looking to upgrade my very old cpu to something more current. looking into getting this https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N... but i dont know what type of cooling system it requires or if i need anything else. i know there's one cpu that requires windows 10. help is appreciated.
That CPU comes with no heatsink and runs extremely hot. If you have the money for it, bite the bullet and grab a Ryzen processor and cheap board with DDR4 if you can. You'll be on a platform that'll last a couple more years, and even if you get one of their low-end CPUs now you can slap in a $250 8-core anytime you want later.
You shouldn't need to change anything as long as you have enough space. I'm guessing you have an AM3+ since you said you were getting an 8370. If that's the case the cooler I sent you (and many others) will mount to it. That's a closed loop system so all you need to do is mount the radiator to your case and the block to your CPU. So the main thing you really need to do is make sure your case can fit it.
they just had the Ryzen 1200 on Sale at Newegg for 99.00 50.00 for a m/b and 80 for 8gb of ddr4 would be like 230.00 but that 8 core is a good option if you are on a tight budget i personally would wait till you could upgrade your whole system as upgrading an am3 sys is kinda a waste
Windows 10 is still free. You just use the assistive technologies link. They don't check if you actually use them and what they are is very loosely defined. Technically the magnifying glass built into Windows is an assistive technology.
Windows 10 gotten a lot better about that. There's designated hours you can set (and I think you can straight-up disable it now as well). For how bad of an OS it is, they've actually been listening to user feedback quite a lot. I've never once had it restart on me in the middle of something.
You can also back up everything to google drive if you're nervous. Wouldn't be a bad idea to have a backup plan regardless of upgrading OS or not, especially if you've got filed you can't afford to lose.