Microsoft has unveiled Windows 10, with a new Start menu, a new Task View feature and numerous other enhancements. And for the first time its making preview code available to everyone, so home users and techies alike can try out an early build of the new OS, and send feedback and bug reports back to Microsoft.
The company's new operating system is a long-awaited replacement for its beleaguered Windows 8.x platform. That version of Windows saw limited business adoption, and consumer fatigue.
On stage, Microsoft executive Terry Myerson stated that Windows has 1.5 billion users. Myerson indicated that Windows is at a "threshold,' ironically.
Before You Install
There are a couple warnings you should be aware of before you do anything:
- Back up your data first! Not that you had any excuse not to anyway, but be sure to perform a backup on your data before you upgrade if you have anything you can't recover. Or even if you don't. Just do a backup.
- You won't be able to use your recovery partition to downgrade. If you have a recovery partition on your system, it will no longer be able to restore your computer to the version of Windows you had before.
- You'll need external recovery media to undo the upgrade. As you might expect since you don't have a recovery partition, you'll need a disc or USB drive with Windows 8 (or older) on it to get back to the way things were if you don't like or can't use Windows 10.
Lastly be sure your computer achieves the minimum requirements:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Free hard disk space: 16 GB
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver