Windows 10 came with a bang but here are the facts

21 Aug 2015 | by Kanyi Gioko
Windows 10 came with a bang but here are the facts

Windows 10 landed with a bang after being launched right here in this country; Kenya. I booked my copy and has being waiting with much anticipation, finally one of my devices managed to update to win10 after a long struggle bravely borne.................

 Windows 10 landed with a bang after being launched right here in this country; Kenya. I booked my copy and has being waiting with much anticipation, finally one of my devices managed to update to win10 after a long struggle bravely borne. I was just wondering if a dyed in the wool nerd can have such a rough time then there must be a whole lot of people out there with issues. Since I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel I took to the web and went through the forums. Allow me today to give Woody Leonhard from info world a chance to talk. This is what he has to say; 

InfoWorld has been tracking Windows 10’s progress very closely, reporting the evolving technical details with each successive build in our popular “Where Windows 10 stands right now” report. But there’s more to Windows 10 than bits and bytes, menus and apps, Universal and otherwise -- so much, in fact, that it can be understandably confusing. Licensing, upgrade paths, Windows 10 updates. Woody decided to cut through the myths and fictions, and give you the straight dope about Windows 10, in hopes of preparing you to make the most of Microsoft’s latest, though not last, Windows release.

Fact: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to “genuine” Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines

If you have a Windows 7 Service Pack 1 machine or one with Windows 8.1 Update, and it passes the “genuine” test, you qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10. To confirm whether you’re running the genuine stuff, go to Control Panel > System and Security > System. At the bottom you should notice that “Windows is activated.”

As long as your current copy of Windows is “genuine,” the new copy of Windows 10 will be “genuine” -- and free. The caveat: You have until June 29, 2016, to make good on the upgrade.

Microsoft has repeated these facts time and again, for many months -- yet confusion remains.

Fiction: After June 29, 2016, you have to pay to keep Windows 10 updated

Easily the most pernicious misconception circulating at the moment is the belief that Windows 10 will become a pay-for-updates service once it hits its first birthday. This foggy notion has appeared in major news outlets time and again over the past few weeks, and time and again, Microsoft has denied it.

Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft will continue to supply you with patches and feature upgrades at no extra cost for the life of the machine. You aren’t renting Windows 10.

As far back as January, Microsoft posted:

Once a qualified Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device, keeping it more secure, and introducing new features and functionality over time -- for no additional charge.

Fiction: Participants in the Windows Insider beta test will get a free copy of Windows 10

It isn’t yet known if pirate Windows Insiders (Microsoft’s registered Windows 10 beta testers) will be able to continue in the Windows Insider program and get the latest Fast and Slow ring builds direct from Microsoft. However, if the machine they’re using does not have a “genuine” Windows 7 or 8.1 license, they’ll still be running pirate software. Microsoft says it will keep track of your license and store information about it in the Windows Store.

Fact: You can upgrade directly from the Technical Preview releases to the RTM edition

This is the first Windows beta in history where testers can upgrade from a beta build to the final version, without completely wiping their systems in the process. Microsoft has assured us it will be possible to upgrade directly from Technical Previews to the RTM version of Windows 10. More important, recent beta versions have had very few problems doing in-place upgrades, although based on decades of sad experience, I would still recommend a clean install.

Fact: Windows Media Center will be uninstalled when you upgrade to Windows 10

It’s dead, Jim. Microsoft has officially announced that you won’t get Windows Media Center in Win10 -- it will be deleted as part of the upgrade -- even if you paid for it once upon a time. If it’s any consolation, Microsoft will provide a free DVD player program for anyone who bought Windows Media Center.

Fiction: You can’t open Windows 7 backups in Windows 10

Microsoft added the capability to open Windows 7 backups in Windows 10 build 10122 -- a very important capability for Windows 7 users who have backups they need or want to use after upgrading. However, it remains to be seen whether we’ll get all of Windows 7’s backup capabilities, which were yanked in Windows 8.

Fact: OneDrive in Windows 10 sucks

It’s a bit of an overstatement, but not by much. In Windows 8.1, File Explorer shows you all of the files in OneDrive. In Windows 10, you’ll see only the files that have been synced to your machine. The demise of this “smart files” feature means that, until Microsoft fixes the problem, you will have files inside OneDrive that don’t show up in File Explorer or in many apps that access OneDrive. Paul Thurrott calls the situation “freaking terrible.” Mary Branscombe submitted a feature suggestion in November that would make it one-click easy to synchronize everything; Microsoft has responded by basically saying, “We’ll fix it sometime.”  (Source: InfoWorld: Woody Leonhard)

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