Q&A

What is Windows 10?

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s newest version of Windows operating system. As with all new versions of Windows, there is a question of compatibility with older software and hardware you may be using. It is a ‘FREE’ upgrade until July of 2016, for computers running Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1. Microsoft would love to have everyone on the newest version. It is not a free upgrade for XP or older computers. The question remains if your system can handle Windows 10. Not all hardware will support it. Do not be surprised if your old version of Office, or other software no longer will run after the upgrade.

Microsoft rushed to get this version out to the pubic. Why? Because Windows 8/8.1 was not well received by the public. With the new interface, it was a lot different than any other version of Windows. Windows 10 was developed to restore some of the features everyone likes and removed some of the ones they didn’t.


Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

In our opinion, the basic answer is this: If you are currently running Windows 7, you may want to stick with what you have. It’s a very stable and dependable OS. However, if you’re machine is running version 8 or 8.1, then you may want to consider the upgrade. In reality, Windows 10 is essentially Microsoft’s answer to a HUGE bugfix for Windows 8, since it was not a popular version of Windows. If your machine is running Vista, you can get the upgrade for free, but I would highly recommend doing a fresh clean installation. Bringing over the old stuff from Vista is like bringing your dirty laundry with you on vacation.


  Is it easy to upgrade to Windows 10?

The download is very large and will take a few hours to download and install. Some computers will do the upgrade without any major issues. However we have seen some machines will not install due to viruses or malware on the machine. We highly recommend you back up all important files before doing any type of upgrade. Beck PC can take care of doing the upgrade for you. We are currently charging the Windows reinstallation fee of $130, plus any additional labor to reinstall your programs and hardware drivers. Just call us and we’ll set an appointment.


  I upgraded to Windows 10, but don’t like it. What can I do?

There is a way to downgrade your computer back, as long as it is done quickly, within a few days of the installation. Just call us and we’ll be happy to assist you in restoring your computer back to the way your remember it.


  I got this icon to upgrade to Windows 10, but my friend doesn’t? (Or I want to remove it)

Microsoft wants the public to get on board with the newest release of Windows. If your computer is eligible to get the upgrade, you may see a little white Windows logo in the system tray. That allows you to reserve your copy. Not all computers will see this. If your computer is a ‘work’ computer on a domain, it should not show up. If you are running a special version of Windows now, it should not show up. It should only show on home or professional versions of Windows Vista, 7 or 8 or 8.1 that are not joined to a domain.

If you want to remove the temptation of downloading something you don’t understand, there is a fix. Go to our FREE SOFTWARE tab and look for Windows 10 hacks.


Got more questions?

Call John with BeckPC at 502.523.9460