How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For Free And Why You Should Do It

Microsoft Windows 10 by Global Panorama


Ever since Microsoft rolled out the latest version of Windows, there has been hype about whether people should upgrade to Windows 10 or not. While many were eagerly waiting to explore the cool new features even before it was released, the people reluctant to changes/transformations are still not sure about it. This post is all about what Windows 10 offers and why you should give it a shot:


1. Its Free!

Sounds amazing, isn’t it? Windows 10 is completely free for users currently using Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 and willing to upgrade. Well, it’s not completely free for all - people using Windows XP, Vista, or older versions will need to purchase Windows 10 from a store like Software King and run a complete fresh install. The option of upgrading to Windows 10 is not available for these versions yet.


2. Cortana

This is probably one of the coolest features of Windows 10. It comes with Cortana- the virtual assistant which is capable of doing wonders effortlessly. You can schedule appointments in the calendar, dictate notes and reminders, control your media, ask for directions and use bunch of other commands which will work perfectly with it. The virtual assistant will be at your beck and call each time you click on the start button and choose cortana.


3. Security

Windows 10 has been claimed to be the most secure version of Windows released so far. Windows Hello, a feature that uses the face, iris, or fingerprint for identity verification, is definitely a secure option to start with. Although, only few devices have the Intel RealSense camera required to pull off facial recognition, this would prove to be an invaluable feature to the operating system in the years to come.

Apart from the updates to current security features such as Windows Defender, SmartScreen, Family safety and much more, Microsoft has introduced new features such as Enterprise Data Protection and Device Guard - an app that takes a stern look at programs trying to reach a Win10 machine. The security features indeed seem to be very promising.


4. Enhanced Gaming Performance

DirectX 12 has been one of the most awaited update for the hardcore gamers. It is capable of making a huge difference with hardcore games and their frame rates. As for now, the only beneficiaries are gamers who are running games specifically capable of taking advantage of DirectX 12 update.


5. Microsoft Edge

The days of the sluggish and non-responsive Internet Explorer are finally over. Microsoft has replaced the default web browser with Microsoft Edge, a new web browser which is much more efficient than Internet Explorer in terms of compatibility and speed. It also comes with some handy features such as webpage markup and reading mode.


6. Action Center

Personal computers have shrunk in terms of their size and have become extremely portable in the current scenario. Why not then, there should be a feature which could display the notifications for messages, updates, and even breaking news in your PC? Well, With Windows 10 it does. The Action Center feature shows notifications from email, the apps and from the system itself. It is capable to warn you of a bad weather or remind you to bring someone a birthday gift! You can also go back and look at the entries you have missed. Indeed a very cool feature to boost the portability of the device.


7. You can downgrade to your previous version of Windows

This has been a worthy feature to mention here. If a user encounters any issues after upgrading to Windows 10, he has the freedom to downgrade anytime to the version of Windows he was using earlier. Although people should make sure they haven’t tampered with the windows.old(the folder where the previous installation of Windows is stored) folder in any way.


How To Upgrade

First of all, you need to remember that you must have an activated version of Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Also, users running versions other than these can’t upgrade directly and are required to run a complete install. To upgrade, click on the “Get Windows 10 icon” in the system tray. From there, you can either reserve an upgrade or go ahead and schedule an install if your device already qualifies. When your magic moment arrives, in the form of a notification from Microsoft, go ahead and run the install. It’s even easier than it sounds! You can also download the Windows 10 update directly from Microsoft.

Windows 10 has been power packed with whole new features and is definitely worth a shot. This indeed is the future of personal computers which are getting more portable with each passing day.

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