Sunday, November 24, 2019

How to get Windows 10 for Free

I have been using Windows 7 for the last 10 years and I like it.  I really didn't want to upgrade to Windows 10 because I tried it out when they had their free trial and I didn't like it.  It is very different from Windows 7.  Everything is becoming too much like mobile apps, which I don't like for a desktop.  I even bought a new computer specifically with Windows 7.  Then they decided to quit support for Windows Essentials (Support for Windows 7 ends in January of 2020, followed by the end of support of Windows 8.1 in January of 2023), so I was forced to get Windows 10.  

They offer a free upgrade on the Windows Website.  

You also have to make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements:
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
  • Display: 800x600

But after you upgrade, you'll have to update your drivers.  Otherwise your computer could lag really bad, as mine did.  I have a DELL, so I just went to dell.com, logged into my account and downloaded "Support Assist."  It scanned my computer and automatically updated all my drivers for me.  Now it runs smooth.