Microsoft recently announced that it will be launching Windows 10 on July 29th and they are encouraging Windows 7 and 8.1 users to reserve their free upgrade with a notification in their task bar. Microsoft also has been busy highlighting all the shinny new features for its upcoming OS but they did not mention what you will lose once you upgrade to Windows 10.
We all know that there are some things we will lose in the beginning after upgrading to Windows 10. Firstly there are the software losses. Most of these will only affect a small number of users, but upgrading will mean saying goodbye to Windows Media Center, the card game Hearts, and Windows 7’s desktop gadgets. Anyone in the habit of using floppy disks on Windows will also have to install new drivers, and Microsoft warns that watching DVDs will also require “separate playback software.” Microsoft manager Gabriel Aul has said on Twitter that a DVD option for Windows 10 is coming “later this year,” but early upgraders can always download VLC instead.
In addition to the software losses, there are also a number of limitations for some of Windows 10’s most exciting features. Cortana will only be available in the US, Canada, UK, China, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain at launch, while Windows Hello (which offers support for various biometric passwords) will need an infrared camera for facial recognition, or a supported fingerprint reader. The Xbox Music and Xbox Video streaming apps will also be constrained by the usual, complex web of region-based licenses.
Bear in mind, Microsoft is only giving away free updates to Windows 10 Home and the Pro and Enterprise edition will both have different sets of updates. System requirements for the new OS have also been detailed, with PCs and tablets needing to pass a fairly low bar: a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a display resolution of at least 1,024 x 600 are required.
You can check for more on specs for the Windows 10 here.