Microsoft gave the first look at its new Windows 10 Operating System on September 30th. According to it, Windows 10 will be available sometime in 2015. Although Windows 8.1 has many problems that need fixing, there are 10 things we need to know more about Windows 10 before you install it.
- 1. Why Jumped to Windows 10? What Happened to Windows 9?
When Windows 10 finally came to public, I bet most people were puzzled that why Microsoft named its new OS Windows 10 instead of Windows 9. Essentially, many software programs that have been updated to be compatible with each and every Windows upgrade since 1995 may have recycled a version of this code snippet to allow them to work with both Windows 95 and Windows 98. If Microsoft’s next OS had been named Windows 9, such software would have seen that the name starts with “Windows 9” and could have confused the new operating system with Windows 95 and 98. That could have created compatibility issues and caused the programs to stop working, or it could have led to version-check errors or other unknown problems.
- 2. You Need to Prepare before You Install
You need to do a few things before you install new OS. The main one is to backup your data if you are installing it on a PC you usually use. And if you didn’t use Windows 8.1 and might have issues with compatibility, you can check Compatibility Center.
- 3. You Need to Sign Up to the Windows Insider Program
You will need to sign up for the Windows Insider Program, which means that you need to agree to the terms and conditions that don’t hold Microsoft responsible if you are silly enough to install it on a PC where you’ve got your unfinished dissertation and not backed up it. Your Windows 10 install will get regular update.
- 4. What Devices will Windows 10 Run on?
Although Microsoft demonstrated only the desktop version, Window 10 will be for tablets, smartphones and embedded products, too.
- 5. What Can You Keep When You Upgrade to Windows 10?
The following chart will show clearly those you can still keep when you upgrade from the current Windows version to Windows 10. To check your version, you can see Which Windows operating system am I running.
|Upgrade from||You can keep|
|Windows 8.1 or Windows 8||Windows settings, personal files, most apps|
|Windows RT 8.1 or Windows RT||Technical Preview doesn’t run on Windows RT systems|
|Windows 7||Windows settings, personal files and most apps|
|Windows Vista||Nothing – you must boot from media and perform a clean install|
- 6. What about Apps?
Apps will be coming along for the ride too, though Microsoft hasn’t explained how that’s going to work. We do know that you’ll be able to buy one app from the Windows Store and expect it to run on all your devices. Developers will presumably need to make universal apps that will adjust their look and feel, depending on your devices size and capabilities.
- 7. Language Packs Need to be Reinstalled
If you are running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 and have installed a language pack or they’ll be removed when you install Technical Preview. You’ll see a message telling you to re-add them.
- 8. No More Full-screen; Universal Apps Can be Windowed
To help merge the Windows 8-style “modern” apps from the Windows Store with the traditional desktop, Windows 10 can now run the newly renamed “universal apps” in windows on the desktop, as though they were any other desktop app.
- 9. Use a Virtual Machine to Install Windows 10
You can use a virtual machine like VirtualBox to install Windows 10. Simply click the New button in the main window to create a new machine, give it a name and then go to Storage in the left sidebar, and next to Controller: IDE, select the Add CD button, then choose disk and select the windows 10 ISO. And there you have it – Windows 10 in a VM.
- 10. How Much will Windows 10 Cost?
How much the final retail edition of Windows 10 will cost Microsoft hasn’t said. Windows 8.1 costs £100 from Microsoft, but a Windows 10 introductory discount is likely.