Hardware Updates for Windows 10

Posted By: Helen Friday 31st January 2020 Tags: , , , , ,

If you follow our blogs and social media you will be aware that as of 14th January there is no longer the support available for Windows 7. So what exactly does this mean for users? If you haven’t already you MUST update to Windows 10. Failure to do so could result in a security breach. Results of a breach cannot only be catastrophic, they can cost companies dearly. A security breach should be avoided at all costs and when updates are readily available, there’s no real excuse.

Do I need a licence for Windows 10?

If you’re upgrading from Windows 7 or 8 you are eligible for a free licence which can be found here. If you’re unsure with regards to exactly what version you’re running, that’s where we can help.

Where do I go from here?

Relatively straightforward, download the tool and accept license terms. Next you need to ‘upgrade this PC’ and click next. Make sure to choose ‘keep personal files and apps’ before clicking ‘install’. Your PC will restart a few times so make sure to upgrade when you’re not in the middle of an important project.

My PC has restarted, what now?

Settings > Windows Update > Activation – this will activate the digital license for Windows 10.

I didn’t activate my old version of Windows, what should I do?

In this instance enter your previous Windows 7 or 8/8.1 product key.

How can I check this has been successful?

Settings > Update & Security > Activation

It’s important to note that Windows 10 is connected to your actual hardware. Should you format your PC at any time, this version will reactivate automatically so there’s no need to worry.

Windows 10 Updates in 2020

January 14th this year saw increased security when storing and managing files. This is certainly a benefit to every business, especially with the relatively new rules attached to GDPR. Companies are likely to store personal and important data. It pays to know it’s fully protected. Further features provided by this hardware update included better security when adding a device to a computer such as a mouse or keyboard.

On 28th January Windows 10 released another update. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Increased accuracy of Hello face authentication
  • Elimination of stray grey box when using Control Panel and File Explorer
  • Removes the problem of touch keyboards closing when selecting any key
  • Displays correct indicators for online and offline files

Are there any known issues with this update?

Microsoft currently endorse this update and have found no potential issues so far.

Updates are intrinsic to every PC running in every company. If you would prefer one less thing to worry about in your business, why not outsource IT Services?

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