How to Upgrade to Windows 10

If you are anything like us you’ll always keep one eye on the latest upgrades to the Windows OS. As soon as the latest version is announced you’ll be eagerly trawling through the feature list to see what revolutionary changes will be made to the way in which you use the system and then you’ll want to be one of the first to have it installed on your machine.

On June 1st 2015 Microsoft opened registrations to enable customers to download the new Windows 10 OS when it is released later in July. Getting your copy of Windows 10 is straightforward and all you need to do to find out if you are eligible is to follow the steps below.

What’s new in Windows 10?

Without a doubt the biggest change in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge, Microsoft’s new Internet browser that replaces Internet Explorer. Yep that’s right, IE is no longer Microsoft’s browser of choice. Microsoft Edge appears to have closed the gap on Chrome in terms of speed, utility, UX and so much more, which means that it looks like Microsoft finally have a browser worth talking about in the same breath as the other options on the market.

Another useful feature is the ability to use multiple desktops on one screen. Gone are the days of having countless windows open on one desktop, you can now open specific programmes on different desktops and switch between them with ease to rid your screen of clutter… that’ll certainly make people more efficient.

Take a more in depth look at the Windows 10 Features.

How to upgrade to Windows 10

Assuming you are running an official (non-pirated) version of either Windows 7 or 8 you should have already received a notification prompting you to register your interest in upgrading your Microsoft OS. That being said, if you missed the notification at the bottom of your screen, you still have time to register your interest and get your copy of Windows 10, just follow these simple steps.

  1. Look at your System Tray on the bottom-right corner of your desktop and ensure that you have the Windows icon appearing and click on it. If you are unfamiliar with it, the Windows icon simply looks like a rectangle with a cross in it.
  2. Take a look at the features of Windows 10 and make a decision as to whether you want to upgrade or not. Upgrading is straightforward and you shouldn’t lose any files or have to re-install applications, its simply a matter of making a choice about upgrading now or later once any initial bugs have been ironed out.
  3. If you have decided that you’d like to download Windows 10, reserve you copy by clicking the Reserve You’ll then be redirected to a confirmation page where you’ll need to insert your email address to be kept in the loop about the release schedule and be notified once your download is ready.
  4. Your registration should now have gone through successfully, just keep an eye out in your System Tray for a pop-up that lets you know your download is ready (you’ll receive an email as well)

Is it worth upgrading?

This is a question that only you can answer for yourself. Microsoft is no different to any other tech company in that you can expect there to be some teething issues with the first release and it might take a couple of updates until you are presented with a flawless experience.

It’s a matter of preference, if you use your system for work purposes and don’t think you’ll be able to deal with a few minor teething issues it is best to wait a few weeks to see how others are getting to grips with the new system before upgrading. However, if you like the look of the features and feel a few potential minor issues won’t be a problem, go ahead and download your copy today.

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