Upgrading From Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10

First off what happened to Windows 9?

The honest answer is no real answer has been given. Personally I think it’s just easier to market Windows 10 over Windows 9. A longer reason made by a reddit user was that calling windows 9 would cause legacy issues for computer running Windows 98 and 95. I have to call BS to that statement as there were actually 3 operating systems 95,98 and 98SE which where all way different from each other. That and it’s not like Microsoft to be backwards compatible with PC’s that are just not in existence. You have to think about the No upgrade path from XP to Windows 7 as proof they just are not worried about legacy support in that manner.

The more plausible explanation from a marketing point of view is Max Os has been at 10 for a while and version 9 sounds like they are behind Mac. In all honestly I think this is the best explanation and the one I choose to believe.

Upgrading to Windows 10

My rant is over. The great news out of all of this is Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 to most Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. This is a far departure from the past revenue model as you used to have to pay for upgrades.

While there is no real explanation behind the move I think it’s done for 1 reason and 1 reason only. It will make Microsoft more money in the long run. By offering the OS as an upgrade for free users on Windows 7 will have the ability built into the OS to use Microsoft apps from their app store. Yes Microsoft has an app store just like Apple and Google. They are way behind in market share when it comes to people using Microsoft apps. The free upgrade will go a long ways in getting people into using Microsoft apps on their PC’s. Of course many of these apps cost money so Microsoft will be making some cash there.

For Windows 8 users the upgrade makes sense because, well let’s face it, Windows 8 kinda sucks. I have gotten used to the interface but that was only after hacking the hell out of it and customizing it to look more like XP. They took away the desktop which pissed everyone off. I know people who have Windows 8 and still user there slower Windows 7 and XP computers because they hate the user interface that much.

Windows 10 is supposed to address a lot of the issues people have with the UI. By offering the free upgrade they are going to keep people happy and keep them as Windows users instead of people turning to the only real alternative out there which is of course MAC.

Upgrading For Free:

To get your free upgrade you can follow the guide at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade . It covers the details you need to do to get your free upgrade to Windows 10.  Windows 10 is slated for launch July 29 2015.  Me and my geeks will be having a party to celebrate.

Protecting Virtualized Data

More and more businesses are converting their physical infrastructures over to virtualization. Virtualization has many benefits that are good for businesses of all sizes. But, even with all the advances of virtualization there is still a need to backup the data. This post will show you some of the biggest challenges you will face when backing up virtualized servers and data.

Before we go much further, it is important to understand what data virtualization is. Basically, this is the practice of moving data that is stored on a local compute and moving it to another computer like a server. This has many benefits which include a central place to store data and back it up, a reduction in replication.

Before the popularity of virtualization companies had to worry about the possibility of backing up millions of files that are stored on servers. However, now they face the prospect of backing up billions of files. Unfortunately, using traditional backup means is not viable for backing up this amount of files. You will want to make sure that the backup solution you want to implement will support backing up virtualized data.

Another obstacle to backing up virtualized data is the problem of server growth. Building and deploying servers is very easy in a virtualized environment and it is easy to decide to build a new server for any app or role that needs to be fulfilled. This means that your backup solution needs to also support handling new servers on the network, and be flexible enough to easily add new servers.

When you start implementing virtualization in your environment, there is a good chance that your user expectations will also increase. Their lack of understanding of the technology will make many assume that this new system will be better and more robust, therefore it is capable of handling anything they throw at it. Therefore, you want to make sure your backup solution is powerful and robust enough to handle this new onslaught. You will also want to make sure that your system can recover rapidly because they will have the expectation that virtualization means reduced downtime and rapid recovery.

Virtualization is the wave of the future for IT. It has so many benefits that cannot be ignored. These include rapid deployment, central management, reduced physical footprint, reduced energy consumption and many others. But, you need to make sure that you are able to protect this new infrastructure and the data it holds. Otherwise, you are just asking for trouble if a negative situation arises.

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