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Windows 10 - Free upgrade

You may have seen the pop up on your computer - free upgrade to Windows 10! But that leads to a few questions - why is it free? And should you upgrade?

If you want in depth details, there is a TON of information online at this point. We just wanted to share a few things to help you make a quick decision.

You may have seen the pop up on your computer - free upgrade to Windows 10! But that leads to a few questions - why is it free? And should you upgrade?

If you want in depth details, there is a TON of information online at this point. We just wanted to share a few things to help you make a quick decision.

Why is the upgrade free?

If you go to google and type in "why is", the first recommended result is "Why is windows 10 free" - you're not the only one asking. The core reason (in our opinion at least), is that Microsoft is moving to being a cloud (services) vs a software company, and they can't get you to the cloud as easily on an out-of-date version of Windows because it does not have their cloud tools built in. Windows 10 is a foot in the door to get you to move more into the cloud, buy software from the Microsoft app store, etc. There are benefits for you, too - not having to purchase the latest version of Windows, more features, and so on.

Do I want to upgrade?

Depends, but in most cases, yes. Technology advances at a rapid pace, and you need to stay up-to-day. I will bet that most people who are saying they won't upgrade are still running Windows 7 - that means you are going to be 2 versions behind, running something that came out in 2009. Think of where technology was in 2009 - the iPad was still just a rumor. You can still run 7 for a while longer, but you will encounter more and more issues (like people did for Windows XP) such as poor security and software incompatibility. Windows is going to be moving to a more constantly updated model versus major releases, so being on the current version will become more important than ever. The biggest complaint I have seen about Windows 8 is that everything is different. Get your IT company or go-to technology person to sit down and show you how to use it, I am able to get most people comfortable using it in about 10 minutes.

If you are running Windows 8, upgrading should be a no brainer. Think of Windows 10 as a newer, better Windows 8.

Will I lose my programs and files?

You will absolutely not lose your files. And you will not lose your programs, but some of them may not work. Luckily 10 is not going to be a major change from an application standpoint, if it works on 7 or 8 it should work on 10. Microsoft even includes a handy checker tool (see more info here: http://www.cnet.com/news/will-your-files-and-apps-survive-the-upgrade-to-windows-10/).

Will all my stuff be in the cloud?

No. While Microsoft is pushing the cloud heavily, you still retain the ability to keep everything 100% on your computer. Although the default option in many cases is to save or sync to the cloud, there is always an easy (but not always obvious) way to set things up to run only on your computer. For example, on Windows 8, you are guided to create a Microsoft cloud account to login with. If you want to create a local account like you have always used, there are plenty of guides available on the internet. The flip side is that the cloud can be a valuable tool. Has your PC ever crashed? What did you do to recover your files? With Microsoft's OneDrive, your files are automatically synced to their cloud service which has a great record of reliability and security.

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