operating systems.
People moving up to Windows 10 from the older versions of Windows should be concerned about whether their important applications will work on this new OS. You don’t want to find out that you cannot do your usual work on your PC. Check with your software provider for any potential problems you may encounter by upgrading to Windows 10. The same caveat holds for peripherals like printers and scanners which may require new drivers to work with Windows 10.
Microsoft is currently offering a free upgrade to Windows 10, and the customer can revert to their Windows 7 if they have not deleted it. While many people see the Microsoft offer as pushing them into Windows 10, this is a hard position to justify. The tech development community is creating products that will not work with Windows 7 and some current products are technically advanced beyond Windows 7 capabilities.
Windows 10 does offer some neat features. One of these is the Virtual Desktop which allows the user to create multiple work spaces on their PC and move between them just like they were different screens. Windows can be arranged on your desktop to take up one-half of the screen, or the screen can be divided into quarters using the Snap Assist feature that Windows 10 provides.
As you can see, upgrading to Windows 10 is not as easy as clicking on the “X” in the Microsoft upgrade offer. Check with us for information about Windows 10. We can tell you if the upgrade is right for you, or whether your devices and software need modifications.