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What you need to know about Windows 10 before installing.

Microsoft launched Windows 10, the latest edition of its operating system. While users have started to download it, the more cautious yet to be encouraged. Then frequent for those interested in installing questions are answered.

What machines can be upgraded?

All computers running Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 update or Windows 8 upgrade to 8.1. The versions must be original, that is, legal. Those who do not know if you have or wish to download these packages can visit http://windows.microsoft.com/es-es/windows/service-packs-download. With respect to computer components, could be summarized in a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM and 20 GB hard disk. In addition, you must have a Microsoft account (an email Outlook.com or Hotmail).

Is it free?

“Neither”. Upgrading to Windows 10 is free provided the original version of the operating system you have. Those who updated after July 29, 2016 must pay a license. In the US, the Home version costs $ 119, while the Pro version sells for $ 199 (local prices still unknown).

Is it difficult to install it?

No. Users now possess Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will see an icon in the Windows system tray. When pressed, it will be shown step by step how to upgrade to the new version, which will be held in an “unattended” (automatically, without user intervention).

Is it more difficult to use?

No. Windows 10 maintains the usability of previous versions, but changes its graphical interface, ie the appearance of buttons, windows, and so on.

Do I need to install Windows 10 Internet?

Yes. During the upgrade, the computer will fetch the files you need to install Windows 10. The whole process takes about two or three hours (depending on connection speed).

Is it faster?

Windows 10 operates more smoothly than its predecessor way, so the computer where it is installed will provide better performance. But do not expect a marked improvement.

The new computers come with Windows 10?

As a new operating system is launched, there is not a wide range of notebooks or tablets (except for a few examples) that includes it. Therefore, if a current notebook with Windows 8.1 should be purchased to upgrade to Windows 10.

The installation deletes all files that I have on the PC?

No. It’s an update, so programs, photos, music and video stored will remain intact. However, it never hurts to make a backup before installing the operating system.

Does netbooks in educational plans?

Yes, especially in the “second generation” (which come with 2 GB of RAM) that already have installed Windows 7 SP1 or 8.1. However, they will continue with heavy trouble playing videos and some games, but serve perfectly for Office, educational programs and Internet surfing.

I have a phone or a tablet with Windows, can I upgrade to Windows 10?

The tablets with Windows 8 can be updated the same way as a laptop or PC. In the case of mobile, Microsoft will soon launch a version of Windows 10 for some teams Lumia series.

Is it true that no longer be Internet Explorer?

Yes. Instead, Microsoft included Edge, its new browser, with a simpler look and faster navigation. It also includes some new features like the ability to annotate web pages and a reading mode that displays only the content of the website. But it retains its compatibility with obsolete sites based on Internet Explorer, such as the AFIP.

voice assistant Cortana be available?

It is not yet available for Latin America. It can only be used in some areas, such as the English-speaking and Castilian only for those who live in Spain.

If I install Windows 10 and then wish to return to Windows 8.1, do I lose my Windows activation key?

No. The Windows activation key is associated with what is called “hardware footprint”, ie, components that owns the team. There will only be inconvenient if, for example, a memory or hard disk is added, altering the original configuration of the PC.

I installed Windows 10 and want to go back to Windows 8.1, how do?

In the search box that is next to the Start button, look back to Windows 8.1 and click on the option. The system does the rest.

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