Frequently Asked Questions

When did Microsoft first Create Windows?

Starting with the innovation of MS-DOS (aka Microsoft Disk Operating System) in 1975, there has been incredible evolution in computing over 40 years now.

What is the Basic History of Microsoft Windows?

  • 1975–1981 MS-DOS
  • 1982–1985 Windows 1.0
  • 1987–1990 Windows 2.0-2.11, More Windows & More Speed
  • 1990–1994 Windows 3.0-Windows NT, Graphics Added
  • 1995–1998 Windows 95 – The Internet is introduced
  • 1998–2000 Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me – Work and Play
  • 2001–2005 Windows XP
  • 2006–2008 Windows Vista
  • 2009–2011 Windows 7 with Windows Touch
  • 2012–2013 Windows 8
  • 2013-2014 Windows 8.1
  • 2015 – Present Windows 10

In summary… Microsoft NEVER stopped working and growing.

What are Some of the Basic Features of Microsoft Windows?

Office and home alike, there are gaming, content, internet, all kinds of programs included with Windows Operating Systems as included on computers and tablets as purchased. While it was originally a downloaded system, bought in a box, with a disk inserted and set up from the outside, this is now ready to go for desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones alike. It’s right there for you users!

Are there any locations online to get some helpful Windows Tutorials?

HowToGeek.com, TomsITPro.com, 10 RUN Commands for Windows, Microsoft Help and How To pages, and many more. It is great to know that we don’t have to save the booklet from a download box anymore to get some helpful hints and tricks to running our computers.

What is the free upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for compatible devices that are running genuine Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update.

The free upgrade is a full version of Windows (not a trial or introductory version) and is available until July 29, 2016. Once you upgrade, you’ll have Windows 10 for free on that device.

How long will it take to upgrade my device?

The time it takes to upgrade to Windows 10 will depend on factors such as the age of your device and how it’s configured. Most devices will take about an hour to upgrade once the download is complete. While older devices could take longer, some newer, high performance devices might upgrade faster.

What edition of Windows will I get as part of the free upgrade?

When you upgrade to Windows 10 for free, you’ll stay on an edition of Windows that is similar to the one you’re currently running. For example, if you’re running Windows 7 Home Premium, you’ll receive an upgrade to Windows 10 Home. (You can see the details of all of these upgrades on the Microsoft Support page.)

Will my apps and devices work with Windows 10?

Windows 10 is designed to be compatible with the majority of devices and apps that are currently available.

If I buy a new PC running Windows 8.1 today, can I upgrade it to Windows 10 for free?

Yes, you can buy a new device with confidence that it will run Windows 10. While many new devices will come with Windows 10 already installed, Windows 10 was designed to be compatible with new devices running Windows 8.1.