Windows 10 is the newest version of the Microsoft flagship operating system. I’ve heard good things about it, bad things about it and talked to people on the fence. Without exception everyone that I’ve discussed Windows 10 with, who have had problems with it, haven’t known how to use it. Without exception I’ve been able to show them 2 or 3 small things in a 5 minute period that have made them completely change their minds.
Microsoft Windows 10 is a lot like threading a needle. You swear at it, get frustrated, and once you get the needle threaded it is really smooth sailing.
The needle I’m speaking about is the first thing you should know about Windows 8.0-Windows 10. It is what has frustrated most people who were used to Windows 7 and below. The missing start button functionality.
You will be happy to know the start button is basically back in Windows 10. That said here is the first thing you should know about Windows 10.
- Press the Windows Key (the key on your keyboard that has the Windows Logo on it) and X at the same time. This will bring up everything you have been looking for, command prompt (admin), control panel, search, run, shutdown/reboot, and many administrator commands. It is my go-to for just about everything.
- There is a little message or notification icon in the system tray on the bottom right, usually between the sound icon and the onscreen keyboard icon. If you click that or swipe left from the right side edge of your screen, you will bring up something called the action center. This is a quick way to get to settings, wifi, tablet mode (or switch out of it). Tablet mode is very annoying to me for one reason. I can’t get to the desktop when I want to, or quickly, it is frustrating. Pressing the tablet mode button will kick it into desktop mode and you will have access to your desktop again.
- Windows 10 will work on just about any computer from the last 15 years. You only need 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of Hard Disk Space. The biggest roadblock for a 15 year old computer would be the hard drive. Most hard drives where 10GB. So you might have to go out and spend $25-30 on a 500 GB drive. It also works on ARM processor computers, which means things like Raspberry PI 2 can run Windows 10 (albeit not a full version like you would get on a big desktop).
- Windows 10 is on the XBOX ONE. This is significant because you can play XBOX ONE games on your Windows 10 desktop by steaming the games from your XBOX to your PC DESKTOP Screen. There is an app called (you guessed it) “XBOX” on your Windows 10 PC or in the Windows 10 App Store. It is free and will give you the ability to play any of your XBOX ONE games on your PC or Laptop running Windows 10.
- Windows 10 is the best operating system that Microsoft has put out to date. It represents all the current technology for both security, social media, games, and business applications.
- Microsoft Windows 10 is COMPLETELY FREE the first year as long as you have a qualifying OS. This means ANY system running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 can upgrade for FREE right now.
- If you don’t upgrade for FREE before August 2016 you will have to PAY $119 for Windows 10 Home and $199 for Windows 10 Pro.
- Installing Windows 10 is pretty easy to do. You just have to use the Windows 10 Install Tool. It’s a free download, you run it, then it walks you through the installation step by step. You just need a qualifying copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
- You can run Windows 10 on your Mac. Then it will officially be a good Mac!
- Windows Defender takes care of viruses and malware now. It is a complete protection tool, so no more added expense buying 3rd party software! It’s actually a very robust and very serious tool now.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a big fan of the Windows 10 OS. I’ve been running it as a member of MSDN. If you haven’t had a look at MSDN it is the Microsoft Developers Network. This is a network that Microsoft has for developers and early adopters. It lets you try most of their products, and even gives you some retail versions in some of the subscriptions. For more information you can go to www.msdn.com.
I give Windows 10 a solid 5 out of 5 star rank. It is an extraordinary operating system for everyday home and business use.