Windows 10 was released a month ago, have you upgraded to it yet?
Windows 10 was released a month ago, on July 29th.
Microsoft offers it as a free upgrade for genuine Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users.
The operating system was tested for around 9 months, since the release of the first technical preview build, back in October 2014. The Windows Insider Program attracted users like bees to honey, thanks to its offering of the Insider Builds off Windows 10, which allowed users to test the operating system, or use it as their primary OS, for the low price of free.
At one point during the testing phase, Microsoft proudly declared that a whopping 5 million users have installed Windows 10 on their devices, and were using it actively.
I’m not a huge fan of how Windows 10 handles Windows Updates, especially since the option to disable updates in the Home Edition is non-existant, and the lack thereof of the option to defer updates indefinitely, in the Pro edition. We have already seen how several Windows Updates have ended up being buggy, causing severe issues like boot loops, crashes and more.
Hopefully, the Redmond Company will improve its Updating policies, in the future. The first major Windows 10 Update, codenamed Threshold 2 (Windows 10 general availability is Threshold 1), is scheduled to arrive in October.
That being said, Windows 10 is not a bad OS at all. Despite its minor flaws, I have been using the operating system for 9 months, since January’s build. The Start Menu’s return is perhaps the highlight of Windows 10, and followed closely by Microsoft Edge, which replaced Internet Explorer, as the new default browser. Cortana, Action Center, and Snap assist would be my picks of top 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10.
The biggest advantage in Windows 10, is that you can clean install the operating system any number of times, (after activating it once with Build 10240). Usually, with other versions of Windows, you will have to enter a product key, to activate the OS. This isn’t the case with Windows 10, as the OS automatically validates the license, without the user having to enter the product key.
This is possible thanks to Microsoft, which stores a hardware hash of the computer on its servers, which is then synchronized with the PC after a clean install, to validate the operating system.
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Windows 10 has been installed on over 75 million devices, since its debut a month ago. Have you upgraded to Windows 10? If not, do tell us why you haven’t, by dropping a comment below.