Number 10 gets our vote!

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Windows 10 launched on Wednesday. But many of you may still be asking “Should I upgrade?”

Well, we find it very, very easy to recommend – here are our top reasons why:

It’s free for current genuine Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 users.

You may have already pre-registered for your upgrade by clicking the Windows logo on your taskbar. Do note however that this does not mean you will get Windows 10 today.

Microsoft announced “we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29. Each day of the rollout, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users. If you reserved your copy of Windows 10, we will notify you once our compatibility work confirms you will have a great experience, and Windows 10 has been downloaded on your system.”

Cortana is great! This intelligent virtual assistant will be available on laptops and PCs – not just Windows Phones as is currently the case – and will allow voice-activated control of some features of your PC. You will be able to make web queries via the new search facility that incorporates both the internet and your PC. You can also schedule calendar appointments, dictate notes, control your media, get map directions and much more.

Handy new feature – Virtual Desktops is a clever feature allowing you to use the Task View mode to create multiple workspaces on your PC and switch between them, as if they were on different screens. You can also, using the Snap Assist feature, arrange windows on your desktop to take up one half of the screen or even to split into four quarters.

Do note that there are some things to be aware of: If you are upgrading from older versions of Windows, do check that any important applications will work on Windows 10. For major software releases this will almost certainly be a smooth upgrade, but it’s worth checking with the software provider.

You will need to download new drivers for peripherals, such as printers and scanners.

The version of Windows 10 which launches today will have gone through comprehensive testing – however some bugs and glitches may get through. You may wish to wait a few weeks or months to install it, giving Microsoft time to fix them. 

Can I downgrade if I don’t like it? Yes, it’s a simple process requiring just a few clicks to return to your previous version of Windows (make sure you haven’t deleted the Windows old folder). Do make a full back-up of your data before you either upgrade or downgrade.

For more helpful information on getting ready for Windows 10, have a look at the BT website using this link:

https://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/tech-news/windows-10-what-you-need-to-know-before-installing-microsofts-new-system-11363992816904