Windows 10 will launch on July 29, according to an official announcement from Microsoft. For users running genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 versions, the upgrade is free.
But those on pirated version of the OS will have to shell out $119 for the Home version and $199 for Windows 10 Professional, which is around Rs 8,000 and Rs 12,000 respectively. Read more here.
So what will be the minimum system requirements for a Windows 10 update? We take a quick look along with the applications that will get removed in Windows.
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The minimum requirements have been put out by Microsoft on its website. For starters, you will need the latest version of either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 update.
On the technical side, you will need a computer/laptop or mobile with a minimum 1Ghz or faster processor SoC, 1 GB RAM for 32GB bit OS and 2GB RAM for 64-bit OS. Users will also need a minimum of 16 GB space on 32 bit OS and 20 GB space on 64-bit OS.
Microsoft says your display resolution has to be a minimum of 1024×600 pixels and for Graphics card the requirement is DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
To check whether your device meets the specifications, users can click on the “Check my PC” option in the Get Windows 10 app, which will start appearing in all devices running updated and genuine Windows 7 and 8.1 devices.
The loss of applications
Once you upgrade to Windows 10, you will lose out certain apps. The biggest one is Windows Media Centre which will be removed after the upgrade. Additionally to watch DVDs on your computer will require new software for playback.
In more bad news, Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games which come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed once you make the Windows 10 leap.
Also for Windows 7 users, desktop gadgets will be removed once Windows 10 is installed. In addition to this Microsoft might remove OEM applications that come shipped with many devices.
With third-party apps for instance such as Chrome, iTunes, Firefox, etc, users will have to rely on the ‘Get Windows 10’ app for compatibility. If you run the test, it will notify you about applications with known issues and then if you accept, the application will be removed before the upgrade takes place.
Also Cortana will only be available in the US, UK, China, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain at launch and thus India users will be left out.
Interestingly while those going with Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition can defer updates, Windows 10 Home edition users will not get this option and the new OS will keep getting updated automatically. What is this means is that if you are a Windows 10 Home user, you might find your PC/laptop restarting a lot every time Microsoft sends out a new patch update.
Also for those using Windows Live Essentials, the OneDrive application will removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.