If you still haven't upgraded existing PCs to Windows 10, you've missed the free upgrade which was available for the first year, but you can still buy Windows 10 and upgrade. Windows 8 PCs meet the system requirements; if you have a PC that came with an earlier version of Windows, these are the system requirements in full:
- CPU: 1GHz or faster
- RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
- Free hard disk space: 16GB
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
- A Microsoft account and internet access
PCs with Windows 7 and 8 can upgrade to Windows 10. If you have a device with Windows XP or Windows Vista on it, you'll need to do a clean install. You'll lose a few features when you upgrade; most notably, desktop gadgets from Vista, and Media Center.
Windows 10 price
Now that the first year of free upgrades is finished, the price is the same as if you weren't eligible for the upgrade program – i.e. those running a Windows operating system older than Windows 7 – meaning that Windows 10 Home costs $119 (£100 in the UK, which is AU$173) and Windows 10 Pro is $199 (£190, which is AU$330) per license.
There is an option for Windows 10 Home users who want to upgrade to Pro, but it isn't cheap – they will have to pay an additional $99 (£65, AU$130) for the Windows 10 Pro Pack.
So, with all that preliminary info out of the way, we can get on with the review proper! Read on...
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