10 Things You Should Know About Windows 10

Launched last week, the new Windows 10 operating system arrived with a bang, installing on about 18 million machines by Monday. If youEUre one of the owners of the new OS, youEUre probably still tinkering with it and if you still don't have it, you might be interested in learning more. In either case, here ere are 10 things youEUll want to know about the new edition.

You Can Get It Free -- Maybe

The upgrade to Windows 10 is free to customers who already have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installed on their PCs or tablets, according to Microsoft. That offer is good for the next year. Otherwise, it's $119 for the Home edition of the OS and $199 for the Pro version.

Set Aside an Hour for Installation

It might take only 20 minutes to install the upgrade on newer devices, but it will take longer -- up to an hour --for many other devices. Users must download the installation files before starting.

It Will Work on Most Devices

That includes laptops, tablets, the Xbox One console and devices and servers related to the Internet of Things -- and, of course, the humble desktop PC. Computers that are just a few years old should work with Windows 10 as long as they run Windows 7 or newer operating systems and have 1 GB of RAM, 1 GHz processors and 16 GB of hard disk space. A smartphone version, Windows 10 Mobile, is said to be on the way later this year.

Internet Explorer, RIP

Microsoft has replaced IE with Edge, a new browser that Redmond promises will be much faster and more secure than its predecessor. It will also offer the Cortana digital assistant and simplify the process of sharing and annotating Web sites.

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