Which version of Windows?

Windows 10

If you are experiencing difficulties having upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 this article comparing the two might be worth a look.             It is dated 23 May 2016.          Under the heading Stability the writer comments, We haven’t come across any post-launch show-stoppers that would make us downgrade back to Windows 8.1.        But on systems that demand maximum reliability, we’d be tempted to at least wait until Microsoft’s issued a round or two of bug fixes before diving in.            He goes on to say, Windows 10 will doubtless improve with time, but as it stands only Windows 8.1 has the proven solidity that many business users crave.

We, at GAIN, are not IT professionals, but it might be worth bearing in mind that re-installing Windows 8 requires quite a bit of know-how.             It also requires a lot of updates that take up a great deal of time and broadband usage, particularly since upgrading to Windows 8.1 is then needed.

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Vista to Windows 8.1Window

Is it worth upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 8.1?

  • Vista is more secure and much more stable than XP was in the months up to its withdrawal date in Apr 2014.      Vista is quite secure, though Windows 7 is more secure and Windows 8.1 is more secure still – as you might
    expect.      Microsoft will still provide security updates at no charge to all customers for Vista until 11 April 2017.
  • Vista takes a long time to download daily security updates when booting on an old PC.     By contrast, Windows 8.1 is ready to use almost instantly on a new PC – it will not be quite as quick on an old PC.
  • You need a Windows 8.1 installation DVD if you currently have Vista.      You will need to install from scratch.

Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

What about upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1?

  • Windows 8.1 has better security.
  • Windows 7 does have BitLocker Drive Encryption but you have to enable it.     It takes a bit of technical know how.      With Windows 8.1 it is set up by default.
  • Window 7 is still not as quick to start up as Windows 8.1.     Microsoft combined hibernation and shutdown modes in Windows 8.1, which makes it ready to use in seconds.

Is your PC up to spec?

Either way you need to be sure your PC is up to spec for Windows 8.1 .

  • 1 GHz processor (with support for PAE, NX, and SSE1)
  • 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit systems or 2GB for 64-bit systems
  • 16 GB of free hard disk space for 32-bit systems or 20 GB for 64-bit systems.

Deciding

If you are having difficulty making up your mind bear in mind that it is not just a matter of what you have, but also what you do with it.      See  Web safety  and  Tips .