Windows 10 is here – do I upgrade?

Microsoft’s new operating system is now here and from everything i’ve seen its an improvement on Windows 8, but should you rush to upgrade?

I have XP or Vista do I want to upgrade?
If you have XP Vista, check that your system will take it, the requirements are the same as Windows 8, but as rule of thumb most XP machines will probably not run adequately. As the upgrade isn’t free for XP/Vista users currently there is a question whether its worth the money upgrading a machine of that age, when the performance might not be that great.

I have Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, do I want to upgrade?
If you are running Windows 8 or 8.1 then realistically you will probably want to upgrade as the requirements are the same and Windows 10 is not substantially different from Windows 8 and the upgrade is free (for 12 months). You can still have the Windows 8 start screen or you can use the start menu whichever you prefer. If you are running Windows 7, then its also free (for 12 months) but its a personal choice whether you upgrade. If Windows 7 does what you need to and you don’t need the features of Windows 10 then Microsoft will still support in terms of bug and security fixes up until 2020. You don’t have to upgrade, but you may find that newer software starts to become only available on Windows 8 or 10.

I have Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 and I want to upgrade, should I upgrade now?
Don’t rush, you have 12 months to get this new upgrade for free if you have Windows 7 or 8/8.1 and there is likely to be bugs found on launch. Unless you have a specific need to upgrade to Windows 10, such as you need to use its new features or need a Windows 10 only piece of software I wouldn’t advise rushing to do it.

Upgrade or Clean Install?
When you decide to upgrade, please bear in mind if you computer is slow and has issues then it might not be good idea to upgrade your existing operating system over the top, you may be better doing a “clean install” but make sure you backup your files first! If you are upgrading from XP or Vista you will only have the option of a clean install as there is method to direct upgrade.
If you’re happy doing it then i would suggest a clean install.

Should I do myself?
This is a question only you can answer. Microsoft say its easy to do but I’d suggest you do if you feel comfortable doing yourself and have backed up your data first. If you need help we’re happy to advise and we can upgrade your computer to Windows 10 for a reasonable cost.

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