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11 PCs Ideal For Windows 10 Upgrades

With Microsoft's big Windows 10 launch just over a month away, let's take a look at some recently released PCs that would be ripe for an OS upgrade.
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With the impending launch of Windows 10, Microsoft's latest operating system, it might be time to consider upgrading computers, whether you own a personal machine or an entire corporate fleet. While any PC running Windows 8.1 or higher will be able to upgrade to the latest version of the platform, it's worth taking a look at the latest PCs on the market to see what the major players like Dell and HP are offering.

The official launch date for Windows 10 is July 29, and earlier this month the company unveiled pricing for the two versions it is putting out on the market.

The Home version of the software will cost $119, while the Pro edition will retail for $199, and Microsoft is making the upgrade free to customers who already have Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installed on their PCs or tablets. This will be available for one year following Windows 10's official release, and is forecast to drastically spike adoption of the much-anticipated new platform.

[Check out even more Windows 10 PCs.]

Among the major features of the software upgrade are Cortana, a digital assistant named after an artificial intelligence character in Microsoft's Halo video game series, and Edge, an all-new browser that boasts features like the ability to write or type notes directly on Web pages and share them with others.

A recent survey by Adaptiva shows that 73% of large companies plan to utilize side-by-side replacements, which basically means deploying new computers with Windows 10. This is followed by 36% who plan to perform in-place upgrades.

With those plans in mind, here's a look at some of the news desktop PCs on the market that would be ideal machines to update to Windows 10.

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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GregM120
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7/6/2015 | 12:46:36 AM
Re: i would not buy computer until 10 comes out
I have an old Lenovo X200 Tablet and an X300, originally shipped with Vista.

(2008-2009ish)

They absolutely scream running Win8.1, and seem even faster running Win10 previews.

 

Still not quite as zippy feeling as running Linux on the same hardware, but Windows no longer sucks_badly_ in usability vs say a well integrated KDE as on Mageia 5 for example. I no longer feel the urgent need to immediately reboot into Linux as with anything prior.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/29/2015 | 11:27:16 PM
Re: When Windows Grows Up It Wants to Be Linux
*sigh*  I liked Windows better when the only company it was blatantly ripping off was Xerox.  :p
mak63
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6/29/2015 | 7:57:33 PM
Re: When Windows Grows Up It Wants to Be Linux
Linux fans shouldn't be mad. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. You can take back "borderless windows & flat icons" tho. They're awful.

Back to article, I think Cortana and REACHit combination will be something worth having. I already signed up for the beta.
asksqn
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6/29/2015 | 5:19:59 PM
When Windows Grows Up It Wants to Be Linux
And let's not forget how heavily MS is borrowing from Linux.  Win10 includes the following 6 items it borrowed directly from Linux:

*Multiple desktops/workspaces
*Task view AKA Windows spread
*Desktop plus online search
*Borderless windows & flat icons
*Convergence of mobile & desktop OS
*Package Manager which will allow users to install apps via command line in Power Shell
yalanand
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6/28/2015 | 3:21:53 PM
Re: i would not buy computer until 10 comes out
Same has been the problem for my HP as well. It came with 8.1 inbuilt but when I downgraded it to Windows 7 I lost signed driver warranty. I tried contacting HP and vented out my anger on them but to no avail. They rolled out back compatible drivers after 3 months. It was a total wreck. 
atcraigslist
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6/28/2015 | 12:29:48 PM
i would not buy computer until 10 comes out
i have a lenovo that must have been a windows 7 computer but came with windows 8

 

it has always been slow,lenovo took over a year to update drivers and its still slow,keyboard is slow

 

wifi is slow

 

page loading is slow

 

they still not given out a new wifi driver for 2 years

 

i will not buy lenovo again even if it comes with 10 as they will just slap in 10 to the computer and hope it works

 

in user groups lenovo just says tough if drivers are not available for a year
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