The Final Countdown!

We are just about two months away from the end of a first.

Microsoft allowed for the first time to have a free upgrade to Windows 10. It is only free if you accept it in the first year. That means come July 29th, the option for a free upgrade if you have Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 will go away. It also means that, eventually, the nagging pop-up trying to convince you to upgrade will go away as well.

What does that mean for you?

In short, if you haven’t upgraded, and are thinking about it the time to decide is NOW. Microsoft will pull the plug on the free upgrade in just a few short weeks. If you wait till July 30th, you will not be able to take advantage of it.

Should I do it?

There is lots of debate about should you upgrade, and Wolfe Computer Solutions has moved to the side of yes. Why? Read on!

We have been using it since it’s inception as a testing product, and the pros are outweighing the cons. If you would like to see some of the things that we like about Windows 10, check out this earlier blog post.

As well, our studied opinion is that Windows 10 is an important platform, and one that all computer users should and will be using for the next 7-10 years. Also, as Microsoft goes, we all know that support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 will eventually discontinued and this is a great way to extend the life of your hardware.

Now what?

So if you have decided to take the plunge and move to Windows 10. What do you do?

There are 3 options:

  • Download it and do it yourself.
  • Let a “techie” friend help you.
  • Call the experts at Wolfe Computer Solutions.

However, in our experience, it is important that the upgrade be installed on a newly formatted or new new hard drive after first properly backing up important data files, programs and settings. This should be done by a professional.

As the Windows 10 Free Upgrade offer is rapidly coming to a close, we are offering a full update service (backup, Windows 10 install and data/programs/setting restoration) with a 48-hour turnaround.

Wolfe Computer Solutions is your professional in Cheyenne.

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Windows 10 – Great “new” Features

Seems hard to believe that Windows 10 has been out for a month plus already! And with the wide adoption, the bugs are getting worked out at a rapid pace. So you are probably thinking: “What’s all the hype I am hearing about Windows 10?” and “Should I upgrade to Windows 10?” I am getting close to the point where I am going to recommend to my clients to start considering it. Though not perfect, in many ways Windows 10 is living up to the billing as the best Windows ever.

So I am going to highlight Three features “new” to Windows 10 that make it worth considering:

Windows 10 Start menu with live tiles

1. A start menu. Yes I know this is not “new”, but you may notice that the word new has been in quotes, because in some ways it is new. The metro start screen in Windows 8 was probably the most hated change to Windows. Microsoft however listened to the customers and put it back! Of course it is different than what we had in Windows 7 and before. It is a nice combination of the things in Windows 8’s Metro screen that were useful and what we loved about our start menus. We have live tiles with updated news, sports scores, and more and an all apps button and easy access to the programs we have installed on our computers!

2.Microsoft Edge. With Windows 10 we have a new default browser. Microsoft Edge is a lean and agile browser that is designed to compete with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and the quick browsers out there. Internet Explorer is still there for compatibility reasons, but you have to find it. Edge can not use the old plugins that worked in IE, but instead is moving to an extension format for plugins. Active X is going the way of the dodo bird. And the general reception of Edge has been very good.

Cortana – Your AI Digital Assistant in Windows 10

3.Cortana. Cortana is perhaps one of the most interesting features ever added to Windows. Cortana is your personal digital assistant. She responds to voice commands and can look up things. She has some funny quips if you ask her the right questions. Her name comes from the AI computer in the Halo game series. Though she was available in Windows 8, she is much more robust in Windows 10. The thing that really differentiates her from Siri, is that she will eventually be available for Android and iOS. It really is beginning to feel like Star Trek where we could talk to our computers and get direct and intelligent answers.

There you have it. Three of the most interesting new features in Windows 10 so far. I am sure we will see more soon. If you would like to investigate moving your computer or your businesses computers to Windows 10, and would like to have a computer professional right here in Cheyenne make sure it goes smoothly, give Wolfe Computer Solutions a call at

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Windows 10 – Should you upgrade?

We are FAST approaching the date when Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 to the public. It comes out July 29th (THAT is TOMORROW!) as a free upgrade if you have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. Yes you have read that right, it is FREE. In fact you have probably seen the notification icon on your screen asking you to register for the upgrade.

This begs the question: It’s free, should I take this free upgrade?

Windows 10

This is not a simple question with a simple answer. There are many things to consider in deciding if you want to take this offer from Microsoft.

  1. Do I have vital business files that I need to make sure work on this new version of Windows?
  2. Have my Programs been tested on Windows 10?
  3. Have I tested the change on my systems?
  4. Am I using old hardware that will not work on Windows 10?

And the list goes on and on.

There is a lot to love about Windows 10. Many users of Windows 8 and 8.1 miss the start menu, but Windows 10 brings it back. Cortana the new digital assistant (Similar to Siri) has tons of potential. The interface is very clean and easy to navigate. In my opinion, Windows 10 is one of the best operating systems Microsoft has released.

Preview of Windows 10 Menu

However it is not perfect. They are still working on the domain features in Windows 10. The last test of the Domain connector on Server 2012 did not work for me. If you are not joined to a domain updates are forced. You cannot manually set them to install. (I think this might be changed at least to some extent in the future.) There is bound to be many undiscovered bugs.

So then, what is my answer to the question “Should you upgrade to Windows 10?”

Yes………… BUT!

But wait.

If you are a home user who likes being on the cutting edge of all things technology, don’t mind some things not working at first for you. If you can afford downtime and some issues, then GO. Download the update tomorrow and have lots of fun! (I for sure will.)

If your business relies on your computers, a more measured and planed approach is better. Wait at least a month for the major bugs to be patched. Then pick a lesser vital machine at your business and test it. Let everyone mess with it a bit and get used to it. Then slowly one at a time move each machine to Windows 10 and let your technology partner help them through their issues.

Call or Email Wolfe Computer Solutions today for a FREE onsite consultation to evealuate everything technology for your business. We will create a custom plan to make sure you are ready for Windows 10 and help you through everything tech!

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