Are you running the latest operating system on all your work and personal devices? It’s the mental question we ask ourselves every time an updated OS is released. OS creators build and launch new versions that are meant to be better than the previous one, right? Every reason there is one I know has passed through my mind at one point or another. Are these justified detractions from updating to the latest OS, or are these comfortable excuses? Instead, we could spend that time doing something useful. Looking at your regular usage of your devices at work and at home on a daily basis, would you say that there is no room for optimization?
There is always a nagging doubt, though, that my inaction isn’t the smartest choice after all. Why on Earth would we spend time and energy updating a machine’s OS when it’s still running fine? While your system might be ‘running fine’ – that’s not to say that the effort spent in updating it isn’t outweighed by all the hidden efforts we spend to maintain usage of our devices.
Out-of-date drivers and operating systems can cause a variety of issues and are one of the first things to check when a game is having problems.
The instructions below will help you check and update your drivers.
The system requirements for Windows 10 aren't crazy, but your PC may not meet them -- especially if you're low on hard drive space.
You'll need at least 20GB of open hard drive space to install the 64-bit version of Windows 10 (16GB for the 32-bit version), plus a 1GHz or faster processor, 2GB of RAM (1GB for the 32-bit version), and a Direct X 9-capable video card with WDDM driver.
So why is it that we don’t always keep up to date with the latest operating system? To help answer these questions, I turned to my coworkers to conduct a small survey of the pros and cons for updating OS’s. That is to say – is time wasted in completing any tasks?
Any time I wanted to open another program (a dangerous exercise in days before dual-core processors!
) I’d have to minimize all windows before laboriously finding the icon I want.
If you're just short of the requirements, check out these Now that Windows 10 has been out for almost a year, most peripheral-makers have released updated Windows 10-compatible drivers for their devices. Before you upgrade, I suggest checking to make sure all your peripherals will work -- everything from keyboards and mice to speakers and graphics cards could be affected.
Windows 10 -- like most operating systems -- has its share of privacy concerns, many of which are valid.