A number of you may have already noticed a new icon down in the corner of your computer screen (by your clock). If you click on it, it talks about Windows 10 and reserving your free upgrade.
This is a REALLY neat thing that Microsoft is doing. If you own a copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 you can get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it's released. Most people running Windows 8 or 8.1 will probably be jumping for joy as they're bringing back the old-style start menu. There are some things to take into consideration before accepting that upgrade though...
1. Many things can go wrong during the upgrade! Nothing is perfect, especially operating systems. If something does go wrong, we'll be available to help but we'll be running the upgrade at the same time as you so the first few days might be slow getting your system back to you if you run into issues.
2. Things will be different: accept it. Nothing too extreme but the look will be different and I know a lot of people don't like change. It's fine though and most things are generally in the same location, you might just have to look a little more carefully to find it the first few times.
3. The download is HUGE so if you're on a rocketstick/hub, satellite, or internet with low bandwidth caps, bring your computer to a friend's house with better internet when you start the upgrade.
Why are they doing this? My guess is they want to make a unified operating system. It's much better for them as far as support is concerned and it helps a LOT when interconnecting devices like phones, tablets, home theatre PCs, and general networking when they're all running the same operating system.
Is it a wise decision to accept the upgrade? The upgrade is going to be released July 29th. Give it a month or two! Don't accept it if you can help it. That month should give Microsoft time to work out a huge number of issues and make your transition to the new operating system smoother.
If you have any questions, call the office or email us. I do recommend the upgrade but again, give it a month or two before accepting.