What everyone should know before upgrading to Windows 10

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Microsoft announced today that it will be launching Windows 10 on July 29th, and has asked Windows 7 and 8.1 to accept when it comes as a notification in their task bar. But not all is rosy with Windows 10 as there are some set-backs for those who will be upgrading. This is what everyone should know before upgrading to Windows 10.

The minimum specs

Those who want to upgrade to Windows 10 on their PCs or tablets, should have devices that meet the following specifications;

  • Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 1024×600

Windows 10 limitations

This is what you will lose when you upgrade to Windows 10. Upgrading will mean saying goodbye to Windows Media Center, the card game Hearts, and Windows 7’s desktop gadgets. If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website. Games like Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper.”

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Digital voice assistant, Cortana will only be available in the US, UK, China, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain at launch, while Windows Hello requires specialized illuminated infrared camera for facial recognition or iris detection or a finger print reader which supports the Window Biometric Framework. The Xbox Music and Xbox Video streaming apps will also be constrained by the usual, complex web of region-based licenses. For more, you can check out Microsoft’s full specs page in the source link below.