Windows 10 launches today! But still many of you may be asking "Should I upgrade?” Well, we find it very, very easy to recommend– here are our top reasons why:
It’s free for current genuine Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 users.
You may have already pre-registered for your upgrade by clicking the Windows logo on your taskbar. Do note however that this does not mean you will get Windows 10 today. Microsoft announced “we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after 29th July. Each day of the rollout, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users. If you reserved your copy of Windows 10, we will notify you once our compatibility work confirms you will have a great experience, and Windows 10 has been downloaded on your system."
Cortana is great!
This intelligent virtual assistant will be available on laptops and PCs - not just Windows Phones as is currently the case – and will allow voice-activated control of some features of your PC. You will be able to make web queries via the new search facility that incorporates both the internet and your PC. You can also schedule calendar appointments, dictate notes, control your media, get map directions and much more.
Handy New Features
Virtual Desktops is a clever feature allowing you to use the Task View mode to create multiple workspaces on your PC and switch between them as if they were on different screens. You can also, using the Snap Assist feature, arrange windows on your desktop to take up one half of the screen or even to split into four quarters of the desktop.
Do note that there are some things to be aware of regarding the Windows 10 upgrade:
If you are upgrading from older versions of Windows, do check that any important applications will work on Windows 10. For major software releases this will almost certainly be a smooth upgrade, but it’s worth checking with the software provider.
You will need to download new drivers for peripherals, such as printers and scanners.
The version of Windows 10 which launches today will have gone through comprehensive testing, however some bugs and glitches may get through. You may wish to wait a few weeks or months to install it, giving Microsoft the time to fix them.
Use of fake anti-virus software is a fast-growing scam, especially since people are so aware of the dangers of spyware, adware and malware. Scammers often use the names of well-known companies that specialise in computer security software – such as AVG, Norton, Bullguard, McAfee etc - to gain your trust. The pop-up adverts are almost exact replicas of genuine warning alerts generated by these legitimate security manufacturers - once you click the warning, your computer is infected.
The aim of this scam is to charge you for bogus software and/or obtain your personal information. Once your computer is infected, the scammer is able to gather information to steal your identity or to sell it to other criminals.
Fake virus alerts are usually generated by a Trojan — a program that takes control of your computer after you open an email attachment, click on a pop-up advert or visit a particular website. Sometimes the Trojan creates “false positive” readings, making you believe viruses and spyware have infected your computer, even though nothing has. In other cases, scam software actually implants malicious code into your computer, especially if you request a “free virus scan.”
So how do you know if you have been infected with malware: