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It’s the big day for Microsoft, and after almost a year of testing, the replacement for Windows 8 has arrived. We say “good riddance”, but is your computer really ready to make the move?

Let’s do this in alphabetical order, because while Australia doesn’t have quite the breadth of computer manufacturers as other parts of the world — we are a fairly small country, you know — there are quite a few companies selling machines to our 25-30 million people, starting with…



Acer has been dabbling with tablets and two-in-ones longer than most companies with the exception of maybe Asus, and so we’re expecting to see some pretty solid and quick compatibility for its array of touch-friendly and less touch-friendly machines.

While the company hasn’t said much to us in an official capacity regarding Windows 10, a quick glance to the Acer customer support section reveals that Acer is taking a fairly generic approach to making sure your computer is good to go.

Specifically, it’s pointing you to the Microsoft solution, whereby you click the little Windows icon in the Windows 8 task bar after the latest updates have downloaded, which will pull up the “Get Windows 10” app.

When that’s done, click the menu icon on the left-hand side and select “check your PC”.

It’s nice to know that Acer is pretty confident in its hardware selection over the years that it shouldn’t have any driver dilemmas, so if you do have problems after a Windows 10 migration, feel free to tell Acer.



Another of the companies that has spent heaps of time fiddling with the convertibles — hey, it practically invented the hybrid “let’s store all the tech inside the screen and throw a battery in the keyboard” concept that everyone has used at one point — you have to expect Asus is ready to go with Windows 10.

You’d expect that, anyway.

On launch day, Asus told GadgetGuy that “some hardware/software requirement apply” for Microsoft’s upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10, specifically citing that “feature availability within the upgrade may be dependent on hardware compatibility”.

What that means is that while you can update existing Windows computers from Asus, you may find some features won’t work. We’re not sure if this relates to specific drivers that need updating, which Asus should no doubt provide updates for on its website, or whether this is just in relation to all the neat things Windows 10 can do not necessarily applying to every Asus computer.

That said, it sounds like based on this comment, any Asus should be able to make the jump this week, though if you’re at all concerned, wait for the Asus website to provide more information, because as of the time of publication, it lacked a Windows 10 section to refer to.

Dell and Alienware

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