Windows 10 Takes Over 2019
As expected, Microsoft capped off 2018 as the world’s most valuable company. It ended the year with a market value of around US$780B – putting it on the Top 4; along with Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet (Google). Market value aside, what’s more interesting is that Microsoft has targeted to get around 1 billion systems to run their latest operating system, Windows 10 – within three years of its release.
Three and a half years on and Microsoft has yet to hit that mark. The company, however, is coming quite close – with around 700 million devices already running Windows 10. While Windows 7 has been a very solid operating system used by millions of users for quite some time; it is, unfortunately, nearing its end-of-life. Microsoft has ended mainstream support for Win 7 last January 13, 2015 and extended support and updates will officially stop on January 14, 2020 – about a year from now.
This means that very soon, most users will be upgrading to Windows 10. And this has been very apparent with Win 10 already overtaking Win 7 as the world’s most popular desktop operating system. Win 10 now has a hold of 39.22% of the desktop OS market share compared to Win 7’s 36.3%. And within the next few months, we can expect the balance to tip more towards Microsoft’s newest operating system.
With the upgrade to windows 10, We get a brand new internet browser (Microsoft Edge). This browswer is a updated version of Internet Explorer (the light blue E that you have always used), please make sure you read one of our past articles on why it is important to discontinue use of internet explorer and move on to edge Article of Microsoft edge and internet explorer browsers.
So, what does this mean for current Windows 7 users?
It means that it’s time to upgrade! Having the most updated OS is an assurance that you that will always get the best protection from malware, viruses, and other malicious apps. Moreover, consistent updates, patches, and bug fixes provide better security against OS exploits, phishing, and hacking. More importantly, an updated system ensures compatibility with the newest applications.
Is my computer compatible?
One of Microsoft’s goals for Windows 10 is to be more streamlined – offer a better and faster user experience while using less resources. This means that most of the newer systems that run Windows 7 are usually upgrade-compatible.
You can easily check if your system is ‘Win 10 Ready’ by just clicking on the ‘Get Windows 10’ icon on the taskbar and clicking on ‘Check Upgrade Status.’ Then, just select the menu on the next screen and click on ‘Check your PC.’ This should give you a report if your system supports Win 10.
Is upgrading hard?
You have two choices when it comes to upgrading. The first option is to order a USB flash drive from Microsoft (or any other authorized retailer). This option includes both the USB drive with the installer and your Windows 10 license. You just need to plug it in and follow the instructions.
The second (and easier) option is to download Windows 10 online. The installer is readily downloadable from the Microsoft website. And once downloaded, you just need to run the file and follow the instructions. (Make sure to back-up your files!) The installer will also give you instructions on how you can obtain your Windows 10 license.
You must be aware that most older computers with an older OS do not have the right specs (RAM and Processor) to run Windows 10 smoothly; which is why the experts at Geeks Fix It USA recommend a NEW COMPUTER running Windows 10 OS. (This will save you some $.) If you need help selecting a new computer, do not hesitate in contacting our staff. We will ship out a Dell computer at a decent rate (This option is available to our monthly subscribers).
If you have any questions or need any help in upgrading your system to Windows 10, you can give us a call at 888-586-6260 and our friendly and knowledgeable technicians can assist you in the upgrade process.