Windows 10 Automatic Upgrades: Coming to a Computer Near You

December 8, 2015

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Upgrades are Coming…

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced that they are making upgrades to Windows 10 easier to install. What they don’t tell you is that the majority of compatible computers will automatically upgrade starting in early 2016.

As long as your computer meets the minimum required specifications and is set to automatically install “Recommended Updates” (which is the default setting), then your computer will automatically begin to install Windows 10.

Don’t Wait & Then be Surprised…

A screenshot of the Windows 10 Update Settings page.

A screenshot of the Windows 10 Update Settings page.

You can, of course, choose to install Windows 10 before your computer automatically begins the installation. This is probably in your best interest since an upgrade to Windows 10 can take hours to complete.

You can cancel the upgrade, but do you really want to hit “cancel” every time your computer begins to install updates to the Windows operating system? Windows updates are important for the security of your computer, so this isn’t a good option.

Privacy Concerns…

There is a caveat to Windows 10. Privacy advocates are concerned because the new operating system, by default, constantly tracks how users use it, and sends that anonymous data back to Microsoft. While these antics are unsavory to those who have privacy concerns, many people don’t mind (especially given how many internet companies track individual users).

Why You Should Upgrade Now…

I recommend upgrading now, before your computer begins to pester you to complete the upgrade, for a number of reasons, including:

  • Improvements recently came to Windows 10. Last month, Microsoft released the first major update to their Windows 10 operating system.
  • Windows 10 has been publicly used for several months. Bugs are being constantly fixed, and it is more stable than it was initially.
  • If you don’t upgrade by middle of 2016, then Windows 10 will no longer be free.
  • One of the best ways to keep your computer secure and free of viruses is to keep the Windows software updated.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10…

If your computer meets the minimum specifications and has the latest version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then upgrading is really easy. In Windows 7, simply go to Start -> All Programs and then click on “Windows Update” to check for and download any required updates before Windows 10 can be installed. For example, if your computer has Windows 7, you must have at least Service Pack 1 installed (here are instructions).

Once all of that is complete, you should see a new little icon at the bottom right of your desktop screen that prompts you to install Windows 10. If you don’t, contact us for technical support, or visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade for more information.

In summary, Windows 10 automatic upgrades are coming. But if you plan now, you won’t be taken by surprise.

 

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