Windows 10 Launch Nears

I joined the Windows Insider program a few months ago, and have been using Windows 10 Preview since the fall of 2014.  It has matured quite a bit since I started using it, and it nearly bug free in my opinion.  I plan to upgrade to the final release as soon as it’s released in late July or early August, and I expect no major problems.  Windows 10 is a hybrid between Windows 7 and the “best” of Windows 8.1, and it fixes a number of annoyances that people complained about with respect to windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1.  The start button and start menu are back, although different than in Windows 7.  Modern UI apps are now windowed by default, and no longer full-screen.  The focus of Windows 10 is once again the traditional Windows desktop, as it was in Windows 7, and is no longer the Modern UI tile screen.  Windows 10 is leaner and smaller than any previous version of Windows.  It’s said that it will run well on many older systems.  I have Windows 10 running on an early 2008 Dell 2.0 GHz laptop with 2GB of RAM, and it runs surprisingly well.  In fact it runs on that computer noticeably faster than did Windows Vista with all of Vista’s patches and updates on the same computer.  I am impressed with Windows 10 on older hardware, but don’t expect it to run on something that came with Windows 95.  It should however run better and faster on computers that came with versions of Windows as old as Windows XP than did those systems’ original OS’s, as long as the minimum requirements for Windows 10 are met: Windows 10 System Requirements.The biggest question in my mind is how well it will handle legacy and other older applications.  Windows does have a good history of backward compatibility, so I am fairly confident that most applications out there that run on Windows 8.1 will run fine on Windows 10.  There is one notable exception:  Windows Media Center.  If you use WMC (I don’t believe that it is widely used), know that it will not work at all in Windows 10.  It was removed from distribution with Windows when Windows 8 was released, but you could still download it separately and use it.  But no longer.  It simply won’t run in Windows 10.

And remember, if you have a valid OEM or retail license of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you are entitled to a free upgrade to Windows 10 as long as you grab it in the first year after it launches.

I recommend Windows 10 from what I am seeing and using for home and small business users.  Enterprise users will need to wait for the green light form their IT departments for a variety of reasons, which I will not go into here.

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