Like every edition of Windows, version 10 offers some important advantages alongside significant drawbacks. Businesses benefit from improved security functions, enhanced tablet compatibility, better update control and a new Web browser. Windows 10 also boots somewhat quicker on most machines. At the same time, this operating system’s disadvantages have made many companies think twice about upgrading: Software Applications that work under previous editions of Windows may not perform well in version 10. They might function less reliably or completely refuse to load. If you upgrade, you could spend a considerable amount of money to purchase different programs and convert existing data. Microsoft offers a helpful compatibility testing tool; it determines if your current software will work. Although this only matters to some users, it’s worth mentioning that the latest edition provides little media-related software. Version 10 doesn’t include a DVD player application, and Microsoft wants to charge people extra for it. Users who have Windows Media Center also find that they lose this software when they upgrade computers with older versions of Microsoft’s operating system. Learning While some individuals believe version 10 offers greater ease-of-use than its predecessor, others have difficulty adapting to the changes. Your company’s office workers may need additional computer training when they begin using the operating system. This could increase costs while temporarily reducing productivity. Hardware Computers with XP, Vista or 7 may need hardware upgrades before they will run Windows 10. This edition requires at least one gigabyte of memory on 32-bit computers and two gigabytes on 64-bit machines, according to Microsoft. Vista only needs half as much memory. Windows 10 also demands 16 to 20 gigabytes of space on a PC’s hard drive.
- Minimum processor speed: 1 GHz
- Video card must support DirectX 9+
- Display resolution: 800×600+
- greater concerns about privacy
- may create opportunities for hackers
- wastes bandwidth on advertising