6 Steps you should take before upgrading to Windows 10
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6 Steps you should take before upgrading to Windows 10

Steps you should take before upgrading to Windows 10

What you should know before you upgrade your PC to Windows 10.

Windows 10 is proving the be the best product Microsoft has produced since Windows XP. The feedback and reviews is showing promising start but how do you make sure your PC is upgraded without any disasters?

Despite Microsoft’s aggressive push for Windows 10 upgrade, the take up has been slower than the company hoped and industry had expected. As of 1 May 2016 the number of devices running Windows 10 is just around 300 million, which is not by any stretch of imagination a roaring take up.

Many people are still waiting for all the bugs and problems to be ironed out before upgrading but waiting beyond July 2016 could cost you $120 as this is when the free upgrade offer runs out. Many would claim this is worth paying in order to ensure all the bugs are cleaned out.

Having used Windows 10 on a brand new Laptop it is much better than Windows 8 and relatively stable, however, upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8 is not quite as easy as a click Microsoft makes it out to be.

Whether you are going to wait or take the jump now whilst Windows 10 is still free, you need to take the following actions before upgrading.

1. Check your PC’s Processor

Not all processors can run Windows 10 so check to make sure you can run the OS before upgrading. Processors are not the only show-stoppers but unless you have the right processor, you may fail at the very start as there is not enough juice to cope with Windows 10 operational need. If you have Intel i3 or above or newer Intel processor versions, you should be fine for normal use but if you are a gamer, your should make sure you have i5 or better. If you have anything else, check with your manufacturer first.

2. Check your PC’s RAM

Windows 10 requires more RAM than your hardware may have now. Make sure you have minimum of 4GB RAM which is fine for normal office use but ideally you want 6-8GB or above if you are doing anything heavyweight.

3. Check your PC’s drivers

Yes that old chestnut! Many devices need new drivers so check with your manufacturer as you may need a new “Drivers Pack” or individual Drivers. Download them to an external storage such as a memory stick as installing them in Windows 7 or Windows 8 mode may cause problems. Again check with your manufacturer who should be able to give you advice on this.

4. Check your Applications

You may end up with a new Operating System but not much good if half of the applications you use become useless overnight. Check application vendor’s websites and make sure they are ready for Windows 10. The chances are you need to download a new version, so be ready for this.

5. Backup your files

Many PC users do not have a backup of their files. I know this sounds incredible but this is the real world we live in. Make a backup copy of all your files to an external driver or cloud account if you have one. We have heard of reports that on some PCs the partition has been removed when Windows 10 was installed meaning the file backup stored in the partition also disappeared into the ether!

6. Set aside Time

Upgrading the operating system is not trivia and requires planning, patience, and time. Do not try to rush it or take shortcuts as you will live to regret it. Get all the information, drivers, upgrade packs, etc. before you set out to upgrade. If this is the first time you are doing an Operating System upgrade, then set aside a full day for the upgrade and that is after downloading all the drivers, applications, etc. you need. Do not try to do these all at the same time as some issues you need to contact the supplier and wait for an answer which can take a while to come.

Summary

  • Do not take this as a trivial software upgrade.
  • Set aside time and plan in advance. You cannot rush Operating System upgrades
  • Reversing the upgrade is much more time consuming than upgrading, so don’t think it is just press of a button. Also not much good reversing if all your files have been wiped out!
  • Prepare first by gathering all the information and download drivers and applications you need
  • Back up your files on an external drive or cloud
  • Download all the software you may need including all the drivers on an external drive
  • Did I mention to “backup your files on an external drive?”

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