Windows 10 is here

Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, is here. Windows 10 is packed full of new features, but before you upgrade, you need to be aware of a few things.

Windows 10: New Features

First let’s take a look at a few of the new features in Windows 10.

  • Start Menu: The Start Menu that many people are familiar with is making a return (sort of). It’s a cross between the Windows 7 start menu and the Windows 8 start screen. It is highly customisable and Microsoft gives you an option to use the new start menu or the Windows 8 start screen.
  • Microsoft Edge: Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s new web browser and will be the default program to browse websites. It’s more streamlined than Internet Explorer; there will be no toolbars, icons or menus to get in the way of websites. Don’t worry, if you still want to use Internet Explorer, it’ll still be installed by default.
  • Virtual Desktops: One cool feature in Windows 10 is virtual desktops. It allows you to set up multiple desktops on your computer. For example, you could set up a virtual desktop that contains all your work-related icons and then a separate desktop for all your games.

Of course, there’s many more features in Windows 10, but these are just a few that we are excited about.

Things to be aware of before upgrading to Windows 10

Windows 10 will be free for the first 12 months for anyone running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. If you want to upgrade after 12 months, then you will have to purchase the operating system. If you are thinking of upgrading, here are some things you need to do first:

  • Create a full backup of your hard drive. Before you even start the upgrade process, create a full backup of your hard drive. It may be wise to create a separate copy of your data (documents, pictures, music, etc) in case something goes wrong.
  • Is your computer compatible: Your existing operating system may work perfect on your computer, but that doesn’t mean Windows 10 will work correctly. Check to see if your computer is compatible before upgrading.
  • Update Windows: Once you’ve created a backup and you’re sure that your current computer is compatible with Windows 10, open up Windows Update and install all pending updates.

If all this sounds daunting, give us a call and we’ll gladly help. For a fee of £45, we’ll take a full backup on your system, install any pending updates and install Windows 10. If we find your computer is not compatible, we’ll call you to discuss upgrading your computer.

Want more details? Call us on 020 8366 3139 or fill in the form below and we’ll email you back.

Hard drives (HDD) vs Solid state drives (SSD): Which one is right for you?

Both hard drives and solid state drives are devices used for storing your data; such as photos, music and software. While they do the same thing, there are pros and cons for each one due to the nature in which they store data.

Hard Drives

The main advantage of a hard drive is storage capacity, you can often find a hard drive with a storage capacity of several terabytes (you can store roughly 200 movies on a terabyte hard drive). Inside each hard drive, is lots of spinning parts and it is the speed of these spinning parts that determine how quick your computer can open your files such as pictures, word documents and music.

However, as a hard drive fills up with data, files can become scattered across the hard drive. This can result in a sluggish feel to the device you are using.

Solid State Drives

Solid state drives are built for speed. They do this by storing the data on them using a motionless technology, meaning there are no moving parts. This means the data can be accessed almost instantly. They are also ideal for laptop users as HDDs can be easily damaged if you move your laptop while still powered on. They also use less power than traditional hard drives meaning your battery lasts a lot longer.

The downside to SSDs is the cost. They are a little more expensive compared to traditional hard drives. If you are not using all of your existing drive space, then seriously consider swapping it for an SSD. It is much faster compared to traditional drives, and you can use your existing hard drive, as a external drive, for backups, so it does not go to waste.

So which one should I choose?

The bottleneck on most computers comes from the hard drive, so if you are looking at speeding up and improving the performance of your computer, and have less than 200GB of data you want to keep, it’s worth upgrading to an SSD. However, if you have a lot of data and want to keep costs down, an HDD is perfectly fine.

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