With the end of product support for Microsoft’s ageing Windows 7 fast approaching (14th January 2020 for anyone who doesn’t have it in their diary yet!), there couldn’t be a better time to consider upgrading to Windows 10. It’s generally quite a smooth process to upgrade from Windows 7 and there are a lot of benefits in making the switch to Microsoft’s latest operating system or OS.
How to upgrade
Would-be upgraders need to make sure that they have their current OS updated to the latest version, that the PC in question meets Windows 10’s minimum specs (you’d be hard pressed not to meet these with anything bought in the last 10 years), and they’ll need to have a Windows 10 Key ready to use.
We’d always recommend you backup any important data to your product of choice (cloud, external HDD, etc) before going ahead, but the next step is just to download and run Microsoft’s Media Creation tool from this link - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10.
You’ll also find some additional instructions on this page if you need them. Run the tool, tell it you want to upgrade the PC now and give it your new Key when requested. The tool installs over the current OS, so provided there are no issues, your files and applications should still be available after the upgrade.
If you'd like some assistance with the upgrade, Ged has written a step-by-step guide of the process here: https://resolve.co.uk/blog/article/upgrading-to-windows-10.
Give it some time to finish up and Congratulations, you’ve upgraded your OS!
What are the Windows 10 benefits?
So, with that out of the way, what’s new compared to my old OS? The first one’s a biggy; Windows 10 is still receiving regular updates, so when things like new security exploits are discovered, Microsoft is quick to patch them, keeping your personal data secure. On the other hand, Windows 7 will no longer provide patches after the January deadline, so it will only become more insecure as time goes by and hackers find new ways to exploit it.
Secondly, multitasking is easier than ever with Windows 10 allowing you to split your screen between two to four applications just by dragging them into the sides, top/bottom or corners of the screen. There'll be no more wasting time trying to size up two windows so you can do two things at the same time! You can also browse your open windows and create other self-contained desktops through use of the Windows key + tab function.
For those of you who can’t stand waiting ages for your PC to boot up, there’s good news here too. Windows 10 creates a snapshot of your PC session before it shuts down, making it more of a hibernation period than a true “off” state, which allows it to start back up without having to reload things such as drivers or the Windows kernel from scratch.
Lee outlines some of the best ways to optimise the performance of your Windows 10 machine here: https://resolve.co.uk/blog/article/optimise-the-performance-of-your-windows-10-computer
There is a lot more that could be said about Windows 10, but all in all, it is a faster, more secure experience - and who doesn’t want that day-to-day?