I have two of my own PC's on Windows 7 (ultimate and Home premium). I also loosely supervise 2 (nearly) adult granddaughters' PC's . Two are again on W7 and one light laptop with W8 on it took me 3 days to update to W8.1 , by the time it was ready for use with partition for data, and other programmes such as anti virus installed etc.
Th question I have is because I am about to buy an ultrabook for one of the above. It will have w8.1 on it I think. I would appreciate a summary of what those who have tried Windows 10 think of the system. Also, If I were to update my slightly elderly Desktop to it, I notice it seems not to include Windows Media Centre - I have a built in TV tuner which I use quite often in the background. Is there a WMC for W 8.1 or W10?
Anyway the problem is a bit academic as I have just run the Windows 8 compatibility check and my AMD Athlon(tm) 64 x2 Dual Core 4400+ processor is said by MS to be incapable of updating to Windows 8.1 due to "Processor incapable of running CompareExchange128".
Looks like I will have to stay with W7 or be blackmailed into buying a new PC. Thanks, MS.
I did look at those. However it may be time to buy a new desktop anyway. I may wait until Windows 10 is pre installed as an option on new desktop PC's , and am keeping an eye on Chillblast's offerings. Such a fuss, though, as I have programmes such as Photoshop CS5 , and am happy with my Office 2007 suite and so on. Also I have a couple of slide out caddies for second drives . The whole "faff" of a new PC makes my brain hurt....
john bunyan , you're right. Not available on 8.1 only the pro version. They expect you to upgrade to pro for the use of media centre. Thumbs down for that one.
I'm on the tech preview now and I quite like it. Still teething problems though. Control panel gives the option to add features. I can add media centre as I already have the key. Can't buy anything 'in my area'. Cortana is also disable 'in my area'. Although I had a go at changing region and languages etc.
Start is ok. You can list all your programs/apps as before but with the tiny app icons. Move your favourite apps to the right etc. Have it part screen or full.
An interesting article here.